Friday, July 31, 2015

Dr Dale Archer

It came from out of nowhere. Suddenly every child was linked to ADHD. But did you know adults have it too? You can't suddenly drop it off at the pool. But it's proving to be a positive. ADHD is a good thing to have and is bringing businesses success. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Dr. Dale Archer But what if impulsiveness, distractibility, impatience, and the other ADHD symptoms we’re dead-set on overcoming are actually disguised talents like curiosity, adventurousness, and resilience? Might that explain why ADHD-diagnosed people are noticeably overrepresented in prestigious demographics like entrepreneurs and professional baseball players? That is the contention of Dr. Dale Archer in THE ADHD ADVANTAGE. Dr. Archer, a board-certified psychiatrist, is the New York Times-bestselling author of Better Than Normal: How What Makes You Different Can Make You Exceptional and a popular source of expert psychological advice on major national news programs. Dr. Archer’s unique expertise on this topic is also rooted in the fact that he personally has lived (and flourished) with ADHD over the course of his life and career without relying on drugs. THE ADHD ADVANTAGE goes far beyond previous challenges to conventional ADHD wisdom, shifting the paradigm of how parents, students, athletes, and professionals should view this pervasive set of human behaviors. Rather than a disorder that we need to medicate away, ADHD is better thought of as a diagnosis of boredom. In THE ADHD ADVANTAGE, Dr. Archer describes: •What parents need to know about ADHD before starting their child on a medication program that may end up doing more harm than good. •The reasons ADHD traits are hidden assets in virtually any business setting, and how professionals can tap into their potential. •Why the conventional wisdom that multitasking is always bad needs to be reconsidered. •The groundbreaking Massachusetts school that refuses to regard ADHD as a learning disability – and the astonishing results their students achieve. •A step-by-step method for refocusing ADHD “Bingo Brain”, where ideas bounce around at random like balls in a bingo caller’s drum, into a deep source of creative (and profitable) ideas. •How to turn ADHD’s impulsiveness into expertise at taking “smart risks” that lead to creative breakthroughs. •Why the “Explorer Gene” likely shared by Da Vinci, Meriwether Lewis, Benjamin Franklin, and other world-changers now leads to ADHD diagnoses (where it can be stifled by drugs). •Relatable case studies of celebrities and regular people who found success not be suppressing their ADHD traits, but embracing and redirecting them. By delving into the genetics behind the traits that lead to pessimistic ADHD diagnoses, and the proven and potential dangers of quick-fix medication programs, the book makes clear to ADHDers and their loved ones that a new approach is long overdue.

Steve Byrne

Performing this week at Charlotte's Comedy Zone!!! Being part of the TBS family was just the first step of what's cruising toward a very successful career as an actor and on stage. Steve is brilliantly honest. He voice commands you in the way of being the Korean James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman. He's upfront but not dangerous. He's out loud funny but gives you enough time to zip off to the bathroom so you don't do it in the chair. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Steve Byrne

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Adam Resnick

An Emmy Award winning writer that decided one day to set aside everything he's done on the television and write a book. But not just any book. This book is authentic. Those days when you just want to stay away from family. Who needs coworkers and other walls? From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Adam Resnick. Emmy Award–winning writer Adam Resnick began his career at Late Night with David Letterman. He went on to co-create Fox’s Get a Life, starring Chris Elliott, and has written several screenplays, including cult favorites Cabin Boy and Death to Smoochy. Resnick has written for Saturday Night Live, was a co-executive producer and writer for HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show. While courageously admitting to being “euphorically antisocial,” Resnick plunges readers deep into his troubled psyche in his uproarious memoir-in-essays, WILL NOT ATTEND: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation. Resnick is cut from the same strange cloth as Louis C.K., and WILL NOT ATTEND showcases his writing at its brazenly hilarious best. Please let me know if you would like an interview with Adam Resnick.

Jay Pharoah

Saturday night the laughter is about to explode on Showtime. Plus you can latch onto it if you have Roku. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Jay Pharoah. Then catch him live next weekend at Charlotte's Comedy Zone. SHOWTIME will debut JAY PHAROAH: CAN I BE ME? from standup comedian and master impressionist Jay Pharoah on Saturday, August 1st at 10 p.m. ET/PT. JAY PHAROAH: CAN I BE ME? is the first hour-long comedy special from renowned stand-up comedian and veteran Saturday Night Live cast member, Jay Pharoah. No topic is off limits as Pharoah delivers an unfiltered powerhouse performance live from The Cutting Room in New York City. Weaving in his most popular celebrity impressions, Pharoah offers his comedic insight on relationships, family, music and pop culture leaving his audience roaring with laughter. From Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video Entertainment and Comedy Dynamics, Pharoah serves as executive producer. Comedy Dynamics will also release an album of the special on August 7, 2015. “Jay Pharoah is a rising star and Lorne Michaels has set the gold standard for comedy for decades,” said Kent Sevener and Gary Garfinkel, Co-Heads of Content Acquisition for Showtime Networks. “We are excited to bring this hilarious stand-up special to our SHOWTIME subscribers.” Pharoah recently completed his fifth season on Saturday Night Live. He is best known for his wide array of uncanny celebrity impressions, including President Barack Obama, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Chris Rock, Stephen A. Smith, Kanye West and Chris Tucker. Pharoah developed his comedy skills at a young age, training in local comedy clubs. He went on to tour in the U.K., U.S. and Montreal. Pharoah released a series of music videos through Above Average including a Kanye West parody, "I Am a Dog," which became an instant viral video with over a million views within the first week of release. His feature film credits include Ride Along with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, Get a Job with Bryan Cranston and Anna Kendrick, Top Five and Balls Out. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS or telco providers. Starting in early July consumers will also have the option to subscribe to SHOWTIME through its stand-alone streaming service on Roku® and Apple® devices, or through Sony PlayStation® Vue. Consumers will have access to the live broadcast of the network’s east and west coast feeds, as well as unlimited on demand access to every season of award-winning SHOWTIME original series, and hundreds of hours of movies, documentary, sports programming and specials like JAY PHAROAH: CAN I BE ME? Here’s the trailer:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Chris Brown from Elevation Worship

Four years ago I set out to figure out a way to invite Chris Brown into my studio. Here was this incredible singer/songwriter that was helping to change people's lives around the world. During my Bucket List chase I became a student of Pastor Steven Furtick's Greater. Having Chris inside the iHeart Radio Studio today is 100% the end result of what I learned from Greater. Before the path there was no iHeart Radio in my life. But it was through Pastor Furtick's teaching that everything began to take shape. From having no radio show to now being heard daily by 37.5 million people. From the iHeart Radio Studio. I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Chris Brown. Friday July 31st. The live recording. The Elevation Worship band performs at Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, NC. So that people far from God will be raised to life in Christ. That was the vision of Elevation Church when it began in 2006 with a group of eight families led by Pastor Steven Furtick. Over the past seven years, that vision has remained the same as our church has grown to several locations throughout the Charlotte, NC area, with multiple extension sites around the U.S. and Canada. worship2 From the beginning, Pastor Steven had a vision for Elevation Worship to write and record songs that reflect the church’s journey, experiences, and needs. The music released by Elevation Worship is characterized by a guitar-driven, versatile sound, and lyrics that reflect the “heart of the house”. The albums range from studio sessions that correspond with certain seasons in our church, to live recordings that reflect special nights of worship with the people of our church. Worship Pastor Wade Joye says, “We have seen God do the impossible in our church time and time again, and we consider it such an honor to give voice through these songs to the great things He has done. Our prayer is that all who hear this music will be inspired to believe that the Lord can do the same in their own lives and churches.”

Steve Guttenberg

LAVALANTULA, NEW SYFY ORIGINAL MOVIE THAT IS BEING ENCORED WEDNESDAY NIGHT JULY 29th at 9PM ET/PT LAVALANTULA, STARRING STEVE GUTTENBERG AND FELLOW POLICE ACADEMY ALUMNI LESLIE EASTERBROOK AND MICHAEL WINSLOW SYFY’S SHARKNADO WEEK (JULY18-25) PREMIERED SEVEN ORIGINAL MOVIES INCLUDING THE RETURN OF SHARKTOPUS, LAVA BREATHING TARANTULAS AND A THREE HEADED SHARK LAVALANTULA WILL BE REPEATED WEDNESDAY JULY 29th AT 9PM ET/PT NEW YORK – Giant lava breathing tarantulas – Lavalantulas – erupt out of ancient volcanos in the Santa Monica Mountains, raining death and destruction upon Los Angeles, in the new Syfy Original Movie Lavalantula, premiering in Summer 2015. With the City of Angels on the verge of incineration, only a washed up ‘90s action hero actor, played by Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy, Diner) – joined by Police Academy alumni Leslie Easterbrook (Police Academy) and Michael Winslow (Police Academy: The Series) -- stand in the way of this monstrous swarm of bloodthirsty creatures who burn their victims alive. By popular demand, Lavalantula will be repeated this Wednesday night at 9PM et/pt.

