Creative Conversations with Roger HumphreyOct 30, 2023
S5 E9 Carolyn Damstra
Carolyn Damstra is an accomplished and highly regarded landscape artist based in Michigan. Please join us as we discuss her art, her creative process, and much more.
You can learn much more and see her work at:
S5 E8 Gretchen Morse
Gretchen Morse is an active composer, oboist, and teacher (and all around nice person). Please join us as we talk shop.
You can learn more or enjoy her music at:
S5 E7 Lexi Mohney
S5 E6 Sarah Manasreh
Clarinet performer, clinician, and sponsored artist Sarah Manasreh joins me for a great conversation about life in the arts. For more information about Sarah please go to these links:
Randy D. Pearson S5 E5
I had a great time meeting and chatting with author Randy D. Pearson. His stories and characters are believable and entertaining. You can find him at:
Take a moment and hit the links. You'll thank me
Rod Sadler S5 E4
Join me as I talk with former police officer turned author Rod Sadler about his books on true crime. I think you'll be as fascinated as me.
You can learn more about Rod and get his books at: https://www.rodsadler.com/
S5,E3 Anthony Glise
I welcome Anthony back to the podcast and we talk about the "Sleep Well Ukraine" project among other things. He's a fascinating guy. I apologize for some of the technical issues. The internet was not very kind to us. But I firmly believe this is something you will enjoy.
Please take some time to check out the Sleep Well Ukraine Facebook page.
Wednesday Friday is a fascinating and entertaining author/publisher. Her interests range from horror to women's health which she approaches with equal measure of knowledge, humility, and humor. I enjoyed every minute I spent with her and I think you will too.
You can find her books on Amazon
Become a subscriber on her Patreon page
I recently met singer, songwriter, luthier, and (believe it or not) game inventor Don Benson. He's a very interesting guy and I'm sure you'll enjoy meeting him too. You can listen to his music at: https://www.reverbnation.com/donbensonlatebloomer
If you would like to talk with Don about building an instrument you can email him at email@example.com
Jane Rosemont and Jim Hoffmaster
Filmmaker Jane Rosemont has produced and directed an award-winning documentary about veteran character actor Jim Hoffmaster (Shameless, NCIS...). They join me to discuss the film and give us a backstage glance.
A charming conversation with musician/luthier Doug Berch. Please join us.
A delightful conversation with guitarist Justin Hatt about resuming his career in a post-covid era.
A nice chat with guitarist Scott Peterson about being a local musician. We talk about performing and teaching.
Aaron Green gives a fascination look at the world of building, repairing, and restoring high-end concert guitars. This is an episode that will appeal to all creative people in all disciplines. If you would like to know more about Aaron you can click on his website.
A great sax and piano player and a pretty terrific singer too. Paul has toured with Joe Cocker, M.C. Hammer, Mark Farner, and many others. He has some great stories about life on the road. I think you're going to like this a lot.
Mike Rosettes (Razz)
An enjoyable half hour with a friend and colleague. Drummer and music equipment specialist Razz talks about his business and other stuff.
Brad DeRoche #2
Miguel Ferreyra is a former student who now lives in Cordoba, Spain. Please listen in as two old friends talk about guitars, guitar technique, and stuff. If you would like to know more about him or inquire about online lessons, please go to www.guitarlessonsfromspain.com. Miguel also has a popular YouTube page where he interviews some of the best and most successful classical guitarists in the world as well as sharing playing tips.
Gruca White Ensemble
I had a delightful chat with flutist Linda White and guitarist Robert Gruca. Although Bob is a former student who is enjoying a successful career, I had never met Linda before so conversation ranged from "reminiscing" to "getting to know you". Really a lot of fun. We also spent time talking about their new CD "A Different Take". If you would like to know more about them or hear them play please follow these links: https://robertgruca.org http://www.lindawhiteflute.com https://www.grucawhiteensemble.com
Author Kelly Rogers is one of the most interesting people I know. Please join us as she discusses balancing writing with her career and family life. If you would like to know more about Kelly and read some of her latest work, just go to her website www.queenofquill.com
Talking shop with voice and piano teacher Marie Vavro.
A wonderful conversation with Geoff Sanderson. Geoff is in entertainment management currently involved with movie and tv production.
I had a lovely chat with former colleague Ashley Korcal. Just two music teachers talking shop and swapping stories.
Friend and long time duet partner Lisa Moore (flutist) and I spent some time on Zoom catching up.
I had a very inspiring chat with flutist and life-coach Tess Miller about how the pandemic has affected us.
