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Inside MusiCast provides in-depth interviews with amazing musicians, producers, session players, and front-line artists. We dedicate our podcast to those who go “beyond the liner notes”. Now, you’re inside the music scene.
Sonny Abelardo has been the man behind the curtain for a variety of musical acts for a large portion of his career in the music industry. He’s worked as a professional music and production manager for decades, managing all the details that bring an artist to the stage - and there’s a lot to organize in order to move crew, equipment, and the musicians themselves so that we fans can enjoy great shows. But there’s a lot more to Sonny’s resumé that we’ll uncover today, as he reveals some very interesting moments in his career path that surprised even us. Inside MusiCast is excited to welcome Sonny Abelardo.
Marc Jordan continues to challenge and reinvent himself as a songwriter, composer, and vocalist. On his latest album release, titled “Waiting For The Sun To Rise”, the Juno award winning artist has penned several original songs, blended with a few new arrangements of some well-known tunes, such as the Tears For Fears classic “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”. The album contains a harmonious blend of jazz, folk, and pop. Lyrically, Marc reflects on his time living in the American West, thoughts about the problems our world is facing, loneliness sparked by the pandemic, and the joys of the natural world. This is arguably his most introspective collection of songs in his vast canon of work, backed by lush strings from the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, with collaborations from Lou Pomanti and Randy Brecker. Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome back to the show, Marc Jordan.
Earlier this year, an iconic voice in the music world left us: David Crosby. From the Byrds, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, his duo projects with Graham Nash, CPR, his solo projects and so much more, Croz continued to tour and create new music until the very end. For the past three decades, an integral part of Crosby’s creative process was guitarist Jeff Pevar. On this episode of Inside MusiCast, Jeff joins us to chat about his relationship with Croz, including how they discovered each other back in the early ‘90s, along with stories about performing, touring, writing and recording with this iconic musician. Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome back to the show, Jeff Pevar.
Inside MusiCast hits the road to Chicago to catch up with Shawn Lee and Andy Platts of Young Gun Silver Fox, as the band is on its inaugural tour of North America. Chicago is the third stop on this five city tour and the guys sat down with IMC's Eddy Cabello in the green room after sound check at Lincoln Hall to chat about the tour and how it's progressing.
In the late ‘70s, a group of incredible studio musicians came together to form a prolific, legendary band who shook-up the music scene with well crafted and expertly produced songs with a West Coast/AOR sound. Here in the States, you’d imagine that we’re referring to Toto. However, this group of musicians hails from Norway and their band is Lava. On this episode of Inside MusiCast, we’re chatting with one of the group’s founding members, Svein Dag Hauge, to discuss the origins of Lava, the band’s rise to notoriety in Scandinavia, and where they’re headed next - including discussion about their upcoming box set that features a brand new album titled ‘X’. Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome Svein Dag Hauge.
Mica Millar is not well known in the States, but word is quickly spreading about her incredible vocals and well-crafted songs. The Manchester UK-based singer recently released her debut album titled, “Heaven Knows”, and when you hear it, you’ll know that the name Mica Millar will be known everywhere very soon. What makes her story and music even more remarkable is the fact that she suffered a horrible spinal injury at the onset of recording her new album. It stopped everything cold. Today, Mica talks to us about the miracle of her music, the challenges, and the eventual release of “Heaven Knows”. Inside MusiCast welcomes Mica Millar.
Growing-up in Queens, Lionel Cordew was surrounded by music inside his home, in his neighborhood, and in church. His brothers were all involved in music, his mother sang in the gospel choir at the church where his father was the minister, and his neighborhood hosted block parties where cats like Lenny White, Marcus Miller, Omar Hakim, Najee and many others would often play. Lionel absorbed and adapted to many styles of music, which he’s used to his benefit throughout the course of his career, as he’s recorded and toured with a diverse list of musicians, including Mike Stern, Gino Vannelli, Jeff Lorber, Roberta Flack, Bill Evans, Chuck Loeb, Chieli Minucci, Wayne Krantz, and in 2015 he replaced Lee Pearson as the drummer in the legendary jazz group, Spyro Gyra. Here to discuss his musical journey in more depth is none other than Lionel Cordew.
