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Tony Holiday is a rising figure in the blues harmonica world! Touring 8 months a year he plays the semi pro circuits. Tony has played with many of blues great. He is friends with Lazy Lester and Guitar Shorty, who is recording Tony's song Weep and Moan. With mentors like Adam Gussow, Brandon Santini, Rod Piazza and Ronnie Shellist, Tony has come a very long way in just 3 years on the harmonica. For this interview he will be on West Coast tour with one variation of his Velvetones.
Even though the musician has a tattoo of a harmonica on his forearm as well as the words “True Blue” on his fingers, he doesn’t classify himself as a strict Chicago-style bluesman. Holiday can be seen on local stages most weekends with multiple bands, including honky-tonk outfit Smoke in the Tavern and ’50s-country-influenced Antique Cadillac, and his main band, The Velvetones, to which he contributes smoky lead vocals, harmonica, guitar and original compositions.
At the prompting of Bad Brad Wheeler, Holiday founded the Utah Blues Society six months ago with the help of KRCL’s Brian Kelm, host of the Monday night, Red, White & Blues program. Brian was recently appointed as the society’s president.
In addition to keeping busy with the Utah Blues Society, Holiday is soon to release two new albums with the Velvetones, a live album called Live at Fats Grill, which released this month and a studio full-length titled Happy to Have the Blues, which will be out in June. Holiday says Happy to Have the Blues will have a funky and heavy-blues feel, and is “just all about harmonica.”
Tony’s talent will amaze, it is as if he was born to play the blues and definitely has mastered the art of the harmonica. Be sure to check Tony out at Facebook and share his talent with others, for this is surely someone whose talent will take him far.
Ottawa-based band MonkeyJunk plays a blend of swamp-rock roots and blues that in the relatively short time has earned them a collective 20 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA), and a JUNO Award in 2012. Monkey Junk is three musicians who individually had established careers prior to forming MonkeyJunk: vocalist, baritone guitarist, harmonica and organ player Steve Marriner, lead guitarist Tony D and drummer/percussionist Matt Sobb. We are delighted that they will join us on Music FridayLive! this week with their new album, Moon Turn Red.
The strands formed in 2011 bring a genre-defying sound they like to call Artisanal. Thoughtful and provocative lyrics dominate, carried by a piano with a subdued drum and sophisticated guitar grooves. The result is almost jazz, but not quite – the Strands straddle the line between jazz and pop. Lead singer Amanda Campbell delivers original material - much of it written by the band's keyboard and piano artist Susan Ferrari - with a smooth voice, backed by the legendary Richard Green on lead guitar, Ferrari on piano and keys and the founder of the group, Paul, on bass. Restrained, thoughtful, striking, the Strands stand out and we are glad they are taking the time to talk with us on Music FridayLive!.
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Ross Delafield was born and raised in New York City, spending the majority of his childhood in the Big Apple before his family relocated to northern Virginia. Ross would attend Loudoun County High School.A walk across the United States was the daunting idea – 2,700 miles from Camp Pendleton, CA to Washington, DC, all to raise awareness for their wounded brothers and sisters in arms.
Members: Pennsylvania Mike - Vox / Guitar Ben Souders - Banjo Chris Strait - Lead Guitar Les Beatty - Drums Dylan Miller - Mandolin Preston Lane - Bass Steve Worall - Harmonica Fat Frank - Hound Dog
Genre: Country, Roots, Blues, Americana, Punk, Rock.
In May during Brandon Santini’s “Beale Street Mess-Around”, Pat Robertson bid on, and won the chance to co-host Music on The Couch. Along with co-hosting, she selected the two musical guests and will be assisting me in the interviews.
Now, I don’t know much about Pat, but we will remedy that next Monday.
HER TWO GUESTS???
Oh, sorry, yup that would be Harmonica Player Billy Watson, out of California. He is leader of Billy Watson and the International Silver String Submarine Band is an improvisational, all-star cast of musicians, hand-picked from the California music scene. And our second guest is Harmonica Player Charlie Musselwhite; Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee, Multiple BMA Winner and a Couch Kid to boot!
I love doing these show because it means we raised money for a good cause.
Kelli Richards is the CEO of The All Access Group and the host of All Access Radio. As a highly sought-after consultant, super-connector, trusted advisor, celebrity wrangler and thought leader, she connects innovators and influencers from Silicon Valley to Hollywood to Madison Avenue. As a trusted advisor, she transforms the quality of people’s lives. She's also the author of the bestselling e-book, “The Magic & Moxie of Apple – An Insider’s View.”
Bill Allen is a TV and movie actor and musician, most well known for his role in the 1986 film RAD as BMX racer Cru Jones. Bill has also appeared in TV shows such as Hill Street Blues, Family Ties, and Breaking Bad, and in movies such as Born on the Fourth of July, Astronaut Farmer, and Brothers. Bill has toured extensively for the band The Pipefitters with his harmonica, alongside actor Lou Diamond Phillips.
