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Tales of the Road Warriors

Tales of the Road Warriors

Hal Aaron Cohen, musician, singer songwriter and podcaster

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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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Michael Winslow

EMichael Winslow Show Notes Talking Points: Twitter handle @Noizey_Man Grew up on several Air Force bases Moved around a lot as a kid. Killed the boredom by imitating the sounds of machinery around the military bases. Including typewriters. Take this video for example… 32 Typewriters 32 Typewriters??? I couldn’t tell the difference between a Remington Noiseless Portable or a IBM Executive Model 42 or a Smith Corona Word processor Books: Whack to the Side of the Head Kick to the Seat of the Pants Lesson learned - there’s more than one right answer Tik Tok Jimi Hendrix Comics stealing jokes. Robin Williams Multiple languages Cheech and Chong no longer PC? But what makes your impressions so unique are the facial expressions. You seem to be listening to the headphones, where i imagine someone is feeding you the recording for reference The afterwards, you look at the two mics as if you’re trying to decide which one to eat first. Did your parents ever try to discourage you/ I mean, making all those sounds around the house s a little kid, didn’t yell, Hey Mikey, cut it out, I’m trying to watch Star Trek here, and you’d be making laser gun sounds. At what point did your mom or dad say, Hey now — THERE’S a career! Looks like you won’t be needing college, son. List of noises: ’Scuse me while I kiss this guy - attribution. Michael was the first that I know of to use that line. Matre D’ at the Great American and Poppy’s Star (along with Alan "Walk This Way" Feinman as Groucho, and Billy Scudder as Charlie Chaplain) Dupars after Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie Sky Trails Open Mic My Sharona Just What I Needed by the Cars Michael Winslow and folk pop-musician Odd Nordstoga performed Whole Lotta Love on the Norwegian talkshow Senkveld - with Thomas og Harald The Russia Story Slight incident while filming Police Academy: Mission to Moscow in Russia Killing Hasselhoff Completely unexpected. It was a total delight seeing you pop up in a cameo! My rating went up a star. Mention on THE GOLDBERGS… Dana: I don't get it. This is part 5. Shouldn't they have graduated the Academy after the first one?Adam:I think the problem is you're focusing on logic, not the lovable cast of characters. Dana:Okay, in what world would an officer of the law stop a jewel thief by making weird mouth noises?Adam:That'sMichaelWinslow. He's a national treasure.Dana:They're LAPD. They wouldn't have any jurisdiction in Miami. Referenced on other shows: Ellen, Family Guy, Robot Chicken (Police Academy: X-Men) You’ve done sound fx for many tv and movies. What are some of the things where we are actually hearing your voices? Do you have any favorites? The very best of the 60s. 80s Voice insured by Lloyd’s of London with Mary Hart’s legs Eddie Van Halen and Michael jamming too loud at the Namm Show Recently Live on Twitch Sound Effects in Video games Phasmaphoria Among Us Links Michael Winslow Media Michael Winslow Youtube Channel Michael Winslow on Facebook Michael Winslow on Instagram Nico Is - Brazilian Rapper - Agua Tales of the Road Warriors Website

53 min2 d ago
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Smokey Miles

EToday my guest is Robert Smokey Miles... He knows Bob Dylan personally and even used to be his house sitter as a teenager Around 1987 he began hosting open mics and acoustic music showcases at the Breakaway Gardens in Venice, CA, much like I did in the San Fernando Valley several years later. Although I had been to the Breakaway, on many occasions before I left Venice, I don’t recall having ever met Smokey, although in retrospect, I must have. While editing this episode, I determined it would have been almost impossible for me not to have crossed paths wit this guy! As Count Smokula, a quirky vampire sporting a fez and playing accordion, he was a male counterpart to Elvira, MIstress of the Dark. Although Elvira had a more massive following, Smokula has a pretty fair cult following of his own. He continues to perform in the Annual Pasadena Doo Dah Parade with The Radioactive Chicken Heads. He’s worked in some bizarre cult films such as “Magics”, about a very unique magician who entertains sick and injured Palestinian and Jewish kids thoughout Israel's pediatric hospitals. Original music performed by bob as Count Smokula on his accordion Appears in several Troma Films from Troma Entertainment whichis anindependent filmcompany that produces low-budget independent films. Mostly flicks that pay homage to the 1950’s horror films - lots of farcical parodies with gratuitous fake blood, guts and gore. These include: Trasharella with Rena Riffel; and he even did a couple of songs with Ron Jeremy, the porn star for TromaDance Festival one year. For links to my Smokey’s website and Youtube videos, go to www.talesoftheroadwarriors.com/smokey-miles where you’ll find them right under the show notes! So yeah, Smokey’s done his fair share of hosting music showcases, playing his guitar and the accordion, doing sketch comedy in the persona of the immortal Count Smokula, and cameo appearances in movies and music videos with the likes of Bob Dylan, himself. So, ‘nuff said… Here he is to talk about it - Robert “Smokey” Miles! Links to some of Smokey’s stuff (right under the Show Notes, where I said they’d be): Smokey Miles Official Website The Social Distance Dance Bob Dylan’s "Must Be Santa" Official VideoSmokey plays a smoking’ accordion solo in this vid!

68 min1 w ago
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Smokey Miles

Essra Mohawk

EEssra Mohawk has had a very long and storied career. Her songs run the gamut from pop to avant garden, and everything in between. Born Sandra Hurvitz grew up listening to an eclectic list of artists and has developed her own unique style.

53 min3 w ago
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Essra Mohawk

Ben Vaughn Part 2

EBen Vaughn Part 2 - Show Notes Hey, howzit going everybody? Had enough of this lockdown yet? I know, I know, there’s nothing funny about it and you’re running out of ideas. Well, at least you have me to keep you entertained for a little while. I’m Hal in Philly and this is my podcast. Welcome to it. In case you forgot , it’s called… TALES OF THE ROAD WARRIORS! If you listened to the last episode, my conversation with Ben Vaughn - Part 1 then you know I ended it wth a kind of a cliff hanger. Ben was telling me that his father would not allow him to have a guitar i the house if he couldn’t get his grades up in school. Well, Ben had a hard time getting better grades, Instead choosing to be a juvenile delinquent. A rebel with an axe to grind, but he couldn’t bring his axe home with him. So, in part two, Ben goes on to tell us how he got around the Vaughn house rules… Talking Points No guitar allowed… E.J. Korvettes Silvertone guitars The Relay Shack The Rambler Revisited My Essra Mohawk story The Hippie scene in Philly, 20th and Sansom Street, The Plain Dealer - free underground newspaper Sugar Cane Harvest in Cuba Venceremos Brigade Songs we thought we had only imagined Underground Radio, The Marconi Experiment with Dave Herman John Sebastian was a bad influence on me Ben and I preach against smoking (Sorry, smokers) Norristown and the Zep The Delaware Valley More on The Geeter The Mojave Desert Santa Monica, Rent control, Ocean Park The Blue Lagune Saloon Kenn Kweder live shows on Facebook Music scene in Philly - Past and present, the next generation Charlie Gracie World Cafe Live Coronavirus effect on gigs ____________________________ TIP JAR

33 minAUG 14
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Ben Vaughn Part 2

Ben Vaughn Part 1

EBen Vaughn, rock and roll star and DJ.. known throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware Tri-state area and parts of New York. Host of NPR show, The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn” Musical influences include Kenn Kweder and Jerry Blavat aka The Geeter with the Heater, the Big Boss with the Hot Sauce.

41 minJUL 30
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Ben Vaughn Part 1

Dave Kanyan

EHal in Philly talks with truck driver and podcaster, Dave Kanyan, host of Dumbing it Down With Dave, about driving a truck, podcasting at 85 mph, milk, comedy and some music. Episode Links and Resources Dave's PodcastDumbing it Down With Dave Stream or Download - I'm Going For A Drive Tales of the Road Warriors Coffee Mug I'm Goin' For A Drive Travel Mug

47 minJUL 7
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Henry Phillips

EHal in Philly interviews Henry Phillips on Tales of the Road Warriors. He is a comedic singer/songwriter, actor and filmmaker. He has released comedy albums of his music, and has produced several series including The Loner for IFC, a cooking show on Patreon called Henry's Kitchen. Also on Patreon for 2020, a comedy series, The Highway Man. ---------------------------- Talking Points Sorry, wrong number Discovering Henry - Music reviewer Jonathan Widran Chimneysweep Jerry’s Deli Stories - Marlon Brando Saturday Night Live, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck Mark Cohen The Devil and Donny Most The Loser on IFC Henry’s Kitchen Jose Suicidio Hecklers New Show The Highway Man Singer songwriter Eric Schwartz Doug Stanhope Misogonistic lyrics John on Silicon Valley Mike Judge Links: Henry Phillip’s Official Websitehttp://henryphillips.com/ Song: End of the World Henry Phillips Youtube Channel Henry’s Kitchen The Highway Man _______________________________ The Devil and Donny Most https://easywhenyouknowhal.weebly.com/ep-22-devil-and-donny-most.html

51 minMAY 17
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Kendal Conrad

EKendal Conrad is a country singer/songwriter/recording artist from outside of Philadelphia Pennsylvania.She has shared the stage and opened for the likes of Blake Shelton, Charlie Daniels Band, Chris Lane, Trace Adkins, Phil Vassar and many others and even sang a duet live onstage with Keith Urban. READ MORE

46 minAPR 13
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Andrea Nardello

EPhilly's Andrea Nardello has been compared to Melissa Etheridge, Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow and Brandi Carlisle. Influences in folk, rock & pop. Nardello recently won a contest and sang with Brandi Carlile at Carlile’s all women’s festival in Mexico. Also won Philadelphia Songwriter's Project Contest and the Tri-State Indie's "Acoustic Artist Of The Year." She has toured extensively opening for Colbie Caillat, Brandi Carlile, Gabe Dixon, Emerson Hart of Tonic Fame, Toby Lightman, Tim Reynolds of The Dave Matthews Band and Ron Pope. ANDREA NARDELLO FULL SHOW NOTES & LINKS

37 minMAR 25
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Andrea Nardello

Toby Lightman Pt 1

EToday is the first of three episodes in a row featuring Women Road Warriors in honor ofInternational Women’s Monthon Tales of the Road Warriors.My guest isToby Lightman. In our brief talk we touched on another problem men never experience, the struggle to have a child. Though a man can share some of the emotional weight of this struggle, we can never know the physical and internal anguish that a woman experiences. Toby recently captured this in her song ‘Begin Again”. I had no idea what the song was about going into this conversation, so you’ll hear me getting woke in real time. Go To Show Notes Page

19 minMAR 14
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Michael Winslow

EMichael Winslow Show Notes Talking Points: Twitter handle @Noizey_Man Grew up on several Air Force bases Moved around a lot as a kid. Killed the boredom by imitating the sounds of machinery around the military bases. Including typewriters. Take this video for example… 32 Typewriters 32 Typewriters??? I couldn’t tell the difference between a Remington Noiseless Portable or a IBM Executive Model 42 or a Smith Corona Word processor Books: Whack to the Side of the Head Kick to the Seat of the Pants Lesson learned - there’s more than one right answer Tik Tok Jimi Hendrix Comics stealing jokes. Robin Williams Multiple languages Cheech and Chong no longer PC? But what makes your impressions so unique are the facial expressions. You seem to be listening to the headphones, where i imagine someone is feeding you the recording for reference The afterwards, you look at the two mics as if you’re trying to decide which one to eat first. Did your parents ever try to discourage you/ I mean, making all those sounds around the house s a little kid, didn’t yell, Hey Mikey, cut it out, I’m trying to watch Star Trek here, and you’d be making laser gun sounds. At what point did your mom or dad say, Hey now — THERE’S a career! Looks like you won’t be needing college, son. List of noises: ’Scuse me while I kiss this guy - attribution. Michael was the first that I know of to use that line. Matre D’ at the Great American and Poppy’s Star (along with Alan "Walk This Way" Feinman as Groucho, and Billy Scudder as Charlie Chaplain) Dupars after Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie Sky Trails Open Mic My Sharona Just What I Needed by the Cars Michael Winslow and folk pop-musician Odd Nordstoga performed Whole Lotta Love on the Norwegian talkshow Senkveld - with Thomas og Harald The Russia Story Slight incident while filming Police Academy: Mission to Moscow in Russia Killing Hasselhoff Completely unexpected. It was a total delight seeing you pop up in a cameo! My rating went up a star. Mention on THE GOLDBERGS… Dana: I don't get it. This is part 5. Shouldn't they have graduated the Academy after the first one?Adam:I think the problem is you're focusing on logic, not the lovable cast of characters. Dana:Okay, in what world would an officer of the law stop a jewel thief by making weird mouth noises?Adam:That'sMichaelWinslow. He's a national treasure.Dana:They're LAPD. They wouldn't have any jurisdiction in Miami. Referenced on other shows: Ellen, Family Guy, Robot Chicken (Police Academy: X-Men) You’ve done sound fx for many tv and movies. What are some of the things where we are actually hearing your voices? Do you have any favorites? The very best of the 60s. 80s Voice insured by Lloyd’s of London with Mary Hart’s legs Eddie Van Halen and Michael jamming too loud at the Namm Show Recently Live on Twitch Sound Effects in Video games Phasmaphoria Among Us Links Michael Winslow Media Michael Winslow Youtube Channel Michael Winslow on Facebook Michael Winslow on Instagram Nico Is - Brazilian Rapper - Agua Tales of the Road Warriors Website

