If you’re a fan of rock music then you must be very familiar with the legendary guitar riff’s of Rik Emmett. He was part of the amazing power trio Triumph, providing killer licks in great songs like “Fight The Good Fight”, “Lay It On The Line”, etc. Here’s an opportunity to catch him in an intimate environment and also help out a great cause, Pizza’s 4 Patriots:
Wow, what killer line-up. As it turns out, several of those artists have appeared in my podcast Cara’s Basement:
“Nothing matters but the weekend. From a Tuesday point of view.”
If you found yourself humming the tune as you read the words, then you’re familiar with “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide” by The Kings. Possibly, you have heard that song every Friday for the past two decades – many radio stations STILL play it religiously to kick off the weekend. And rightly so. It may have been a one-hit wonder, but it’s one of the most sustainable one-hit wonders ever. It totally encapsulates the feeling of…well, the weekend!
Check out the backstory of what lead up to that hit song from Mister Zero, songwriter/guitarist for The Kings, in Cara’s Basement.
American Idol’s very first winner Kelly Clarkson is proving once again that she is the most worthy of winning in the entire span of the series. No other AI winner had even come close to her level of success. Her new single “My Life Would Suck Without You” has even set a record as the quickest jump to number one on the Billboard charts, going all the way from number 97 to number 1 in just one week!
What’s even more amazing than her success is the fact that she somehow has remained genuine and sweet. The music industry can be anything but genuine and sweet, so Kelly Clarkson sure is a rarity.
I talked to her about her career and also delved into personal stuff. I’ve always wondered if she is really different than the image we have of her…for instance, does she really go home and crank out Megadeth and rock out??? You may be surprised at her answer. I also got her to declare her love for me. Twice. So not only is she genuine and sweet, she also has marvelous taste.
This conversation with Kelly Clarkson is currently the featured interview in Cara’s Basement. Give it a listen!
There’s no way you haven’t heard the genius licks of guitarist Nils Lofgren. Besides releasing many solo albums in the past few decades, he’s also been a longtime member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and at one time was a member of Crazy Horse. He has enjoyed a very lenghthy musical collaboration & friendship with Neil Young since the late ’60′s – so Nils just released a tribute to his good pal “The Loner: Nils Sings Neil”.
Check out a sample of this spectacular album and hear my exclusive interview with Nils Lofgren in Cara’s Basement:
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They play at Charter One Pavillion Thurday evening. And earlier that day they are putting on a FREE Mix lunchtime concert at Pioneer Court in the gold coast. Click HERE for details.
I spoke with lead singer Marc Roberge for The Chicago Music Guide. He talks about plenty of things including why he encourages you to record their shows and why it’s not a great idea to cruise across the country in an RV. Listen here:
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He put the love with the hammer – or was it the other way around?
Lovehammers singer Marty Casey has announced that he’s leaving LH to front L.A. Guns. Read his blog about it HERE. I suppose Marty feels it’s a great career move and I’m sure it was an extremely difficult decision, but I’m so bummed that my favorite band is now without my favorite lead singer.
I will certainly follow this situation closely and let you know what’s up next for Lovehammers.
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I lost my father to cancer. I know far too many relatives and friends diagnosed with cancer. While it’s no long the “c” word whispered secretly, cancer affects a staggering amount of people and it’s imperative to raise money to help find a cure.
This Sunday night I’ll be the emcee of a night of music benefiting the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. The Chicago Music Guide presents Live Life is at Joe’s Bar in Chicago. Come experience live music from Paris Delane’s Tye Dye Skye, Jennifer Peterson Band, Ellen Rosner, Tracylynn & 55 South, Gina Gonzalez, White Buffalo Is Born and Twin Ray (Desiree Irwin). Doors open at 5:30, the live music begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are only $20 plus there is an awesome silent auction. You can bid on autographed items from Bon Jovi, Counting Crowes, John Hiatt, Steve Vai and more – CLICK HERE for the full list.
I had an enlightening conversation with Paris Delane on my podcast Cara’s Basement. He’s passionate about his involvement with this cause – in fact, he radiates passion about life. His adoration for his mother is especially touching as we approach Mothers Day. Listen:
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“Last Chance” is one of my all-time favorite songs. It’s one of those tunes that whenever I’ve played it on the radio I instantly get a ton of phone calls…people asking, “Who is that band?” or “Where can I get that CD?”. Well, that band isShooting Star. They have a ton of great songs, many that were quite popular in Chicago: “Breakout”, “Hollywood”, “Flesh and Blood”, “Hang On For Your Life”, “Tonight”, and much more.
I was honored to welcome original Shooting Star member Van McLain and new lead singer Ronnie Platt to Cara’s Basement. Van shared a lot of fun stories from the band’s long history and he explained the meaning behind “Last Chance”. There’s quite a bit of similarity between Shooting Star and Spinal Tap. You’ll hear why in this interview:
The best is saved for last. At the very end of the podcast you will hear the exclusive world premier of “George’s Song” with Ronnie Platt on vocals! You can watch the brand new video of that song HERE.
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First, I have to mention that it’s quite an honor to join the NBC5 Street Team! I really dig interviewing entertainers of all types and I’m absolutely thrilled to do it for you here.
Recently, comedian Lee Camp was invited by Fox News to appear as a “left wing” comedian vs. a “right wing” comedian. Everything went fine until he surprisingly spoke his mind after the segment ended…watch what he did on youtube. You’ll also hear the clip in the beginning and again at the end of this podcast. It’s one of those rare unexpected live TV moments that really made me laugh.
In our conversation he explains why he said what he said and why it wasn’t a planned move to boost his career (burning bridges isn’t exactly a great idea for an up & coming comedian).
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