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The Artist Connection Podcast has been offering long form interviews with artists from the past, present, and future since 2011. Hear what inspires them to get out of bed each morning and practice the craft that they love. My guests include people that I truly respect from many different backgrounds. Each episode provides a unique mix of music and conversation. Enjoy!

Artist Connection Podcast Artist Connection Podcast

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.8 • 11 Ratings

The Artist Connection Podcast has been offering long form interviews with artists from the past, present, and future since 2011. Hear what inspires them to get out of bed each morning and practice the craft that they love. My guests include people that I truly respect from many different backgrounds. Each episode provides a unique mix of music and conversation. Enjoy!

    Courtney Moorehead Balaker

    Courtney Moorehead Balaker

    Welcome to Episode 307 of The Artist Connection Podcast! My guest today is Courtney Moorehead Balaker! She is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, director, writer, and co-founder of Korchula Productions. Her latest project “Little Pink House” is available now for streaming, VOD, and DVD. It tells the true story of one woman’s struggle to save her home from corporate redevelopment in her area. She is up against Pfizer and the government in this emotional tale of the importance of fighting for what you love, even if the odds are against you. I watched the film and thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn’t know anything about the story going into it, but I was instantly hooked. Courtney and I talked a lot about the film, as well the impacts of Eminent Domain on small communities. We also talked about her experiences as a theatre director in New York City, life in Los Angeles, and her studies in Colorado and London. If you reach out to Courtney, please let her know that you heard her here first. Enjoy!
    Special Thanks:
    To my good friend Tim Binder from New Ocean Media. I appreciate his support, and making episodes like this possible. Looking forward to many more in the future!
    Hiyori from Hamburg, Germany. She is another good friend of mine, and a fantastic drummer. Her track “Funky Monkey” is the ACP theme song!
    Courtney Moorehead Balaker Links:
    Korchula Productions – http://www.korchulaproductions.com/
    IMDB - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0602055/
    Little Pink House Links:
    Official Website - http://www.littlepinkhousemovie.com/
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/lphmovie
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/littlepinkhousemovie
    Amazon - https://amzn.to/2LH9aCp
    IMDB - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3863632/
    Artist Connection Podcast Links:
    Main Site: http://artistconnectionpodcast.libsyn.com/
    Website: http://www.artistconnectionpodcast.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtistConnectionPodcast/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/@artistconnect1
    We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

    • 50 min
    Interview with Actor/Musician Ben Rauch

    Interview with Actor/Musician Ben Rauch

    Welcome to Episode 306 of The Artist Connection Podcast! My guest today is actor & musician Ben Rauch! His latest track “The Emoji Song” has recently won Best Comedy Song in the USA Songwriting Competition. It also won four Silver Medal awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Global Music Awards. This praise and recognition is well deserved. It is such a fun song! Be sure to check out the video, as well. Both “The Emoji Song” and Ben’s holiday hit “Jersey Christmas” are featured with this episode. Once you hear them, I know that you will want a copy for yourself. His full length album “Tales from the Turnpike” is due later this year. His acting credits span the stage, television screen, and the big screen. He is such a talented and versatile performer. I had a good time with Ben, and we shared a lot of laughs during our conversation. I hope to have him back very soon. If you reach out to him, please mention that you heard his interview and music on my show. Enjoy!
    Special Thanks:
    To my good friend Tim Binder from New Ocean Media. I appreciate his support, and making episodes like this possible. Looking forward to many more in the future!
    Hiyori from Hamburg, Germany. She is another good friend of mine, and a fantastic drummer. Her track “Funky Monkey” is the ACP theme song!
    Songs Heard on this Episode:
    The Emoji Song (Video Link https://youtu.be/j5re7BRzZyI)
    Jersey Christmas (Video Link https://youtu.be/ay8tclXaOEc)
    Ben Rauch Links:
    http://www.benrauchsite.com
    https://www.facebook.com/BenRauchUpdates/
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1895389
    Song Links from Amazon:
    The Emoji Song - https://amzn.to/2uYCDgN
    Jersey Christmas - https://amzn.to/2K5EOn9
    Artist Connection Podcast Links:
    Main Site: http://artistconnectionpodcast.libsyn.com/
    Website: http://www.artistconnectionpodcast.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtistConnectionPodcast/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/@artistconnect1
    Please visit my daughter’s blog at melissakacar.blogspot.com.
    We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