Dr. Kent Brantley

You know the story. During one of the world's most challenging times. The first American to be diagnosed with Ebola was coming home. But was it a drug that saved his life? From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Dr. Brent Brantly and his wife Amber. Kent, bud. We got your test result. And I’m really sorry to tell you that it is positive for Ebola.” Dr. Kent and Amber Brantly moved with their children to war-torn Liberia in the fall of 2013 to provide medical care for people in great need—to help replace hopelessness with hope. When, less than a year later, Kent contracted the deadly Ebola virus, hope became what he and Amber needed too. When Kent received the diagnosis, he was already alone and in quarantine in the Brantly home in Liberia. Amber and the children had left just days earlier on a trip to the United States. Kent’s personal battle against the horrific Ebola began, and as thousands of people worldwide prayed for his life, a miraculous series of events unfolded. Called for Life tells the riveting inside story of Kent and Amber’s call to serve their neighbors, as well as Kent’s fight for life with Ebola and Amber’s’ struggle to support him from half-a-world away. STORY FROM CNBC.COM JULY 22nd, 2015 While the initial panic or hysteria may have dissipated, the threat of Ebola remains imminent, survivor and missionary Dr. Kent Brantly said Tuesday. "The public is not always aware of what's happening in West Africa, but we're still seeing 20 to 30 new cases of the disease in Sierra Leone and Guinea every week," Brantly said in a CNBC "Squawk on the Street" interview. Brantly made his remarks a day after WABC in New York City reported that doctors in Bellevue Hospital are evaluating a patient with Ebola-like symptoms. On Tuesday, biopharmaceutical company Novavax said its experimental vaccine, the Ebola GP Vaccine, induced a substantial immune response to the disease in an early-stage trial. Nevertheless, there is still a long way to go before a definitive cure against the disease is found, Brantly added. "I think it's going to take some time to get substantial data back on those trials, but there are lots of different trials under way in West Africa and even here in the United States." Brantly contracted the virus while treating patients in West Africa last year amid the largest Ebola epidemic to date.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Gunnar Nelson From The Group Nelson

They weren't part of the Hair Band Movement nor did Gunnar and Matthew participate with Grunge. Yet they've never lost their hard edge on the guitar and infamous Nelson family tradition. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Nelson. Gunnar & Matthew Nelson, collectively known simply as Nelson, have released the second video from their acclaimed Peace Out album, entitled “Back In The Day.” An ode to the glory days of rock’n’roll from the late 50s through the 80s when the songs on the radio ruled a kingdom of music fans, the video features rare archival footage of their father Rick Nelson (one of America’s biggest pop stars of all time) as well as classic footage of the Nelson brothers “back in the day.” “Matthew and I had an absolute blast making the video for Back In The Day. We'd always wondered what it would be like to play the entire 'band' in a video ever since we were kids and Paul McCartney did it with his band Wings,” says Gunnar, in reference to the 1980 MTV video for the McCartney hit, “Coming Up.” “ As fantastic as it seems, it's actually more true to life to the way we actually record our Nelson records (Matt and I play every instrument and sing every vocal on our records with very few notable exceptions). This is the kind of video where you'll catch something new hidden every time you watch it. We're very proud of the work itself- even more so of the statement the song makes... which is that everything newer isn't necessarily better; especially on the radio.” “On this song we sing about the fact that our music is so much more than merely the soundtrack to our lives; it is so often reduced to background noise- its the friend that's never let us down. It's the confidant that has always been there for us, and always will be. It shapes who we are and how we feel about ourselves and our lives. It deserves our acknowledgment, appreciation, and respect. “To quote a lyric from the song: ‘The radio was our saving grace... Our heroes showed us the way- back in the day.’ " Released in May by Frontiers Music Srl., Peace Out marks a return to the well crafted pop songs that put the band at the top of the Billboard charts in the 1990s. From the anthemic “Invincible” to the rollicking “Rock Star,” Peace Out is quintessential Nelson from start to finish. The brothers have always had their work cut out for themselves, being the third generation in one of America’s most celebrated entertainment families, who came into US households every week from 1952 through 1966 on the ABC sitcom, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. Their grandfather, Ozzie Nelson, was a celebrated big band leader, whose orchestra featured their grandmother, Harriet; and their late father, Rick, was one of rock’n’roll’s earliest superstars, a member of The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, and generally credited with creating the country-rock format. Ozzie, Rick, and the Nelson twins are the only family in the history of the world to have 3 generations of musicians that scored a #1 Billboard hit each on their own. The Nelson twins burst onto the music scene with the Billboard #1 hit “(I Can’t Live Without Your) Love & Affection,” in 1990. They went on to release a half dozen rock albums selling nearly 7 million records, beginning with the multi-platinum After The Rain. The brothers have grown from pop music idols to seasoned songwriters and performers. They have worked in a number of musical styles including pop, hard rock and even country. Critics and fans alike agree: Peace Out, is unquestionably their most ambitious studio album to date. The album takes them to the musical home they have known the best: harmony-driven pop-rock whose melodies are as infectious as they are lasting. View the video for Back In The Day ORDER NELSON’s PEACE, OUT Amazon: For all things NELSON, please visit:

Mary Kubica

Her first book was a huge secret. Most writers go through it. But she kept hearing something that told her to release The Good Girl. Now its on its way to becoming a movie. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with author Mary Kubica. About Mary's new book "PRETTY BABY" - Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman. She goes above and beyond, working for a nonprofit, offering money to the homeless, and even taking in the occasional stray cat. Her charitable senses go off one freezing Chicago morning when while waiting for the “El”, she notices a young girl on the platform, shivering and clearly homeless. To make matters worse, this girl has a screaming infant clutched to her chest. Heidi sees the girl morning after morning and knows she needs to try and help. And so, she introduces herself to Willow, and offers a cup of coffee and a meal. Willow is not forthcoming with why she is alone on the street, but Heidi sees that the baby is sick and knows they both need help. She invites them home, only to rest up and get warm for the night. Heidi banker husband, Chris, and teenaged daughter, Zoe, are shocked at the transient suddenly in their home, but this is no deterrent. Heidi feels Zoe could learn to be less self-centered and her husband is usually at the office…and spending more time with his pretty young co-workers. As the night turns to day and the days becomes weeks, Willow becomes a permanent fixture in the Wood household. Chris, as is his way, doesn’t trust that Willow is telling them the entire truth. She’s secretive and he starts uncovering clues that point to a story about her past that she isn’t telling them. But as Heidi becomes more attached – and seemingly obsessed – with Willow’s baby, extricating the two from their home grows difficult. Suddenly, the Wood family finds themselves at the center of a story more twisted than any of them imagined. Told with the same deft storytelling skills that prompted critics to compare her with masters such as Gillian Flynn and Liane Moriarty, PRETTY BABY is an artful sophomore novel from a rising literary star. Mary Kubica effortlessly spins a tale that will leave readers questioning their own judgments and begging for her next foray into the world of psychological suspense. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mary Kubica is the internationally bestselling author of The Good Girl. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in history and American literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter. PRETTY BABY is her second novel. Please visit her at

Monday, July 27, 2015

Nathan East Daft Funk

Critic's have proclaimed Nathan East to be the most recorded bass guitarist in the history of music. That left a door wide open for me to step through. If everybody's focused on the changes and channels of chapters already written. It was time to put focus on where the world's most recorded bass guitarist is currently standing in the present.

Bobby Whitlock from Derek And The Dominos

The music world was swiftly changing. The Beatles had left their mark. Led Zepplin was whipping into a mean case of the Blues. Eric Clapton found peace while hiding within the veins of a band called Derek And The Dominos. We all know Layla and Bell Bottom Blues. But do you know that none of it would've happened without Bobby Whitlock. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the songwriter that lifted Clapton to next level fame. New York, NY (July 14, 2015)—There is no denying the immeasurable impact that pianist/guitarist/songwriter Bobby Whitlock has made on music history. As a co-founder of Derek & The Dominos and co-writer of such iconic classics as “Bell Bottom Blues,” Whitlock has also appeared on some of Rock and Roll’s most celebrated albums (George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass and The Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street). This fall, Whitlock and his equally talented partner / wife – guitarist/bassist/saxophonist CoCo Carmel - will hit the road on “The Just Us Tour 2015” – a very special 11-date event presenting an all-acoustic evening of songs hosted in an intimate setting. This formidable duo has worked with some of the most renowned guitarists in the world, and on this tour, which begins on September 11, they have handpicked a different local guitarist to perform with them at each show. The evening’s set list will include Derek & The Dominos gems, specifically songs that Whitlock wrote / co-wrote from their landmark album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (“Bell Bottom Blues,” “Tell The Truth,” “Keep On Growing,” “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad,” “I Looked Away,” and others), along with tracks from Whitlock and Carmel’s current CD Carnival (“John The Revelator,” “Devil Blues,” “Nobody Knows,” “River of Life”) and new material from some-to-be-recorded upcoming album. The breadth of the “Just Us” tour set list culminates from the broad history of both Bobby and CoCo’s respective careers. Bobby Whitlock was just 16 when Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn signed him to the Stax Hip label. From there, he left for the west coast in 1969, when Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett asked him to be the first “friend” in their new group. This led to his fortuitous meeting with another young blues prodigy, Eric Clapton, who was a guest “friend” during their European tour, as well as George Harrison, who joined the tour for a few days. Soon after, George Harrison invited Whitlock to perform on his landmark 3LP set All Things Must Pass. During those sessions, Whitlock and Clapton started to write songs together, some of which ended up on Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, which Whitlock produced. Whitlock’s songwriting contributions on the historic 1970 Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs include “Bell Bottom Blues,” “Keep On Growing,” “I Looked Away,” “Tell The Truth,” “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad,” “Thorn Tree In The Garden,” and “Any Day.” Whitlock continued to write beloved songs throughout his career. In addition to writing “Roll It Over” with Eric Clapton for Clapton’s 1973 live album Rainbow Concert, he’s had songs covered by Ray Charles (“Slip Away”), George Jones (“Someone You Used To Know),” and Tom Jones (“This Time”). CoCo Carmel has also established a rich musical career, having performed onstage with Dr. John, Phoebe Snow, Jon Bon Jovi, Albert Lee, and Billy Preston, to name a few. She has also produced and co-produced several albums, including her own release First Fruit, which was originally produced by former husband Delaney Bramlett, and unearthed 20 years later, after his passing. She engineers and produces all of her work with Whitlock, including 2013’s Carnival. For the past fourteen years, Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel have been making music and travelling the world. The Just Us 2015 Tour is an evening of incredible music that comes with a side order of rock history. BOBBY WHITLOCK AND COCO CARMEL TOUR DATES – GUITARISTS IN BOLD: Friday, September 11 – Memphis, TN – The Warehouse w/ Josh Roberts Saturday, September 12 – Nashville, TN – The City Winery w/ Kelvin Holly Tuesday, September 15 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic w/ Moses Mo (of Mother’s Finest) Saturday, September 19 – New York, NY – B.B. King Blues Club w/ Godfrey Townsend Sunday, September 20 – Sellersville, PA – Sellerville Theater w/ Luke Johnson Tuesday, September 22 – Fall River, MA – Narrows Center For The Arts – Guitarist TBA Wednesday, September 23 – Somerville, MA – Johnny D’s w/ Andy Argondizza Saturday, September 26 – Cleveland, OH – The Beachland Ballroom w/ Angelo Santelli Sunday, September 27 – Rochester, NY – The Lovin’ Cup w/ Bob Wagner Tuesday, September 29 – Ferndale, MI – The Magic Bag w/ Angelo Santelli Thursday, October 1 – Berwyn, IL – Fitzgerald’s w/ Nicolas Tremulis

