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Toni Childs

EIt’s said that life isn’t about the destination, but the journey and in Toni Childs’ case it’s been an extraordinary voyage of discovery that continues to evolve in the most unpredictable ways. As a recording artist Toni first broke through with her debut album Union in 1988, spawning hits like Don’t Walk Away and the irresistible Stop Your Fussin’. The album was produced by David Ricketts of David and David fame and was nominated for two Grammys that year. The follow up House of Hope was again enthusiastically received and while it didn’t achieve the same commercial success in Toni’s native USA, the album and its lead single I’ve Got To Go Now were once again hugely successful in Australia and New Zealand. The Woman’s Boat completed a critically acclaimed trilogy with the album’s emphasis on femininity and womanhood. It was after an Australian tour while working on her follow up album that Toni began to notice an unusual bulging of her eyes. A visit to the doctor confirm...

26 MIN2017 JUL 31
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Toni Childs

Thomas Wynn

EThomas Wynn – Wading Deep Into His Southern Soul. There’s something about the music from the south of the United States that permeates your soul and fires the emotions within. And while Florida is usually pasted as a winter escape or the retirement haven for the country’s east coast residents there’s a particular style of soulful rock n roll that’s been heavily influenced by the surrounding states of Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana immediately to the north that have infused the sound of the Sunshine State. It’s a style of music that has been embodied by the likes of The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd from rock’s classic era through to more recent bands like the Tedeschi Trucks Band, JJ Grey & Mofro and now Thomas Wynn and the Believers. Thomas Wynn and the Believers have been one of the most highly rated bands on the Florida scene for a long time, being voted Orlando’s #1 Rock Band and #1 Country/Folk Band for the past seven consecutive years by the Orlando Weekly. Yet it...

19 MIN2017 JUN 14
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Thomas Wynn

Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell

EOur Biggest Fan Hasn’t Been Born Yet. Ordinarily that might seem like an audacious statement, but when it comes from the lips of Lane Harry you know that he’s not posturing, he really means it. As one of the most dynamic hip hop acts in the country you’d expect a lot of posturing and attitude, but with Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell what you get is two intelligent and thoughtful guys who also happen to have a disarming sense of humour. It’s almost as if they’re unaware of their own stature within the genre and the high esteem in which they’re held. But that’s not their concern, they’re only in it for the music and the message. Three years ago Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell won Song of the Year at the Gold Coast Music Awards forAnarchy.And while the award may have caught one of Australia’s fastest rising hip hop acts off guard, it’s easy to see why the judges gave the song the nod as it tackled a host of contemporary social issues with a sophisticated arrangement and high end product...

24 MIN2017 MAY 29
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Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell

Slim Jim Phantom

ESlim Jim Phantom says he’s always loved the drums and that the instrument chose him. He grew up on Long Island and after taking up the drums took lessons from jazz great Mousie Alexander, who had played with Benny Goodman. He met Lee Rocker in high school and later they formed the Stray Cats with Brian Setzer, leading the rockabilly revival of the 1980’s. The Stray Cats first emerged in New York during the late 70’s and quickly scored regular slots at notable Manhattan venues like CBGB and Max’s Kansas City. They weren’t quite punk per se, but as rockabilly was loaded with attitude and was the punk music of its day they certainly weren’t out of place on that scene either. It wasn’t until the band relocated to London and won over fans like the Stones and the Who that they really kicked into gear. Rockpile guitarist Dave Edmunds was also a fan and offered to produce their (self titled) debut album. Stray Cats was a phenomenal breakthrough featuring what would become some of the...

19 MIN2017 MAY 22
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Slim Jim Phantom

Mark Duckworth – Podcast

ETurning Guilty Pleasures Into A Multi Million Dollar Business. As a musician, songwriter and producer music has been Mark Duckworth’s lifelong passion, but it’s as a festival director where he’s really made his name. For the past four years Mark has been at the helm of the Gold Coast music festival Blues on Broadbeach and while the event has been running now for 16 years, it’s under Duckworth’s direction where the festival has exploded exponentially. When he took on the role four years ago Blues on Broadbeach attracted some 80 000 fans, by last year that number had more than doubled with over 166 000 attending the event. Those big numbers bring big dollars into the local economy, to the tune of around $20 million. The festival was originally designed to boost local tourism during the slow winter period and with around 8 000 people turning up for the inaugural event it was an unqualified success, but today Blues on Broadbeach is now the most profitable week for many local busine...

