Ben Smith is one of the world’s most respected and talented rock musicians. Based in Seattle, Washington, he has performed live and in studio with legendary rock band Heart since 1994.
Heart, is led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson with Ben on drums, Dan Rothchild on Bass, Craig Bartock on Guitar, and Chris Joyner on Keys. In 2015 Ben toured with Ann Wilson’s side project, The Ann Wilson Thing!, (TAWT!), now known as Ann Wilson of Heart.
Ben’s new band Roadcase Royale, is led by Nancy Wilson of Heart and former Prince vocalist Liv Warfield, with Chris Joyner, Dan Rothchild, and Ryan Waters. Roadcase Royale has been recording non-stop and will debut it’s first live performance in March at the Rock Against MS benefit in Los Angeles.
Steve Lynch (born 1955, Seattle, Washington) is an American hard rock/heavy metal guitarist, also known as The Two-Handed Guitarist, as well as a guitar instructor for G.I.T., which is the famous guitar department in the Musician’s Institute, situated in Los Angeles. He decided to commit himself to music and the guitar the day of Jimi Hendrix‘s passing on September 18, 1970.
He originally played bass guitar, and Jimi’s death influenced him to switch. Lynch gradually developed his trademark two-handed (8-finger) guitar shredding technique throughout the 1970s and into the mid-1980s.
He finally reached national acclaim in the mid-1980s, when his then-current band, Autograph scored a hit with “Turn Up the Radio,”which reached No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100. Lynch’s work on this track helped earn him “Guitar Solo of the Year” honors from Guitar Magazine. He formed another band, Network 23, in 1990, shortly after Autograph had disbanded. He recently has started to release some of his instrumental guitar work. And to the delight of his fans worldwide has returned to touring with Autograph(http://autographband.com) which has also just released a new song and album.
In September 2005 Geoff Ott and Jonathan Plum purchased London Bridge from Rick and Raj Parashar and have since opened the studio up to the local and national music community for recording. In 2013, Producer Eric Lilavois became the third partner and co-owner of London Bridge.
Geoff served as the Grammy Chapter President for Seattle from June 2013 to June 2015. Geoff has numerous production credits under his belt with acts like Alice in Chains, Mary Lambert, Melissa Etheridge and Death Cab For Cutie.
In this show, Geoff Ott will divulge into such topics such as the importance of a producer and pre-production, and why your song is the most important aspect of the game.
This week on HOUSTON hosts Raymond Hayden and David Mark bring Andrew Landers into the studio to talk about his 1st Place win in Seattle Wave Radio’s 5th Annual Jammin’ Challenge on November 22nd out of 700 entrants this year. Andrew Landers has spent 2 decades playing his narrative in the unsung Americana Folk genre, a colorful brainy singer songwriter who shares the stage with a myriad of national artists. With 11 records to his name, he is the epitome of what a modern day traveling corduroy storytelling troubadour sounds and feels like. Ed Rowell (Author & Speaker) “Andrew is not at all that hard to figure out. He’s just a neo-hippy poet musing on theology and sociology from a post-modern perspective. He simply finds the sacred in the ordinary, the humor in the serious, and the tranquil in the noise that surrounds us all.” His band Mainstreet Struggleville comes with world-class musicians that at any point invite themselves into ridiculous jams that expose the life-giving plethora of influences from jazz, grass-root blues, to good old fashion southern rock intensity! They testify musically to the chronicle Andrew pens with truthful emotion and impeccable spontaneity. A live show with Andrew Landers and or Mainstreet Struggleville is a medicinal musical collide of Shawn Mullins writing style, Tommy Emmanuel’s acoustic guitar prowess, the soulful bluesy influence of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the jam bandy feel of Phish and the feel good vibe of Bob Marley.
Paul Sawtelle is a veteran saxophone player who has been paying his dues as a musician for over 30 years and he’s enjoyed every minute of it. As a top-shelf arranger, big band leader, funk, rock and blues band sideman, in-demand session player and featured soloist on scores of studio projects and live shows, Paul’s driving passion and virtuosity has always been front and center.
He’s played for President Clinton, worked with Heart, opened for artists from Savoy Brown to Jonny Lang, appeared on national television shows and, in 2008, won a prestigious Spelleman Award, the Norwegian equivalent of The Grammy, for his horn arrangements and playing on Sony Music’s extraordinary blues band, Orbo and the Longshots.