53 min2 d ago
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Michael Winslow

Smokey Miles

EToday my guest is Robert Smokey Miles... He knows Bob Dylan personally and even used to be his house sitter as a teenager Around 1987 he began hosting open mics and acoustic music showcases at the Breakaway Gardens in Venice, CA, much like I did in the San Fernando Valley several years later. Although I had been to the Breakaway, on many occasions before I left Venice, I don’t recall having ever met Smokey, although in retrospect, I must have. While editing this episode, I determined it would have been almost impossible for me not to have crossed paths wit this guy! As Count Smokula, a quirky vampire sporting a fez and playing accordion, he was a male counterpart to Elvira, MIstress of the Dark. Although Elvira had a more massive following, Smokula has a pretty fair cult following of his own. He continues to perform in the Annual Pasadena Doo Dah Parade with The Radioactive Chicken Heads. He’s worked in some bizarre cult films such as “Magics”, about a very unique magician who entertains sick and injured Palestinian and Jewish kids thoughout Israel's pediatric hospitals. Original music performed by bob as Count Smokula on his accordion Appears in several Troma Films from Troma Entertainment whichis anindependent filmcompany that produces low-budget independent films. Mostly flicks that pay homage to the 1950’s horror films - lots of farcical parodies with gratuitous fake blood, guts and gore. These include: Trasharella with Rena Riffel; and he even did a couple of songs with Ron Jeremy, the porn star for TromaDance Festival one year. For links to my Smokey’s website and Youtube videos, go to www.talesoftheroadwarriors.com/smokey-miles where you’ll find them right under the show notes! So yeah, Smokey’s done his fair share of hosting music showcases, playing his guitar and the accordion, doing sketch comedy in the persona of the immortal Count Smokula, and cameo appearances in movies and music videos with the likes of Bob Dylan, himself. So, ‘nuff said… Here he is to talk about it - Robert “Smokey” Miles! Links to some of Smokey’s stuff (right under the Show Notes, where I said they’d be): Smokey Miles Official Website The Social Distance Dance Bob Dylan’s "Must Be Santa" Official VideoSmokey plays a smoking’ accordion solo in this vid!

68 min1 w ago
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Smokey Miles

Essra Mohawk

EEssra Mohawk has had a very long and storied career. Her songs run the gamut from pop to avant garden, and everything in between. Born Sandra Hurvitz grew up listening to an eclectic list of artists and has developed her own unique style.

53 min3 w ago
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Essra Mohawk

Ben Vaughn Part 2

EBen Vaughn Part 2 - Show Notes Hey, howzit going everybody? Had enough of this lockdown yet? I know, I know, there’s nothing funny about it and you’re running out of ideas. Well, at least you have me to keep you entertained for a little while. I’m Hal in Philly and this is my podcast. Welcome to it. In case you forgot , it’s called… TALES OF THE ROAD WARRIORS! If you listened to the last episode, my conversation with Ben Vaughn - Part 1 then you know I ended it wth a kind of a cliff hanger. Ben was telling me that his father would not allow him to have a guitar i the house if he couldn’t get his grades up in school. Well, Ben had a hard time getting better grades, Instead choosing to be a juvenile delinquent. A rebel with an axe to grind, but he couldn’t bring his axe home with him. So, in part two, Ben goes on to tell us how he got around the Vaughn house rules… Talking Points No guitar allowed… E.J. Korvettes Silvertone guitars The Relay Shack The Rambler Revisited My Essra Mohawk story The Hippie scene in Philly, 20th and Sansom Street, The Plain Dealer - free underground newspaper Sugar Cane Harvest in Cuba Venceremos Brigade Songs we thought we had only imagined Underground Radio, The Marconi Experiment with Dave Herman John Sebastian was a bad influence on me Ben and I preach against smoking (Sorry, smokers) Norristown and the Zep The Delaware Valley More on The Geeter The Mojave Desert Santa Monica, Rent control, Ocean Park The Blue Lagune Saloon Kenn Kweder live shows on Facebook Music scene in Philly - Past and present, the next generation Charlie Gracie World Cafe Live Coronavirus effect on gigs ____________________________ TIP JAR

