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Academy Award Apocalypse Now Composer Randy Hansen

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Welcome the extrodinary Randy Hansen to NWP!

Francis Ford Coppola personally called Randy Hansen in 1979 to compose music for his upcoming fillm, Apocalypse Now.  Randy accepted and composed the first 17 minutes of the soundtrack that won the Academy Award for Best Soundtrack in 1980 and remains a cult classic today.

Born December 8, 1954 in Seattle, Washington Randy is a U.S. guitarist, best known for his emulation of Jimi Hendrix. He clearly has a bit of physical resemblance to Hendrix in his facial features, and carries that resemblance further by emulating such signatures of Hendrix's style as playing a guitar with his teeth or behind his back. Randy is one of only a couple guitarist offically endorsed by the Hendrix family.

Hansen's high energy guitar work has earned praise from fellow Dutch-American, legendary guitarist, Eddie Van Halen (in Guitar Player magazine), among others. He also was a good friend of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan (writing a song about him called "Texas Twister" from his Old Dogs New Tricks CD). He has toured and played with literally hundreds of famous musicians and groups.

I talk to Randy about "the call" from Coppola, his career and all the amazing artists he has worked with over his career. PLUS lets hear more stories from the rock & roll road!


In the second half of my show, I welcome Caspian Coberly.  Caspian is the Jr. High guitar phenom heading out on tour with some of the biggest names in rock and roll!