Featured Talk Show Guest Appearances - Headlines & Highlights

Featured Guest, John McLaughlin September 29, 2020

Broadcasting Date: 
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 07:00 pm

Guest, John McLaughlin

Guest Name: 
John McLaughlin
John McLaughlin
Guest Occupation: 
Legendary Guitarist-Composer-Bandleader and Pioneer of Jazz Fusion (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
Guest Biography: 

J  O  H  N

M  C  L  A  U  G  H  L  I  N


'M A H A V I S H N U   O R CH E S T R A' 




John McLaughlin began his career playing blues and rock in London in the early 1960s and went on to play free jazz with important British figures before moving to the United States in 1969. There he contributed rock- and blues-derived guitar passages to Miles Davis’s early fusion albums In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew (both 1969) and played in Tony Williams’s seminal jazz-rock trio Lifetime. In 1970 he became a disciple of spiritual guru Sri Chinmoy; he acquired the name Mahavishnu and formed the Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1971. The Orchestra was initially a quintet noted for radically high volume levels, complex textures, and fast modal playing, especially by McLaughlin, in long passages of 16th-note scales and arpeggios, on a guitar with two parallel necks, one with 6 strings, the other with 12. They played concerts in rock, rather than jazz, venues and were among the handful of stars of jazz-rock fusion music; they recorded popular albums such as The Inner Mounting Flame (1971) and Visions of the Emerald Beyond (1975). The involvement of electric violinist Jean-Luc Ponty in 1974–75 enhanced the Orchestra’s popularity.

In the mid-1970s McLaughlin left Chinmoy, abandoned the name Mahavishnu, and began playing acoustic guitar in his trio Shakti, with Indian violinist L. Shankar and tabla player Zakir Hussain. His new guitar had two fretboards, one with raised strings crossing the other. McLaughlin’s improvising—with phrases from blues, rock (especially Jimi Hendrix), flamenco, jazz, and Indian music—fit readily into a variety of fusion music. He went on to play duets and trios with fellow guitar virtuosos Al DiMeola, Paco de Lucía, and Larry Coryell, to team with Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu, to play electric guitar in a revived Mahavishnu Orchestra in the mid-1980s, and to perform guitar concerti by Mike Gibbs (1985) and by himself (1990) with symphony orchestras.

McLaughlin recorded an acoustic homage to jazz pianist Bill Evans in 1993, and he returned to the electric guitar for After the Rain (1994) and The Promise (1995). His inventiveness remained undiminished in the 21st century. He revived Shakti for the live album Saturday Night in Bombay (2001). Other notable later works included Industrial Zen (2006); Floating Point (2008); Five Peace Band Live (2009), which won a Grammy Award for best jazz instrumental album; Now Here This (2012); and Black Light (2015). His recording of “Miles Beyond,” from the 2017 album Live at Ronnie Scott’s, took the Grammy for best improvised jazz solo. In 2017 McLaughlin made what he said was his final tour, performing music from the various incarnations of the Mahavishnu Orchestra.


Purchase the latest releases

 by John McLaughlin


Six years in the making, the album brings together the three visionary musicians in a musical landscape, never explored before. Six years in the making, Is that So? is one of John McLaughlin’s deepest and most profound musical collaborations with prolific Indian composer and vocalist Shankar Mahadevan. Joining the duo is their life-long friend and musical brother Ustad Zakir Hussain on the tabla, who has been collaborating with John since they founded Shakti in the early ‘70s, acknowledged by most to be the first groundbreaking crossover East-West musical group.

Also Purchase

John McLaughlin


John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension

 Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip

Live in San Francisco is the live album from John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring with The 4th Dimension and The Invisible Whip which was captured
at The Warfield on December 8, 2017, as a part of the Farewell American Tour of John McLaughlin/ The recording features the third set which features the classic Mahavishnu Orchestra music written by John McLaughlin.

Both releases available at amazon.com

For more information about

John McLaughlin


https://www.johnmclaughlin.com/  Official website

https://www.facebook.com/johnmclaughlinofficial   Facebook

https://twitter.com/jmcl_gtr   Twitter

Purchase the latest release by John McLaughlin entitled 'IS THAT SO?'

