Fascinating folks of note, from writers and musicians/artists to business and tech leaders, are interviewed by well-known LA radio DJ Nic Harcourt about the songs, bands, and concerts that have influenced their lives from childhood to now. What are the tracks they return to over and over, and what new artists have they embraced in recent years? Would they be the person they are today without this music? With the Sound of Success, Harcourt turns his legendarily expansive knowledge of music to host revealing and relatable interviews about the artists and sounds that have meant the most to a wide range of people.
14 year old Natalie Merchant spent her babysitting money on 8 track cartridges of 'cut out' albums by Brian Eno, Roxy Music and David Bowie from her local drugstore and her first live show was seeing the Styx Grand Illusion tour at Buffalo Auditorium
Singer, songwriter and composer Natalie Merchant got her start when she joined the band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 at age 17, becoming the lead vocalist and primary lyricist for the group. She made seven albums with the band before setting out on a solo career and in 1995; her debut album 'Tigerlilly' was an immediate success with singles 'Carnival', 'Wonder' and 'Jealousy' helping the album sell over 5 million copies. She has since released nine studio albums as a solo artist exploring a diverse range of musical styles. At the time of our conversation, her most recent album is 'Keep Your Courage'.
Roger Bennett's first musical purchase was Simon & Garfunkel's 'Sounds of Silence', his first live show was Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark at the Liverpool Empire and his favorite video is for the Talking Heads song 'Once in a Lifetime'.
Liverpool born, Manhattan based broadcaster, podcaster, and filmmaker Roger Bennett hosts multiple podcasts and TV shows focussing on soccer/football through his Men in Blazers Media Network. He’s also a published author releasing his memoir 'Reborn in the USA: An Englishman's Love Letter to his Chosen Home' in 2021; which debuted at #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List.
Lyle Lovett thinks The Milk Carton Kids are a modern day Smothers Brothers, his first musical memory is seeing Nat King Cole on TV, his first album was 'The Monkees' and he found his first backing band in Luxembourg!
Lyle Lovett began performing by playing acoustic sets at bars just off of the Texas A&M University campus, while studying for bachelor degrees in German and Journalism. His career has been typically associated with country music and he’s won four Grammys, including awards for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. He’s also incorporated gospel, blues, jazz and swing into his body of work and acted in television and film; most notably in four movies for the late director, Robert Altman.
Noel Gallagher's first musical memory is Elvis' death. His first show? the Damned at Manchester Apollo in 1980; 88-90 Acid House is his dance jam, he digs U2's 'Joshua Tree' videos and he likes routine!
This week's guest is songwriter, producer, (and let’s just say it) rockstar, Noel Gallager. Noel was the main songwriter, lead guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the band Oasis (the most popular and successful UK band of the 90's) from 1991 until their split in 2009. He has written nine UK number-one singles and ten UK number-one studio albums. After leaving Oasis, he formed Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, who have put out four albums; the most recent 'Council Skies' was released June 2, 2023 (two weeks before this conversation was recorded). He is widely considered to be one of the most influential songwriters in the history of British rock music. Nic caught up with Noel on his US tour backstage at the Greek theater in Los Angeles
Portugal The Man's John Gourley grew up in the Alaskan wilderness listening to his parents' Motown records. His first musical memory is hearing The Beatles 'Here Comes The Sun', The Aphex Twin will get him dancing & his favorite live band is Pantera.
John Gourley is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the band Portugal. The Man, a group who after five independently released albums and another three on Atlantic Records, found crossover success around the world with their 2017 album ‘Woodstock’ and it's hit song "Feel It Still” which scored the group a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group performance in 2018. Like many in the creative community the band’s career was put into neutral during the pandemic, but they are back on the road this summer (2023) with a new album 'Chris Black Changed My Life'.
Lucinda Williams talks about her memoir 'Don't Tell Anybody the Secrets I Told You', and shares the music that inspired her. From Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan & Joan Baez to John Coltrane, James Brown & Prince.
Lucinda Williams is one of the most celebrated singer-songwriters of her generation. Her first two albums 'Ramblin' on My Mind' and 'Happy Woman Blues', recorded in 1979 and 1980 respectively, received critical acclaim. Her 1988 self titled release opened the doors to a career that has has seen her mix of Rock, Blues, Punk and Country Americana establish her own unique lane in the music business. Her 1988 release 'Car Wheels on a Gravel Road' earned her a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album; the follow-up, 'Essence' released in 2001, hit the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 28, and garnered three Grammy nominations, winning the award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the single "Get Right with God”. Other albums include 'Blessed', 'The Ghost Of Highway 20', 'Good Souls', 'Better Angels’ and at the time of our conversation she was readying the release of her 16th studio album, 'Stories from a Rock n Roll Heart’. Lucinda recently published her first book, a memoir, 'Don’t Tell Anybody the Secrets I Told You’.
There is no better interviewer than Nic Harcourt!
I love the show. Fascinating guests and great questions from Nic Harcourt, who I’ve loved listening to for years. It’s wonderful hearing how music helps define such a wide array of people.