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On Tales of the Road Warriors, Hal in Philly explores the world through conversations with entertainers and musicians … guitarists, bass players, keyboardists, managers, roadies, recording engineers and people who spend a lot of time traveling to and from gigs.

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Ghost of Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe, Jamie Sheriff and Me Hi, this is Hal Aaron Cohen and welcome to my podcast Tales of the Road Warriors No guest, today. Just me, Hal Aaron and I’ll be driving solo. You still get a great story , though. One of my own Tales of the Road Warriors. Fun times! Today, I want to share what’s ahead for the Tales of the Road Warriors podcast, but first, let me tell you a little about what’sbeengoing on, as well as what’s going on right now. First, I want to thank all of you for listening, especially those of you who follow and share the show with your friends and on social media. I also want to thank everyone who has been a guest on the show, and thanks in advance to those who will be joining me on future episodes. Oh, and lest I forget – I’d like to give a big shoutout to my old friend Joe Walla for allowing me to use his instrumental, PLAYA DEL SPAIN, featuring his fretboard virtuosity and signature,Hola Gente!– as the opening theme music.By the way, “Hola Gente” is Spanish for “Hello, People” A couple of weeks ago, I recorded a live episode of TotRW with Lizanne Knott, her daughter Ciara and Philly folk-rock music icon and author, Dan May. It was a sweltering 102 degree day and Ican’t thankthem enough for participating. It was recorded live by Kev Gallagher at the Tattoed Mom on 5th & South Street in Philadelphia as part of thePhiladelphia Podcast Festival.Kev is the host of a podcast called,Everything is Awesomeand is the co-host ofThe Zombcast. Kev also writes forDark Knight Newsand is working on a science fiction series and probably more projects I’m not privy to. He’s ALSO a dad to two kids. Despite all the stuff he’s got going on in his life, Kev volunteered to record all of the podcasts at the Tatooed Mom during the week of the Philly Pod Fest. So a HUGE thanks toKev . Also a big thank you toNathanandTaegan Kurunathe organizers ofPhilly Podcast Festival– for including a new, still-in-the-baby-stages Tales of the Road Warriors. I am grateful for the opportunity, even if I did choke a little and probably squandered my opportunity a little bit. Tell you what…I’m blaming the heat. In the meantime, Dan, Lizanne and Ciara were the perfect guests. I haven’t edited that show yet and I apologize for getting behind, but, I got a healthy dose of last minute music gigs, andthat combined with trying to get ready for the live podcast and a big event in Orlando, Florida, I’ve just been short on time. I try to get an episode out every Thursday, but, as you know – Life happens. Being the Chief, Cook and HeadBottle Washer, I can’t always be as consistent as I’d like rightnow, but I’m working on solutions. Hopefully,I can find a collaborator or possibly build a small team to keep the show running a little more efficiently. So what’s next? Well, I’m going to take a brief hiatus because I’m heading for another Podcast event. This one is the big one. It’s calledPodcast Movement 2019 and they’re expecting about 3,000 podcasters from all over the world, all converging in Orlando, Florida. My goal is to learn all I can about the podcasting industry; meet some movers and shakers, check out new opportunities in podcasting, maybe acquire a sponsor or two, some new gear and ultimately make Tales of the Road Warriors better than ever. I’m still in the processof tweakingthe show, the format, curating great guests and stories and honing my own skills as a host. I know I have a long way to go, but as my old Pappy used to say, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts”. So now that you’re all caught up, it’s time for a Tale from Uncle Hal…I call itMe, Jamie Sheriff, and the Ghost of Marilyn Monroe If you’ve been listening to past Tales of the Road Warriors, then you already know I was a singing waiter for about six years. SO, this happened at the Great American Food and Beverage Company. Now, at the GA, we had two dining main dining areas – the Piano Room and the Green Room. Piano players couldn’t work in the green room be

11 MIN2 weeks ago
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Ghost of Marilyn Monroe

Bob Malone

Bob Malone.In case you don’t know the name, I am happy to be the one bringing this remarkable and talented keyboard wizard into your orbit… There are some people you encounter in life who immediately stand out in some inexplicable way. You may have heard it described as the X Factor, or that “IT” factor. An aura. Bob has that. I still remember likeit was yesterday… several members of theNational Academy of Songwriters (nowThe Songwriters Guild)had volunteered to help repainttheir offices. Bob and I were among that group and so I was on the floor placing masking tape along the wall above the molding. Malone was coming from the other direction and we met in the middle where we struck up a conversation. Turned out he was a keyboard player. A new kid in town from New Jersey who like many of us , had trekked out to L.A. to seek their fame and fortune. We immediately struck up a friendship. Eventually, I ended up recording some demos for him (and with him) at my home studio in Venice...