33 minAUG 14
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Ben Vaughn Part 2

Ben Vaughn Part 1

EBen Vaughn, rock and roll star and DJ.. known throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware Tri-state area and parts of New York. Host of NPR show, The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn” Musical influences include Kenn Kweder and Jerry Blavat aka The Geeter with the Heater, the Big Boss with the Hot Sauce.

41 minJUL 30
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Ben Vaughn Part 1

Dave Kanyan

EHal in Philly talks with truck driver and podcaster, Dave Kanyan, host of Dumbing it Down With Dave, about driving a truck, podcasting at 85 mph, milk, comedy and some music. Episode Links and Resources Dave's PodcastDumbing it Down With Dave Stream or Download - I'm Going For A Drive Tales of the Road Warriors Coffee Mug I'm Goin' For A Drive Travel Mug

47 minJUL 7
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Dave Kanyan

Henry Phillips

EHal in Philly interviews Henry Phillips on Tales of the Road Warriors. He is a comedic singer/songwriter, actor and filmmaker. He has released comedy albums of his music, and has produced several series including The Loner for IFC, a cooking show on Patreon called Henry's Kitchen. Also on Patreon for 2020, a comedy series, The Highway Man. ---------------------------- Talking Points Sorry, wrong number Discovering Henry - Music reviewer Jonathan Widran Chimneysweep Jerry’s Deli Stories - Marlon Brando Saturday Night Live, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck Mark Cohen The Devil and Donny Most The Loser on IFC Henry’s Kitchen Jose Suicidio Hecklers New Show The Highway Man Singer songwriter Eric Schwartz Doug Stanhope Misogonistic lyrics John on Silicon Valley Mike Judge Links: Henry Phillip’s Official Websitehttp://henryphillips.com/ Song: End of the World Henry Phillips Youtube Channel Henry’s Kitchen The Highway Man _______________________________ The Devil and Donny Most https://easywhenyouknowhal.weebly.com/ep-22-devil-and-donny-most.html

51 minMAY 17
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Henry Phillips

Kendal Conrad

EKendal Conrad is a country singer/songwriter/recording artist from outside of Philadelphia Pennsylvania.She has shared the stage and opened for the likes of Blake Shelton, Charlie Daniels Band, Chris Lane, Trace Adkins, Phil Vassar and many others and even sang a duet live onstage with Keith Urban. READ MORE

46 minAPR 13
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Andrea Nardello

EPhilly's Andrea Nardello has been compared to Melissa Etheridge, Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow and Brandi Carlisle. Influences in folk, rock & pop. Nardello recently won a contest and sang with Brandi Carlile at Carlile’s all women’s festival in Mexico. Also won Philadelphia Songwriter's Project Contest and the Tri-State Indie's "Acoustic Artist Of The Year." She has toured extensively opening for Colbie Caillat, Brandi Carlile, Gabe Dixon, Emerson Hart of Tonic Fame, Toby Lightman, Tim Reynolds of The Dave Matthews Band and Ron Pope. ANDREA NARDELLO FULL SHOW NOTES & LINKS

37 minMAR 25
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Toby Lightman Pt 1

EToday is the first of three episodes in a row featuring Women Road Warriors in honor ofInternational Women’s Monthon Tales of the Road Warriors.My guest isToby Lightman. In our brief talk we touched on another problem men never experience, the struggle to have a child. Though a man can share some of the emotional weight of this struggle, we can never know the physical and internal anguish that a woman experiences. Toby recently captured this in her song ‘Begin Again”. I had no idea what the song was about going into this conversation, so you’ll hear me getting woke in real time. Go To Show Notes Page

19 minMAR 14
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