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 the legendary band, Chicago, but has toured, performed and recorded with many artists as a bass player and singer such as:
RODNEY WIRTZ- Entertaining The Dead (John Legend, Elton John)
Los Angeles based viola player, Rodney Wirtz, talks about his early troubles with the law and how he used the viola to right his path. He reveals some secrets of playing high pressure movie sessions in L.A. and talks about his multiple income streams. He recalls getting the call to tour with John Legend and the struggles of juggling parenthood and touring. Rodney also reveals the best place to park at the Hollywood Bowl.
ERIC BAINES- The Humanness Of It All (Chicago, Dwight Yoakam, Keiko Matsui)
Guest host Gary Grantham, interviews host, Eric Baines. Eric talks about what it’s like to play with the legendary band, Chicago. He discusses his first time playing on stage with them and how it has progressed after a year. He reveals the challenges of the launch of this podcast during the pandemic and where he hopes the show will go in the future. He recalls interviewing one of his heroes and how he prepared. Eric also talks about the importance of a college education and when to choose a different route.
LILLIANA DE LOS REYES- That’s My Ticket (George Benson, Brian Auger)
Vocalist/percussionist, Lilliana De Los Reyes, recalls getting her first touring gig with the legendary, George Benson, when she was still in college and how she learned to play percussion in 3 weeks to do the audition. She talks about growing up with two parents in the music industry and how that’s helped guide her career. She discusses what it’s like being the only woman on a bus with all men.
KEIKO MATSUI- Capturing Sparkle
Contemporary jazz pianist, Keiko Matsui, introduces her brand new recording entitled, “Euphoria”. She talks about her extremely unique writing process and her approach to recording her songs. She recalls working with the great, Lalah Hathaway, on a vocal song for the album, something Keiko hasn’t done in years. She remembers some crazy years touring with host, Eric Baines, and how her career got started.
JAMISON HOLLISTER- Clawing to Compose (Dwight Yoakam, Lisa Marie Presley, American Idol)
Multi-instrumentalist, Jamison Hollister, talks about his time spent playing with Lisa Marie Presley, her incredible wedding gift to him and his wife, and what it was like to make music with rock royalty. He tells us the secret to learning so many instruments and how he got the gig on the original run of American Idol after just moving to Los Angeles. Jamison also reveals his composing philosophy.
JAMIE HOVORKA- 95% Boredom and 5% Terror (Eagles, Paul McCartney, Maynard Ferguson)
Trumpet player, Jamie Hovorka, talks about taking on the pressure of lead chair in the University of North Texas 1 O’clock Lab Band and how that compares to the Los Angeles music scene. He tells the story of working on horn parts with Paul McCartney and the first time he played with the iconic band, Eagles. He talks about working with Danny Seraphine in his band, California Transit Authority (CTA).
Wonderful, fun and informative. The Eugene Edwards episode was awesome.
This is the most painful podcast I ever listened to.
This podcast is at the top of my list of podcasts and I always look forward to new episodes. The guests are fascinating and Eric is a talented interviewer, and always so well-prepared. The end of the interviews leave me wanting more and I’m always disappointed it’s over. This podcast is a must for any musician. I’m just a piano teacher but educating myself on this side of the music business helps me better guide my students. Incredible podcast - you won’t be disappointed!