Brian Howe was lead vocalist of Bad Company from 1986 to 1994. During this time the band had a platinum and two gold albums that contained 9 singles that landed on the charts. His music career was launched as the lead singer for Ted Nugent's band in 1984. Brian passed away on May 6, 2020. We look back at Brian's music career including an interview with multi-award winning program director Ray White in September of 2011 on this episode. Brian shares his insights during his days with Ted's band and how he was tapped for lead vocalist for Bad Company. Brian's latest single was an excellent tune - Hot Tin Roof. In our showcase segment, we feature the former frontman for Styx, Dennis DeYoung who has a new album out titled 26 East, Vol.1. Learn more about our shows and your favorite classic artists at Classic Artists Today.
Singer/Songwriter Bruce Sudano stepped towards the big time when he met Tommy James of Tommy James and The Shondells in the late 1960's. As co-founder of Alive 'N Kickin', Bruce had a Top 10 hit with "Tighter and Tighter" in 1970. His next band was Brooklyn Dreams, formed in the late 70's the group released a handful of albums, but many knew them due to their work with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer Donna Summer - who Bruce married in 1980. Since that time, he has concentrated on his songwriting - a Grammy nominee, and his solo career. Bruce's brand new recording project is titled Spirals Vol. 1 - Not A Straight Line To Be Found. In April of 2020, multi-award winning program director Ray White touches base with Bruce to talk about his latest EP and storied music career. In our showcase segment, we feature the timeless icons of rock and roll - The Rolling Stones, whose latest single is Living In A Ghost Town. The best, the talented, the iconic musicians... all featured on Classic Artists Today.
Russ Giguere, the co-founder of the 1960's pop/rock group The Association, has been at the forefront of the folk rock and pop scene for several decades. Russ has been involved with the 7-time Grammy nominated band who had major hits like "Windy" and "Cherish," for over 50 years. Multi-award winning program director Ray White talks with Russ about his new book - Along Comes The Association, which covers his career in the music industry. In this April of 2020 interview, Russ touches on his beginning days with pioneering Folk Rock group - The Men, singing with The Eagles, playing on the Ed Sullivan show several times, and many other aspects about the band that has sold over 70 million records. In our showcase segment, we feature the music icon Kenny Rogers, who passed away on March 20, 2020. Kenny had tremendous success in numerous music areas including Folk, Rock, Country and Gospel. In his phenomenal career he's had more than 120 hit singles, sold over 100 million records, and has won nearly every major music industry award. Classic Artists Today, bringing you insights that paved the way for generations!
Co-founder of Tower of Power, in the late 60's, Emilio Castillo has led the band with Doc Kupka for over 50 years. Always hiring super-talented musicians, many of their band members have went on to enormous success themselves. TOP's music transcends several music genres and provides a groove that won't quit! Over the years, they've landed eight songs on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart. Emilio talks with multi-award winning program director Ray White about the bands' hot new album Step-Up, TOP's horn sections' work on rock superstar's recording sessions, and much more. In our showcase segment, we look back at the highlights of the legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist John Prine's career. John has recorded nearly two dozen albums and has been bestowed with numerous industry awards, culminating with the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020. This patriarch of Americana music passed away on April 7. 2020. His last album was The Tree of Forgiveness. For more information on our shows and legacy artists of rock, pop and soul, visit us at Classic Artists Today.
You'll find Jack Blades all over the rock & roll scene. Since 1982, this bassist/vocalist has been in many of rock's well-known bands including Night Ranger, Damn Yankees and his latest venture - Revolution Saints. Jack's also a producer and songwriter having worked with Aerosmith, Great White and Ted Nugent. Multi-award winning program director, Ray White, hooked up with Jack in March of 2015 to talk about the formation of Revolution Saints - a band made up of past members of Journey, Bad English and Whitesnake, and also Night Ranger. Rise is the name of the brand new release from Revolution Saints and Don't let Up is Night Ranger's most recent project. In our showcase segment we have a tribute to one of rock's greatest legendary drummers, the late Neil Peart of Rush, who passed away on January 7, 2020. Hold on tight...this is a rockin' show! Visit Classic Artists Today to learn more about the recent happenings of rock's "classic" stars.
