Posts by Bruce Hilliard

Episode 084–Kai Mata “So Hard” Video and Upcoming Album with Bruce Hilliard

In Kai’s words: When I come out everyday to new acquaintances, I’m fortunate to be met with acceptance. Thanks to the effort and risks members of the LGBTQ+ Community before me, I reap the benefits, having never felt fear holding hands with a woman in public, nor having ever been the target of a hate crime. The laws are growing more accepting our love, with same-sex marriage legalized in 27 different countries and counting. Now, in the eyes of society, it’s time for our love to be more than merely accepted. It’s time for love to be valued for its intricacies and depth. Happy Pride Month. I hope this song and video shows it doesn’t have to be so hard seeing two girls in love.
So Hard

Come and hear the words they say.

“Are you bi or are you gay?”

“Oh, how I thought you were straight.”

“What a pity; such a shame.”

“You both look so feminine.”

“Don’t you miss it with a man?”

“With two girls, how does ‘that’ work?”

“Because I can always be your third.”

Well, I’ll answer all your questions,

Though I know it won’t fit in your fantasy.

Despite the ego telling you,

Our bedroom does not want your company.

So go and lust, and fantasize,

But nothing more despite your tries.

I don’t need a di…..ctator to tell me what I need.

Thank you to the following who took the time and effort to appear in the video: Maeve Nelligan, Dia Michelle Smith, Purnama Melissa Keller, Jamie, Anisha, Katie Barbaro, Fabian Racuk, Prita Tanaya, Leo Rising, Lacicke Wensday, Domi. Released June 8, 2019 Song written by Kai Mata Produced, mixed, and mastered by Rizal Abdul Hadi Photography by Mark L. Chaves Cover Art Design by Kai Mata About Kai: Heartfelt emotions emanate from her guitar, while truth flows through her lyrics. She invites her audience into her world. Kai Mata is an Indonesian-American Singer-Songwriter whose personal lyrics and soulful voice transport listeners onto a wild journey. Kai Mata is best known for her emotive singing and vulnerable lyricism that paints the human existence, seen in her 2018 Debut Album, Time to Shine. She comes on stage not just to share her music, but to create an impactful experience. Going to a Kai Mata show is to hop into a time machine. Expect to be transported: into the past and future, deep into the present moment, and into the places that make us all human. From the dusty streets of Egypt to Sonic Bloom Festival in Colorado to BaliSpirit Festival in Indonesia, she’s shared her music across the world. And she is excited to share it with you. For more information:







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Episode 083–Jay Elle “Ease Up” and “Take a Holiday” with Bruce Hilliard

Jay Elle is a New York City based singer, songwriter and guitar player. Jay Elle’s heart and emotions are his driving forces. His curiosity and appetite for life makes him an avid listener of all music genres. Influenced by classical music as much as pop, rock, rap, country and R&B, Jay Elle believes that songs should carry positive energy and messages that bring people together. Jay Elle takes you on a journey while openly sharing his experiences. Become a keeper and sharer of wisdom. Follow Jay Elle, from song to song with his New EP out May 2019.

Coming on the heels of his Top 40 charting song “Never Dreamed,” mixed by Brent Kolatalo (Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, One Republic,, Jay Elle asked Brent to mix all the tracks of this new EP,  including the first single “Ease Up (Into Love).” The result is a dynamic, polished and tasteful mix of “Ease Up,” a thoughtful well-crafted song, offering words of wisdom to those looking for love.

Ease Up (Into Love) is available for download now.

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Episode 082–Tim Turner, West Seattle’s “Child” with Bruce Hilliard

Singer, songwriter and guitar player Tim Turner has been a huge part of the Seattle music scene for four decades. From the highly successful rock band CHILD to his current Tim Turner Band, Tim has consistently performed on the leading edge of the local music scene. Give Tim a “hollow-body” electric guitar and a stage and the outcome is always the same: first-rate guitar playing, great singing and outstanding original tunes.”

