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In his teens, New York-born Mike Ragogna was developed as a singer-songwriter by producers Terry Cashman and Tommy West. He wrote and recorded jingles before penning the Top Ten country hit “Slow Boat to China” for The Girls Next Door, his original songs also featured on various projects including the Roar soundtrack and Lifesong's Spider-Man release.

Mike recorded seven albums (Safari in America, The Almost Brothers, Body Politic, Minefield Diaries, Writer’s Block, Valentine’s Day and Summerland), and his video duet with Dobie Gray, “Home,” premiered on The Huffington Post where Mike has blogged since 2008. He worked for record labels EMI, Universal, BMG, and Razor & Tie, producing compilations and reissues for hundreds of acts ranging from Joni Mitchell and Aerosmith to Sublime and D'Angelo. He also can be heard as an instructor on over a thousand online courses.

Mike’s resume includes artist development, teaching voice, and co-presenting leadership courses with Prof. David Goodman. Iowa’s KRUU-FM aired over 500 of his interviews with popular entertainers, and he hosted sixty “Fairfield 2.0” television episodes/webisodes. He acted in productions of Hair, South Pacific, Annie, and Big River, was featured in a Bruce Springsteen tribute, performed as Bobby Darin in a movie music retrospective, and in 2013, co-produced and added background vocals to the Midwest indie group Control’s debut CD.

Entries by Mike Ragogna

Miles Davis At Newport: Chats with George Wein, David Benoit and Stevie Holland, Plus Fireships, Labor Camp and Delta Deep Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 12:27 PM

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A Conversation with George Wein

Mike Ragogna: George, you're associated with the creation of the new box set Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975. What was it like for you the first time you saw him at Newport?

George Wein:...

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Before This World: Chatting With James Taylor, Plus Joan Baez Receives Ambassador of Conscience Award

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 11:06 AM

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A Conversation With James Taylor

Mike Ragogna: James, your new album Before This World is your first project comprised of new compositions since 2002's October Road. You've released a few projects during that time, but it's been thirteen years since your last...

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Cauterize: Chatting With Mark Tremonti and David Anson Russo, Plus Panda Elliot, Songs Of Water and The Fludes

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM

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A Conversation with Mark Tremonti

Mike Ragogna: Mark, let's talk about Cauterized. Recording artists often title albums, not just because it's a key track or because it sounds like a cool title, but the title makes a statement about the project. It ties-in...

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Blue Camus: Chatting With Ben Sidran and The Weepies' Deb Talan & Steve Tannen, Plus an Irontom Exclusive

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM

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A Conversation with Ben Sidran

Mike Ragogna: Ben, Blue Camus is your thirty-first album. From your perspective, what did you achieve on this album that you didn't on the previous thirty?

BS: On the one hand, every record is like a child;...

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Power in the Blood: Chatting With Buffy Sainte-Marie, Plus FrazierBand, Brian Lisik and Bryan McPherson Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 12:02 AM

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A Conversation with Buffy Sainte-Marie

Mike Ragogna: Buffy, your new album Power In The Blood starts off with the remake of your classic "It's My Way." By kicking off the album with this track, were you making a statement about your creative approach...

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The Purple Album: Chatting With Whitesnake's David Coverdale and Motopony's Daniel Blue, Plus Barenaked Ladies, Eric Hutchinson, Bean and More

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM

BARENAKED LADIES' "DUCT TAPE HEART" EXCLUSIVE

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According to the Barenaked Ladies gang...

"'Duct Tape Heart,' one of the tracks from the Barenaked Ladies' forthcoming album Silverball--out June 2nd--is an Ed Robertson and Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) collaboration....
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The Traveling Kind: Chatting With Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Plus The Charlie Hunter Trio, SLV and MIRK Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 10:35 AM

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A Conversation with Emmylou Harris

Mike Ragogna: Emmylou, The Traveling Kind is your second collaboration with Rodney Crowell following Old Yellow Moon. What was it that brought you back together to do this second album?

Emmylou Harris: Oh, we just...

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We Rise: A Chat with Devilskin, A Very Partridge Kickstarter, Plus Tom Levin and Zak Smith Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM

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A Conversation with Devilskin's Jennie Skulander, Nail, Paul Martin & Nic Martin

Mike Ragogna: Hey Devilskin, you're already the #1 rock act in New Zealand. Do you really need to conquer the US as well? Don't you want...

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Total Rubbish: A Chat with Monty Python's Eric Idle, Plus ASCAP, Scott James and Scott Mickelson Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 9:19 AM

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A Conversation with Monty Python's Eric Idle

Mike Ragogna: Mr. Idle, your latest, titled Total Rubbish, is not total rubbish, goodly sir.

