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Musicians Speak Out

Listen to musicians from all over the world speak about music, performance, writing and their stories. Some are Artists, some are Composer and some are both, but all of them will provide a good insight into the world of today’s music.

Hosted by, Joe Carroccio, “Mr. That’s Life”, Musicians Speak Out is an educational, inspirational and entertaining view of music.

 

 

Featured Artists
John W. Bailey

John W. Bailey

Good Day, I have dedicated this page to inform you with a tidbit about my past and to give you an idea of where my alter ego (SuperMayne) originated. I will share a little slice of history and point out what my goals are. I also want to point out a few of my accomplishments along the way as I continue forward on my musical quest. I was born September 1,1955 on the southside of Chicago, Illinois. As a child I always had an intense feeling about music. But due to economic strains on my family ...

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Duo Scordatura

Duo Scordatura

During past seasons, Nicholas Leh Baker has appeared as Conductor-in-Residence with the Foundation for Modern Music and the Houston Symphonic Band, where he has held the position of Principal Guest Conductor since 2006; where he has not only appeared as conductor on two tours, but has also performed as soloist on numerous occasions. He has also been principal conductor of the Sonus Chamber Orchestra, and has made guest appearances with the Austin Symphony, Alia Musica Pittsburgh, Rose City Chamber Orchestra, the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival, the Shepherd School of Music, Greater Houston Youth Orchestra, and with ...

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AOMUSIC

AOMUSIC

The musical group AOMUSIC was founded on the belief that “nature only knows humanity as one being -- that we are facets of one jewel.” On their fourth album, hokulea, AOMUSIC continues to create astounding, transformative, international, vocal-oriented, world-fusion sounds truly reflecting our global community (with all profits going to children in need). The music on this CD features lyrics from around the world (Swahili, Zulu, West African, Hindi, Japanese, English, Polynesian, Indonesian, Hebrew and Xhosa), newly-created vocal sounds, worldbeat rhythms, one of the most acclaimed new age vocalists of our time, and children’s choirs from ...

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Joyce Spencer

Joyce Spencer

Joyce was reared in a small town with limited resources to study music; however, it did not discourage her passion. She started playing clarinet in middle school, but grew very fond of the tenor saxophone in the 12th grade. Later, she added the alto sax and flute in college where she majored in instrumental music education. After an approximate 20-year hiatus, Joyce returned to her love and passion for music and released her first CD, “Sweet Dreams”, in 2010. The CD is a collection of instrumental (alto/soprano sax and flute) and vocal music created to calm, ...

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Jill Sissel

Jill Sissel

Jill Sissel has been writing and performing her acclaimed Americana/ Blues music in the Nashville area for more than 15 years. In 1999, Just Plain Folks nominated her for Americana Album of the Year, and she has garnered numerous other awards and honors since. Jill has just released a soulful, evocative blues album, Tell the Truth, her 7th studio release to date. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jill was always interested in the guitar. Her first acoustic for her 8th Christmas was an Aspen. The name of the guitar was significant to her ...

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Randy Granger

Randy Granger

New Mexico musician Randy Granger blends Native American flute music, Singer-Songwriter sensibilities, Pan instruments like the Hang and Halo, percussion into a unique style of music called "Southwest World." It is fitting that this native of the American Southwest would be influenced by the ancient cultures and landscapes seeped in mysticism, history and characters ranging from Geronimo, Billy the Kid, Georgia O’Keefe and hard-scrabble settlers. Born during a thunderstorm in a small Oil-field boom town on the Llano Estacado in southeastern New Mexico where Pumpjacks, Mesquite and Oil Derricks dot the flat landscapes. Oil field ...

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Scarecrowz

Scarecrowz

Formed in August 2000, Scarecrowz are defining a new sound for Ottawa’s alternative scene. With influences from classic and newer bands, coupled with the desire to create music with an edge, their punchy riffs are drawing attention with each performance. The name was chosen to describe the band's sound and character during its early stages around Halloween. “There’s a lot of connotations to it”, says rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist, Ger Madden. “We wanted a name to describe our sound, yet bind us together.” “Every time we do a show, it’s like Halloween for us”, he adds. ...

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Craig Karolus

Craig Karolus

Craig grew up in Long Prairie, Minnesota; a small community where everybody knows everybody. The high school marching band, called The Minnesota Marching M'Bassadors, under the direction of Mr. Gove (now retired), put this town on the map. Craig was a percussionist in the marching band. He also filled the role of drum major for the field show performances his senior year in high school. The band traveled all over the country. Craig had the opportunity to direct the field show band while they performed at the Festival Of States competition in St. Petersberg, FL ...

