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The Ken Valdez Approach
69 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
EP 17 - Sari Schorr
Sari Schorr is a vocal powerhouse with an incredible band and incredible songs. She has maintained a 40 year career in the music business by staying true to herself and utilizing the gift of her amazing voice. Hear about her time with legends as well as thoughtful, heartfelt insights delivered the way only she can. Enjoy this magic conversation!
84 minutes | Apr 3, 2021
EP 16 - The Imaginaries
When two incredible solo artists come together to create a group there is no telling what will happen. Lucky for us, The Imaginaries created a record that showcases their artistry and songs that has a little something for everyone. It's genre defying and infectious. Check out their music and this conversation to learn more about this husband and wife duo on this episode of The Approach!
69 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
EP 15 - Ally Venable
Ally Venable is young woman who is blazing her way in this biz wielding a guitar, fusing blues and rock music with big, big hooks and is inspiring women of all ages to follow their passions and that girls can rock just as hard if not harder than the guys! Check out the music and conversation with this inspirational artist!
79 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
EP 14 - Marty Schwartz
Marty Schwartz is quite possibly the most recognizable guitarist on the internet. His viral instructional videos on YouTube as well as his courses on martymusic.com have made him a bit of a household name. Whether you play guitar or not, chances are you've seen him on your computer screens or on your devices. Find out how Marty gained his notoriety as well as his incredible guitar chops. From humble beginnings to internet rockstar, enjoy this conversation with one of the very best!
66 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
EP 13 - Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
From being a viral internet sensation to the leader of the new generation of blues players, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram is the real deal. Listen to this young man speak truth, tell it like it is and show us how he is linking the past with the present and bringing the blues into the future and to places it's never gone before!
83 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
EP 12 - Hamilton Loomis
Hamilton Loomis's sound consists of R&B, funk, soul, blues and rock all mixed together to create something so honest, uplifting and groovin' enough to make your body move a whole lot! Hear about his humble beginnings and how his views on the music biz have changed within the last few years as he's gone from a signed artist to indie innovator. Throw in some great tunes and you have the makings for a fun show!
85 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
EP 11 - Ronnie Baker Brooks
This week's guest is none other than Ronnie Baker Brooks. Son of blues icon Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie has been carrying the Brooks torch while blazing his own trail in the blues and music business. Hear what it was like growing up around blues royalty, his take on modern day blues artists and even a crazy encounter in Nashville that was quite eye opening! The conversation is excellent and of course, there's plenty of music to go around!
58 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
EP 10 - Amanda B. Perry
Amanda B. Perry is a new comer to the Minneapolis music scene. With a rich, sultry voice and beautiful piano driven songs she is gaining new fans every time she plays. Enjoy the music and fun conversation on this episode of The Approach!
57 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
EP 9 - Joanna Connor
Joanna Connor has been called "The Queen Of Blues Rock" by many in and out of the biz. Listen how a viral YouTube video lead to notoriety and tales about her brand new record 4801 South Indiana Avenue produced by guitar hero Joe Bonamassa.
58 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
EP 8 - Sarah Grace
Sarah Grace is one of the kindest, most thoughtful, fun and intelligent young women I have ever encountered. She has a youthful enthusiasm that is infectious and a passion that resonates throughout everyone she encounters...then there's the music. She is a multi instrumentalist, an incredible songwriter and her voice ushered her to NBC's "The Voice" where she won the hearts of millions of viewers as well as her coach Kelly Clarkson. Take a listen and hear why I have so much hope in our younger generation. Sarah Grace is the real deal!
60 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
EP 7 - Jellybean Johnson
Purple Rain was an iconic movie. It made Prince a superstar and it woke the world up to the Minneapolis sound. How and where did it come about? We discuss this and so much more with the legendary Jellybean Johnson, the man who in my opinion is one of the architects of the sound that put Minneapolis on the map. We talk about his band The Time, Prince, being in Purple Rain and how the power of music has changed his life and the lives of so many all over the world!
102 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
EP 6 - Kat Perkins
From Smalltown USA to fan favorite/finalist on NBC's The Voice to here, there and everywhere in between, Kat Perkins has refused to slow down on her musical journey and what a journey it's been. Join us on this episode as we have quite the fun conversation about growing up in Scranton, ND to being seen and heard by millions on television. There is no doubt in my mind Kat is one of the greatest female vocalists ever and her command of the stage makes her one of the very best in rock n' roll or any genre she chooses to storm into. She is joined by guitarist extraordinaire Eric Warner. There's lots of music, laughs, stories and reason upon reason why Kat and Eric are two of the hardest working yet kindest people on the planet! Check this out!
84 minutes | Nov 21, 2020
EP 5 - Kevin Burt
Kevin Burt is one of the hardest working musicians I've ever come across. His hard work has certainly paid off! He is an International Blues Championship winner and now a charting Billboard artist as his latest record "Stone Crazy" debuted #3 on the Blues charts the week it was released. His voice and music can stir up so many emotions because every time he plays/sings it feels so personal, like the song he wrote was just for you. Because of that and his jovial, lovable demeanor, he is a hit with his audiences that continue to grow and grow. On this podcast we catch up with Kevin and hear about the new release and life as a not so overnight success!
73 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
EP 4 - Gina Sobel
Gina Sobel is an incredible multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter who is one of the most versatile musicians I've ever come across. Her songs are genuine and heartfelt and her work ethic is on full throttle at all times. She is inspiring and an amazing woman who defies genres all while keeping it real and staying true to herself.
75 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
EP 3 - Hector Anchondo
Being a Latino in the blues world comes with more than a few challenges but Hector Anchondo is more than rising to the occasion winning people over one song at a time. With a strong work ethic, a good head on his shoulders and a bucket full of passion he is one of the good guys in the industry and just so happens to be the 2020 International Blues Championship winner. Who says nice guys finish last? Check out the great conversation and fun music on this episode of the Approach!
83 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
EP 2 - Jim Stapley
Jim Stapley has lived the kind of rock n' roll life movies are made of. Brushes with fame, movie stars and even a chance to front an iconic band whose singer is a legend. Jim's story is riveting and his music is timeless. Enjoy the conversation and tunes on this episode of The Approach!
91 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
Ep 1 - Jono Manson
Jono Manson has been bringing his brand of rock n’ roll to the masses for over 40 years. From performing in legendary haunts to the wildly successful Horde Tour of the 90s to backing a true American legend at Madison Square Garden, Jono has been there, done that and is still delivering the goods while sounding better than ever!
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