Sometimes authentic country music artists do not grow up in what we would consider hotbeds of country music. Sometimes they grow up in Haslev, Denmark, the native town of current Seattle resident, Jessica Lynne, a sensational and rising country star and one of London Tone Music’s most successful artists. She explains how it all started: “When I was 12, I was home with the flu and our TV provider had a “chance channel” available for a limited time. Well, this time it was CMT and being at home with nothing to do and feeling really horrible, I just kind of left it on that channel and little by little just fell in love with the genre.” Faith Hill’s, Wild One, a song that was #1 at the time, inspired her immediately. “I felt like she was singing about me,” she remembers. “It touched my heart in a way that I had never felt before.”
Making the move from Haslev to Seattle a few years ago was actually not as strange a transition as it seems. Her Dad and his family live in Seattle and Jessica felt that being surrounded by a supportive network of family would be the kind of positive energy she needed to adjust to the big change.
Once settled, Jessica wasted no time adjusting to both the physical landscape, which had many elements similar to Denmark, but to the musical landscape, as well. Her great songwriting and singing talent combined with her drive, focus, warmth and friendliness, made her not only an instant favorite with the country music promoters and clubs in the greater Seattle area, but also with other musicians in town. Jessica loves to write and play music so much that she is known to play almost every night of the week somewhere, sometimes as the headliner, other times as support for her many musical friends.
Since signing to London Tone Music, Jessica’s life has been a whirlwind of activity and it’s definitely not stopping anytime soon, as she shares, “I was able to continue on with my music career on a full time basis. I have opened for amazing artists like Keith Anderson, opened the Watershed Festival with headliners like Lady Antebellum and Tim McGraw. I have assembled an amazing team and we are planning for a full album release through London Tone Music and an extensive promotional tour to support it! We are all very excited about it!”
Roger Fisher joins Raymond Hayden and David Mark in studio sharing stories, past and present, and his continuing music career, his “One Vison Project” and latest release “All Told”. However, in the event you are not familiar with guitarist Roger Fisher; Roger Fisher is a founding member of the band Heart, and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 2013 as a member of Heart.
Roger Fisher, Mike Fisher along with bassist Steve Fossen formed the band Heart which started out as The Army in 1963 in Seattle. The group went by the names Army, Hocus Pocus, and White Heart before settling on just Heart in the early 1970s. Ann Wilson joined the band in 1970 and Nancy in 1974.
Heart rose to fame following the release of their debut album, Dreamboat Annie, in 1976. Follow-up albums Little Queen, Magazine, and Dog and Butterfly also sold well. Following the release of the Dog and Butterfly album.
Roger Fisher left Heart and went on to join the band Alias. Alias had a few hits, most notably in 1990 with the song “More Than Words Can Say”. Alias toured extensively through 1990. The band also performed twice on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
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One of the most well known and talented guitar techs to the Rock Gods and custom guitar manufacturer Earnie Bailey, hosted by Raymond Hayden, David Mark and special guest Scott Malone.
Earnie currently resides in the Pacific Northwest. He has over 35 years experience building, restoring, repairing and collecting vintage to state of the art guitars, and has worked as a pro touring guitar technician for Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) and Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), including an impressive client list that includes Black Flag, James Hetfield (Metallica), Cheap Trick, The Breeders, BTO, Adam Sandler, Mudhoney, TAD, Eddie Vedder, Pavement, The Jesus Lizard, Mike Watt and Supergrass.
Earnie’s main concentration is building new instruments that you see on his website: http://www.wireinstruments.com/
Strangely Alright is a 5 piece Power Pop Band from the Seattle, WA area that has, as Rockford Rowley from The Weekly Volcano says, “an undeniable emotional appeal. Ringing, triumphant chords and lyrics that allude to conquered tribulations immediately make the music relatable to everyone.Time can have a tricky way of beating people down and telling them to forget who they wanted to be and who they are.The fact that some members of the strangely clan are in recovery brings to mind the reality that people can find what was once lost.
