Big Blend Radio: A Toast to the Arts

Interviews focusing on Music and Entertainment, Books, Fine Art and Photography, Theater, Film and Performing Arts. Hosts are Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith, mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine.

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  • Chris P. James - The Burrito Brothers

    Ever since two Byrds left the “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” mothership over 50 years ago, The Burrito Brothers have been evolving and putting out wonderful albums. This episode of Big Blend Radio features Chris P. James, lead vocalist and keyboardist, who talks about the legendary history of The Burrito Brothers (aka The Flying Burrito Brothers), and their latest album, "Together." The musicians in today’s Burrito Brothers group, who have been together since 2009, include Chris P. James (keys/lead vocals), Tony Paoletta (pedal steel), Peter Young (drums) and Steve Allen (guitar). They have performed and recorded numerous notable previous works of their own and with countless other artists. More at 

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  • Lost Angel: The Genius of Judee Sill

    This episode of Big Blend Radio features filmmakers Brian Lindstrom and Andy Brown who discuss their new documentary "Lost Angel: The Genius of Judee Sill." The film provides an intimate look at one-of-a-kind singer-songwriter from 1970s Los Angeles, Judee Sill. It charts her life from a troubled adolescence of addiction, armed robbery and prison through her meteoric rise in the music world and early tragic death. Featuring Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Fleet Foxes, David Geffen, JD Souther, Big Thief, Weyes Blood, Tim Page and more. Executive Producers include Maya Hawke and Cheryl Strayed. "Lost Angel: The Genius of Judee Sill" will be released theatrically in New York (IFC Center), Los Angeles (Laemmle Noho), Portland (Cinema 21) and key cities on April 12, 2024 with a VOD release on all major platforms in the US and Canada. Images and trailer featured on the podcast are courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment.
  • Johnny Schaefer - The Sounds of Spring

    Celebrate the Sounds of Spring with episode of Big Blend Radio's BIG DAILY BLEND Podcast with award-winning vocalist and composer Johnny Schaefer. Enjoy this conversation covering music and hope, plants, and nature, and check out the two music playlists below.Johnny Schaefer co-hosts the Big Daily Blend podcast every 1st Sunday. Keep up with him and his music at  SOUNDS OF SPRING MUSIC PLAYLIST* YouTube: * Spotify:  ROSY MELODIES MUSIC PLAYLIST:* YouTube: * Spotify: 
  • Poet Carissa "Lucky" Garcia Goes to Chaco Canyon

    This episode of Big Blend Radio's 1st Friday "Toast to The Arts & Parks" Show with the National Parks Arts Foundation features Carissa "Lucky" Garcia, the Spring 2024 NPAF artist-in-residence in Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Carissa “Lucky” Garcia is an Indigenous/Chicana writer, performing artist, community organizer, anti-oppression educator and Indigenous Justice advocate. She is a founding member of the La Resistencia publishing press and poetry collective amplifying LGBTQ+ voices of color. Carissa’s storytelling communicates ideas that focus on her experience as an Iraq War veteran, Native American culture, love, politics, and her appreciation for comic books and science fiction. Her work has been featured at the University of Missouri Latinx Graduate Program, Rhode Island School of Design, UMKC Women of Color Leadership Conference, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Flatland KC, Prescott College, Redline Contemporary Arts Center, Dairy Arts Center, Denver Art Museum, and on the streets all across America. Learn more about the National Parks Arts Foundation's unique artist residency programs in parks across the country at Learn more about Chaco Culture National Historical Park at 
  • Art, Gardens & Community Adventures in Asheville, North Carolina

    This episode of Big Blend Radio's 1st Tuesday "Adventures in Asheville" Show focuses on unique art, garden, and community experiences. Featured Guests:- Steve & Karen Wilson - Owners and innkeepers of The Lion & The Rose Bed & Breakfast, a stunning pink lady in the Montford Historic District. More: DeWayne Barton - Founder of Hood Huggers International and Peace Gardens & Market, in the heart of West Asheville’s Burton Street Community, a historically African American neighborhood established in the early 1900’s. More: Annie Katla Bennette - Co-owner of @artgardenavl an artist owned and operated Art Gallery & Plant Shop in Asheville's River Arts District. More: Blend Radio's "Adventures in Asheville" Show airs every 1st Tuesday. Follow the show on YouTube:
  • Debbie Stone - A Visit to Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii

    On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Global Adventures with Debbie Stone" Podcast, Debbie shares her experience at Kualoa Ranch near Honolulu, Hawaii, a picturesque destination on Oahu’s windward side. A Private Nature Reserve and working cattle ranch, the 4,000-acre property has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since the 1970s. Film aficionados might recognize parts of the ranch, as it is known as Hollywood’s “Hawaii’s Backlot,” due to the hundreds of movies and TV shows filmed here since the 1950s. Read Debbie's article about it all, here: Big Blend Radio's "Global Adventures with Debbie Stone" podcast airs every 4th Tuesday. Follow the podcast here: 
  • Author Clifford Garstang - The Last Bird of Paradise

    Award-winning author Clifford Garstang returns to Big Blend Radio for a conversation about his latest novel, "The Last Bird of Paradise," plus a little bit of art history, the world of writing, travel, global lifestyles, and the balance of between power and love."The Last Bird of Paradise" focuses on two women, nearly a century apart, who seek to rebuild their lives when they reluctantly leave their homelands. Arriving in Singapore, they find romance in a tropical paradise, but also find they haven’t left behind the dangers that caused them to flee. In a lyrical blend of historical and contemporary drama, "The Last Bird of Paradise" explores the consequences of power imbalances—both domestic and geopolitical—against a lush, tropical backdrop. Learn more at