Is Breakfast Included?
By Bernie Guerra & Lisa Lederman
© 2023 Burn the Lease
Is Breakfast Included?Feb 03, 2023
117 - Conor Hickey
In this week’s episode of "Is Breakfast Included?", Bernie sits down with his good friend, Conor Hickey. Tune in for a fascinating exploration of horror, wrestling, UFOs, and the comedic genius of Bill Hicks. They dig into horror classics, supernatural folklore, influential comedy and music legends, as well as discuss the evolution of the music industry.
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116 - Cosmo Wilson
In this week’s episode Bernie takes us on a journey through the career of Cosmo Wilson, a veteran lighting director who has worked on some of the biggest tours in the world. He candidly shares his love for the industry, experiences with rock legends, and the evolution of concert lighting. Cosmo also delves into his early rockstar aspirations, his fascination with aviation, and his trademark Hawaiian shirts.
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115 - Mark Haney
This week Bernie chats with award-winning film director in the live entertainment industry, Mark Haney. Mark tells us how he attempted to avoid the music business by focusing his education and career on video. He was then asked to help out with video on just one tour and has since gone on to produce videos on some of the biggest artist’s tours in the world. Influenced by his older brother, who worked as a monitor engineer, Mark delves into memories of iconic music industry characters, and the significant role his upbringing and family played in his career.
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114 - Paris Visone
This week Bernie chats with photographer and director, Paris Visone. Paris is a touring photographer and sometimes videographer who has worked with bands such as Blondie, New Found Glory, Limp Bizkit, Godsmack, and New Kids On The Block. In this conversation she talked to Bernie about the band who inspired her to become a photographer and how it all came full circle when she got to work with them. They also discuss terrible roadies, super-fans, Boston stereotypes, and English breakfasts.
113 - Brandon Fields
This week Bernie sits down with the owner and founder of Old Bones Therapy, Brandon Fields. Old Bones Therapy (OBT) specializes in making compression sleeves, braces, supplements and creams for pain management. Brandon talks about starting the company six years ago and how he made the decision to quit his software engineering job to focus on OBT full-time. Bernie recently started using OBT knee braces and compression socks on the Duran Duran UK tour and can’t believe the difference they’re making on his old bones… so he wanted to find out the story behind the company.
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112 - John Douglas
This week Bernie sits down with drummer, artist, and drum tech, John Douglas. John tells us about getting his start in the music industry, from being in a Texas cover band, to landing a record deal, to customizing drum kits and working as a drum tech for some of the biggest acts in the world. John also talks about his love of painting and his recent move from Aerosmith drum tech to Aerosmith drummer.
111 - Bert LeCato
This week Bernie sits down with the president of InTuneGP, Bert LeCato. InTuneGP manufactures custom guitar picks for some of the biggest artists in the world as well as loads of local and regional bands. Bert disrupted the guitar pick industry by manufacturing a quality product backed by great service and offering small minimum orders. Bert talks to Bernie about leaving his job in 2000 to work on his company full-time and how it paid off. They also share stories about some of their favorite artists, thoughts on pick collecting, and what it was like getting a call from Slayer's Kerry King.
110 - Robin Arthur
This week Bernie sits down with artist and friend, Robin Arthur. Robin tells us all about Paonia, Colorado, the quirky, rural, hippie community where she lives. She walks us through a few of her past jobs, how she became a artist, and why she paints what she paints. Robin is a very versatile artist, specializing in pet portraits, landscapes, abstracts and chickens. Rumor is, she'll paint a chicken of any size!
109 - Matt Noveskey
This week Bernie catches up with Blue October’s bassist, Matt Noveskey. Matt talks about his family’s musical roots, what inspired him to take up the bass, his decision to pick up and move from Michigan to Texas in 1998 to join Blue October, and his studio located in Austin, Orb Recording Studios. They had a great conversation and Matt even tells a story about turning a certain bassist on to Aguilar amps.
108 - Dug Pinnick
This week Bernie speaks with bassist/singer of the legendary rock band Kings X, Dug Pinnick. They discuss how Kings X landed in the Christian music scene, got the boot from the Christian community, and found their voice by creating a genre of their own. Dug was not afraid to answer all of Bernie’s questions and share his own opinions on current issues.
107 - Boys Club For Girls
This week Bernie sits down with Amie Miriello & Vanessa Olivarez of Boys Club for Girls. They discuss how they began singing together, why they need to keep singing together, and their new self-titled album which is being released today. It is a combination of beautiful harmonies, great songs, and fresh air. You can get the album on all streaming platforms as well as buy tickets to their album release show on April 13th at The Basement in Nashville, TN.
106 - Ricky Brooks
This week Bernie talks with The Nixons’ bassist, Ricky Brooks. Ricky breaks down what it was like being in The Nixons and how they went from being a cover band in their early days, to an all original band. He discussed everything from how they got signed to a major label to how he got fired and how The Nixons reunited in 2017. They also discuss Huver and the limited edition vinyl which was released last Friday through the DFW Legacy Series.
Huver's Wheatland LP: Limited edition vinyl release
105 - Bernie Guerra & Lisa Lederman
This week’s episode marks the beginning of our third season and for this one, we switched things up a little bit. I, Lisa, turned the tables on Bernie and put him in the hot seat for a change. We learned of his origin story and had a really great conversation. Bernie talked about where he grew up, how he got into the music industry, and what sparked the idea for this podcast. We also discussed some of our favorite episodes, and our new merch store! It was my first attempt behind the mic, we had a great time, and hopefully this will happen again from time to time.
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104 - TJ Hoffmann
This week Bernie sits down with filmmaker TJ Hoffmann. TJ is the creator of a documentary called "Roadie: My Documentary" available now on Tubi and Amazon Freevee. The film spans TJ’s 20 year career as a roadie and takes you on the road and behind the curtain to hear real road stories told by real roadies. This is a must see for any fan of live music, maybe to understand just a little bit about what roadies do and what it really takes to make a live show happen.
103 - Big Story
This week Bernie speaks with Dave Perez and Ross Rubio from the power trio, Big Story. Big Story just dropped their new EP, "Hot" which is available today on all of the streaming platforms. They took some time to talk about this new release, their new lineup, and the writing process for “Hot”. Bernie had a great time catching up with his old friends as they traded road stories, discussed influences, and covered the old “today's office” posts on social media!
102 - Frank White & Alan Tecchio
This week Bernie sits down with music photographer Frank White and metal singer Alan Tecchio. Frank and Alan came together to co-author a fantastic book called "Jersey Metal: A History of the Garden State’s Heavy Metal Scene Volume One". Their book offers a unique autobiographical perspective on NJ's Heavy Metal music history through photos, ads, interviews and band bios with a primary focus on the years 1969 through 1986. They talk about their history in the scene and why they decided to write the book. We also discuss some of their favorite bands, clubs and of course, breakfast!
101 - Michael Mroz
This week Bernie speaks with guitarist Michael Mroz. Michael plays Angus Young in the premiere AC/DC tribute band, "Back in Black". They discuss the band's past and talk about a brand new documentary which chronicles their journey over the past 20 years. The documentary, “My Stupid Tribute Band”, recently premiered on Amazon Prime Video and is available to stream by clicking here. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you’re missing out on a great band story!
100 - Sterling Winfield
This week Bernie sits down with music producer and engineer, Sterling Winfield. Sterling talks about his work with Pantera, his history with the band, and their current tour. Bernie also digs into his work as an audio engineer and finds out how Sterling spends his time these days. In other news, this is the 100th episode of our podcast! We are thrilled to have arrived at this point and would like to thank all of our listeners and guests for their continued support!
99 - Greg Spicoli Reneau
This week Bernie shoots the shit with radio host Greg "Spicoli" Reneau. Greg is an encyclopedia of all things rock and has a sharp focus on the local Dallas music scene. He is best known as an on-air personality at 89.3 KNON where he, along with Lee Russell, host the "Reckless Rock Radio" show. Greg and Bernie discuss DFW music, the Reckless Rock Radio show, and some of the differences between working with corporate and public radio.
98 - Ramiro Noriega
This week Bernie sits down with Dallas-based guitarist, Ramiro Noriega. Ramiro plays Malcolm Young in the premiere AC/DC tribute band, “Back In Black”. He also plays in the Van Halen Tribute band, “Mean Street”. They talk about Back In Black’s new documentary, “My Stupid Tribute Band”, which just premiered on Amazon Prime Video. The conversation then took an interesting turn toward struggles with depression, anxiety and not feeling good enough. Although this interview went a little differently than expected, Bernie and Ramiro really connected and had a great time. Watch the documentary on Amazon Prime by clicking here.
97 - Al Marks
This week Bernie sits down with the former director of Artist Management at A&M Records, Al Marks. Al worked with A&M for over two decades and has also spent time at EMI, MCA, and 220 Entertainment. Now retired, he spends his time holding online auctions of rock & roll guitar picks and donates 100% of the proceeds to charity. Al has some amazing stories and tells us a few including one that involves the late great Jimi Hendrix!
96 - Aidan Mullen
This week Bernie sits down with guitarist and bass technician, Aidan Mullen. Aidan currently looks after Rick Savage of Def Leppard. In the past, Aidan has played with artists such as Eddie Money and Collin Raye. He has also worked for Y&T, Aerosmith, Metallica, and a host of other bands. Aidan shares stories of his career, including one from his time with Metallica where the band’s history was changed. Aidan is a master of his craft, as well as a great guy who has seen and done it all. He’s even a Realtor so give him a call, if you need help finding your dream home!
