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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.

www.garyburkiii.com

https://www.facebook.com/thegaryburk/

MEDIA CONTACT:

Michael Stover

MTS Management Group

michael@mtsmanagementgroup.com

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:  http://www.neilratnerrockdoc.com

Link to Neil’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/neilratnerrockdoc/

Here’s a link to some of Neil’s This Week in Rock shows:  http://www.radiowoodstock.com/category/audio/this-week-in-rock-roll/

Link to a recent feature on Neil in Guitar International:   http://guitarinternational.com/2019/05/02/interview-dr-neil-ratner/

Link to a YouTube interview with Interviewing the Legends:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asHz2yDeysU

Episode 079–Will Black, Family, Health, Rock and Business with Bruce Hilliard

Canadian singer-songwriter Will Black crafts timeless, high-energy tunes rooted in chord-driven, melodic rock n’ roll. Layers of instrumental harmonies and thoughtful lyrics explore love, lust and heartbreak and honor the classic rock songwriters that continue to inspire him including Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams and John Mellencamp. Through magnetic live performances that channel the power of commanding entertainers such as the Rolling Stones, Prince and Bon Jovi, Will pulls audiences into his rock guitar-infused orbit. His latest album Cry Like Hell is a diverse collection of tunes, which provide personal insight into some of his life’s many plot twists.

Will’s creative journey has been dually marked by a deep respect for the roots of modern music and a commitment to forge his own path as an artist. As a kid growing up in the ‘80s across Canada, he was fascinated by his mother’s six-string acoustic guitar. In middle school, he began taking lessons at the local music store and eventually graduated to a “Sears Special” cherry red electric guitar. In his later teens, he developed skills as a compelling vocalist through high school bands and as leader of his own garage rock group. By the time he graduated, he had fully resolved to pursue a professional music career and began to weave his way throughout Western Canada busking, grabbing regular gigs and working jobs that gave him the freedom to develop his talent.

Will first found professional success with his classic rock duo The Doorcrashers. In 2001 he embarked on a new voyage as a full-time seafaring entertainer maintaining a rigorous live performance schedule on Carnival and Celebrity Cruise Lines. Since 2005, Will has enjoyed a long-term residency at Bermuda’s Hog Penny Pub where he performs five nights a week, April through December, frequently mixing up his show with different themes and other local acts.

For the past decade, Will Black has continued to consistently write and perform fresh material, collaborate on projects with other inventive artists and build up an enthusiastic following worldwide by sharing his deep passion for enriching the vibrant independent music community. In 2008, he recorded and self-produced his debut 8 track album Dancing With The Dead at the legendary Metalworks Studios in Toronto alongside a gifted team of the city’s top session musicians. The song Senorita Ballerina placed in the top 20 for the Rock/Alternative category in Unisong’s 12th Annual International Songwriting Contest, was nominated as Best Rock Song at the 2008 Ontario Independent Music Awards and was also selected as a Semi-Finalist in the 2008 UK Songwriting Contest.

Will's Website

Will Black”s Inner Circle Membership

Will's Facebook

Episode 078–Kristen Karma “Party Heroes” with Bruce Hilliard

Kristen Karma’s music career has already rocked the pop/dance scene in her hometown of Vancouver. Now located in Toronto, Kristen Karma is no stranger to the ever growing music industry.

Even though much of her formative years were devoted to a theoretical and exacting world of ballet lessons, Air Cadets, Military Marching Bands, and The Royal Conservatory of Music, some of the only evidence that remains of her past is the neon pink tulle that shoots out from under her black corset. It’s undeniable—Kristen Karma is a band nerd. But she is a band nerd who might punch you in the face for showing up late to practice.

Her current single Party Heroes has her hard pounding electronic dance sound that is sure to bring your to your feet. The clever constructed lyrics and catchy beats combined heavy powerful guitar solos will leave you wanting more. Already garnering rave reviews with the infectious sounds throughout,  this sees Kristen moving into a new share of her music career.

Kristen Karma is taking control of her own destiny with a Gold Award in one hand (personally given to her by HRH Prince Edward in 2009) and a black corset in the other. She effortlessly walks the line between an organized and responsibly rehearsed persona who has spent years studying the theory behind her music, and her alter ego who cannot refrain from gallivanting all over the stage during her pop/electronic performances. Karma not only wields a certificate in Audio Engineering from Hot Sole Music, but has studied voice with Judith Rabinovitch, who has worked with the likes of Avril Lavigne and Sarah McLachlan.

