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49 minutes | Aug 12, 2022
For decades, David Paich has been an icon in the LA music scene, having composed, arranged, written, produced, and performed on hit songs for some of the biggest artists in the music business. Then there’s his legendary band, Toto, which he’s poured his heart and soul into for the past 45 years. Despite this incredible resumé, he’s never released a solo project, until now. David’s debut solo album, “Forgotten Toys”, is set to release on Friday, August 19. With contributions from his Toto bandmates, Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams, the EP contains seven tracks and enlists an incredible cast of musicians, friends, and even family that make this a memorable musical experience. Here to talk to us about this brand new collection of songs is our good friend, David Paich.
59 minutes | Jul 11, 2022
Don Breithaupt of Monkey House
Don Breithaupt is back with a brand new Monkey House album titled “Remember The Audio” - an 11 track project that was conceived during the pandemic and arguably their finest collection of songs in the Monkey House canon. The core of the band remains steady, with Breithaupt on lead vocals and keyboards, Mark Kelso on drums, Pat Kilbride on bass, and Justin Abedin on guitar. The album also contains guest appearances, including trumpeters Randy Brecker, Guido Basso and Michael Leonhart, guitarist Drew Zingg, and singers Lucy Woodward and David Blamires. "Remember The Audio" is set to release on July 15 on Alma Records and we’re pleased to have Don back for a fourth time and to talk about this fantastic new record. Inside MusiCast is please to welcome Don Breithaupt.
71 minutes | Jul 4, 2022
Jim Keltner’s career in music has been nothing short of iconic. For those who go deep into discographies and liner notes, you know that the name Keltner is associated with a litany of some of the biggest names in the world of music, including George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Joe Cocker, Carly Simon, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Seals & Crofts, Randy Newman, The Bee Gees, The Traveling Wilburys, Brian Wilson and so many more. From his early beginnings with Gary Lewis and the Playboys, to the Concert for Bangladesh, to Steely Dan’s “Josie” and so much more, we’re here to talk to a musician who’s seen it all and played it all. Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome Jim Keltner.
45 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
It’s been nine years since we last spoke to Marilyn Scott, so we’re pleased to have her back today to talk about her brand new album, “The Landscape”, which was recently released on Blue Canoe Records - her first album release since 2016’s “Standard Blue”. The seven-track project focuses on putting yourself in front of nature, embracing our surroundings, and letting go. Marilyn enlists an incredible group of musicians, including Jimmy Haslip, Russell Ferrante, Gary Novak, Vinnie Colaiuta, Alex Acuna, Mike Landau, Steve Khan, and many others. It’s a beautiful album, both lyrically and musically, and was created and produced during the pandemic. Here to talk to us about this new album is none-other than Marilyn Scott.
58 minutes | Jun 10, 2022
Steve Dorff never wanted the spotlight. As a young musician and budding songwriter, he had his sights set on writing great songs for the most prominent voices in popular music - and he did just that. Early on, his songs landed in the hands and voices of several country and Western artists, which seemed like an unusual pairing considering that Steve grew-up in New York City. In fact, the first top ten song he wrote was for the legendary Roy Rogers with a tune called “Hoppy Gene and Me.” From there, a chance meeting with actor Clint Eastwood not only brought him additional songwriting hits, but it was also his foray into scoring for films and eventually television. Throughout his career, Steve has written over 20 top ten hits for pop and country artists, including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Blake Shelton, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Ray Charles, Anne Murray, Whitney Houston, George Strait, Dolly Parton, Judy Collins, Cher, Dusty Springfield, Ringo Starr, and Garth Brooks. Here to talk to us about his incredible, musical journey is Steve Dorff.
52 minutes | May 16, 2022
After a short break, Inside MusiCast is back with this brand new episode featuring Canadian singer/songwriter, Chris Smith. Chris’ career in music started to take off in the ‘80s when he left Humber College to join a band called The Graduates, an original R&B, pop band made up of other Humber non-grads that played the clubs on the Ontario circuit. From there, he became a member of Regatta, a late '80s AOR band who garnered success, but broke-up after a few years. Chris then turned his attention to his solo career, where he has released four albums since 1995 and is currently working on new material for a forthcoming release. His music is a blend of jazz, blues, rock, and soul and has a sound that is timeless. Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome Chris Smith.
66 minutes | Mar 28, 2022
From his early days as a recording engineer and producer, to his involvement with legendary acts such as Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and Kenny Loggins - not to mention his collection of solo work - Jim Messina has carved a stellar reputation for himself in the music industry as an artist who can do it all. And he hasn’t stopped. He’s back on the road for an extensive solo tour this Spring and will reunite with Kenny Loggins this summer in Los Angeles for a handful of shows. Today, we’ll take a trip through his storied career, relive some of moments that catapulted him into the music business, and find out where he’s headed next. Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome Jim Messina.
