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Join host Kara Conrad as she has candid conversations with up and coming musicians, singers, and songwriters local to Central New York and across the country. What inspired them to start a career in music? What have they overcome and are still overcoming? What makes the music?

Podcast launches Dec. 16. New episodes released every Wednesday. Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode and leave a review to let us know how you like it!

Connect with Kara on Facebook @karaaconrad or karaaconrad@gmail.com and with the podcast on Instagram at @morethanmusicpod Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/morethanmusicpod/support

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Join host Kara Conrad as she has candid conversations with up and coming musicians, singers, and songwriters local to Central New York and across the country. What inspired them to start a career in music? What have they overcome and are still overcoming? What makes the music?

Podcast launches Dec. 16. New episodes released every Wednesday. Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode and leave a review to let us know how you like it!

Connect with Kara on Facebook @karaaconrad or karaaconrad@gmail.com and with the podcast on Instagram at @morethanmusicpod Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/morethanmusicpod/support

    Tezza

    Tezza

    A unique, new take on female pop-country with a Northeastern twist. Tezza was born and raised in upstate New York where she grew up with a love of horses, performing, and country. She attended Berklee College of Music and then made her way to NYC to work on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Now residing in Nashville, Tezza has had the opportunity to tour across the U.S. and open for acts such as Hunter Hayes, Granger Smith, Chris Young, and Charles Esten, just to name a few, and play world-renowned venues such as The Bluebird, Bitter End, and Nashville’s annual CMA Fest. Her single "Mercury Rising" took the world by storm, hitting 2 million streams, racking up features on CMT, All Access, iHeart Radio, Fox News, and earning a spot on Spotify's hottest Editorial playlists such as Hot Country, New Boots, Wild Country, Breakout Country, and Pop-Co.

    “Mercury Rising” is available on all streaming platforms!

    Tezza talks about her childhood in upstate New York and how it has influenced her music. She also talks about her experience as a student at the Berklee College of Music and her job after at NBC's Saturday Night Live. All of which, have helped shaped her into a better and well-rounded independent artist. 

    You'll hear her new song, "Mercury Rising" during the podcast. The song has reached over 2.4 MILLION streams in just under 3 months, been featured by CMT, and earned a spot on some of Spotify's hottest country playlists such as: Hot Country, New Boots, Wild Country, Next From Nashville, PopCo, and Fresh Finds Country. Official Music Video is available now on YouTube.

    You can listen to Tezza's music on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music.

    Make sure to follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. 

    Be sure to like, subscribe and give the More Than Music Podcast a review wherever you listen to the podcast and share us with a friend! We release shows every Wednesday and look out for a bonus episode every now and then. Find me, Kara Conrad on Facebook and the podcast on Instagram at More Than Music Pod. If you want to talk to me or suggest a guest just send me a message on Instagram or email me at karaaconrad@gmail.com.




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    • 41 min
    Dennis Winge

    Dennis Winge

    Dennis Winge is a professional guitarist living in Ithaca, NY who is actively involved in teaching and performing in a variety of musical settings throughout the Finger Lakes. For live musical entertainment at parties, weddings, cocktail hours, and events of all kinds, Dennis brings decades of musical experience, a genuine desire to create a win/win situation for venues, patrons, and musicians, a wide versatility of styles/bands/musicians so that he can customize the perfect musical setting for each event/venue, the know-how to create those situations, a free consultation or potentially a free trial performance at your venue.

    Dennis is involved in multiple different bands including The Way Rock Cover Band and Blue Train Blues Band.

    Dennis Winge has performed at Carnegie Hall, the L.A. F.A.M.E. Awards, Grassroots Festival, and many other prestigious venues over his 30+ years as a freelance guitarist.

    Having started to learn guitar at age 7 and bass at age 12, Dennis has studied with some of NYC’s finest jazz and rock guitarists including Ron Parmentier and Jack Wilkins. Winge played his first bar gig when he was 16, and has been a bandleader since his early 20s, when he headed the main campus function band “The Institutionalized” while attending Manhattan College. Later, he became the musical director for Ikonographics Videos, Inc.

    Some of the names he has played with in the rock world are Jon Cobert (who played with John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen); Cheetah Chrome (who played with the Dead Boys); Clifford Carter (who played with Paul Simon, James Taylor, Dolly Parton).

