I talk musical careers & random adventures with Canadian musicians, promoters, photographers, broadcasters etc. who I've connected with in the biz. The one requirement of my guests is that they're more famous than I am.
Episode 70 Ray Harrison Stories from the bar
Ray "Rabbit" Harrison is an iconic pianist/keyboardist who has played professionally since the early 1960s.
Over all these years, He's played with several top shelf acts including the Grease Ball Boogie Band, Shooter, Crowbar, Downchild & the Cameo Blues Band.
In this installment of "Rock & Roll Stories from the bar, we discussed everything from how he got the nickname "Rabbit" to eventually having four charted singles with the band Shooter. And of course, how messed up things could get on the road playing in the bars in North America.
Episode 69 Mitchell Field Rock & Roll Stories from the bar
I've interviewed Mitch Field in the past when we focused mostly on his beginnings in music & his dealings with CBS records.
In this installment of "Rock & Roll Stories from the bar", we discussed adventures of traveling across North America while enduring brutal winter driving conditions, dealing with unscrupulous bar owners & a whole lot more!
Episode 68 Frank Soda Rock & Roll stories from the bar
In our premier episode of our new series "Rock & Roll stories from the bar", I chat with Frank Soda.
Frank dedicated years of his life advancing his musical career while touring the bars & nightclubs across North America. From backing up Thor with his band The Imps to scoring his own record deals, Franks has seen just about all there was to see during the glory days of making a living playing Rock & Roll in the bars.
We talk about when Frank & his band were threatened by random thugs in Quebec for not speaking French in a restaurant, recording a live album with CHUM FM at the notorious Piccadilly Tube in Toronto. .....aaaand a lot more!
Episode 67 Alec Fraser Jr
Alec Fraser Jr immigrated from Scotland to Canada as a young boy & although he was upset at having to leave his original homeland, was quick to assimilate himself into Toronto's then burgeoning music scene.
He is a multiple Juno award winning record producer & has made an honest living over the years as a journeyman musician backing up the stars.
When the pandemic took hold, he decided to get to work on his dream solo recording project, "On the wings of the wind".
We discussed all that & more during our conversation. https://alecfraserjr.com/
Episode 66 Brian Gagnon Rounding the corner
Brian Gagnon has been a full time musician for most of his life. Having played in the popular bar band, Dillinger before forming the classic Canadian band, the Hunt. He put the Hunt together with former members of Dillinger & former Max Webster drummer Paul Kersey. They were signed almost immediately to a record deal & enjoyed significant radio success in North America & Europe.
Eventually with a young family at home, Brian grew tired of playing six nights a week & so he became a full time session player.
When the pandemic hit, Brian's studio work completely dried up.
In this episode, we reviewed his career in bands & discussed how Covid-19 has impacted his fortunes.
We also talked about how it feels to be getting closer to the end of this global pandemic.
Episode 65 Darby Mills Rounding the corner
Darby Mills, is mostly known as the lead singer for the classic Canadian rock band "The Headpins".
Before the pandemic hit, she was on the rise under her own banner with the Darby Mills project. She had several what she considered "glass ceiling" shows cancelled during the 1st major Covid-19 lock down.
In this episode, we talk about how she & her band mates have done their best to adjust & adapt to new technologies in order to stay fresh during the past 16 months.
She also told me about her personal ordeal & grief when she hadn't been allowed to visit her elderly father due to the pandemic & then losing him to Covid-19.
Not one to be deterred, Darby Mills has solid plans to continue making music for her dedicated group of fans moving forward.