Friday, November 21, 2014

Glyn Johns Sound Man

The man behind the control board. He's produced and engineered Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Who and was the voice that convinced The Beatles to play their final moments together up on the roof. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the very humble Glyn Johns Glyn Johns' work as a producer and engineer of the most seminal rock and roll records of his time not only contributed to an unsurpassed string of hits, but helped to define a sound of a generation. Many of the artists with whom he worked—The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, among many others—have stood the test of time and are considered classics of the genre. Beloved albums like Abbey Road and Led Zeppelin and tracks such as “My Generation” and “Sympathy for the Devil” number among Johns’ extensive and impressive discography. For the first time, in his memoir SOUND MAN: A Life Recording Hits with the Rolling Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Eric Clapton, the Faces… , Johns opens up about his life and career in the studio, contributing to the annals of music history and sharing anecdotes that will delight music fans the world over.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Josh Dorr

It's not every day that someone walks into the I Heart Radio Studio and says, "I was born in Gillette, Wyoming." I wish the station cameras would've caught my reaction when Jowh Dorr broke the ice. Gillette is where my mother was born. I was brought onto the planet just over the mountain. Unplugged and Totally Uncut with a way out west neighbor.

Mark Schultz Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher is heating up a lot of conversation in movie theaters. The book is selling and I have the author. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Mark Schultz On January 26, 1996, Dave Schultz, Olympic gold medal winner and wrestling champion, was shot three times by du Pont family heir John E. du Pont at the famed Foxcatcher Farms estate in Pennsylvania. You might recall sensational media coverage and subsequent murder trial, where du Pont was found guilty and sentenced to 13-30 years. He later died in prison. What hasn’t yet been told is the inside story of the complex relationship between du Pont and both Dave and his brother Mark Schultz. Mark—an Olympic gold medal champion wrestler himself—was also part of the Foxcatcher team, and worked with du Pont before his brother did. Now, he opens up in his memoir Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother’s Murder, John du Pont’s Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold. A movie based on the events, also titled Foxcatcher and directed by Bennett Miller (of Capote and Moneyball fame) is scheduled to be released this month. Starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo, the film has already received phenomenal early reviews, including an eight-minute standing ovation when it premiered at Cannes.

Jesse Ventura

Is it a freedom of speech or the voice that could change the future of America. He's off the grid and not afraid to talk about it. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Jesse Ventura Former Minnesota Governor, former pro-wrestler, actor, bestselling-author Jesse Ventura hosts Ora.tv’s "Off The Grid" – an online only political talk show with over 3 million views on YouTube. New episodes are available Tuesday through Friday on www.ora.tv/offthegrid and www.youtube.com/jesseventura He’s also the host of the new podcast "We the People with Jesse Ventura" – a new episode airs every Thursday on iTunes and PodcastOne. For more information, go to www.ora.tv/wethepeople Follow Jesse Ventura on Twitter: @GovJVentura

