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Internationally-renown French-Algerian acoustic guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan is back in the United States continuing his 40th Anniversary World Concert Tour. Known as the “Mozart of Guitar”, Bensusan is also calling this tour the celebration of a dynamic 35-year association with his longtime guitar-maker Lowden Guitars.
His recent international accolades include the Ards International Guitar Festival’s "Lifetime Achievement Award", along with his latest album ENCORE winning the ‘Live Performance Album’ category at the 2014 Independent Music Awards.
Listen to Nancy J. Reid & Lisa Smith, Big Blend Radio’s mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine, as they chat with Pierre about his globetrotting musical career and world tour, and his award-winning 3-CD live performance album ENCORE.
This interview originally aired on March 22, 2015, on Big Blend Radio’s Champagne Sundays variety show from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, Arizona.
Based in Pittsburgh, Xander Demos is a rock and metal guitarist, who has performed and recorded with James Rivera (Helstar, Malice), Sabbath Judas Sabbath, Liberty N’ Justice, Ged Rylands’ Rage Of Angels, Modern Superstar, and others. His debut album, Guitarcadia was mixed by CJ Snare of Firehouse, and it received mass critical praise. Xander will release his follow up, Runways and Waterways in 2015. Xander is featured on the Guitar Wizards Vol. 3 and 4 compilation, alongside members of KISS, Poison, Dio, Whitesnake, and more. He will appear in the 2015 metal movie release, “Hair I Go Again,” featuring members of Motley Crue, RATT, Quiet Riot, Anthrax, Warrant, Stryper and many others. Xander recently opened for Guitar Gods, Tony MacAlpine and Richie Kotzen, and performed at NAMM Metal Jam. He is endorsed with Suhr, McNaught (makers of the XD Signature Guitar Models), Conklin and Brian Moore Guitars.
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ALIVE TO THRIVE WITH BRENDA FRASER airs every Friday at 12 Noon CST. Join Brenda as she investigates trending topics in Art, Culture, and Film while making timely observations that hit the mark with what today's audiences want to hear!
Three-time Grammy nominee and multi-platinum songwriter and musician MIKE HENDERSON of Nashville will be on today. He is a songwriter and musician who has recorded with such artists as Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Mark Knopfler, Albert King, Hank Williams Jr., Johnny Lang, Guy Clark, John Hiatt, Sting, Bo Diddley, Tim McGraw, Lucinda Williams, Bob Seeger, Patty Loveless along with many others. Mike most recently recorded with Martina McBride and Blake Shelton. His songs have been recorded by Adele, The Dixie Chicks, Kenny Rogers, Daryl Worley, Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt, Trisha Yearwood, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Soloman Burke, Marty Stuart and Randy Travis among others. A frequent visitor to the historic BLUE BIRD CAFE, Mike is one of the BEST GUITARISTS IN THE WORLD.
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GRAMMY®-nominated vocalists DW3 are brothers Billy & Eric Mondragon and Damon Reel. With the release of their highly-anticipated Woodward Avenue Records debut, Southern California’s premiere R&B, funk and contemporary urban jazz powerhouse DW3 lets the world in on a cool “Vintage Truth” paying tribute to their late drummer Ricky Lawson.
“Vintage Truth” features contributions from a handful of the genre’s superstar performers. Brian Culbertson plays piano on the opening track, the rousing, vocal harmony laden R&B tune “Let The Music.” Paul Brown produced, mixed and contributes his inimitable guitar to “I Can’t Tell You Why,” while Greg Adams lends trumpet and horns to Eric’s original tune “Hold Me,” and Dave Koz infuses his lush sax emotion on “When You Cry.” Before he passed away, legendary GRAMMY®-winning drummer Ricky Lawson, who performed with DW3 in the final two years of his life, co-produced four of the core tracks on “Vintage Truth” with keyboardist Sean Dancy – including “Dance With Me,” “Overjoyed,” “California Dreamin’” and “When You Cry.”
