Formed in 1987, the Gin Blossoms ruled the pop rock/alternative rock genre in the mid-1990's. Two of their albums during this period reached the higher echelons of the music charts. 2017 and 2018 New Music Weekly's Program Director of the Year - Ray White, sits down with guitarist/vocalist Jesse Valenzuela in September of 2018 to talk about his song writing, transition from lead vocalist to lead guitarist, and the Gin Blossoms' latest album Mixed Reality. In our "showcase segment," we feature two multi-Grammy award winners - John Mayer and Bruce Hornsby, whose brand new CD is Absolute Zero. Bringing you the latest, from many of your favorite "classic" rock/pop bands & performers! Learn more at Classic Artists Today.
Drummer Chris Frantz co-founded the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Talking Heads and the Tom Tom Club. Bassist Tina Weymouth, Chris' wife, joins him in both bands. While the Heads haven't played since 2002, Tom Tom Club still performs today. Award winning program director Ray White caught up with Chris in September of 2011, before his show by the ocean in Virginia Beach, to talk about the formation of the Tom Tom Club, the addition of Adrian Belew to the band, the movie Stop Making Sense and the making of the album Genius Of Live. In our "Showcase Segment," we pay homage to Peter Tork of The Monkees - who recorded two 5x Platinum albums and had nine Top 20 hits with the band. The Monkees lastest pop album was Good Times. Peter passed away on February 21, 2019 at the age of 77. For more information about our show visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Steve Morse has consistently been named one of the world's top guitarists during the past four decades. He was voted "Best Overall Guitarist," in Guitar Player magazine's reader's poll for five consecutive years - then inducted into their "Gallery of Greats." Steve is Deep Purple's longest-serving guitarist having been with the band since 1994. Along with his own band and solo work, he co-founded the Dixie Dregs and current pop/rock supergroup Flying Colors. Steve was also with Kansas in the late 1980's. Throughout his career, his work has received seven Grammy nominations. Multi-award winning program director Ray White, caught up with Steve in September of 2018 during Deep Purple's "The Long Goodbye Tour," to talk about his career highlights and Deep Purple's latest album Infinite. In our "Showcase Segment," we feature Ace Frehley of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band KISS! Guitar World named Ace as the 14th Greatest Metal Guitarist of all-time! His latest album is Spaceman. Learn more about our show by visiting our website at Classic Artists Today.
Formed in 1974, 38 Special is still led by co-founder Don Barnes. Guitarist and lead vocalist, he sang all the bands hits through 1987. Throughout the years the band has recorded a Double Platinum, 3 Platinum, and 2 Gold studio albums, which included 12 Top 10 hits! Their last studio release was Drivetrain. Award-winning Program Director Ray White, caught up with Don in July of 2018, at his hotel before a show to talk about being the heir apparent to lead the Southern Rock genre after the farewell tours of The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He also shares his insights into the making of his first solo album, Ride The Storm, that was released in 2017 after the tapes were lost in the record company's shuffle after it's 1989 recording. In our "showcase segment," we feature The Charlie Daniels Band - another leader in the Southern Rock movement, that hit its stride in the 1970's. Their last studio album was Nighthawk. For more information about our show, visit Classic Artists Today.
Rich Robinson has performed on albums that have sold over 30 million copies throughout his career. He's gained international notoriety as a founding member of The Black Crowes, a band formed in 1989. In 2016, Rich formed The Magpie Salute, which includes several band members from his days with The Black Crowes. Award-winning program director Ray White, catches up with Rich on his tour bus to talk about his latest album High Water 1, his stint with Bad Company and much more! In our showcase segment, we feature two music icons: Van Morrison, whose latest album is The Prophet Speaks and Joan Jett who's featured in the documentary Bad Reputation. For additional information about our show visit Classic Artists Today.
Co-founding member of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Rodney Justo, rejoined the band in 2011 as a full-time member since parting the band in the early 1970's. The lead singer sits down with award-winning program director Ray White in June of 2018 to talk about the bands' formation and happenings with the current line-up. Throughout the years, the band has two Gold and one Platinum albums and five Top 20 singles. From The Vaults is their latest release. In our showcase segment we feature Bob Dylan, who recently made available previously unreleased recordings from the 1974 Blood On The Tracks sessions on More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14. For more information on our show visit Classic Artists Today.
Steve Lukather is one of music's most prolific guitarists, contributing his immense talent to over 1,500 albums in many music genres. A founding member of Toto, he's garnered 6 Grammy awards with the band. Award winning program director, Ray White catches up with "Luke" in November of 2018 to talk about his new book - The Gospel According To Luke, his session work and Toto's latest releases: All In (box set), Old Is New and 40 Trips Around The Sun. A dynamo in the music industry, you don't want to miss our interview! In our "Showcase Artist" segment, we'll feature 2-time Grammy winners, The Smashing Pumpkins, whose latest album is titled - Shiny and All So Bright Vol. 1/No Past. No Future. No Sun. It's their first album in 18 years that includes 3 of the bands founding members. Learn more about our show at Classic Artists Today.
Formed in 1992, Carbon Leaf crosses the boundaries of alt-country, Celtic and folk-infused indie rock like no other band on the music scene today. Hitting the singles charts in 2004 with "Life Less Ordinary," the band has won several awards during the 2000's. Throughout their career, they've recorded over 15 albums with the last titled Gathering: Volume 1. Founding members Terry Clark and Carter Gravatt join award-winning program director Ray White backstage to talk about the bands unique style of music, songwriting technique and discuss their latest release. In our showcase segment, we feature former Dire Straits frontman and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Mark Knopfler, whose just released his new album, Down The Road Wherever. For additional information on our show, visit Classic Artists Today.
On this "special edition" we look back at our previous episodes and share highlights of the most listened to interviews and more! Guests include Mark Andes (Firefall/Heart/Spirit/Canned Heat/Jo Jo Gunne), Rusty Young (Poco), Geoff Downes (Asia/Yes/Buggles/Icon/Wetton-Downes), and Pat Dinizio (Smithereens). Collectively, these musicians have been in bands that have sold over a hundred million records. They share with you, great times during their careers and their latest happenings. Named by New Music Weekly magazine as two-time program director of the year, Ray White interviews these superstars backstage, at their hotels and via long-distance calls, providing you with exclusive insights and much more!! For more information about our show visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Vertical Horizon launched in 1991 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Hitting it big with their double platinum album "Everything You Want" in 1999, 4 songs landed on the music charts. Co-founder and lead singer Matt Scannell joins award-winning program director Ray White backstage, in July of 2012, to talk about the history of the band and their "Burning The Days" CD. Their latest release is titled "The Lost Mile." In our Showcase Segment, we feature the 2000 Grammy award winner (with Carlos Santana), Everlast. His latest album is titled "Whitey Ford's House of Pain." Learn more about the latest with many of your favorite "classic" bands and performers at Classic Artists Today.
Over the years, Foghat has recorded 8 Gold records, 1 Platinum and 1 Double-Platinum selling albums, too. The Kings of Boogie Rock & Blues' original drummer Roger Earl joins us to talk about the bands' alter ego - Earl and the Agitators, whose brand new album is titled Shaken & Stirred. He also shares with award-winning program director Ray White, his insights into Foghat's last album Live at the Belly Up and the loss of his good friend and the bands' long time bassist, Craig MacGregor. We'll also bring you the very latest from Night Ranger, whose latest release is Don't Let Up! You'll R-O-C-K on this episode of our show. For additional information, visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Formed in 1993, Sister Hazel band members have remained the same since. They've had 7 songs make the music charts throughout the years. These songs landed on diverse charts including Billboard Hot 100, Alternative, Mainstream Rock, Adult Top 40 and Adult Contemporary. In our September of 2014 interview, award-winning program director Ray White talks with the bands' lead vocalist Ken Block about their Heartland Highway album and the Jacksonville, FL influences that helped to shape the band. Their latest EP album is titled Wind. In our "spotlight segment," we feature Heart's lead vocalist Ann Wilson whose latest solo album is Immortal.
The legendary brothers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant join us on a good ole Southern Rock show. Johnny took over from his late brother Ronnie as the frontman of Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1987, while Donnie was a co-founder of .38 Special back in 1974. With albums together as Van Zant, they added to the family legacy with dynamic Southern Rock and Country tunes. The brothers hooked up with award-winning program director Ray White in July of 2016 to talk about their latest album Red, White and Blue (Live) and the current status with their legendary bands. Up until his passing on October 2, 2017, Tom Petty was one of the most revered rock stars on Earth. His legacy lives on as he's featured in our "Showcase Segment." Tom's recent posthumous release is titled An American Treasure.
The BoDeans have been going strong since forming in the mid-1980's. Over a half dozen tunes have landed on the music charts and they have built a loyal fan base throughout the years. In 1987, a Rolling Stone magazine readers poll tapped the BoDeans as the Best New American Band. Award-winning program director, Ray White, catches up with BoDean's frontman Kurt Newmann in May of 2018, to talk about their latest album - Thirteen, and about working with some of the top recording producers in the industry. In our "showcase segment" we feature the long-time singer for Journey - Steve Perry, who's released his first solo album in nearly 25 years titled Traces. For more information about our show, visit www.classicartiststoday.com
Ed Toth (Doobie Brothers) and Keith Howland (Chicago) spent time hanging out as their bands toured together, throughout the years. Living in the Nashville area, they formed Button with the Doobie's John Cowan. Their music, in this new endeavor, leans towards progressive rock and expands the traditional recorded music horizons that they've been know for throughout the years. Ed joined award-winning program director Ray White in the Summer of 2017, as the Button project was nearing completion, and Keith sat down with Ray during the Summer of 2018, after the albums release, to talk about the unique project. Multi-platinum recording artist Kansas is featured in our "showcase segment." Check out our website at http://www.classicartiststoday.com for more information about our shows.
The legendary John McEuen is a multi-instrumentalist who played a major role in the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for well over 3 decades. With over a dozen awards and nominations throughout the years, both in a band and solo, John last broke from the band in 2017. Award-winning program director, Ray White, talks with John about his new book, "The Life I've Picked," and about his latest solo album release - Made In Brooklyn. Grammy winner McEuen provides great stories about his life and times! In our showcase segment we feature The Father of the British Blues - John Mayall. Great musicians like Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Taylor and many others cut their teeth and launch their career as part of John's Bluesbreakers band. John Mayall's latest live release is titled Three For The Road. For additional information about our show visit www.classicartiststoday.com
Mark Andes legacy in the rock and roll music industry continues to grow as he joins award-winning program director Ray White in this June of 2018 interview about his latest work with Firefall. The band has just released it's first studio recording in 24 years, with a group that reunites Mark and original members Jock Bartley and Dave Muse. A new rendering of Spirit's Nature's Way is a superb song and features Timothy B. Schmit (Eagles, Poco) and John McFee (The Doobie Brothers) sitting in with the band. In our showcase segment, we focus on the latest by The Magpie Salute - a band led by Rich Robinson, a founding member of The Black Crowes, whose new album is titled High Water 1. For additional information on our show visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
John Oates, half of the dynamic duo - Hall & Oates, co-wrote many of the Top 10 hits for the band and is their guitarist and vocalist, too. In 2014 John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Daryl Hall. Billboard magazine tapped the duo as #15 in their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the #1 duo. As a solo artist, John utilizes his immense talents writing and recording albums that lean towards the realm of Americana and Rhythm & Blues. Award-winning program director Ray White catches up with John at a solo show in August of 2011 to talk about his solo band, musical interest and styles and his album during that time. His latest CD is titled, Arkansas and draws upon his interest in Americana and Roots music. For more information about our show, visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
One of Folk/Rock's leading performers is Shawn Phillips. His career was launched in the 1960's playing the folk circuit and hooking up with Joni Mitchell, Tim Hardin and Donovan. Shawn's worked with numerous world-class musicians including Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, George Harrison and Bernie Taupin, throughout his career. The late rock concert promoter, Bill Graham, called Shawn, "the best kept secret in the music business." Classic Artists Today's Ray White talks with Shawn about his latest album, Continuance, and about his early years with Donovan. In our showcase segment, we'll highlight Paul McCartney's latest release - Egypt Station.