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

George Beinson

Not just one of the best in Jazz but he mastered what became Adult Contemporary Radio. Fro the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the very talented George Benson Over the span of his illustrious five-decade career, George Benson has sold millions of records, performed for hundreds of millions of fans, and cut some of the most beloved jazz and soul tunes in music history. But the guitarist/vocalist is much more than "This Masquerade," "On Broadway," "Turn Your Love Around," and "Give Me the Night." Benson is a flat-out inspiration, a multitalented artist who survived an impoverished childhood and molded himself into the first true—and truly successful—jazz/soul crossover artist. And now, on the heels of receiving the prestigious NEW Jazz Masters award, George has finally decided to tell his story. And what a story it is. Benson: The Autobiography follows George's remarkable rise from the ghettos of Pittsburgh to the stages of South Africa, and everywhere in between. George Benson is an unparalleled storyteller, and his tales of scuffling on the Chitlin Circuit with jazz legend Brother Jack McDuff, navigating his way through the recording studio with Miles Davis, and performing with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman, Rod Stewart, Chaka Khan, Count Basie, and Lou Rawls will enthrall devotees of both music history and pop culture. A treat for serious listeners, hardcore guitar aficionados, and casual music followers alike, George's long-awaited book allows readers to meet the man who is one of the most beloved, prolific, and bestselling musicians of his or any other era. GEORGE BENSON BIO (FROM ALLMUSIC.COM) George Benson is simply one of the greatest guitarists in jazz history, but he is also an amazingly versatile musician, and that frustrates to no end critics who would paint him into a narrow bop box. He can play in just about any style -- from swing to bop to R&B to pop -- with supreme taste, a beautiful rounded tone, terrific speed, a marvelous sense of logic in building solos, and, always, an unquenchable urge to swing. His inspirations may have been Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery -- and he can do dead-on impressions of both -- but his style is completely his own. Not only can he play lead brilliantly, he is also one of the best rhythm guitarists around, supportive to soloists and a dangerous swinger, particularly in a soul-jazz format. Yet Benson can also sing in a lush, soulful tenor with mannerisms similar to those of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, and it is his voice that has proved to be more marketable to the public than his guitar. Benson is the guitar-playing equivalent of Nat King Cole -- a fantastic pianist whose smooth way with a pop vocal eventually eclipsed his instrumental prowess in the marketplace -- but unlike Cole, Benson has been granted enough time after his fling with the pop charts to reaffirm his jazz guitar credentials, which he still does at his concerts. Benson actually started out professionally as a singer, performing in nightclubs at eight, recording four sides for RCA's X label in 1954, forming a rock band at 17 while using a guitar that his stepfather made for him. Exposure to records by Christian, Montgomery, and Charlie Parker got him interested in jazz, and by 1962, the teenaged Benson was playing in Brother Jack McDuff's band. After forming his own group in 1965, Benson became another of talent scout John Hammond's major discoveries, recording two highly regarded albums of soul-jazz and hard bop for Columbia and turning up on several records by others, including Miles Davis' Miles in the Sky. He switched to Verve in 1967, and, shortly after the death of Montgomery in June 1968, producer Creed Taylor began recording Benson with larger ensembles on A&M (1968-1969) and big groups and all-star combos on CTI (1971-1976). While the A&M and CTI albums certainly earned their keep and made Benson a guitar star in the jazz world, the mass market didn't catch on until he began to emphasize vocals after signing with Warner Bros. in 1976. His first album for Warner Bros., Breezin', became a Top Ten hit on the strength of its sole vocal track, "This Masquerade," and this led to a string of hit albums in an R&B-flavored pop mode, culminating with the Quincy Jones-produced Give Me the Night. As the '80s wore on, though, Benson's albums became riddled with commercial formulas and inferior material, with his guitar almost entirely relegated to the background. Perhaps aware of the futility of chasing the charts (after all, "This Masquerade" was a lucky accident), Benson reversed his field late in the '80s to record a fine album of standards, Tenderly, and another with the Basie band, his guitar now featured more prominently. His pop-flavored work also improved noticeably in the '90s. Benson retains the ability to spring surprises on his fans and critics, like his dazzlingly idiomatic TV appearance and subsequent record date with Benny Goodman in 1975 in honor of John Hammond, and his awesome command of the moment at several Playboy Jazz Festivals in the '80s. His latter-day recordings include the 1998 effort Standing Together, 2000's Absolute Benson, 2001's All Blues, and 2004's Irreplaceable. Three songs from 2006's Givin' It Up, recorded with Al Jarreau, were nominated for Grammy Awards in separate categories. Benson began to see numerous reissues of his catalog material from his years with producer Creed Taylor on Verve, A&M, and CTI, from 2008 on. In 2009, he signed to Concord and released Songs and Stories for the label, and followed it up with his first primarily instrumental album in 35 years entitled Guitar Man in 2011. Two years later, in 2013, Benson released Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, featuring arrangements by Nelson Riddle and Randy Waldman, and at the age of 70, it was one of Benson's finest albums.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Paul Luftenegger

His new album just premiered in 120 different countries. And he's inside the I Heart Radio Studio Unplugged and Totally Uncut. Singer Songwriter Paul Luftenegger Oprah Winfrey's O Magazine, Glenn Close, The Prince of Cambodia, Government Leaders and Millions of People Unite With Paul Luftenegger's Work Inspiring Global Love and Kindness Through Music November 11, 2014 (MMD Newswire) -- Paul Luftenegger releases his international album titled "LOVE EXPANDING LOVE" in more than 120 countries around the world on November 11th, 2014. He aims to encourage global love and kindness through positive conscious music asking beautiful hearts to get involved by creating a LOVE+WAVE from heart to heart around the world by word of mouth. His international album is dedicated to Oprah Winfrey and OWN Television Network as a way of expressing his gratitude and to say "thank you" for helping him heal and move on from the tragic suicide of his father that happened in 2011. Paul Luftenegger is a Canadian independent international multi award winning singer and songwriter. LOVE EXPANDING LOVE is his new grassroots record publicly funded by LOVE+MONEY sent to Paul through a Kickstarter campaign funded by fans from all over the world. His international album will be released through iTunes and will be made available in more than 120 countries worldwide to inspire love and human kindness. His album has been shared already to millions through syndicated online radio shows. His music is loved and appreciated by various people across the world. The Prince of Cambodia, Glenn Close, the Premier of Ontario, and O Magazine are fans and friends of Paul Luftenegger's work. Each song has a message for the world like honoring the elderly, feeding every mouth, asking all governments to be kind, putting your hand on your heart and saying I love you, and so on. Luftenegger's first international success came from his last album titled "Diamond Light" with the multi award winning Canadian producer, Arun Chaturvedi. This record holds certain important work so as to inspire Universal Love as well as an LGBTQ positive song talking about "growing up gay". The tittle track 'Diamond Light' won the honorable mention award with USA Songwriting Competition in 2013. Paul released singles from this particular record throughout 2013 with the entire body of work being made available through worldwide distribution on iTunes on January 14th, 2014. With the launch of his new international album, LOVE EXPANDING LOVE Paul Luftenegger dreams of inspiring and touching millions of hearts to aid the world with a balm of LOVE by asking people to share in the old way music use to be nurtured -- from one heart to another creating a wave of love for all life! Paul is known affectionately to always wish his fans abundant peace, love, joy, happiness, and prosperity! To learn more about Paul Luftenegger, please visit www.paulluftenegger.com