The Marshall Tucker Band were one of the pioneers of "southern rock" signing with Capricorn Records in 1973. Their first four albums went Gold, and ultimately 6 out of their first 7 albums hit that landmark, with one selling Platinum. During October of 2019, original member Doug Gray joins multi-award winning program director Ray White, to talk about the band's legacy, their last studio album The Next Adventure, his solo release - Soul Of The South and Doug looks ahead to the future too! In our showcase segment, we feature Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer/songwriter/guitarist Elvin Bishop. He also recorded for Capricorn in the 1970's, but in recent years, Elvin has been known as a blues musician - even being tapped for the Blues Hall of Fame in 2016. His latest release is Something Smells Funky 'Round Here. For more about the great "classic" artists that still are putting out super new music today, visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Formed in 1970, The Doobie Brothers have sold 48 million albums and was named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020. With hard driving rock rhythms and synchronized vocal harmonies playing a key part of their songs, they were inducted in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004. Multi-award winning program director Ray White sat down with Doobie co-founders Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston in August of 2012 to talk about the album, that even today, is their last studio album of original songs - World Gone Crazy. They also talk about reuniting (after 30 years) with the legendary record producer Ted Templeman. The Doobie Brothers' latest album Live from the Beacon Theatre includes all the songs from their landmark albums Toulouse Street and the Captain And Me. Celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2020, they will be touring extensively with their 5-time Grammy award winning vocalist/keyboardist Michael McDonald - reuniting with the band. A special in-depth look at The Doobie Brothers on this very special show from your friends at Classic Artists Today!
Founded in 1972, Orleans were popular in the mid-to-late 1970's when 9 of their songs charted - 2 earning them Gold records. With over 12 studio albums, the band continues today led by original member Lance Hoppen. Multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up with Lance, before the bands show in August 2019, to talk about the paradigm shift that Orleans has experienced with the passing of his brother Larry and the retirement of John Hall. He also fills us in on the new band members and the recording of their latest effort - No More Than You Can Handle along with his first solo effort - Conjuring. Still going strong after forming 55 years ago, we also feature the latest from The Who, who just released Who. Closing out the year, and decade, Classic Artists Today brings you the latest music news and more from many of your favorite legacy bands.
Mark Wenner, The Nighthawks founder, harpmaster and singer, has been a mainstay in blues and roots music since forming the band in 1972. Throughout the bands' career, they have been tapped for numerous blues awards. The CAT's executive producer and host Ray White caught up with Mark backstage before his show in July of 2019 to talk about several of the bands highlights and about their latest release All You Gotta Do. In our "showcase segment" we look back at the career of the legendary drummer Ginger Baker. He co-founded rock's first super group - Cream, and went on to play in Blind Faith, before launching Ginger Baker's Air Force and delving into world music. Ginger passed away on October 6, 2019. Boogie, Blues and Drums... the best on Classic Artists Today's Sittin' In With The CAT!
Grammy winner Jim Peterik has been a force in popular music for over 55 years. Starting with the band The Ides of March, he's been cranking out the hits since the album Vehicle. His mark has not only been made as a vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist, but a songwriter who has co-written songs for numerous other bands. In the late 1970's, Jim was co-founder of Survivor. Today he keeps a full schedule still performing with The Ides of March and with his other bands World Stage and Pride of Lions. Award-winning program director Ray White talks with Jim about his illustrious career. His latest projects are Play On, Winds of Change and Fearless. In our showcase segment, we feature Jeff Lynne's ELO, today's version of Electric Light Orchestra that Jeff co-founded in 1970. His brand new release is From Out of Nowhere. From the 1960's until today, we take you on a ride like no other, on Classic Artists Today!
America was formed in London in 1970 by a trio of youngsters whose fathers were stationed there by the U.S. Air Force. America's Gerry Beckley sat down with multi-award winning program director Ray White, in August of 2019, to talk about the band's last studio album Here and Now, their Grammy award for Best New Artist in 1973 and his brand new solo project Five Mile Road. In our "Showcase Segment," we look back at several highlights of the career of Paul Barrere - songwriter/guitarist/vocalist of Little Feat. Paul passed away on October 26, 2019. His last studio album with Little Feat was Rooster Rag. Bringing you the latest inside scoop from your favorite classic bands and performers, we are... Classic Artists Today.
Multi-Grammy award musician Shawn Colvin kicked off her career performing in off-Broadway shows. Hooking up with Suzanne Vega shortly thereafter, she then signed with a major label in 1989. Right out of the gate she garnered fame as her Steady On album hit Grammy gold. Throughout her career she's been a premier singer-songwriter and musician. Shawn talks with multi-award winning program director Ray White , in September of 2014, about her early influences, time in Greenwich Village and other career highlights. Her latest solo project is Uncovered and in 2016 she teamed with Steve Earle on Colvin and Earle. In our Showcase Segment, we look back at the career of Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer with The Cars, Ric Ocasek, who passed away on September 15, 2019. For more information about our show, visit us at Classic Artists Today. Ray and his shows are on social media, too!
English rock guitarist Shane Fontayne , hit the international music scene in 1980 on an album by Steve Forbert. Since then he has recorded and/or toured with Joe Cocker, Richard Marx, Marc Cohn, Graham Nash, David Crosby and Crosby Stills & Nash. playing, vocals and sometimes production work landed him with work with over a dozen more musicians including Bruce Springsteen. In this March of 2019 interview with multi-award winning radio host & producer, Ray White, Shane talks about his latest project with Graham Nash titled - This Path Tonight and his years with Crosby Stills & Nash. In our featured segment, we spotlight the career of Eddie Money, who passed away on September 13, 2019. His last album was released just several months before his death - Brand New Day. For more information about our shows, visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Santana's Gregg Rolie, Leslie West of Mountain and the late Johnny Winter are featured on our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, which was held on August 15, 16 & 17, 1969 in Bethel, New York. The festival was a pivotal moment in music history and an event that defined a generation. The crowd was estimated to be 400,000 people. Award-winning program director Ray White, takes you on a trip celebrating the concert of the century. We'll look bank at several of the bands' that participated including Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Janis Joplin and Sly and the Family Stone. For more information about our show, visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Keith Howland is guitarist and vocalist for Chicago, gracing the stage for nearly 25 years. Launching his career with Rick Springfield in the mid-1990's, Keith's life in music has taken off ever since. You'll find his guitar licks and singing on nearly a dozen albums from Chicago and has traveled the world with the band. When not touring or recording with Chicago, Keith has recorded several projects with his friends including members of The Doobie Brothers in the band Button. Chicago's latest studio release is Chicago XXXVI: Now. Multi-award winning program director Ray White, talks with Keith backstage about his big break in the music industry and the latest with Chicago. In our showcase segment, we feature former member of Humble Pie and The Herd - Peter Frampton. Peter's latest album debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Blues Album Chart and is titled All Blues. To learn more about our show, visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Pure Prairie League formed in 1970 and was among the leaders of the country rock movement. They featured awesome lead vocalists including Craig Fuller and Vince Gill. In their heyday, they scored five consecutive Top 40 LP's. In June of 2018, multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up backstage with co-founder John David Call, Mike Reilly and the bands current members for an impromptu interview to talk about their latest album All In Good Time, the great vocalists they've had throughout their history and favorite album from their extensive catalog. In our showcase segment, we feature Poco's Rusty Young and Black Oak Arkansas - who just released Underdog Heroes, their first studio album in nearly 30 years. For more information about our show, visit us at Classic Artists Today.
The legendary Beach Boys throughout the years have had over 85 songs chart worldwide, the most Top 40 songs from any U.S. rock band, sold over 100 million records and received numerous other accolades. They've also garnered 13 Grammy awards and/or nominations. Needless to say, they are worldwide popular music icons! Multi-award winning program director Ray White catches up with their legendary leader Brian Wilson and co-founder Al Jardine backstage before their show, in July 2012, to talk about the bands 50th Anniversary, their That's Why God Made The Radio album, and the rivalry between them and The Beatles in the 1960's. In our Showcase Segment, we feature 9-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow, whose new album is Threads. The legends can be found on Classic Artists Today!