95 - Riki Rachtman
94 - Richard Hilton
For this week's episode, Bernie and I took a road trip up to Connecticut and sat down with musician, engineer, and producer, Richard Hilton. Richard is the keyboardist for the band "Nile Rodgers & Chic", and has worked with Nile for over 30 years. We spoke about Richard’s work with Nile, David Bowie, Duran Duran and both Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, and barely scratched the surface. Richard has seen and done it all and has the receipts to prove it.
93 - Greg Howard
In this week's episode, Bernie flies to Vegas to meet up with his good friend and fellow guitar technician, Greg Howard. Greg tells us about his early career working for bands such as DAG and Cry of Love, all the way through to working for larger artists like AC/DC, Green Day, Sheryl Crow, and Aerosmith! We also talk about 3 Monkeys Amps and 3 Monkeys Solderless, companies that Greg and his partners started to provide reliable components for touring musicians.
92 - Jennifer Wallace
This week Bernie speaks with Dallas based artist and graphic illustrator, Jennifer Wallace. He and Jennifer discuss her work as a graphic designer and what led to her unique style of painting. Jennifer also indirectly designed the album cover art for for Alice Cooper’s “Live from the Astroturf” album, and she fills us in on how it all went down.
91 - Arthur Gonzalez
This week Bernie sits down with photographer and videographer, Arthur Gonzalez. Arthur talks about what it was like growing up in Roswell, New Mexico (👽) and how he ended up making his way to West Texas. He explains how he got into the music industry by learning all aspects of production, and we talk about his music career as a ghost guitar player. Arthur pretty much does it all, and he was a lot of fun to talk to!
90 - Just Knate
In this week’s episode Bernie speaks with an amazing philanthropic caregiver who goes by the name Just Knate. Knate has made it his personal mission to be kind and lend a helping hand wherever possible. If you’ve seen his videos on TikTok and Instagram, then you already know he’s making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate and unhoused. Bernie had a great time learning about Knate, how he started this mission, what keeps him going, and what his plans are for the future.
89 - John Taylor
This week Bernie sits down with his boss and superstar bass player, John Taylor! Duran Duran was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and just two days before the ceremony, John and Bernie got together for this conversation. They discuss what this event means to the band, their extra-special Las Vegas Halloween show, and what it’s like finding balance within the band. They also get really serious and try to nail down the differences between lunch and brunch.
88 - Einar Pedersen
This week Bernie chops it up with Einar Pedersen III. Bernie and Einar work together on the current Duran Duran tour where Einar is the production manager. Einar is also an accomplished bass player who’s been a member of the Dan Band and has spent over 10 years touring with Kelly Clarkson. They talk about growing up in Texas with bands such as Kings X and The Galactic Cowboys, the many angles of the music business, and why Texas has spawned so many great musicians.
87 - Evel Frehley
This week Bernie shoots the shit with songwriter and frontman for Evel Frehley, Terry Glaze. Evel Frehley is a DFW area supergroup comprised of Glaze on vocals, Tommy Roberts on guitar, Taz Bentley on drums, and Kinley Wolfe on bass. Terry and Bernie talk about their new release, "Budokan" and what EF has in store for 2023!
86 - Erv Karwelis
This week Bernie sits down with the founder of Idol Records, Erv Karwelis. Erv talks about his time working with Triple X, Sony, and Geffen, and then how he went on his own to start an independent record label. Idol Records will soon be celebrating their 30th anniversary! We had a great conversation about the music business and why Erv still enjoys doing it after all these years.
85 - Christi Clark
This week Bernie sits down with an old friend, Christi Clark. Christi is a Dallas-based artist who talks about how she started her unique form of art, how it's challenging to see her creations considered “real art”, and why it’s so hard for her to take a compliment. She also tells us about her upcoming exhibition which will be taking place on Halloween weekend at The Epic in Grand Prairie, TX.
84 - Gordon Keith
This week Bernie sits down with radio broadcaster and writer Gordon Keith. Gordon is most recognized for his long standing role as a morning drive time radio host on KTCK SportsRadio 1310 & 96.7FM “The Ticket” in the Dallas area. He also writes a column for the Dallas Morning News and is often featured on WFAA, the local ABC affiliate. Bernie and Gordon chat about their common interests in Muhammad Ali, Duran Duran, and Joe Lewis/Joe Frazier. They also discuss the often overlooked problem of Black Sabbath gatekeeping.
83 - Mario De La Cruz
This week Bernie speaks with jewelry designer and drummer, Mario De La Cruz. Mario talks about his start in Brownsville, TX, where he originally wanted to become a percussion instructor. After playing in a band and working with Celebrity Cruise Line, Mario went on to find his calling in jewelry making and created De La Cruz Signature Designs. It’s a great conversation and we hope you enjoy it!