Their song,“Crying Shame” was nominated for the 2013 NWME Song of the Year in the alt/classic rock category and recently SA’s music was included on the hit Seattle sketch comedy show “The 206”. Critical acclaim for their recent singles along with shows at the prestigious Art On The Ave and The Western Washington State Fair and a appearance on Click 98.9 FM’s HOMEGROWN have been some of the band’s recent highlights. Their last CD ‘The Time Machine Is Broken’ received rave reviews and radio airplay from around the world, including Great Britain, Australia and Sweden!
Regan Lane has had placement and airplay of his heartfelt pop and rock songs on numerous TV shows throughout the US,including A&E’s Biography,NBC Sports,VH1’s Top Twenty Countdown and Best Week Ever, Anthony Bourdains’ No Reservations and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew along with many other cable and network shows.
His jubilant pop song ‘U Won’t Believe’ was heard on NBC’s “Race across America” and was also the theme song for “Puget Sounds TV”, a Northwest TV show featuring local and national indie artists. “The Ocean Makes Her Cry'”was recently played on The Discovery Channels’ “Strictly Sex With Dr. Drew: Am I Normal?” and his pop gem ‘Junkie’ was heard on a recent Johnny Knoxville’s MTV special.
So Regan’s 80’s pop star experience, Ken Schaff”s driving hard rock influences, Jason Bair’s rocking military precision on drums, Ray Hayden’s keyboard crush on all things prog rock and Sean Van Dommelen’s crunchy white boy blues, all collide together creating their unique raw, energetic, sound deep seated with emotion. Lane’s charismatic presence and ability to get asses out of their seats and the underlying lyrical messages of hope, empathy, and love make each new catchy SA song an audience favorite!
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Ethan Tucker has made a big name for himself in musical circles throughout the U.S. with his trademark sound of acoustic roots and layered electric guitars combined with an unmistakable soulful and bluesy vocal, combined with tremendous energy and control and stage presence when he performs, is a recipe which has garnered attention from some of his most popular contemporaries, as well as bonafide legends.
Born in Olympia, Washington, Ethan has has been performing regularly since the age of 16 at various venues and festivals throughout the Northwest and various other parts of the U.S. as well as Montego Bay, Jamaica, and has traveled the country with Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, and The Wailers as well as national support slots with musical peers Slightly Stoopid, G-Love, and Michael Franti, along with sharing the stage with other great acts including Steve Miller, Cas Haley, Mat McHugh, Mishka, and Anuhea.
With Ethan’s newest release Misunderstood, now out on Stoopid Records (May 5, 2015) his enthusiasm for collaboration is seamlessly exemplified on his 11-song album produced by Michael Franti and Mario Caldato Jr., (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson, G Love), and includes special guests Money Mark, Norwood Fisher (Fishbone) and Thomas Pridgeon (Mars Volta).
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter James McCartney has remained fiercely dedicated to his musical vision of melding smart hooks and feral alt-rock with the grandeur and spiritually centeredness of psychedelic music. Now, he issues the sharpest entry of his vision, the majestic The Blackberry Train engineered by Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies and PJ Harvey).
“It’s all been an evolution,” James says. “This set of songs definitely has a harder edge, but it’s a continuation of the last album. The main thing for me is to not conform or compromise.”
James’ panoramic artistry is inspired by such diverse musicians as Kurt Cobain, The Smiths, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, The Cure, The Beatles, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, and Hank Williams. His fingerprint aesthetic has earned him plaudits from Rolling Stone, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The Daily News. He’s earned a strong following the old fashioned way, through tirelessly touring the US, Europe and the UK, and playing bigger and bigger shows with each go around.
The Blackberry Train is an epiphanic co-mingling of aesthetics. James sought out the distinct audio stylings of Steve Albini to conjure a grungier sensibility. He welcomed the engineer’s gifts for capturing music with a raw clarity, and Steve Albini’s reputation for not impinging on an artist’s vision. The results make for an eclectic album with fastidiously crafted songs documented in the studio with glorious purity.
“I like the music to have elements of the avant garde, psychedelic, and be just a little against the grain,” James reveals. “But in the end, it’s about having as much emotion as possible for me, musically and lyrically. It’s all about the music being cathartic, heartfelt and true.”
The Blackberry Train manages to be both diverse and cohesive. The album opens invigoratingly with the jangling rocker, “Too Hard” and closes with the stately and aptly named folk song “Peace and Stillness.” Between these bookends, highlights include the rough-edged and urgently melodic “Unicorn,” the anthemic “Peyote Coyote,” and the soulful ballad “Prayer.” One very personal song is the winsome and reflective “Waterfall” which was inspired by memories of his mother.