Monday, November 17, 2014

Joe Elliott of Def Leppard and Ralph Sall The Art Of McCartney

Tomorrow history is being made. The artists of the world come together to salute Paul McCartney. Joe Elliott of Def Leppard and Ralph Sall the producer of the Art Of McCartney are Unplugged and Totally Uncut with me on I Heart Radio. The Art Of McCartney is a long awaited and very special project celebrating one of the most universally acclaimed songwriters of all time, Sir Paul McCartney. With backing provided by McCartney’s long time band, classic tracks such as Maybe I’m Amazed, My Love, The Long And Winding Road, When I’m 64, Let It Be, Helter Skelter, Eleanor Rigby, Live And Let Die have been recorded by some of the world’s greatest artists. The Art of McCartney will be released on November 18th. The caliber of artists showing their respect to Paul’s songwriting genius is truly staggering. Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, The Cure, The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Dr John, Yusuf, Barry Gibb, Jamie Cullum, KISS, Chrissie Hynde, ELO legend Jeff Lynne, and many more have recorded McCartney songs exclusively for this album. The Art Of McCartney is the brainchild of Los Angeles producer, Beatles and McCartney fanatic, Ralph Sall, who has driven this project from conception to delivery. Sall met and worked alongside Paul in 2003 when they revived a song from the 1971 Ram sessions for a movie soundtrack. Ralph then asked Paul and his publishing company if they would support his making this album to honour him. They came back with Paul’s own blessing and thumbs aloft for the project to go ahead. Ralph became a man on a mission, first recruiting McCartney’s gifted backing guitarists, Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, keyboard player Paul “Wix” Wickens, plus the larger than life drummer, Abe Laboriel, Jr. They know Paul’s extensive back catalogue intimately and this is the first time they have recorded his songs with anyone else since they first started working together with Paul over 12 years ago. Ralph then set about approaching the world’s greatest performers to invite them to step forward and make their mark. This has been a labour of love, not only for Ralph but also for the artists who gave their time to be part of it. All have spoken of the importance of McCartney and his songwriting in their own careers and wanted to show their appreciation. A key strength of The Art Of McCartney is the way these world class artists have got to grips with the sheer range and quality of Paul’s work. From his groundbreaking recordings with The Beatles, through to key moments with Wings and his solo compositions, they are all featured on the album. Legendary Beach Boy, Brian Wilson, was the first to take up the challenge. Undoubtedly he set the bar very high with his rendition of Wanderlust from the underrated 1982 album Tug Of War. There are very few artists whose own work rivals The Beatles. So when producer Ralph Sall approached Bob Dylan to take part, he knew it was ambitious. Dylan’s choice was Things We Said Today - a track from The Beatles’ soundtrack A Hard Days Night – and audiences will be captivated as he growls his way through his remarkable version. There are so many great interpretations here but look out for Willie Nelson’s heartfelt Yesterday, Roger Daltrey’s frenzied version of Helter Skelter, B.B. King’s atmospheric On The Way and The Cure’s Hello Goodbye. Also Smokey Robinson who makes his version of So Bad from Paul’s Pipes of Peace album his own, his tender vocals taking the song in a new direction. All 
aspects of Paul’s peerless back catalogue have been explored from The Beatles to his experimental early solo work, to Wings and his latter solo output. Lesser-known hidden classics such as Junk and Every Night are given a fresh outing and interpretation. The lead off track from the album is The Cure’s take on The Beatles classic ‘Hello Goodbye’ which is the band’s first release in 6 years and also features Sir Paul’s son James on keyboards. The track is available for download now for those who pre-order The Art Of McCartney. Whether it is The Cure’s Robert Smith, Corinne Bailey Rae, Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel or KISS, they each bring their own special talent to Paul’s much-loved songs. In so doing, they have created versions that are both new and classic at the same time. The Art of McCartney is the very definition of the universal appeal and timeless magic of Sir Paul McCartney’s songs and songwriting. The Art Of McCartney is an audiophile’s dream. It is available in five beautifully packaged formats for the McCartney fan in your life: