45 episodes

The Riff Raff started as an idea I had a few years ago just to sit and chat with my friends whom I consider to be inspirational to me in some way- whether it be as a musician, artist or whatever the case may be. Over the years, as a working musician, I’ve been lucky to work with many amazing people and musicians and would like to share some of their stories with you.

I’m a professional musician. I like stories. I mean... I REALLY like stories. Oh, and I love jokes too. Luckily, I work with some of the best in the business, and they happen to have great stories (and usually great jokes as well). Anyway, i want to put these stories down for people to enjoy - it’s fun. Some people like to garden, or take photos, or collect magnets for the fridge… but me? I like to get these stories down for all to enjoy!

So this is a podcast about the creative process and, yes, being a guitar player, we do occasionally talk shop, gear, etc., but I’m not going to limit it to that as I get this thing going.

Oh yeah, we jam a bit too!

The Riff Raff with Shane Theriot The Riff Raff with Shane Theriot

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The Riff Raff started as an idea I had a few years ago just to sit and chat with my friends whom I consider to be inspirational to me in some way- whether it be as a musician, artist or whatever the case may be. Over the years, as a working musician, I’ve been lucky to work with many amazing people and musicians and would like to share some of their stories with you.

I’m a professional musician. I like stories. I mean... I REALLY like stories. Oh, and I love jokes too. Luckily, I work with some of the best in the business, and they happen to have great stories (and usually great jokes as well). Anyway, i want to put these stories down for people to enjoy - it’s fun. Some people like to garden, or take photos, or collect magnets for the fridge… but me? I like to get these stories down for all to enjoy!

So this is a podcast about the creative process and, yes, being a guitar player, we do occasionally talk shop, gear, etc., but I’m not going to limit it to that as I get this thing going.

Oh yeah, we jam a bit too!

    Episode 44 with Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Cher, Night Ranger, Solo)

    Episode 44 with Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Cher, Night Ranger, Solo)

    My guest today is Mr. Joel Hoekstra. Joel is a fantastic guitarist who is holds down a number of high profile gigs, among them Whitesnake (of which he is a current member), Night Ranger , Cher, Trans- Siberian Orchestra, Rock of Ages and many others. As many musicians do Joel spent years paying his dues both in Chicago and later New York City where he worked gigs of all types including Broadway shows and even playing bass with the Turtles!
     Not just a sideman however Joel has many solo releases under his own name including the latest record called “Running Games” that features an all-star cast of musicians including Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards) as well as Jeff Scott Soto on background vocals.
    In this interview Joel takes us into what it takes to land these high profile gigs and how networking and hard work still pay off.
    LINKS
    Check out “Running Games here

    Joel’s Website

    Joel Hoekstra Facebook

    Joel’s Instagram


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    • 52 min
    Episode 43 with KK Downing (Judas Priest/ KK's Priest)

    Episode 43 with KK Downing (Judas Priest/ KK's Priest)

    My guest today is Mr. KK Downing, original member, co founder and guitarist for the legendary band Judas Priest, and his own project KK’s Priest.

    It goes without saying that Judas Priest are one of the most influential bands in the history of metal. It's also a fact that KK's place in the history of metal is intact and secure since he was a part of Judas Priest since the very inception of that band. But KK doesn't seem content with resting on his laurels and he continues his legacy by creating new music and forging ahead with his new project named KK’s Priest. They have a brand new record out entitled “Sermons of the Sinner.”
    KK was kind enough chat with me from his home in England via Zoom and we discussed many topics including songwriting, his early years, influences, the concept of “Light and Shade”, the guitar gear used in the early Priest days, and many other things (including the time Marie Osmond got upset over the use of a bullwhip prop on a TV show!)
    As a big Priest fan myself I was thrilled to chat with KK. He is a very nice guy and enjoyable to talk to. I know you will enjoy it!

    Recorded Oct. 11, 2021
    LINKS
    KK’s Website 
    BUY SERMONS OF THE SINNER HERE


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    • 44 min
    Episode 42 Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad, Mark Farner's American Band)

    Episode 42 Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad, Mark Farner's American Band)

    My guest today is Mr. Mark Farner. Best known as the frontman guitarist/songwriter and lead singer for one of the biggest bands in 1970’s rock- Grand Funk Railroad. From the game changing Atlanta Pop Festival performance to the legendary Shea Stadium performance that they sold out in 72 hours (breaking the Beatles record many times over) Mark has seen and done it all. These days he’s still rocking with his Mark Farner’s American Band and tours constantly.

     One of his best known songs is the 1970 classic I’m your Captain (Closer to Home) which by now has reached legendary rock anthem status. In this interview he tells me about how a prayer inspired him to write the song, We also talk about his early influences, how Grand Funk blew Led Zeppelin off stage one night in Ohio, how he learned to sing by reading a newspaper upside down, his Musicraft Messenger guitar and much much more. There was so much I wanted to ask but we just ran out of time- (Hendrix, Zappa, working with Ringo etc…)but we still got a lot of good stuff in!

    At 72 years of age he still plays and sings his ass off. If you need proof of this just check out the new DVD by Mark and his band- “From Chile with Love” which was released in April. Mark does a lot for Veterans and is donating 20% of all proceeds from each sale of the DVD to help Veterans. You guys all need to go and check this out! Mark is such a great guy and a class act. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did. 

    MARK's WEBSITE- https://markfarner.com/

    BUY MUSIC AND "FROM CHILE WITH LOVE" CLICK HERE

    Veterans Support Foundation number- 1-800-882-1316

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    • 52 min
    Episode 41 Trey Gunn (King Crimson, Solo Artist, music coach)

    Episode 41 Trey Gunn (King Crimson, Solo Artist, music coach)

    My guest today is Trey Gunn- solo artist, Chapman Stick and Warr guitar pioneer and virtuoso and member of the groundbreaking band King Crimson for 10 years. With at 15 solo records (and counting) under his belt Trey shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, he's only just getting going. After watching Trey's lecture on Youtube on developing your own voice (see below for link) I was inspired enough to contact him for some personal sessions.
    We talk about all this and much more in this episode- thanks for listening!
    Check out Trey's Music here
    Here is the video I reference in the podcast- Trey Gunn on Original Voice
    Trey's Website- Trey Gunn.com


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    • 49 min
    Episode 40 Scott Sharrard (Solo artist, Greg Allman Band, Little Feat)

    Episode 40 Scott Sharrard (Solo artist, Greg Allman Band, Little Feat)

    My guest today is Scott Sharrard, a great singer, guitarist and songwriter who hails from Michigan but could also have easily have been raised in the Delta. Scott is probably best known for being a long time member of Gregg Allman's band but as of late has also joined the legendary Little Feat.
    In this episode he tells us about how he got the gig with Greg Allman, playing Duane Allmans legendary Les Paul, joining Little Feat, songwriting, teaching and much more!

    Find Scott online at his website here

    Little Feat click here

    True Fire Courses


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    • 58 min
    Episode 39- Guthrie Trapp on The Riff Raff w Shane Theriot

    Episode 39- Guthrie Trapp on The Riff Raff w Shane Theriot

    My guest today is Mr. Guthrie Trapp. Guthrie is a monster Nashville “superpicker” with a wide range of credits including Jerry Douglas, Garth Brooks, Delbert McClinton, John Oates and many more. 
    Guthrie is also a successful educator and has some great instructional material (Country Guitar) available from Artist Works.
    His solo records Pick Peace and Life After Dark both showcase a diverse taste in styles- all of which he is able to perform with ease and with a great sense of time, taste and feel.

    We’ve been friends for a while, but it was great to sit down with Guthrie in my studio in New Orleans where he was kicking back for a few weeks during the coronavirus shutdown last fall.

    As always thanks for tuning in! Be sure and visit my page https://www.shanetheriot.com/ and sign up as a member on Rewards Music! It’s free and I’ll be doing a lot of cool things upcoming including Masterclasses, lessons and just overall community hangs! 

    Guthrie Trapp Website https://guthrietrapp.com/

    Artist Works https://artistworks.com/electric-country-guitar-lessons-guthrie-trapp


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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
360 Ratings

360 Ratings

bigchief1 ,

Wonderful podcast!

If you are a music fan I think you will enjoy the uber talented guitarist, Shane Theriot interview some of his favorite musicians. Check it out!

Flyin Samoan ,

The interviews and questions you want to hear

Shane asks great questions and gets his guests to tell stories (Audley Freed's Jimmy Page stories are not to be missed, really funny.) The playing is informal, relaxed, and fun. It's like you're listening to friends hanging out. The dangerous aspect, for me, is that if I listen to an interview with an artist I'm not familiar with, I almost always end up buying a one or more (usually more) of their recordings or recordings mentioned on the podcast.

MusicEvery ,

Excellent Music Podcast

Each episode is interesting, informative, entertaining. Shane interviews musicians and there is always a great story!

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