Art of the Song / Standing "O" Podcast (general)
Glenn Frey Tribute - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast is the late Glenn Frey.

All of us at Art of the Song are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Eagles founding member Glenn Frey on January 18, 2016. An inspiration to a generation of musicians and millions of fans, he helped to define the genre of country rock.  A member of the rock ’n’ roll hall of fame and a winner of six grammy awards, Glenn Frey will truly be missed.

We take this opportunity to revisit our interview with Glenn from 2012, prior to the release of After Hours, his album of pop standards. We spoke with him about this new project, his creative process, and, he told us a great story about how he and Jackson Browne wrote Take It Easy.

This was truly a high point in our careers as interviewers, as we were able to sit down and have a relaxed conversation with Glenn at the Southern California Public Radio studios in Pasadena.

Click here to listen our Art of the Song tribute to Glenn Frey with some of his most beloved songs:

https://standingoproject.com/artist/glennfrey/interviews

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about socially responsible streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

Direct download: aots-podcast-glenn-frey.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm MDT

Melissa Monforti - Mid-Week Coffee Break

Our guest on the Mid-Week Coffee Break is Melissa Monforti.

Coffee with a friend.  We were discussing her newly published book and my desire to finally record after 15 years of writing songs, when in the course of the stimulating conversation, an idea came to me.  Why not blog about the process?

I hang on every word when performing artists speak about their creative process, or even what they had for lunch, both on stage and in interviews.  Writing about the recording process, how I write songs, and what I think about the big deep world - that's part of what I do now and I love it.

I also love the conversations that are popping up on the blog and beyond.  I feel content being part of a bigger discussion exploring creativity.  Perhaps you'd like to grab glass of wine and step into my brain for a minute.  You can read the blog at www.melissamonforti.com.

My music might be described as contemplative folk music.  I hope you'll enjoy a listen.

http://standingoproject.com/artist/melissamonforti

The Standing "O" Project is about socially responsible streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

Direct download: Melissa_Monforti_Mid-Week.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:32pm MDT

The Rails - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Our guests this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast are British folk duo The Rails.

Kami Thompson and James Walbourne combine a rich musical lineage with a contemporary point of view that is electrifying. It’s almost Shakespearean - this meeting of two great houses. The daughter of Richard and Linda Thompson, meets the go-to guitarist for The Pogues, The Pretenders and Son Volt to create a rich new approach to folk.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

https://standingoproject.com/artist/therails

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about socially responsible streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

Direct download: aots-podcast-the-rails.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:14pm MDT

Kevin Dooley - Mid-Week Coffee Break

Our guest on the Mid-Week Coffee Break is Kevin Dooley.

Tim O'Brien said, "Kevin successfully marrys the soul of acoustic with the range of rock." 

Main stage performances at Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, Paonia Roots Festival , Telluride Blues , Yellowstone Music Fest and more. On the faculty at The Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Song School for several years. Has hosted songwriters in the round at various location. Past winner of the Crossroads Acoustic Blues Award at The Telluride Blues Fest. Has opened shows for Bo Diddley,Leon Russell,Pine Top Perkins,John Smith,Catie Curtis,Chris Smither,Vance Gilbert and more.

Kevin -plays a wide variety of venues small and large, living room and large hall, busking and house concerts. He plays mostly regionally at this time and does tour Ireland and the UK. And wrote several of the tunes on his new record on his last tour of Scotland, Wales and England.

http://standingoproject.com/artist/kevindooley

The Standing "O" Project is about socially responsible streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

Direct download: Kevin_Dooley_Mid-Week.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42am MDT

Brooke Annibale - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast is indie singer/songwriter Brooke Annibale. Brooke’s evocative musicianship is driven by an deep passion for songwriting. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brooke’s grandfather opened a music retail and live-sound business in the 1960’s, that is still family-run today. 

As a guitar player, Brooke Annibale stands out with her deep groove and interesting stylistic choices. However, it’s her magnetic voice, that smoldering and irresistible delivery, that draws you in. We spoke with Brooke about her recent CD The Simple Fear.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

http://standingoproject.com/artist/brookeannibale

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about socially responsible streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

Direct download: aots-podcast-brooke-annibale.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:35am MDT

Richard Byford - Mid-Week Coffee Break

Our guest on the Mid-Week Coffee Break is Richard Byford.

Richard & Mary have performed throughout the United States and many countries around the world. They represented the US at the 1992 World Trade Fair in Spain where they sang to enthusiastic crowds of more than 100,000 people from all over the world. Richard & Mary also had charted records in several countries in Europe with some of Richardʼs original songs.

During this time, they have recorded four albums of mostly original material. Several of the songs were played in heavy rotation on the radio stations and were charted songs in several countries including the UK. Richard & Mary have also performed on TV both in the US and Europe.