In 2013, Kristen Karma was selected as one of two performers to play the Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball After-party and open for Tour DJ/Lady Gaga BFF Lady Starlight in Vancouver. With rave reviews from her performance, she then went on to work with lil’Jon on her single Sirens.

In 2017, she opened for Grammy Award Winner Akon in Guelph, Ontario on his Canadian Promo Tour. Hot off the heels of her performance, Kristen was then approached and selected to play the Lady Gaga – Joanne World Tour VIP After-party once again in Vancouver after Lady Gaga’s performance at Rogers Arena.

Kristen has now teamed up with with Mark Zubek (Zedd Records) to bring you this quirky fun pop single Party Heroes. Her previous EP, Destination Unknown, garnered critical success with numerous positive reviews, but Karma’s recordings are far from her only facet that is gaining positive attention from the press. Kristen Karma lives for the stage, and it shows. “She plays as if it’s her last time she’s ever going to be playing,” reports DJ Spencer in a review (December 2011). Karma herself recounts stories of being drawn to the stage from an early age, saying, “Before the age of five, I would gravitate to the stage no matter who was playing. If I could, I would get up on stage and dance with the singers.” It is this kind of driven and simultaneously care-free attitude that has propelled Kristen Karma deeper and deeper into a professional career in music.

Karma continues to wow audiences with her energetic live performances, and she does it all with a neon pink microphone in hand.

Kristen Karma's Website

Kristen on SoundCloud

Episode 077-Kory Livingstone’s Jazz, Memories and Thoughts with Bruce Hilliard

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, he's a Juno Award nominee who has a lifelong calling as a pianist/composer and songwriter coupled with a career as an entrepreneur and educator. “Just do it” was his philosophy long before Nike adopted it as their mantra. As a “keynote artist”, he underscores the emotional aspects his keynote addresses with original songs performed at the piano.

One of his achievements is his book, Quiet Determination, Unlocking the Gates to Unlimited Success. In his book he relates the tendency most people have to overthink “how we're going to do it” to the point of forgetting the original vision and giving up on it before it has a chance for fruition.

“I'm not a millionaire, nor am I losing any sleep over how to become one. I'm not famous, nor am I dying become an celebrity. Success means different thing to different people. We've been brainwashed by the media to think that success is defined as how much money we have, how many things we possess. You only have to look at the number rich and famous people who are generally depressed, dissatisfied and unhappy with their miserable, wretched lives to see what I mean.”

“Quiet Determination” by Kory Livingstone.
Kory has released six albums on his own independent record label, Crestant Records. His CD entitled You Were In My Eyes, a collection of eight original songs that tell stories about our everyday life experiences, the many faces of love, inspirational themes and the power of words. They Say It’s Wonderful is Kory’s response to popular demand from his fans. It contains vocal jazz standards and originals written by Kory.

His self-titled CD Kory Livingstone is Kory’s first CD. It has a wide variety of instrumental tunes that Kory composed for solo piano up to full symphonic orchestra, from gospel to jazz and reggae.

Kory's first business as an entrepreneur was founding the Toronto High School for the Performing Arts. It was the first school of it’s kind in Canada, pairing the study of the performing arts with academics. The world could use more Kory's.

Kory's Website

The Book! Quiet Determination

Episode 076–Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers with Bruce Hilliard

Who are Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers? Music lovers the world over continue to learn about this band that’s earned a nationwide following and international fans with its honest, original music fused with synergy, sugar, sweat and soul.

The 14-year-old four-piece combo plays an Americana that encompasses Texas honky-tonk, Bakersfield twang, Memphis rockabilly, Western swing and good old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll.

Ruby Dee’s is a tale of unbelievable resilience and drive in the face of struggles that would foil someone with less determination. Her latest album Little Black Heart is a tour de force of exemplary musicianship. Ruby wrote every song on it, with the exception of a Jack Scott chestnut that was a favorite of the band. This is amazing in itself, considering the aftermath of a terrible accident that left her with significant brain damage. Eight years ago, she was involved in a scooter accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury and other trauma: vertigo, memory loss, nausea, mental confusion and language challenges. “I could picture an image in my mind, but couldn’t think of the word. I couldn’t finish thoughts or sentences or conversations, let alone write songs.”