'CrossRoads to Freedom' defines Chris Dair's high-octane and sultry guitar playing and song-writing. Asked whether he played other instruments, "Yeah, I play bass, drums, percussion, harmonica, and some keyboard, and anything else I can get a good sound out of!" Dair, a French resident, brings the extremes of world musical guitar disciplines: Flamenco & the Blues to his musical compostion. "Blues has this rawness, a simplicity and an undisguised passion in it’s expression of life’s experiences. I play many different styles of music, but my whole core of what I do comes from the blues, whether it be a Fusion Jazz or an Eastern improvisational piece, or a percussion piece it contains elements of the blues that grew up with me." Chris was captivated by the genius of Jimi Hendrix and his musical university were the performers who filled London's venues, night-clubs and concer halls to inspire and thrill his performance. All these experiences have gifted is his guitar passion remarkable albums and hundreds of studio hours in film and television soundtrack recording. In an interview with Glen when asked about Music. Chris replied: "It’s like breathing, if I stop, I die. I’ve been playing all my life and I could never give it up, that would be unthinkable. It’s more exciting now for me than it ever was. I wouldn’t know what to do if I didn’t have my music and didn‘t play. For me, what else is there?" Vivian Dair says of her musical experience: 'Melody and lyrics work together to tell a story of what life has given me. I sing with a celtic influence which I couldn't explain until I found that I have an Irish great grandmother, which kind of clarifies that for me. My style includes Psychedelic Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Ballads and so on. I am not influenced by anyone musically, I like all sorts of music, from Aaron Neville to Rammstein !'
Our Host: Svetlana Kim, Speaker, Author of "White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee," and Consultant. Please visit her website at www.svetlanakim.com.
Our Guest: Tony DeBlois was born weighing 1 lb., ¾ oz. But that was only the first obstacle that he had to overcome. Tony is also blind and autistic, with Savant Syndrome.This 41-year-old pianist from Randolph, MA, who has been playing piano since age two, was the subject of a movie inspired by actual events in Tony’s life. “Journey of the Heart,” with Cybil Shepard, was a 1997 CBS made-for-TV movie of the week. Additionally, he has appeared on 2 Catholic Global Showcase Specials (2001) and The Learning Channel’s “Uncommon Genius,” Strange Science “Unusual People,” and “Understanding the Mysteries of Memory.” Tony graduated magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music. In addition to piano and organ, he plays harmonica, guitar, harpsichord, English hand bells, violin, banjo, drums, saxophone, clarinet, ukulele, mandolin, flute and trumpet. His extensive repertoire includes jazz, classical, pop, rock and show tunes. www.tonydeblois.com
Glenn Kaiser has been singing the blues - and sometimes soul, R&B or rock - since he was twelve years old.
Growing up in a poor family living hand-to-mouth in central Wisconsin, Glenn eventually gravitated to Milwaukee’s local music scene where he fronted over a dozen bands, as well as writing and performing solo acoustic music, all before turning nineteen years of age. With his adolescence plagued by drug and alcohol abuse, Glenn got clean through following Jesus after a life-changing spiritual confrontation right around his eighteenth birthday. During this time his music got heavier and in many ways, deeper. His former song writing motif of celebrating drugs, sex and other vices gave way to lyrics about spiritual struggles: personal temptation, institutional sin, poverty, exploitation, racism, materialism and other issues that few musicians seemed willing to tackle.
Now after more than three decades of making original music, Kaiser is known for his raw, bluesy vocals, firey guitar playing, bottleneck slide and harmonica work on thirty recordings and innumerable live shows. Glenn and his family have lived in Chicago’s inner city for over thirty years doing mission work with people who live as he once did.
Kaiser has released several acoustic-based cds in between his electric blues and blues/rock albums. His seminal delta blues projects “Trimmed and Burnin’” and follow-up “Slow Burn” (both with harp-player/singer Darrell Mansfield) established him as a singular and authentic christian bluesman. Three contemporary worship albums along with the folk-pop “Time Will Tell”, fill out the acoustic discography. Acoustic cuts also comprise half of Kaiser’s critically acclaimed “Ripley County Blues” project recorded in a log cabin lodge in rural Missouri.
Svetlana Kim, Speaker, Author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee, Speaker, Consultant, and Community Advocate. www.svetlanakim.com
Tony DeBlois was born weighing 1 lb., ¾ oz. But that was only the first obstacle that he had to overcome. Tony is also blind and autistic, with Savant Syndrome.
This 41-year-old pianist from Randolph, MA, who has been playing piano since age two, was the subject of a movie inspired by actual events in Tony’s life. “Journey of the Heart,” with Cybil Shepard, was a 1997 CBS made-for-TV movie of the week. Additionally, he has appeared on 2 Catholic Global Showcase Specials (2001) and The Learning Channel’s “Uncommon Genius,” Strange Science “Unusual People,” and “Understanding the Mysteries of Memory.”
Tony graduated magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music. In addition to piano and organ, he plays harmonica, guitar, harpsichord, English hand bells, violin, banjo, drums, saxophone, clarinet, ukulele, mandolin, flute and trumpet. His extensive repertoire includes jazz, classical, pop, rock and show tunes. Tony’s favorite phrase seems to be, “I haven’t learned that yet.” He is on Facebook and has a website, www.tonydeblois.com.
Our guest today is David Harp who tells us, “my modality lies in teaching people how to begin or deepen a mindfulness practice”. He has developed an accessible way to teach mindfulness using the harmonica which, "teaches breath focus which is the first practical step in any mindfulness program”.David is a very talented and successful harmonica player and teacher and he holds the world’s record for,”Most People Taught to Play Blues,Rock,Folk and Classical Harmonica at One Time”…2,569 participants. His mindfulness practice began many years ago when he attended a workshop led by Jack Kornfield and Stephen Levine which in part, led him to go to graduate school to study meditation and mindfulness. His Master’s Thesis evolved into a published book, “The Three Minute Meditator”.While he continues to do harmonica work, it is no longer his main focus as he deepens and hones his methods of teaching mindfulness.