Inside MusiCast rings in the new year with our first guest for 2023, guitarist Dean Parks! Dean is no stranger to liner notes geeks around the world and was home grown in the state of Texas. In fact, he was a member of the “One O’clock Lab Band'' at North Texas State while in college. Whatever it is that’s in the water at North Texas, he drank it – along with other top musicians who have come out of that amazing music program - like David Hungate, several Snarky Puppy band members, Norah Jones, Jeff Coffin, Don Henley, Lyle Mays, and others. Fast forward to today and we find Dean still engaged with contributing his talents to new projects from Lyle Lovett, LeAnn Rimes, Herbie Hancock, Diane Warren, and so many others. This only confirms that after decades of playing LA sessions, Parks still remains an A-list guitarist. His iconic work for Steely Dan, Al Jarreau, America, Streisand and so many other great projects speaks for itself. Today we’ll help fill in some of the gaps of his amazing career. Inside MusiCast is glad to welcome Dean Parks.
Honing her musical skills while growing-up on the East coast, Deborah Holland found her way to Los Angeles in the late ‘70s in an attempt to break into the music business. A demo of two of her songs landed in the hands of Stewart Copeland and Stanley Clarke, who were searching for a female vocalist to front their new band project, which became Animal Logic. She got the gig, which was a major stepping stone in propelling her career. After making two albums with Animal Logic, Deborah has since recorded and released several solo albums, she’s a member of the folk supergroup The Refugees, a film scorer and educator, and in 2020 she released her latest EP titled “Fine, Thank You.” Recently, two new Animal Logic songs have been released - the first new music from the trio in over three decades. Here to talk to us about this new music and her career in music is Deborah Holland.
Shawn Lee and Andy Platts are back with Ticket To Shangri-La, their fourth Young Gun Silver Fox album in the last seven years. Their undeniable, West Coast groove is a prominent ingredient once again, but the addition of some incredible horn arrangements, a heavier lean on the acoustic guitar, and Andy's silky smooth vocal harmonies make for another stellar collection of tunes with the feel-good vibe you've come to expect from this UK-based duo. Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome Shawn Lee and Andy Platts of Young Gun Silver Fox.
In 1980, Scottish born singer-songwriter, Ali Thomson, released his first album on A&M Records titled “Take A Little Rhythm”. The title track garnered heavy airplay in countries around the world and reached as high as #15 on the Hot 100 in the USA. He then went on to record a second album for A&M the following year titled “Deception Is In Art.” While the pop scene delivered success for Thomson, his sights were set on creating music that contained more depth and musicality. Ali continued writing songs for a variety of musicians over the years, but a few decades later he returned to writing songs for himself and released “Songs From The Playroom” in 2019 that featured a track titled “Aqua Blue”. During the Covid pandemic, he went back to work creating yet another new album titled “The Last Rodeo” which was released in September. Here to talk to us today about his career and this incredible new album release is Ali Thomson.
In 2013, the world of contemporary jazz welcomed a newcomer who released her debut, self-titled album, Lindsey Webster. Since then, Lindsey’s roots have continued to grow as she’s released a total of six albums, with her latest album, “Reasons”, dropping in early September. In fact, the first single from the new album, “I Didn’t Mean It”, features Brian Culbertson and hit the Top 10 on the Billboard jazz chart. Success is no stranger to Lindsey, as she and her writing partner, Keith Slattery, have produced two number one and eight top tens on the Billboard charts. In fact, in 2016 Webster became the first vocalist to hit #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts since Sade. On “Reasons”, Lindsey invites an incredible cast of guest performers, including Nathan East, Randy Brecker, Brian Culbertson, Lenny Castro, Nicholas Payton, Kev Choice, and Lil John Roberts. While there’s no shortage of talent with her supporting cast, Lindsey’s vocals are undeniable and the star of the show. Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome Lindsey Webster.
For decades, David Paich has been an icon in the LA music scene, having composed, arranged, written, produced, and performed on hit songs for some of the biggest artists in the music business. Then there’s his legendary band, Toto, which he’s poured his heart and soul into for the past 45 years. Despite this incredible resumé, he’s never released a solo project, until now. David’s debut solo album, “Forgotten Toys”, is set to release on Friday, August 19. With contributions from his Toto bandmates, Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams, the EP contains seven tracks and enlists an incredible cast of musicians, friends, and even family that make this a memorable musical experience. Here to talk to us about this brand new collection of songs is our good friend, David Paich.