68 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
On this episode of Inside MusiCast, we welcome a legendary, Grammy-winning jazz artist who has been creating music since the early ‘60s when he recorded an album produced by Quincy Jones. Bob James has recorded 60 albums in 60 years, which includes his involvement as a founding member of the band Fourplay and is widely known for composing “Angela”, the theme song for the hit TV show Taxi. While jazz is his forté, his genre-bending sound has often been sampled by major hip-hop artists. It’s no surprise, as his music has grooves and hooks that appeal to all. We’re so glad to welcome Bob James to Inside MusiCast.
41 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
On this episode of Inside MusiCast, we welcome a three time Grammy-nominated jazz artist who’s recorded 40 albums throughout his career, David Benoit. David has enjoyed a solid presence in the jazz scene ever since his debut album on Blue Moon records in 1977. During his career, he’s worked with Russ Freeman of the Rippingtons and has also arranged and performed for artists such as Michael Franks, Kenny Loggins, David Pack, Dave Koz, Patti Austin, Brian Bromberg, and David Sanborn among others. Today we’ll chat with David about his amazing career, along with his new solo album, A Midnight Rendezvous, that was released on February 18 on Shanachie Records. He’s got some great contributors and has even recorded with his new band – The Midnight Rendezvous Big Band. Inside MusiCast welcomes David Benoit.
66 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
The past few years have presented some life altering challenges for Simon Phillips. In late 2017, fires that ravaged Southern California destroyed his home and his recording studio. Two years later, the COVID-19 pandemic took Simon off the road from a busy touring schedule leaving him with questions about the immediate future. Yet, Simon’s resiliency persevered. The pandemic afforded him new opportunities, along with plenty of time to explore his own creativity. He forged ahead with a new plan for recording his projects, including the newly released Protocol V album that features bandmates Ernest Tibbs and Otmaro Ruiz, along with two new additions: Jacob Scesney on sax and Alex Sill on guitars. The Protocol band has emerged as a quintet and sounds better than ever. Here to chat with us about this incredible new album is Simon Phillips.
69 minutes | Jan 24, 2022
Steve Vai is arguably one of the finest rock guitarists on the planet. His inventive approach to the instrument has afforded him some incredible opportunities over the past 40 years and today we’ll explore some of them, including the importance of meeting and working with Frank Zappa. We’ll also discuss his upcoming album release titled "Inviolate", which is set to drop this Friday, January 28. This is Vai's tenth solo album and quite possibly his most musically diverse collection of compositions. Yet, when you lay your ears on this record you'll hear Vai's classic signature from start to finish, especially when you experience the track "Teeth Of The Hydra", which was recorded with a very unique guitar that he named 'Hydra' that was built through a collaboration with designers at Hoshino. We’ll discuss this and so much more on this episode of Inside MusiCast.
62 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
After a two month break, Inside MusiCast is kickin’ off the new year with a new artist whose debut album was a 2021 Inside MusiCast Album Of The Year selection, Anastasia Lynne! During the last week in December, the Inside MusiCast team each chose an Album Of The Year - 11 great albums that were released in 2021 that really pushed our buttons. When IMC Correspondent Scott Gross chose Anastasia Lynne’s album, “Girl With The Hourglass Eyes”, it sparked a lot of interest with our team and our listeners. We were struck by her incredible voice and the lush vocal harmonies, not to mention the stellar musicianship and the well-crafted arrangements of her songs. We then discovered that the album was co-produced by Ken Stacey and Doug Petty, so we knew Anastasia had put herself into great hands and ears that resulted in a stellar debut album. Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome Anastasia Lynne.
53 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Burleigh Drummond and Mary Harris
Burleigh Drummond and Mary Harris have shared the stage, a family, as well as a home for decades. While Burleigh is a founding member of the progressive and pop band Ambrosia, his wife, Mary, has been performing alongside him in the band for over 20 years. The two are also involved in another musical entity called Tin Drum, an ever-evolving project which formed in the ‘90s and now incorporates their children, their grandchildren, and other noteworthy musicians including guitarist Marc Bonilla. Here to talk to us about their expansive careers are Mary Harris and Burleigh Drummond.
60 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
In a career that’s spanned more than 50 years, Larry Carlton has been involved with thousands of projects that span a wide variety of musical styles. From solo projects, to countless studio sessions with some of the biggest names in the music industry, to performing on one of the most popular television theme songs, Larry’s work has garnered multiple Grammy awards and worldwide notoriety for his unique sound and his immense talent. He earned the name “Mr. 335”, as for decades Larry’s guitar of choice was a 1969 Gibson ES-335. He’s now teamed-up with Sire to create his own, signature guitar - the Larry Carlton S7, which he plays exclusively on his brand new album from Shanachie Records titled “Soul Searchin’”, a duo with fellow guitarist Paul Brown. Here to talk to us about this brand new record and so much more is Larry Carlton.
