Los Angeles based bass player, singer, songwriter, and producer, Eric Baines, interviews music professionals from a variety of fields and genre’s sharing stories from the road as well as tips and trade secrets for people who dream of making their living making music.
Eric is currently touring with country icon, Dwight Yoakam, but has toured, performed and recorded with many artists as a bass player and singer such as:
Eugene Edwards- “Amazing Musician, Phenomenal Player” (Dwight Yoakam, Sha Na Na)
Guitar player and vocalist, Eugene Edwards, talks about growing up in a small town and his road to Berklee College of Music. He tells the story of getting his current gig with Dwight Yoakam and his approach to the playing. He discusses his second record which he just released yet recorded years ago and he takes us through the writing of some of the songs. Eugene also talks about his time with the world famous band, Sha Na Na.
Eugene Edwards- A Week Of Sundays:
August Zadra- Try To Be More Of A Musician Than A Guitarist (Dennis DeYoung, Waiting For Monday)
Guitarist and vocalist, August Zadra, shares his story of YouTube discovery which lead to him playing guitar and singing with founding member of the band Styx, Dennis DeYoung. He explains how he got from his small town in Alaska to the big city of Los Angeles. He talks about the formation of his current project, Waiting For Monday, and how he started his weekly Facebook Live performances. August also talks about the profound influence Eddie Van Halen had on him and his playing.
Dennis DeYoung, 26 East, Vol.1:
Waiting For Monday:
Noriko Olling- Find Your Musical Soulmate (Chaka Khan, Tina Marie, Rick James)
Keyboardist, Noriko Olling, explains how she came to the U.S. from Japan and became a top call keyboard player in Los Angeles. She talks about the joys of living in a recording studio and reveals where the inspiration came from for her newest album, “My Path”. She shares some of her experiences as a woman in an industry dominated by men and what it’s been like working for legendary artists. Noriko also shares some tips on making great charts.
Noriko on Spotify:
Noriko on YouTube:
George Shelby- Never Sight Read...Ever (Phil Collins, The Voice)
George Shelby plays saxophone, clarinets, flutes, penny whistle, vocoder and many other random wind instruments. He explains that this is the plight of the modern day saxophonist. He also shares his insight into the Los Angeles session player world and talks about the modern horn section studio experience. He talks about being on the road with pop legend, Phil Collins. He reveals his secret to being a great reader and tells his story of meeting Barack and Michelle Obama.
Real Men Wear Pink:
Cory James- We’re Living In A Chops Era (Trixie Mattel)
Multi-instrumentalist and musical director, Cory James, reveals his favorite instrument to play. He talks about his experience as musical director for RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars winner, comedian and singer/songwriter, Trixie Mattel. He provides some insight to the life of a young musician just coming up during, arguably, the worst time to be a musician. He discusses the importance of chops and when to use them. Cory also talks about growing up with a musician for a Dad.
Trixie Mattel Live:
Gary "Gig" Grantham- We’re Not In The Music Business, We’re In Show Business (TLR- Experience The Eagles’ Music, Castle Entertainment Group)
Creative director, artist representative, manager, guitar player, singer, Gary “Gig” Grantham, dives deep into the world of tribute bands. He talks about the origins of his band TLR- Experience The Eagles Music and his concept of what makes a good tribute band. He describes the show “Dark Desert Highway" that he’s created which takes the tribute show to a whole other level. He reminisces about his travels in Asia and shares his thoughts about the future of music during the pandemic.
TLR- Experience The Eagles Music
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Great Driving ENTERTAINMENT!!
Eric and I have been friends for a few new years now, and I always knew he was a fantastic musician, singer, songwriter, bass player. But I never knew he was such a great host/interviewer.
Podcasts like HIS are so informative, and even for a working musician like me, I learn something new every time I listen. We have all walked a different path in this business and it’s always interesting to learn what others have done, how they have done it, and how they have survived this business and still work.
Being that Eric has been a recording and touring musician for more than half his life, he knows the right questions to ask and knows how to get the guest to open up and share their experiences. It’s about trust. Eric has that gift.Musicians love to talk and share their experiences, but it takes the right person to get them to open up
I just started listening to podcasts a year ago, and just recently started listening to this one. I look forward to his new guests and learning something new every time I listen. Eric’s podcast is great not only for new/up-and-coming musicians and artists, but experienced ones like myself who have been in the business a long time. We NEVER stop learning.
Keep it up brother!! Podcasts like this are necessary because the business is always changing
You rock dude!
-mark anthony castrillon
Dive Bar Rock Star Rocks!
Eric Baines is an extremely talented musician in his own right. It’s fascinating to hear him talk about the realities of being a working musician with his friends and colleagues. Great stuff!
The reality of modern pro musicians!
Eric’s podcast is the perfect primer for those who want to taste the “Big Time” and the perfect podcast paying for those who already have. From Drummer’s two singers and everyone in between, his guests relate what it’s like to have made a career playing in everything from lounges to stadiums. There’s a fair bit of nerding out (the perfect amount) while still being abundant in practical knowledge for serious players. I wish this had been around when I was just beginning my career. What a great podcast!