Sunday, October 4, 2009

Levi Lowrey unplugged acoustic/vocal performance on TAIT Radio

We are extremely delighted to welcome our special guest Mr. Levi Lowrey. Levi Lowrey is a fiddler, guitarist, and singer-songwriter who is currently touring nationwide with Sonia Leigh, Nic Cowan and the Zac Brown Band. The "Breaking Southern Ground" tour features all of the artists on the Southern Ground record label, which is the label of Zac Brown's Academy of Country Music Award-winning southern rock group--the Zac Brown Band.

Levi Lowrey comes from a musical background. His great-great-grandfather was influential in the development of bluegrass. Lowrey began playing the violin in the sixth grade. He was playing bluegrass in the seventh grade. By high school he was singing and before long he was playing guitar and writing his own songs. After a recent performance in New York City, an Atlantic Records executive approached Lowrey saying "I had to meet you. You silenced a New York City crowd."

Listen to our interview with Levi Lowrey as well as a stunning acoustic/vocal performance recorded just for all of you listeners. Tune in from anywhere in the world online!

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Monday - 3:00 PM - October 5, 2009
Wednesday - 9:00 AM - October 7, 2009
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Tuesday - 8:00 PM - October 6, 2009
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

My JD Souther Story

"I love early morning rains and late nights alone with my favorite intoxicant. A few of those songs that never fail to touch my soul." -Kodac Harrison


Ladies and gentlemen, my J. D. Souther appreciation began with his songwriting. It's how a good song is born and so begins my adventure. After becoming exposed to his great songwriting, I sought out to learn about this man who had written so many great songs that have become a part of our collective musical memory and experiences: "Only Lonely," "Best of My Love," "New Kid in Town," and "Heartache Tonight" to name a few. He had a total of four great albums of his own before releasing his fifth record, his first effort in 24 years.

I have hosted a radio program since my 22nd birthday. I only interview people I believe in. I play what music I like. I look at myself as a regular fella with an intense admiration for great artists. We have heard from listeners all around the world, people from all walks of life. We even sometimes hear from people who barely speak English. They are all there to hear the great music. I've been honored and humbled to interview the likes of my favorite all-time artist Fats Domino, as well as other legends like Michael McDonald, Woody Allen, Harry Connick, Maya Angelou, David Letterman's CBS Orchestra, Little Feat, Paul McCartney's entire band and many others. Any self-respecting rock 'n roll documentarian would jump to interview someone that pens songs like J. D. Souther does. A couple of years ago, I wrote a note to a journalist who had written an article on Mr. Souther. I asked what my chances were. I was informed an interview would be unlikely, as Souther prefers to let the songs speak for him...but, good luck! Researching his history only made me want to do the interview more.

Like J. D. Souther, I have great respect for people who master their instruments. I had interviewed his pianist, Chris Walters, who is a great composer as well. On two occasions, I interviewed Souther's bassist Jim Mayer, who is also a member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band (J. D. Souther has co-written two songs with Buffett.) Jim has been a great inspiration and source of motivation to me as a person. I knew the histories of the other members of J.D.'s band also. Those guys are the cats!

Chris Walters and Jim Mayer were talking to me after a show. They had just performed a Christmas concert with Jim's brother Peter Mayer. Chris Walters said to me, "You know who you should interview? J. D. Souther!" Jim agreed with him. I had heard Souther was releasing a brand new album. I tried to contain my excitement.

I had listened to his new album "If the World Was You," and was thoroughly infatuated with the melodies. I obviously listen to a ton of records, and this one truly shined. I remember telling my listeners it was the best album I had heard that year. I focused my ears on it, listening to all of the tracks repeatedly. Cuban rhythms, great lyrics, beautiful horn parts, and the band--Jeff Coffin! Bela Fleck! What a record! After waiting some time, I decided to write to J. D. Souther's representatives. They told me he was accepting my interview invitation and it would be held at the venue in Decatur, Georgia. J. D. Souther would be performing solo. I was politely, but firmly informed to keep the interview under 15 minutes. I got there bringing along a good friend of mine. As it turned out, due to complications that happen to any musician while on the road, Souther was not there. A few minutes later I was on the phone with his road manager who asked me if I would consider coming to the Ritz-Carlton to do the interview. No problem. I will always associate the Ritz with so many of my favorite musical memories. (Note to readers: You really must see Cameron Crowe's film "Almost Famous." Nothing says rock 'n roll like room service.)

I arrived and waited in the lobby. Mr. Souther walked over to me and greeted me really warmly. I was prepared to be professional and respectfully take my 15 minutes. He said, "Well, let's eat first! Are you guys hungry?" Over an hour later we were enjoying a leisurely dinner, with no official or recorded "interview" in sight. I was in awe by so many of his stories. He casually talked about his life, travels and the people he knew and had worked with. Names of the greats like his old roommates, Glenn Frey and Jackson Browne (Jackson Browne!) rolled off of his tongue while he recalled interesting tidbits. Humor, wit and charm permeated his conversation. As we ate our fish, I decided it was time to start the interview. It wasn't what you would call a formal interview. We were still eating while it was recording. I have struggled to find the right word to describe J. D. The one that seems to best describe him is "cool." After our dinner, J. D. said he would be hungry later and wanted to know if we wanted to hit the town in Buckhead and get sushi after the concert. I smiled to myself when remembering the 15 minutes I had been granted. J. D. Souther is as down-to-earth as you can imagine.