Providing the rock-solid honky-tonk groove backing Ruby and Jorge are Rick Watson on doghouse bass and Michael Bahan on cathouse drums. Together, they have played fourteen successful European tours and a few rockin’ Australian tours, as well as a variety of dates across the United States.

The band’s release Live From Austin Texas came out mid May 2011 on both CD and vinyl, showcasing a few new songs and fans old favorites cranked up with that live jumpin’ sound for which the Snakehandlers are so well known. Songs from the CD charted for three months on both the AMA and Texas Third Coast Music charts, and the CD earned the band a 54th Grammy consideration for Best Americana Album.

Their release Rockabilly Playground came out May 2013 on both CD and vinyl, and is a roots and rockabilly album for the whole family. With all mature instrumentation (no kazoos or funny voices) and lyrics for the kids: songs about homework, naptime, why we have to follow all the rules, super best friends, and more. Ruby wrote the record when she saw how many of their fans have children and when they can bring them to shows, how many of those kids LOVE this style of music! So rather than sing achy breaky ‘he’s gonna get it’ type songs to them, she wrote new ones with the kiddos in mind. Songs from the album charted on both AMA and FAR charts, and earned the band a 56th Grammy consideration for Best Children’s Album.

“Risky — and perhaps just a bit risqué — Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers conjure forth all sorts of visions of another time,” said Metro Santa Cruz after a California show. “Rooted firmly in the classic country and rockabilly tradition, the band is an authentic backdrop for lead singer Ruby Dee’s blend of Wanda Jackson sass and Patsy Cline pathos. The band holds it down with the insistence of a chugging train while Dee, a pinup heartbreaker of yesteryear with thoroughly modern attitude, commands the stage.”

Media Contact: Western Publicity
Heather West, 773/301-5767; westernpublicity@gmail.com

RUBY DEE AND THE SNAKEHANDLERS
www.rubydeemusic.com
www.reverbnation.com/rubydeeandthesnakehandlers
www.facebook.com/rubydeeandthesnakehandlers

Episode 075–Bill Protzmann Music, Health and Happiness with Bruce Hilliard

There is a special kind of person who seeks the more authentic experience, the genuine moment, the sweet fresh air…

Episode 074–James Carr Is “One Step From Everywhere” with Bruce Hilliard

One Step From Everywhere is a Seattle based band with its roots drawing from rock, blues, and soul with a classic rock guitar sound. The members have been playing together and separately in bands for the last 20 years, until finally coming together to form this strong and tight unit. The band consists of Simon Smith on bass kicking the groove to make you shake it, Craig Hoffman pounding it out on drums, guitarist/singer James Carr belting out the melody and emotion, and guitarist Chris Brown invoking the tasty leads!

Singer and songwriter James Carr is the guest…

Social Media Sites

https://www.facebook.com/onestepfromeverywhere
https://twitter.com/onestepfrome
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGURDlAyu-6I4005dUhfXow
https://www.instagram.com/one_step_from_everywhere/
Music Streaming / Download / Purchase Sites

https://open.spotify.com/artist/1whxj4YisRGrELq4KnfoJ4
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/one-step-from-everywhere/1310832230
https://onestepfromeverywhere.bandcamp.com
https://www.reverbnation.com/onestepfromeverywhere
https://soundcloud.com/one-step-from-everywhere

Episode 073–Marvin Wilson Publishing 4 The People with Bruce Hilliard

About the Artist/Composer, Marvin D. Wilson:

I was a professional musician during my 20s and 30s, but I had to retire from being a full-time musician when my young, growing family (and bills!) got larger than the income it afforded me. I have never stopped playing, writing, recording, and even occasionally performing, though—music is, and always will be, a passion of mine.I have written hundreds of songs, in all kinds of genres: Rock and Roll, Folk, Country and Western, Jazz, Soul, R&B, Blues, Pop Rock, and more. I still aspire to be able to be full-time professional musician again today.

My Goals:

With the money earned through the completion of this Campaign Lot, I will devote much of it to producing more and better recordings of original, inspirational music. I want to be able to afford to go into first-class recording studios, with top-notch producers, and hire the best talents available at all positions in the band, making great music that speaks from my heart to everyone, in genres that appeal to everyone.

