Life Changes Show, December 26, 2016

Life Changes Show with Filippo Voltaggio
Show Headline: 
Life Changes Show
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Guest Jack Betts, aka Hunt Powers, and Musical Guest Smokey Miles

Life Changes Show with Filippo Voltaggio and cohost Mark Laisure

“Lights, Camera,… Life Changes,” with Guest,  Famed Actor, Singer, Playwright and Director, Jack Betts, aka Hunt Powers; and Musical Guest, Singer / Songwriter, Smokey Miles on The LIFE CHANGES Show


Guest, Jack Betts aka Hunt Powers

Guest Name: 
Jack Betts aka Hunt Powers
Jack Betts aka Hunt Powers
Guest Occupation: 
Actor, singer, playwright and director
Guest Biography: 


Jack Betts is an actor, known for “Spider-Man,” “Falling Down,” and “Gods and Monsters,” “One Life to Live” and “Guiding Light”.

He plays dashing, debonair, suave and refined gentlemen. They are often wealthy, well-to-do doctors or CEOs.

Actor, singer, playwright and director Jack Betts has been working in the theatre, film and television for over 5 decades. He has appeared on Broadway and in Los Angeles many times, and has starred in dozens of film and television projects.

Early in his career he got a chance to go to Italy for a film, and ended up staying there for over 7 years! He changed his stage name to Hunt Powers and starred in 21 of the legendary Spaghetti Westerns. He and friend Clint Eastwood often stayed in the same hotel and would pass each other in the lobby, smile, wave goodbye and then go shoot on their respective “mountains” for the day. We have a few of his 21 Spaghetti Westerns here below, as well as films like Spiderman, Falling Down with Michael Douglas and Gods and Monster, with Sir Ian McKellan.

His love for the theatre has brought him to many stages in his career, and we have a few examples of that here as well. And there will also be shots if him from his television career. On top of that, he has also had a long love affair with song. He has performed singing cabarets and one man show all over the World. We will have examples of that here as well very soon.

Over the years Jack has never lost his love for live theatre. Not only has he acted “on the boards” many times, he has also written and directed a number of plays. His latest production, It Goes Like This, is Jack’s most personal work to date and was 31 years in the making. It had it’s World Premiere April 5, 2013 at the Lee Strasberg Creative Center in Hollywood and had a great run with strong approval and support from it”s audiences.

Guest, Smokey Miles

Guest Name: 
Smokey Miles
Smokey Miles
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Guest Occupation: 
Music Artist, Singer and Songwriter
Guest Biography: 


Smokey Miles was born Robert Miles NYC. He began playing music and writing songs at an early age, accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, zither, and accordion, inspired by Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Roy Rogers, lots of blues and any kind of music he came across.

In 1968 Miles entered Princeton University with plans of going into medicine. However, the summer before he had the fortune of meeting his idol Dylan who encouraged him to keep writing and performing. He houses at Dylan’s house in Woodstock, NY during the first Woodstock Festival and was a guest of the Dylans many times over the next few years.

Upon graduating from Princeton with a degree in painting, art, and archeology, Bob Miles hitchhiked west with his guitar performing wherever he could in coffeehouses and nightclubs. He opened up for the legendary bluesman Freddie King in Boulder, Colorado and then hitched a ride out California where he performed on the streets in San Francisco.

Miles returned to New York City where he performed and headlined at such legendary Greenwich Village haunts as Gerde’s Folk City, the Lone Star Cafe, the Bitter End, Richie Havens’ Cafe Wha, and The Speakeasy, and also uptown at The Upstairs at the Downstairs and composed music for several plays, children’s theater and industrial films.

Miles traveled around North America and Europe writing and performing his roots-based folk/blues/country/rock material, as soloist and bandleader. He fronted the bands Olduvai Gorge, Bob Miles and the Otters and The Bob Miles Band and was featured with Vassar Clements’ Band. Miles performed with Louisiana Red, Odetta, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and emerging singers such as Susanne Vega and Shawn Colvin.

Miles spent four years as musical director of The Cottage Marionette Theater, writing and producing scores for puppet shows – “The Peter Pan Game”, “The Reluctant Dragon” and “The Colorado Kid” for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and Cultural Affairs. A highlight of that experience was when John Lennon, Yoko Ono and their son Sean came to a performance and then visited backstage raving about the show.