43 MINJUL 19
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Jay David

Jay David Cover of the AARP and Other Stuff Things we discuss in this episode: My flooded basement apartment. Playing venues in Philadelphia… There’s a section that got a little garbled, I guess due to a bad connection, Maybe Jay was walking through a dead zone in his house. For whatever reason, you may not be able to understand the audio. Don’t tune out, it gets clear again for the remainder of the show. He was telling me how he started at the age of two singing not the Horn & Hardart Children’s Hour. Horn and Hardart was a “food service automat”, where all the food came out of vending machines. I remember how my mother would never let us go in. She used to tell us, you won’t like anything in there. I wasn’t crazy about eating baked beans anyway. Or a slice of pie that had been sitting inside of a vending machine of who knows how long? Anyway, Jay went on to say how he started out banging out drumbeats on the dining room table and annoyed the hell out of people with his incessant drumming on everything. He eventually tooklessons but got bored. So he learned by listening to the records, eventually giving lessons the same way he wanted to learn. Taught drums by having drum students bring him the records with the songs they wanted to learn and just teach them to play those songs. I know some music teachers who hate guys like that.If you’re not teaching the fundamentals, they look down their noses at you. Personally, I think there’s room for both teaching styles. Hey, what’s wrong with learning to play your favorite songs? We swapped stories about his mom and Frank Sinatra’s mom Drum Corp competitions.Reilly’s Raidersin Willow Grove, PA(Still there!) Shelter dogs, Carnegie Hall, the Navy, Hospital Corps, Dolly Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra. Boots. Dorsey Brothers, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Brenda Lee, The Wagon Wheel, Mercury Records, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, getting signed by Clive Davis Links to Videos, etc. The Last Morningby Dr. Hook Cover of The Rolling Stoneby Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show Cover of the AARP– parody by Jay David (music by Shel Silverstein) Cover of AARP Personnel Jay David wrote and recorded based on the music of Shel Silverstein Ooks of Hazzardplayed, and their drummer,Matt Tecuis the guy with the deep voice singing the 2nd verse Janiva Magness– blues singer sang harmony. Here’s a little taste of Janiva singingMake It Rain(and doing a Tom Waits song some serious justice)

49 MINJUL 12
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Phil Leavitt

Show Notes and Talking Points Las Vegas roots. Started out on piano, went immediately to drums. Played in a lot of bands, including a cover band that played Hawaii, followed by a rough stint in Alaska I first met Phil at an outdoor festival. Phil was the drummer ina group called Films About Women . I was bassist/lead singer for a band called The Fever and we were also performing that day. Phil was an ex-grade school student of our rhythm guitarist and main songwriter, Graham Becker. So I got to hear Films About Women then and man, I know an exceptional drummer when I hear one. Years later, Phil joined an amazing, high energy alternative rock trio called Dada. It consisted of Joei Calio, Michael Gurly and of course, Phil Leavitt. They had an international hit with a song called I’m Going to Diz-Knee-Land. The toured extensively, opening for Sting. Michael Gurley left to tour with Keifer Sutherland, causing scheduling problems during their 25th reunion tour. We talked about Darius Dehger and the Special Deluxe Combo The team behind the videos. The image, look and attitude behind 7Horse music. (Dada was anti-image”). A little about Phil’s dad. The Bowler Hat. Present day peacocking. The Vegas influences. Liberace and Elvis. Tales From the Hollywood FreewayThe Bob Dylan Story The Bill Murray Story (and their super fan, Pro Golf Champion Scott Simpson) Phil Leavitt and 7Horse Links and Resources 7HORSE on YouTube 7Horse Facebook Page