In 2011, Richard Byford was diagnosed with and cured of prostate cancer. He credits the loving care of the dedicated doctors and nurses at City of Hope Hospital for his recovery and wrote a song about them and his experience called, Touched By the Hands of an Angel. This song has garnered international acclaim with fans spread from Iran to Brazil and caused him to be a finalist in the Smokey Mountain Songwriter Festival Contest and  to be a Grammy Contender for Song of the Year. Richard and Maryʼs “Keeping The Dream a Live” cd was also a Grammy Contender for Folk Album of the Year!

http://standingoproject.com/artist/richardbyford

The Standing "O" Project is about socially responsible streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

Direct download: Richard_Byford_Mid-Week.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37am MDT

Dan Navarro - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast is  singer/songwriter, Dan Navarro. Dan started his career as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”), The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick and many more. In the 1990s, Dan recorded and toured with Eric Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro until Eric’s retirement in 2009. Dan has since transitioned into a growing solo career, increasingly in demand on the national concert circuit. 

We spoke with Dan Navarro in front of an audience at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma. Viv Nesbitt was unable to be at WoodyFest this year, so our Chief Community Builder, Katie Mitchell sat in for the interview.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

http://standingoproject.com/artist/dannavarro

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about socially responsible streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

Direct download: aots-podcast-dan-navarro.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53am MDT

Eric Maisel - Creative Escapes for the Creativity Corner

This week on the Creativity Corner we welcome internationally known author and creativity expert, Dr. Eric Maisel.

Eric Maisel was born in the Bronx, New York, where he lived until the age of 5. He grew up in Brooklyn, attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, and briefly attended Brooklyn College. After serving in the Army from 1965 – 1968 he attended Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, where he received a B.S. in philosophy.

Dr. Maisel subsequently lived in Boston, New York and San Francisco and traveled extensively in Europe, spending time in London, Dublin and Budapest. He earned a master’s degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University while ghostwriting mysteries and nonfiction and self-publishing fiction. In the ’80s he returned to school and earned a second bachelor’s degree in psychology, a second master’s degree in counseling, and a doctorate in counseling psychology.

After completing training, Dr. Maisel became a California licensed family therapist and worked exclusively with creative and performing artists. In time he moved from therapy and the medical model to coaching, where he founded the profession of creativity coaching.

Art of the Song is a weekly one hour public radio program heard on over 150 stations across North America. The Creativity Corner is a short segment featured on the broadcast. More creative inspiration at:

http://artofthesong.org/creativity-corner/

The Standing "O" Project helps keep Art of the Song on the air. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

Direct download: 158CC-Eric_Maisel-Creative_Escapes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15am MDT

Doug Balmain - Mid-Week Coffee Break

Our guest on the Mid-Week Coffee Break is Doug Balmain. A rock ’n’ roller with the voice of a soul man, Balmain’s lyrics and vocals have all the power & tenacity of a man desperately fighting for what’s his while maintaining the honesty and sentimentality of a true storyteller. Rachelle Lacy of the Billings Gazette described his work by saying, “Balmain’s voice and guitar are extraordinary, and his songwriting ability is a super-power.”

Doug's musical diversity and eclectic range of influences are brought to light through his guitar work - which can echo with a haunting, acoustic sparseness reminiscent of the pre-war delta - flow with a rich, melodic voicing that’ll leave you thinking you've just heard The Edge and John Mayer’s unborn love-child caressing the fret board…while at other times it stabs through the heart of the song with a violent, electric wail evocative of an agitated, “Let it Bleed” era Keith Richards.

Not one to candy-coat his words, Balmain’s writing confronts life experience with an unyielding stare and attention to detail. “His is a very unique sound with stories that capture life from a different point of view,” said Marcus Walton - editor of L.A. based Music Arts Magazine. Having no formal knowledge of music, Doug relies on visceral instinct and his hemorrhaging vehemence to form his songs' compositions.

After being asked what kind of music he plays, Balmain responds by saying, “I play rock ’n’ roll with soul in its veins.”

https://standingoproject.com/artist/dougbalmain

The Standing "O" Project is about socially responsible streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

Direct download: Doug_Balmain_Mid-Week.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:37pm MDT

Beth Hart - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast is Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Beth Hart. She is a chart-topping hit-maker, collaborator with guitar legend, Joe Bonamassa, and performer to sold out audiences across the US and Europe. In spite of her success, Beth has been dealing with demons that have pursued her for her whole life: the tragic death of a sister, and her own battle with drugs, booze, bad relationships, and a diagnosis with bi-polar disorder. 

Perhaps it has been coming to terms with these challenges that has elevated her music to a new level. Beth Hart’s recent release, Better Than Home, is by many accounts her best work to date. It goes to the depth of her soul, revealing past pain, family issues and personal demons as well as her coming to grips with them and using that knowledge to find the real beauty in her life.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

https://standingoproject.com/artist/bethhart

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about socially responsible streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

Direct download: aots-podcast-beth-hart.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41am MDT