39 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Dash Crofts and his longtime musical partner, Jimmy Seals, both grew-up in Texas and started performing together in the late 1950’s. Before they struck out on their own as the legendary duo Seals and Crofts, Dash and Jimmy performed with several bands and musicians, including Dean Beard and the Crew Cats, The Champs, Eddie Cochran, Glen Campbell and the GC’s, and The Dawnbreakers. Through their connection with The Dawnbreakers, the two found the Baháʼí faith, which ultimately influenced the lyrical creativity in their songs. The duo formed Seals and Crofts in 1969 and landed their first record deal with Talent Associates, but it wasn’t until their second album with Warner Brother in 1972 did they find their way to a major hit with Summer Breeze. From that point forward, Seals and Crofts sold millions of albums and is considered one of the most successful duos of the 1970’s. Here to chat more about this incredible, musical journey is Dash Crofts.
60 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
When he was young, James Raymond knew he had a special gift for music, yet he somehow felt that this natural ability stemmed beyond what his adoptive parents and his education seemed to provide. At the age of 30, he began the arduous task of finding his birth parents. When he secured his birth certificate, the name David Crosby appeared. When James finally had a chance to meet his legendary birth father, the two of them hit it off and almost immediately started making music together, including the two, incredible CPR albums from the late 90's and early 2000's that also featured guitarist Jeff Pevar. Aside from his integral work with Crosby, James has also carved out a niche with writing, composing, and producing music for television and film, along with a collection of his own songs. His latest project found him back in the studio with David Crosby, as he produced his latest album "For Free." He wrote and co-wrote several tracks with guests Michael McDonald and Donald Fagen, contributed backing vocals, arranged horns, and played several instruments including piano, synths, and programmed drums. Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome James Raymond.
57 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Luis Conte is one of the most heralded percussionists in the music industry, but had it not been for the encouragement of his parents and a three week window of time, his massive career performing for and touring with some of the biggest artists may never have happened. A few weeks before he turned 15 years old, his father encouraged him to leave his home country of Communist Cuba before he became eligible for the military. Luis made his way to Spain, alone, and later found his way to the United States and settled in Los Angeles where his music career eventually flourished. Throughout his career, he’s recorded and toured with the likes of James Taylor, Phil Collins, Jackson Browne, Dave Matthews, Madonna, Pat Metheney, Ray Charles, Cher, Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, and so many more. He’s also released many solo projects over the years, has written a book, and is an educator. Here to talk to us about his incredible career in music is the maestro himself, Luis Conte.
62 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Hailing from San Francisco and finding his musical roots in Texas, Mark Lettieri is no stranger to diversity when it comes to how he approaches the guitar. Throughout his career, he’s released six solo albums, has been involved in countless recording sessions, and has toured with many well-known music acts. Since 2008, Lettieri has been involved with Grammy-winning Snarky Puppy and is also a member of The Fearless Flyers with Cory Wong, Joe Dart and Nate Smith. All of these experiences have helped to expand his musical diversity - including rock, pop, funk, soul, gospel, jazz, and even various styles of country. His new album, “Deep: The Baritone Sessions, Volume 2”, continues this exploration and includes a fusion of a variety of styles. Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome Mark Lettieri.
65 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
For the last 25 years, a veteran songwriter’s album has been sitting on a shelf, waiting to see the light of day. Throughout Terry Sampson’s career in the music industry, the songs he’s written have been performed by Al Jarreau, Kenny Rogers, Carl Anderson, Nicolette Larson, Cece Winans, Vanessa Williams, and Kathy Lee Gifford, to name a few - not to mention an extensive collection of songs he’s written for children’s movies and television shows. Yet, his first solo album project titled “E, Just E” recorded 25 years ago sat dormant - until now - when Jörgen Johanson and Mikael Engström helped Terry breathe life into the album by getting a record deal to release it in Japan on P-Vine Records. Here to talk more about this incredible story, as well as the rest of his music career is Terry Sampson.
68 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
At some point you’ve heard Arnold McCuller’s rich, distinctive vocals. Perhaps as a long-time, featured vocalist with James Taylor, Phil Collins or for a number of A-list musicians. Once you’ve heard his voice, you know why many well-respected musicians still call on him today. But other than owning a golden voice, Arnold has also entertained a rather successful acting career in film and television. His singing career began with a national tour of the musical Hair. After singing in a few bands, he released his first solo album, including a series of singles in 1979. Since 1990, Arnold has released seven studio and two live solo projects that stylistically range from jazz to Latin-pop, to blues. It’s easy to see Arnold’s diversity, and he’s been busy, having collaborated with artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Dave Koz, David Benoit, and many more. Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome Arnold McCuller.
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