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Better Each Day Podcast Radio Show with Bruce Hilliard Bruce Hilliard

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    Patti Parks, "Whole Nother World" and Nurs’n Blues with Bruce Hilliard

    Patti Parks, "Whole Nother World" and Nurs’n Blues with Bruce Hilliard

    Patti has had an exciting year recording her next album, Whole Nother World. Recorded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, it will be released on Booga Records/Vizztone and available wherever you get your tunes.
    American Bluesman Kenny Neal signed Patti to his own label and produced, arranged and performed on this eclectic gem. The album will debut in May 2021
    Patti Park’s original album, “Cheat’n Man,” continues to have radio play all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States. Patti has gotten outstanding reviews from famous Blues Music Magazines such as “Blues Blast Magazine,” several live interviews from Belgium’s own Purple Haze Radio Show to Rambling Night Blues in Little Rock, Arkansas.
    Patti has performed in many major festivals including the Blues 'n March Festival, Ellicottville Blues Festival, Niagara Thunder, Kalamazoo Music Festival, Blues in the Valley, Wellsville Creative Art Center, Curtains Up, Crystal Beach Concert Series in Canada, the MandT Bank Concert Series, Taste of Buffalo, Buffalo Canal Fest, the Niagara University Concert Series, Northeast Jazz Festival and National Women in the Blues Showcase
    Patti has performed at famous venues as the Funky Biscuit, Ground Zero, Time Out Pub, as well as BB Kings and Rum Boogie.
    Patti Park’s original album, “Cheat’n Man,” continues to have radio play all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States. Patti has gotten outstanding reviews from famous Blues Music Magazines such as “Blues Blast Magazine,” several live interviews from Belgium’s own Purple Haze Radio Show to Rambling Night Blues in Little Rock, Arkansas.
    Patti has performed in many major festivals including the Blues 'n March Festival, Ellicottville Blues Festival, Niagara Thunder, Kalamazoo Music Festival, Blues in the Valley, Wellsville Creative Art Center, Curtains Up, Crystal Beach Concert Series in Canada, the MandT Bank Concert Series, Taste of Buffalo, Buffalo Canal Fest, the Niagara University Concert Series, Northeast Jazz Festival and National Women in the Blues Showcase
    Patti has performed at famous venues as the Funky Biscuit, Ground Zero, Time Out Pub, as well as BB Kings and Rum Boogie.
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    It was April 13th. I was scheduled for the long awaited and somewhat tedious to set up COVID-19 vaccination.
    “The CDC put a hold on the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.”
    What I heard through her mask and the plexiglass was “roll up your sleeve and hold your Johnson.”
    No procedure it too weird after 2020.

    • 34 min
    "Kaleidoscope Heart", Annie and Freya with Bruce Hilliard

    "Kaleidoscope Heart", Annie and Freya with Bruce Hilliard

    It’s the Better Each Day Podcast Radio Show and once again it’s me, Bruce Hilliard, bringing you Kaleidoscope Heart.
    Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I cry, sometimes I let my guard down and let people into my life and my heart. I'm so thankful I’m a songwriter because I can vent my sometimes over the top affection by writing sappy lyrics...and somehow that seems okay. Being too transparent without the guise of a third party doing your dirty work and saying for you “hey, you’re just great” is dangerous.
    There’s a confusing unwritten manifesto that states that emojis and greeting cards are safe but to express yourself a little too much on the personal level, depending on the audience, is risking “order in the court cause here come da judge.”


    I must have reached some sort of emotional security as part of the aging process because I don’t care anymore. I just write songs. When this particular song reached it’s point of emotional no return I used my favorite new phrase, it’s not original, that works well when you run out of words, like when you just kinda trail off, it’s “That’s all I got.” I use it a few times in song. That’s all I got.


    So, here’s the backstory on one of my latest songs and it’s all true. I quit growing in the 8th grade and I still sport the same clothes I wore then even though they’re resembling cobwebs. Okay, that’s not true, I made that up.


    My friends, sisters Freya and Annie (aka Nitro and Glycerin) saw me playing at a new venue here in Mukilteo called Tapped.


    Freya, in her Florence Nightingale mode of feeling nothing but deep sorrow for my wardrobe dysfunction, talked to little sister Annie and they put together a Care package rescue idea in their sorrow for me. It was an instant plan: Get Bruce new clothes NOW, take new promo shots ASAP.


    Okay, I used my ragamuffin to my advantage but it worked.


    My latest promos were shot in a racquetball court and basically sucked.


    Of course, this was all communicated via text. Why? So we could attach images of Napoleon Dynamite and Steve Urkel as our fashion references. We don’t do anything very seriously. The brain was designed to function best on a no hassle, fun vibe. Plus, Freya has very good taste.


    First off, a shopping spree with Freya. She grabbed me by the wrist and with masked faces we stormed the mall like it was weird Black Friday. We had Annie on text for selection approvals. So she was a virtual shopper.


    There weren’t dressing rooms so trying on pants in the aisle while going commando was a no. (I was actually wearing my 8th grade cobweb undies.) We selected a hundred shirts, some boots and pants and done.


    Next up the photo session at Annie Wolcott Photography. Annie had her studio set up and ready for various lighting, poses, and change of attire and fun. Later I’m sure she must have deleted many shots of me laughing. It was funner than any photo shoot I remember.


    Plus, we started off with a homemade scone and awesome coffee. It was fun and for me, a guy who doesn’t like posing for photos. It was relatively painless.


    The promo photos are currently in use. Some with back lighting, some with me stuck to the wall with Velcro and the one shot she laughed at. The one with a cool filter I looked at and said “It looks like a kaleidoscope, a kaleidoscope heart.”


    During the shoot, I don’t think she caught my comment.


    That was a title of a song that needed to be written. Kaleidoscope Heart. The rest of the song was written based on what was happening at the time. My friends Freya and Annie, the clothes and photographs and a list of color names I remembered from working at the Home Depot paint department.


    They have pretty cool poetic names.


    Medallion, ginger, alabaster, pearl and ivory white. Two verses of Behr paint. I had to cut some of the lyrics. I wrote too many paint verses. It

    • 13 min
    Pascal Danae and Delgres' New Album "4:00 A.M." with Bruce Hilliard

    Pascal Danae and Delgres' New Album "4:00 A.M." with Bruce Hilliard

    It’s the Better Each Day Podcast Radio Show and once again it’s me, Bruce Hilliard, bringing you the power roots trio Delgres and one third of the trio, our very talented guest Pascal Danae. He is a singer/guitar player and songwriter of music that takes on slavery, immigration, workers’ rights on their new album coming out April 9th titled 4:00 AM.
    The band members include drummer Baptiste Brondy and, in a nod to New Orleans tradition, rather than using a conventional electric or acoustic bass, our guest Pascal chose to anchor the music with a sousaphone, calling on Rafgee (excuse my French), a Paris Conservatory trained trumpeter who is well versed in playing tuba in Caribbean dance bands.
    Let’s welcome, from the band Delgres, Pascal Danae.


    The music in 4:00 AM, the new recording by the Paris-based power roots trio Delgres, sounds gritty and full of energy. It's a brand of Creole blues built on strands of African and French Caribbean culture, Mississippi blues storytelling, and New Orleans grooves. The lyrics, sung mostly in Creole, address issues such as poverty, slavery, and the struggles of the immigrant searching for a better life. It's a powerful combination that conjures the spirit of the blues to speak up, but also celebrate and heal.


    Delgres’ new album is coming out April 9th titled 4:00 AM.

    • 25 min
    Scrapbook ~ Mark Farner, Matt Westin., Ashley Pucket with Bruce Hilliard

    Scrapbook ~ Mark Farner, Matt Westin., Ashley Pucket with Bruce Hilliard

    Script: It’s the Better Each Day Podcast Radio with the recurring voice of me, Bruce Hilliard, bringing you clips of past shows. These are pre-COVID so don’t be alarmed by our lack of masks. We’ll hear from country music artists Matt Westin and Ashley Pucket but first off, here’s Mark Farner with a story from his Grand Funk Railroad days
    Mark has the best stories and this one is about Janis Joplin and her chocolate affair with Mick Jagger.


    Country artist Matt Westin was on the show in October of 2019 and had this to say.


    And about a month prior to Matt’s interview, Ashley Pucket graced us from a pre-COVID Steelers/Seahawks game and later from her home. Here’s country recording artist Ashley Pucket.

