Sunday, August 30, 2009

Hats Off to Hank! A Hank Williams Special

Hats Off to Hank Williams
Special Guest Beth Petty, Manager of the Hank Williams Museum
Produced by Paul Leslie and Jeff Pike

We're taking you to Montgomery, Alabama for our special on the late, great Hank Williams. Hank Williams is known as the Father of Contemporary Country Music. Born on September 17, 1923 in Mount Olive, Alabama, Hank Williams began playing music after his mother gave him a guitar at 8 years old. Hank Williams learned his singing style in part from a blues street singer named Rufus "Teetot" Payne. Hank Williams went on to perform across the United States and in many other countries. He had many hit songs and was a favorite on radio and television. He was and perhaps is the greatest country star of all times.

Hank Williams passed away on January 1, 1953. Yet Hank Williams music continues to get new fans. His songs are known by everyone. You cannot get much more "American" in music than Hank Williams. His songs hav been covered by countless musicians. Even if they do not know the name Hank Williams, people from around the globe know his songs..."Your Cheatin' Heart," "There's a Tear in My Beer," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Jambalaya," "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive," and of course "Hey Good Lookin'."

Hank Williams' legacy lives on at the Hank Williams Museum in beautiful Montgomery, Alabama. On this episode we are joined by Beth Petty, Manager of the Hank Williams Museum. It is a museum filled with photographs, press clippings, and numerous personal artifacts belonging to the late Hank Williams including his personal Nudie suits, instruments and many fascinating exhibits.

Join in for a full hour of songs Hank Williams sang, wrote or were written about him along with an interview about one of the most important figures of music for all times.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Greetings from Florida

Greets Gentle Readers,

I sit in my hotel room in sunny, beautiful Pensacola Beach! Yesterday was the first day and I have been enjoying myself. I am with my confederate Mr. Ben Eldridge. Every day is a holiday, every meal is a feast.
Not too long ago he asked me, "Do you want to go to Florida for a few days?" (No pause). "Yes." No brainer. A lot has happened recently, my business partner Jeff Pike and I recently interviewed Sir Paul McCartney's ENTIRE band in 24 hours. It was a tremendous experience, and we look forward to presenting those shows to you soon.

After a lovely drive down on almost zero sleep we arrived and found our bearings. After a beer and a Caesar salad with steak from a scantly clad waitress we decided to head back to the room for some libations. (Salad was so-so). I would like to take a moment to endorse a product I agree with wholeheartedly, the new Grapefruit Perrier! Absolutely wonderful, and can be mixed with Bombay Sapphire Gin to make a really stellar cocktail with ZERO carbohydrates. After a few of these, I felt ready to take on the first day. Wading out into the ocean we tried our hand at the fish and ended up empty handed. After discussing the eternal verities, I was contacted by a Georgia musician who called about a "fire" that had been ignited by a conglomeration of musician wife/significant others. Rather than being irritated, I actually chuckled a little. Get a life! My official statement--the sexual orientation of myself, the artists I interview or work with in a professional capacity is irrelevent. For the record, I like females. Anyone else's orientation is none of my business...Thank you and have a good everything. :) For those who have spent considerable time mulling over my friendships and business relationships, I would like to suggest you find something to fill your time.
As the Christopher Cross song "Sailing" went through my head, I called it a day.

Second day, had a really good breakfast of omelettes and was already fishing bright and early. Caught one fish. Let 'em go, it was small. Saw lots of sting rays. There's always tomorrow! Swam quite a good bit and then made tracks for Panama City Beach. Once there, we went to the home of Mr. Gene Mitchell of Sailor Boy Records/Sailor Boy Publishing. Gene Mitchell is the absolute best writer of this genre of music known as "Trop Rock." Many of his songs could be covered by someone like Kenny Chesney, who is actually doing island music. I love Jimmy Buffett, but I would not call him a "Trop Rock" artist. Anyhow, Mr. Mitchell showed us around his house...the decoration was really first class, unique and charming. Then we recorded an interview with acoustic/vocal performance. He played 5 songs off of his new album "Island Swing" and also my all time favorite Gene Mitchell song "Make Mine a Pina Colada." Listen to the upcoming Gene Mitchell special for the story on that song and why I like it. It could be a hit in Kenny Chesney or George Strait's hand. We then went with Gene Mitchell to Margaritaville Cafe Panama City Beach where he performed. We shared Conch Fritters (I believe Margaritaville's are the best, although many have tried to argue with me) and I ordered the Jerk Chicken, which was pretty good! Ben had the Taco Salad and seemed to be pleased. Ben and I had a good time at observing the people and commenting on how people react and interact with one another. He's a very introspective cat. I give myself a compliment on carefully selecting good friends. We headed back to Pensacola Beach. Had some more gin and rum and we continued to talk reflectively. Tomorrow we will rise early for fishing first thing in the morning. That is our only plan.
I read the New Orleans legend Benny Spellman was just inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. I found out he lives at an assisted living home in.....Pensacola.... One Love.