64 MINJUL 4
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Lisa Nemzo Pt 1

During the 80’s, I bartended at a rock club called the Blue Lagune Saloon in Marina del Rey, California. I saw a lot of great bands during my time there, the Plimsouls, Etta James, The Moore Brothers (Joe Cocker’s backup band during the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour), Billy and the Beaters, The Bus Boys; Kathy Valentine of the Go Goes celebrated her 21st birthday there to a virtual who’s who of the 80’s rock and roll elite. Yet one young lady stood out to me back then among all of these 80’s pop rockers and hard rocking’ and r&b bands. I’m talking about Lisa Nemzo. Today, on Tales of the Road Warriors! Lisa Nemzo. She did this acoustic guitar solo during a song called Try and Run, in which she used harmonics to create an exciting instrumental break before going back into the final chorus. I was serving drinks to a thirsty audience; business as usual when she broke into that amazing solo. I stopped waiting on customers and just watched with my note open like everybody else who became an instant fan that night . Harmonics are created by lightly touching the string and then pulling away as you pluck or strum. A lot of us use them as an accent, but I had never seen anyone take it and run with it like that before. So, that became her signature. She has toured Europe and the U.S. in several incarnations. Read her bio here to get an idea of the full scope of this talented lady. In her other life, Lisa works as a healer in Polarity Therapy and works to raise money for the American Polarity Therapy Association. She is also an activist and works with war veterans to make sure they are not forgotten and receive the benefits and treatment they truly deserve. Some folks talk about it. Lisa Nemzo is a doer. Some of the things we talked about include: Visiting the east coast. The Weather - East Coast vs West Coast Body surfing the Atlantic Ocean in Cape May Boogie boarding in the Pacific Ocean Lisa Nemzo’s dad’s secret musical life (What?!) Lisa’s actress/singer mom/ Lisa’s first school play Musical instruments in the family… piano, trumpet, coronet, baritone horn, clarinet, ukulele and guitar Going to L.A. after college to pursue a jazz career, but ending up in a session with Mike Botts from Bread and starting songwriting career Touring for ten years with no product (no album, no cassette, no cd… nothin’). Harmonics. Getting schooled by Tom Rush and developing the Lisa Nemazo signature sound A mentor teaches Lisa to survive as a female musical artist in a man’s world Touring and or opening for Hall and Oates, David Crosby, BB King, David Lindley, Tim Weisberg and many others Links and Resources Strangers In Paradise Listen On Youtube https://youtu.be/QPzDItKKkyQ Buy https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/strangersinparadise2 SONGS Try and Run Harmonics "When it Comes to Love" Track 5 on UNLOCK MY HEART https://youtu.be/CM5Ijmw5j4Q (Lisa Nemzo Webisode #3) Change of Tide Around 1985) https://youtu.be/uQWHyHDzD3o Arlington (and related links) https://www.facebook.com/ArlingtonThe... https://twitter.com/ArlingtonFilm http://www.operationwarriorwellness.org/ One Kind Word https://youtu.be/U4eJQH8-8rA New song… “Wish I Had a Country to Go Home To” https://youtu.be/5MsloRFLKF8 Mentions: Gina Kronstadt, violinist Bruce Michael Miller worked - with from 1985 and 2009 Artie Colatrella good Gary Mazzolla Badass Boots American Polarity Therapy Association John Chitty Current projects: Lisa is looking for people to work with her on a video for One Kind Word

56 MINJUN 30
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Lisa Nemzo Pt 1

Jon Michaels

Jon Michael Show Notes Jon is originally from Los Angeles, Where I met him. Well, Encino to be exact. About 1980 He had just recently come off a tour with the New Christy Minstrels which… fuck! I totally forgot to ask him about! HIS MUSICAL INFLUENCES are Jim Croce and Harry Chapin. You can clearly hear that in his writing and performing. Both those boys would have been proud to count Jon as a protege. PERSONAL INSPIRATIONS - His mom; wife, Jeannie; and Daughter, Jennings “For the longest time, my sole concentration was on my music and to pursue my music career, I thought I had to be single and uncommitted. Today, I’ve discovered I can have both and it’s truly inspiring.” … And I can tell you, because I’ve known Jon a long time, and as one of his Facebook friends who reads his posts - he dotes on his family- BIGTIME! Christina Pirello, a Philadelphia TV cooking show show hostess heard Jon play his music one night at the Bluebird Café in Nashvilland invited him to perform on “Christina Cooks,” her natural foods cooking program on PBS. The response was so overwhelming that Christina invited Jon to sing on every episode. The show is carried by more than 150 PBS affiliates and has introduced Jon’s music and warm personality to a coast-to-coast audience. Talk about singing for your supper. ________________________ LINKS John Michael’s Website Jon Michaels Music Videos I HEAR A CLOCK CHECK PLEASE performed by Paul Jefferson ________________________ Please subscribe to the Tales of the RoadWarriors Newsletter if you haven’t already and “LIKE” the TotRW Facebook Group on Facebook .

