Rock 'n' Roll Fridays

Michael D'Antonio

Everyone has a music story. I interview fans just like you and me who have had great encounters with their musical heroes! 15 minutes of straight talk on a cool musical story. Maybe because of musical karma….Famous people like to run into me. It’s just really fun to talk with Ben Harper in a park about life, have a beer with John Welsley Harding at a Philly bar, kiss Juliana Hatfield (it happened), drink with Michael Buble in Osaka Japan, meeting the legendary blues-man James Cotton backstage, get pulled onstage by Sharon Jones, and watch the world series in San Francisco with The Black Crowes, here’s to more Musical Encounters…as we are all really Almost Famous. read less
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Band on the Run - A Road Trip Comedy Indie Film
09-02-2023
Band on the Run - A Road Trip Comedy Indie Film
Great chat with screenwriter Jeff Hupp on his latest project "Band on the Run"A story at the height of the Detroit Garage Rock revival in 1999, a wheelchair-bound father, his musician son and his band bond on a raucous road trip as they war with a rival band on the way to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.It's Little Miss Sunshine meets Almost Famous meets KodachromeBorn and raised in Berkley, MI, Jeff Hupp is an advertising professional, musician, and screenwriter. In the 90s, Jeff's band, the Detroit-based The Atomic Numbers, performed and recorded for various record labels, had a song included in Super Sucker, a movie from Michigan-native Jeff Daniels and rocked venues across the US, including the infamous local fave, Pine Knob Music Theatre, in Clarkston, MI.During the pandemic, Jeff began screenwriting and soon placed in major screenwriting competitions, including The Page International (for his script Maybe Before New Year's) and the Austin Screenwriting Competition (for his comedy script "Band Freaks"). Jeff is looking forward to producing and directing his first indie film, Band on the Run in the summer of '23, utilizing an all Michigan-based production crew and actors.For more information on the movie:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/band-on-the-run-a-road-trip-comedy-indie-film#/Support the showIt's Rock 'n' Roll Fridays!FacebookYoutubeInstagramWebsite Got a Great Musical Story? Be a guest, email us: michael@michaeldmarketing.com
The Recording Music Business & The Gradwell House Studio
28-10-2022
The Recording Music Business & The Gradwell House Studio
Great interview with David Downham, owner of The Gradwell House Studios.Yes, it was originally a house with a basement studio/DIY show space in Maple Shade NJ on W. Gradwell Ave. The studio has since occupied a chop shop in Gloucester City (2002-2004), some slumlord's leaky-roofed shit-hole on Atlantic ave in Haddon Heights (2004-2016) and our new wonderful and permanent home just around the corner in a repurposed, custom designed and built Masonic Lodge (Lodge 191 Y'all) on Station Ave in downtown Haddon Heights, NJ.The original basement location was in Steve Poponi's (co-owner) rented Maple Shade, NJ home for 4 long . . . carpet-remnant-wall-covered, does-that-band-own-a-tuner, Samson-mixer-having, pj-whelihans-chicken-caesar-salad-clogging-up-the-utility-sink-right-behind-my-mix-position-smelling years. After Steve’s move to the Gloucester City chop-shop location Dave Downham entered the picture as a sparkly blue-eyed second engineer. Coming from his own soon-to-be defunct Cherry Hill NJ "Couches in the Desert" basement studio Dave and Steve became 50/50 partners.  In addition to recording horrible bands (it was 2004, think high school Metalcore bands) and a couple good ones (really just Sugar Queef), the Gloucester location also continued to host live shows for touring bands (pretend there is an epic list here) and tons of local garbage. The limitations of this space and bondo dust in the air as well as the junkyard dogs and the prostitute-sidewalk-highway and the both-my-landlords-went-to-jail-1-month-after-we-signed-our-lease got Steve and Dave looking to move The Gradwell House again thus bringing them to Haddon Heights, NJ. The original Haddon Heights location was built with recording bands "live" in mind, and after 12 leaky-roofed years in this rented location, the limitations of this space once again got them looking to relocate, this time to buy! In 2016 The Gradwell House opened its permanent home, a custom built, wonderfully flexible, 6000 square foot music facility in downtown Haddon Heights.SUBSCRIBE TO ROCK ’N’ FRIDAYS PODCAST!https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEvn_21MsmWSK7fqOPNLjJA/videos​​​​​​​   Support the showIt's Rock 'n' Roll Fridays!FacebookYoutubeInstagramWebsite Got a Great Musical Story? Be a guest, email us: michael@michaeldmarketing.com
Making America's Guitars & The Fastest Guitar Ever Played
21-10-2022
Making America's Guitars & The Fastest Guitar Ever Played