I am also a writer, and a multi-published author (look up “Marvin D Wilson” on Amazon). However, having published my books with small time publishing houses that do nothing to promote my books, I make such a pittance on royalties it is not even worth mentioning. I have several very good book ideas that I want to write, but it takes time that I don’t have to do that, given my present financial condition. I will also use money earned from this Campaign Lot to take writing sabbaticals, free of concern over how to pay the bills, and able to focus on my writing muse. I write in the spiritual/inspirational genre, and would love to have some books available for the people here on Publishing 4 the People.

Links:

Artists Promotional site: https://publishing4thepeople.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Theoldsillymarvin

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Paize_Fiddler

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marvin-wilson-216aa764/

Marvin D. Wilson Amazon

Episode 072–Richard Hastings “Another Life” and Cousin Tim with Bruce Hilliard

Richard Hastings started his musical journey playing guitar at age seven and has been a professional working musician (guitarist and vocalist) his entire adult life as performer, studio musician, composer, educator, music contractor and recording artist. Although his styles include classical, jazz, pop, country and flamenco, his passion has always been songwriting. Inspired as a young man by his older cousin Tim Hardin (If I were a Carpenter, Reason to Believe, and many more), Richard has returned to his songwriting roots with two new CD’s: Another life (Fate Cuts Like a Knife) and Last Troubadour, The Tim Hardin Legacy. 

Armed with a master’s degree in music from USC and a degree from Musicians Institute, Richard has been a mainstay in the LA music scene for many years in a variety of venues and studios. As a recording artist and composer, Richard has released seven CDs ranging from smooth Jazz, to world beat, to solo guitar. He has been backed by such jazz greats as David Benoit, Richard Elliott, Snooky Young, and many of LA's top studio musicians. As a performer, Richard has opened for such diverse artists as Bobby Caldwell, Chuck Mangione, Earl Klugh, Bo Diddly, Stanley Jordan, Strunz and Farah, Stanley Clark, Richard Elliott, The Dave Clark Five, Freddie Fender, Jose Feliciano and many others. 

Richard considers his journey one of musical exploration. Returning to his songwriting roots has given him a chance to express the depth of his musical understanding as well as his life experiences. Another life (Fate cuts Like a knife) is a deeply personal expression of his life’s lessons and experiences. His “gentleman country” style is a perfect vehicle to express his lessons of loss, love and life. His tribute to his cousin Tim Hardin (The Last Troubadour) helped him return to the singer/songwriter spirit he saw in watching early performances of Tim. Richard has a deep commitment to promoting Tim’s music. He feels Tim is a forgotten genius whose songs deserve a fresh look. He has produced rich new arrangements of a dozen of Tim’s songs and has utilized the talents of some of Tim’s original band mates including John Sebastian and Mike Mainieri. Which will be featured in his upcoming tribute album, The Last Troubadour.

Richard's Website with Store and Video, Everything Richard!

Episode 071–Brady Novotny “Passions Collide” Guitar Wizard with Bruce Hilliard

Brady Novotny started playing the guitar at the age of 10. Determined to be a world class guitarist, he left his first guitar lesson with his instructor telling him basically to give it up now.  Thus he was introduced to criticism and disappointment early in his endeavor. Nevertheless, Brady heard a guitar player that would motivate him to push all that aside and re-engerize his passion to continue; that guitar player was Randy Rhoads.  Brady soon fell in love with classical and melodic guitar playing.  Brady practiced restlessly learning everything from classical pieces, melodic and virtuosic solos from 80's guitar heroes, to jazz fusion.

Brady loved the guitar, and truly, that has been his passion.  He attended Berklee College of Music for a little time.  At the age of 19, he was asked to teach summer guitar workshop at Duquesne University.  As life often happens, however, Brady got burned out and went back to school and received his masters in Psychology. Yep, that's right — Psychology.  But the passion is back and stronger than ever, plus it never hurts to have some money!

Brady set out to do an instrumental project that would have his listeners singing the haunting melodies while holding their attention by uniquely placed guitar virtuosity and dynamic rhythms creating a fusion of rock, flamenco, and jazz.  His love for a variety of musical styles led him to study under many teachers in his life.  Brady started out playing Classical guitar at the age of 10.  Ever since then, Brady has had a strong affection for nylon string guitar sound. Ultimately, this led him to study Flamenco guitar. He immediately fell in love with the passion, virtuosity and rhythm of this style.  The shred of the 80’s was one of his main influences and guilty pleasures, while Jazz was a big influence on Brady’s chordal choices and song color.

