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Conversations With Toto's Steve Lukather, Jenny Sheinman, Jeff Black and Oh Honey's Mitchy Collins and Danielle Bouchard

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.08.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

We were never the trendiest band, but we've always been here. Even the critics that hated us back in the day, you get them drunk and they know the lyrics to all these songs.

Life Journeys: Conversations With Leon Russell, Judy Collins and John Gorka

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.31.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Hey Leon, Life Journey, your latest album, was recorded with Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt, Elton John...you have an awful lot of friends rooting for you. Do you feel the love?

Nu Jazz: Conversations with The Manhattan Transfer's Tim Hauser, Janis Siegel, Alan Paul & Cheryl Bentyne, Plus SmoothJazz.com's Sandy Shore & Donna Phillips

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.04.2014 | Entertainment
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Conversations With Alonzo Bodden and Spyro Gyra's Jay Beckenstein, Plus Exclusives by Make-A-Wish, Placido Domingo, Placido Domingo Jr and Danielle de Niese

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.05.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Helping others and giving back have been incredibly important to us throughout our career," says Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix, "so when Make-A-Wish came to us and told us about Mark Guerra we were thrilled to be involved."

Not Your Father's Smooth Jazz II: Conversations with Earl Klugh, David Sanborn, Jonathan Butler and Euge Groove, Plus a Bo-Keys Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.08.2014 | Entertainment
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Smooth Jazz Cruisin': Conversations with ECP's Dane Butcher & Michael Lazaroff, Plus Brian Irving's "Garbage Man" Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.11.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Brian, a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, synth and drum programmer, creates a lush atmosphere of conscious lyrics, and lo-fi/hi-fi computerized, neo-psychedelia with recent critical comparisons to Tame Impala, Pink Floyd, and Neon Indian.

Benson's Vocals Stand Out On Nat King Cole Tribute

AP | CHARLES J. GANS | Posted 08.20.2013 | Black Voices

George Benson, "Inspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole" (Concord) Just how much Nat King Cole inspired George Benson is evident on the opening track...

Dog Ears Music: A Winter's Mix of Dog Ears Past

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 04.10.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we review music by 22-20s, Ra Ra Riot, Franz Liszt, Keren Ann, Keren Ann, George Benson, Thee Oh Sees, Doves and Miike Snow.

Chats With George Benson, John McLaughlin, Fred Schneider of The B-52's, and L.A. Guns' Tracii Guns, Plus Lisa Hannigan's New Video

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.20.2011 | Entertainment
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Review: George Benson Focus On Guitar On New CD

AP | By CHARLES J. GANS | Posted 12.04.2011 | Black Voices

-- George Benson, "Guitar Man" (Concord Jazz) "Guitar Man" is one of George Benson's jazziest and most intimate recordings in years. It returns the ...

The Light Of The Sun: A Conversation With Jill Scott

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.23.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jill has the #1 album in the country, and features Anthony Hamilton on her latest single, "So In Love." Here, she gives us some background on how her duet came about.

Chatting With Joe Jackson And Earl Klugh, Plus Mick Harvey's "The Ballad Of Jay Givens" Video

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.30.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

According to Joe Jackson, performing is the best part of the "madness" that he's involved in. It's better than being in the studio or anything else.

An Artist With His "Eye On The Prize": A Conversation With Marc Broussard

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.12.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

According to Marc Broussard, you can't begin any discussion of musical influences without starting with Stevie Wonder at the top of that list.

Dog Ears Music: Born In March Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week, we feature songs recorded by Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner, Supertramp, Harry Belafonte, Wes Montgomery, and Bon Jovi.

Dog Ears Music: Volume 101

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's column features music by George Benson, Ane Brun, Madlib, Steven Bernstein, Lusine Icl and Jussara Silveira.