Mac McAnally has reached the pinnacle of an outstanding music career, being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007 and tapped as Country Music Associations' Musician of the Year 9 times! Most music lovers know Mac best as a member of Jimmy Buffett's - The Coral Reefer Band, since 1994. He has written and recorded several dozen songs with Jimmy, throughout the years. In our July of 2013 interview with Mac, award-winning syndicated radio show host, Ray White, talks with him about his early career, David Geffen and his live album - Live: In Muscle Shoals. Mac's latest release is titled Southbound: The Orchestra Project. In our Showcase Segment , we feature the legendary Willie Nelson. He's won over 37 music awards, and with his new project Last Man Standing, Willie now has 67 studio albums that he's recorded. Enjoy the songwriting and musicianship of two of the very best in the business, on this episode!! For additional information visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
World-class drummer Jerry Marotta has played on well over 100 albums throughout his storied career. He was a member of Peter Gabriel's band, Hall & Oates, Indigo Girls and Orleans - just to name a few. In 2002, he was a GRAMMY nominee playing on Tony Levin's song "Apollo." Jerry is also a singer, composer and record producer. In our April of 2018 interview, award-winning program director, Ray White, talks with Jerry about his his new album with Flav Martin - Soul Redemption, and about his early career with Orleans. In our Showcase Segment, we'll feature Dave Matthews Band whose latest release is titled Come Tomorrow. For additional information on our show, visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Founded in 1975, The Motels were at the forefront of New Wave music in the late 1970's and 1980's. Lead singer, Martha Davis provided the band with a sultry style that drew a passionate following. Throughout their career, the band hit worldwide charts with their songs, over 15 times. Award-winning program director Ray White caught up with Martha before her show in August of 2015 who shared her personal thoughts about making her Beautiful Life album and new projects of the horizon. The Motels latest album - The Last Few Beautiful Days, is reminiscent of the sound that launched them to stardom. In our Showcase Segment, Steppenwolf celebrates 50 years in the music business with the release of a new box set including several unreleased songs from the vault. For more information about our show, visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Tommy Castro crosses the boundaries of Blues, Rock and R&B music as the leader of his own band since the early 1990's. He launched his career as a member of Warner Brothers' artists The Dynatones, in the late 1980's. Winning the 2008 Blues Music Award for Entertainer of the Year, Tommy's won numerous other awards and has played with many legends including B.B. King and John Lee Hooker. In our April of 2018 interview, Tommy talks with Classic Artists Today's Ray White about his latest album with his band The Painkillers - Stompin' Ground, touring with B.B. King, and changing up his styles of music. In our "showcase segment," we feature 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee - Bob Seger, whose current album is titled I Knew You When. Lean more about our show at http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Glen Phillips, singer/guitarist/songwriter, launched his professional music career at the age of 15 forming Toad the Wet Sprocket. By the age of 17, he had a major label recording contract. Glen's released 6 studio albums with Toad and 4 full-length studio albums as a solo artist. In our November of 2015 interview, Classic Artists Today's Ray White talks with Glen about his collaboration with Art of Time Ensemble and his solo effort Coyote Sessions. His latest release is titled Swallowed By The New. In our showcase segment, we'll feature U2 whose current album is Songs of Experience, the follow up companion album to Songs of Innocence. For additional information about our show visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
The legendary guitarist Robin Trower launched his music career by joining Procol Harum in 1967. After 5 albums, he formed his own band which universally is known as one of the premier "power trio" bands ever formed. Robin has recorded nearly two dozen studio albums and along the way recorded projects with Jack Bruce (Cream) and Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music). In March of 2018, Robin talked with two-time Program Director of the Year, Ray White, about his latest release Time and Emotion and much more! In our showcase segment, we feature the guitar master - Jimi Hendrix, who's recently released a new studio album - Both Sides of the Sky, which includes 10 previously unreleased studio recordings. Two awesome guitarists...One fantastic show! For additional information visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com