Great interview with Peter Brown of Loudo Guitars.At 14, he took apart his Squire Stratocaster, and then hastily reassembled it when he saw his mom’s reaction. It wasn’t until Brown discovered the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix, Arizona, that he finally found his calling.At Roberto Venn, Brown trained himself to work long hours, performing complicated technical guitar repairs and honing in on elements of instrument design. He began to form his own theories about the craft of guitar-making, and set out to explore some of its mysteries.“In the guitar industry, there’s a whole lot of mojo with how things work,” Brown said. “People know a little bit, and whatever you can’t explain becomes mojo. It seems to be one of those ways people sell stuff.“I see it as a science,” he said. “If your mechanic tried to sell you on mojo, you wouldn’t take your car there.”One of them took a shine to his ideas about guitar-making, and told him, “You’re laudo,’” which his classmate interpreted as Latin for “praiseworthy.” The Imperium, Pete Brown’s inaugural guitar model for his Loudo brand. Credit: Matt Walker for Loudo. He would spend the next 15 years restoring and rebuilding guitars, all the while refining the designs of his own instrument models.One of the first musicians to play the Imperium is Zach LoPresti, a longtime friend of Brown’s and Loudo’s first brand ambassador. A talented improvisational player with the bands Gnarbot and Out of the Beardspace, LoPresti said the Imperium allows him to switch among a variety of feels on the fly.Read Full Article Here from NJ Pen is free thanks to regular, small contributions. Please support our work. https://www.njpen.com/loudo-musical-instruments-an-american-made-guitar-is-born-in-collingswood/Support the showIt's Rock 'n' Roll Fridays!FacebookYoutubeInstagramWebsite Got a Great Musical Story? Be a guest, email us: michael@michaeldmarketing.com
The Greatest Music Poster Story Ever Told
22-04-2022
The Greatest Music Poster Story Ever Told
The Greatest Music Poster Story Ever Told. It is a classic interview with Mitch Diamond who through various circumstances came to meet Ravin’ Ray who would introduce Mitch to a loaded gun, his girlfriend, swing dancing, beers at a VFW hall, Alaska, The Country Music Hall of Fame, $60,000 in cash and one of the greatest finds in concert poster history.Mitch Diamond has a love affair with music all his life. As a teenager he started collecting records and wrote record reviews for a small local folk music magazine . In the early 1970’s he began working in and managing record stores. About this time he began collecting movie posters with pictures of musicians on them.  He went on to work the wholesale side of the music industry by being an area rep for independent music labels.  Around 1980 I bought my first two concert posters, a 1941 Duke Ellington and a 1941 Cab Calloway.  He fell in love with the concert poster “Genre” and have been collecting them ever since.He has written For “Goldmine Magazine”, been interviewed by “Worth Magazine-The Robb Report” and appeared on the T.V. Show “Chronicle“. My collection has appeared in “Time-Life Publications”, P.B.S. documentaries, news reports and many books.His collection consists of what are called “boxing style” posters because of their similarity to posters used to advertise boxing matches. It includes all types of concert posters, flyers, handbills and musicians business cards from the dawn of recorded music until Dec 31, 1969  11:59 p.m.Subscribe to Rock 'n' Roll Fridays:https://bit.ly/3MpoMoYSupport the showIt's Rock 'n' Roll Fridays!FacebookYoutubeInstagramWebsite Got a Great Musical Story? Be a guest, email us: michael@michaeldmarketing.com
The Hambone Relay Band & Meeting Neal Evans
08-04-2022
The Hambone Relay Band & Meeting Neal Evans
Great Chat with Mark Brown of Hambone Relay. Mark talks about his music, move to the west coast and meeting Neal Evans. With elements of blues, jazz, funk and rock & roll, Hambone Relay redefines the modern organ trio with their unique brand of improvisational jam music. Since their founding in 2012, the band has played between 75-100 shows a year and have shared the stage with such great bands as Melvin Seals and JGB, Cris Jacobs, The James Hunter 6 and New Orleans legends Rebirth Brass Band. The band was founded in 2012 by organist Mark Brown. He began his career playing keyboards with the Baltimore-based jam band The Bridge. The band began playing a handful of shows and festivals and started to gain some recognition in the area. This would eventually lead to them recording their first album. The self-titled LP would feature 8 brand new original songs and 2 covers recorded live. This first album featured Devin Coleman on guitar and Kyle Moken on drums. On February 16, 2018, Hambone Relay played WXPN’s “Free At Noon” concert to a packed house at World Cafe Live. John Udinsky had left the band and Luke Ferracone of The Groove Merchants had taken his place. The band shared the stage with British R&B singer James Hunter which would lead to a short tour in supporting The James Hunter 6 playing City Winery in New York City and MusikFest Cafe in Bethlehem, PA. Following this successful run, the band would hit the road for the rest of 2018 growing and writing new music along the way. In early 2021, the band relocated to Los Angeles and continues to record and play shows on both coasts. More dates are being released frequently and new music is currently in the works, set for release in 2021 and 2022. Their live shows are a mixture of danceable grooves, psychedelic overtones and improvisational jams. www.rocknrollfridays.comSupport the showIt's Rock 'n' Roll Fridays!FacebookYoutubeInstagramWebsite Got a Great Musical Story? Be a guest, email us: michael@michaeldmarketing.com