82 - Sara Abrams
This week Bernie sits down with the multi-talented Sara Abrams. Sara is a singer, songwriter, and bassist for the NY based, death metal band Daughter Chaos. She is also a skilled guitar technician who works out of Main Drag Music in Brooklyn, and in the little free time she has, you'll find her making handcrafted soap! Sara and Bernie discuss her music career and her travel path through Los Angeles, Sweden, Philadelphia and how it all ultimately brought her to NYC.
81 - Humza Sohail
This week Bernie sits down with independent artist Humza Sohail. Humza is a filmmaker, actor, and comedian living in Brooklyn, NY. They discuss his early exposure into comedy, how he got into filmmaking, and moving to a new city in the middle of a pandemic. Humza also helps us understand what it was like for him to grow up as an immigrant child from Pakistan in a post 9/11 America.
80 - Gert Marckx
This week we sit down with expert guitar tech and my good friend, Gert Marckx. Gert is based out of Belgium and in this week’s episode he walks us through the start of his career in the live music industry and how it led him to looking after one of the most famous guitarists in the business. Yes, we are referring to the "Hitmaker" himself, Nile Rodgers! We also discuss iconic venues, some of our favorite cities, and what Gert likes for breakfast.
79 - Nate Dawson
This week we have the pleasure of sitting down with Nate Dawson. Nate is a guitar technician, a stage manager, and a production manager… he really does it alll! I caught up with Nate on a day off and we dove into his history in the music business, our love of music, and our love of touring. Nate is probably one of the nicest guys in the business and it has been great touring with him.
78 - Roy Bickel
This week we sit down with the amazing Roy Bickel. Roy introduced motorized rigging to the concert industry in 1974 while on tour with Jethro Tull. Roy talks about his amazing career, beginning with his roles as a professional waterskier and human cannonball, his work with Disney, and then making his way into live music with the likes of Elvis, Kenny Rogers, Kiss, Reba McEntire, and more. Roy changed the game and is considered the FIRST rock and roll rigger. It was and honor and a pleasure to spend time with him. If you enjoy going to live concerts, then this episode is for you.
77 - Marko Hajdinovic
76 - Robot Monster
75 - Davies Baird
74 - Fatima Thomas
This week we sit down at Dallas’ own Three Links with bassist extraordinaire, Fatima Thomas. Fatima takes us on a journey through her early bass playing days and move to Texas. We learn her story, from happiness to heartbreak, and then on to a new chapter with HESS and Flickerstick. Fatima is a fighter and she’s ready to take on whatever comes her way!
73 - Joshua Blair
This week we have the distinct pleasure of sitting down with Grammy Award winning engineer, and dear friend, Joshua Blair. Josh is a Berklee College of Music graduate and has worked with some of the biggest artists in the world such as Adele, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson & Duran Duran. We had a great conversation, he told some fascinating stories, and we found out what he likes for breakfast.
72 - Pembe Tokluhan
This week we had the pleasure of spending time with Pembe Tokluhan. Pembe is an event specialist who handles all aspects of event production including tour management, production management, and backstage coordination. She shares her amazing story with us and brings us up to speed on her events company, Petok Productions. Petok Productions provides a directory of women, trans, and non-binary professionals to match with various backstage roles. Pembe’s enthusiasm is addictive, and I’m grateful she took the time out of her busy schedule to do this interview with me.
71 - Ozzie Henderson
70 - Felix Threadgill
This week we sit down with London-based audio technician, guitar player, and all-around nice guy, Felix Threadgill. Felix and I have been on the road together for about three months and I wanted him to be on the podcast as soon as I met him. We chat about this gig, his band Recoba, and his love of the game of cricket!
69 - Jeffrey Bryant
In this week’s episode we sit down with the extraordinary Jeffrey Bryant. Jeffrey is our wardrobe manager on the Duran Duran tour and also designs a lot of the band’s stage clothing. In our conversation he takes us from his teenage years, designing clothes for himself and his friends during the punk movement, all to way through to designing clothes for The Pet Shop Boys, Mick Jagger, and Tina Turner, among others. He and his work have appeared in a multitude of TV commercials, music videos, and films. Jeffrey is quite possibly the most creative and talented person I know, and I was honored that he made the time to chat with us.
68 - Chris Miller
67 - Kevin Bell
66 - Fred Burke
65 - Peter Sinclair
This week sit down with singer and songwriter Peter Sinclair! Peter is based out of Wortham, TX and he recently released his debut album, The Freestone Man. We get into his (relatively) short but impressive career so far - his songwriting, touring, and his relationship with country legend Billy Joe Shaver. Peter is a young and amazing talent who I’m sure we’ll be hearing about a lot more in the future.
