In this special tribute to Pat DiNizio, we look back and share a great interview we had with him in August of 2010. Pat was the frontman of The Smithereens since the band was formed in 1980 until his passing on December 12, 2017. Award-winning program director, Ray White, talks with Pat about the 2009 release, The Smithereens Play Tommy and their upcoming album - 2011, plus much more! We'll relive many highlights of a stellar career and life of our good friend, Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens. You won't want to miss our Episode 004, when we showcase our last interview with Pat, too. For additional information about our show visit www.classicartiststoday.com
Gary Wright helped to establish the synthesizer as a leading instrument in rock and pop music in the mid 1970's. Before launching his solo career, he was an original member of Spooky Tooth with other musicians that went on to play with Foreigner, Humble Pie, and Mott The Hoople. Throughout his career, Gary played with others including his friend, George Harrison. Gary's career reached its pinnacle in 1975 with his The Dream Weaver album, which had two singles reach #2 on the charts. In October of 2010, Classic Artists Today's Ray White talked with Gary about his latest solo album - Connected, along with highlights from his early years. Gary re-released his 1972 album with Wonderwall titled Ring Of Changes, in the summer of 2016. In our Spotlight Segment, we feature Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Van Morrison, whose two 2017 albums were Roll With The Punches and Versatile. Learn more about our show at http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Nancy Wilson is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the co-founder of Heart and now joins Liv Warfield from Prince's New Power Generation in a new band - Roadcase Royale. Their first album is titled, First Things First. In Part 2 of our April, 2017 interview with Nancy, 2017 New Music Weekly Magazine's award winning program director, Ray White, talks with her about launching the new band, induction into the Hall of Fame and Heart's last album - Beautiful Broken. In our "spotlight segment" we feature Canada's mega star, Bryan Adams, who has sold over 75 million records, been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards (taking home one as the winner), and winning 18 Juno Awards - Canada's top musical honor. Ultimate is the name of his latest album. Learn more about our program at http://www.classicartiststoday.com
The unique vocals of Mickey Thomas has been out front of bands including Starship, Jefferson Starship and the Elvin Bishop Group. Throughout the years he sang the hits: "Jane", "Find Your Way Back", "No Way Out", "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now", "Laying It On The Line" and "Fooled Around And Fell In Love." Talking with award-winning program director Ray White, in an interview recorded in October of 2013, Mickey discusses his latest album Loveless Fascination and some new compilations from Jefferson Starship and Starship. In our Spotlight Segment, we feature the Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer, Tom Petty, who passed away on October 2, 2017.
Tim Reynolds, founder of TR3, is a Grammy nominated muti-instrumentalist who is lead guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band. Tim's work on the guitar puts him at the highest echelon with other masters in the world. New Music Magazine's award-winning program director, Ray White talks with Tim and his fellow members of TR3 in September of 2017, after an awesome performance, about the bands' Like Some Kind of Alien Invasion album and Tim's solo project That Way plus other insights. In our showcase segment, we have Tim with the Dave Matthews Band in the spotlight. DMB's latest CD is titled - Away From The World. Be sure to check out more about our shows at http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Geoff Downes has made a major impact on the rock/pop music scene throughout the years, starting with the band he co-founded in 1977 - The Buggles. His next stop was keyboardist for Yes, where he's played with the band for 8 years during their storied career. Geoff also co-founded the supergroup Asia, in 1981. In this November, 2009 phone interview with award-winning host, Ray White, Geoff talks about his collaboration with John Wetton, who has since passed away, called Icon - and much more. We'll also feature his latest project with Christopher Braide, who have just released their Skyscraper Souls album. For more information on our show and the legacy artists we feature, visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Original member of Firefall, guitarist/vocalist Larry Burnett, played on the band's first five albums from the mid-1970's through 1980, and a reunion album with former band members released in 2009. His song, Cinderella, landed on the Top 40 charts. Today, you can find Larry playing gigs in the mid-atlantic area with his friend Don Chapman and others in the region. Award-winning program director Ray White, caught up with Larry in July, 2017 to talk about his career with Firefall, his Guitars & Vocals CD and latest music endeavors. In our "showcase" segment we'll feature the last project by the late legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose, titled "10 X 10." Finished and released recently with help from his good friends Ricky Phillips (Styx/Bad English/Baby's) and Eric Singer (Alice Cooper/Kiss) and many of his rock star buddies. For more information on our show, visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Micky Dolenz is the vocalist and drummer for a group that grew out of a TV show in the 1960's...The Monkees. The show introduced a number of innovative, new-wave film techniques to series television and won two Emmy Awards in 1967. The Monkees have sold more than 75 million records worldwide and had international hits. Their latest CD, released in 2016, is Good Times. On this August of 2012 interview, award-winning host Ray White talks to Micky about his latest solo CD, Remember, the band and the passing of Davy Jones. In our "showcase" segment, we'll feature Rod Stewart's latest project. We're heading back to the 60's, with musicians who have been on the music scene for 50 years! For additional information on our show visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Formed in Mississippi in 1996, 3 Doors Down has released six studio albums, collectively selling well over 10 million copies. Consistently landing on the music charts, the band produces dynamic rockin' tunes, along with powerful ballads. On this episode, we interview lead singer Brad Arnold, talking about the bands latest album, Us and the Night, along with challenges band members have overcome in their personal lives. Award-winning host, Ray White, takes you on a trip back to their early years too and highlights the latest from U2 in our "showcase" segment! We bring you the best of today, from your favorite classic rock and pop bands!! For more information, visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Warren Haynes has carried a heavy workload throughout the years fronting his own band and Gov't Mule while playing a key role in The Allman Brothers Band. Playing in the Dickey Betts Band, he was invited to join the Allman Brothers in 1989. Throughout the years Warren launched his namesake band in 1993 and followed that by forming Gov't Mule, shortly thereafter. In our April of 2013 interview with Warren, award-winning program director Ray White talks with Warren about Gov't Mule's By A Thread and Shout releases and also touches on The Allman Brothers Band, too! Warren's latest release is Revolution Come...Revolution Go. In our spotlight segment, we pay tribute to the leader of The Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman, who passed away on 5/27/17. His last studio album was Southern Blood. Learn more about our great shows and musicians we feature at http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Founding member, lead guitarist and vocalist for Genesis, Anthony Phillips, was with the band from 1967 through 1970, participating in Genesis' first two albums. Anthony went on to a solo career recording over two dozen albums. On our July of 2017 interview, award-winning program director Ray White, talks with Anthony about the remastered and expanded 1990 album Slow Dance, plus much more. In our "spotlight" segment, we honor the late Walter Becker of Steely Dan. For more information on our show visit us at http://www.classicartiststoday.com
On this episode we feature the rock supergroup - Black Country Communion. Formed in 2009, the band is fronted by Glenn Hughes, who was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple. The phenomenal guitarist for the band, Joe Bonamassa, joins us on our interview that was recorded right after the bands first album - in November of 2010. Joe shares his insights on the formation of the band, that includes members that have played with Led Zeppelin and Dream Theater. He also talks about recordings on their first album. Black Country Communion's new release is, BCCIV. In our "spotlight" segment, the focus is on Big Head Todd and The Monsters' latest effort. Award-winning program director, Ray White catches you up on the latest with your favorite "classic" bands and performers! For additional information on our show, visit www.classicartiststoday.com and our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
The Doobie Brothers have won 4 GRAMMY awards and sold over 48 million records - including 3 multi-platinum, 7 platinum, and 14 gold albums. They've tallied five Top 10 singles and 16 Top 40 hits. The Doobies have also received the most prestigious and rare Diamond Award. On this episode , award-winning program director Ray White interviews The Doobie Brothers drummer Ed Toth, who has been with the band since 2005. In this July of 2017 conversation, Ed touches on his career with Vertical Horizon, how he became a "Doobie" and the role he plays with the band and their last studio album of original material - World Gone Crazy. Plus much more, too! In our "showcase" segment, you'll hear from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, whose latest studio release is titled Unvarnished. To learn more about the program visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
At the top of the album-oriented rock charts during the 1970's you'd find the band Kansas. They appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the '70's and 80's. On this June of 2010 interview, the CAT's Ray White spends times with Kansas guitarist Richard Williams, who has been with the band since their debut album was released in 1974. Rich shares his insights into the 35th anniversary of the band, that features the release of their live CD/DVD - There's Know Place Like Home. Kansas' recent album is The Prelude Implicit, their first studio release in 16 years. Our showcase band on this episode is Mike and the Mechanics, who were formed by Genesis' co-founder Mike Rutherford in 1985. Their latest release - Let Me Fly, is their eighth studio album.