Friday, July 24, 2015

Little Anthony My Journey My Destiny

The brilliant vibration that Uptown Funk has created in 2015 has roots. And its through those channels of influence that we find ourselves back in a day when the Radio on air talent wasn't liner card reading. But rather sharing the experience of music. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Rock n Roll Hall Of famer Little Antony. Jerome Anthony Gourdine, better known as “Little Anthony” recently collaborated with author Arlene Krieger to release a memoir book entitled, “Little Anthony: My Journey – My Destiny”. The book is more – much more than a bio. It is a story of how a kid from Ft. Greene, Brooklyn went on to become not only an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (along with Metallica, Jeff Beck and Run DMC) but one of the vocal architects to emerge in the era called the “Golden Age of Rock and Roll”. Anthony said, “Some of my greatest acclaims came later in life and I'm glad they did. When we were younger, The Imperials and I squandered so much. We made all the wrong moves, had the wrong managers, listened to almost no one (at first), were ripped off unknowingly and got caught up in our own celebrity. When we were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, we had come full circle and are eternally thankful to be honored by our peers. I said we stand on the shoulders of giants and I meant every word.” Little Anthony & The Imperials were further honored when they appeared on the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert at Madison Square Garden. When the book opportunity presented itself, Anthony is quoted as saying, “I did not want to write a ‘me book’ but my life has been quite a journey, a people journey. People say I am an icon and I thank them for that but truth be told, the real Little Anthony story is about the people I've known and those who influenced me for the better. I should have died three times but now at age 74, I am one of the pioneers of the early days of Rock and R&B. I survived. I was there and now 60 years later – I had my first singing gig at 14 years old - I am fortunate enough to chronicle it all”. The “Little Anthony story” is about the people Anthony has known – his boyhood friends, his family, his parents, his aunts, his showbiz fathers: Redd Foxx and Sammy Davis Jr., his “brother” Smokey Robinson, friendships with Paul Simon, the support of Ed Sullivan, Dick Clark, Paul Shaffer, Moms Mabley, Eartha Kitt, Frankie Lymon, the Motown artists, Don Costa, Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band and many others. Anthony says, “Some of them are not gone, but they are with me every time I go on stage. Their influence and teachings are in me and I carry on everything they taught or instilled in me”. You could say it all started when at age 17, attending summer school – Boys High in Brooklyn – when on a hot New York City day, Anthony heard his “Tears On My Pillow” via a smuggled transistor radio. “I started to walk out of the class when the teacher said, ‘Mister Gourdine where do you think you are going?’ I remember it like it was yesterday – “My song is on the radio – I’m out of here”. He did not even realize he graduated high school. Anthony chuckles and recalls, “I finally received my diploma 50 years later when someone found it in an old desk at Boys High and sent on.” More hits followed for Little Anthony & The Imperials: “Hurt So Bad”, “I’m On The Outside Looking In”, “Shimmy Shimmy Koko Pop”, “I'm Alright” (co-written with Sam Cooke) and “Just Two People In TheWorld”. In the book, Gourdine tells of how he was tagged with the name “Little Anthony” by radio legend Alan Freed, watching Bob Marley record “No Woman, No Cry”, touring with Dick Clark, following the “Chitlin Circuit”, Bruce Springsteen opening for him at Jersey dates in the ‘70s, sock hops, performing on the “Tonight Show”, co-hosting for a week on the “Mike Douglas Show”, singing his hits on“Hullabaloo”,” “Soul Train”, “American Bandstand” and being inducted into the Long Island-based Vocal Group Hall of Fame by Billy Joel. Billy also honored Anthony personally last July, when he encouraged the sold-out Madison Square Garden audience to give his hero, Little Anthony, a standing ovation right after singing a stanza of “Tears On My Pillow”. Anthony’s book pulls no punches and offer little known facts, such as: Little Anthony & The Imperials were the first to record “You Only Live Twice”, which became famous thanks to Nancy Sinatra and its James Bond legacy; or how Marvin Gaye was always the big loser at the crap-games played backstage at The Apollo Theater; or how he and Marvin smoked pot in the catacombs of the famed Harlem venue. There is sadness as well in his life: his failed first marriage, the death of his son Casey, his best buddy Frankie Lyman ‘s overdose, Teddy Randazzo passing and the break-up of The Imperials. Little Anthony & The Imperials still perform live today after regrouping in 1992, and a solo career for Little Anthony is another example of the renaissance he is experiencing. About a year ago, Anthony initiated a one-man show thanks to long-time friend Bruce Morrow, recorded “A World Without Love”, written by Sir Paul McCartney (for a benefit EP – The Women And Cancer Fund) and released a fully-orchestrated version of “I'll Be Home For Christmas” – all in association with the New Jersey – Nashville-based Reviver Records. Anthony is currently recording a soon-to-be-released new single, “Back To Brooklyn” produced by Preston Glass. Little Anthony & The Imperials have sold over 22 million records (singles) worldwide. Little Anthony continues to add to his legacy and tending not to rest on his laurels. This coming October, he will be inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame in Detroit and he devotes a great amount of his time to charity and veterans’ related events. He recently attended a San Diego ceremony involving the roving Vietnam Memorial wall. On June 18th, in Norfolk, VA. prior to performing his one-man show at a private concert for a Virginia law convention, Little Anthony will meet 100 kids who are special guests of “For Kids Help Us Help Homeless Families”. “Little Anthony: My Journey – My Destiny” is published by Mascot Books in association with Reviver Records, who executive produced the book in association with the Gourdine family. It is available now on, and

Comedian Don DC Curry

No matter where he travels word gets around. You need to sit down and listen to the stories that Don is sharing. 33 years of incredible magic on the solo stage. Over 7,000 performance. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally with comedian Don DC Curry. When you first hear Don "D.C." Curry, you may just want to sit down and listen to him carefully. In fact you may want to ask him his advice on any number of things ? politics, child-rearing, balancing the budget, being a black man in America or baseball (He is a former pro player). His response may not be what you expect. It may not even be what you think you want to hear. But by the time he is finished "going off" on one of his patented riffs (and taking you with him), don't be surprised if you find yourself nodding your head in agreement with the wildest assertions that somehow make "good common sense." Say what you will about his position on the issues. Try to understand that it is the truth as he sees it -- the world according to Don "D.C." Curry.

World Champion Daniel Bryan

The world of professorial wrestling has had its fair share of legends. But this guy could be the WWE's first ever Underdog. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with World Heavy Weight Champion Daniel Bryan. Do people cheer for the underdog? YES! Does professional wrestling still hold a special place in the hearts of sports fans? YES! Is the man who began the WWE fan-driven YES! Movement the most popular Superstar in the WWE Universe? Emphatically – YES! Daniel Bryan is everyone’s favorite underdog. What started early in his career as a simple rallying cry – YES! – has become synonymous not only with wrestling fans worldwide but with everybody who ever pulls for the little guy to climb the mountaintop. In his electrifying memoir YES!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania (St. Martin’s Press, on sale July 21, 2015, $25.99), Daniel Bryan takes the reader from all the backwoods wrestling outposts at the onset of his career to the pinnacle of his profession – heavyweight champion of WWE! From the time he was a little boy in rural Washington state all Daniel Bryan wanted to do was become a wrestler. Although small in stature he was blessed with great athleticism but even more importantly – a huge heart. Bryan immersed himself in the sport and in his training like a whirling dervish. After more than a decade of beating the bushes of every wrestling event stop in the US, Mexico, Japan and Europe, Bryan found himself on the cusp on making the WWE lineup, his improbable rise nearly complete. Along the way Bryan’s mettle inside and outside the ring would be tested and strong friendships formed, while the fans take notice of the underdog without any quit in him. When his “YES!” chant becomes a full-fledged movement his career skyrockets. And standing at his side, his rock of support, is the love of his life, Brianna (herself a Superstar in the WWE’s Total Divas). It all leads up to the most incredible event in WWE history – WrestleMania 30 – and the crowning of a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. YES! chronicles the hard work, values, influences, and unique life choices – such as devotion to sustainability and protecting the environment – that have become the hallmark of the life and career of everyone’s most beloved underdog! ABOUT DANIEL BRYAN A WWE Superstar and three-time WWE Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan is a one-time World Heavyweight, Intercontinental and United States Champion as well as the 2013 Slammy Award Superstar of the Year. His unmistakable beard is recognized the world over, as is his signature offensive style – a mix of Japanese and American moves -- including the YES! Lock named after his popular WWE YES Movement. He is married to WWE Diva Brie Bella of Total Divas fame.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Darren Davis Metallica and George Harrison

They take the history of Rock n Roll and turn it into a comic book. Up next Metallica and George Harrison. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Darren Davis. ew bands have achieved the success and status afforded the heavy metal pioneers known simply as Metallica. Metallica’s sound, a raw fury few can match, has stood the test of time and placed members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine, Cliff Burton, and Kirk Hammett in an exclusive club of artists. Read about the formation of the band in this special issue of Orbit. Cover by famed artist David A. Frizell.