Featured Guest, John Oates October 6, 2020

Broadcasting Date: 
Tuesday, October 06, 2020 07:00 pm

Guest, John Oates

Guest Name: 
John Oates
John Oates
Guest Occupation: 
R&B, and soul guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer best known as half of the rock and soul duo, Hall & Oates (with Daryl Hall) and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member
Guest Biography: 

J  O  H  N

O  A  T  E  S

One half of the best-selling duo of all time

H  A  L  L   &   O  A  T  E  S







John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. Singing from the time he could talk and playing the guitar since the age of five, John Oates was destined to be a musician. Born in New York City, his family moved to a small town outside of Philadelphia, PA in the early 1950s, a move that would change the course of his life.

Soaking up the sounds of the 60s, John was influenced by the nascent folk scene, bluegrass, delta blues, and ragtime guitar styles, while also immersing himself in R&B legends such as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, The Temptations, Curtis Mayfield, and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. One of his biggest mentors was his guitar teacher Jerry Ricks, who had spent time on the road with Mississippi John Hurt and Son House, and introduced John to the music of Doc Watson and Reverend Gary Davis, passing down their signature finger and flatpicking styles.

John Oates met Daryl Hall while attending Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. The two began collaborating and playing music together, marking the beginning of their historic partnership. Since their formation in the early 70s, Daryl Hall & John Oates have gone on to record 21 albums, which have sold over 80 million units, making them the most successful duo in rock history. They have scored 10 number one records, over 20 Top 40 hits, and have toured the world for decades.

In addition to their numerous American Music, MTV awards, and multiple Grammy nominations, in 2005 they were inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame and in May of 2008 were presented the prestigious BMI Icon Award for their outstanding career achievement in songwriting. In April 2014, Hall & Oates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Since embarking on a long awaited solo career in 1999, John has recorded six solo albums: Phunk Shui, 100 Miles of Life, Mississippi Mile, a live album called The Bluesville Sessions, and Good Road To Follow, (which featured collaborations with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Vince Gill, Nathan Chapman, Jim Lauderdale, and Jerry Douglas).

John’s most recent record album:




John went on the road with the “ Good Road Band “  the very same musicians that played on the album and developed a critically acclaimed show which he captured during a live performance at the legendary Station Inn in Nashville in June of 2020. The recording, to be released in September 2020 displays the amazing talent of these world class players and captures the energy of not only the music of “Arkansas” but introduces new original songs as well. “This is the culmination of two years of touring and you can hear the players interacting and working together in a way that is astounding. "

For more information about

John Oates





Also Purchase

Change of Seasons:

A Memoir Hardcover

–Deckle Edge, March 28, 2017

by John Oates  (Author), Chris Epting  (Author)

available at amazon.com

John Oates was born at the perfect time, paralleling the birth of rock ‘n roll. Raised in a small Pennsylvania town, he was exposed to folk, blues, soul, and R&B. Meeting and teaming up with Daryl Hall in the late 1960s, they developed a style of music that was uniquely their own but never abandoned their roots. John uncovers the grit and struggle it took to secure a recording contract with the legendary Atlantic Records and chronicles the artistic twists and turns that resulted in a DJ discovering an obscure album track that would become their first hit record. This is not your typical rock and roll story. John was focused creating great music. Along the way he achieved incredible success, battling the ever-changing pop music landscape and coming to terms with complex managerial, business, and personal challenges.

Daryl Hall and John Oates have over 20 albums together, more than 60 million records sold, and 29 Top 40 hits. They are the most successful pop duo in the world and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And yet John’s story has never been told. Relying on his many hand-written journals, he brings to light many fascinating stories spanning his entire life with a journalist’s eye and a poet’s heart.

In Change of Seasons, John shares his highs, lows, triumphs, and failures. He takes the reader on a wild ride through all the eras, personalities and music that has shaped him into what he is.



John Oates Discography

Studio albums

Phunk Shui (2002)

1000 Miles of Life (2008)

Mississippi Mile (2011)

Good Road to Follow (2013)

Arkansas (2018)




Live albums

Live at the Historic Wheeler Opera House (2004)

John Oates Solo – The Album, The Concert (2006)

The Bluesville Sessions (2012)



Whole Oats (1972)

Abandoned Luncheonette (1973)

War Babies (1974)

Daryl Hall & John Oates (1975)

Bigger Than Both of Us (1976)

Beauty on a Back Street (1977)

Along the Red Ledge (1978)

X-Static (1979)

Voices (1980)

Private Eyes (1981)

H2O (1982)