In part 2 of our interview with the phenomenal guitarist Allan Holdsworth, recorded in March of 2017 - several weeks before his passing, we talk about his last music projects and one of his hobbies outside of music. Allan was considered one of the best guitarists in the world by Carlos Santana, Joe Satriani and Eddie Van Halen and many others. His magical guitar work can be found on albums by Soft Machine, U.K., Jean-Luc Ponty, Bruford and many others. The SynAxe was a unique instrument that he mastered. Allan's music crossed music genres as his styles would open up new dimensions of sound, no matter what he was playing. Join award-winning host, Ray White, as he gives takes you on a brief journey into Allan's life and music. In our "Spotlight" segment we feature Boston, who's latest album is Life, Love and Hope. For additional information about our show, which features the latest from "classic" bands and performers visit www.classicartiststoday.com
Mark Andes was original member of three incredible bands - Spirit (1967), Jo Jo Gunne (1971) and Firefall (1974). A bassist and background vocalist, Mark also was with Heart during the height of their career (1983-1993). In 2014, Mark reunited with Firefall, which now has three original members in the band. Interviewing Mark backstage at an October of 2016 show, he talks about rejoining Firefall and provides insights into his days with Spirit. Your award-winning host, Ray White, features much more on Mark and his music and features Lindsay Buckingham & Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac) in our "Showcase" segment. For additional information visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
We feature singer/bassist John Wetton on this "special tribute" Sittin' In With The CAT show. John's handprint can be found on numerous bands from the early 1970's right up to his passing in January of 2017. Widely known for his work with Asia, King Crimson, U.K and Roxy Music, his singing and bass playing was among the best in progressive rock music history. In this tribute show, award-winning program director Ray White interviewed John in January 2009 after release of Asia's Phoenix album. That album was the first released by the original Asia members since 1983. John shares insights regarding the reunion of the band and details of his other music career highlights. We'll also include much more from this legendary British musician. For additional information about our show, visit http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Todd Rundgren launched his career in 1967 with his band the Nazz. From there he headed out on a music journey that touched on a diverse and eclectic range of recordings in several band configurations including Runt and Utopia. Throughout his career Todd's also been a sought after record producer having worked with The Band, Badfinger, New York Dolls, Grand Funk Railroad and Hall & Oates - just to name a few. On our May of 2017 interview, award-winning program director Ray White talks with Todd about several of his early career highlights and his latest album - White Knight. In our "Spotlight" segment, we feature Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, Cheap Trick. Their latest project is titled, We're All Alright! Learn more about the latest from many of your favorite 'classic" rock and pop bands at http://www.classicartiststoday.com
Formed in 1972 in Chicago, Styx has had 4 consecutive multi-platinum albums as well as 16 Top 40 singles, 8 of which landed in the Top 10. After releasing six albums, their seventh - The Grand Illusion, launched the band towards superstar status. Founding members James Young and Chuck Panozzo carry the flame for the band today and just released their latest concept album - The Mission. Award winning program director, Ray White, is joined by long time Styx bassist, Ricky Phillips, in this June of 2010 interview. Ricky was a founding member of the supergroup Bad English and also played with The Babys, before joining Styx in 2003. In our "Spotlight" segment, we feature a 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee as a member of The Kinks - Ray Davies. His latest solo album is titled Americana which compliments a DVD and book of the same name. His backing band on this release is The Jayhawks - an alt-country/country rock band which formed back in the mid 1980's.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Nancy Wilson of Heart has a new band and project she's been working on called Roadcase Royale. Teaming with several members of Heart and Prince's New Power Generation bands, the sound combines Rock and R&B at its best! In this April of 2017 interview with New Music Weekly Magazine's 2017 Program Director of the Year, Ray White, Nancy talks about the new band, new record, and plans for the rest of the year. Her albums, throughout the years, have sold well over 35 million worldwide. Nancy's recordings have made it to the Top 10 on the charts during the 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's and 10's - making Heart and their music among the most commercially enduring rock bands in history! Another Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician - Pink Floyd's Roger Waters , is in our "Spotlight" segment on this episode. He's just released his fifth studio album, Is This The Life We Really Want?"