Joe Satriani Shockwave Supernova

An adventure. The exploration. The style of music that doesn't start on sheets of paper but rather in the heart. Before it hits the speakers. The music's been invited from every player and never just a single thought. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with guitar legend Joe Satriani. Along with teaching some of the top rock guitar players of the '80s and '90s, Joe Satriani is one of the most technically accomplished and widely respected guitarists to emerge in recent times. Born on July 15, 1956, in Westbury, New York, and raised in the nearby town of Carle Place, Satriani -- inspired by guitar legend Jimi Hendrix -- picked up the guitar at the age of 14 (although he was initially more interested in the drums). Quickly learning the instrument, Satriani began teaching guitar to others and found a kindred spirit in one of his students, Steve Vai. By the late '70s, however, Satriani had relocated to Berkeley, California. With his sights set on his own musical career, "Satch" kept teaching others, including such future rock notables as Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Larry LaLonde (Primus), David Bryson (Counting Crows), and jazz fusion player Charlie Hunter. In the early '80s, Satriani got a gig playing guitar with power popster Greg Kihn, doing some session work and touring with the group (an archival release recorded around this time, King Biscuit Flower Hour, was later issued in 1996), and issuing his own solo self-titled EP in 1984, financing and releasing the project entirely on his own. But when Vai hit the big time as the guitarist of David Lee Roth's solo band in 1986, he offered praise for his good friend and former teacher in several major guitar publications, leading to widespread interest in Satriani's playing. The timing couldn't have been more perfect for Satch, as he'd just issued his first full-length solo album, Not of This Earth, which automatically made ripples in the rock guitar community. But the best was still to come, in the form of his sophomore release, 1987's Surfing with the Alien. Almost overnight, Satriani was widely regarded as one of rock's top guitarists, as the album earned gold certification and the guitarist would finish at the top of guitar magazine's polls for years afterward. He was even handpicked by Mick Jagger to accompany the famous singer on a tour of Australia and Japan around this time. A stopgap EP, Dreaming #11, combined both studio and live tracks and was issued a year later, and in 1989, Satriani issued his third solo full-length, Flying in a Blue Dream. Another sizeable hit, the album also marked Satch's debut as a vocalist on several tracks. His career received another big push the same year when his song "One Big Rush" was included on the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's hit movie Say Anything. The '90s began with Satriani creating his own line of guitars for the Ibanez company (the JS Joe Satriani model), but it wasn't until 1992 that he would issue his next solo release, The Extremist. The double-disc set Time Machine followed a year later (a combination of new tracks, live material, and the long out of print Joe Satriani EP from 1984), and in 1994, Satch filled in on tour for the departed Ritchie Blackmore for heavy metal pioneers Deep Purple. Although he was asked to become a full-time member, Satriani turned down the offer to return to his solo career. Satriani issued two more solo albums during the '90s -- 1995's self-titled release and 1998's Crystal Planet -- and also started the G3 guitar showcase tour with Vai in 1996, which became an annual event; Satriani issued a live document of the tour's initial run, G3: Live in Concert, a year later. 2000 saw Satriani issue his most musically daring release yet, the electronic-based Engines of Creation, and a year later, Live in San Francisco. Engines was nominated for a Grammy the next year, and after a successful tour he stepped back into the studio. The result, Strange Beautiful Music, was released in 2002. Electric Joe Satriani: An Anthology arrived in 2003, followed by Is There Love in Space? in 2004, Super Colossal in 2005, and Satriani Live! in 2006. In addition to his own albums, Satriani has guested on several other artists' albums over the years, including Blue Öyster Cult's Imaginos, Alice Cooper's Hey Stoopid, Stuart Hamm's Radio Free Albemuth, Pat Martino's All Sides Now, and Spinal Tap's Break Like the Wind. Satriani's thirst for collaboration extended to him joining forces with ex-Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony for the 2009 supergroup Chickenfoot. The next year, Satriani returned to his guitar pyrotechnics with Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards. For that album, he recorded the 3-D special Satchurated: Live in Montreal, which was released on video and audio in 2012. Satriani returned to solo duty in 2013 with a studio album, Unstoppable Momentum. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Patrick Wilson as Jack Strong

Born in Norfolk. But as Jack Strong he's reached beyond our shoreline to protect the world. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with actor Patrick Wilson. Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Patrick Wilson grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, where his father worked as a TV anchorman. Although he didn't study singing with his voice teacher mom, Patrick sang with the choir she directed when he was in his teens. Active in sports as well, singing came first for Patrick and he often missed games due to singing engagements. He went on to study at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, winning the Charles Willard Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Music Theater before earning his B.F.A. in Drama. He appeared in regional productions of Sweet Bird of Youth, Romeo and Juliet: The Musical and Lucky in the Rain; Off-Broadway in Bright Lights, Big City (for which he received a Drama Desk nomination and a Drama League Award) and in national touring company productions of Carousel (winning a Drama-Logue Award) and Miss Saigon. Patrick received another Drama League Award for his Broadway debut in Fascinating Rhythm and two Tony Award nominations for Leading Actor in a Musical for his starring roles in the Broadway productions of The Full Monty (2001) and Oklahoma (2002). Wilson made his film acting debut in the low budget My Sister's Wedding (2001), followed by a role in the video release Dark Stories: Tales from Beyond the Grave (2001). He received nominations from both the Emmy awards and the Golden Globes for his supporting work as Joe Pitt in the acclaimed mini-series Angels in America (2003), directed by Mike Nichols and starring Al Pacino and Meryl Streep. He then played William Travis in The Alamo (2004) starring Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton before landing the much-coveted role of Raoul in the movie version of the hit Broadway musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera (2004). During filming, the playwright dubbed him "The Impossibly Perfect Patrick Wilson" because he not only sang and acted with expertise, but he performed most of his stunts himself as well. Having conquered Broadway, Wilson is content to now be a part of the movie business. While living in a small apartment in New York, he missed the warm Floridian weather and open spaces that he grew up with, and feels much more content in Los Angeles. In 2005, he played the lead role as Jeff in the movie Hard Candy, about a man who meets a young teenage girl on the Internet. He also co-starred opposite Kate Winslet in the drama Little Children, for which he won a 2006 Young Hollywood Award. More recent films include The Ledge (2011), Insidious (2011), The Conjuring (2013) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013). Married in 2005, Wilson has two child with his wife, actress Dagmara Dominczyk. ABOUT JACK STRONG, IN THEATERS AND ON DEMAND JULY 24th “Jack Strong is genuinely thrilling." – Andrew Robertson, Eye For Film " enjoyable throwback to the cloak-and-dagger heroics of classic Cold War cinema." -Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter Los Angeles (CA) – Level 33 Entertainment is proud to announce the release of the gripping international spy thriller JACK STRONG in select theaters across North America and on all Video On Demand platforms beginning July 24, 2015. The film stars Patrick Wilson (THE CONJURING, INSIDIOUS, TV's "Fargo"), Dagmara Dominczyk (THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, KINSEY), Marcin Dorocinski (SPIES OF WARSAW), and Maja Ostaszewska (IN THE NAME OF) in the true story of one man who dared to challenge the Soviet empire. While planning the maneuvers of the Warsaw Pact forces, Polish army colonel Ryszard Kuklinski (Dorocinski) has access to the top secrets of the Communist Bloc. Upon learning that the American nuclear counterattack against the Soviet forces will be executed on Polish territory, Kuklinski starts a long and psychologically exhausting cooperation with a CIA Agent (Wilson) -- putting his own life and the life of his wife and family in constant danger! JACK STRONG was written and directed by Wladyslaw Pasikowski (AFTERMATH, Nominee - Best Director, Polish Film Awards) and received multiple Film Festival and Polish Film Award Nominations. Shot on location in Poland, Russia and the U.S., the film was produced by Klaudiusz Frydrych, Roman Gutek, and Sylwia Wilkos. Level 33 Entertainment plans to engage the support of regional Polish-American organizations in promotion of the film. Exclusive Theatrical Engagements are planned for several locations around the country including the Arena Cinema in Los Angeles. Trailer: Facebook: Website:

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Warren Haynes Ashes And Dust

His participation with music has helped to shape the path of celebration. The landscape of music has opened the imaginations of all involved. Suddenly music has a purpose. It's not to be like or loved once but explored each moment it arrives through which ever speaker you've chosen to connect with. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with one of Classic Rock's biggest and finest. Warren Haynes. You think you know someone, and then you realize that there’s more than meets the eye. Grammy Award winning artist Warren Haynes has been recognized as a cornerstone of the American music landscape and revered as one of the finest guitar players in the world. Throughout his prolific career as part of three of the greatest live groups in rock history – Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and the Dead – his virtuosic artistry has led to thousands of unforgettable performances and millions of album and track sales. Despite all of the ground that Haynes has covered on his musical journey, the impressive thing is that he still has many miles to explore. On his newest solo album Ashes and Dust, he puts forth one of his most gorgeous, musically rich and personal albums to date. It is endlessly exciting to see one of the most brilliant minds in modern music shine an entirely new light on the depths of his creativity. Ashes and Dust, only the third studio album Haynes has ever released under his own name, is a masterful work of art and a particularly important statement for Haynes. The songs are immediately and clearly different from his usual style – encompassing beautiful acoustic arrangements, a rootsy/Americana soundscape and honeyed vocals that cut straight through to the soul. Although many of these songs are brand new, some of the tunes that make up this album have been dear to Warren for years. In some cases he has been carrying them around for 20 or 30 years, waiting for the right time to record them. “I’ve been writing songs all my life from a more folky, singer-songwriter, even Celtic direction,” he says. “For a while, I’ve been compiling songs that didn’t necessarily fit in with Gov’t Mule or the Allman Brothers or even my last solo album. So this record was really a chance to bring a lot of that music to fruition. It’s really given me the opportunity to take a lot of songs I love, that didn’t have a home, and build a home for them.” Given his life-long commitment to experimentation and eclecticism, though, it should come as no surprise that the album reveals yet another new side of his musical personality. Knowing that he wanted to pursue a more folk-based approach on this project, he brought in the New Jersey-based Americana band Railroad Earth as collaborators. “I have a cool chemistry with those guys—they add their own personality to the songs, but they’re really great at interpreting, as well,” says Haynes. “We’ve known each other casually for several years, and then at Del-Fest a few years ago, we winged a few songs together and it went really well. A little later, when I was opening the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, they joined me for part of the set. We did that with a little more rehearsal, more preparation, and it was a great experience. At that point, I started thinking that maybe I should make my next record with these guys.” Even with a clear sense of his goals for the album, Haynes and Railroad Earth still needed to explore various avenues and possibilities. They recorded more than 30 songs, often trying entirely different arrangements for each take or even recording late at night and not listening to playbacks until they reconvened the next day. Fans of jam-band powerhouse Gov’t Mule or the most recent soul-charged incarnation of the Warren Haynes Band—or listeners who know Haynes through his 25-year affiliation with the Allman Brothers Band or his work with various extensions of the Grateful Dead family—may be surprised to hear him working in a more song-based context. Several of the tracks on Ashes and Dust, like “Company Man” and “Coal Tattoo,” are links to the folk tradition of narrative writing. “I love story songs,” Haynes says. “I was very influenced by the whole concept of writing songs that tell a story. When I first got bitten by the singer-songwriter bug, when I was 14, it was due to those people who transported you to another place and another time with their songs” Which is not to say that Ashes and Dust leaves his instrumental adventures behind; several songs such as “Blue Maiden’s Tale” and “Stranded in Self-Pity” open out into more extended musical journeys. “In the studio, you’re always looking for the balance between structure and focus and improvisation, opening up the music to chance” says Haynes. “But too much of either can keep the music from being as rewarding or as effective as it can be. Luckily my audience loves things to be stretched out. They love to hear the performance aspect. It was nice to take a few dirt roads, musically speaking, and go to some places none of us were expecting.” Haynes shares that this album also brought out some new dimensions for him as a guitarist. “My playing here is quite different from what I’ve done in recent projects. It’s showcasing a side of my musicality that’s unlike, in some cases, anything I’ve ever done,” he says, noting that he played a hollow-body D’Angelico instrument (“kind of a jazz guitar”) for many of the sessions. “I like to adapt to my surroundings—to the music itself and to the musicians, trying to choose a musical voice that fits into the overall picture a certain way. I played a lot more slide guitar than I’ve played in a long time and a lot of acoustic guitar, things that were more directed to weaving themselves into the fabric of this music.” One of the songs, “Spots of Time” (the lyrics of which include the phrase that gives the album its title), may be familiar to ardent Haynes-watchers. The song was written by Haynes and Phil Lesh from the Grateful Dead, and the Allman Brothers have been playing it on stage in recent years. He had hoped that the song would be included if the Allmans made another studio album, but after the legendary band retired in 2014, he decided to record it himself—but not before inviting Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones to join him in the studio. On “Gold Dust Woman,” Grace Potter adds her unique vocal timbre. Sparking a fast friendship and instant chemistry several years ago, Haynes and Potter have performed this song together many times on stage and this endeavor seemed like the perfect opportunity to document it in the studio. That chemistry, along with Railroad Earth’s unique instrumental interpretation, plays out here in fine form on the sole duet on the album. The presence of these world-class musicians and artists, along with that of Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin and famed harmonica player Mickey Raphael (who each make an appearance here on “Wanderlust”) is yet another reason why Ashes and Dust stands as such a personal, ambitious document of Warren Haynes’ history. With songs that reach back to his initial fascination with music and others that go right up to the present day, it’s a look behind his first-rate playing and into his enduring creative spirit. “These songs were each very important to me when they were written, especially since some of them go so far back,” he says. “They’re all visual memories and experiences of certain time periods that I tried to capture in song. They really represent a collection of memories in my life.”