Brady has a wide range of experience in the music business. His experience ranges from the Pittsburgh rock scene to national tours.  He has worked as a Pittsburgh session guitarist, Worship leader, and guitarist at several mega churches. He has also taught guitar at clinics and universities.

Brady's Website

Episode 070–John Vento “Love, Lust and Other Wreckage” with Bruce Hilliard

John Vento is often called a chameleon in the Pittsburgh music scene; and, while his critics may use the term as a pejorative, Vento views it as a compliment. He understands that they’re motivated by the frustration of their inability to lock him into a specific musical style. After all, the front man for the high-energy, hard-rockin’ bands, The Businessmen, and the Nied’s Hotel Band, is also known for his introspective, brooding solo recordings.

Rather than a drawback, however, Vento considers such diversity to be among his strengths; and his fans agree. They relish sharing his tumultuous trek toward achieving his artistic vision, which he accomplishes by channeling a blend of eclectic influences through his own, raw emotions.

Helping to engineer the roller coaster ride is a stout core of collaborators, including John Randall Fox, Buddy Hall, Tim Hadley, and Frank Ferraro, along with renowned playwright/lyricist, Amy Hartman. Many members of this crew have been with him for more than a decade; and it’s easy to understand why, as Vento consistently showers them with appreciation and accolades. Though a one-of-a-kind performer, he professes a great distaste for the word, “solo,” insisting that, “Without my collaborators, I would not have accomplished anything.”

That’s no surprise to those who know him, as he truly is a humble, loving, and grateful person, who treasures his family and friends. Certainly, that comes across, loud and clear, in his honest, from-the-heart songs; and that, undoubtedly, is another quality which endears him to his fans. As he puts it, “If just one person is touched in some small way by one of my songs, that’s the greatest reward that I could receive.”

Of course, it’s purely logical that Vento would find a great following in this town. His steely resistance to categorization is the very essence and backbone of Pittsburgh. Built by a veritable melting pot of blue-collar workers, the once-gritty city has risen from the slag heap, through the smoke and haze, to become a sparkling, spectacular hub of culture and learning. Yet, it remains true to its deeply-forged identity.

John's Website

Episode 069–Steve Fossen R&R Hall of Fame and Onward with Bruce Hilliard

It was a great pleasure to bring this interview with Steve Fossen to the Better Each Day listeners. He is a founding member and original bassist for Heart. His work on the albums “Dreamboat Annie,” “Little Queen,” “Magazine,” “Dog & Butterfly,” “Bebe le Strange,” as well as several greatest hits and compilations, has been a staple of radio since their releases, selling tens of millions of copies.

In 2013, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored the talents and contribution of the original six members of HEART: Ann and Nancy Wilson, Howard Leese, Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen and Michael Derosier. Steve and Mike are proving that they still have a lot of love left to give to the music world as they announce plans for their latest project – Heart By Heart.

Driven to recreate the songs of HEART, while bringing the essence and purity of the group back to the stage, Heart By Heart was created to offer fans the unique experience that only those who were actually in the original band could offer.

Steve Fossen, co-founder of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Heart.
“With Mike and me at the helm, we can, once again, help bring out those musical nuances and ignite the energy within our own band that made HEART one of the most beloved rock groups of our time,” explained Fossen.

In order to play the songs the way they were conceived, Fossen and Derosier surrounded themselves with musicians who shared their philosophy for excellence. Lead vocalist Somar Macek delivers a “jaw dropping performance” with her vocal range and stage presence. Fossen and Macek had been performing as a duo for years, often times naturally weaving their way into a HEART song as if being guided by a larger force. It was during their duo days, in fact, that Fossen actually started thinking about putting the band together. The name “Heart By Heart” came from Macek who said it signified their true feelings for one another.

With the help of the legendary Randy Hansen on guitar and Seattle radio host Bob Rivers on keyboards, the band was off and running. But it wasn’t until the group was performing at a local show that they finally found what they were missing – Lizzy Daymont on guitar and vocals.

“We were amazed with her musical talents and how well she knew the songs, one week later she joined us on stage as a member of Heart by Heart. In fact, when I heard Somar and Lizzy harmonize for the first time I had to hide my face because I thought I was going to cry,” said Fossen. Though not sisters they sing together as if they were.

