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Keaton Simons is truly what the Los Angeles Times called “a triple threat.” He captivates audiences with his compelling, soul-baring songs, masterful acoustic and electric guitar playing, and authentic voice. The energy and passion that Keaton brings to his work, whether in the studio, performing solo or with his full band, is as infectious as his lyrics and as stirring as his melodies. Keaton Simons released his sophomore full-length album, Beautiful Pain, co-produced with Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, One Republic), and soap fans, over 20 of Keaton's songs have been heard on CBS Daytime's "The Young and the Restless" over the last few months as well! We will be discussing how this album has exploded into daytime and new fans worldwide.
Frank Bang spent 5 years touring with Buddy Guy, has played on stage with Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews and Carlos Santana to name a few. He released 4 albums, and then took time off to raise his family. Now he and his band Secret Stash are back making music. His latest album is Double Dare and will be released on May 21. Frank will join me to discuss his life, career and new album, while we listen to some tunes.
Sterling Koch is a nationally recognized lap steel guitarist who is a touring/recording solo artist and session musician. Sterling specializes in playing Chicago-style, slide guitar blues in a contemporary style on the lap steel guitar. His latest album, Let It Slide is a collection of some sweet music. After years of playing guitar, Koch was told he need to stop once a herniated disc was found in his neck. Foregoing surgery Koch decided to take up the lap steel. Frank joins me as we discuss his career and listen to his music.
Sena Ehrhardt grew up in Minnesota with a blues-loving, guitar-playing dad, so it is no surprise when she followed in his footsteps into music. Her first album, Leave The Light On, earned her a Blues Music Award Nomination for Best Debut Artist. and now, her second album, All In, was just released and it shows the growth she has gained in her songwriting, playing and singing. Produced by the great Jim Gaines, Sena and her band explode through 11 excellent tunes. I will chat with Sena about her life and how much it has changed in the last year and where she is headed in the future.
Keaton Simons joined me back in June of 2012 to discuss his debut album. He is releasing his new album and bringing it to The Couch with him. This young man plays music of different genres, but it all falls under the GOOD STUFF label.
Keaton Simons comes back to chat with A&B talking about the Curly Rock Tour 2009, Disneyland, tatoos, flying squirrels, and much more! So if you think you've had a rough week already, grab a mid-week martini, get your pj's on, lock up the kids and snuggle up with a dose of A&B...shaken, not stirred. You'll be cooler just by tuning in!
KATY GLORIOSO - POP/FOLK SINGER/SONGWRITER FROM YORK,PA...CHECK OUT HER NEW ALBUM "FINE AND FOOLISH" OUT NOW...SEE HER LIVE @ NAYLOR'S WINE CELLAR IN YORK,PA ON JULY 5TH...MORE INFO,MUSIC & DATES @ www.facebook.com/katygloriosomusic
KEATON SIMONS - ROCK/BLUES/POP SINGER/SONGWRITER FROM LOS ANGELES,CA...NEW ALBUM "BEAUTIFUL PAIN" OUT NOW...RECENTLY PLAYED ON THE ELLEN SHOW...CHECK OUT DATES,MUSIC & MORE @ www.facebook.com/keatonsimonsmusic
Things really DO get better when A&B visit with CBS recording artist Keaton Simons. Having worked with some of the hottest names in music, this singer/musician has been described as an "old soul in a young man's body." You also won't want to miss his exclusive acoustic performance of "Currently" that will give you chills! If that’s not enough for you, ABL is pleased to welcome the Associate Producer and Casting Director for the film “Chicago Overcoat” to The Cool Table. With stars like Frank Vincent and Mike Starr, this film promises to be a must see! So join Annie, Burl, RockDog, and Kat and become just a little bit cooler for listening! They guarantee 26 minutes of quality entertainment!
Keaton Simons plays music simply because he has to.
With an extensive palate including a degree in Ethnomusicology, Keaton's craving for a diverse musical adventure has pushed him into many different genres.
He's worked as a writer, musical director, singer, bassist and guitarist with notable acts like Gnarls Barkley, Black Eyed Peas, Snoop Dogg and Tre Hardson of the L.A. alternative rap group The Pharcyde.
In addition, Keaton has found himself opening for Coldplay, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and Train, writing with Jason Mraz and Hanson, and acting as the face of Advanced Guitar for the new Xbox game Rocksmith.