51 MINMAY 25
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Lee Totten

Lee Totten has been performing and in several incarnations as solo acoustic act as well as with a full band. He’s one of the original contributors to the Tales of the Road Warriors section of Li’l Hank’s Guide for Songwriters, my award winning website during the nineties which is how we first met. We bonded online, but I later met Lee in person when he flew out to California - - - I was hosting the Acoustic Soup Open Mic and Showcase at the Book Grinders in Van Nuys. where he popped in and performed some of his originals songs. It’s been a long time since then, so in this conversation, we get caught up with a lot of things Lee’s been up to over the years and of course, he shares some of his very entertaining stories. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry, you’ll be a blubbering emotional wreck… okay, well, I may have exaggerated that last thing… Anyway… Lee Totten is headlining a show for the first time in a long time … on May 25th, 7PM at Waypoint Spirits in Bloomfield, CT. His friendsLSD (Lead Singer's Disease) and albinoTreewill be opening the show. They’re donating all ticket sales toFidelco Guide Dog Foundation. GreatWaypoint Spiritscocktails, beer fromSwing Oil Beer Companyand a custom cocktail created byThe Barrel Age. Advance tickets only $7.50 in advance and $10 at the door here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lee-totten-live-fidelco-guide-dog-fundraiser-tickets-60804691469 Lee and I had a pretty long conversation …. Regarding long interviews - I could use your input… would you prefer I broke hour shows into a Part 1 and 2? Or do you prefer to get the whole conversation at once and pause it yourself? I think there are pros and cons to doing it either way, so I’d appreciate it if you comment on the Lee Totten Show Notes Page or visit the Tales of the Road Warriors Facebook group... Facebook.com/groups/TalesWarriors

59 MINMAY 10
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Joe Walla

While freelancing as webmaster for an adult website, and I met Joe Walla when I accompanied my boss to a gigantic adult video, toy and clothing warehouse, where he shopped for items to stock the online store. Sitting behind a desk in the sales office was Joe. He gave us each card that read “Joe WallaThe Million Dollar Man”. You can hear me and Joe talkin' about the porn industry, rockin' and racing, open mics, biker bars, songwriting, reminisce about the old days and - get caught up on some of the stuff Joe's doing now. He also has a Youtube show where he combines the world of rock ’n roll with the combustible world of racing. It’s Called: Rockin & Racing With Joe Walla and Chris Seaward Discover Joe, listen to and buy his music on his official site:https://joewallaband.com/or... Joe Walla Music on BroadJam https://www.broadjam.com/JoeWalla Rockin & Racing With Joe Walla and Chris Seaward ________________________ Be sure to visit theTales of the Road Warriors Facebook Group: htt...

52 MINMAY 5
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Tzach Gefen

I’m talking about Israel and music with Tzach Gefen - one half of the team that hosts the TBI Podcast aka Talkin’ Bout Israel and stuff with his co-host: Mike Leibsohn Tzach and I talked mostly about music. His music. My music, Israeli Music, Irish bar music, Japanese music and we might have talked a little about the food, too. Spoiler alert... in this episode, I share my Donny Most story. For links to all of the things we talked about, music, websites, Youtube videos, etc. go to the show notes page for this episode on the Tales of the Road Warriors Website https://www.talesoftheroadwarriors.comtzach-gefen Support this podcast with a few shekels... Please contribute to the gas can: https://talesoftheroadwarriors.com/tip-jar/ Enjoy!!!

65 MINAPR 26
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Johnny Koolrock

And now, for something completely different… This past week, I accompanied the near-legendary James Lee Stanley to Teaneck New Jersey where he did a radio interview/live in-studio concert on WFDU with the host of the Traditions radio show, Ron Olesko. I had intended to interview James Lee for a future episode of the Tales of the Road Warriors podcast, but due to technical difficulties, I couldn’t complete the mission. However, on the way back home from the radio station, James and I talked about many things, and during the course of the conversation, among other things, we swapped stories about our past gigs. Which lead to me telling hime about something that happen to me, and it’s on of my favorite TALES OF THE ROAD WARRIORS!!!! Johnny Coolrock Show Notes https://talesoftheroadwarriors.com/johnny-koolrock/

12 MINAPR 19
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Latest Episodes

Ghost of Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe, Jamie Sheriff and Me Hi, this is Hal Aaron Cohen and welcome to my podcast Tales of the Road Warriors No guest, today. Just me, Hal Aaron and I’ll be driving solo. You still get a great story , though. One of my own Tales of the Road Warriors. Fun times! Today, I want to share what’s ahead for the Tales of the Road Warriors podcast, but first, let me tell you a little about what’sbeengoing on, as well as what’s going on right now. First, I want to thank all of you for listening, especially those of you who follow and share the show with your friends and on social media. I also want to thank everyone who has been a guest on the show, and thanks in advance to those who will be joining me on future episodes. Oh, and lest I forget – I’d like to give a big shoutout to my old friend Joe Walla for allowing me to use his instrumental, PLAYA DEL SPAIN, featuring his fretboard virtuosity and signature,Hola Gente!– as the opening theme music.By the way, “Hola Gente” is Spanish for “Hello, People” A couple of weeks ago, I recorded a live episode of TotRW with Lizanne Knott, her daughter Ciara and Philly folk-rock music icon and author, Dan May. It was a sweltering 102 degree day and Ican’t thankthem enough for participating. It was recorded live by Kev Gallagher at the Tattoed Mom on 5th & South Street in Philadelphia as part of thePhiladelphia Podcast Festival.Kev is the host of a podcast called,Everything is Awesomeand is the co-host ofThe Zombcast. Kev also writes forDark Knight Newsand is working on a science fiction series and probably more projects I’m not privy to. He’s ALSO a dad to two kids. Despite all the stuff he’s got going on in his life, Kev volunteered to record all of the podcasts at the Tatooed Mom during the week of the Philly Pod Fest. So a HUGE thanks toKev . Also a big thank you toNathanandTaegan Kurunathe organizers ofPhilly Podcast Festival– for including a new, still-in-the-baby-stages Tales of the Road Warriors. I am grateful for the opportunity, even if I did choke a little and probably squandered my opportunity a little bit. Tell you what…I’m blaming the heat. In the meantime, Dan, Lizanne and Ciara were the perfect guests. I haven’t edited that show yet and I apologize for getting behind, but, I got a healthy dose of last minute music gigs, andthat combined with trying to get ready for the live podcast and a big event in Orlando, Florida, I’ve just been short on time. I try to get an episode out every Thursday, but, as you know – Life happens. Being the Chief, Cook and HeadBottle Washer, I can’t always be as consistent as I’d like rightnow, but I’m working on solutions. Hopefully,I can find a collaborator or possibly build a small team to keep the show running a little more efficiently. So what’s next? Well, I’m going to take a brief hiatus because I’m heading for another Podcast event. This one is the big one. It’s calledPodcast Movement 2019 and they’re expecting about 3,000 podcasters from all over the world, all converging in Orlando, Florida. My goal is to learn all I can about the podcasting industry; meet some movers and shakers, check out new opportunities in podcasting, maybe acquire a sponsor or two, some new gear and ultimately make Tales of the Road Warriors better than ever. I’m still in the processof tweakingthe show, the format, curating great guests and stories and honing my own skills as a host. I know I have a long way to go, but as my old Pappy used to say, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts”. So now that you’re all caught up, it’s time for a Tale from Uncle Hal…I call itMe, Jamie Sheriff, and the Ghost of Marilyn Monroe If you’ve been listening to past Tales of the Road Warriors, then you already know I was a singing waiter for about six years. SO, this happened at the Great American Food and Beverage Company. Now, at the GA, we had two dining main dining areas – the Piano Room and the Green Room. Piano players couldn’t work in the green room be

11 MIN2 weeks ago
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Ghost of Marilyn Monroe

Bob Malone

Bob Malone.In case you don’t know the name, I am happy to be the one bringing this remarkable and talented keyboard wizard into your orbit… There are some people you encounter in life who immediately stand out in some inexplicable way. You may have heard it described as the X Factor, or that “IT” factor. An aura. Bob has that. I still remember likeit was yesterday… several members of theNational Academy of Songwriters (nowThe Songwriters Guild)had volunteered to help repainttheir offices. Bob and I were among that group and so I was on the floor placing masking tape along the wall above the molding. Malone was coming from the other direction and we met in the middle where we struck up a conversation. Turned out he was a keyboard player. A new kid in town from New Jersey who like many of us , had trekked out to L.A. to seek their fame and fortune. We immediately struck up a friendship. Eventually, I ended up recording some demos for him (and with him) at my home studio in Venice...

43 MINJUL 19
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Jay David

Jay David Cover of the AARP and Other Stuff Things we discuss in this episode: My flooded basement apartment. Playing venues in Philadelphia… There’s a section that got a little garbled, I guess due to a bad connection, Maybe Jay was walking through a dead zone in his house. For whatever reason, you may not be able to understand the audio. Don’t tune out, it gets clear again for the remainder of the show. He was telling me how he started at the age of two singing not the Horn & Hardart Children’s Hour. Horn and Hardart was a “food service automat”, where all the food came out of vending machines. I remember how my mother would never let us go in. She used to tell us, you won’t like anything in there. I wasn’t crazy about eating baked beans anyway. Or a slice of pie that had been sitting inside of a vending machine of who knows how long? Anyway, Jay went on to say how he started out banging out drumbeats on the dining room table and annoyed the hell out of people with his incessant drumming on everything. He eventually tooklessons but got bored. So he learned by listening to the records, eventually giving lessons the same way he wanted to learn. Taught drums by having drum students bring him the records with the songs they wanted to learn and just teach them to play those songs. I know some music teachers who hate guys like that.If you’re not teaching the fundamentals, they look down their noses at you. Personally, I think there’s room for both teaching styles. Hey, what’s wrong with learning to play your favorite songs? We swapped stories about his mom and Frank Sinatra’s mom Drum Corp competitions.Reilly’s Raidersin Willow Grove, PA(Still there!) Shelter dogs, Carnegie Hall, the Navy, Hospital Corps, Dolly Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra. Boots. Dorsey Brothers, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Brenda Lee, The Wagon Wheel, Mercury Records, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, getting signed by Clive Davis Links to Videos, etc. The Last Morningby Dr. Hook Cover of The Rolling Stoneby Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show Cover of the AARP– parody by Jay David (music by Shel Silverstein) Cover of AARP Personnel Jay David wrote and recorded based on the music of Shel Silverstein Ooks of Hazzardplayed, and their drummer,Matt Tecuis the guy with the deep voice singing the 2nd verse Janiva Magness– blues singer sang harmony. Here’s a little taste of Janiva singingMake It Rain(and doing a Tom Waits song some serious justice)

49 MINJUL 12
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Jay David

Phil Leavitt

Show Notes and Talking Points Las Vegas roots. Started out on piano, went immediately to drums. Played in a lot of bands, including a cover band that played Hawaii, followed by a rough stint in Alaska I first met Phil at an outdoor festival. Phil was the drummer ina group called Films About Women . I was bassist/lead singer for a band called The Fever and we were also performing that day. Phil was an ex-grade school student of our rhythm guitarist and main songwriter, Graham Becker. So I got to hear Films About Women then and man, I know an exceptional drummer when I hear one. Years later, Phil joined an amazing, high energy alternative rock trio called Dada. It consisted of Joei Calio, Michael Gurly and of course, Phil Leavitt. They had an international hit with a song called I’m Going to Diz-Knee-Land. The toured extensively, opening for Sting. Michael Gurley left to tour with Keifer Sutherland, causing scheduling problems during their 25th reunion tour. We talked about Darius Dehger and the Special Deluxe Combo The team behind the videos. The image, look and attitude behind 7Horse music. (Dada was anti-image”). A little about Phil’s dad. The Bowler Hat. Present day peacocking. The Vegas influences. Liberace and Elvis. Tales From the Hollywood FreewayThe Bob Dylan Story The Bill Murray Story (and their super fan, Pro Golf Champion Scott Simpson) Phil Leavitt and 7Horse Links and Resources 7HORSE on YouTube 7Horse Facebook Page

