Wildman Steve, an award-winning DJ and musician, interviews and presents live performances from musicians you should know about in WildmanSteve Radio studios in Auburn, AL. In-depth interviews and exclusive live performances from significant artists that are worthy of your listening pleasure!
Wildman Steve's Record Shop Episode 24 - Kelly's Lot
Kelly's Lot was formed in 1994 by Kelly Zirbes, a folk singer/songwriter with a heart for the blues. With 14 CDs and lots of touring in the USA and Europe, the band will celebrate 25 years since the first night the band hit the stage at the Roxy in Hollywood. Kelly Z met soundman, Perry Robertson, in 1996 who soon produced their ‘Live at the Troubadour’ CD. Within a year he joined the band, started writing songs with Kelly Z and added the Southern Rock and Texas influences that have shaped their sound. As a duo or band, they have played coffee shops, theaters, festivals, clubs, house concerts and a variety of events. In the last 15 years they have created an 5-8 piece Blues band that is well respected in the American Blues Scene. Some of the larger festivals they have played are Waterfront Blues, Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival, Ventura County Blues Festival, Lavaudieu Music Festival. Their songs have been heard in movies and television and covered by other artists. Kelly Z is currently working on songs for a couple film projects while still grabbing some inspiration from her fans on facebook. Challenging them to look in their hearts and share just one word, she then challenges herself to choose a word and write a song in two hours. Perry Robertson, who shares the band leader title with Kelly Z, has recorded and produced most of the band’s music including the recently released 'Can't Take My Soul’. the new CD features AmericanA, Blues, Folk and Roots/Rock creations . It’s a journey of messages, inspirations and some toe tapping rhythms. Mostly featuring a 4 piece of guitar, bass, drums and vocals, the CD also offers some accordion, harmonica, keys and even a Kelly Z whistle. As a duo, a 4 piece or a full 8 piece band they always pack a lot of energy while still getting to the heart of the listener.
Check out Kelly's Lot at their website, kellyslot.com
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Wildman Steve's Record Shop Episode 23 - Martha's Trouble
Founding band/soul mates Jen and Rob Slocumb met in 1996 with a twist of fate inside a Houston, Texas, coffee shop where Jen worked booking bands. Rob was home to see his parents after a music venture fizzled. It started as a simple bond over music. Time led them to realize it was something much more. The two fell in love and were married.
They continued to write and play music, building up enough of a repertoire to start producing albums and touring around the country and the world.Their work has not gone unnoticed. Some of the most influential and well-respected music critics of our time have paid tribute to the duo. They have been listed and featured in Billboard Magazine, USA Today, AOL Music, XM Satellite Radio and Performing Songwriter. Their songs have received awards and have been featured in made-for-TV movies shown to national audiences
In 2016, Jen and Rob bought a historical home (built in 1907) in Downtown Opelika, Alabama and converted it into The Sound Wall, a multi-purpose creative space featuring a state of the art recording studio, a chefs kitchen, and artist residence.
In 2019, the pair launched the first annual Opelika Songwriter Festival, which brought many fine artists to the area, and have announced the lineup for 2020. We caught up with them last year during the festival.
Keep up with Martha's Trouble at their website, marthastrouble.com. The 2nd Annual Opelika Songwriter's Festival begins March 27th and lasts through the 29th. Check it out at opelikasongwritersfestival.com Thanks for listening to Wildman Steve's Record Shop, tune in next time for more fun and thrills galore!
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Wildman Steve's Record Shop Episode 22 - Noah Zacharin
Noah Zacharin is a widely acclaimed guitar master, multi-genre songwriter, and dynamic performer. He was given his first guitar at age 9, worte his first song at 13, and began performing at 14. In December 2015, Noah became a full-time recording and touring musician, and is more thrilled than ever to be doing what he has always done. Born in Montreal, Zacharin splits his time between Toronto, the road , and an off-grid cabin on the Canadian Shield.
Noah is also an award-winning poet and translator, having won McGill's Chester-Macnaghten poetry prize and Matrix Magazine's translation prize. He's published hundreds of poems, translations, and review, in periodicals and anthologies worldwide, and is currently at work on his first full-length manuscript of poems.
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Wildman Steve's Record Shop Episode 21 - Bob Lord
Bob Lord is a producer, composer, bassist and CEO of PARMA Recordings, the New Hampshire-based audio production house and parent company of the Navona, Ravello, Big Round, MMC, Capstone, and Ansonica Records label imprints.
In 1996 he co-founded the award-winning recording and touring experimental rock trio Dreadnaught (described by Relix Magazine as “the country's best 'pure' prog-rock combo") and since 2005 has been the Music Director for the New Hampshire Public Radio series Writers on a New England Stage at The Music Hall in Portsmouth NH, where the band has shared the stage with Dan Brown, John Updike, Salman Rushdie, Stephen King, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and many more. In 2004 and 2018 Dreadnaught won "Best Rock Band" at the Spotlight Music Awards in Portsmouth NH.
With Pete Townshend of The Who Bob co-produced the double album METHOD MUSIC by Lawrence Ball, released in 2012 on Navona Records
As of now, Bob has more than 600 recording and production credits on his resume. He is President of the Zagreb Festival Orchestra in Zagreb HR, a member of the Board of Trustees of The Music Hall in Portsmouth NH, and on the Advisory Board of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, also in Portsmouth NH.
Keep up with Bob Lord at boblordmusic.com and dreadnaughtrock.com. Thanks for listening to Wildman Steve's Record Shop!
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Wildman Steve's Record Shop Episode 20 - Sarah Clanton
Sarah Clanton is bringing people together and building a feel-good machine. The Nashville singer-songwriter, who has brought the classical and pop worlds together with her use of a cello, rather than a guitar, to front one of Music City’s most unique bands, has been on a feel-good mission since long before she plucked her way into town. But it’s never been more apparent than on her new album, Here We Are.
A classically-trained musician who began playing cello age 9, Clanton grew up in a conservative Southern Baptist household, where MTV and certain radio and tv shows were off-limits. Then, her life changed in college, when she discovered holistic alternatives to calm her life-long anxiety, and the new sounds of the Greenville, South Carolina open mic scene. She found herself performing more frequently, and even organizing a couple festivals of her own like Music in the Woods - a weekly solar powered festival at Paris Mountain State Park in Greenville, South Carolina.. And by the time she left Greenville for Music City in 2014, she had already recorded her first album, and was doing 200 dates a year, playing bars, weddings.
We caught up with her when she visited Auburn to play a Sundilla Acoustic Concert in February 2020.
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Wildman Steve's Record Shop Episode 19 - Stoll Vaughan
Originally from Kentucky, Stoll Vaughan's music career started in the late 1990's, when he left Interlochen Arts Academy and moved to Bloomington Indiana to get involved in Echo Park Studios. Mike Wanchic, producer and longtime guitarist for John Mellencamp, discovered Stoll and helped him develop the foundation for his songwriting. By the mid '00s, he had released two solo albums that were received with acclaim, charting in the Top 10 on the Americana charts. He eventually made his way to Los Angeles, where his music has been featured in major motion pictures and television series such as True Blood, Friday Night Lights, Shameless, The Office, and many more. Most recently, he co-wrote songs for the debut album by Allman Betts Band "Down To The River," and their upcoming sophomore release. Vaughan's latest solo effort is an album titled "Desires Shape," and he dropped into the Record Shop in January 2020 to give us a sneak preview.
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Wildman Steve has been doing cool stuff in Auburn, AL since before I was born. He is an amazing interviewer and a truly cool person. If you like music you are gonna love this podcast and Wildman! The good lord smashed the mold when he made this dude!