Down-to-earth as he is, make no mistake about it. J. D. Souther is a star. The show was great. J. D. Souther performed his songs on guitar and piano. Earlier, we discussed our mutual love for old songs and he decided he would work one in for me. The man at the venue said it may have been the most packed he had ever seen the room and believe me I have seen that place packed! I couldn't find a seat and stood the entire show. Nobody left until the very end. After the concert, J. D. Souther walked over to me and said, "You guys should come up to Nashville to see me perform with the entire band. It's going to be a good one." Then he said, "I assume you have a record player. I want to give you something before you go. You have to listen to the record the right way." He had a lot of people to talk to, so I did my best to be low key. I like to stay out of the way. Believe me; it is key to gaining respect from an entertainer. J. D. is such a gentleman; he didn't want to give me the record in front of anyone, so he waited. He has a lot of class. As we drove away, I remember how happy I felt about the whole evening--the concert, meeting him, the interview. Then my phone rang and it was his road manager. He said "How far away are you? Turn around! J. D. forgot to give you the vinyl!" I certainly hadn't forgotten, but didn't want to remind him because I'm sensitive about asking for things. It really impressed me how thoughtful he was. He gave me the wax after signing the cover.

When my business partner Jeff Pike and I listened to the recorded interview, we decided we were glad this was the way the interview was done. It was honest. We liked hearing us enjoy our dinner and the subtle imperfections on the recording. It was real. I remember talking to his former publicist Laurie who gushed about how happy she was that I got to interview him, and how excited she was to hear the radio special. This would be the first of many such comments I would hear from those who love his music (and him.) After the show was broadcast, the listeners thought it was honest too, but my adventure wasn't over. I accepted his invitation to go to Nashville, Tennessee. This may seem strange, but one of the best parts was talking to J.D.'s fans that were in line in front of the Belcourt. Everyone was so enthusiastic. There was energy as the people waited for the doors to open. I remember a lady who questioned me on my origin. Then she told me, "I love J. D. Souther." It made me remember why I have the show and what makes it fun. It was really cool to see people who were true music fans. (By the way, thank you lady for calling me "cute.")

I got to see J. D. Souther performing with his band: Rod McGaha on trumpet, Jeff Coffin on saxophone, Jim Mayer on bass, Chris Walters on piano and James White on drums are all fabulous musicians. Hearing his song "Rain" performed with his entire band burned the haunting melody into my mind. The memory of the performance of "Journey Down the Nile" is also vivid. It was a very unforgettable concert. I got to meet the band and give them and J. D. copies of the radio special in person. As we started to leave, J. D. reminded me of the sushi for the next time he would be in Atlanta.

I get asked a lot who my favorite interview has been. How can I ever pick just one? However, J. D. Souther will always be one I remember with fondness. Not just because he is a legend or because of his incredible songwriting, but because he is I am pleased ASCAP is giving him the Golden Note Award. I don't really entirely understand what is going on with music right now, but it is reassuring to hear a truly great songwriter is being properly honored. He deserves the award. I am humbled to have met and interviewed him.

Congratulations to him!

Josh Kear special on TAIT

THE BAMA BREEZE SPECIAL featuring an interview with Mr. Josh Kear, co-writer of
"Bama Breeze."

Our special guest, Josh Kear is a Grammy Award Winning songwriter. Josh Kear also has an album of original Island songs entitled "Blue Pearl Paradise." In 2007, three songs co-written with Kear entered the country charts in 2007: "Bama Breeze" by Jimmy Buffett (written with Chris Tompkins and Mark Irwin), "That's How They Do It in Dixie" by Hank Williams, Jr. and "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood. On November 7, 2007, "Before He Cheats" won the Single of the Year Award at the Country Music Association Awards. Three months later, it won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song, giving him a Grammy win.
Great music and a great story. It's all on TAIT Radio this week! Tune in online from anywhere in the world.

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Monday - 3:00 PM - September 28, 2009
Wednesday - 9:00 AM - September 30, 2009
Thursday - 11:59 PM - Ocober 1, 2009
Saturday - 8:00 PM - October 3, 2009
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Tuesday - 8:00 PM - September 29, 2009
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Sunday - 7:00 PM - October 4, 2009
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

It's Five O'Clock Somewhere special featuring Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins

On this episode we are joined by Don Rollins and Jim "Moose" Brown, the two songwriters behind "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," a song sung by Alan Jackson with Jimmy Buffett. The song catapulted Jimmy Buffett into the public spotlight as well as on country radio. It spent 8 non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the Summer of 2003. The song was also #17 on the US Hot 100 making it the most successful pop hit for both Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett. Billboard named "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" as the Most Played Country Song in 2003. It's "Five O'Clock Somewhere" won the CMA Award for Vocal Event of the Year as well as the Grammy for Best Country Song. "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" remains Jimmy Buffett's only #1 hit. Join us for an hour of music and an interview with Don Rollins and Jim "Moose" Brown, two very talented songwriters!

