Friday, November 20, 2015

Kevin Cronin from REO Speedwagon

They were the opening act for multiple years that left concert fans in a frenzy. But it wasn't until Hi Infidelity that REO Speedwagon suddenly became the main attraction. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with front man Kevin Cronin. It is the 35th Anniversary of “Hi Infidelity” on Sat. That album was released on November 21, 1980. That album hit #1 and stayed there for 15 weeks – it has sold approximately ten million copies. Six songs from this album hit Billboard charts, including "Keep On Loving You" which was the band's first No. 1 hit, and "Take It on the Run", which reached No. 5 on the charts. Those six songs: "Don't Let Him Go," "In Your Letter," "Keep on Loving You," "Out of Season," "Take It on the Run" & "Tough Guys." Thirty five years since that release, Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) are still electrifying concert audiences with fan favorites such as “Keep On Loving You,” “In Your Letter,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Take It On the Run,” “Time For Me To Fly,” “Roll With The Changes,” and more on tour across the US. For more information, visit

Rob Schneider

This is the conversation I've always wanted to share with Rob. I know of his travels. I've studied what he's studied. Now our paths meet in the middle. How wise is the man that spends no time with experience? Rob has lived it. Now he's learning just so he can teach. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Rob Schneider.

Zach Appleman

Did you catch Sleepy Hollow on FOX last night? People are talking about it! So much so I had to reach through the walls of Hollywood and have a conversation with the man that plays Joe Corbin. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Zach Appleman. THE HIDDEN ONE ARRIVES ON THE FALL FINALE OF “SLEEPY HOLLOW” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, ON FOX Thursday, November 19, On FOX In the aftermath of Jenny and Joe’s run-in with Sophie, Abbie is in deep water with Reynolds. Meanwhile, the Witnesses deal with lasting implications of the shard and find themselves in grave danger as they come face-to-face with a greater evil than they could have imagined. Tune in to the all-new “Novus Ordo Seclorum” fall finale episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Thursday, Nov. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SLH-308) (TV-14 L, V) Cast: Cast: Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane; Nicole Beharie as Lt. Abbie Mills; Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny Mills, Nikki Reed as Betsy Ross, Shannyn Sossamon as Pandora, Lance Gross as FBI Agent Daniel Reynolds and Zach Appelman as Joe Corbin Guest Cast: Peter Mensah as The Hidden One; Bill Irwin as Atticus Nevins; Jessica Camacho as Sophie Foster

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Doug Gray Marshall Tucker Band

150 shows a year. Plus enough music in the can to last several decades after the final song is played. The bands got a new collection of songs and will appear in Charlotte tomorrow night at the NC Music Factory. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Doug Gray from The Marshall Tucker Band. MTB Releases Live in the UK 1976! After blazing concert trails across the United States for four years, The Marshall Tucker Band (MTB) took a mighty leap in November of 1976 when they crossed the Atlantic and hit Europe for the first time. The MTB recorded and archived the European tour and now for the first time, the nearly 40 year old live recordings will be available for purchase when Live in the UK 1976 (Ramblin’ Records / Sony RED) is released on October 30, 2015. MTB Live in the UK 1976 The international tour led them through West Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France before wrapping with a four-gig engagement in Great Britain. By the end of the tour, they had put to rest any doubts that their brand of Southern Rock would be welcome overseas. Live in the UK 1976 testifies to how these native sons of Spartanburg, South Carolina could mesmerize a crowd no matter how far from home they traveled, and appreciated the distance they’d come in a few short years. Playing Europe was a very big deal, indeed. "This tour marked the first time we had ever played overseas," reminisces MTB lead singer Doug Gray. "We were just a bunch of young hillbilly kids who had no idea what to expect but let me tell you, our European fans made us feel like we were right at home. This was one of the most memorable tours in the history of The Marshall Tucker Band. I'll never forget it." The original line-up of Doug Gray, Toy and Tommy Caldwell, Jerry Eubanks, Paul Riddle and George McCorckle was at the top of their game, fueled by five successful studio albums and a growing following of concert-goers. This album captures, in amazing sound quality, why The Marshall Tucker Band still commands an audience all over the world. The ten track album includes live recordings from UK tour stops in Manchester, Glasgow, London and Birmingham and contains some band’s biggest hits including “Take the Highway,” “Searchin’ For A Rainbow,” “Can’t You See” and “Fire On The Mountain.”