    • 27 min
    Robert Berry Rocks "Third Impression" Latest Solo LP with Bruce Hilliard

    Robert Berry Rocks "Third Impression" Latest Solo LP with Bruce Hilliard

    Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends. We’re so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside. Today’s guest was one the last people to work with the late great Keith Emerson (for you young folks, he was “E” in ELP or Emerson, Lake and Palmer...worth a Google).
    Except for a song you’re about to hear, Never, Emerson’s final keyboard work was part of 3 with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer and today’s guest, Robert Berry...who has also worked with Ambrosia, Alliance and The Greg Kihn Band.
    He is known in the music industry as a producer, recording engineer, songwriter, vocalist, player of keyboards, guitars, bass, drums...basically one stop shopping. Please welcome Robert Berry and a few tracks from his new solo release “Third Impression.”


    Robert is a multi-talented producer/songwriter/vocalist/instrumentalist. When it comes to creating music, he does it all and does it very well.


    Robert has just released on Frontiers Records, his new album of new music entitled Third Impression, under the name 3.2.

    Third Impression features the last track (entitled Never) that Berry and his friend and mentor Keith Emerson worked on together before Emerson’s tragic passing.

    • 47 min
    Robbie LaBlanc Gets It Right ~ "Double Trouble" with Bruce Hilliard

    Robbie LaBlanc Gets It Right ~ "Double Trouble" with Bruce Hilliard

    Welcome to the Better Each Day podcast. I’m your host and bathroom buddy Bruce Hilliard donning my new groovin’ the tunes of Rube Tubin and the Rondonnas stylish, yet comfy, wardrobe courtesy of Freya Fashion Design and Calvin Klein undies.
    It's been a year since the COVID hammer came down. People. Let’s remain Fauchi-ing until it’s cool to take off our masks and dance like children of the night.
    I should take a moment and apologize for the late airing of this episode. I, under the close adherence of the State of Washington’s current COVID ordinances and guidelines, performed live twice. So sorry to thousands of listeners. It’s now two days late and I’m just now publishing.
    So back to the gig. It was a limited size masked audience where required, but it was almost like a religious event. A scene from a lost Back To The Future sequel where instead of Marty McFly McFlying off on some wild ass overdriven amp guitar shred, Bruce Hilliard in this flick plays for an audience that hasn’t heard live music. Or at least forgot what it was like to watch a living flesh sing and not on TV.


    Sounds of a one man guitar vocal set with occasional ad libs and P’s popping in the mic. There were long distance hugs and even some tears. A scenario you’d never think possible. And it’s gonna get better, I just know it.


    Today’s guest is the very talented, yet humble and happy Robbie LaBlanc. His latest release Double Trouble drops April 16th and if you like the 70s and 80s vibe, Escape Music does too and they came to guest Robbie LaBlanc and asked if he would be the lead vocalist on their new project. Robbie said yes, they recorded the album, it’s great, and here’s Robbie LaBlanc to tell us about it.


    About the Artist
    Robbie (and his brother Brian) have been singing and playing instruments since age 3. Robbie’s first influences (besides his dad always singing and playing the guitar) were Trini Lopez and the Beatles. Shortly after, the influences were bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival and Grand Funk Railroad.
    Robbie’s first break in the music business came when he met Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals in CT. Felix produced the album “FURY” with a slew of great musicians in a CT studio.
    After the album disappeared from the charts, Robbie signed with a management company that had Michael Bolton ties and the duo recorded at least four albums worth of material at Michael’s CT studio. It still failed to generate a record deal. When that deal ended about three years later Robbie dropped a DAT tape in Arif Mardin’s mailbox in CT. Arif called the next day and a deal with Atlantic Records was on the table. One hurdle to go, a showcase with the new Atlantic regime. Again, it proved disappointing, no deal.
    At the suggestion of a friend, a CD was sent to Frontiers Records and the two “Blanc Faces” records were done in 2005 and 2009.
    Robbie then signed on to sing with the “Find Me” project which has received some great reviews on all three releases.
    Robbie also sings lead vocals in a band called East Temple Avenue which will have it’s first release in 2020 as well. ETA is comprised of members from various bands like “Work of Art” and “Cruzh” along with Darren Philips (founder) and Phil Lindstrand.
    In 2019 Robbie hooked up with Escape Music to do a “70’s and 80’s vibe” record and Robbie loved the idea. The result is that a solo record will be coming in 2021, written and produced by Steve Overland and Tommy Denander. The songs are fresh and vibrant, just what we need in these troubling times and with Robbie’s powerhouse vocals leading the way then we are all in for a real treat.

    • 38 min

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