Elijah Wald The Night Dylan Went Electric

A lot has been said. Plenty has been read. But do you know the true story behind the night that Bob Dylan went electric? The man that vowed to his fans that he wasn't a folksinger changed the face of music. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Rock Music Historian Elijah Wald. This July 25th marks the fiftieth anniversary of the controversial day Bob Dylan “went electric” at the Newport Folk Festival and to coincide with that event Dey Street Books is releasing DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties by Elijah Wald (Dey Street Hardcover; $26.99) on-sale this July 14th. Wald’s new book is a must-have not only for Dylan fans, but for aficionados of music history and anyone who wants a deeper understanding of a complicated, fascinating period that reshaped popular culture. On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival backed by an electric band and roared into a blistering version of “Maggie’s Farm” and his new rock hit, “Like a Rolling Stone.” The audience of committed folk purists and political activists who had hailed him as their acoustic prophet reacted with a mix of shock, booing, and scattered cheers. It was the shot heard round the world—Dylan’s declaration of musical independence, the end of the folk revival, and the birth of rock as the voice of a generation—and one of the defining moments in twentieth-century music. Wald delves deep into the folk revival, the rise of rock, and the tensions between traditional and cutting edge music to provide new insights into Dylan’s artistic evolution, his special affinity to blues, his complex relationship to the folk establishment and his sometime mentor Pete Seeger, and the ways he reshaped popular music forever. Breaking new ground on a story we think we know, Dylan Goes Electric! is a thoughtful, sharp appraisal of the controversial event at Newport and a nuanced, provocative analysis of why it matters. There are many conflicting accounts about what actually happened that infamous day at the festival, and Wald delves deeply into it all with additional insight from research and new interviews with audience members who saw it all. But more than just that day, Wald explores the cultural, political, and historical context of this seminal event that really transformed the sixties Wald will also be presenting a special “Dylan Goes Electric” workshop at the Newport Folk Festival on July 26th to celebrate the occasion. ABOUT ELIJAH WALD : Elijah Wald is a writer and musician with twenty years of experience covering roots and world music. His books include The Mayor of MacDougal Street, inspiration for the film Inside Llewyn Davis; Escaping the Delta, about the myth and music of Robert Johnson; and How the Beatles Destroyed Rock ’n’ Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music. He has won a Grammy Award, an ASCAP-Deems Taylor award, and the American Musicological Society’s Otto Kinkeldey award; has taught blues history at UCLA; and travels widely as a speaker on popular music. He lives in Medford, MA.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Lauren Alaina

Imagine stepping away from your love in life not knowing if vocal surgery will truly cure the silence. What she's faced over the past two years is every reason to pen out 200 different pieces of music. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with American Idol's Lauren Alaina. Lauren Alaina’s debut album, Wildflower, is a vibrant bouquet of compelling stories, powerful emotions and soaring vocals that is as irresistible and delightful as Lauren herself. Lauren captured America’s heart when she appeared on American Idol earlier this year and revealed her enthusiasm, humor and warmth, as well as a commanding voice with an impressive range that has been compared to the genre’s premier vocalists, including Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride. She helped make the show one of the most popular yet. A record-breaking 122.4 million votes were cast for the finale, which garnered 29.3 million viewers, as well as 38.6 million who tuned in to see the winner’s name announced. She signed her record deal shortly thereafter and began recording her debut album with producer Byron Gallimore. The result is a fitting musical portrait of the 16 year old’s personality, optimism and life experiences. There’s sauce and sentimentality, as well as an unwavering hope for the future and a belief in true love. “Wildflower is the perfect name for my first album,” she says. “I would consider myself a wildflower because wildflowers are sweet, but then they have a little bit of spunk to them – they are ‘wildflowers,’” she says. “I like to have a lot of fun and I’m really sassy. “I tried to get songs that were all different so everyone would have a part that they liked because people are different,” she says. “I tried to make it so that it would please everyone. It’s just me; that is what the album is: it’s Lauren Alaina. That is the common thread.” Lauren’s inimitable spirit is showcased in “Georgia Peaches,” a fun celebration of Southern girls that proclaims, “Love to dance and we love to flirt, ain’t afraid of a little dirt.” Lauren says, “I am a Georgia peach. Even if you aren’t from Georgia, you can appreciate it because it’s the type of song that will get you up off of your feet and dancing.” Lauren co-wrote “Funny Thing About Love” with Brett James and Luke Laird after discussing her own romantic experiences with them. “I feel like it turned out really great and I’m excited to see how people will respond to my own style of writing, as well as my style of music, period. It’s about when you like someone and they don’t like you, and when you don’t like them anymore, they like you. Timing is everything. When you are young, it never really works out. You are always on a different page.” “Growing Her Wings” explores the coming-of-age quest for independence through the tale of a teenage girl who reads Cosmopolitan magazine, against her mother’s wishes, after she’s grounded for kissing the boy next door. “She’s growing her wings behind closed doors and she’s ready to fly away,” Lauren says. “I felt like that is who I was six months ago and I’ve formed my wings and I’m flying.” In “She’s a Wildflower,” she encourages girls to believe in themselves by recognizing the beauty they possess. “As a teenage girl, you are your own worst critic,” says Lauren, who admits that she hasn’t been immune to self-doubt. “When I first heard the song, it made me want to cry because I know what it was like to be the freckled-face girl with a gap in her teeth,” she says. “Girls always put themselves down when they are really wildflowers and need to go for it.” While she’s always 100 percent pro-girl, she’s not afraid to put flashy and shallow boys in their place, as she does in “I’m Not One of Them.” But she describes the innocence of young love in “Tupelo” and sings the praises of nice guys in “One Of Those Boys,” in which she reveals a weakness for jeans-wearin’ country boys who mind her curfew and love their mamas. “I am singing about a boy who is perfect, but he has all of these flaws that make me love him.” “The Locket” is a poignant song about the power of love, both between a man and a woman and a grandmother and her granddaughter. “The grandmother has Alzheimer’s and she is starting to forget things and the granddaughter is reading out of a diary what has happened in her life,” she says. “It tells this beautiful story about these two people who fell in love when they were young kids and they grow old together.” Lauren was surrounded by love and music as she was raised in Rossville, Ga., by her father, J.J., a chemical technician, and mother, Kristy, a transcriptionist. Her mother and older brother, Tyler, sang and her father is a multi-instrumentalist. Her parents played country and rock music in the house and Lauren favored music to television, especially Shania Twain, Aerosmith and the Dixie Chicks. When she was 3, her mother was listening to the Dixie Chicks’ “When You Were Mine” until she turned the car off, but Lauren kept singing, hitting every note and word perfectly. Her mother bought the karaoke version of the Dixie Chicks for Lauren to sing to as she sat on the bar where they ate breakfast at Lauren’s grandmother’s restaurant. Her first public performances came with a kids’ choir as well as an annual vacation spot that offered karaoke. Word soon spread about her talent and she began receiving invitations to perform. Beginning in elementary school, she routinely landed the lead roles in school plays. At age nine, she wrote her first song, “She’s a Miracle,” after her aunt was in a car wreck. She sang in church, restaurants, family holiday gatherings and anywhere else. Says Lauren, “I would grab up every opportunity I could,” Lauren says. “I would go karaoke at any place within a 30-mile radius of where I lived. I would drive an hour just to sing. Any competition I would hear about I would enter.” At age 8, she entered the talent competition of the Southern Stars Pageant and won, and the next year was selected to perform on the Kids talent stage at Chattanooga’s Riverbend Festival. She continued to perform on that stage annually until age 12, when she won the competition that allowed her to perform on the festival’s big stage. At age 10, she won the American Model and Talent Competition in Orlando, beating out 1,500 kids. She later joined the Georgia Country Gospel Music Association’s children’s group that performed at places such as Six Flags. “I started coming to Nashville when I was about 12,” says Lauren, who enjoyed a normal childhood of playing softball, cheerleading and working at a pizza parlor. “I would go into the bars on Broadway before 6 p.m. and walk up to the people on the stage and ask if I could sing and they would let me.” Offstage, she was continuing to develop as a songwriter. Little did she know that she would be returning to Nashville to sign a major label record deal. It was during Idol that she first heard her debut single and first hit, “Like My Mother Does.” “When they started playing it for me, I started crying because I went through this whole crazy journey and the only person who was there for me every step of the way was my mom. She didn’t get any praises for it and I got all of the attention. I thought the song would be a great way to say thank you for her for all that she does for me. When she came in and heard it, she cried. It was a sign. Everybody was crying, even the piano player.” This year has been one of the most incredible and emotional years of her life. "When you are 16, you change a lot from the time you are 16 to 17 to 18. I got to change on national television, so everybody watched me grow up over the past year. "I feel like people are going to continue to get to watch me grow up. It's cool that I have been able to meet so many people that I otherwise would have never been able to meet. I have been able to accomplish so many goals, like being on American Idol and releasing a single and now my first album. I know there is more to come in the future and I can't wait to see how everything unfolds."