Born out of the music mecca of San Francisco in 1982, Night Ranger has sold nearly 20 million albums throughout the years, and are led by original members Jack Blades, Brad Gillis and Kelly Keagy. In this August of 2011 interview with guitarist Brad Gillis, award-winning program director Ray White talks with him about their tour with Journey and Foreigner, early beginnings of the band, his career when Jack Blades joined Damn Yankees, their album Somewhere In California - and much more! Night Ranger's current album Don't Let Up gives you the connection with the band today, tied back to their strong Rock and Roll roots! In our "Spotlight" segment, we'll feature a pioneer of hard driving Rock and Roll - Deep Purple, who's latest album is titled Infinite. It's their 20th since 1968 and includes original members Ian Paice, Ian Gillan and Roger Glover driving their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sound.
Allan Holdsworth, a phenomenal guitarist who was considered one of the best in the world by Eddie Van Halen, Carlos Santana & Joe Satriani, joins us on one of his last interviews in March, 2017 - before his passing on April 15th, 2017. You'll find his fusion-based guitar work featured in groups including Soft Machine and U.K. Allan's music is transcendent of many genres as his style would open up new dimensions of sound no matter what he was playing - many times utilizing the SynthAxe. Some of his many collaborations were with YES co-founder, Bill Bruford and jazz drummer Tony Williams. On this episode, we'll talk about his brand new compilation releases and much more. In our "Spotlight" is Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie, who have a brand new album out with Fleetwood Mac - Mick Fleetwood & John McVie joining them.
Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Doors, Robby Krieger has developed a unique legacy as a guitarist and singer-songwriter on the global music scene. Rolling Stone magazine consistently includes Robby on their "Greatest Guitarists of All Time" listings. Since his days with The Doors, Robby has released nearly a dozen albums, mainly featuring his world-class guitar work. In this June of 2010 interview, just a couple years before the death of his bandmate - Ray Manzarek, award winning program director Ray White, talks with Robby about his 2010 solo release, "Singularity" and much more! In our Spotlight segment, we feature Heart's Nancy Wilson and Prince's Liv Warfield's new band - Roadcase Royale.
Formed in 1967, Jethro Tull's music has touched on a wide music spectrum - blues rock, folk rock, and progressive rock, just to name a few. The band has sold over 60 million records, and were awarded 11 Gold and 5 Platinum records. Throughout the years, Ian Anderson has been the heart and soul of the group. On this episode award-winning program director Ray White talks with Ian, during February of 2017, about Jethro Tull's latest release "The String Quartets," which features Ian with the Carducci Quartet - recorded in unique settings throughout England. In our "Spotlight" segment we feature Steve Hackett, a Rock and Rock Hall of Famer with the band Genesis, who has released over 2 dozen albums throughout his solo career. For additional information about our program, visit www.classicartiststoday.com
Originally formed in 1975, the Little River Band has sold over 30 million records throughout the years. The band has garnered ten Top 20 hits on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. On this episode, award-winning program director Ray White of Classic Artists Today, interviews band leader Wayne Nelson in September of 2016 on their tour bus as the band prepared for another show. This session centers around Little River Band's latest album, "Cuts Like A Diamond," and Wayne also provides insights regarding song selection for each show. In our "Spotlight" segment, we'll feature 4-time Grammy winner Pat Benatar, who's released her first rock/pop recording in over 10 years. Additional information about our program can be found at www.classicartiststoday.com