This summer and fall James will embark on extensive tour dates in the U.S. Thinking ahead, James says: “I just want to keep on going, keep working, and improving as a songwriter. I’d love to feel that I realized my full potential both as a person, and as a songwriter. That feels like a great, fulfilling goal to shoot for. Making a lot of music, and striving for more depth artistically–those are my goals.”
Lynn Sorensen is the current bassist for LA-based, Heaven & Earth. Lynn joins with Stuart Smith, Joe Retta, Kenny Aronoff and Ty Bailie. The band is currently in the studio writing a new album with a 2016 release scheduled. The band did a one-off July 18, 2015 at the Vasby Rock Festival in Stockholm, Sweden. Heaven and Earth toured Summer 2014 in the UK and Europe.
Lynn Sorensen has been the bassist for Bad Company. After a 10-year hiatus, the three surviving original members, Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke reunited along with Lynn on bass and Howard Leese on guitar, performed at Miami’s Hardrock Arena on 08/08/08. Lynn toured with Bad Company in 2009 and 2010 with dates in the US, UK, Canada and Japan. On July 28, 2011, a DVD of Bad Company’s Wembley Arena performance with Lynn on bass went on sale worldwide.
Currently in the Seattle area, you can see Lynn with Spike and the Impalers (featuring KJRs Bob Rivers and Spike O’Neill). Lynn is also band leader, bassist, lead vocalist and electric violinist of the Seattle club bands Magic Bus, The Fabulous Johnsons, BADD, Powercell and the Beard Brothers.
Lynn is co-founder of his original project Sex And Violins. Classically trained, Lynn is the voice, the violin and the producer for the self-titled debut Sex And Violins. He’s burnin’ inside with a lot to say…take the time…give him a listen. Sex And Violins is currently signed under Four Bolt Main Records. A video for the title track Sex And Violins was filmed in Vegas with Shane Valdez of Realm Films (Panic At The Disco, Jett, Nora Jones, Tool) directing.
In the mid-1980s, Michael Tomlinson found himself in the rare position of being an aspiring singer/songwriter having a number one hit – before he had ever even released a record. A homemade cassette of his song, The Climb, had been given to the manager of popular Seattle radio station, KEZX, where it became the most requested song in the station’s history. Within six months time, Michael had given up his bicycle repair job in Austin, Texas, and made Seattle his home. Drawing from the loyal listener support that he’d found in the Pacific Northwest, Tomlinson recorded and released his first album, Run This Way Forever, on his own Desert Rain label. The record sold 15,000 copies in Seattle in it’s first month and was picked up by a dozen independent stations around the US, where many reported it as their most requested album of the year and sold over 100,000 copies.
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Michael Tomlinson talks about his personal story and more on Houston on Seattle Wave Radio with hosts Raymond Hayden and David Mark. Listen now.
Michael has released his newest album this summer. House of Sky is his new 16-song, full band album.
At the intersection of cinematic orchestration, captivating lyrics, and polished pop production stand such compelling artists as Florence and the Machine, Lorde, Kate Bush, and now Adena Atkins. Hailing from Seattle, this singer/songwriter began work with producer Fion Rossi in early 2013. Rossi’s background in commercial, high profile projects provides an energizing counterpart to Atkins’ introspective songwriting. The team spared no effort in perfecting their sound.
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Ron Rinehart (born January 25, 1965) is an American thrash metal vocalist. He is the lead singer for the Americanthrash metal band Dark Angel. His stints were from 1987 (after the departure of previous vocalist Don Doty) until the band’s dissolution in 1992, and again from 2002 to 2005, when they were reunited. In October 2013, Dark Angel announced another reunion, which also features Rinehart.
He was first featured on the Dark Angel album Leave Scars, followed by Live Scars, and Time Does Not Heal. He also had a guest vocalist appearance on thrash metal band Viking’s album Man of Straw.
After Dark Angel’s dissolution, Rinehart and bandmate Eric Meyer went on to form a band called Hunger. They released a three track demo the following year. He has also played in the Christian rock band Oil, but left in 2004 to pursue other musical interests.