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Monday - 3:00 PM - September 21, 2009
Wednesday - 9:00 AM - September 23, 2009
Thursday - 11:59 PM - September 24, 2009
Saturday - 8:00 PM - September 26, 2009

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Tuesday - 8:00 PM - September 22, 2009
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Monday, September 14, 2009

This and that from Mr. Lifestyles

Ladies and gentlemen, I apologize for not writing on here more frequently. I have been so busy! I never got to tell you folks about our last night in Pensacola Beach, Florida. You know how people don't swim in the ocean at night? That's probably a good thing. Herr Benjamin and I were fishing for the big ones while wading out waist deep. It's dark and feel something brushing against my leg. Earlier in the evening we saw a HUGE shark swimming out, but as you can tell we are a couple of boys with no common sense. After catching a few crabs Benji decides to go get this ultra bright light. Lo and behold we were swimming in shark infested water. If you are guessing this is the part of the script where we get out... The answer is no. For some reason, we decide to continue fishing for the big ones. I had it in my mind to catch a shark. I was told this was foolish. You only live twice. As fate would have it, we got our wish! I learned something. Sharks do not like to be caught.

On the way back we decided to go to the Hank Williams Museum. I recorded an interview with Beth Petty the manager of the museum. We called it Hats Off to Hank. Some of you got to hear it. All in all it was a good trip.

It's kind of hard to write this blog because of how excited I am. In my last "journal-type" entry I foreshadowed that Benny Spellman lived in Pensacola. Upon returning to Georgia I got a call that Mr. Spellman had received my letter and would like to do an interview the next time I am in Pensacola. (Which by the way will be soon!) I will be stopping in to interview him on my way to New Orleans!

It's been a wild few days. Many of you know my all time favorite musician is Fats Domino. I was considerably surprised to pick up my phone with "Antoine Domino" on the caller ID. The next morning I was wakened up with "Harry Connick" on my caller ID. Then I hear back from Mungo Jerry, Santo & Johnny and Pat Metheny. All of these things are looking good. We are about to hit our sixth year of broadcasting. Stay tuned because there is plenty more coming! We will make it to a seventh year, Lord willing!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Gene Mitchell Unplugged Performance/Interview on TAIT Radio

Gene Mitchell unplugged performance on TAIT Radio
TAIT Radio Presents an interview and Unplugged Acoustic/Vocal Performance with Gene Mitchell, recorded on location in Panama City Beach, Florida!
Gene Mitchell is the first guest to be interviewed three times on TAIT Radio. He is a singer, songwriter, entertainer and recording artist. On this episode, Gene Mitchell will be giving us a swing around the islands. Gene writes songs about tropical islands, tropical beaches, tropical drinks, sailing, island adventure and romance. He has released a total of ten albums featuring some of the best musicians and in my opinion they are pure enjoyment. This show will feature the music and storytelling of Gene Mitchell. In addition to a conversation with Gene Mitchell he will be giving our listeners an unplugged acoustic/vocal performance. Tune in online from anywhere in the world!

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Monday - 3:00 PM - September 14, 2009
Wednesday - 9:00 AM - September 16, 2009
Thursday - 11:59 PM - September 17, 2009
Saturday - 8:00 PM - September 19, 2009

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Tuesday - 8:00 PM - September 15, 2009
Friday - 8:00 PM - September 18, 2009
Sunday - 7:00 PM - September 20, 2009
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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Wes Loper special on TAIT

Wes Loper Special on TAIT Radio

Growing up and residing on the South Alabama Coast, Wes Loper progresses into stardom and entertains professionally across the region. He has performed along the gulf coast for the past eight years and continues to mix Rock, Country, Blues, and Folk music to create his own style with a funky, beach side feel.
After enjoying the local success of his debut album, “Take Me Home,” Wes joined with a team headed by Mac McAnally featuring musicians from Muscle Shoals and Nashville to record a breakthrough album of Country and Southern Rock! This second studio project entitled “Keep On Growin’” is available. Wes Loper is renowned at legendary venues like LuLu's at Homeport and the Florabama. Join us for an interview recorded on the road and tons of great music from Wes Loper and others!

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Monday - 3:00 PM - September 7, 2009
Wednesday - 9:00 AM - September 9, 2009
Thursday - 11:59 PM - September 10, 2009
Saturday - 8:00 PM - September 12, 2009

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Tuesday - 8:00 PM - September 8, 2009
Friday - 8:00 PM - September 11, 2009
Sunday - 7:00 PM - September 13, 2009

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