I will chat with Keaton about his life and career as we play cuts from his album, Can You Hear Me.
Then Robins Banks joins me.
Comfortable with Jazz, Classic R&B and Soul, even Reggae, she's also known for her bold and brassy, classy but sassy, Texas & Chicago electric Blues style.
She has 4 independently released CDs to her credit and makes regular tours to Europe and the Caribbean.
She is a recipient of a Maple Blues Award for New Artist of the Year and twice nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.
We will chat about her life and listen to her music.
THEN! Omar Kent Dykes joins me again, this time to preview the new Omar and The Howlers album, I'm Gone, which will drop the following day.
Another act bringing us music before it's release. Life is good!
KEATON SIMONS - amazing singer/song writer from Los Angeles,California. New Album "Can You Hear Me" out now. www.myspace.com/keatonsimons
Four To Three - amazing rock band from New York. Check out their new EP "Abandoned" Out now...www.myspace.com/fourtothree
The 87th Academy Awards are less than a month away. Who do you think should win the 2015 Oscar? This year's nominees offer a little bit for everyone, from the gulf war, self improvement to aging in Hollywood. The performances are both breathe taking and poignant. The 87th Academy Awards will be telecast live on ABC on Sunday, February 22th at 7pm(EST)/4pm(PST). To help with all Oscar nominess and predictions is resident "HotSpot" film critic and moive aficionado Mr. Scott Mctosh. The "HotSpot" Oscar show is Wednesday, January 28th, 2015, 2pm/3pm(CST/EST). Follow show hashtag #4DPRadio. This show is not available for call in.
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About The “HotSpot” Radio Show w/Dexter: The “HotSpot” Radio Show w/ Dexter is a current events news show focusing on the “hot” & trending topics, people are talking about. The host, Dexter Martin, is a senior public relations professional and the founder and principal of 4DPR Strategies, a boutique PR firm based in Chicago. The “HotSpot” hits on BlogTalkRadio, the last Wednesday of the month.
Join us tonight as we discuss the latest releases from DC Comics and the casting of CBS' SUPERGRIL.
Beatrice Melba Hill (born October 29, 1945), best known by her stage name, Melba Moore is an American singer, actress, entertainer. She is the daughter of saxophonist Teddy Hill and R&B singer Bonnie Davis.
Melba Moore was born in 1945 in New York City, New York, to Gertrude Melba Smith (known professionally as Bonnie Davis) and Teddy Hill, and raised in Harlem, New York, until she was 9 and her divorced mother remarried jazz pianist Clement Leroy Moorman. She attended Newark Arts High School in Newark, New Jersey.Her mother, Bonnie Davis, had a No. 1 R&B hit with "Don't Stop Now", prior to Melba's birth. Although her biological father was Big Band leader and saxophonist Teddy Hill, it was her stepfather Moorman (who played on "Don't Stop Now") who became a prime influence and encouragement in Moore's musical pursuits, insisting that she learn to play the piano. When she graduated from college she worked as a music teacher, but she soon decided to pursue the spotlight. She chose her stage name by shortening her stepfather's surname from Moorman and using her middle name, "Melba".
Moore began her performing career in 1967 as Dionne in the original cast of the musical Hair along with Ronnie Dyson and Diane Keaton. Moore replaced Keaton in the role of Sheila. In 1970, she won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Lutiebelle in Purlie. She would not return to Broadway until 1978 when she appeared (as Marsinah) with Eartha Kitt in Timbuktu! but left the show after a few weeks and was replaced by Vanessa Shaw. Following the success of Purlie, Moore landed two big-screen film roles, released two successful albums, 1970's I Got Love and Look What You're Doing to the Man, and co-starred with actor Clifton Davis in the then-couple's own successful variety television series in 1972.
Oscar nominations 2015
American Sniper Clint Eastwood
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
“Boyhood” Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers
“The Grand Budapest Hotel
“The Imitation Game
“Selma” Christian Colson,
“The Theory of Everything”
“Whiplash” Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster, Producers
Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”
Robert Duvall in “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke in “Boyhood”
Edward Norton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”
Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
“Boyhood” Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher” Bennett Miller
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson
“The Imitation Game” Morten Tyldum
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