Thursday June 30

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Show #268 - Human Beinz part two (6/13/16)
Our conversation with Ting Markulin, rhythm guitarist for the Human Beinz, continues.  After the success of their lone hit, "Nobody But Me," how did they try and follow it up?  Markulin also talks about how Capitol Records misspelled their name, how the band toured with the Beach Boys, and met...
Show #267 - Human Beinz part one (Ting Markulin) (6/10/16)
The Human Beinz emerged from Youngstown, Ohio in 1968 scoring a #8 hit with their cover of the Isley Brothers’ song “Nobody But Me.”  Ting Markulin, the band’s rhythm guitarist, is the only remaining original member.  In part one of our interview, Markulin talks about the band’s early days, including...
Show #266 - Makana (5/27/16)
Guitarist Makana plays in an interesting style native to his home of Hawaii - slack key guitar. It’s a dazzling method that sounds like 3 guitars are all playing at once: the bass, rhythm and melody.  He’s performed on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack to the Descendants, starring George...
Show #265 - BJ Thomas (4/26/16)
BJ Thomas is a 5-time Grammy winner who’s sold over 70 million records worldwide.  His hits endure to this day - songs like “Hooked on a Feeling,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Another Done Somebody Wrong Song,” and “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.”  He remains active, still recording...
Show #264 - Gary Lucas (4/1/16)
Gary Lucas wrote songs for Jeff Buckley and played guitar with Captain Beefheart.  His latest project is a pairing with acclaimed vocalist Jann Klose for a stripped-down, acoustic-based album called Stereopticon.  Lucas tells us how he got hooked up with Klose and the stories behind several songs on the new...
Show #263 - Carlos Calvo (3/25/16)
Carlos Calvo is known as "Hollywood's Guitar Teacher."  He's taught Maroon 5's Adam Levine, and actors David Duchovny (X-Files, Californication) and Rob Morrow (Northern Exposure) how to play.  Plus, he's worked as a guitar coach, teaching actors how to portray musicians on the big screen. Calvo also writes and records...

In Tony's Blog

Def Leppard, Foreigner, & Night Ranger (concert review)

Def Leppard, Foreigner, & Night Ranger - Value City Arena - Columbus, OH - 10/14/15

Good rock shows like this don’t come around that often anymore

At a time when many rockers are leaving the genre for the more lucrative country market, three bands showed that, pardon the pun, “You Can Still Rock in America.”


This Day in History

Thursday, 30 June 1977
It Only Made Sense

kiss comic bookMarvel Comics releases a comic book based on the rock group Kiss.  The band held a publicity stunt at the Marvel printing plant in Buffalo, where each member was purported to have donated some of their blood that went into the ink (and some people actually believed it).  The gimmick worked, as Love Gun, released a few weeks later, would go on to be their highest charting album in the original makeup years (#4).

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