64 MINJUL 4
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Lisa Nemzo Pt 1

During the 80’s, I bartended at a rock club called the Blue Lagune Saloon in Marina del Rey, California. I saw a lot of great bands during my time there, the Plimsouls, Etta James, The Moore Brothers (Joe Cocker’s backup band during the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour), Billy and the Beaters, The Bus Boys; Kathy Valentine of the Go Goes celebrated her 21st birthday there to a virtual who’s who of the 80’s rock and roll elite. Yet one young lady stood out to me back then among all of these 80’s pop rockers and hard rocking’ and r&b bands. I’m talking about Lisa Nemzo. Today, on Tales of the Road Warriors! Lisa Nemzo. She did this acoustic guitar solo during a song called Try and Run, in which she used harmonics to create an exciting instrumental break before going back into the final chorus. I was serving drinks to a thirsty audience; business as usual when she broke into that amazing solo. I stopped waiting on customers and just watched with my note open like everybody else who became an instant fan that night . Harmonics are created by lightly touching the string and then pulling away as you pluck or strum. A lot of us use them as an accent, but I had never seen anyone take it and run with it like that before. So, that became her signature. She has toured Europe and the U.S. in several incarnations. Read her bio here to get an idea of the full scope of this talented lady. In her other life, Lisa works as a healer in Polarity Therapy and works to raise money for the American Polarity Therapy Association. She is also an activist and works with war veterans to make sure they are not forgotten and receive the benefits and treatment they truly deserve. Some folks talk about it. Lisa Nemzo is a doer. Some of the things we talked about include: Visiting the east coast. The Weather - East Coast vs West Coast Body surfing the Atlantic Ocean in Cape May Boogie boarding in the Pacific Ocean Lisa Nemzo’s dad’s secret musical life (What?!) Lisa’s actress/singer mom/ Lisa’s first school play Musical instruments in the family… piano, trumpet, coronet, baritone horn, clarinet, ukulele and guitar Going to L.A. after college to pursue a jazz career, but ending up in a session with Mike Botts from Bread and starting songwriting career Touring for ten years with no product (no album, no cassette, no cd… nothin’). Harmonics. Getting schooled by Tom Rush and developing the Lisa Nemazo signature sound A mentor teaches Lisa to survive as a female musical artist in a man’s world Touring and or opening for Hall and Oates, David Crosby, BB King, David Lindley, Tim Weisberg and many others Links and Resources Strangers In Paradise Listen On Youtube https://youtu.be/QPzDItKKkyQ Buy https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/strangersinparadise2 SONGS Try and Run Harmonics "When it Comes to Love" Track 5 on UNLOCK MY HEART https://youtu.be/CM5Ijmw5j4Q (Lisa Nemzo Webisode #3) Change of Tide Around 1985) https://youtu.be/uQWHyHDzD3o Arlington (and related links) https://www.facebook.com/ArlingtonThe... https://twitter.com/ArlingtonFilm http://www.operationwarriorwellness.org/ One Kind Word https://youtu.be/U4eJQH8-8rA New song… “Wish I Had a Country to Go Home To” https://youtu.be/5MsloRFLKF8 Mentions: Gina Kronstadt, violinist Bruce Michael Miller worked - with from 1985 and 2009 Artie Colatrella good Gary Mazzolla Badass Boots American Polarity Therapy Association John Chitty Current projects: Lisa is looking for people to work with her on a video for One Kind Word

56 MINJUN 30
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Lisa Nemzo Pt 1

Jon Michaels

Jon Michael Show Notes Jon is originally from Los Angeles, Where I met him. Well, Encino to be exact. About 1980 He had just recently come off a tour with the New Christy Minstrels which… fuck! I totally forgot to ask him about! HIS MUSICAL INFLUENCES are Jim Croce and Harry Chapin. You can clearly hear that in his writing and performing. Both those boys would have been proud to count Jon as a protege. PERSONAL INSPIRATIONS - His mom; wife, Jeannie; and Daughter, Jennings “For the longest time, my sole concentration was on my music and to pursue my music career, I thought I had to be single and uncommitted. Today, I’ve discovered I can have both and it’s truly inspiring.” … And I can tell you, because I’ve known Jon a long time, and as one of his Facebook friends who reads his posts - he dotes on his family- BIGTIME! Christina Pirello, a Philadelphia TV cooking show show hostess heard Jon play his music one night at the Bluebird Café in Nashvilland invited him to perform on “Christina Cooks,” her natural foods cooking program on PBS. The response was so overwhelming that Christina invited Jon to sing on every episode. The show is carried by more than 150 PBS affiliates and has introduced Jon’s music and warm personality to a coast-to-coast audience. Talk about singing for your supper. ________________________ LINKS John Michael’s Website Jon Michaels Music Videos I HEAR A CLOCK CHECK PLEASE performed by Paul Jefferson ________________________ Please subscribe to the Tales of the RoadWarriors Newsletter if you haven’t already and “LIKE” the TotRW Facebook Group on Facebook .

