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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

Chats with Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson (w/Premiere) and The Brevet, Plus Paul Simon Plays Des Moines, and Exclusives from The Nice Guys, (In)Body, Massy Ferguson, Gillian, Essence, Ula Ruth, Kira Small, RESH and Sulfur City

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 10:36 PM

THE NICE GUYS' SOUNDTRACK EXCLUSIVE

According to the folks behind the scene...

"Lakeshore Records in conjunction with iam8bit return to 1977 with the release of a special 2xLP 180 gram colored vinyl Collector’s Edition of “The Nice Guys—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” later this month.  The...

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Sing Me Home: Chats with Yo-Yo Ma, Max Jury and Imagine Dragons' Wayne Sermon, Plus Valerio Piccolo, Matt Hatt/Edda Glass, Shannon LaBrie and Dyan Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 9:07 AM


A Conversation with Yo-Yo Ma


Mike Ragogna: Yo-Yo! Your latest album, Sing Me Home, is your next step with the Silk Road Ensemble, following the critically adored A Playlist Without Borders. So the history of the actual Silk Road is about outreach as well as trade,...

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Capitol Studios Celebrates Its 60th! Conversations with Al Schmitt and Paula Salvatore, Chats with Elephant Revival, Ben Abraham, and Jack Spann, Plus Nu Shooz, The Chordaes, Henry Chadwick, Sarah Lou Richards & Gary Nichols, Linda Draper, and Vexine Excl

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 9:31 AM

NU SHOOZ'S "REAL THING" EXCLUSIVE

According to Nu Shooz's Valerie Day...

"Musically, 'Real Thing' is an homage to Philly Soul producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Together they crafted some of the best anthems of the '70's like 'Love Train' and 'For the Love of Money' for...

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Chats with Terry Manning and Dan Vallor, Plus Jesse Cook, Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Vincent Colbert, Ships Have Sailed, Dead 27s, Bencoolen, Ben de la Cour, Jason Achilles Mezilis, and Zmei3 Exclusives, and Thank You Prince

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 5:18 PM

JESSE COOK'S "LOOP STATION IMPROV" EXCLUSIVE

According to the Jesse Cook gang...

"World music/jazz guitarist Jesse Cook wraps up his U.S. tour this weekend on April 24. He was touring the U.S., from his native Canada, to support the release of his ninth studio album, One World, on...

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John Doe Brings "Sunlight," Andrew McMahon Drops EP, Chats with Peter Wolf and Grace Kelly, Plus California Roots Festival Doc, Alex Goodman, Jonas Friddle, Alex Pinto, Snake! Snake! Snakes! and Shotgun Wedding Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 7:40 PM

JOHN DOE'S "SUNLIGHT" EXCLUSIVE

"Sunlight" is artist John Doe's latest music video and new track from The Westerner that drops April 29th on Cool Rock Records/Thirty Tigers. It features ten new tracks from Doe with guest appearances from Chan Marshall of Cat Power, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Cindy Wasserman...

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Legacy: A Conversation with Celtic Thunder's Neil Byrne & Ryan Kelly, Chatting with Kathy Black, Plus Devin Sinha and Leland Sundries Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 9:48 AM


A Conversation with Celtic Thunder


Mike Ragogna: Hey Neil and Ryan! Your latest album, Legacy Vol. 1 is your latest release. What have you noticed has grown the most for Celtic Thunder as a troop over the years?


Neil Byrne: Well, I...

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Albert Camus and Beyond: Conversations with Eric Andersen and Kerry Fenster, A Really Short Chat with Chris Janson, Plus Michael Kroll, David Nyro and Cave States Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 11:21 AM


A Conversation with Eric Andersen


Mike Ragogna: Eric, what brought Albert Camus to your attention?


Eric Andersen: Oliver Jordan a painter friend of mine from Cologne suggested we do a project together. Oliver is one of the premier...

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About Jeff Buckley's You And I, Suzanne Vega and More: Chatting with Steve Addabbo, Plus Bob Hillman's "Big Sur," and Exclusives from Sara Niemietz, Typhoid Rosie, Erica Glyn and The Looking

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 1:18 PM

BOB HILLMAN'S "BIG SUR"

How the freewheelin' Bob Hillman stayed under the radar this long is a head scratcher. This Suzanne Vega contemporary is a great American songwriter, and his new Peter Case-produced album, Lost Soul, hopefully will make that title ironic as it gets well-deserved love from critics and...

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American Psycho: Chatting with Duncan Sheik, Plus Exclusives from diNMachine, Charlie Oxford, Janey Street and Holy Sheboygan!

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 11:04 AM


A Conversation with Duncan Sheik


Mike Ragogna: Duncan, you have so many chainsaws in the air including the US launch of the previously-British musical American Psycho. You oversaw the creation of the London cast album, right?