64 - Denise Simpson
This week we sit down with lighting technician, and artist, Denise Simpson. Denise was born and raised in the live music industry. She tells us stories about watching show production as a child and and what it's like to work in the many different facets of live entertainment. Denise is super humble and talented, and is definitely an asset to any production she is a part of!
63 - Mike Rios
In this week’s episode we chat with my good friend and talent buyer, "Big Mike" Rios. Mike and I talked about his early days of living in San Diego, how he learned about the industry, and how he started booking shows. Mike also shared with me why after 30 years of booking bands in Dallas for his company IRock Entertainment, he has decided to give it all up!
62 - Jason McMaster
In this week’s episode we sit down with singer, songwriter, bassist, producer, and artist generally known for fronting progressive metal bands, Jason McMaster. That’s right, I’m talking about Pastor McMaster from the Church of Disaster himself! 33 years ago this week, Jason and his band Dangerous Toys released their self-titled debut album. Jason shared stories about starting his career in Texas, his time with both Watchtower and Dangerous Toys, and the work he does today with School of Rock.
61 - Mackenzie Phillips
American Graffiti, One Day at a Time, So Weird, Orange Is the New Black - the list goes on and on. That’s right, this week we link up with Mackenzie Phillips! We talk about her early days of getting into acting and how she found her passion, doing what she's doing now. She currently works with people battling addiction and eating disorders at Breathe Life Healing Center in West Hollywood, California. Mack is a unique soul who has weathered many ups and downs, but has come through it all shining like a star!
60 - Caleb Grant
In this week’s episode we sit down with hard-working singer/songwriter Caleb Grant. Caleb hails from Dawson, TX, and in this episode he walks us through his time as a solo artist as well as a sideman. He opens up about getting sober and shares his new outlook on life and his plans for the future!
59 - Michael Briggs
This week we chop it up with Michael Briggs of Civil Audio located in Denton, Texas. We discuss how Michael got his start recording music, what led him to join Lorelei K as full-time member of the band, and what life was like on their recent west coast tour. Michael has a very busy schedule but he made the time to talk to us about the things he loves to do.
58 - Gavin Elder
In this week’s episode we sit down with filmmaker Gavin Elder. Gavin takes us through his evolution as a filmmaker and discusses working with such renowned artists as Duran Duran, David Lynch, AC/DC and David Gilmour, among others. He has had an incredible career which spans decades and he just keeps growing and honing his craft. Gavin and I were both on location in Los Angeles and I’m grateful he took the time to meet up and have this conversation with us.
57 - Lyle Blackburn
This week we sit down with author, musician, and legend hunter, Lyle Blackburn. Lyle is considered one of the leading experts on the Beast of Boggy Creek, and has written several books about sightings of unknown creatures (and other legends). He has narrated three documentary films: Terror in the Skies, The Bray Road Beast, and The Mothman of Point Pleasant for which he was also executive producer and co-writer. I had a great time talking with Lyle and learning all about cryptozoology!
56 - Vince Foster
55 - Dahlia Knowles
This week we talk to the multi-talented Dahlia Knowles. Dahlia is a tattoo artist and hairstylist, but most well known as the lead singer of the dream pop band, Lorelie K! Dahlia and I talk about her early days playing house shows, her new album "Swimming Pool Eternity", and her producer Michael Briggs. She also gets into what it’s like to be a transgender female in the music business and a bit about her transition.
54 - Jude Dyllan Martinez
53 - Jeff Liles
In this week’s episode we sit down with the artistic director at Dallas’ Kessler Theater, Jeff Liles. Jeff has done it all in the music industry and he shares some interesting stories about his early days at Theater Gallery in Deep Ellum. I have wanted to sit down with Jeff for some time now, we barely scratched the surface, but it was well worth the wait!
52 - Chief Cleopatra
This week marks the first anniversary of our podcast and we’re closing out our first season the same way we started it - with a badass female artist! Jalesa Jessie aka Chief Cleopatra is an independent artist based in Austin, TX who is currently making waves in the industry. We talked about her upbringing, her fascination with drummer Jon Theodore, and her moves to Austin. Her hard work is finally paying off and today she releases her new EP, “Luna”. Check it out!
51 - Chaz Knight
Chaz Knight was a legendary part of the Dallas radio scene during the 90s and early 2000s. We recently sat down and had a great conversation about his stints at 97.1 and 105.3, The Local Show, and his band Red Leather. Chaz shared some great stories and life lessons, and he didn’t hold back.
50 - Russ Hewitt
In this week’s episode we sit down with Russ Hewitt. Russ is a Flamenco artist who recently released a single called “Chasing Horizons,” featuring Nuno Bettencort of the band Extreme. We talk about Russ’ early days studying classical guitar, playing in rock bands, and recording his debut album with his all-star band.