He recorded in Nashville with Randy, Gary and legendary banjo player Earl Scruggs and got signed to Warner/Atlantic custom label Emerald City Records by Charlie Greene who had discovered and produced The Buffalo Springfield, Sonny and Cher, Iron Butterfly and The Troggs, but the record company disappeared one night under mysterious circumstances. baseball Around that time Miles met a then unknown singer/actress named Madonna and read Tennessee Williams scenes with her in Manhattan’s famed Music Building.

During this time, Miles attended sessions at The Actor’s Studio, HB Studio and the Gene Frankel Television Workshop. He was musical director and featured performer in “Terrible Jim Fitch” and “The Village Wooing” in Rip Torn and Geraldine Page’s Sanctuary Theater, and appeared in such films as “Crocodile Dundee” and “When the Mountains Tremble”.

In 1986, Miles won the lead role in “Dylan: Words and Music”, which brought him to back San Francisco. Billed as the world’s only authorized rock multimedia stage bio of Bob Dylan, it rocked the Zephyr Theater and received standing ovations.newspaper Special guests who joined Miles on stage for duets included The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Maria Muldaur.

Miles migrated to Los Angeles in August, 1987, and became widely known as Smokey Miles, again performing in many venues including the Breakaway, where he produced and hosted “Smokey ‘s Living Room Hoot”, a weekly series of jam sessions with new and established talent, and appeared on “The Breakaway First Year CD” which was put out by Mountain Railroad (Capitol Records).

He also created, produced and hosted a weekly live one-hour acoustic music and comedy local origination program on cable access tv”The Smokey Miles Music Hour” which won an ACSSE Award, and hosted “Inside Tracks” and “Sutton Place Presents” These programs featured local and well-known artists.

In 1990 Miles teamed up with legendary songwriter Otis Blackwell (writer of the biggest hits for Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Peggy Lee and James Taylor> Otis produced Miles’ album “Waiting for the Hurricane.”.

The next few years kept Miles playing the blues and original music as leader of The Smokey Miles Band regularly performing in Hollywood, Lake Hughes and Lake Arrowhead. He also wrote songs for films (“The Edge of Seventeen”, “Return to Two Moon Junction”), tv shows (HBO’s “First and Ten”, “Calamity Jayne’s Asylum”) various records and comedy songs for The Premiere Radio Network (top producers of comedy material in the U.S.) He has recently been performing regularly on Academy Awards Nominee/Golden Globe Award winner “Sally Kirkland and Friends” cable tv show in Los Angeles, and wrote her a show theme song. He is also currently working on some original material for Karen Black’s musical stage show.

Smokey Miles composed the score and two original songs for Todd Felderstein’s multi-award winning documentary “Magic(s)” and won Best Soundtrack Award 2006 from the Los Angeles Independent Film Awards. He also composed main songs for and appeared in “The Black Cat Cabaret” which ran for a year and a half at The Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica which won The Los Angeles Music Awards Best Stage Musical of the Year (2005). An actor, Miles also played the role of Moses in “Rock and Roll Heaven” at Theater 68 in Hollywood which won Los Angeles Music Awards Best Stage Musical of the Year (2006).

Smokey Miles continues to write fresh material and audiences of all ages still enjoy hearing his poetically infused story songs and authentic blues stemming from his wide range of experiences.

Life Changes Show

Life Changes Show with Filippo Voltaggio
Show Host: 
Filippo Voltaggio

Come and join the conversation about what's going on and what we can do together about it, with it, and for it. We have the choice, we have the power. We can do magic if we just believe!

A show about the changes going on in us, to us, around us, and because of us. Therefore, it's technically a show about "Everything," only with a how to make it better, see it better, be better.

In the show, there is talk about, and with, people who have either been through major changes, are helping others with major changes, or people who are changing the world for the better in a major way.

The show is a one-hour talk show format with a monologue by the host, a 30 minute interview with a guest of note, capped by a "Producer's Wrap" segment, in which Filippo and Co-Host Mark Laisure, and sometimes surprise guests, bring it all home for the listeners in a sometimes humorous and sometimes touching, but always entertaining conversation.

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