Christopher Cirf

What are bosses and lawyers truly saying to you? Breaking down words is my game. And I'm not alone. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with one half team that introduces the first ever dictionary of modern day ways to say the same thing. Christopher Cirf. How to Speak in Spinglish In a new book due out June 2, Spinglish: The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language, Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf break down the real meaning behind what all of those bland-sounding euphemisms actually mean. Below is a selection of phrases with translation.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Karen MacNeil The Wine Bible

Wine is a great conversation starter. Wine can also breakup a friendship. There are so many flavors and yet we keep sharing the same names. Now there's the Wine Bible. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Karen MacNeil. THE WINE BIBLE (Workman Publishing; October 2015) by Karen MacNeil has long been the most enlightening, comprehensive, and entertaining wine guide in the marketplace. Now it is completely revised and updated with new chapters on every wine region in the world, hundreds of new wines, and all-new maps and photos. Hailed as “America’s missionary of the vine” (TIME), MacNeil is considered one of only a handful of experts with a global command of wine. She has won numerous awards throughout her career, including the prestigious James Beard Award. While researching the second edition, she traveled the world and tasted over 10,000 wines, discovering new trends and exploring emerging wine regions such as China, along with new wine producers in Europe and South and Central America. THE WINE BIBLE brims with MacNeil’s knowledge and passion for her subject while artful, evocative descriptions bring each wine to life. Great P├ętrus “is ravishing, elegant, and rich—Ingrid Bergman in red satin.” Rieslings from Germany’s Mosel region are “a laser beam. A sheet of ice. A great crackling bolt of lightning.” Transporting you from the cool, forbidding landscape of China’s Sichuan Province to the warm shores of the Sicilian Mediterranean, MacNeil delves into the history, food, wines, and wineries of each region. At over 1,000 pages, the book delivers and includes: •The top regions of the world, including the well-known areas such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Tuscany, as well as up and coming producers like Japan, India, Mexico, China, and the Republic of Georgia. •A helpful “Wines to Know” list for each region •History, geography, grape varieties, and how they all profoundly affect a wine’s character •How to taste with focus and build a wine-tasting memory •Fun and informative explorations: How many bubbles are in Champagne and why; the intricacies of Port and Sherry; what makes a great wine great?;why dogs are important in the vineyard; are women better wine tasters than men?; the myth of cabernet and chocolate; and more! •Choosing great glassware, how to read a label, the way to store wine to keep it sound, plus a descriptive taste glossary of hundreds of important wine varieties throughout the world •Extensive sections on the traditional, tried-and-true food pairings for the wines of every major wine region

Warren Zanes author of Petty

Never until now. Tom Petty. Speaks. Not with just anyone. But the member of a band he once invited to perform. The rawness of where the lyrics arrive from to the the experience of becoming one of the greatest songwriters of all time. Who and what are inside the roots of Petty? from the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Warren Zanes. In the mid-eighties, already a rock icon, Tom Petty invited twenty-two-year-old Warren Zanes and his band the Del Fuegos to open for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on a three-month summer tour. At the time, Zanes would’ve never guessed that thirty years later he would pen Petty’s biography with the artist’s full cooperation and unguarded honesty. Known for his reclusive ways, Petty wrote timeless songs that gave us some beautiful clues about his life, but in PETTY: The Biography (Henry Holt; on sale November 10, 2015) Zanes, an acclaimed musician, writer, filmmaker, and a former vice president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, fills in the rest of the story. Born in Gainesville, Florida, with more than a little hillbilly in his blood, Petty was a Southern shitkicker, a kid without a whole lot of promise. But a handshake with Elvis and a dream of something better changed the course of his life and of American music. Through years of interviews conducted at Petty’s Malibu home, many of which lasted up to six hours, Zanes recorded the insights and arguments, regrets and lasting ambitions, and details of Petty’s life on and off the stage. For the first time, Petty speaks about the disorientations of success, tensions within his band, childhood abuse, heroin use, and his long but troubled first marriage. Petty’s family, his producers (including Rick Rubin, Jimmy Iovine, and Jeff Lynne), and his bandmates past and present all weigh in as well. Several interviews, including those with former Heartbreaker Stan Lynch and hidden circle crew members, shed new light on the inner world of a group widely considered the best American rock and roll band to have emerged in the 1970s, a band that continues to sell out arenas. PETTY has all the richness and darkness of a great American story, but this one comes with a soundtrack. Like Petty’s music, this book is intimate and resonant, with recognizable characters, tragedy, loss, hope and success. Zanes’s transporting, evocative prose gives us the dramatic and inspiring ballad of Petty’s life and rise to stardom. About the Author: Warren Zanes holds a PhD in visual and cultural studies from the University of Rochester. He was a member of the Del Fuegos, and continues to record music. His work has appeared in The Oxford American, and he has served as a V.P. at the Roll Hall of Fame and is currently the Executive Director of Steven Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation.