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!
Neal Morse Picks The Essential Genesis
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!
Dan Reed of Dan Reed Network shares his 10 Essential Danny Vaughn of Tyketto songs. These two fan favorites have joined forces in recent years for a recurring tour called the Snake Oil and Harmony Tour. And they’ve also become great friends and admirers of each other’s work both as solo artists and with their respective bands.
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!
Jeff Scott Soto of Sons of Apollo joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering his voice, how he got the gig singing on the first two Yngwie J. Malmsteen records and what he learned from that experience, finding his own voice after early days in cover bands, performing with such greats as Journey, Queen and Jimi Jamison, was he up for the lead singer role with Queen back in 1999, his various solo career efforts, his solo albums, working on Song For Joey from his new album Retribution in tribute of his brother, the upcoming W.E.T. record, connecting with the Mike Portnoy, Bumblefoot, Billy Sheehan, and Derek Sherinian to form Sons of Apollo, what it’s been like recording and hitting the road with that band, what’s next for their second record and much more!
Danny Vaughn of Tyketto shares his 10 Essential Dan Reed of Dan Reed Network songs. These two fan favorites have joined forces in recent years for a recurring tour called the Snake Oil and Harmony Tour. And they’ve also become great friends and admirers of each other’s work both as solo artists and with their respective bands.
On this Part One of Two, Danny Vaughn shares his essential Dan Reed songs, why he chose the songs he chose, how they connected, what he admires about Dan and his work, what he’s learned from travelling and sharing the stage with Dan, what inspires him and what’s next for this fantastic duo!
Next week – Dan Reed Picks the Essential Danny Vaughn!!
Glen Phillips Picks The Essential Talk Talk
Glen Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket joins Eric to share his 10 Essential Talk Talk songs. Talk Talk lead the synth pop movement with their 1982 debut album The Party’s Over and scored a couple MTV style hits early on, but they quickly evolved beyond their beginnings to become a truly innovative and unique band under the direction of Mark Hollis. Their final album was 1991’s incomparable, experimental and inspired Laughing Stock, which is considered by many to be a true masterpiece. Check out Glen’s 10 essential Talk Talk songs spanning their brief but significant five album career.