27 MIN2017 MAY 16
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Mark Duckworth – Podcast

Bluesfest Double – podcast

EBackstage at a festival like Bluesfest is another world. Away from the crowds, the noise and the dust where the throng gathers to get a glimpse of their musical heroes is a large tent that houses the dressing rooms for the artists. It’s furnished with palm trees, funky chairs, massage tables and softly lit lounge spaces where the stars can hang out and kick back. It’s also the area where on site interviews are conducted. Often you’re only granted a small amount of time to interview an artist and if there’s a high demand for that particular artist the time can be reduced significantly. The up side is that the ambience lends itself to an easy conversation, but with limited time you have to try and instantly build a rapport with the artist before you’re asked to finish up. At Bluesfest this year I had the opportunity to speak to Corinne Bailey Rae and Nikki Hill and while neither interview was long enough to run as a single podcast, as a double bill they make an interesting contra...

24 MIN2017 MAY 8
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Bluesfest Double – podcast

Deborah Conway – Podcast

EDeborah Conway is one of Australia’s most gifted songwriters and vocalists. In the early 80’s she formed Do Re Mi with Dorland Bray and they had a major breakthrough in 1985 with Man Overboard, which went on to become one of the biggest selling Australian songs of that year. The band followed it with a number of other minor chart successes including Warnings Moving Clockwise and Adultery before Conway launched her solo career. In 1991Deborah Conway established herself as one of Australia’s leading female artists with String of Pearlsand with a collection of incredibly rich and evocative songs like It’s Only The Beginning, Release Me, White Roses, Someday,Under My Skinand the title track that’s precisely what it was. It was an extraordinarily strong debut, eventually scoring Conway the Best Female Artist gong at the 1992 ARIA Awards. Deborah Conway’s next album Bitch Epic was equally as impressive featuring fan favourites like Today I’m A Daisy, She Prefers Fire and Alive and ...

32 MIN2017 MAY 1
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Deborah Conway – Podcast

Geordie Leach – Podcast (Part 2)

EThe first part of my conversation with Rose Tattoo’s bass player Geordie Leach covered the early days of his career in Melbourne from where he first met and played with Angry Anderson in Buster Brown, to his migration north to Sydney to join Angry in his new band Rose Tattoo in the late 70’s. Under the guidance of songwriting and producing supremos Harry Vanda and George Young at the Alberts stable Rose Tattoo ripped into the Australian music scene from the outset with their work hard, live hard and play hard ethic. From the blue collar working class neighbourhoods to the bad boys doing time for their crimes the Tatts were a big hit. In the final installment of this podcast Geordie recalls how Rose Tattoo conquered Europe with a formidable live reputation and their no nonsense brand of blues based rock n roll. From Angry’s bleeding skull after relentless head bashing against the amplifiers at the Reading Festival to their top 5 chart success in Germany and France with Rock n Roll...

31 MIN2017 APR 25
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Geordie Leach – Podcast (Part 2)

Geordie Leach – Podcast (Part 1)

ERose Tattoo were the hard boys of Oz rock. The worked hard, they lived hard and they played hard. There was no compromising in this band. The band members’ tattooed bodies signified their membership within the group and their take no prisoners brand of rock n roll appealed to the down trodden and those just down on their luck. With hit anthems like Rock n’ Roll Outlaw, Bad Boy For Love and We Can’t Be Beaten they became the champions of both the working class and those on the fringe of society and with at least one band member having a reputation for doing time they were a big hit in the big house as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzAOpau4KRY But Rose Tattoo’s popularity extended well beyond the brawling inner city pubs and suburban beer barns of Australia. Their influence has been cited by bands like Guns n’ Roses and the L.A Guns as being a huge influence on the Los Angeles sleaze metal scene that formed in the 1980’s. The Tatts were also popular in Europe where they ...

24 MIN2017 APR 17
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Geordie Leach – Podcast (Part 1)

Matt Andersen – Podcast

EMatt Andersen is a phenomenal performer. A man possessed of an almighty, soulful voice and some seriously impressive guitar chops. His career began around the turn of the century with the band Flat Top, but it’s over the last decade as a solo artist where he has really begun to make his mark. Matt is an absolute knockout live with many performances captured online that have seen him rack up over 5 million views on You Tube. One of the standouts is his extraordinary take on the Bill Wither’s classic Ain’t No Sunshine. I defy anyone to watch it and not be blown away. With a heavy touring schedule averaging around 200 gigs a year Matt continues to build on his global following. Over that time he’s toured and shared the stage with the best in the business, including Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Beth Hart, Greg Allman, Little Feat, Jonny Lang and many more. His accolades include taking out the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, a swag of Canadian gongs and picking up a European...