After the departure of Bob Rivers, Lizzy added keyboards to her duties, and 30-year veteran touring guitarist Chad Quist has joined in place of Randy Hansen.

With the lineup complete, Heart By Heart’s mission is simple – to create music that is authentic, passionate, and true to HEART’s original recordings. After all, Fossen and Derosier, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 as members of HEART, would never do the music any injustice.

“When I first discovered Heart By Heart, I thought they were just a HEART tribute band – a really, really great HEART tribute band. I was excited to meet two rock legends – Steve and Mike – and to hear the band in person. What I wasn¹t prepared for was how amazing this band sounded,” said Tom Moon, of Starleigh Entertainment. “It wasn’t just that they are all world class players and singers, they are, but what astounded me most was the authenticity with which they played the material. Heart By Heart is way beyond a tribute band, their performance is a real and impactful musical experience, once you hear what they do, you cannot help but be won over.”

Heart Wikipedia

Heart By Heart Home Page

Episode 068–Emerson, Berry and Palmer= 3, with Bruce Hilliard

From Robert Berry's breakthrough work with Bay Area stalwarts, Hush, to his dramatic leap to international renowned with “3″ featuring Keith…

Episode 067–Robert Berry “The Rules Have Changed” with Bruce Hilliard

Robert Berry has managed to survive in the treacherous minefield that is the music business and flourished as a performer, songwriter and producer. It seems he's done it all. While he may be best known as the vocalist/bass player in the ELP spinoff, 3, with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer, Berry impressive list of credits include a stint fronting Ambrosia, and long running affiliations with Alliance, December People, and the Greg Kihn Band.

Berry has released 5 solo albums, contributed to a number of high-profile tribute albums and has an impressive track record in the studio.

He grew up in a musical family in what would become Northern California’s Silicon Valley. It didn’t take long before he appropriated a Vox Continental organ from his father’s music store. By the time he was a freshman in high school, his group had released a single that went on to become a regional favorite. Although he denies it, according to his school mates, Berry was known as his school’s first full-fledged rock star. His bands became solid fixtures on the Bay Area college and club circuit, where they worked constantly. It was during this period that his interest in multi-track recording blossomed. Legend has it, Berry somehow finagled the very first Teac four-track recorder to arrive in the valley. It wasn’t long before he had written and recorded an experimental twenty-two song ‘rock opera’. As his quest for knowledge grew he managed to snag a part-time position as ‘assistant everything’ person at a busy San Jose recording studio. By the time he was a senior in high school he had acquired a reputation as a solid performer and in-demand studio musician.

2016 was a big year for Robert Berry as he met with pal Keith Emerson in Los Angeles to discuss a 30th anniversary release of the long awaited follow up to the debut 3 album. If that wasn’t enough, he co-wrote 11 all new songs, produced and played Rekihndled, the Greg Kihn Band's first studio album in over 20 years.

The year 2017 was noteworthy for some major efforts. Early in the years, Berry, on bass and lead vocals joined with Terry Brock (GIANT, STRANGEWAYS) on lead vocals, Gary Pihl (BOSTON, SAMMY HAGAR, ALLIANCE) on guitar, and Matt Starr (ACE FREHLEY, MR. BIG) on drums, to form ALL 41. They release the band's debut album, “World's Best Hope”. Simultaneously, he mounted a dedicated effort to complete his collaboration with Keith Emerson on the long awaited 3 follow up. That album, which took shape in 2016, was nearly shattered with the news of Keith Emerson tragic death. Ultimately and as a tribute to the friendship of Emerson and Berry, it somewhat painfully got back on track and is set for a summer of 2018 release date as 3.2 – The Rules Have Changed on Frontiers Music SRL.

Robert's Website

Robert's Facebook

Episode 066–Linda Nicole Blair On Writing Songs with Bruce Hilliard

Linda's was the final episode for 2018, and what pleasure to have her as a guest.