    • 57 min
    Jason Klahr

    Jason Klahr

    At long last...The wait is over...Episode 305 of The Artist Connection Podcast is here! My guest today is musician Jason Klahr. We have been friends & brothers for 36 years and I am so excited to share his story with you. We start at the very beginning and discuss his earliest musical influences, his time in the US Navy, the places that he has called home, and his life in Hawaii. He is one of my favorite guitar players, and the first person to make music a tangible thing for me. Songs went from being something that only existed on vinyl and the radio to now coming alive through him and his Ibanez Roadstar. He has taught me so much over the years. The thumbnail pic for this episode is from one of our many jams way back in 1993. Those were great times! We talk often, and this interview gives you a glimpse into what those conversations sound like. I hope that you have as much fun with it as we did. I plan on having him back very soon to do a track by track of his latest album "God's Not Done Yet." If you reach out to Jason, please let him know that you heard his interview and music on my show. Enjoy!
    Special Thanks:
    Hiyori from Hamburg, Germany. She is a great friend of mine, and a fantastic drummer. Her track “Funky Monkey” is the ACP theme song!
    To all my listeners...Thank you for your continued support through the years! If you like what you hear, please tell a friend!
    Songs Heard on this Episode:
    Kick Me When I'm Down
    Lovers Lament
    Jason Klahr Links:
    https://soundcloud.com/user-837717526
    Artist Connection Podcast Links:
    Main Site: http://artistconnectionpodcast.libsyn.com/
    Website: http://www.artistconnectionpodcast.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtistConnectionPodcast/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/@artistconnect1
    Friends of the Show Links:
    The Paperback Rocker – Where words and music collide: http://paperbackrocker.com/
    We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.
     

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 304 - Eric Walker

    Episode 304 - Eric Walker

    Welcome to Episode 304 of The Artist Connection Podcast! My guest today is Actor-Musician-Producer Eric Walker. His latest album “Brand New Day” is available now. Three of his tracks are featured throughout this episode. After you listen to the interview, be sure to pick up your own copy. I will provide links below. Eric has the distinction of being my first guest from the Star Wars universe! As a child actor, Eric was cast as Mace Towani in “Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure” & “Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.” He also appeared in “Less Than Zero” as Robert Downey Jr’s younger brother. It was cool to talk through those early roles with him. We also talked about growing up in Hollywood and his various experiences there. This conversation was a lot of fun. I hope to have him on again very soon. If you reach out to Eric, please let him know that you heard his interview and music on my show. Enjoy!
    Special Thanks:
    To my good friend, Tim Binder from New Ocean Media. I appreciate his support, and making episodes like this possible. Looking forward to many more in the future!
    Hiyori from Hamburg, Germany. She is another good friend of mine, and a fantastic drummer. Her track “Funky Monkey” is the ACP theme song!
    Songs Heard on this Episode:
    Just For You single featuring ACM
    The Funkness – from “Brand New Day” 2016
    Brand New Day – from “Brand New Day” 2016
    Eric Walker Links:
    www.ericwalkermusic.com
    https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEricWalker
    https://twitter.com/ericwalkermusic
    https://www.youtube.com/user/ericwalkermusic
    Album Links from Amazon:
    Just For You single - http://amzn.to/2fRrIks
    Brand New Day album - http://amzn.to/2yZ0PzG
    Artist Connection Podcast Links:
    Main Site: http://artistconnectionpodcast.libsyn.com/
    Website: http://www.artistconnectionpodcast.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtistConnectionPodcast/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/@artistconnect1
    Friends of the Show Links:
    The Paperback Rocker – Where words and music collide: http://paperbackrocker.com/
    Mad Anvil – Beautiful Custom Jewelry: https://www.facebook.com/themadanvil/
    We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

    • 52 min
    Mark Slaughter

    Mark Slaughter

    My guest today is music legend Mark Slaughter! I have been a fan of his since the 80’s, so having the chance to speak with him was a real thrill for me. His new solo album “Halfway There” is available now.

    • 55 min
    Episode 302 - Joie Calio

    Episode 302 - Joie Calio

    Happy Independence Day to all of my fellow Americans celebrating on this beautiful 4th of July Weekend! I have a very special episode on deck today. Musician Joie Calio returns to the show to catch me up on all of the work that he’s been doing with dada and 7horse. He and his bandmates are about to kick off a new set of dates for the dada tour. I will be there when they come to Philadelphia in September. Learn more at www.dadaforever.com. Joie allowed me to feature some of my favorite dada & 7horse tracks with this episode. I provide a nice mix from both bands, and things close out with the brand new 7horse track called “Swagger.” Learn more at www.7horsemusic.com. Joie is a great guest and is always so generous with his time. If you reach out or catch Joie on tour, please let him know that you enjoy his appearances on my show. This is a big one. I hope you like it as much as I do!
    We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

    • 1 hr 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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Excellent long form interview podcast

Mr. Matt Kacar does a terrific job interviewing artists of all types and showcasing songs by his many musician guests. Great stuff.

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