    In jazz he has worked with Bill Crow (who played with Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan); Gene Bertoncini (who played with Buddy Rich, Tony Bennett); Shunzo Ohno (who played with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock); Bob Meyer (who played with Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie); David Budway (who played with Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Regina Carter).

    As for off-Broadway productions, Dennis has played in the pit on Les Misérables, All Shook Up, Footloose, 13, Smokey Joe’s Café, as well as portions of Rock of Ages, Wicked, Aida, All That Jazz, Jekyll & Hyde, and In the Heights.

    We hear Dennis' song, Monkey Cage. Hear more of his music on his website and follow him on Facebook and Instagram. 

    Be sure to like, subscribe and give the More Than Music Podcast a review wherever you listen to the podcast and share us with a friend! We release shows every Wednesday and look out for a bonus episode every now and then. Find me, Kara Conrad on Facebook and the podcast on Instagram at More Than Music Pod. If you want to talk to me or suggest a guest just send me a message on Instagram or email me at karaaconrad@gmail.com.


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    • 56 min
    Bradford Allen

    Bradford Allen

    Bradford Allen is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and music producer from Central Upstate New York. His love for both live performance and recording is evident in his songs, crafted from triumph, tragedy, and everything in between. The respect and reverence for the art of music is clear in all his work, but Brad is not the kind to take himself too seriously. Onstage, he's not one to shy away from a bad joke or the chance to cheers a beer or three!

    Performing live has become a way of life. Whether solo or as an ensemble (duo w/ Steve Romer, The Freeloaders) he has averaged 100 shows a year over the last half-decade (well, let's not count 2020). This musical journey has seen Brad perform at the most esteemed venues (Carnegie Hall) to the best local watering holes, like the St. Charles. He has also opened for and shared the stage with many prominent and diverse musicians.

    We got to hear his song, Used To Think So. It's a powerful song that Brad was inspired to write after the murder of George Floyd. You can help make a change and support the black community by donating, sign and contact, educate yourself and much more. Visit the Black Lives Matter website to learn more. 

    To hear more of Brad's music and stay up to date with shows coming up, head to his website, bradfrodallenmusic.com or on Instagram. You can also steam his music on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon.

    Be sure to like, subscribe and give the More Than Music Podcast a review wherever you listen to the podcast and share us with a friend! We release shows every Wednesday and look out for a bonus episode every now and then. Find me, Kara Conrad on Facebook and the podcast on Instagram at More Than Music Pod. If you want to talk to me or suggest a guest just send me a message on Instagram or email me at karaaconrad@gmail.com.


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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Jake Dodds

    Jake Dodds

    We have another country artist on the rise on the podcast today. His name is Jake Dodds.

    Jake Dodds grew up listening to country music, tuning into the Grand Ole Opry, and watching The Statler Brothers Show on TNN with his grandparents every Saturday night. Growing up in the 90s, Jake got hooked on Garth Brooks tv specials and country radio listening to Tracy Lawrence, Tim McGraw, and Tracy Byrd.

    In high school, it was Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney who helped a shy kid through those awkward teenage years of girls, football practice, and mowing lawns.

    Over the last 8 years, Jake has turned a dream of being a country artist into playing hundreds of shows a year across the country, opening for 27 national touring acts all as an independent artist.

    We'll listen to Jake's song, Prettier In Michigan. You can watch the lyric video on YouTube. You can also listen to that single and others on Apple, Spotify, Etc. anywhere digital music is sold.

    Follow Jake on social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

    Go see Jake live! Upcoming shows are posted on his website. 

    Be sure to like, subscribe and give the More Than Music Podcast a review wherever you listen to the podcast and share us with a friend! We release shows every Wednesday and look out for a bonus episode every now and then. Find me, Kara Conrad on Facebook and the podcast on Instagram at More Than Music Pod. If you want to talk to me or suggest a guest just send me a message on Instagram or email me at karaaconrad@gmail.com.


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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Lindsay Diles

    Lindsay Diles

    These women I’ve had on the podcast just kill it and my next guest is no different.

    Lindsay Diles is the lead singer in The DC Transit Band, a high-energy cover band performing at weddings and events featured across the greater DC metropolitan area.

    With over 20 years of experience, her featured venues include the National Mall, Entertainment and Sports Arena, and Capitol One Arena.