Don Breithaupt is back with a brand new Monkey House album titled “Remember The Audio” - an 11 track project that was conceived during the pandemic and arguably their finest collection of songs in the Monkey House canon. The core of the band remains steady, with Breithaupt on lead vocals and keyboards, Mark Kelso on drums, Pat Kilbride on bass, and Justin Abedin on guitar. The album also contains guest appearances, including trumpeters Randy Brecker, Guido Basso and Michael Leonhart, guitarist Drew Zingg, and singers Lucy Woodward and David Blamires. "Remember The Audio" is set to release on July 15 on Alma Records and we’re pleased to have Don back for a fourth time and to talk about this fantastic new record. Inside MusiCast is please to welcome Don Breithaupt.
Jim Keltner’s career in music has been nothing short of iconic. For those who go deep into discographies and liner notes, you know that the name Keltner is associated with a litany of some of the biggest names in the world of music, including George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Joe Cocker, Carly Simon, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Seals & Crofts, Randy Newman, The Bee Gees, The Traveling Wilburys, Brian Wilson and so many more. From his early beginnings with Gary Lewis and the Playboys, to the Concert for Bangladesh, to Steely Dan’s “Josie” and so much more, we’re here to talk to a musician who’s seen it all and played it all. Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome Jim Keltner.
It’s been nine years since we last spoke to Marilyn Scott, so we’re pleased to have her back today to talk about her brand new album, “The Landscape”, which was recently released on Blue Canoe Records - her first album release since 2016’s “Standard Blue”. The seven-track project focuses on putting yourself in front of nature, embracing our surroundings, and letting go. Marilyn enlists an incredible group of musicians, including Jimmy Haslip, Russell Ferrante, Gary Novak, Vinnie Colaiuta, Alex Acuna, Mike Landau, Steve Khan, and many others. It’s a beautiful album, both lyrically and musically, and was created and produced during the pandemic. Here to talk to us about this new album is none-other than Marilyn Scott.
Steve Dorff never wanted the spotlight. As a young musician and budding songwriter, he had his sights set on writing great songs for the most prominent voices in popular music - and he did just that. Early on, his songs landed in the hands and voices of several country and Western artists, which seemed like an unusual pairing considering that Steve grew-up in New York City. In fact, the first top ten song he wrote was for the legendary Roy Rogers with a tune called “Hoppy Gene and Me.” From there, a chance meeting with actor Clint Eastwood not only brought him additional songwriting hits, but it was also his foray into scoring for films and eventually television. Throughout his career, Steve has written over 20 top ten hits for pop and country artists, including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Blake Shelton, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Ray Charles, Anne Murray, Whitney Houston, George Strait, Dolly Parton, Judy Collins, Cher, Dusty Springfield, Ringo Starr, and Garth Brooks. Here to talk to us about his incredible, musical journey is Steve Dorff.
After a short break, Inside MusiCast is back with this brand new episode featuring Canadian singer/songwriter, Chris Smith. Chris’ career in music started to take off in the ‘80s when he left Humber College to join a band called The Graduates, an original R&B, pop band made up of other Humber non-grads that played the clubs on the Ontario circuit. From there, he became a member of Regatta, a late '80s AOR band who garnered success, but broke-up after a few years. Chris then turned his attention to his solo career, where he has released four albums since 1995 and is currently working on new material for a forthcoming release. His music is a blend of jazz, blues, rock, and soul and has a sound that is timeless. Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome Chris Smith.
From his early days as a recording engineer and producer, to his involvement with legendary acts such as Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and Kenny Loggins - not to mention his collection of solo work - Jim Messina has carved a stellar reputation for himself in the music industry as an artist who can do it all. And he hasn’t stopped. He’s back on the road for an extensive solo tour this Spring and will reunite with Kenny Loggins this summer in Los Angeles for a handful of shows. Today, we’ll take a trip through his storied career, relive some of moments that catapulted him into the music business, and find out where he’s headed next. Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome Jim Messina.
On this episode of Inside MusiCast, we welcome a legendary, Grammy-winning jazz artist who has been creating music since the early ‘60s when he recorded an album produced by Quincy Jones. Bob James has recorded 60 albums in 60 years, which includes his involvement as a founding member of the band Fourplay and is widely known for composing “Angela”, the theme song for the hit TV show Taxi. While jazz is his forté, his genre-bending sound has often been sampled by major hip-hop artists. It’s no surprise, as his music has grooves and hooks that appeal to all. We’re so glad to welcome Bob James to Inside MusiCast.
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