An Interview With Janis Ian Plus This Week's New Albums

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Read More: Michael Jackson, Inner Circle, The O'Jays, Imogen Heap, The Adventures, Janis Ian, Cate Bros., Rubicon, Daryl Hall & John Oates, The Beach Boys, Woody Guthrie, Eric Burdon, REO Speedwagon, Otis Redding, Now That's What I Call Country, Matt Hires, Mark Schultz, Jack Ingram, Smile Empty Soul, Roy Hargrove, Billy Ocean, Cheap Trick, Rory Gallagher, David Guetta, Stefon Harris & Blackout, Michael Bolton, Queen Latifah, Matisyahu, Robert Glasper, The Roy Hargrove Big Band, Cass Elliot, Neil Diamond, The Casualties, Roberta Gambarini, Patton Oswalt, George Benson, Elvis Presley, Phil Stacey, Tim Buckley, Delores O'Rioran, Carmen Appice, The Mamas & the Papas, Al Jarreau, The Old Grey Whistle Test, Entertainment News, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, The Dukes, Paul Revere & the Raiders, 16 Horsepower, Collective Soul, Fun., Alan O'Day, Pilot, Now That's What I Call Music, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Roy Orbison, The Bloody Beetroots, Felix Da Housecat, Teddy Pendergrass, The Subdudes, James Carter, Adam Ant, Colbie Caillat, Arctic Monkeys, Jeff Golub, Jackie DeShannon, Island Records, Fame, Woodstock, Sounds of Blackness, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Smokie Norful, Irma Thomas, Mew, Tanya Stephens, Brian Bromberg, Willie Nelson, Jack Wagner, The New City Ramblers, Mott the Hoople, Love and Theft, New Releases, Deryl Dodd, Cross Country, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Nat King Cole, Kenny G, Jet, Niti Sawhney, Vander Graaf Generator, Sally Shapiro, John Denver, Jason Aldeean, Smokey Robinson, Taking Woodstock, Vandaveer, Najee, Selah, Needtobreathe, Latoya, Strawbs, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Advocate, Lgbt, Sony Legacy, Verve Records, Roberta Flack, Leonard Bernstein, Grammy, Ang Lee, Atlantic Records, Jerry Wexler, Gramma Awards, Saturday Night Live, Wbai, Wnew, Miami Vice, Dar Williams, Birthers, Fox News, Cher, Teabaggers, Joan Baez, Glen Campbell, Mel Torme, Death Panel, Nina Simone, Entertainment News
Mike Ragogna

Janis Ian is one of the Woodstock era's unsung musical heroes who, just two years prior to the Bethel Bash, shocked our nation with her controversial single "Society's Child."

Not Just Kid Stuff: From Kidz Bop to The Fuzzy Stones

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Read More: Kenny Loggins, Linda Ronstadt, Jason & the Scorchers, Gorillaz, Lisa Loeb, Janis Ian, The Fuzzy Stones, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Dan Zanes, Kelly Clarkson, James Blunt, The Music Man, John Mayer, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Bette Midler, Mary Poppins, Hans Christian Anderson, Timbaland, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Robert B. Sherman, Van Hunt, Tom CHapin, Peter Paul & Mary, The Jackson 5, Daughtry, Fleischer Brothers, Millie Jackson, Pbs, Teddy Pendegrass, Black Eyed Peas, Think Tree, Barney & Friends, Fergie, George Benson, Dr. John, Elmo, Pete Fitzpatrick, Gwen Stefani, Teddy Geiger, Todd Tobias, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, They Might Be Giants, Al Jarreau, Tracy Bonham, Taylor Swift, Smash Mouth, Laurie Berkner, Cobra Verde, Pink, Jack Johnson, The New Zoo Review, David Seville, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Monkees, Justin Timerblake, Barenaked Ladies, Barney, Laurel & Hardy, Buck Howdy, Rankin & Bass, Miley Cyrus, Sesame Street, The Original P, National Geographic, The Wiggles, Britney Spears, Clem Snide, The Blue Man Group, Brad Robinson, Harry Chapin, Judy Garland, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Douglas "Truth" Smith, Lou Rawls, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Robert Pollard, Peanuts, Carly Simon, Public Broadcasting System, Ohio, Plain White T’S, Nikka Costa, Count Zero, Naftule's Dream, Cleveland Scene, Jim Henson, Bing Crosby, The Partridge Family, Rhianna, Dr. Suess, Green Day, Beyoncé, Texas, Looney Tunes, Fat Albert, Justin Roberts, Kidz Bop, Marlo Thomas, Kate Taylor, The Sippycups, Farmer Jason, Josie & the Pussycats, Guided by Voices, Gang of Four, The Chipmunks, The Doobie Brothers, Nelly, Alicia Keys, The Simon Sisters, Richard M. Sherman, Eric Paul, James Taylor, The Archies, Bruce Springsteen, Putumayo, How I Met Your Mother, Sony Wonder, Neil Patrick Harris, Fall Out Boy, Raffi, Baby Einstein, Robert Louis Stevenson, William Blake, Robert Burns, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Veggie Tales, Red Skelton, The Red Skelton Show, Jackie Gleason, Lawrence Welk, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Lawrence Welk Show, Itunes, Fraggle Rock, Entertainment News
Mike Ragogna

When did children's music get so awful? It wasn't always as painful to listen to. Some historic recordings, though not exactly classified as "children's," have been cherished forever.