Big Bam Boom (1984)

Ooh Yeah! (1988)

Change of Season (1990)

Marigold Sky (1997)

Do It for Love (2003)

Our Kind of Soul (2004)

Home for Christmas (2006)


Featured Guest, Kathy Kates October 8, 2020

Broadcasting Date: 
Thursday, October 08, 2020 03:00 pm

Guest, Kathy Kates

Guest Name: 
Kathy Kates
Kathy Kates
Guest Occupation: 
Family Nurse Practitioner
Guest Biography: 

Pelvic health is an essential and rarely addressed part of overall health and well-being. As a pelvic floor therapist and bilingual family nurse practitioner (FNP),  Kathy Kates works with women, men, transgender, and gender non-conforming patients experiencing chronic pelvic pain and other pelvic floor dysfunction.

On the show, Kathy Kates will discuss how intimacy and, having pelvic floor dysfunction affects your life with you and your partner, as well as tips to enhance your intimacy with your partner.

Featured Guest, Jack Casady October 13, 2020

Broadcasting Date: 
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 07:00 pm

Guest, Jack Casady

Guest Name: 
Jack Casady
Guest Occupation: 
Legendary Bassist for Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna -Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member
Guest Biography: 

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C   A   S   A   D   Y



J E F F E R S O N   A I R P L A N E


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As a Founding member of the Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, Jack Casady’s full driving tone and innovative melodic bass work has defined the role of bass guitar in Rock and Roll for decades. Liberating the bass from its traditional role as part of the rhythm section, Jack s pioneering approach has brought the instrument to the forefront. With sweeping chords and stormy melodic lines Jack’s bass distinguished not only Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna but also a variety of side projects and recordings with artists including Jimi Hendrix, David Crosby, Warren Zevon, Country Joe and The Fish, SVT, Rusted Root and Gov’t Mule.

In September of 1965, Casady received a fateful call from his old friend Jorma Kaukonen, who had transferred from Antioch College to Santa Clare University in San Francisco and became immersed in a new music scene developing there. As Jack recalls, “Jorma told me he had joined a band called Jefferson Airplane and I kind of laughed at the name. He asked me what I was doing and seemed surprised to hear that I was playing the bass. Then he says, ‘Wait a minute. I’ve got a bass player in this band that I’m not fond of. It’s not working out, in my opinion.’ So then he says, ‘Let me call you back.’ A few minutes later he calls back and says, ‘We got this band. We got a manager. And the manager promises to pay us $50 a week whether we “work or not.” ‘ And I said, You’re on!’”

When the original singer Signe Anderson left the band to have a baby, it was Jack who convinced Grace Slick, then performing with her own band the Great Society, to join the group. The roster complete, Jefferson Airplane rocketed to superstardom in 1967 on the initial strength of their hits “Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit,” making them a cornerstone of San Francisco’s burgeoning rock scene. Jack’s ground-breaking basswork was a highlight of Surrealistic Pillow, the Airplane’s 1967 breakthrough album. “That album was really a unique statement,” says Casady in retrospect. “There were a lot of different styles of songs contributed by everybody, including an instrumental acoustic fingerpicking original tune by Jorma called ‘Embryonic Journey.’ It was quite an eclectic album and I think it still holds up today.” Jefferson Airplane subsequently released a string of acclaimed recordings –After Bathing At Baxter’s (late ’67), Crown of Creation (’68), the live Bless Its Pointed Little Head (’69), Volunteers (’70), Bark (’71), Long John Silver (’72) and the live Thirty Seconds Over Winterland (1973). The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

In 1970, Casady and Kaukonen found time between Airplane gigs to put together another uniquely named aggregation, the blues-influenced Hot Tuna. “We formed Hot Tuna basically because we were young and had endless energy,” says Casady, “and there was so much material going into the Airplane from everybody it ended up that you’d only get a couple of songs per session.

Hot Tuna shows are an opportunity to witness two lifelong friends coming together to make extraordinary music. “I can’t remember having so much fun,” says Casady, “but also musically being so in touch and in the moment with the music as I am now; where every minute, every note counts on stage. And I find it really unique that I have a situation with a partner of over 42 years now where we can just really enjoy the craft of making music together.”

