Ezina Interviews Wendy Sweetlove on Guitar Goddess Radio. Wendy shares how she got started, the joy of collaboration AND debuts her new cd Dirty Sunday. Learn more at www.wendysasson.com
Also in the studio was Ido Sasson- guitar teacher and guitarist on Wendy SweetLove's debut CD Dirty Sunday. www.idosasson.com
Lo Carmen is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician and actress. Carmen has independently released five albums in the Americana alt-country indie rock vein.
First single 'Last Thing I'll Remember' from sixth studio album.'Lovers Dreamers Fighters', out Nov 10 2017.
Written in rural Georgia, recorded in Nashville, polished up in downtown LA, 'Lovers Dreamers Fighters' offers up a slow burning take on country soul. The 10-track album will be available digitally and on limited edition vinyl through Chiquita Records.
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy lends his iconic drawl to anthemic duet “Sometimes Its Hard” and the cream of Nashville's best players, who have accompanied the likes of Johnny Cash, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Dan Auerbach, Lori McKenna, Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves and Tony Joe White, bring the songs to life.
Working with Reps: Everything you need to know to build a successful team.
Our guests on this show are two powerhouse women who manage actors, musicians and social media influencers. They will be sharing the ups and downs of building a team, things artists should know and how to find a rep that will go hard for you.
Belle Bromfield’s is the founder and CEO of Bromfield Entertainment. Her journey through the entertainment industry has been as eclectic as it has been promising. She began her life on the islands of Jamaica, moving with her family to California at the age of fifteen. Her first foray into the biz led her into modeling, where she stormed her way into Magazines, as well as many print ads and runways.
In 2003, she was a trophy model in the televised Essence Awards, and her runway work was featured in the movie “Hair Show,” in which she appeared opposite Monique (“The Parkers”) as herself.
Karla S. Escobar is the founder & CEO of Wise Owl Media Group, a multimedia company based in Los Angeles, CA that specializes in production consulting, brand development, public relations, and video & post-production.
Before becoming an entrepreneur Karla worked as a coordinating producer for CBS's Emmy award winning show, Entertainment Tonight for over 5 years interviewing and producing segments with the likes of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and more. She also coordinated the first live Grammy broadcast, and multiple specials with TV Guide (AKA PopTV).
Sarah Lightman hails from the East Coast. She grew up in Hightstown, NJ, and later attended college at Temple University to study musical theater. She has been submerged in performing arts her whole life. Much of her family are also musicians and artists. Her dad Aaron Lightman was signed with RCA Poppy Records, her cousin Toby Lightman is also a successful singer/songwriter, and her cousin Jonathan Russell (jazz violinist and movie composer) is featured playing violin on Sarah's newly released song "Fear."
Sarah just released her EP Friday the 13th of January 2017.
“My music is rooted from personal experiences to help inspire others to heal from day to day struggles. I see so much sadness, pain, and sickness running wild in the world today, especially with the recent shooting in Vegas and the death of Chester Bennington. I feel the need to take responsibility for my own pain in hopes to help others get back on their feet. Suffering is inevitable, but by making the choice to see the wounds we already have, we can start to move forward toward a healthier place.”
Katie Ferrara is a folk/pop artist from Los Angeles, CA. Making regular appearances on the 3rd street Santa Monica Promenade, Melrose Trading Post, downtown Burbank and various farmers markets in Los Angeles, Katie has carved a name for herself in the streets of her hometown as a “busker” or street performer.
Becoming known in LA is only a small piece of the puzzle Katie has created for herself. Free spirited, ambitious and self-reliant, she travels the world through music, writing about her experiences in song form. She has toured nationally to festivals including SXSW and internationally to several countries including the UK, Italy, and New Zealand. Katie’s talents were discovered in 2015 in the “Feeling the Street” competition after being selected as one of the winners on Facebook. The online show, sponsored by Toyota, is a global search for the world’s best buskers who must band together to make music on an epic road trip.
Briana Alexis sat down with Ezina to discuss how she broke into the music business from the inside of an amp.
She shares lessons learned working in R&D for guitar manufacturers, how she learned to play upside down guitar and how she financed her move to Los Angeles on the back of her gear.
It’s not every day that a small-town Texas girl gets to record with Grammy Award-winning producer John Carter Cash, who has produced legends such as Loretta Lynn, George Jones, and Willie Nelson, but Country Blues artist Kasey Lansdale is the exception. Her current release, “Living in the Moment” from the EP Leave Her Wild, promises to be an even bigger success than her previous recording.