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Paris Toon

Paris Toon

Paris Toon is the Billboard Award-winning lyricist and musical enigma behind Brooklyn born Jazz Soul band Mother's Favorite Child. He is an extraordinary (soon to be published) poet, composer and producer who never seems to stray for a moment from his forward driven vision of success in the music world. Paris started out as a hip-hop producer in the mid 90's and has done Jazz Soul production and remix work for many different projects during his career. His influences range from Rakim and Stevie Wonder to Sly Stone, Prince and John Lennon. These influences make themselves ...

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Patrick “BlueFrog” Ellis

Patrick “BlueFrog” Ellis

Front man Patrick “BlueFrog” Ellis of San Diego, California, has been performing for audiences around the globe since 1997. As a Navy Frogman stationed in Germany – Patrick earned the nickname “BlueFrog” while playing the local expat joints. In 2000 Patrick Ellis returned to San Diego and with Alan Adamson formed the original “BlueFrog and Company” as the Tuesday night House Band for “Buffalo Joes” in the Gas Lamp quarter of downtown San Diego. The band hosted one the most respected Blues Jams in the San Diego area. The Band appeared on the NBC “Good-Morning Show” and ...

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Combat Fusion Jazz Band

Combat Fusion Jazz Band

Producer of the Combat Fusion Jazz Band, John Dubiel, was born in Chicago on April 18, 1945. Throughout his life he has been a producer, song writer, keyboard player with a passion for music. John is a Viet Nam war veteran and purple heart recipient. His other passion is the veterans and with this new band, the Combat Fusion Jazz Band, he wants to help all our men and women veterans who are suffering from PTSD. Part of the profits from the Combat Fusion Jazz Band will be going to help these brave men and women ...

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Sam Hankins

Sam Hankins

Samuel Hankins was born into a musical family. His maternal grandmother played the piano and was a tremendous gospel singer. His father played harmonica and vocals in various R & B bands. His brother plays the piano, majors in voice and teaches elementary school music. So it was inevitable that Sam's musical education would begin at an early age. Encouraged by his father, Samuel Hankins Sr., young "Hank" began with the guitar. In middle school he switched to the trumpet. Again, encouraged by his father, Sam began playing in churches, professional bands and orchestras. Sam's love ...

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Jack Couchman

Jack Couchman

JC, Jack Couchman, guitarist, songwriter, performer, music visionary, began his career in 1974. Playing with bands such as Black Mariah, they successfully toured the nation with original rock and roll. July of 2009 marks the launch of JC’s solo career. Over the last few years JC has dedicated himself to documenting the many songs that lie within and in the process, has developed a musical style all his own. From the soul-searched lyrics and intricate melodies, JC’s music easily becomes etched in one's being. It doesn't take long before songs begin to replay in your mind. JC captivates his audiences with ...

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Rob Anthony

Rob Anthony

Singer, songwriter Rob Anthony believes the true measure of a successful artist is reflected in what he gives back to his community. Through his words & music, Rob is able to arouse interest and raise awareness for a number of different causes. ‘Down the Road’ – a tribute to the men and women in the trucking industry, is a prime example. Anthony’s lyrics paint a vivid picture of Americana and the struggle truckers face to keep this world moving day-to-day. Anthony’s desire is to increase appreciation for an industry that is often times overlooked. Anthony’s soulful ...

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Johnny “V” Vernazza

Johnny V Vernazza

Johnny "V" has played guitar with many Blues greats like Chicago guitarist Luther Tucker, Sunnyland Slim, Rock& Roll Legend Chuck Berry, Steve "Guitar" Miller, Greg Allman , George Thorogood, Charlie Daniels , Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen and Elvin Bishop to name a few. Johnny was recruited into Elvin Bishop's band that led to 6 albums, Gold Records, endless touring and the #3 song in the nation by 1974 "Fooled Around and Fell in Love." Elvin and Johnny's dual lead and slide parts set a style that was part of the Southern Rock Sound and ...

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Mercedes Nicole

Mercedes Nicole

An extraordinary vocal jazz stylist and interpreter of standards, blues, original compositions, and New Gospel music, Ms. Nicole brings her unique personality and vocal quality to her performances. Her rich, expressive voice is deepened by a refreshing vulnerability and ardour. Her performance reveals an unending passion for probing the lyric, melodic and rhythmic nuances of her material. Mercedes has performed at numerous venues and festivals, including: Demetrio's Jazz Alley, The Triple Door, Egan's, 88 Keys Whidby Island, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, SAM, Microsoft Auditorium, Shoreline Jazz Festival, Ballard Jazz Festival, Panache Jazz Festival, Westport Blues ...