In Linda's words: “Music has been at the center of my life since I can remember. Early influences include Karla Bonoff, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell: many other female singer songwriters since then have shaped my taste in music: Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Mia Borders, Caroline Herring, Susan Cowsill, Lynn Drury, Shannon McNally, Amy Mann and Brandi Carlile. This list is actually pretty endless–I would also have to include the Beatles, the Stones, and the women of the early blues movement, such as Memphis Minnie. I write Americana music, rooted in my life experiences. Many of my songs tell stories, and they are all different; I don't want to write in just one style–I am open to a variety of music, from country to soul. In short, I am a work in progress and I hope you like what you hear. Little Queenie was released on my birthday in 2016, and No Limits, my second album, was released in October of 2017. I am currently writing and recording songs for my next record, due out in the spring of 2019. My style continues to evolve! You can hear my songs here, as well as on Seattle Wave Radio and Local Roots Music NW Radio, available for purchase on CD Baby and BandCamp.”

A simple but important point is made in this interview as a recurring theme throughout all; music is for everyone and although it helps, no special skills or education are required to enjoy listening to or creating your own. But as seen below, Linda is a bit of an overachiever.
EDUCATION–

Writing Fellows Institute, University of Washington, Tacoma; September – June, 2009

Adjunct Faculty Institute, Tacoma Community College; January – March 2006

Summer School for Applied Aesthetics, Lahti Finland; August 18-23, 2002

The School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University; June 20 – July 26, 2001

The School of Criticism and Theory, Dartmouth College; June 17 – July 26, 1996

Ph. D. English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; May 1989

M.A. English, University of Southern Mississippi; August 1982 Graduate Study Abroad, University of London; Summer 1981

B. M. E. Mississippi College, 1979

And, that doesn't include any of her music background!

“If Chrissie Hynde had bolted Akron for Nashville instead of London, her unbuffered emotion and incisive observations might have taken shape something like those of Ms. Blair. The Washington-based singer/songwriter takes on romantic love’s frequent left turns and rude awakenings with straightforward lyrics and vocals to match. “Wild Night”, in particular, evokes the soulfulness of the afore-mentioned Ms. H. Other instantly attractive tracks include “All The While”, “Lucky Man” and “Far Away”.”
— Duane Verh, Roots Music Report

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Episode 065–Mike Schwebke Steelpan Man with Bruce Hilliard

Mike Schwebke is an Illinois-based recording and performing artist on steelpan and percussion. He studied steelpan and percussion at Northern Illinois University under Liam Teague, Cliff Alexis, Robert Chappell, Mike Mixtacki and Dr. Greg Byer. While at NIU Mike played in the NIU Latin Jazz Ensemble, NIU Bata trio, several classical ensembles, and the internationally renowned NIU World Steelband.

Mike is also an active educator and clinician working internationally on different projects. In Illinois, he has students of steelpan, drumset and percussion. He has taught drum set classes at the Triple Threat Mentoring Organization and currently directs Oswego High School's Marching Percussion with Aaron Spevak. As a part of Paa Kow Band, Mike has been able to perform at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music on two occassions, taking the opportunity to share living African music with a Chicago crowd! He has taken part in a variety of clinics ranging from the history of the steelpan to its future, other clinic topics have included African and Afro-Cuban drumming traditions.

Enabling the creation of new music for steelpan is a huge part of his artistic drive. In 2011 he completed his first collaboration with composer Kyle Krause. The result was a 3 piece suite of short works for steelpan solo and duet. In fall of 2013, Mike gave a a recital of almost entirely new music for steelpan. It featured works by Todd Jelinek, Kyle Krause and Kevin Bobo (a piece commissioned and premiered a few months earlier by Liam Teague). In 2016, Mike was able to premier a duet for Double Second Steelpan and Clarinet by Krause as well as exhibit some of his previously commissioned works as a guest in a composition lecture at the Peabody Conservatory. 

Episode 064–Kai Mata “Time To Shine” with Bruce Hilliard

Kai Mata is an Indonesian-American singer/songwriter currently living in Bali, Indonesia. Time To Shine is her debut full-length album and if this is an indication of what's to come, it's time to listen. Mature and poised, outspoken and beautiful, she is an artist and musician that is just twenty-one-years old but get ready. There's more to come.

The album depicts sunrises, pouring rains, endless landscapes and solemn travels. Kai Mata is humble about her talent, yet bold with her message of love and honesty. Her subtle yet inspiring vocals are unique on both the more laidback tracks like “Magic” and the bolder tunes: “Strays”, “Time To Shine” and “Good Morning, Beautiful.” Her guitar is just what is needed to back her voice and allow the lyrics to shine. The music on the album is not only written with a feeling and perfection, it’s also arranged in a seasoned professional way with additional instruments never standing on the way but enhancing all nice musical ideas that the record. The vocals are tastefully layered and they are all Kai.  