Purchase the most recent release


J a c k   C a s a d y


'Dream Factor'

At amazon.com


The Bass Guitar

of  Jack Casady

on DVD

Jack Casady shares his ideas and techniques with learning bassists. In an informal and delightful session (Jorma provides vocals and guitar along with companionable commentary), Jack analyzes his bass parts for classic tunes from the Hot Tuna repertoire, and discusses the musical concepts that make up his unique style -- melodic lines, tonal variety, chordal work and improvisational solos. You'll see all of Jack's tricks: the use of partial chords, sustained notes, tremolos, trilling, tonal variety and many other fascinating devices.

Songs include "Ninety-Nine Year Blues," "Blues in A," "San Francisco Bay Blues," "Been So Long," "Mann's Fate" and "Water Song."

At amazon.com


For more information about

J A C K   C A S A D Y







Facebook:  Jack Casady


Jorma’s Fur Peace Ranch YouTube channel:


Fur Peace YouTube Channel - Over 3,000,000 views!

Many renowned artists from live concerts at Fur Peace Station.


Purchase the most recent release by Jack Casady entitled Dream Factor At amazon.com

Featured Guest, Brian Bromberg October 20, 2020

Broadcasting Date: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 07:00 pm

Guest, Brian Bromberg

Guest Name: 
Brian Bromberg
Brian Bromberg
Guest Occupation: 
Legendary Jazz Bassist and Record Producer who began his career with Stan Getz
Guest Biography: 

B  R  I  A  N

B  R  O  M  B  E  R  G







A very versatile acoustic and electric bassist capable of playing straight-ahead jazz, funk, and fusion, Brian Bromberg has built a respected career playing with a bevy of luminaries and issuing his own highly regarded albums. Influenced by the virtuosic finger-tapping style of Stanley Jordan, Bromberg sometimes sounds like three bassists at once during his often thunderous solos. It's a talent that found him a part of Stan Getz's group at age 19. Since then, he has been a valuable sidemen with artists like Dave Grusin, Billy Cobham, Michael Bublé, and others. He recorded his first albums as a leader in the '80s with dates like 1988's Basses Loaded with Ernie Watts, and has since balanced session work with recording his own varied dates, such as 1991's It's About Time: The Acoustic Project, 2005's Metal, and 2010's Bromberg Plays Hendrix.

Taking time out from his solo work, Bromberg appeared on albums by Till Brönner, Andrea Bocelli, Andreas Varady, and others. In 2016, he returned with Full Circle, which included guest appearances from Arturo Sandoval, Kirk Whalum, and others. Thicker Than Water arrived in 2018 and featured guest spots by Najee, George Duke, Randy Brecker, and more.

The Bromberg Plays Hendrix remix/remaster will be available on September 18, 2020.  You can begin Pre ordering as of August 14th, 2020.


Bromberg Plays Hendrix


available September 18, 2020.

Pre order as of August 14, 2020.

A remixed and remastered version of veteran jazz bassist Brian Bromberg‘s 2012 tribute album to Jimi Hendrix, Bromberg Plays Hendrix, will be released on September 18 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the guitar legend’s death.

The unique instrumental album actually features no electric guitar, with Bromberg’s bass accompanied solely by longtime Jeff Beck drummer Vinnie Colaiuta.

Bromberg Plays Hendrix features renditions of such classic songs as “Fire,” “Manic Depression,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Foxey Lady,” “Hey Joe,” “Crosstown Traffic” and “Purple Haze,” among others. The reissue also includes a new original tribute tune Brian composed titled “Jimi.”

Bromberg says he’s been a Hendrix fan since he was a kid.

“I was 10 years old when he died, and I remember sitting on the floor of my bedroom, looking at his picture and crying,” he recalls. “Jimi Hendrix was a larger than life figure to me. There was something about him that really intrigued me, even as a young child.”

Regarding Colaiuta’s contribution to his album, Brian says, “He’s a genius. There’s nothing he can’t do.”

Bromberg’s long list of credits includes playing on albums by Lou Rawls, Stephen Bishop, David Cassidy, longtime David Bowie keyboardist Mike Garson, Kenny G, Michael Bublé, Andrea Boccelli and ex-Toto singer Bobby Kimball.

Also Purchase

Brian’s most recent solo release

Thicker Than Water

at amazon.com


For more information


Brian Bromberg


https://www.brianbromberg.net  Official website

https://www.facebook.com/BrianBrombergBassist Facebook


Bromberg Plays Hendrix  remix/remaster available September 18, 2020.