Gary Valentine

The fastest thinker on the planet. Is it because he's from New York? Before the question fell into the microphone Gary was red hot with a come back. I love improv thinkers that know the next step is all about having fun.

Adrienne Bailon Knock Knock Live On FOX

We all did it as kids! We'd run up to a neighbors house. Knock on the door. Then take off! FOX this Tuesday night is gonna raise the level of play. On LIVE TV. Knock Knock Live with Ryan Seacrest is truly about catching people off guard. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with his cohost Adrienne Bailon. Adrienne Bailon was born in New York City and first stepped into the spotlight in 1999, when she was tapped as the lead singer of multi-Platinum R&B girl group, 3LW. She then went on to become a founding member of the pop group The Cheetah Girls, which sparked multiple cable television movies, a world tour and numerous merchandising deals. Bailon’s acting credits include “That’s So Raven,” “Buffalo Dreams,” “All You’ve Got,” “Coach Carter,” ”Lovestruck” and “I’m in Love with a Church Girl.” Additionally, she appeared on her own reality show, “Empire Girls,” and is currently a co-host on the syndicated daytime talk show, “The Real.” Hosted by iconic TV and radio personality Ryan Seacrest, new unscripted series KNOCK KNOCK LIVE, is a can’t-miss, life-changing weekly television event packed with unpredictable and thrilling surprises that enlists friends, families, neighbors and celebrities to help grant wishes with one simple knock on the door. Don’t miss the series premiere of KNOCK KNOCK LIVE airing Tuesday, July 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. (KNO-101) (TV-PG L) Host: Ryan Seacrest

Thursday, July 16, 2015

PBS's Carl Safina Beyond Words

While with the Pam Stone show I finally stepped free of my biggest secret. I talk to animals. She made me prove it on live radio. To this day my Native America studies are based on keeping that connection to animals alive. People call me all the time. What does it mean when I meet a bear? I have no problem doing the research. But do you take the message and making it a more meaningful step? I love talking with animal experts. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with PBS's Carl Safina. Prize-winning author and MacArthur Fellow Carl Safina weaves decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries in brain science that delivers enlightening insight into animal cognition in his landmark new book BEYOND WORDS: What Animals Think and Feel (Henry Holt/A John Macrae Book; on sale: July 14, 2015). In BEYOND WORDS, readers witness elephant families navigate the pervasive drought and incidents of poaching in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, see a free-living wolf pack sort out the aftermath of tragedy in Yellowstone National Park and finally plunge into an astonishingly peaceful society of killer whales living in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. These animals are treated as the individual characters they are, with distinct personalities and unique roles within social structures not unlike our own. Taking us into the animals’ lives and minds, Safina reports on the surprising similarities between our minds and theirs while thoughtfully tackling issues that affect us all, including habitat conservation and extinction. BEYOND WORDS offers powerful and illuminating insight into the unique personalities of animals through extraordinary stories of animal joy, grief, jealousy, anger and love. Ultimately a graceful examination of humanity’s place in the world, Safina calls on us to re-evaluate our relationship to the other species around us. About the Author: Carl Safina is author of seven books, including SONG FOR THE BLUE OCEAN, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, EYE OF THE ALBATROSS, VOYAGE OF THE TURTLE, and THE VIEW FROM LAZY POINT. Safina is founding president of The Safina Center at Stony Brook University, where he also co-chairs the University's Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. A winner of the 2012 Orion Award and a MacArthur Prize, among others, his work has been featured in outlets such as The New York Times, National Geographic, and The Huffington Post, and he hosts “SAVING THE OCEAN” on PBS.

Donny Most On Tour

Even while on Happy Days Donny Most was very musical. He formed a band on the show featuring Richie Cunningham and friends. The rest of the real world didn't know how serious he was about music. A few pop albums were created but nothing has opened the door like his new material. Ralph Malph ignites the Big Band stage. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Donny Most. Just as younger audiences have embraced Tony Bennett, while retaining his original fan base, so to it appears that Don Most has tapped into that which keeps audiences coming back for more -- a love of good music ... His Rat Pack quality seems to bring in audiences of all ages and backgrounds" Donny Most (Happy Days) will return to New York (July 7th) and NJ (July 12th) as part of his continued and ever growing national tour, which includes the following cities and venues: July 7th - "The Iridium" - New York City (New York) July 12th - "McLoone's Supper Club" - Asbury Park (New Jersey) July 25th - "Theatre Three" - Port Jefferson, New York Sept. 13th - "Center For Arts and Performance" - Milwaukee, Wisconsin Sept. 15th - "The Brink Lounge" -Madison, Wisconsin DONNY MOST BIO ( Donny recently appeared before a standing room only capacity at the Catalina club and at Rockwell Stage & Table with "Donny Most Sings and Swings." Although best known for the role of "Ralph Malph" in the hit series "Happy Days," it is his first love as a skilled singer that is literally taking center stage now. Most's style is reminiscent of era that has and continues to thrive. His Rat Pack quality seems to bring in audiences of all ages and backgrounds, as he offers classic renditions of "Lady Is A Tramp," "It Had to Be You," "Im Beginning To See The Light," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Shake, Rattle & Roll," "Mack The Knife," and much more. Shifting easily between vocal styles, Most pays homage to The Chairman of the Board, Dean Martin, and his idol Bobby Darin, while paying tribute to the path that brought him back to his musical roots. Edited sample links include:, Donny's most recent engagement rocked a capacity audience, which included "HAPPY DAYS" colleagues such as Ron Howard, Anson Williams, Cathy Silvers and Marion Ross, having returned to Los Angeles after an East Coast engagements in New York City with performances at "54 Below." A scan of the audience showed fans from their late 20's to blue-haired music fans, but everyone whose toes weren't tapping were bobbing their heads and shaking their shoulders in time to the tunes. Most and his group spun a consistent and transporting musical aura, saluting standards and composers from almost every decade of the last century.

Matt Graham Epic Survival

I speak a lot about living off the path. Being a leader beyond the world of business. Taking what we have on this planet and knowing where the next step would be if it all went away. Who are the modern day warriors? From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Discovery Channels Matt Graham. Matt Graham, star of the Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival and Dude, You’re Screwed, details the physical, mental, and emotional joys and harrowing struggles of his life as a modern-day hunter-gatherer in EPIC SURVIVAL (Gallery Books; on-sale: July 14th, 2015; Hardcover $24.99). For the past twenty years, Matt has lived entirely off the land as man did thousands of years ago. In this riveting narrative, Matt takes us along into the wilderness to live alone for half a year, “wearing only a loincloth and a pair of handmade sandals and carrying a blanket, a stone knife, and a bag of chia seeds.” Matt relays captivating stories from his life to show just how terrifying—and gratifying—living off the grid can be. He shows us what extraordinary things the human body is capable of when pushed to its limits. Matt details: • Running 1,700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail− Not knowing what was over the next hill or around the next curve was exciting. With each amazing vista I took in, I was compelled to push forward to see if there was an even more amazing one over the next hill. Being constantly surprised by the beauty of the terrain was the greatest joy of the journey. • Racing against Arabian Horses− The race was a three-day, fifty-five-mile event, with the middle day of twenty-five miles being the toughest…I put on a pair of thin sandals with rubber soles made from old VW bus tires and lined up with thirty-seven horses and riders…I ended up finishing third with a cumulative time of six hours, fifty-seven minutes. • Near death experiences− I was certain I was going to die; yet I was okay with it. It was time to go do something else. I closed my eyes. Then I heard a voice. “Your mom’s gonna be pissed if you die in the snow,” it said. “She’ll be forever cursing your primitive skills and earth-living life if you die here.” • Matt’s Epic Survival Rules−Set Your Own Path; Be Physically in Control; Know Yourself; Deal With Danger; Learn from Others EPIC SURVIVAL is part memoir of Matt’s extreme adventures and incredible spiritual quests and part guide to renewing your own relationship with nature. With the help of five-time New York Times bestselling author Josh Young, Matt shares his inspiring and invigorating story, teaching even the most urbane among us breathtaking lessons about answering the call of the wild. ABOUT MATT GRAHAM Matt Graham is one of the world’s premier survival adventurers and primitive living skills teachers. He lives in a remote area of southern Utah where he primarily sleeps in primitive structures. Matt has been teaching primitive skills for the past twenty years, including at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, while continuing to compete as an endurance athlete. His passion for revealing the challenges of living in the wild has been featured in documentaries and on TV, including the Discovery Channel series Dual Survival and Dude, You’re Screwed. He has been both a Stone Age living consultant for “Survivorman” Les Stroud and The Amazing Race.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

One Big Love

The big part of the story. They aren't afraid to write about it then share it with the passerby. The greatest part of the story. The journey so far has been taking care of the open field. But something tells me the fruit is about to pop on the vines. Get your bite. Cuz One Big Love will soon be that band the world will know and you'll know exactly where you stood the first time you heard them. In a small Carolina club. And on that date in the future they'll be selling out auditoriums and venues months before the arrival who what where when and why they arrived. Welcome to the next step of what is about to become the Folk Rock of the millennial.