Kai Mata's debut album lets the truth she experiences ring in the air. A bright and bold declaration about seizing destiny, implementing a folksy beat to depict the joy of life, magic of love, shadows casted by light, and the heartbeat that conducts the journey.

Words fall short of describing this music. Kai was a pleasure to chat with…all so good.

Video: “Within You is a Light”

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Episode 063–Lucy Ravinsky “If I Should Ever Lose You” with Bruce Hilliard

Sibling Loss–A Sister's Journey From Despair to Celebration, If I Should Ever Lose You and I Don't Know How It Happened are three works, a book and two songs, by author and songwriter Lucy Ravinsky. This episode focuses on the importance of writing and how she overcame a great loss as a 16-year-old with the sudden death of her younger brother. The story of her early life and relationships, the night her brother was struck and killed by a car and the aftermath and healing is told in her book Sibling Loss under the pen name Laura Prince.

Lucy's book of her loss and recovery (pen name Laura Prince).
Lucy started writing poetry as a child and later took her writing talents to songwriting. Her featured song If I Should Ever Lose You was a CAPAC songwriting contest winner. It was written in memory of her beloved brother but it's a song that relates to anyone who has lost a loved one.

I Don't Know How It Happened she feels is her best work to date.  She refers to it as the love of storytelling in a country ballad style. She says it needs some country guitar but you decide. This is a very good arrangement.

In Lucy's words: “We have all come a long way in the last 50 years in regard to helping one another and communicating. For example, in the 60’s & 70’s homosexuals were hiding their orientation due to being victimized by the public, including being killed. Postpartum depression was scoffed at as the spoiled and childish attitude of a woman who didn’t want to take care of her newborn. Help was so illusive in the 60’s that recovery was almost impossible from most major traumas.

I am so grateful for the universal compassion of people today and with all the avenues of interaction available; the internet being paramount, and the ability to express, study, exchange and learn about the development and treatment of very serious issues.  These avenues offer a huge support system to the suffering.”

Lucy has so much to share about her hardships, victories and the importance of the mighty pen.

Episode 062–Gillian Gaar On The Sub Pop Records Story with Bruce Hilliard

Sup Pop Records has released early recordings with bands such as Green River, Nirvana, Soundgarden and more. The label was founded by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman in the 80's. The new book by Gillian Gaar illustrates the record label founders' journey from music lovers to becoming pioneers of one of the most influential independent record companies to date.

Gillian talks about her first-hand interviews and research that went into making the book. She was there as history unfurled and could probably talk all day on the subject but this is a half hour teaser. If you want to meet the author and chat, see the below information. She is one of the foremost authorities on rock music.

Her first book of 17, She's A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll was published in 1992. In addition to her own books, she has appeared in various anthologies, including The Nirvana Companion; Trouble Girls: The Rolling Stone Guide to Women in Rock; Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History; Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters; Goldmine: The Beatles Digest (volumes one and two); and The Best of the Beatles Book. She has also researched and written some of the best Elvis literature available anywhere.

World Domination: The Sub Pop Records Story takes you on a journey from the 1980's to now. Gillian Gaar is a Seattle-based author and local music journalist. She has also appeared in anthologies such as ‘Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History', ‘The Stranger Guide to Seattle', ‘The Best of the Beatles Book', and others.

To find out more about the book you can come her book signing.

Event details:

What: Gillian Gaar Book Reading and Signing

When: Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

Where: Easy Street Records

4559 California Ave SW, (West Seattle)

Gillian Gaar is one of those rock gurus that in conversation makes you listen, and like a good concert, leaves you wanting more. Gillian is a Seattle-based author. She was editorial assistant for Krist Novoselic's book From Grunge To Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy!

She was also a project consultant/liner note writer for Nirvana's box set With The Lights Out. She has written for numerous magazines, including Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, Goldmine, The Seattle Times, The Stranger, Option, and No Depression, and was a senior editor at Seattle music paper The Rocket.

Gillian written liner notes for collections by Laurie Anderson, Judy Collins, Heart, Pat Benatar, Paula Cole and Mat Kearney, among others.