Welcome to No Bull Sessions, hosted by Richard Bull, where we talk about music and the constructs of great songs. Bull is a musician with a career in record labels, artist management, A&R, branding, and touring.
Subscribe to this podcast to hear commentary on songs, discussions about the supernatural science of music, secret stories from the music business, and discover incredible new artists.
Just music, no Bull!
Learn more about Richard Bull @RichardBullToro
Listen to the original version of "Jolene" and the version at 33 rpm on Vinyl. It also sounds so good slowed down! Dolly Parton is a country music legend, movie star, business woman, philanthropist and an incredible songwriter. "Jolene" has been covered by several artists including, Ellie Goulding, White Stripes, Las Chicas del Can, Kygo (remix), and Miley Cyrus. We discuss Elvis Presley and Whitney Houston as we listen to another massive Dolly hit song, "I Will Always Love You".
According to Guitar World Magazine, Janet Robin is on the list of Top 10 Female Guitarists and Guitar Player Magazine has her listed as one of the Top 50 acoustic guitar players in the world!
One of her early guitar teachers and mentors was Randy Rhodes, yes, the legendary rock guitar hero and songwriter from Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osborne.
Janet further developed her guitar chops on 80’s sunset strip scene with her band Precious Metal. Janet was part the scene and hung out with Guns n' Roses, Poison, Quiet Riot, Heart, Lindsey Buckingham (from Fleetwood Mac) and the list goes on…
We also discuss her solo career album produced by famed producer John Carter Cash.
She’ll play us a song live in studio, and we’ll also hear some songs from her new band on the raise, The String Revolution.
The String Revolution
Is made up of: Markus Ilko , Daniel Schwarz, Art Zavala Jr, and of course Janet Robin
This is a multi-guitar project that creates the percussive beats, bass, melodies, rhythms and everything that you would want to hear in beautiful music into one incredible guitar ensemble. As you will hear, the songs will carry you and open up your imagination.
To learn more about Janet Robin or contact her for work, recordings, gigs, lessons etc…You can find her at:
email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who will win? This is the 2019 GRAMMY Awards predictions podcast show. We will run through the top categories for the Grammys: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best Latin Pop Album. Richard Bull shares his predictions on the podcast and let's see how many we get right!
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My guest on today’s podcast is my friend Adam Mehl who is an artist manager in search of “Purple Cows” (artists) who will fill the open lanes. Learn about Adam’s diverse career and his key advise for new artists and those of you interested in become managers or music execs in this crazy beautiful music business.
We journey through stories of the event promotions with Disney on Ice, Ringling Brothers Circus, the Latin concert business, radio sales, label deals, music publishing deals, artist management.
Connect with Adam Mehl on his email: email@example.com
Instagram - @thisisdiamante
Diamante's collab on "Hear Me Now" the #1 Active Rock Radio song at the time of the launch of this podcast
Hear Me Now - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=M38aWHxwtXE
Just Loud's current single Soul Train at Alternative radio with Debbie Harry from Blondie
We talk about life on the road and as a touring musician. Lineu tells us about his career as a musical director, musician for hire, producer, and songwriter. Lineu has a ton of great stories from his days in Brazil and his more recent tours around the US playing sold-out shows with major acts in some of the most iconic venues in the world like the Maddison Square Garden, Hollywood Bowl, and the Staples Center.
He shares some awesome and funny stories with us along with some great tips for musicians who want to tour with major acts.
- Lineu’s 3 rules while on tour
- Play the song like the record but put your source in it
- PTD - Post Tour Depression
- Never break character, even if you make a mistake
Contact Lineu and lear more about him here:
Hosted by Richard Bull
In this podcast we ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Sabrina Claudio, Greta Van Fleet, and Brushy One String. It is about all about new artists and bets for much success in 2019. We shine a light on a sultry R&B artist, a true rock revival band playing the real thing, and a street musician that is known as the king of the one-string guitar.
“Unravel me”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBVskvS7-vo
Greta Van Fleet
"Highway Song": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJg4OJxp-co
"When The Curtain Falls": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86_vnQc1oBE
Brushy One String
"Chicken in the Corn": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8H-67ILaqc
"No Man Stop Me": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfxMYSJSVTY
In this No Bull Sessions podcast episode we have one of the masters of marketing in the music business, Abbey Konowitch. We chronicle some of his career as a college radio DJ, booking agent at ICM, his ten years with Clive Davis at Arista Records, he headed up programming and artist relations at MTV during a most incredible time, Maverick Records, and his experiences as GM at Hollywood Records for Disney. We discuss streaming playlists vs radio charts and technology in music. We talk about stories from Madonna to Guns & Roses to Cher to The Doors to Demi Lovato to J Balvin to Cardi B, 360 label deals, and the future of the music business.
Abbey manages several projects and also consults with close friends in the business. You can reach him via firstname.lastname@example.org
In this episode we dive into a cool americana, country, rock band making it as an indie group in LA. The band Roses & Cigarettes is composed of Jenny Pagliaro and Angela Petrilli. We talk shop, stories from the road, Norman's Rare Guitars, what it’s like to run your own small business (an indie band), band loyalty, and more. Roses & Cigarettes perform live songs for us right on the spot through this Skype interview!
Norman’s Rare Guitars “Home”:
Norman’s Rare Guitars “Gold Dust Woman”:
Angela Petrilli - Fender
Eric Tessmer “Love Has Taken Its Toll”
Robert John and the Wreck “Good Lovin’”
Marc Broussard “Home”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuWPseegaKw
We talk about the song "Wish You Were Here" recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and released in 1975. Written by David Gilmore and Roger Waters, Gilmore performs all vocals and guitars on this classic tune. We highlight an outtake version of the song with jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli. After the massive commercial hit of The Dark Side Of The Moon the band was a little lost in the studio and stumbled upon this timeless song almost accidentally. This is the story of Wish You Were Here, the song.
In this episodes we explore how the life of a studio rat, recording engineer, songwriter, session musician, music producer, singer, and organic farmer can all be combined into one. In this interview, Hector Crisantes shares plenty of stories and recommendations for up and coming artists to look out for in both Latin and general market genres. Crisantes presents us an exclusive clip from one of his new Spanish language songs "Invisible”. Links to Crisantes and his recommended songs/artists are listed below:
Dawes “Somewhere along the way”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6rDtW6_8bg
Sonus “Vecina”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2Hn9AfET8g
Vicente Garcia “Dulcito e Coco”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTrUFzZi-TM
Juan Pablo Vega “Vicio”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afojPZKVFLI
Beatles “Something”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UelDrZ1aFeY
Crisantes “Live & Let It Go”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSSVVTxYZNM
What are the origins of "Gold Digger" and of "I Got A Woman"? We trace it back and connect the dots; it's an incredible ride! We listen to performance segments from Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Jamie Foxx, Kanye West, The Southern Tones, and Alex Serra. Also learn about a new monthly crowd funding service Patreon.com and much much more...
We explore segments of the song Hallelujah and interpret several of the verses and its layers of meaning along with the music theory behind the sacred chord and the song. We dive into one of the most covered songs in modern times and master piece by Leonard Cohen.
Alicia Keys' gorgeous voice and genius musicianship are on display with her song "You Don't Know My Name". We share some fun facts about the song and one of Alicia's cool vocal tips. Did you know that this song was co-written with Kanye West? I didn't before this episode.
Commentary about the song "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan with Richard Bull. This song is a beautiful folk-rock lullaby was recorded in Nov 1973 with "The Band" and was featured on the 1974 Bob Dylan album titled Planet Waves.