In 2013, she was given a unique opportunity to record her first studio album, Restless, in the historic Cash Cabin Studio with John Carter Cash. Producer Mike Clute assisted in starting the project, with Lansdale, then Cash added the final touches.
The CD features 11 tracks highlighted by her smoky twang with seven of her own self-penned songs including “Sorry Ain’t Enough” and “Blame You for Trying.” She is often compared to either Reba McEntire or Patsy Cline. Cash says of Kasey, “I believe in Kasey and what she is doing musically and as a human being. She has the drive, talent and spirit to make it happen….” Thus, he produced her sophomore CD in its entirety.
Lansdale will once again tour in support of the record. She successfully performed both nationally and
internationally following the release of Restless at large events and festivals such as SXSW, the Halogaland
Music Festival in Norway, and The Piacenza Blues Festival in Italy. The second half of the Restless
Roadtrip, took her across the nation in early 2014.
Susan Alcorn shares the history of lap steel and pedal steel guitars, what lead her to pedal steel guitar and the inspiration behind her music compositions. She gives advice to young players and invites Ezina to give pedal steel guitar a try.
One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship.
She appears on the cover of Classical Guitar Magazine, Spring 2017, and concurrently in main feature stories in Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Her recent CD “Nightlight Daylight” has won top honors in 11 national awards.
She has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Her obvious joy of music, humor and her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide.
An engaging performer, Muriel’s unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles’ tune and the next, a Rodrigo concerto.
Deni Bonet Shares secrets to her success on and off the road. How she traveled the world playing with Cindi Lauper and details on her latest recording.
Sheryl's playing is unquestionably "sizzling". She has groomed incredible chops and impeccable taste with which she applies them. It's said (by Lee Metcalf, The Villager) that she can "go from zero to blazing in two beats", but she is continually praised for never sacrificing melody and lyricism for technique.
"She balances superior technical skills with a strong lyrical sense and swinging touch..." continues Metcalf, and Joe Taylor of Soundstage says "Bailey combines an astonishing command of the fingerboard with a seemingly endless flow of melodic invention."
As for the guitar, she's hardly had it out of her hands since the age of 13. That was when her mother finally relented to Sheryl's begging for a Harmony Strat from the J.C. Penney catalogue.
Though Sheryl was a rock-star wannabe, the influence of her pianist mother got her obsessed with learning harmony, and her first teacher in Pittsburgh, John Maione, introduced her to the guitar tradition-Wes, Jimmy Raney, George Van Eps, Joe Pass and others.
She eventually attended Berklee College of Music. Her years of dedication and focus won her 3rd place in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Guitar competition in 1995, and she was chosen as a Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department in 2000 for a South American tour.
She is now said to be "One of the top players in an emerging generation of jazz guitarists" (John Heidt, Vintage Guitar).
"From Here" is Kathy Grausgrubers debut album. Her lyrics are carried away by her powerful, bluesy vocals. This self taught, singer/songwriter has been playing and writing music for several years. Currently, Kathy performs at local Jazz Cafe's, Bars, Coffee Shops, Parties, and Festivals in Northeastern PA. Great importance is placed on writing meaningful, original songs because we all know there are enough pop-princesses out there! For more information check out kevinandkathy.com
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Cindy spent her early years dreaming of fame and fortune in the bowling world. This would not last. After a failed career as a bowling pro Cindy was unsure where to turn.
A simple call to the Psychic Hot-Line revealed a new destiny for her. Find the best players in the land and start the Boogie Wonder Band!
Adrienne Pierce visits Guitar Goddess to share her latest release "My Heavens". She talks about recording the album during hurricane Sandy and how teaching brought her love of music to a new place.
Multitalented singer/songwriter/ producer and multi-instrumentalist Astra Kelly stops by Guitar Goddess to share how she has managed to thrive during the ever changing landscape of the music business.
Marya Stark stops by to discuss combining music therapy, vibrational healing and how learning more about Chinese medicine and world spirituality influenced her music. She talks about working with her multiple muses and how they reshape and calibrate her musical sound.
Debra Devi stops by Guitar Goddess to talk about teaching herself to play guitar, putting together a band and how that has lead her to tour the country, write a book, get her music in film and television and more.
Guitar Goddess host Ezina LeBlanc interviews Grammy Award Winner Lori McKenna. Lori Discusses balancing career, family, how she got her first break as a singer-songwriter, the angels in her life and more.
Janet Robin sits down with Guitar Goddess host Ezina to discuss the state of the music industry, female guitar players, life on the road and her newest release.