Mac McAnally: A Retrospective (Part 3 of 3)

On the third and final part of our series, Mac McAnally: A Retrospective we conclude our look at one of the most respected all around musicians in Nashville, one of the most multi-talented artists in music. The interview with Mac McAnally discusses his discography, (11 albums since his debut “Mac McAnally” in 1977) the most recent “Down By the River” on Show Dog Records. However, in addition to McAnally’s records and intimate performances, his songs have been interpreted by some of the greats of our time including Hank Williams, Jr., Nancy Griffith, Chris LeDoux and many others. Most recently, his song “Down the Road,” was recorded by country superstar Kenny Chesney. The number 1 song was recorded as a duet featuring both Chesney and McAnally. Chesney said of the song and McAnally, “I am really happy about having a No. 1 with my very good friend and frankly, one of my songwriting heroes.”
In addition to being a hit songwriter and singer, McAnally has produced many albums and has played sessions ranging from George Strait, Joan Baez, Lyle Lovett, Wayne Newton, Billy Joel and everyone in between. He has been closely associated and friends with Jimmy Buffett for thirty years and is a touring and recording member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band.
Hear his one of a kind songs, and hear Mac’s story in his own words. Listen online from anywhere in the world.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mac McAnally: A Retrospective (Part 2 of 3)

Join us for the second of our three-part series on Mac McAnally. Mac McAnally is a storyteller, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. He is an in-demand session musician and record producer. In addition to discussing his incredible and vast history as a songwriter and recording artist, Mac McAnally joins us to talk about his new record “Down by the River,” on Show Dog Records. This is the continuing story of Mac McAnally: Mississippian, Songsmith and Semi-True Storyteller.

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Mac McAnally: A Retrospective (Part 1 of 3)

Mac McAnally: A Retrospective (Part 1 of 3)
Time After Island Time Proudly Presents our special guest Mac McAnally. Mac McAnally is an entertainer, storyteller, guitarist, pianist, producer, and recording artist. Mac McAnally is a country music singer-songwriter, an in-demand session musician and record producer. McAnally has released 11 albums, his most recent “Down By the River” on Show Dog Records may be his most diverse and creative release to date.

McAnally’s credits are numerous. In the Spring of 2009, country superstar Kenny Chesney cut Mac McAnally’s song “Down the Road” as a duet with McAnally. Chesney’s version of the song became McAnally’s first number one song as a recording artist and his sixth as a songwriter. McAnally has also produced artists like Ricky Skaggs, Chris LeDoux, the bands Little Feat and Sawyer Brown as well as Jimmy Buffett. Mac McAnally has been a member and fan favorite of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band for many years, writing and co-writing many of Buffett’s best songs.

We are honored to welcome Mac McAnally for an in-depth interview as well as a selection of music spanning McAnally’s wonderful catalog of work as well as other great music. Listen in online from anywhere in the world.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Ilo Ferreira special airing worldwide on Time After Island Time

On this episode we welcome Ilo Ferreira, a singer-songwriter of immense talent. Ilo Ferreira is from a group of islands off of the coast of West Africa that form the nation of Cape Verde. Cape Verde has a strong Portuguese influence and a vibrant music scene. It was in 2006 when singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett and friends were in Cape Verde hoping to meet the legendary singer of Morna, Cesaria Evora. Joining him on this adventure was Chris Blackwell of Island Records who made Bob Marley world famous, Tom Freston of MTV renown and author and entertainment executive Bill Flanagan.
One night at a Cape Verde restaurant, Ilo Ferreira got onto the small stage to sing and play his guitar. Jimmy Buffett and his friends became enamored with the young singer, not just by his voice and performance, but also by his original songs. On September 8, 2007 Jimmy Buffett welcomed Ilo Ferreira to perform as special guest of Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band at the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The thousands in attendance responded immediately to Ilo Ferreira. In January of 2008 he began recording songs produced by Tony Brown and Coral Reefer Mac McAnally.
Now Ilo Ferreira is performing in the United States and he joins us to talk about his life and his debut EP entitled "Ilo" available on Mailboat Records. This interview was recorded on June 26, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts the city where Ilo was first heard by an American audience. Listen in from anywhere in the world online for the first time ever to hear Ilo Ferreira's incredible story and hear first hand his collection of songs which proves great music transcends languages, nationalities and age. At long last, Ilo speaks!

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Corazon Aquino passes away

Kamusta ka na?

Corazon Aquino, the former President of the Philippines has passed away. It seems like we have lost a lot of truly great people...I still cannot believe Walter Cronkite is no longer with us.

Some of you may know that I spent a large chunk of my formative years in the Republic of the Philippines. The Philippines certainly made a big impact on my life. I got to see a lot of things most Americans never get to see. That's a good thing and a bad thing. I saw a lot of beauty, but also a lot of sadness. The Philippine Islands and the Filipino people will always be in my heart.

Because of some of the corruption in the Philippines, I remember being exposed to a lot of violence and knowing very early on the difference between good and evil. Corazon Aquino was always one of the good ones. She did a lot for the Philippines. People Power!

I have been approved by the powers that be to produce a special on the Honolulu Surf Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii. Our special guest is going to be the curator of the museum Mr. Mark Fragale. It should be exciting! The museum is located inside the restaurant Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber. It should be an interesting episode of TAIT.

Speaking of Mr. Buffett, he was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which is turning out to be a really great show. He played "Margaritaville," but was backed by the Roots in addition to MacDonald, McAnally and Shakoor. It was interesting to hear the song played with Sousaphone.

Mr. Buffett mentioned an album coming in November 2009. The title? Buffet Hotel. One t. I have a feeling a lot of people are not going to like that title, but I happen to really like it. Apparently there is a hotel in Timbuktu, Mali called Buffet Hotel. I hope this album is similar to "Far Side of the World." I've never met Buffett, but I think the continent of Africa is a big influence on him. "Far Side of the World" was a wonderful album, steeped in mystique, adventure, literature and the exotic. It had an indescribable "feel" to it. I looked at it as a Buffettized version of Paul Simon's "Graceland." Made me fantasize about some mysterious, romantic Shangri-la.

I hope some of you got to listen to my interview with Cesaria Evora and you are turned on to Morna. It is beautiful and there is nothing like it!