    In addition to performing acoustically, using her piano and voice to inspire and empower others, she has performed the National Anthem for the Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics, and Capital City Go-Go.

    She is honored to have the opportunity to share her passion for music and singing with everyone she has the pleasure of coming in to contact with.

    This interview was really powerful, and I can’t wait for you all to hear it. You'll hear Lindsay's original song, Unshaken, during the podcast. The song is about the sexual assault Lindsay went through. 

    Proceeds from this song are donated to the NO MORE organization. NO MORE is dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault by increasing awareness, inspiring action, and fueling culture change.

    You can find Lindsay's music on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, and other outlets.

    Also, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. You can also visit her website for more information. 

    Be sure to like, subscribe and give the More Than Music Podcast a review wherever you listen to the podcast and share us with a friend! We release shows every Wednesday and look out for a bonus episode every now and then. Find me, Kara Conrad on Facebook and the podcast on Instagram at More Than Music Pod. If you want to talk to me or suggest a guest just send me a message on Instagram or email me at karaaconrad@gmail.com.


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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers

    We could listen to Matt Rogers talk and sing all day, his voice is like honey! 

    Award-winning songwriter Matt Rogers has one of the most unique sounds in country music. With an extensive tour schedule playing venues across the country and sharing the stage with some of country music’s hottest names including Clint Black, Clay Walker, Jake Owen, Cole Swindell, Chris Stapleton, LOCASH, Jimmie Allen, Walker Hayes, Brothers Osborne, Chris Janson, and Michael Ray, Matt has built a devout fan base with his electrifying stage presence.

    When Rogers isn’t on the road, he is writing music with some of Nashville’s best songwriters. His song, "Coal," has won several songwriting awards from NSAI/CMT, Music City Songstar, American Songwriter, Songwriting University, Great American Song Contest, Dallas Songwriters Association, and Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. He achieved the top award from Music City SongStar for his song, "She Was Everything" as well as a finalist slot in the USA Songwriting Competition. Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and CMT selected his song “I Was Raised” for a songwriting achievement award. It went on to be selected by NSAI as a Top 40 song.

    The Georgia native has caught the attention of thousands of fans as well as country music legends like TG Sheppard, “[Matt’s] the real deal…the total package. [He’s] a great singer, a great picker and a great songwriter.” Rogers also received a commendation from industry tastemaker, Robert K. Oermann. Oermann selected the title track of Matt’s EP, Richest Place On Earth, for Music Row’s DisCovery Award. Oermann praised the track saying, “Extremely well written and sung with fire and conviction. Play this.”

    Throughout his career, Rogers has created a connection with his listeners through his emotionally gripping lyrics and unmistakable melodies. In 2019, his song, “Burn the Boat,” was selected as a “Top Ten Country Jam” by Buzz Feed. The release followed Matt’s third appearance at CMA Fest where he performed on several stages, including Hard Rock and Wildhorse Saloon. He also met fans from across the world inside Fan Fair X where he signed autographs at the Durango Boots booth. Matt was one of the first Brand Ambassadors for Durango Boots. “Matt has a rich, unique and bold style to his music that authentically connects to his fans which is the type of artist that represents our brand perfectly,” says Erin DeLong, Durango Marketing Manager. Breedlove guitars and 64 Audio also sponsor Rogers.

    Matt’s touring schedule is continuing to grow, spanning across the country. “I’m really excited to reconnect with my fans that have been supporting me for so long and to get the chance to connect with some new fans along the way,” says Matt. “I can’t wait to get on stage and share my new music I’ve worked so hard on with them.”

    “If you don’t know the name Matt Rogers then you need to write it down. He’s going places,”- Hit Songwriter/ Author/ WSM 650 AM host, Devon O’Day.

    To listen to more of Matt Roger's music, see upcoming shows, and much more, head to, mattrogerscountry.com.

    Follow Matt on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. 

    Be sure to like, subscribe and give the More Than Music Podcast a review wherever you listen to the podcast and share us with a friend! We release shows every Wednesday and look out for a bonus episode every now and then. Find me, Kara Conrad on Facebook and the podcast on Instagram at More Than Music Pod. If you want to talk to me or suggest a guest just send me a message on Instagram or email me at karaaconrad@gmail.com.


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    • 54 min

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