The Crystal Sect., ca. 1968. Tim Tuner far right.
Tim has been playing his unique and special brand of blues, rock and rhythm n blues since the 1970’s, as a guitarist in Child, and several incarnations of his own Tim Turner Band. He has hosted several jams over the years and been a special guest host at local jams including Paul & Willow of the Unbound Blues Jam at the Madison Ave Pub in Everett, The Barrel Tavern Tuesday Night Jam, the J & M Cafe Jam in Pioneer Square, Seattle and the Lighthouse Sunday Night Jam in Des Moines, WA. Whenever he’s on stage, he has the uncanny ability to bring out the best in whatever musicians are on stage with him. Tim also has a way of making the audience feel good and part of the music, asking various audience members to strum his guitar or inviting them to sing along with the song being played.

Tim Turner has been a Northwest favorite for many years. As well as appearing at casinos, clubs, pubs, lounges and festivals, the band has also opened for the Dave Mathews Band at the Gorge, Johnny Winters at the Ballard Firehouse and many other venues as well. Tim and his players were honored to be the entertainment at the four day Seagate Convention and Awards Ceremonies in Seattle, performing at the Experience Music Project’s Sky Church for this international event. Tim also hosted the longest running Blues JAM at Larry’s Blues Cafe in Pioneer Square for over 10 years. Thank you for your interest in the Tim Turner Band and support of live music!

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Episode 081–Gary Burk III “Friday Night” Partying With Friends with Bruce Hilliard

Hailing from Western Pennsylvania, Gary Burk III’s musical journey began at age 9. He riding along with his dad to their family camp. There was a song playing on the radio…some old-time country tune that touched Gary in a way that would change his life forever. The song was 11-year-old Billy Gilman singing One Voice, from the album of the same title that sold over two million copies.

Drawing inspiration from his biggest influences, Alabama, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, Gary fronts his 3 piece band of outlaws, performing at events across the region.

Gary’s extensive collection of guitars includes a Custom Built Signature J&B Customs Tele-Style, as well as a Gibson Les Paul Robot Series In Manhattan Blue. He uses a Line 6 M16 module played through an Egnater Tweaker 40 amplifier.

When he’s not touring or recording, Gary enjoys spending time with his twin boys and two daughters.

Gary Burk’s new single, “Friday Night” is being released on MTS Records this spring.


Michael Stover

MTS Management Group

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Episode 080–Dr. Neil Ratner the Rock Doc Talks with Bruce Hilliard

As a teenager, Neil Ratner was an aspiring rock n’ roll drummer but ended up on the other side of the music business working as a tour manager, assistant manager and producer for groups like Edgar Winter, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Pink Floyd and T-Rex, among others. After a number of successful years working in the music biz, Neil had an epiphany and decided to pursue his other childhood dream of becoming a doctor.

Michael Jackson with Dr. Neil Ratner.
He finished college, learned Spanish, spent four years at a medical school in Mexico, completed two years of surgical training and an anesthesia residency, and helped create the new specialty of office-based anesthesia in Manhattan. In doing so, Dr. Ratner became an expert in the use of the new drug, Propofol, a drug that would play a significant role in Neil’s future in regards to his most famous patient Michael Jackson.

Although Dr. Ratner encountered many celebrities in his anesthesia practice, one would change his life… Michael Jackson. Eight years after establishing his anesthesia practice, Michael Jackson walked into an office in which Neil was the Director of Anesthesia. Neil became a trusted friend and personal physician of Michael’s from 1994 to 2002, periodically going on tour and spending time with Michael at Neverland. The experiences they shared together during that time are incredible and Neil is happy to relate them to you.

Neil’s book available from his website and Amazon.
His book Rock Doc is Neil’s remarkable journey about Rock & Roll, Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela, a prison sentence with very unexpected results and how helping the poorest of the poor became a key part of his life.

These days “the Rock Doc” lives a busy life in Woodstock, NY working to expand upon his brand. He has created a FB page entitled Neil Ratner Rock Doc with over 26,000 fans and posts everyday about the good old days of rock and roll along with his personal experiences. In addition, he has created a YouTube channel with over 80 videos, a popular Instagram site and a twitter feed.

His mix of rock and roll history and personal experiences along with rock musician interviews and audience participation is perfect for syndication and a fitting cap to a career that’s made an impact in many areas.

He’s on his way to that goal as he’s started a weekly segment on WDST, Radio Woodstock, called This Week in Rock, also heard on iHeart Radio.

Link to Neil’s website:

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Here’s a link to some of Neil’s This Week in Rock shows:

Link to a recent feature on Neil in Guitar International:

Link to a YouTube interview with Interviewing the Legends:

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