18 MIN2017 APR 3
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Matt Andersen – Podcast
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Latest Episodes

Toni Childs

EIt’s said that life isn’t about the destination, but the journey and in Toni Childs’ case it’s been an extraordinary voyage of discovery that continues to evolve in the most unpredictable ways. As a recording artist Toni first broke through with her debut album Union in 1988, spawning hits like Don’t Walk Away and the irresistible Stop Your Fussin’. The album was produced by David Ricketts of David and David fame and was nominated for two Grammys that year. The follow up House of Hope was again enthusiastically received and while it didn’t achieve the same commercial success in Toni’s native USA, the album and its lead single I’ve Got To Go Now were once again hugely successful in Australia and New Zealand. The Woman’s Boat completed a critically acclaimed trilogy with the album’s emphasis on femininity and womanhood. It was after an Australian tour while working on her follow up album that Toni began to notice an unusual bulging of her eyes. A visit to the doctor confirm...

26 MIN2017 JUL 31
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Toni Childs

Thomas Wynn

EThomas Wynn – Wading Deep Into His Southern Soul. There’s something about the music from the south of the United States that permeates your soul and fires the emotions within. And while Florida is usually pasted as a winter escape or the retirement haven for the country’s east coast residents there’s a particular style of soulful rock n roll that’s been heavily influenced by the surrounding states of Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana immediately to the north that have infused the sound of the Sunshine State. It’s a style of music that has been embodied by the likes of The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd from rock’s classic era through to more recent bands like the Tedeschi Trucks Band, JJ Grey & Mofro and now Thomas Wynn and the Believers. Thomas Wynn and the Believers have been one of the most highly rated bands on the Florida scene for a long time, being voted Orlando’s #1 Rock Band and #1 Country/Folk Band for the past seven consecutive years by the Orlando Weekly. Yet it...

19 MIN2017 JUN 14
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Thomas Wynn

Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell

EOur Biggest Fan Hasn’t Been Born Yet. Ordinarily that might seem like an audacious statement, but when it comes from the lips of Lane Harry you know that he’s not posturing, he really means it. As one of the most dynamic hip hop acts in the country you’d expect a lot of posturing and attitude, but with Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell what you get is two intelligent and thoughtful guys who also happen to have a disarming sense of humour. It’s almost as if they’re unaware of their own stature within the genre and the high esteem in which they’re held. But that’s not their concern, they’re only in it for the music and the message. Three years ago Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell won Song of the Year at the Gold Coast Music Awards forAnarchy.And while the award may have caught one of Australia’s fastest rising hip hop acts off guard, it’s easy to see why the judges gave the song the nod as it tackled a host of contemporary social issues with a sophisticated arrangement and high end product...

24 MIN2017 MAY 29
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Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell

Slim Jim Phantom

ESlim Jim Phantom says he’s always loved the drums and that the instrument chose him. He grew up on Long Island and after taking up the drums took lessons from jazz great Mousie Alexander, who had played with Benny Goodman. He met Lee Rocker in high school and later they formed the Stray Cats with Brian Setzer, leading the rockabilly revival of the 1980’s. The Stray Cats first emerged in New York during the late 70’s and quickly scored regular slots at notable Manhattan venues like CBGB and Max’s Kansas City. They weren’t quite punk per se, but as rockabilly was loaded with attitude and was the punk music of its day they certainly weren’t out of place on that scene either. It wasn’t until the band relocated to London and won over fans like the Stones and the Who that they really kicked into gear. Rockpile guitarist Dave Edmunds was also a fan and offered to produce their (self titled) debut album. Stray Cats was a phenomenal breakthrough featuring what would become some of the...

19 MIN2017 MAY 22
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Slim Jim Phantom

Mark Duckworth – Podcast

ETurning Guilty Pleasures Into A Multi Million Dollar Business. As a musician, songwriter and producer music has been Mark Duckworth’s lifelong passion, but it’s as a festival director where he’s really made his name. For the past four years Mark has been at the helm of the Gold Coast music festival Blues on Broadbeach and while the event has been running now for 16 years, it’s under Duckworth’s direction where the festival has exploded exponentially. When he took on the role four years ago Blues on Broadbeach attracted some 80 000 fans, by last year that number had more than doubled with over 166 000 attending the event. Those big numbers bring big dollars into the local economy, to the tune of around $20 million. The festival was originally designed to boost local tourism during the slow winter period and with around 8 000 people turning up for the inaugural event it was an unqualified success, but today Blues on Broadbeach is now the most profitable week for many local busine...