I had a nice chat via Skype with award-winning violinist and conductor of the State Orchestra of Uzbekistan Tigran Shiganyan. If you visit his YouTube page you can watch him in action (spoiler alert: you're going to like it)
Had a great time chatting with my old friend guitarist Steve Pinckney. Steve has played with a lot of people including the great Chuck Berry and has some awesome stories to tell. If you get the chance you can watch and hear Steve play on WKAR's Backstage Pass TV show. Please click the subscribe button. It helps....
I had a fun conversation with Dick Rosemont. Dick owns a used record store in Santa Fe. We chatted about many things but mostly classical rock in the midwest. Dick knows more about this than anyone I know. If you would like to know more about this or would like to do a little business with Dick please visit The Originals Project.
I felt very fortunate to spend time with Anthony Glise and get to know him a bit. He's very smart and very talented as a guitarist, composer, and educator. During our conversation he mentions that he is giving away his latest CD "Dream Scenes" through his website AnthonyGlise.com. I downloaded it easily and it's wonderful. I also urge you to go to his YouTube Channel and listen to his larger compositions.
Jane is an award winning film maker and photographer. I've had the pleasure of knowing her for over forty years and I think I've enjoyed every conversation we've ever had. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. You can find out more about her and her work at janerosemont.com.
Episode #21. Mark Kroos
Legendary guitarist and Guitar Player Magazine's "Superstar of the Year 2011" Mark Kroos took time out from his busy schedule to chat online. Mark is intelligent and charming as his gives insight to life as a touring artist. Mark has legions of fans throughout the United States and abroad. If you visit his website markkroos.com or his YouTube channel you'll understand why.
Episode #20 Ken Cooke
A fun first meeting with Australian guitarist Ken Cooke. Our businesses are so similar that it makes one realize just how much we are all connected. Gigs, wedding stories, students, etc. Oh - and a lot of laughing too.
#19 Kirk Redman
Hanging out online with former student classical guitarist Kirk Redman discussing his efforts in beginning his professional career and just talking shop in general. The Skype gremlins were feeling pretty frisky so the sound quality is a bit shaky, but it's still a very interesting episode. You can learn more about Kirk and hear him play at: kirkredman.com.
Episode #18 Mary McGuire
In this episode I Skype with singer/songwriter Mary McGuire. We had a lovely time trading stories (she's got some great ones) and just catching up. If you would like to hear her sing or watch her perform just head on over to her website www.marymcguiremusic.com. You'll be glad you did.
Episode #17 Tanya Ulsh
In this episode I'm talking with piano teacher Tanya Ulsh about the change to online lessons due to social distancing. Although we're "talking shop" this is a good episode to listen to for anyone who takes lessons or expect to take lessons in the future. We were talking via Skype and the internet gremlins were a little frisky so please be patient. If you would like to know more about Tanya I urge you to visit her website www.tanyaspianostudio
#16 Christopher Rollins
Chris is a talented guitarist and teacher. We've been friends for decades now but I had to beg him to be on this show. It turned out to be a fun time and I'm sure you'll like it too.
#15 Holly Ross
I was lucky to be born into a pretty artistic family. In this episode I'm talking with my niece Holly Ross who is the next generation. Holly is gaining a national reputation as a talented ceremic artist. In this episode we talk about the difficulties of getting started, our shared passion for teaching, and a variety of other things. Please take a moment to visit her website www.holly-ross.com to see some examples of her art and to learn more about my terrific niece.
It's a real treat for me to have Christopher Showerman as a guest. He is a successful, working actor, writer, and producer in Hollywood. But more important to me, I get to call him a friend. You can find out more about him by visiting www.christophershowerman.com or imdb.com/christophershowerman. We had a great chat and I think you'll enjoy listening in.
Episode #13 Melissa Nott Schmitz
A nice leisurely conversation with Melissa Nott Schmitz in my Lansing studio. We've been friends for a long time, but rarely get to sit and chat anymore. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Please take a moment to share this with your friends.
Episode #12 David Klein
An informative and enjoyable conversation with colleague David Klein. You can learn more about him at: http://www.heartlandklezmorim.com
Episode #11 Brad DeRoche
Great conversation with classical guitar performer and teacher Brad DeRoche. You can learn more about him at www.bradderoche.com
Episode #10 Jimmy Madigan
Had a nice chat with Bob Seger's guitar tech and my long time friend Jimmy Madigan. We don't get to chat very often so this was a real treat.
Episode #9 Pat Zelenka
In this episode I chat with singers/songwriter Pat Zelenka
Episode #8. Carolyn Damstra
In this episode Painter/Photographer Carolyn Damstra talks about her process, marketing, and other things. Please visit her website at www.carolyndamstra.com to see her beautiful art.