Kellan Lutz from FOX's Bullseye

For many... growing up was all about taking chances. Locating then hitting the bullseye. FOX has created a show that takes regular people and makes them 50 thousand dollars richer. The only mission. Hit the bullseye. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with actor Kellan Lutz. Kellan Lutz most recently starred in the feature films “The Expendables 3,” “The of Legend of Hercules” and in the worldwide phenomenon “The Twilight Saga” franchise. He will next be seen starring opposite Bruce Willis in the action feature “Extraction.” Lutz began his acting career as a series regular on the cable series “The Comeback,” opposite Lisa Kudrow. He was also seen in the network series “90210,” “Heroes,” “Summerland” and the award-winning cable mini-series “Generation Kill.” When not acting, Lutz is an avid enthusiast of extreme sports. Born and raised in North Dakota, Lutz had a simple upbringing but learned to live every day to the fullest. From sky diving to parasailing, from motor cross to white water rafting, he has always approached life as an adventure. Lutz also gives his time to three charities: PETA, the Royal Family Kids’ Camp, and the St. Bernard Project. - See more at: ABOUT BULLSEYE, AIRING ITS SEASON FINALY WEDNESDAY JULY 15th ON FOX AT 9PM ET/PT BULLSEYE is an exhilarating one-hour unscripted challenge series, hosted by Kellan Lutz (“The Legend of Hercules,” “The Twilight Saga” franchise) and premiered Wednesday, May 27 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. From Endemol Shine North America, the producers of “Wipeout” and “Fear Factor,” BULLSEYE will challenge four men and four women to test their bodies and brains in three ultimate challenges that ask nothing more than for them to hit the BULLSEYE – literally. Comedian Godfrey (“The Godfrey Complex”) will serve as co-host. BULLSEYE’s fierce “weekend warriors” will participate in three levels of extraordinary challenges, all of which involve using their bodies like human darts to hit targets – on land, sea and air. As the rounds advance in this fun-for-the-family summer series, only those with the sharpest aim move forward. The first challenge finds the eight competitors vying to hit the center of a stationary target while leaping from a moving 18-wheeler, being pulled by a helicopter or acting as a human slingshot being projected hundreds of feet through the air. In round two, the remaining four competitors – two men and two women – race to hit as many targets as possible. These competitors may be aiming for targets while descending down a building or jumping between two racing speedboats. In the third and final challenge, the remaining three competitors race against the clock to conquer the ultimate test and hit the final BULLSEYE. The competitors’ ability to defy gravity and the laws of physics, while maintaining their focus, could mean the difference between going home empty-handed …or up to $50,000 richer. BULLSEYE is produced by Endemol Shine North America. Jon Kroll (“The Amazing Race”) and Scott Larsen (“Wipeout”) serve as executive producers. Kevin Wehrenberg, J. Rupert Thompson and Shye Sutherland are co-executive producers. Like BULLSEYE on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @BullseyeonFOX and join the discussion using #bullseye. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @BullseyeonFOX. For more information on BULLSEYE, please visit Follow Kellan Lutz on Twitter @KellanLutz. Follow Godfrey on Twitter @Godfreycomedian. - See more at:

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Laura Vandervoort from Bitten

Werewolves are always the mysterious character hidden away in a Hollywood corner. Until Bitten hit the flat screen. This actress is on a mission and it has a lot to do with her connection to martial arts and building the mind body and soul of young girls.. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with actress Laura Vandervoort. In 2014, Syfy introduced genre audiences to Elena Michaels (Laura Vandervoort, SMALLVILLE, Ted), the world’s only female werewolf, in BITTEN, a steamy, emotionally charged supernatural series based on the novels by New York Times best-selling author, Kelley Armstrong. Now, this July, Entertainment One conjures up BITTEN: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON in a loaded 3-disc DVD set, featuring all ten thrilling, unedited episodes, along with a collection of howlingly good bonus features. BITTEN: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON sees the return of Vandervoort as Elena; Greyston Holt (ALCATRAZ, DURHAM COUNTY) as Elena’s passionate partner Clay Danvers; and Greg Bryk (A History Of Violence, THE BOOK OF NEGROES) as the Alpha Pack leader Jeremy Danvers. THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON also introduces a coven of witches who turn to the Pack for support. Tammy Isbell (SAVING HOPE) stars as the calm and level-headed Coven leader, Ruth Winterbourne; Tommie-Amber Pirie (MICHAEL: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS) is cast as Ruth’s daughter, the outspoken spitfire, Paige Winterbourne; and Kiara Glasco (COPPER) stars as the young and impressionable, Savannah Levine. Returning to BITTEN are Steve Lund (BEING ERICA, HAVEN) as Nick Sorrentino, Michael Xavier (THE BEST YEARS) as Dr. Logan Jonsen, and Genelle Williams (WAREHOUSE 13) as Rachel Sutton. Bitten is produced by No Equal Entertainment, Hoodwink Entertainment, and Entertainment One (eOne) in association with Space and Bell Media, with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund and Cogeco Program Development Fund and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Executive producers include J.B. Sugar for No Equal Entertainment, Patrick Banister and John Barbisan for Hoodwink Entertainment and Tecca Crosby, John Morayniss, and Margaret O’Brien for eOne. Daegan Fryklind and Grant Rosenberg are Executive Producers and co-showrunners. BONUS FEATURES: • Deleted and Extended Scenes • Stunt Choreography • Gag Reel • “Gentling” Video • New York Comic Con Panel • Innerspace: After Bite

Mark McGrath Sharknado 3

It's become a cult classic that's inspired parties and celebrations. Sharknado 3 is about to hit the air! That's not the only thing Mark McGrath is doing this summer. On iHeart Radio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the front man of Sugar Ray. ALL-STAR CELEBRATION OF ALTERNATIVE POP ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO VISIT MORE THAN 25 CITIES ACROSS THE NATION, KICKING OFF JULY 17TH AT CHANDLER, AZ’S WILDHORSE CASINO Under The Sun, the hugely popular summer tour celebrating the golden age of alternative pop rock ‘n’ roll, returns with a star-studded festival line-up featuring Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra, Uncle Kracker, and Eve 6. Under The Sun Tour: Summer 2015 gets underway Friday, July 17th at Chandler, Arizona’s Wildhorse Casino and then continues through late August (see attached itinerary). Additional dates will be announced shortly. For complete ticket information – as well as updated tour dates and other exciting news – please visit “It’s that time of year, my friends,” says Sugar Ray frontman and Under The Sun co-founder Mark McGrath. “The time when the Under The Sun 2015 Tour comes into your town to bring you some of the biggest bands and biggest hits of a decade we all know and love: The 90’s! So grab a cold one, call some friends – or come make some new ones! – and enjoy some of the music that’s become the soundtrack of our lives. It’s gonna be a rad summer!” Now in its third year, the Under The Sun Tour has proven one of summer’s favorite events, met with packed houses and euphoric media attention at each stop along the way. Entertainment Weekly kicked things off by declaring 2013’s inaugural Under The Sun to be “the coolest tour of the summer!” In addition to major features in such nationally read publications as Billboard and the Los Angeles Times, hailed the UTS show at Los Angeles’ legendary Greek Theatre as “a nostalgic night with unbelievable energy radiating from both the stage and the audience.” “It was amazing,” noted, “a great show, very energetic and a real crowd pleaser…if you missed this one, your loss.” “What a remarkable time,” raved, “what a happy night, what a show.” Under The Sun 2014 was greeted with similar applause. The tour once again drew raves, with Cedar Rapids’ HooplaNow praising a stormswept show at Iowa’s Riverside Casino, noting “the sheer fun of the songlists and the joy that cut through the brewing breezes more than made up for the muddy mics.” Columbus Underground hailed UTS as “all about bringing back a massive slab of the never ending summer of the 90′s and slapping in bang in the middle of today’s folk-rock-keyboard-celebrity obsessed nation,” further declaring it to be “a highly enjoyable tour that’s sparked both great memories of songs gone by and a glimmer of hope that guitar based pop-rock can be popular again.” What’s more, McGrath celebrated both tours with a jam-packed series of high profile national media appearances. Highlights from 2014 included visits to NBC’s TODAY, FOX’s Good Day New York and Good Day LA, the nationally syndicated Extra and The Better Show, ABC News Radio, NBC’s New York Live, Artisan News Service, REELZChannel’s OK! TV, FOX News Entertainment,,, The Dennis Miller Show, FOX Sports Radio’s Jay Mohr Sports, Premiere Networks, KTLA 5 Morning News, and ABC News. ABOUT MARK McGRATH Mark McGrath is a true original. Best known as lead singer/songwriter for Sugar Ray, the Southern California-native can lay claim to a stunning string of top 10 hits, including “Someday,” “When It’s Over,” and the twin #1 classics, “Fly” and “Every Morning.” McGrath and Sugar Ray proved worldwide fan favorites, with multiple multi-platinum albums (including the RIAA 3x platinum certified 14:59), countless sold out tours, innumerable TV appearances, and starring roles on the covers of such national publications as Spin and Rolling Stone. More than two decades since their foundation later, Sugar Ray remain devoted to the cause that united them, the pursuit of good times, sunshine, and great rock ‘n’ roll. McGrath has also enjoyed a high profile career as a multi-faceted TV personality, including his recent roles as host of AXS TV’s interactive GRAMMY® Prediction Special and truTV’s extreme singing competition series, Killer Karaoke. Among his many other credits are stints as co-host of the entertainment news program, Extra, and as host of the nationally syndicated Don’t Forget The Lyrics! A three-time champion on VH1’s Rock & Roll Jeopardy, McGrath has also appeared on such series as Fox’s American Idol, NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice (Season 4), ABC’s Wife Swap and The Neighbors, and of course, Syfy’s landmark Sharknado 2: The Second One. As if all that weren’t enough, McGrath co-founded the Under The Sun Tour in 2013, having previously co-founded – and with Sugar Ray, co-headlined – 2012’s highly successful Summerland Tour, named by Rolling Stone as one of that year’s “Ten Hottest Summer Package Tours.” For more information re: Mark McGrath and Sugar Ray, please visit,,,, (@sugarrayband), and (@mark_mcgrath). Here's the Sharknado 3 trailer: UNDER THE SUN TOUR 2015 – SUGAR RAY, BETTER THAN EZRA, UNCLE KRACKER, EVE 6 July 17, 2015 - Wildhorse Casino Chandler, Arizona July 18, 2015 - Mandalay Bay Resort - Las Vegas, NV July 19, 2015 - The Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA July 21, 2015 - Saratoga Winery - Saratoga, CA July 23, 2015 - Britt Pavilion - Jacksonville, OR July 24, 2015 - Lane County Fair - Eugene, OR July 25, 2015 - Emerald Queen Casino - Tacoma, WA July 27, 2015 - Red Butte Gardens - Salt Lake City, UT July 28, 2015 - Denver Botanic Gardens - Littleton, CO July 30, 2015 - Ozark Empire Fair - Springfield, MO July 31, 2015 - Four Winds Field - South Bend, IN August 1, 2015 -Hard Rock Live - Cleveland, OH August 2, 2015 - Centennial Terrace - Sylvania, OH August 4, 2015 - Fraze Pavilion - Kettering, OH August 6, 2015 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI August 7, 2015 - The LC Pavilion -Columbus, OH August 8, 2015 - Clearfield County Fair - Clearfield, PA August 9, 2015 - Stage AE – Outdoors - Pittsburgh, PA August 10, 2015 - Meijer Gardens - Grand Rapids, MI August 12, 2015 - Wisconsin State Fair - West Allis, WI August 14, 2015 - Grand Casino Hinckley - Hinckley, MN August 15, 2015 – Crossroads - Kansas, MO August 18, 2015 - Ravinia Festival - Highland Park, IL August 20, 2015 - The Filene Center - Vienna, VA August 21, 2015 - Stone Pony Summerstage -Asbury Park, NJ August 22, 2015 - Xfinity Live! - Philadelphia, PA August 23, 2015 - Sands Casino - Bethlehem, PA August 24, 2015 - The Paramount - Huntington, NY August 26, 2015 – Chastain - Atlanta, GA August 28, 2015 - Red Hat Amphitheatre - Raleigh, NC August 29, 2015 - Ascend Amphitheater - Nashville, TN