Eric Idle: [laughs] Well, it's "total" in regards of what we recorded.

MR:...

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Revisiting The Bottom Line: An Interview with Allan Pepper, Plus Jon Regen and Sarah Jaffe Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 12:46 PM

JON REGEN'S "STOP TIME" PREMIERE

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According to Jon Regen...

"The title track of my new Motéma album Stop Time is an example of how you just never know when and where a song will show up. In the fall...
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Reality Check: A Quick Chat With Boy George, Plus Melody Gardot, Dylan Jakobsen and Radio Room Exclusives

(4) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 12:11 AM

MELODY GARDOT'S "PREACHERMAN" EXCLUSIVE

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International best-selling singer, songwriter and musician, Melody Gardot, is back with her 4th studio album, Currency of Man. The highly-anticipated Currency of Man is an intensely creative milestone, transcending musical distinctions of jazz, blues...

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Chatting with The Boxmasters' Billy Bob Thornton & J.D. Andrew, Plus Goodnight Moonshine, Lines West and Doug Burr Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 8:43 AM

GOODNIGHT MOONSHINE'S "DARK SIDE OF THE RAINBOW" MASHES PINK FLOYD WITH THE WIZARD OF OZ

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The video of the song "Dark Side of the Rainbow" is a mashup of Pink Floyd's "Time" from...

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Clefication: Conversations with Wyclef Jean, Bravo's Kirk and Laura Knight and Spike's Jon Taffer, Plus a Gecko Turner Exclusive

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM

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A Conversation With Wyclef Jean

Mike Ragogna: Wyclef, how is the recoding coming on your next album Clefication going?

Wyclef Jean: Well, it's going great. We're definitely not finished yet, though. As musicians, we are constantly just...

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Every Kind Of People: Chatting with Toby Lightman and Rebecca Juliet, Plus Danielle Nicole and The Leeway Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM

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A Conversation with Toby Lightman

Mike Ragogna: Toby, you're about to tour in support of your latest album Every Kind Of People. Now that there's been a little distance between its release and this tour, how have these songs matured or evolved since...

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Better Than Home: Chats with Beth Hart, The Stone Foxes and Sugar Ray Norcia, Plus Buffalo Rodeo, Dida and Elaine Romanelli Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 6:48 AM

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A Conversation with Beth Hart
 
Mike Ragogna: Beth, your new album is titled Better Than Home. So what's better than home?
 
Beth Hart: "Better Than Home," the song, is about getting out of your hiding place and...

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Feeling You: Chats With KC, AJR, Gill Landry and Natasha Bedingfield, Plus Justine Dorsey, Julian Moon and P.J. Pacifico Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 11:04 PM

JULIAN MOON'S "A CUP OF COFFEE" EXCLUSIVE

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According to Julian Moon...

This video was probably the most fun project I've ever been a part of in my entire life. Angie Piccirillo, the director, is the...
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The Lagos Music Salon: Chats with Somi, Nir Felder and Cyrille Aimée, Plus Sachal, Mishka Shubaly and Isabel Rose Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 7:44 AM

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A Conversation with Somi

Mike Ragogna: Somi, after speaking with your Uncle Hugh Masekela, you decided that you wanted to go to Lagos, Nigeria, that trip inspiring your new album The Lagos Music Salon. Did you have any idea of what was going...

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Junk Culture: Chats With OMD's Andy McCluskey, The Crests' JT Carter and Todd Valentine, Plus Michael Des Barres and Gloom Baloon Exlcusives

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 11:00 PM

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A Conversation with Andy McCluskey of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Mike Ragogna: Hey, rumor has it that Junk Culture has been expanded to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary.

Andy McCluskey: Yeah, there is, although it took us so long to...

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Conversations with Peter Asher, Denny Laine, Big Star's Jody Stephens and Red's Michael Barnes, Plus Rachael Sage & Judy Collins and Goodnight, Texas Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 11:01 PM

RACHAEL SAGE & JUDY COLLINS' "HELPLESS" EXCLUSIVE

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According to Rachael Sage...

"I don't do many cover songs--because I've been writing my own compositions since I was a little kid, it's just not really my thing generally, and I...
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Breaking Badder: Interviews with RJ Mitte, Robert Weide, Chris Bliss and Anne McCue, Plus Alexz Johnson and Michael Stec Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 11:00 PM

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A Conversation with Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte

Mike Ragogna: Hey, first of all I wanted to congratulate you on your run on Breaking Bad. You played a great character and you enlightened a lot of people...

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