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Celia

Celia

On "The Positive Music Show" Celia is a singer, songwriter, actress, and storyteller who dishes up the most delicious concoction of the silly and the sacred. She is an amazing multi-faceted artist. From powerful, heart-felt vocals to wacky comedic improvisations, you honestly never know what will happen with Celia on stage. Think Enya meets Tori Amos meets Gilda Radner. Celia has opened for notable authors: Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Masaru Emoto, and Sonia Choquette, provided live music for the Off-Broadway production of “Rum and Vodka”, received a “Best Storytelling CD” nomination for “Irish Tales” ...

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Brian and Elizabeth LaChance

Brian and Elizabeth LaChance

Brian started playing guitar  at age 12 and was on the road by age 15, playing 6 nights a week, around the country. He ended up playing for the stars such as Alan Jackson, Ray Price, Glen Campbell, to name a few. He also was a Grand Ol Opry stage player. While Brian was on a winter break in Phoenix, in 1996, from playing the theater shows in Eureka  Springs/Branson,  he met  Elizabeth and  fell in love. They both shared a love of music and songwriting.  A year later they married and haven't stopped writing ...

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Elizabeth Geyer

Elizabeth Geyer

Elizabeth describes writing and performing her own music for the first time as ‘finally coming home’. Her talent stands apart from other artists simply because of her incredible diversity as a vocalist, pianist, trumpet and flugelhorn player and last but not least composer. Her unique style of Jazz sets a new direction while her hands on approach to song writing, recording, production and performance has allowed her passion to be expressed and connect to her audiences with an understated passion and warmth. For many years Elizabeth performed and recorded in bands, often the solo chair ...

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Jeff Senour

Jeff Senour

Jeff's musical infatuation began with the unforgettable artists and rock and roll tunes we all still love today. He brings a life-size heart to match his big sound! Jeff performs both originals and covers. Like most of his band mates, Jeff has played professionally since his high school and college days and brings a wealth of knowledge to the band. He loves the music he writes and plays but even more so seeing his audience get involved with the tunes. An accomplished guitarist and song writer, Jeff started playing as a child and continues to write ...

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Rhett Davis

Rhett Davis

Rhett was born in England, immigrated to Canada and grew up in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. He was lead singer and front man for a local group “THE WINMEN”. They recorded a regional hit “A Nickel Piece of Candy” and played major venues in British Columbia and Washington State. After long time school buddies went their separate ways, Rhett joined a well-established Toronto nightclub act, “THE HILITES” that performed in major venues, conventions, lounges and television in US, Europe, The Mid- East and Canada. When the HILITES disbanded, Rhett returned to Nashville where he ...

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Michael Harrison

Michael Harrison

Michael is a singer, songwriter, and great guitar player first and foremost... He has been recording, performing and perfecting his craft for 30 years plus...in addition to singing and playing, writing great songs, and arrangements...he has 4 great CD's, and many copyrighted works to his credit, and is on his own Indie Label... Finally receiving notoriety and airplay worldwide in 2007 for the release of his "Lost In the Blues" album...and the re-release of his "Easy Money" CD. both of these CD's are on digital jukeboxes everywhere... He continues to establish himself as a solo artist tho he has played with many ...

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Buckwheat Catapillar

Buckwheat Catapillar

Buckwheat Catapillar began back in the late 90's as Smoking Catapillar of Alice in Wonderland fame and now has morphed into Buckwheat Catapillar, the Musician, Philosopher and Provocateur. Catapillar Music is often comedic and political and always evokes a response. The latest CD "Anxiety" is the work of singer/guitarist/song writer Buckwheat Catapillar, with assistance from the technicians at Lunatech Studios in West Seattle. Buckwheat Catapillar is the son of J.P. Patches and his mother Gertrude, both northwest icons. Born October 31, 1971, Buckwheat has been in a variety of bands over the years including, Baby ...

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Dorothy Leigh

Dorothy Leigh

The release of “A Second Chance” introduces the music world to Dorothy Leigh, a Grammy Nominated and powerful, highly respected Singer/Recording Artist with a soulful voice, very expressive style, and ability to interpret lyrics in a meaningful and heartfelt way. Ms. Leigh’s debut work captures the essence of her amazing talent and reflects the emotional depth and breadth of her life-altering journey. “Dorothy’s style of music is a unique blend of Jazzy R&B, ”Rayvon Singleton, A&R of Whitley Productions says. "She has the hottest, freshest sound of Jazzy R&B today!" "Ms. Leigh has gone where no ...

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Michael Edging and Mike Stewart

Michael Edging and Mike Stewart

This is a fantastic saxophone and piano Smooth Jazz album by two veteran musicians Michael Edging and Mike Stewart. These two players worked together for many years in the Atlanta area studios playing on stages and record projects for many years and it shows in these fantastic compositions. With a smooth yet firm sax style and strong yet lilting tone, Mike Edging brings a new higher level to the art of Saxophone performance and Mike Stewart's compositions and keyboard work are unsurpassed. One of the songs Mike Edging wrote is a tribute to John Coltrane--"Unspoken", ...

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Jhonny K

Jhonny K

About Jhonny K Jhonny K started in music as a lad and wanted to play drums, but alas it was to loud for his mothers ears. So being the thoughtful, unrebellious son that he was, he began to play the trumpet. Jhonny K started to study jazz and classical music with several peers, professionals, and teachers. That provided him with the ability to hear harmonies and understand how music is shaped and should work. He is a fan of pretty much any genre of music, but his soul yearns for rock and blues. After getting over ...

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Dave Undis

Dave Undis

Dave Undis Country Music songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee Partners: Chip Nietfeld, singer-songwriter in Franklin, Tennessee and Dave Crowley, singer-songwriter in Honolulu, Hawaii Check out:    www.americansongspace.com/DaveUndis/

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Bob Crawford

Bob Crawford

Bob Crawford, born in the Bronx, NY, is one of those rare people combining musicality, scholarship, and business acumen into one seamless individual. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1971 (Phi Beta Kappa/Magna cum laude) Bob embarked on his musical career full time. From being the Musical Director, Guitarist, and Vocalist for the National Company of Paul Sills’ “Story Theatre”(1972-3) to the publishing of his book “Symmetric Cycles” by RMCO MUSIC, Bob has been actively involved in songwriting, arranging, producing, and studio work as a guitarist and vocalist for the past 30 years. In 1975, ...

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Annette Cantor

Annette Cantor

Annette Cantor’s recording, Songs to the Goddess, contains musical meditations inspired by sacred deities from around the world, but focusing on the universal Mother Earth. These song prayers -- featuring both Cantor’s wordless vocalizing and acclaimed new age music pioneer C.G. Deuter’s instrumentation -- praise the planet, give thanks for birth and living, and also ask for guidance in creating a good life. Cantor and Deuter are both Germans who met while living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Deuter, long known as a top new age instrumentalist, wanted to explore the addition of vocals, so Cantor ...

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Ellen Christi

Ellen Christi

Composer, vocalist, and producer of improvised jazz music known for her eclectic musical presentations Since the mid-seventies, Ellen Christi has steadily gained ground as an important contributor to American improvised music and contemporary jazz. As a jazz vocalist, Ms. Christi has worked in varying performance venues ranging from multi-media theatrical productions to solo vocal concerts. She has also been an active advocate in supporting innovative performing artists through organizations that she has co-founded or directed. Ms. Christi has been performing and recording with musicians in the United States, Europe, and Africa for the past twenty five ...

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Artists With "Musicians Speak Out" Interviews

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Anne Trenning
Annette Cantor
AOMUSIC
Avguste Antonov
Beverly Ritz
BlendJazz
Bob Crawford
Brad Loomis
Brett Mikels
Brian and Elizabeth LaChance
Brian Collins
Buckwheat Catapillar
Celia
Chaser Eight
Chuck Peterson
Combat Fusion Jazz Band
Craig Karolus
Darlene Koldenhoven
Dave Undis
Dean Burnett
Dorothy Leigh
Duo Scordatura
Elizabeth Geyer
Ellen Christi
Erich McMann
Frank Piombo
Gino Goss
Herky Cutler
Honey Dawn Karima
Jack Couchman
Jeff Senour
Jhonny K
Jill Sissel
Joggyn Smyler (Frank Zee)
John Adorney
John David Schrader
John W. Bailey
Johnny "V" Vernazza
Johnny Zapp
Josh Mottley
Joy Mover
Joyce Spencer
LAVENDERSOUL
Lisa Firestone
Louis Landon
Mercedes Nicole
MEZ (Martian Ear Zit)
Michael Edging and Mike Stewart
Michael Harrison
Michael Hepner
Michael Moon
Oxford Coma
Paris Toon
Patrick “BlueFrog” Ellis
Paul Adams
Paz del Castillo
Randy Granger
Rhett Davis
Richard Carr
Rob Anthony
Rob Darby
Rob Randolph Band
Robin Roberts and Billie Preston
Roots Rock Society (RRS)
Sam Hankins
Scarecrowz
Silverfox
Stephen Savage
SusieCool
Terry Lewsader
Victor James Dougherty
Victoria De mare
Yonatan Miller
 

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