51 MINMAY 25
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Lee Totten

Lee Totten has been performing and in several incarnations as solo acoustic act as well as with a full band. He’s one of the original contributors to the Tales of the Road Warriors section of Li’l Hank’s Guide for Songwriters, my award winning website during the nineties which is how we first met. We bonded online, but I later met Lee in person when he flew out to California - - - I was hosting the Acoustic Soup Open Mic and Showcase at the Book Grinders in Van Nuys. where he popped in and performed some of his originals songs. It’s been a long time since then, so in this conversation, we get caught up with a lot of things Lee’s been up to over the years and of course, he shares some of his very entertaining stories. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry, you’ll be a blubbering emotional wreck… okay, well, I may have exaggerated that last thing… Anyway… Lee Totten is headlining a show for the first time in a long time … on May 25th, 7PM at Waypoint Spirits in Bloomfield, CT. His friendsLSD (Lead Singer's Disease) and albinoTreewill be opening the show. They’re donating all ticket sales toFidelco Guide Dog Foundation. GreatWaypoint Spiritscocktails, beer fromSwing Oil Beer Companyand a custom cocktail created byThe Barrel Age. Advance tickets only $7.50 in advance and $10 at the door here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lee-totten-live-fidelco-guide-dog-fundraiser-tickets-60804691469 Lee and I had a pretty long conversation …. Regarding long interviews - I could use your input… would you prefer I broke hour shows into a Part 1 and 2? Or do you prefer to get the whole conversation at once and pause it yourself? I think there are pros and cons to doing it either way, so I’d appreciate it if you comment on the Lee Totten Show Notes Page or visit the Tales of the Road Warriors Facebook group... Facebook.com/groups/TalesWarriors

59 MINMAY 10
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Joe Walla

While freelancing as webmaster for an adult website, and I met Joe Walla when I accompanied my boss to a gigantic adult video, toy and clothing warehouse, where he shopped for items to stock the online store. Sitting behind a desk in the sales office was Joe. He gave us each card that read “Joe WallaThe Million Dollar Man”. You can hear me and Joe talkin' about the porn industry, rockin' and racing, open mics, biker bars, songwriting, reminisce about the old days and - get caught up on some of the stuff Joe's doing now. He also has a Youtube show where he combines the world of rock ’n roll with the combustible world of racing. It’s Called: Rockin & Racing With Joe Walla and Chris Seaward Discover Joe, listen to and buy his music on his official site:https://joewallaband.com/or... Joe Walla Music on BroadJam https://www.broadjam.com/JoeWalla Rockin & Racing With Joe Walla and Chris Seaward ________________________ Be sure to visit theTales of the Road Warriors Facebook Group: htt...

52 MINMAY 5
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Tzach Gefen

I’m talking about Israel and music with Tzach Gefen - one half of the team that hosts the TBI Podcast aka Talkin’ Bout Israel and stuff with his co-host: Mike Leibsohn Tzach and I talked mostly about music. His music. My music, Israeli Music, Irish bar music, Japanese music and we might have talked a little about the food, too. Spoiler alert... in this episode, I share my Donny Most story. For links to all of the things we talked about, music, websites, Youtube videos, etc. go to the show notes page for this episode on the Tales of the Road Warriors Website https://www.talesoftheroadwarriors.comtzach-gefen Support this podcast with a few shekels... Please contribute to the gas can: https://talesoftheroadwarriors.com/tip-jar/ Enjoy!!!

65 MINAPR 26
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Johnny Koolrock

And now, for something completely different… This past week, I accompanied the near-legendary James Lee Stanley to Teaneck New Jersey where he did a radio interview/live in-studio concert on WFDU with the host of the Traditions radio show, Ron Olesko. I had intended to interview James Lee for a future episode of the Tales of the Road Warriors podcast, but due to technical difficulties, I couldn’t complete the mission. However, on the way back home from the radio station, James and I talked about many things, and during the course of the conversation, among other things, we swapped stories about our past gigs. Which lead to me telling hime about something that happen to me, and it’s on of my favorite TALES OF THE ROAD WARRIORS!!!! Johnny Coolrock Show Notes https://talesoftheroadwarriors.com/johnny-koolrock/

12 MINAPR 19
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