Neal Morse joins Eric in conversation to discuss his musical family, his early days in Los Angeles, his days with Spock’s Beard, influences such as Frank Zappa and his personal, spiritual kinship with Kerry Livgren of Kansas, his partnership with his current band including Mike Portnoy. We also talk about the new Neal Morse Band concept album, The Similitude of a Dream, the writing and recording process, what’s next and much more.
Graham Nash joins Eric in conversation about his life of political activism and specifically the 2016 election. Lots of F bombs (fascism and f*ck) dropped while we passionately discuss today’s headlines and the election of Donald Trump. What it means to race relations, gender equality, the environment, to progressivism, civil rights and so much more. If you’re on the other side of the fence on this one, it’s probably not for you as we get pretty pointed. If you’re like minded, hope you’ll enjoy some very honest thoughts from one of the leading artistic voices on the left for over 40 years. Either way, stick to the end when I ask him how his dear friend Joni Mitchell is doing these days. Above all, teach your children well.
Amy Helm joins Eric in conversation for a career and life retrospective. We talk about her early days growing up with musical parents (Levon Helm and Libby Titus), discovering her own voice and stage presence through her decade’s long tenure in Ollabelle and in Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band, her work on her father’s Grammy winning albums, what it’s been like to overcome the challenges of stepping out as a solo artist with 2015’s Didn’t It Rain album, how she approaches songwriting, what’s next in terms of a new record and we even talk a little about Cameo – YOW!
Ruthie Foster joins Eric in conversation for a career retrospective. We talk about her early days growing up in Texas and her Gospel and Blues roots, her time touring in the US Navy band Pride, moving to New York and growing as a songwriter in the face of major label pop expectations, her collaborations with Bonnie Raitt, Blind Boys of Alabama, Warren Haynes, The Allman Brothers and more. Also exciting details about her new record, scheduled for Spring 2017.
Michael Sweet of Stryper returns to join Eric in conversation. We take a special track by track look back at Stryper’s 1986 multi-platinum breakout album To Hell With The Devil. For the 30th anniversary, the band is celebrating this landmark record with a tour and this look back at all the THWTD classics – Free, Calling On You, Sing Along Song, Honestly… we talk about all of ’em even All Of Me!
Kay Hanley and Michael Eisenstein of Letters to Cleo join Eric in conversation for a deep dive career retrospective. We talk about their early days, the formation of the band, the indy scene of Boston, their major label records, thoughts on their appearance in 10 Things I Hate About You, opening for Cheap Trick but most importantly we talk about their NEW EP Back to Nebraska and what’s next!
Adrian Belew joins Eric in conversation. We talk about his early days discovering guitar as a kid in Kentucky, auditioning, working with and learning from Frank Zappa, memories of recording and touring with David Bowie, his long tenure in King Crimson, his varied solo and side projects (including working with The Bears, Trent Reznor and Steven Wilson) and pursuits and we get into his new unique, interactive and constantly evolving music app, Flux.