Bryan Beller shares his 10 Essential Mike Keneally songs. Originally connecting in Dweezil Zappa’s band in the early 90s, Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats) and Mike Keneally have been longtime friends and collaborators in various bands (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3, Dethklok) and on each other’s work for 25+ years. The music of Mike Keneally is creative, progressive, versatile, introspective, layered, adventurous, humorous, emotionally powerful, and musically brilliant. Bryan walks us through his list of Keneally song selections, sharing memories of recording and performing these songs, why he chose the songs he chose, and offers wonderfully detailed musical and technical insight.
Me’Shell Ndegeocello joins Eric in conversation to discuss her early days growing up in a musical home, discovering exciting and varied music in her family’s vast record collection, buying her first Prince record, auditioning for Living Colour just before signing her major label deal, working in the hit-centric music business, thoughts on recent comments regarding female artists from the Grammy world, thoughts on the current political and social climate in the world, the importance of her musical project Can I Get A Witness? The Gospel of James Baldwin and what is ahead for that, her current covers record Ventriloquism and what inspired the interesting song choices she made for that record, what’s next and much more!
Steven Wilson superfan Henning Mielke joins Steven Wilson obsessive Craig for a look at the solo catalog of their absolute favorite artist. First known for his work with Porcupine Tree, Wilson is one of – if not THE – most prolific musicians of our generation with numerous side projects and production credits to his name. Starting with 2009’s Insurgentes, Wilson weaves through jazz and prog elements and concept albums with some stellar bandmates through the years to bring us to 2017’s song-oriented To The Bone. Henning and Craig discuss each and pick some key tracks to sample.
To check out more SW, check out Uwe Häberle’s Steven Wilson discography that is mentioned towards the beginning of the episode. As of this episode, it was last updated in May 2015 and contains 1,150 entries.
Neal Morse shares his 10 Essential Genesis songs. As one of the founders of Spock’s Beard and Transatlantic, Neal Morse is a prog hero from the 90s through to today with his solo work (new album: Life & Times) and his Neal Morse Band. One of his favorite bands is Genesis – classic Genesis! So Neal shares his ten essential Genesis songs and his thoughts on why he picked those songs, how they influenced him, that era of prog rock and thoughts on working with and meeting several the guys in the band.
Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering guitar, forming Wishbone Ash in the vibrant British music scene of the early 70s, breaking into America, the success of the band’s classic Argus, some memories of gigs with such interesting opening acts as Bruce Springsteen and KISS, the changing business through the 1980s, the recent deluxe reissues of Twin Barrels Burning and Raw To The Bone, and his honest thoughts on the artwork of the time, what went into assembling The Vintage Years 1970 – 1991, which is a 30 CD massive box set that includes tons of content and contributions from all former band members, what logistics go into putting together a project like that, what’s ahead for their 50th anniversary and much more!
On this Part Two of Two, Dan Reed shares his essential Danny Vaughn songs, why he chose the songs he chose, how they connected, what he admires about Danny and his work, what he’s learned from travelling and sharing the stage with Danny, what inspires him and what’s next for this fantastic duo!