27 MIN2017 MAY 16
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Mark Duckworth – Podcast

Bluesfest Double – podcast

EBackstage at a festival like Bluesfest is another world. Away from the crowds, the noise and the dust where the throng gathers to get a glimpse of their musical heroes is a large tent that houses the dressing rooms for the artists. It’s furnished with palm trees, funky chairs, massage tables and softly lit lounge spaces where the stars can hang out and kick back. It’s also the area where on site interviews are conducted. Often you’re only granted a small amount of time to interview an artist and if there’s a high demand for that particular artist the time can be reduced significantly. The up side is that the ambience lends itself to an easy conversation, but with limited time you have to try and instantly build a rapport with the artist before you’re asked to finish up. At Bluesfest this year I had the opportunity to speak to Corinne Bailey Rae and Nikki Hill and while neither interview was long enough to run as a single podcast, as a double bill they make an interesting contra...

24 MIN2017 MAY 8
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Bluesfest Double – podcast

Deborah Conway – Podcast

EDeborah Conway is one of Australia’s most gifted songwriters and vocalists. In the early 80’s she formed Do Re Mi with Dorland Bray and they had a major breakthrough in 1985 with Man Overboard, which went on to become one of the biggest selling Australian songs of that year. The band followed it with a number of other minor chart successes including Warnings Moving Clockwise and Adultery before Conway launched her solo career. In 1991Deborah Conway established herself as one of Australia’s leading female artists with String of Pearlsand with a collection of incredibly rich and evocative songs like It’s Only The Beginning, Release Me, White Roses, Someday,Under My Skinand the title track that’s precisely what it was. It was an extraordinarily strong debut, eventually scoring Conway the Best Female Artist gong at the 1992 ARIA Awards. Deborah Conway’s next album Bitch Epic was equally as impressive featuring fan favourites like Today I’m A Daisy, She Prefers Fire and Alive and ...

32 MIN2017 MAY 1
Comments
Deborah Conway – Podcast

Geordie Leach – Podcast (Part 2)

EThe first part of my conversation with Rose Tattoo’s bass player Geordie Leach covered the early days of his career in Melbourne from where he first met and played with Angry Anderson in Buster Brown, to his migration north to Sydney to join Angry in his new band Rose Tattoo in the late 70’s. Under the guidance of songwriting and producing supremos Harry Vanda and George Young at the Alberts stable Rose Tattoo ripped into the Australian music scene from the outset with their work hard, live hard and play hard ethic. From the blue collar working class neighbourhoods to the bad boys doing time for their crimes the Tatts were a big hit. In the final installment of this podcast Geordie recalls how Rose Tattoo conquered Europe with a formidable live reputation and their no nonsense brand of blues based rock n roll. From Angry’s bleeding skull after relentless head bashing against the amplifiers at the Reading Festival to their top 5 chart success in Germany and France with Rock n Roll...

31 MIN2017 APR 25
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Geordie Leach – Podcast (Part 2)

Geordie Leach – Podcast (Part 1)

ERose Tattoo were the hard boys of Oz rock. The worked hard, they lived hard and they played hard. There was no compromising in this band. The band members’ tattooed bodies signified their membership within the group and their take no prisoners brand of rock n roll appealed to the down trodden and those just down on their luck. With hit anthems like Rock n’ Roll Outlaw, Bad Boy For Love and We Can’t Be Beaten they became the champions of both the working class and those on the fringe of society and with at least one band member having a reputation for doing time they were a big hit in the big house as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzAOpau4KRY But Rose Tattoo’s popularity extended well beyond the brawling inner city pubs and suburban beer barns of Australia. Their influence has been cited by bands like Guns n’ Roses and the L.A Guns as being a huge influence on the Los Angeles sleaze metal scene that formed in the 1980’s. The Tatts were also popular in Europe where they ...

24 MIN2017 APR 17
Comments
Geordie Leach – Podcast (Part 1)

Matt Andersen – Podcast

EMatt Andersen is a phenomenal performer. A man possessed of an almighty, soulful voice and some seriously impressive guitar chops. His career began around the turn of the century with the band Flat Top, but it’s over the last decade as a solo artist where he has really begun to make his mark. Matt is an absolute knockout live with many performances captured online that have seen him rack up over 5 million views on You Tube. One of the standouts is his extraordinary take on the Bill Wither’s classic Ain’t No Sunshine. I defy anyone to watch it and not be blown away. With a heavy touring schedule averaging around 200 gigs a year Matt continues to build on his global following. Over that time he’s toured and shared the stage with the best in the business, including Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Beth Hart, Greg Allman, Little Feat, Jonny Lang and many more. His accolades include taking out the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, a swag of Canadian gongs and picking up a European...

18 MIN2017 APR 3
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Matt Andersen – Podcast
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