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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Lukas Nelson discusses the band's rockin' new album 'Something Real' that was recorded at San Francisco's William Westerfeld Mansion, and embraces their cowboy, hippie, surf, rock genres.

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    This episode of Big Blend Radio's 2nd Wednesday "Books & Authors" Show with Books Forward features author George Franklin, a man who has worn many hats – lawyer, lobbyist, businessman, candidate, speaker and author. In his latest work of political fiction, “A Feeding Frenzy in Washington” releasing on Sept. 15 2023, Franklin draws from his career experiences to offer a hilarious take on Congress today. It's a rollicking tale of Washington lobbying that makes you think twice about our government. The people and the story are all fictional, but there is a vein of truth in how lobbyists and Washington really work. George hopes readers get a good laugh out of his new book and take solace in the fact that our democracy has survived this long and somehow will continue. More: More about Books Forward: 
  • Anna Karney - Creatures In The Garden Album

    Bay Area singer/songwriter Anna Karney returns to Big Blend Radio to discuss her powerful new full-length album "Creatures in the Garden" that channels her love for the planet and the beauty of the earth. WATCH THIS PODCAST ON YOUTUBE: Using themes of climate change awareness and respect for the planet as a focal point for her writing, "Creatures in the Garden" showcases an incredible blend of soulful and dreamy acoustic arrangements, easy indie rock beats, dusty distortion, winding bass lines, and astounding indie, emo, and shoegaze rock styles, all as KARNEY weaves images of nature throughout and incorporates a high-spirited positive message about finding solutions to our current climate crisis.Prominent musicians on the album include Jeff Herrera, Erik Smyth, David Doucet, Ronnie James Dio, James Deprato, Kevin White, Kyle Capistra, Bill Ortiz, Karl Perazzo, and Gawain Matthews. More: Special thank you to the National Parks Arts Foundation: 
  • Lisa Gee - Shut It Down EP

    This episode of Big Blend Radio features acclaimed singer/songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Lisa Gee. Hear about her music, songwriting, and new EP "Shut It Down" that was produced and co-arranged by legendary rock drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck Bogert Appice; Ozzy Osbourne, and Rod Stewart), and features veteran bassist James LoMenzo (Megadeth, John Fogerty, Black Label Society, White Lion) and Don Mancuso (Lou Gramm Band, Black Sheep, D-Drive, Lips Turn Blue)."Shut it Down" offers a musical tribute to the human experience. Songs of love, hate, exhilaration, exuberance, and the inevitable fallout we are all forced to confront at some point in our lives, radiate from the record via its cutting-edge production, infectious rhythms, and powerful vocals. Gee delivers this to her listeners and more, in a compact celebration of enchantments, vicissitudes, and uncertainties. Special thanks to the National Parks Arts Foundation: 
  • Blues Rocker Lance Lopez - Trouble is Good

    This episode of Big Blend Radio features blues rocker Lance Lopez who talks about his music career that started in Texas and Louisiana, and his blues-infused hard rockin' new album "Trouble Is Good" that's out now through Cleopatra Records. Featuring a whole host of stellar guest performers including drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner), bassist Danny Miranda (Queen, Blue Öyster Cult), and Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz, Little Steven and the Disciples) as well as keyboardist Peter Keys (Lynyrd Skynyrd), "Trouble Is Good" is much more than just a platform for Lopez to show off his impressive chops. The songs, most of which were written either by Lopez or by the album’s producer Joey Sykes, offer memorable hooks and surprising twists and turns. Check out the album and tour dates at Special thanks to our friends Steve & Karen Wilson, aka "Mr & Mrs Wild," who own and operate The Lion & The Rose Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, North Carolina: 
  • Will Hawkins - Nine Mile Station Band

    This episode of Big Blend Radio features Will Hawkins, founder of Nine Mile Station Band, who are getting ready to release their self-titled album on July 21, 2023 with an album release show on July 29 at The Troubador. Mixed by multi-grammy award-winning producer Al Schmitt and engineered by grammy-award winning Niko Bolas, the album features 11 original cuts of modern Americana, with influences as diverse as Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Nick Cave, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.WATCH THIS PODCAST WITH MUSIC VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE: MILE STATION are:Will Hawkins - Lead vocals and guitarFernando Perdomo - Lead GuitarNick Moran - DrumsBrendan Vasquez - BassMore at
  • Filmmaker & Director Sean Claffey - Americonned Documentary

    This episode of Big Blend Radio features veteran filmmaker and director Sean Claffey, who discusses his award-winning documentary AMERICONNED - TIME TO RISE, released through Shine the Light Films.WATCH ON YOUTUBE: the past few generations, millions in the middle class have been pushed to the edge and even into poverty. Shamed into believing that if they tried harder things might work out, the middle class has been silent. No more. AMERICONNED exposes the inside story, showing how corporations have wormed their way into government, laying out why the middle class should rise, and how it should do it.AMERICONNED is available to watch on major USA & Canadian VOD platforms, starting June 13, 2023. More:
  • Brian Tarquin - Brothers in Arms Album Supports Veterans

    This episode of Big Blend Radio features Part 2 of the "Brothers in Arms" conversation with multi-Emmy award-winning guitarist/composer Brian Tarquin. Hear about his latest Heavy Friends album "Brothers in Arms" that was inspired by those military soldiers who have fought for their country, and, how partial proceeds from the sales go to the Fisher House Foundation who supplies housing to veterans' families while they are hospitalized. DONATION LINK: for four Josie Awards, the "Brothers in Arms" features iconic guitarists including Joe Satriani, Vinnie Moore (UFO), Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Guns N’ Roses), Alex De Rosso (Dokken), Travis Stever (Coheed & Cambria), Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint), Johannes Weik (Son of a Bach), Gerald Gradwohl (Tangerine Dream), Chris Haskett (Henry Rollins Band). Brian Tarquin, a one-man army, composed, produced and performed all guitar melodies, solos, bass, rhythm guitars and used session drummer Reggie Pryor.Info:Part One of the conversation:
  • Warr Guitarist Jason Blake

    This episode of Big Blend Radio features guitarist Jason Blake who has established himself as “one of the most distinguished technicians on the Warr.” The Warr guitar is a unique twelve-string instrument incorporating the range of a guitar and bass that is played by tapping the strings, a technique known as touchstyle. “Subsequent Ruins" is Jason's new solo instrumental progressive rock album that features the Warr guitar as the sole melodic instrument along with Marco Minnemann on drums. The songs work as a modern retelling of Rattenfänger von Hameln (The Pied Piper), whereas screens play the title role. The six song album was mixed in Chicago at Gravel Road Recording by Amery Schmeisser and mastered by Andy VanDette (Rush, Porcupine Tree). Hajo Mueller (Steven Wilson, Mariusz Duda) completed the thought provoking artwork for the release. More:
  • David Noble - Pardon the Interruption Band

    Roaring out of the fog-shrouded hills of Sonoma and drowning out the chatter, prog-pop troubadours PARDON THE INTERRUPTION (aka PTI) are taking their place and asserting their voice in the storied musical conversation of the San Francisco Bay Area. This episode of Big Blend Radio features David Noble, founder, lead singer and guitarist of Pardon the Interruption who discusses the band's music and latest album HOT N’ FRESH, that finds them in full stride with nine original tracks mining every corner of the indie-pop-funk spectrum, always with a self-effacing smile and a nod to the progressive rock of the ’80s and ’90s that is the quartet’s uniting influence. More at