49 - Brittany Elliott & Johnny Araya
This week we sit down with Brittany Elliott and Johnny Araya. Brittany is a tattoo artist based out of San Antonio, TX, and Johnny is a former guitar tech who has worked for bands such as Slayer, Danzig, and Misfits. Together they own The Haunted Chapel which designs unique enamel pins, stickers, and one-of-a-kind heavy metal coffee tables!
48 - Monica Aldama
For this week’s episode I drove back to my hometown of Corsicana, TX to sit down with head coach Monica Aldama, star of the Netflix series Cheer! Nothing was off-limits with “the queen”; she answered all of my questions about Cheer, Dancing With the Stars, and her brand new book “Full Out”. I had a great time catching up with my former classmate and I hope you enjoy our conversation.
47 - Justin Powers
This week we chat with director and independent filmmaker, Justin Powers. Justin recently released a documentary, “Everything is A OK” which covers the Dallas punk scene from the late 1970’s to the early 2000’s. It features interviews with The Nervebreakers, Riot Squad, Loco Gringos, Pumpin Ethyl and tons of others! We talk about the making of the movie, how the pandemic helped him focus on editing, and what he’s up to now.
46 - Kellindo Parker
This week we sit down with artist, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Kellindo Parker. Kellindo is lead guitarist and collaborator with Janelle Monae. We met up at Dallas’ Three Links which set the vibe for a great conversation! We discussed his famous uncles (Maceo and Melvin Parker), jammin’ with Prince, what he’d order for breakfast, and so much more.
45 - Kenny Barnwell
In this week’s episode we have the pleasure of chatting with my friend Kenny Barnwell. Kenny is a guitar tech / production manager based out of Tampa, Fl, and ALSO an actor, published author, entrepreneur, and a concert promoter! I’ve been wanting to interview Kenny for a while now and our schedules finally lined up. He takes us through his incredible journey in the entertainment industry, from hardships to successes, we talk about it all!
44 - John Zaskoda
This week we sit down with John Zaskoda, the production manager for Billy Bob's Texas also known as “The Worlds Largest Honky Tonk.” Located in the Ft. Worth Stockyards, Billy Bob's host some of the biggest names in music entertainment as well as regional acts and up-and-comers. John walks us through what a normal day looks like for both small and big shows. We talk about the various jobs he’s done (and excelled) in the past, and what he’s doing now outside of Billy Bob’s.
43 - Big Joe Walker
On this week’s episode we sit down with Dallas based country singer, Big Joe Walker! We talk about what it was like for him growing up playing piano and how he tried to create a trio out of a duo with his best friend and drummer, Chris Johnson. Joe gives us his thoughts on songwriting, shares a story about the time he was covered in pizza at a Pat Green show, and tells us all about his upcoming album, Countryversal, produced by Jon Jon Traxx.
42 - Phil Kemp
On today’s show I sit down with my friend and Duran Duran co-worker, Phil Kemp. Phil is a fellow guitar tech who got his start in this business working for Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders) and the story of how he landed the job is even more unbelievable! He also tells me about the time Phil Collen (Def Leppard) played his custom Jackson guitar live, who else he’s toured with, and what he loves about being a guitar tech.
41 - Ian Rendall
This week we talk to Ian Rendall, founder of The Guitarwrist. The Guitarwrist is a nonprofit organization which repurposes guitar strings donated by artists to make amazing jewelry. 100% of the profits go to a charity of the artist’s choice. Ian talks about how he started The Guitarwrist, the string treatment process, and what he has planned for the future!
40 - Ted Levin
In today’s episode we sit down with a guitarist and songwriter who I've known for the better part of 30 years, Ted Levin. Ted heads up a trio called Sweet Crooner who play all the hits from the 50’s and early 60’s. In our discussion, Ted tells us a few stories of what brought him from NYC to Texas, what it’s like playing in the Dallas metal scene and about the time he auditioned for Marilyn Manson.
39 - Tim Craven
In this week’s episode we have my good buddy Tim Craven on the show. Tim is a former FOH engineer and tour manager who now spends the majority of his time working out of his home studio. He chats to us about his career with NFL Films, mixing Slayer, and the time he spent with Chuck D! We even talk a little bit about our time on the road together.
38 - Ben Danaher
Today we sit down with my friend and singer/songwriter, Ben Danaher. Ben is a writer of “sad songs” and takes us through what it’s like to be an independent artist in Nashville. He discusses touring with national artists and breaks down the merch split. Ben also shares a hilarious Waffle House story, what it's like to tour and how he's just making it happen!
37 - Nick Emde
In episode 37 we venture out to the City of Angels to check in with guitarist Nick Emde aka Cultprit. Nick plays with the industrial rock band Contracult Collective and we sat down to chat after their recent performance at the Welcome to Rockville Festival. Nick and I have been friends for a long time and I wanted to find out what he’s been up to (musically) over these last few years. I ended up finding out so much about him I didn’t know! I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I did having it.