David Bromberg stands out among his contemporaries as a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He's played with the worlds' most talented musicians and is tapped for many of their projects. He was nominated for a Grammy at the 50th annual Grammy Awards in 2008. Award winning program director Ray White, caught up with David backstage, in February of 2019, to talk about his career highlights with Ringo Starr and others and also about his latest album - The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues. In our showcase segment, we feature Jesse Colin Young, who has just released Dreamers. Also, the Stray Cats , whose latest is 40. For more information about our show visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Multi-Grammy award winner Kenny Loggins has had tremendous success as a solo artist, part of the duo Loggins and Messina, and as a songwriter and collaborator. In recent years, Kenny has produced several "family" albums and is a member of the country trio Blue Sky Riders. Award-winning program director Ray White caught up with Kenny during his reunion tour with Jim Messina in August of 2009 to talk about his latest endeavors, including his last solo album - All Join In. In our Showcase Segment, we feature Kenny's good friend and 5-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald, who was in Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers earlier in his career. His latest album is his first with original material in 17 years titled Wide Open. For more information about our show visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Ted Nugent, the Motor City Madman, has been rockin' the world since his days with The Amboy Dukes, in 1965. Launching his solo career in 1975, the guitarist/vocalist has continued to rock the world ever since. From the late 1980's until 2010, he hooked up with several other superstars from time-to-time as a member of Damn Yankees. Along with his music, Ted has written books, starred in television shows and shared his views on life, country and the American way wherever he goes. Award-winning program director Ray White, catches up with Ted to talk about his music influences and how they've affected his career and also his latest album - The Music Made Me Do It. In our Showcase Segment, we'll feature the internationally acclaimed rockers Whitesnake, whose latest project is Flesh and Blood. For more information on our show visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Dennis DeYoung was the was the primary lead vocalist and keyboardist for Styx for several decades. A founding member of the band, he penned 7 Billboard Top 10 singles and another as a solo artist. Award-winning program director, Ray White, speaks with Dennis, in November of 2014, about his live CD/DVD Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx and his last studio album One Hundred Years From Now. Dennis is also featured on the brand new album by Jim Peterik and World Stage - Winds of Change. In our "showcase segment" we feature the late Tom Petty, whose latest collection is titled, The Best of Everything. For more information visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer Wendy Waldman hit the Southern California music scene as a member of Bryndle - where other members included Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold, and Kenny Edwards, back in 1970. In 1973 her solo career was launched when Rolling Stone named her "Singer-Songwriter Debut of The Year" after releasing her first album. As a songwriter, Wendy reached the pinnacle when she co-wrote "Save The Best For Last" for Vanessa Williams, which was nominated for a Grammy. Her credits as a record producer includes albums for Jonathan Edwards, New Grass Revival and Suzy Bogguss. Award-winning program director, Ray White, catches up with Wendy in January 2019 to talk about her years as part of the second wave of outstanding female musicians and her soon to be released album, Blue Balloon. In our showcase segment we feature long time lead guitarist for the Eagles, Don Felder, who is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the iconic band, Don's latest solo release is American Rock 'n' Roll. For more information about our show visit us at Classic Artists Today.
Since their formation in 1969, Little Feat has captured the many music styles that is America's music. Founded by the late Lowell George and current member Bill Payne, the band continues to please music lovers today! In our August of 2009 interview, award-winning program director Ray White catches up with guitarist/vocalist Paul Barrere backstage and touches on his early years with the band, recording with Robert Palmer and with other Warner Bros. artists. We also talk about Little Feat's Join The Band album and much, much more! The band's latest studio recording is Rooster Rag. In our "showcase segment," we feature Shaun Murphy who was a member of Little Feat from 1993-2009 and has recorded and toured with Bob Seger throughout the years, starting in 1973. She's a powerful vocalist who has recorded numerous albums steeped in R&B and blues. Her latest album is title Mighty Gates. For more information about our show visit us at Classic Artists Today.
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.