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Louis St. August – Vocalist for MASS. Hailing from Boston, hard rock legends MASS, have had numerous accomplishments over the years with the selling of over a half million records worldwide! Achieving record deals with A&M records, RCA records and Enigma Records. They are currently signed with European label Escape Music (UK). Their first hit single came back in 1985. The song “Do You Love Me” reached #1 for over six weeks on many Major FM radio stations and received heavy rotation on MTV along with placing them on Billboard charts. Most current releases are 2007’s “Crack of Dawn” winning them Best Major Album & Best Live Act via “Limelight Magazine”. In 2010 the release of the brilliant “Sea Of Black” was released to hundreds of outstanding reviews which critics and fans alike called the best melodic rock album of 2010! MASS has performed twice at the Rocklahoma Festival in Oklahoma in 2008 & 2009 and have also appeared at the M3 Festival in Maryland in 2010. MASS’ lead vocalist “Louis St August” appears on the new latest band BOSTON album Life,Love & Hope. Tom Scholz calls Louis an Awesome an Amazing singer! Louis sang vocals on the legendary band BOSTON's #1 Classic Rock hit single, "Heaven on Earth." Over the years MASS has appeared in hundreds of publications and has had the pleasure of touring with such great artists as Skid Row, Tesla, Cinderella, Winger and Stryper. The band members are: Gene D’Itria – All Guitars, Michael Palumbo - Bass Guitar, Joey “Vee” Vadala - Drums www.MASSrocks.com
Join Nancy Reid & Lisa Smith – publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine, for Big Blend Radio’s Champagne Sundays variety show.
- French-Algerian guitar virtuoso Pierre Bensusan ‘Mozart of Guitar’ celebrates his 40th Anniversary World Tour
- Bass player Mitchell Coleman Jr. releases his debut urban jazz album ‘Soul Searching’
- Bobbi DePorter – Co-Founder of SuperCamp and President of Quantum Learning Network
- Phyllis Hinz & Lamont Mackay ‘The Cooking Ladies’ - Food and travel writers, cookbook authors, RV vagabonds, and representatives of International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association
- Lynn Wiese Sneyd ‘The Book Biz Whiz’ – Author, publicist and owner of LWS Literary Services
The Literary Corner Aspires to Inspire and Tonight we Present the Lady Ella Bedell, Hair Diva & Her Hair Maven’s. Discover what it takes to be a success & learn about her GRIND! Hear from her stylist, her Grand Opening & how this team will be collaborating with me TheSoulWriter & The Sister Circle at the Pre-Holiday Shopping Soiree Photo Shoot, November 15th, 2014! To land their Hair Creations in “On The Rise Magazine a So-Unique Production-Hard Copy, 2015!
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Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour with Mariam Massaro
"Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #154 reflects the introspective calm of a snowbound February afternoon her at Singing Brook Studio in the snowy Berkshires. Mariam Massaro and Bob Sherwood weave a series of reflective, skilful improvisations from Mariam's beautiful, unusual poetry. We begin with the deep, calm "Oh Couray Couray" which blends Mariam's chanting and moonlit poetry with her ukelele and Bob's flowing piano accompaniment to sweet and calming effect. Next is "In The Morning" wherein Mariam accompanies her chants and word paintings with acoustic guitar and Bob's piano to bluesy effect. The driving, Celtic strains of "Out Of Darkness I See The Light" follow, creating a driving prayer of gratefulness out of a circular, assertive progression. Next up is the peaceful, reflective "Rainbow Circle Around The Moon"/"Realization" and we follow this with a winter reflection called "To The Snow Queen", a frosty meditation accompanied by Mariam's acoustic guitar and Bob's piano. We close with "It's Just That Way", a lovely, uplifting paean to goodbyes and to love deferred.