36 - Noelle Jordan
In this week’s episode we have the pleasure of chatting with the multi-talented Noelle Jordan! Noelle is a graduate of Howard University and works in the live music industry as a lightning designer, stage manager, backline technician and digital media producer. Noelle is a strong advocate for mental health and hosts a podcast called “What’s Up Roadie, How You Doin?” which puts a spotlight on this overlooked topic.
35 - Detrick Lowman
On today’s show I catch up with my old friend and fellow tech, Detrick Lowman. Detrick is the long-time stage manager & drum tech for the band, The Roots. He’s also the Senior Music Coordinator for Late Night with Seth Myers - which makes him one of the busiest guys in the business! Despite working two jobs, he made time to chat with me and break down a typical day in his life. We shared a couple stories and he let us know that it’s okay to fly to Italy and back in 52 hours!
34 - Jon “Sully” Sullivan & Adam Nañez
In today’s episode I sit down with my friends Jon “Sully” Sullivan & Adam Nañez of Sully Guitars. I visited Little Elm, TX where we met up at their shop. They walked me through what it was like at the beginning of Sully Guitars. We also discuss what artists helped put them on the map, my favorite Sully model: the Custom Series Concorde, and what Sully Guitars have in store for 2022!
33 - Ben Post
This week we sit down with the multi-talented, Austin-based bassist, Ben Post! Ben plays bass guitar and keyboards for the band Mass Minor and bass guitar for the Dallas-based Duran Duran tribute band, Wild Boys. Ben and I talk about Mass Minor’s current vinyl release, some of his bass heroes, as well as the resurgence of that classic 80’s sound!
32 - Braxton Henry
In this week’s episode, I sit down with my good friend and Pat Green FOH engineer, Braxton Henry. We reminisce about Braxton’s early days of being an audio engineer, some of the bands he has toured with, the difference between live and studio settings, and my fear of flying!
31 - Christy Salters Martin
In this week’s episode I have lunch with none other than former WBC Hall of Fame boxing champion, Christy Salters Martin aka “The Coal Miners Daughter”! Christy's story is the subject of "Deal with the Devil", the second episode of the Netflix five-part docuseries "Untold". She talks to me about a future biopic that is being worked on and we discuss our opinions on the current state of professional boxing! Christy also talks about Christy’s Champs, her nonprofit organization that brings awareness to and assists victims of domestic violence. I’ve been a fan of Christy’s for years and it was honor to sit down with her.
30 - Toby Lawhon
On this week’s show we sit down with Toby Lawhon. Toby is lead singer and founder of the band, Marquis of Vaudeville! MoV is known for their extravagant Vaudevillian-inspired shows like A Clockwork Wonderland: Through Aether & Mysterium. They have had their music featured in multiple TV series’s such as Charmed and Dexter. Toby shares his story of how he started playing guitar, joined his first band and then was immediately thrown into major label showcasing!
29 - Dino Monoxelos
This week we have the pleasure of sitting down with the multi-talented, bassist, author and producer, Dino Monoxelos! Dino, better known to most as the “Ampeg Guy”, talks about his time with Ampeg amplifiers, how he feels working with some of his favorite artists and the four educational bass books he published.
28 - Kevin Bludso
In this week’s episode we’re talking to Kevin Bludso! Kevin is a sixth generation pit master from Compton, CA and is also the owner of Bludso Bar and Que. You may also know Kevin as a judge on the Netflix series American Barbecue Showdown. Join us while we talk about all things BBQ, and he gives me a stern talking to about my pancake habit!
27 - Dennis Mollan
In this week’s episode we sit down with Dennis Mollan, founder of Protone Pedals. He and I get into what it’s to run a boutique pedal company, what it’s like working with “famous” artists, and the strange story of how we met!
26 - Mike Warren
On today’s show I sit down with my good friend, Mike Warren, aka Metal Mike. Mike is a fellow guitar tech who is currently on the road with Breaking Benjamin. We talk about how we both got our start working with the same artist. We also eat tacos and break down some popular misconceptions about what life is like on the road.
25 - Rene Rodriguez
This week we talk to former tour caterer and current poker room chef, Rene Rodriguez! Rene talks about his time on the road with the likes of ZZ Top, Pantera, and most recently Garth Brooks! Rene walks us through the ins and outs of being poker rooom chef and shares some great stories!
24 - Page Hamilton
On this week’s show we talk to Page Hamilton of the band Helmet! Page played with David Bowie on The Hours Tour in '99, and tells us why he credits that experience with saving his life. He also talks about his family, his friends and of course, Helmet!
23 - George Redd Speaks
This week we’ve got comedian George Redd Speaks on the show. George is a former TV/Radio personality and he talks about finding his calling in stand-up comedy. His stories are inspiring, crazy, scary and (of course) funny, and he’s currently killing it in the Texas comedy scene! Prison didn’t stop him, it only made him stronger and he’s not done yet.
