Veteran bassist and dear friend Jeff Ganz has been a “participant” in every musical style and setting imaginable. Our conversation takes many twists and turns as Jeff shares stories and lessons learned from four decades at the top of our industry. (OCCASIONAL PROFANITY.)
Our first "Archive" episode (bringing the classic interviews to the new feed" features my talk with KINGS frontman Kelli Strawbridge. Kelli is at the center of a rich, homegrown cultural explosion in Richmond, Virginia. We met on a chilly night in Brooklyn (2 days after the 2016 presidential election) to talk about KINGS, Jellowstone Records and all things #RVA.
PLUS: a listener email question about The Monkees and The Stones!
What inspires a UK radio and TV host to start up an indie record label specializing in rare Monkees tracks? Iain Lee of 7a Records joins me for a spirited conversation about extreme Monkees fan-dom, and his unique business model!
Don't forget about 7a Records' latest offering, "Listen To The Bands," 25 Monkees cover versions (featuring a rendition of "As We Go Along" by Yours Truly). All proceeds to benefit the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation.
The latest episode of Radio418 features my conversation with Jim Yester, from the legendary group The Association. Their unique blend of folk, rock and pop created some of the most enduringly popular songs of the 1960s; Jim talks about his own history as a musician, the origins of The Association, and his continued success both with the band and on his own. Plus: I'm a freelance writer now!
My latest piece for CultureSonar is an appreciation of Yes' 1987 album "Big Generator," an underrated gem in their classic catalog. It's fulfilling enough to sing the praises of this favorite album of mine; but it's doubly exciting that the band themselves has been sharing this article on their social media! Enjoy the piece at the link below.
It's official: my Radio418 podcast lives at a brand-new home at radio418.com now powered by Podbean! Look forward to brand-new conversations with my fellow musicians, and re-posts of classic talks of the past. (You can also click "Radio418" at the top of this website.)
7a Recordshas announced "Listen To The Bands," a 25-track CD and digital release featuring cover versions of songs by The Monkees! John's version of "As We Go Along" (from the "Head" soundtrack) appears on the disc, which benefits the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Fund. Check out preview track below! "Listen To The Bands" is currently available for pre-order from Amazon UK, with US to follow. Stay tuned for more "Listen To The Band" news!
On the latest episode of the Radio418 podcast I have a "Talking Beatles" panel discussion with three of my fellow Beat-ards: Michael Bellusci, Brian Husar and Tommy Williams. We discuss our love and obsession with all things Pepper, and how we'd like to see Apple and The Beatles celebrate this milestone. Enjoy! EXTREME GEEKERY AHEAD, PROCEED WITH CAUTION. Be well JM