Monday, July 13, 2015

Dr Leonard Peikoff Ideal

I created the iHeart Radio channel View From The Writing Instrument because I believe there are an outrageous amount of unreleased works of thought that remain hidden. This book is one of them. I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Dr. Leonard Peikoff IDEAL demonstrates Rand's Objectivist philosophy in practice, as six characters have their integrity put to the test. The novel follows the beautiful and celebrated screen actress Kay Gonda—a character inspired by real-life movie star Greta Garbo—as she pleads for help from six of her most devoted fans: an upstanding family man, a farmer, an artist, an evangelist, a wealthy playboy, and a lost soul. Gonda tells each that she is wanted by the police for murder and needs to hide. By the end of the night she has tested the integrity of six people who claim that she is their ideal. In a summer filled with other literary “lost” novels from Harper Lee and Dr. Seuss, Ayn Rand continues to be a relevant and important voice for a large segment of readers. Finding and publishing a “lost” Ayn Rand novel is major news for her devoted fans. Ayn Rand was born on February 2, 1905 in Russia and published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936, after moving to the United States. Her novel Anthem followed in 1938. Rand achieved her greatest success with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957). Ms. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, is still widely discussed today and more than 25 million copies of her novels have been sold around the world.

U.S. Senator Gary Hart

No matter what you believe is happening or has happened to the political system. The end result is that we're currently in the center of some serious change. But where is it endlessly coming from? From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with U.S. Senator Gary Hart. “Gary Hart’s THE REPUBLIC OF CONSCIENCE is a thought-provoking analysis of modern American democracy and how powerful special interests have impacted our national security and civil society. It’s a must-read from one of the brightest minds of his generation.” —Senator John McCain “Gary Hart may be out of office but he’ s not out of ideas. This provocative analysis is a welcome addition to the national dialogue that should take place in both parties, the news media and the electorate as we head into another presidential election with a political system so broken it is shameful.”—Tom Brokaw “This is a passionate and powerful plea for us Americans to recover the democratic-republican principles of the founders, a plea that is made all the more effective by the book’s clear and forceful prose. The idealism that runs through the book is not utopian; it is firmly grounded in the extensive civic experience of the author and in his clear-eyed appreciation of the realities of our twenty-first century world. It’s a very persuasive book.”—Gordon S. Wood, Alva O. Way Professor of History Emeritus, Brown University “Hart’s impassioned plea for reform seeks to empower political compatriots to rethink the direction of U.S. governance, thus closing ‘the gap between promise and performance.’ A proactive appeal to restore confidence in the American republic.” —Kirkus Reviews Why do Americans feel so bad about their country right now? Gary Hart—the former Colorado senator and presidential contender—argues that the answer has to do with the gap between who we believe ourselves to be and who we have become, in THE REPUBLIC OF CONSCIENCE (Blue Rider Press; Publication Date: June 30, 2015; ISBN: 978-0-399-17523-7; Price: $27.00/$32.00). America’s founders, he tells us, created a republic knowing that it—like all republics from ancient Athens and Rome onward—would be vulnerable to corruption. By corruption, they meant something very specific: when narrow individual and special interests take precedence over the national interest and the common good. “By these classic standards,” Hart writes, “the American Republic in the twenty-first century is massively corrupt. A vast and cancerous network of lobbying, campaign fund-raising, and access to policy makers in administrations and lawmakers in Congress is based purely and simply on special and narrow interests.” He notes that more than four hundred former members of Congress, not to mention their spouses and family members, along with myriad former administration officials from both parties, have joined the lobbying ranks, becoming fabulously rich in the process. This permanent political class is very effective at serving the needs of the political and economic elite, but it does so at the expense of the middle class and the poor. It is a major factor in the stunning rise in income inequality and the persistence of shocking levels of poverty. From one end of the political spectrum to the other, from the Tea Party to the Occupy movement, many people have come to feel that politics is rigged, and consequently have lost faith in the very idea of government. Hart writes, “Much of our current unease in the land involves citizen alienation from ‘Washington,’ but it is also a latent but powerful sense that we are adrift, adrift not simply on a sea of globalization and international competition nor lost in a jungle of primitive terrorism, but adrift from our founding principles.” Moreover, Hart contends, a massive national surveillance operation that collects vast quantities of data about ordinary Americans—far more than is needed to fight terrorism effectively, he says—has sacrificed principle for expediency, endangered our constitutional liberties, and provoked outrage among liberals and conservatives alike. In the realm of foreign policy, he charges, we have relied too heavily on military force and far too frequently ignored John Quincy Adams’s famed advice not to “go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.” Lacking understanding of the history and culture of the nations in which we have intervened, we have too often produced disastrous unintended consequences, from Vietnam to Kuwait, Iran, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Lacey Chabert

Lacey Chabert first gained prominence as a child actress on television for her role as Claudia Salinger in the television drama Party of Five (1994–2000). She has also provided the voice of Eliza Thornberry in the animated series The Wild Thornberrys (1998–2004) and two feature films, and Meg Griffin during the first production season of the animated sitcom Family Guy. In film she has appeared in Lost in Space (1998), Not Another Teen Movie (2001), Daddy Day Care (2003), and as Gretchen Wieners in the film Mean Girls (2004). Chabert was born in Purvis, Mississippi, the daughter of Julie (née Johnson) and Tony Chabert. She was "World's Baby Petite" in the "World's Our Little Miss Scholarship Competition" of 1985.[6] In 1992 and 1993 she played Young Cosette in the Broadway production of Les Misérables. Chabert's first major role was as Claudia Salinger in Party of Five. Chabert made her debut to the big screen in the late 1990s starring as Penny Robinson in the fantasy-space thriller Lost in Space (1998). Since then, she has been the voice of Eliza Thornberry in the animated series The Wild Thornberrys, and has voiced Eliza in two films, The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) and Rugrats Go Wild (2003). She then had a supporting role in the parody film Not Another Teen Movie as Amanda Becker. She provided the voice for Aleu in Balto 2: Wolf Quest (2002) and she provided the voice of Meg Griffin for the first production season of the animated sitcom Family Guy (1999), after which Mila Kunis took over the role as Chabert became busy with school work and her duties on Party of Five. Chabert played the title role in The Brooke Ellison Story, a television film produced by Christopher Reeve, based upon a real-life quadriplegic woman who overcame many obstacles to graduate from Harvard University. She starred in Mean Girls (2004) and the television film Hello Sister, Goodbye Life (2006) on ABC Family. She appeared in a 2006 remake of Black Christmas. She appeared in an episode of Ghost Whisperer opposite former Party of Five costar Jennifer Love Hewitt. She performed the voice of Princess Elise from the game Sonic the Hedgehog for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. She also voiced Gwen Stacy in the animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man. Chabert, along with Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, and Amanda Seyfried, won the 2005 MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team for Mean Girls. She won both the 1997 and 1998 Hollywood Reporter Annual YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV Series for Party of Five, and had been nominated three other times for work from 1999 to 2000. The YoungStar awards honor the best film, TV and music performances made exclusively by six to eighteen-year-olds. In 2007, Chabert starred in the pilot episode of the Fox comedy The Hot Years, which revolved around the lives of four female friends who live together. The pilot was not ordered to series by Fox. Chabert was featured as cover girl of the January 2007 issue of Maxim, and again in November 2013. From 2013–2014, Chabert had a recurring role on the ABC Family sitcom Baby Daddy as Dr. Amy Shaw. Chabert lives in Southern California. Chabert married her longtime boyfriend, David Nehdar, on December 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. ABOUT HER NEW FILM FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS, PREMIERING JULY 11th ON THE HALLMARK CHANNEL LACEY CHABERT WAKES UP TO A NEW FAMILY IN ‘FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS’ A HALLMARK CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE Santa’s Sneak Peek Gift to Holiday Movie Enthusiasts Thanks to a little Christmas magic, a single career woman experiences life as a stay-at-home mom in “Family for Christmas,” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere Saturday, July 11 (9pm ET/PT, 8C). Lacey Chabert (“All of My Heart,” “Mean Girls”) stars as an investigative reporter who one day wakes up as a mother of two in this holiday romantic comedy. Tyron Leitso (“My Boyfriends’ Dogs”) stars alongside Chabert and young talent Milli Wilkinson (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2”) along with Audrey Smallman (“Go With Me”) join the talented cast. “Family for Christmas” is part of Hallmark Channel’s CHRISTMAS KEEPSAKE event, a 10-day celebration in July featuring the network’s most popular, fan favorite holiday movies around the clock including the Hallmark Channel premiere of “Home Alone” and the world premiere of “Family for Christmas.”