22 - Vaden Todd Lewis
Today we catch up with Vaden Todd Lewis of The Toadies. The Toadies are kicking off a tour in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Rubberneck and they’ll be playing the entire album, front to back! It’s actually the 27th anniversary, but who’s counting? We talked to Vaden about the recording of that album and follow up with what he’s currently up to.
Episode 21 - Lance Lopez
This week we catch up with Nashville-based blues guitarist, Lance Lopez. We cover a lot of ground in this episode. Lance talks about being a sideman for Johnnie Taylor & Lucky Peterson, his solo career and playing with the late Buddy Miles (Band of Gypsys). He also shares how he has struggled with drugs and alcohol and really opens up about his recovery.
Episode 20 - Gabe Currie
Episode 19 - Neil Swanson
In this week’s episode we’re talking to guitar whiz Neil Swanson. Neil explains how a guitar contest took him from playing local Dallas clubs to standing onstage at the Hollywood Bowl with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, and much, much more!
Episode 18 - Jamie Lin Wilson
Episode 17 - Kevin “Frenchie” Sciou
In episode 17 we sit down with guitarist Kevin Sciou, also known as “Frenchie”. Kevin grew up in Nimes, France and came to the US without speaking a lick of English. However, his talent and ability spoke volumes and opened the doors to playing with artists such as Jack Ingram and Shooter Jennings. Check out his story and find out what he's working on next.
Episode 16 - Katie Scott & Bayleigh Cheek
In episode 16 we sit down with Katie Scott & Bayleigh Cheek of Red Zeppelin Records. Red Zeppelin Records is an independent record store which opened during the 2020 pandemic to an amazing response! You’ll hear the story of how they built their store and followed that up by starting their own independent record label.
Episode 15 - Rudy Sarzo
In episode 15 we talk with legendary bass player, Rudy Sarzo! Rudy has played with Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot and Whitesnake… just to name a few. We cover a lot of ground in this episode, starting with how he grew up in Cuba to hitting the big time in Los Angeles. Rudy describes how moving to the US and seeing The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show impacted his life’s trajectory.
Episode 14 - Casey Hess
Episode 13 - Terry Glaze
Episode 12 - Erin Devany of All Hallows Productions
In Episode 12 we sit down with independent filmmaker, Erin Devany. Erin and I discuss horror movies, music videos, film festivals and maneuvering through a pandemic.
Episode 11 - Erin Stevenson
Episode 10 - Ian Moore
Episode 9 - April Samuels
In Episode 9, we sit down with drummer and breast cancer survivor, April Samuels. I have known April since the 90’s and she has played in, managed and booked bands all over the Dallas/Fort Worth area. April shares with us how the combination of her breast cancer diagnosis and her passion for drumming led her to developing her own nonprofit organization, "Breast Cancer Can Stick It!”
Episode 8 - Matthew McNeil
Episode 7 - Gil Divine of Divine Noise
In Episode 7, we talk with Gil Divine of Divine Noise. Gil shares why he started building instrument cables and how it led him to develop his own company, Divine Noise. We also talk about Portland’s best pizza, diving with great white sharks and Tony Orlando!
Episode 6 - Patty Palazzo of Punk Masters
Episode 5 - Mark C. Merchant of Higher Truth Tattoo
In Episode 5, we sit down with Mark C. Merchant of Higher Truth Tattoo. Mark shares stories from his 27-year career as a tattoo artist and we discuss music, mantras, life and friendship.
Episode 4 - Kevin McGuire of The Gama Sennin
In Episode 4, we sit down with singer and guitarist Kevin McGuire of The Gama Sennin. I first met Kevin in 2016 when we worked together on the Duran Duran tour. In this week's episode, he takes me through the writing and recording processes of his new album and shares some great stories from those sessions!
Episode 3 - Sheldon Dingwall
Episode 2 - Holly West of Zepparella
In episode two, we sit down with Holly West of Zepparella to discuss her transition from an in-demand Texas hairdresser to an in-demand bass player. Holly has accomplished so much in 10 years, it's hard to believe she is self-taught and only started playing in 2011. She'll take us on a journey from Love Stricken Demise, her first band, to current day with Zepparella. We also find out how she stayed busy this past year with her YouTube channel, podcasts, bass clinics, starting her own clothing line and even hot sauce.
Episode 1 - Leah Lane of Rosegarden Funeral Party
In episode one, we sit down with Leah Lane, lead singer and guitar player of Rosegarden Funeral Party. Leah tells us about her first tour, how she formed the band and how this last year has affected them. She goes on to cover how they've stayed busy with their "Invested in Nostalgia" and "Take Cover" YouTube series, as well as releasing the "At the Stake" EP.