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Call it Irish grit. “If you grew up where I grew up,” McGraw recalls, “you were automatically hyphenated either Irish, Polish, or Italian, and your dad worked in the mill, that was a given.” Hailing from a small steel industry town about 50 miles outside of Buffalo, New York, McGraw was raised on Hee-Haw (“We loved Conway Twitty, or at least his haircut”) and rough games of hockey and football. Small for his age and showing little athletic promise, he gravitated towards music, and good thing: “If I’d have stuck with the sports I liked any longer I might have ended up getting my head taken off. We never wore pads, let alone helmets.” Instead, McGraw grew out his hair, picked up a cheap Japanese guitar, and at 13 started a rock band with friends, playing in bars a couple of nights a week—with a note from his mother in hand, in case the cops asked any questions.
As soon as he finished high school, McGraw hightailed it to Los Angeles with rock star dreams and a country sensibility. Wearing out records by Dwight Yoakam and Steve Earle, and “digging through stacks of junk at the Pasadena flea market looking for old Buck Owens and Johnny Cash on vinyl,” he developed his own unique hard-core hillbilly sound.
It’s a crazy life, and McGraw looks upon it with bemused satisfaction in “My So Called Life,” reflecting, “Some days I own this town, other days it shoots me down/Always I’m still hanging round, holdin’ on to hope.” Expertly depicting the driving pace of his “Honky Tonk Life,” McGraw stubbornly continues to hope: “I could quit all this road stuff, go back to my real job, put in a straight 9 to 5/But I love the neon, I love the people, and I love the Honky Tonk Life.”
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Joe and I were extremely saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Staten Islands A.J. Pero last Friday while on tour with his band Adrenaline Mob. AJ was a fixture around Staten Islands Metal scene for over 30 years, starting with one of Staten Ilsands best bands,Cities. But of course he reached international fame with Metals Twisted Sister. We will dedicate this show to his memory and all songs played during this show will have his signature drumming in them. I hope you will tune in and listen as we talk about this elite musician and as every post and article I read states, a true gentlemen. I hope to have a few guests call in and talk about him and generally celebrate his life. Of couse we will open the phone lines and let you guys call in and talk about some of your memories of this incredible drummer and person.
We aso will have a live interview with Producer Joe Barresi, who has recorded some of musics biggest stars and also worked at SOUND CITY one of the most famous recording studios in the world. Listen in as we talk with Joe about some of his experiences and how, this incredible guitar player / musicians wound up at the console.
There will some sports talk as well (NCAA Tournament, Local team sports, etc) and I will touch on Wrestlemania. I am not as big a fan of wrestling as I used to be but I thouht it might be fun to discuss the very first Wrestlemania during the show.
Anyway, we will do our best to honor one of metals best drummers during our broadcast, so please tune in this Thursday March 26th at 6:30 p.m. est to "Hard Rock N' Sports with Tom and Joe" and as usual call in (347) 826-9934 to talk with us as well
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Manny Capozzi is Guitar/Singer/Songwriter for the Chicago based band Mister E. Machine. They recently mounted a successful Kickstarter campaign to highlight and raise awareness on anti bullying by producing a video. He and producer Chuck Harling have combined forces to complete the band's debut EP Shooting Stars, featuring the single RosaMarie, the anthem for their anti bullying, Indie rock album. Tonight Manny will share his experience, strength and hope as he discusses his own personal challenges with bullying, and the person he credits from bringing him back from the brink. This is a hot, compassionate acoustic rock band with a postive message, and activism designed to pay it forward. Find out more at misteremachine.com & on FB at misteremachinemusic
This show is a gathering place for anyone seeking recovery from the challenges of life on life's terms. Guests share their experience, strength and hope. We discuss useful tools that have helped us lighten the load, of our journey through recovery.
More will be revealed! Tune in, and call in. This is a "we" recovery program, because it is in the "we," that we find the new "me."
We focus on the four A's of Recovery: Awareness, Acceptance, Action and Adaptation. This is a place for survivor's striving to become thrivers. Front half of the show is a featured guest, the back half is Open Mic and some great Indy Music sure to inspire!
Host is Kim Justus, author of In a Flash: Miracles Here and Beyond found at www.inaflash.org & "Like" us at www.facebook.com/inaflash.org & /braininjuryradionetwork