Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek and The Watkins Family Hour shares his 10 Essential Glen Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket songs. Sean has gone from being a fan of Toad The Wet Sprocket to writing, recording and touring with Glen Phillips in a variety of configurations including the Works Progress Administration and the Mutual Admiration Society. In this episode he shares details of that connection, what about Glen’s music inspires him musically, lyrically, and performance-wise, he provides some truly wonderful insight into some of Glen’s greatest songs in and out of Toad The Wet Sprocket, how and why it is that Glen just gets better and better, and much more.
Danny Seraphine shares his 10 Essential Chicago songs. Spanning all eras of the iconic band Chicago, Danny picks his favorites, shares memories of early drumming influences, some childhood memories, some really detailed and wonderful stories about the formation of Chicago, colorful memories of playing a mob bar with an owner that insisted on singing Sinatra songs with the band, locking with Terry Kath as a bass player and guitarist, the very first time the original Chicago lineup played together, meeting and working with percussionist Laudir de Oliveira, what happened to Al Kooper’s video recording of the band’s first studio sessions, sharing influences with The Bee Gees and Earth, Wind & Fire, getting fired from the band, what it meant to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his old bandmates, where he is now with performing live, and much more.
Dave Bickler shares his 10 Essential Survivor songs. Spanning all eras of the classic melodic band Survivor, Dave picks his favorites, shares memories of joining the band, the production struggles in making the first album with Ron Nevison, Bruce Fairbairn, and John Kalodner, memories of making the classic videos, recording Caught In The Game, getting fired and his recovery from vocal chord surgery, what he learned through that, what it was like seeing Survivor carry on without him, first meeting Jimi Jamison, their friendship, what it meant to tour and share the stage with Jimi, the struggles within the band, and what we can expect from his upcoming debut solo album, and much more.
Ricky Phillips Picks The Essential Ronnie Montrose
Ricky Phillips of Styx, The Babys, and Bad English shares his 10 Essential Ronnie Montrose songs. From Van Morrison to Edgar Winter to Herbie Hancock to Montrose to Gamma, the work of under appreciated guitar god Ronnie Montrose has influenced countless fans and colleagues for decades – Ricky Phillips of Styx among them. In sharing his 10 essential Montrose songs, Ricky also shares how he first discovered Ronnie’s music, how he connected with Ronnie, what set Ronnie apart as a versatile guitarist and songwriter, the joys of jamming and playing with Ronnie before his passing, what it meant to Ricky to complete and release Ronnie’s final recordings on the 10×10 record, which of Ronnie’s friends did he pull in to help honor him, and much more.
Lisa Coleman of The Revolution Picks The Essential Prince
Lisa Coleman of The Revolution shares her 10 Essential Prince songs. Keyboardist Lisa Coleman also shares memories of the songs chosen, first hearing Prince’s music, her parents reaction to the sexual nature of Prince’s work, connecting with Prince as a fellow pianist, thoughts and memories of the unreleased song Lisa and what was unique about their relationship, Prince’s growth as a poetic lyricist, the power of Prince’s puppy dog eyes, “scoring” Prince onstage, memories of her brother connecting with Prince, stories of Prince, Wendy, and Lisa meeting, hanging out, and jamming with Joni Mitchell, and much more.
BrownMark of The Revolution Picks The Essential Prince
BrownMark of The Revolution shares his 10 Essential Prince songs. Bassist BrownMark also shares memories of the songs chosen, learning Prince’s preferred style of bass playing, memories of the infamous 1981 gig opening for The Rolling Stones – his first gig, first hearing When Doves Cry with its lack of a bassline, his extended bass jams with Prince, Wendy joining The Revolution, Prince as a drill sergeant, the possibility of joining The Time, racial diversity in the band and what it meant to him at the time and now being “the black guy” in the band, what hidden gems are buried in Prince’s legendary vault that he’ll hope to see released, and much more.
Bobby Z of The Revolution Picks The Essential Prince
Bobby Z of The Revolution shares his 10 Essential Prince songs. Drummer Bobby Z also shares memories of the songs chosen, being witness to early Prince sessions including for local advertising spots, what it was like on the road touring with Prince and Rick James in the early days, how he and Prince bonded over talking drummer influences, how Prince wore those influences on his sleeve, what hidden gems are buried in Prince’s legendary vault that he’ll hope to see released, and much more.