Duncan Sheik: Yes. Every inch...

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Santana IV: Chatting with Carlos Santana & Gregg Rolie, Plus Zona, Lexi Baker and Ninet Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 12:06 PM


A Conversation with Carlos Santana


Mike Ragogna: Carlos, it's Santana IV. What was the energy like when you came together to record these sixteen tracks...and I imagine you might have recorded a couple more?


Carlos Santana: Yes, we probably recorded close...

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Surfing To Shockwave: A Chat with Joe Satriani, Freaks And Geeks Geeks Out, Plus Hobart W. Fink, Lucky Jukebox Brigade, Vandella, The Bonnevilles, Be, and Canyon Spells Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 6:05 AM


A Conversation with Joe Satriani


Mike Ragogna: Joe, the last time we spoke, we talked about your box set that was released through Sony and since then, you've released the album Shockwave Supernova. So you're taking all this music on tour now?


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Ain't No Mountain High Enough: A Conversation with Colin O'Brady

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 2:52 PM

AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH FOR COLIN O'BRADY

Will he become the fastest athlete to compete in the Explorer's Grand Slam that takes place in extreme outdoor environments across seven continents? Will his mission to raise $1 million to promote childhood health succeed? Will his...

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A Life in Song: A Conversation With Burt Bacharach

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 11:50 AM


A Conversation with Burt Bacharach


Mike Ragogna: Burt, the title of your new Blu-ray is A Life In Song. That may sound like a magnanimous title, but after watching the program, it seems appropriate because of the impact you've had on music and culture.


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Inspiring Others Through Academia and Philanthropy: A Conversation with Anthony Nobles

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 8:41 PM

Inspiring Others Through Academia and Philanthropy

Anthony Nobles is one of the medical-device pioneers of our time, with more medical-device patents to his name than virtually any other individual. Picking up from our interview on August 16, 2015, when we were introduced to his accomplishments in medical technology,...

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Human Highway & Beyond: Conversing with Cameron Crowe, Plus The Score and More Music Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 8:08 AM


A Conversation with Cameron Crowe Mostly About Neil Young


Mike Ragogna: Cameron, on the surface, Human Highway can be a goofball comedy or a stoner flick. But I believe it's really a pretty dark commentary on nuclear power, war, and the mistreatment of Indigenous Nations. It's...

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Real. Country. Music. & Wide Awake: Chatting with Gene Watson and Parachute's Will Anderson, Plus a Free Joe Bonamassa Download

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 3:54 PM

JOE BONAMASSA'S "DRIVE" VIDEO AND DOWNLOAD 

According to Joe Bonamassa...

“I want people to hear my evolution as a blues-rock musician. Somebody who isn’t resting on accomplishments and who is always pushing forward and thinking about how music can evolve and stay relevant. Lyrically, you’ll hear the...

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Twisted Sister, Sam Kinison and Comedy Dynamics: Chats with Dee Snider and Brian Volk-Weiss, Plus a Plethora of Premieres

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 10:20 AM

CRAIG GREENBERG'S "DEATH ON THE LIBERTY LINE" EXCLUSIVE

According to Craig Greenberg...

"My song 'Death On The Liberty Line' was inspired in the aftermath of the Boston bombing attacks that took place during the marathon of 2013. I had the thought at the time that...

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Oil & Water and Front Row Seat: Chatting with Lee DeWyze and Josh Abbott, Plus Unwritten Law's "Celebration" Exclusive

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 7:41 PM

UNWRITTEN LAW'S "CELEBRATION" EXCLUSIVE

According to the Unwritten Law camp...

"Formed in San Diego in the early '90s, Unwritten Law has been an internationally acclaimed rock/alternative band with multi-platinum releases like Elva, Unwritten Law, and Live and Lawless. Acoustic is the band's eighth studio album and...

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ASCAP Theater Workshop, Childhelp & Beyond: Conversations with Stephen Schwartz, Michael Kerker, Michael Bolton and The Tenors' Fraser Walters, Plus Music Exclusives

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 8:07 AM

A Conversation with Stephen Schwartz

Mike Ragogna: Hello, Stephen! So what is a day like for Stephen Schwartz when you're in your creative mode?

Stephen Schwartz: Well, I can tell you about today. We're in the midst of a workshop for a stage...

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Medical & Musical Journeys: An Interview with One of Time's Persons of the Year, Pardis Sabeti

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 1:32 PM

PARDIS SABETI ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES, HER TIME MAGAZINE NOD, MUSIC, AND MORE

A Conversation with Pardis Sabeti

Mike Ragogna: Pardis, congratulations for being one of Time’s Persons Of The Year. Your statistical research in the medical field and your recent work with Ebola is being celebrated...

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