Rock On Podcast
By AP Creative Network
A veteran of the radio industry, Danny Coleman's Rock on Radio has been on the air for 10 years. Join Danny as he interviews various musicians locally and nationally recognized!
This podcast is supported by the AP Creative Network
This podcast is supported by the AP Creative Network
Craig Carlson talks about Pancakes, books, and being an American in Paris
Sit down with Danny as he sits down with NY Times Best-Selling Author & Parisian Restauranteur, Craig Carlson. With a background in journalism, Craig Carlson received a B.A. from the University of Connecticut. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles where he studied at the University of Southern California, receiving an M.A. in film production. After winning the prestigious John Huston Directing Award, Craig wrote and directed a short film, Wheel of Torture, which went on to win awards at the Chicago Film Festival as well as the Lucille Ball Festival of comedy. In addition to being a produced screenwriter, Craig worked as a translator for Letters: Jean Renoir, a book on the famous French director. In 2003, Craig completely shifted gears and decided to open the first American diner in Paris. After more than a decade in business, Breakfast in America continues to serve authentic breakfasts and burgers to customers from all over the world. Pancakes in Paris is Craig’s debut memoir about the experience. His follow up book, Let Them Eat Pancakes, was released in July 2020
September 20, 2020
Join Danny Coleman as he sits down with Academy Award-Winning Songwriter, John DeNicola. - - - - An Academy Award-winning songwriter, John DeNicola has channeled his lifelong passion for music into a remarkably vibrant career in the recording industry. His songwriting successes include co-writing the hit singles “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” and “Hungry Eyes” for the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, playing a key role in the movie’s emergence as an enduring cultural phenomenon. As founder of the indie label Omad Records, he’s discovered and fostered the careers of a diverse range of musical acts (including Kara’s Flowers, a band now known as Maroon 5). Also an accomplished producer, DeNicola has brought his finely honed instincts and vast experience to collaborations with legendary artists from all corners of the music world.
August 29, 2020
Doug Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revival
Listen in as Danny Coleman sits down with the legendary drummer Doug Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revival and Creedence Clearwater Revisited. - - Douglas Raymond "Cosmo" Clifford (born April 24, 1945) is an American drummer, best known as a founding member of Creedence Clearwater Revival. After the group disbanded in late 1972, Douglas Clifford released a solo album and later joined CCR bassist Stu Cook in the Don Harrison Band. In 1995, Douglas Clifford and Stu Cook formed the band Creedence Clearwater Revisited, performing live versions of Creedence Clearwater Revival songs.
August 15, 2020
Listen as Danny sits down with comic, Poppy Champlin. Champlin is one of the quickest witted comedians working either coast today. Besides Poppy’s deep comedic chops, she has a good voice that she puts to use during each performance. She erupts onto the stage, fearless, upbeat and energetic spitting out jokes, quips, songs, impressions and even birdcalls. Poppy’s’ shows can be described as spin art – “No two alike.” A graduate from the University of Rhode Island with a BFA in Theatre, she went to the Famed Chicago Second City Training Center and from there Tinsel town. Once in LA, Poppy continued to perform stand-up as well as study acting at the Larry Moss studios and has since put up her critically acclaimed One Woman Show, "A Chocolate Sandwich.” Most recently Poppy had a featured role in BABE a Musical at the National Women’s Music Festival as well as “Titanic The Musical” at the Courthouse Center for The Performing Arts in Kingston R.I., where she currently teaches a stand-up comedy class. “Poppy was a freakin’ ball of comedic thunder,” says one fan “The best comedian I have seen since Whoopi Goldberg,” says another. Her stand-up pedigree is extensive: from being the winner of America’s Funniest Real Woman on The Joan Rivers Show, then featured on Entertainment Tonight. Her television appearances include Showtime, LOGO, Comics Unleashed, Comedy Central, VH-1, HBO and Oprah. Poppy has opened for such comics as Ray Ramano, Denis Leary, Bill Maher, Bill Hicks and Rosie O’Donnell. Her club appearances are many ranging from Gotham Comedy Club in NYC the Comedy Cellar and The Improvs, Laugh Factory and all in between. Poppy also is a regular on Olivia cruises and in Provincetown. She was a staff writer for Fox’s Show Me The Funny, in Hollywood California. She wrote, starred in and produced, her character driven comedy pilot called News you Can't Use, think Tracy Ulman takes on the News. Poppy has an appearance on “All Aboard Rosie’s Family Vacation” made into an Emmy nominated HBO documentary. She is a producer of her own tour called, The Queer Queens of Qomedy, now in it's twelfth year. She travels all over the country with this tour. She performed for over 25.000 people in the closing ceremonies of the Gay Games in Chicago. She has performed for troops in both Japan and Korea. She was invited to perform in South Africa, at The Cape Town Comedy Festival. Poppy’s observational style of humor tackles tough subjects with ease. In this comedienne’s hands we can laugh at life’s most formidable perils... and laughter that ravages fear is the best kind of all. Now residing in Rhode she tours and teaches a stand-up comedy class at The Courthouse Center for the Arts.
August 08, 2020
Tom Reock [LOCAL!]
Listen in as Danny sits down with local legend Tom Reock! Tom Reock is a Singer/Songwriter, Arranger, Producer & Engineer from Central New Jersey. For many years he fronted the Jazz-Rock-Funk band Down To Earth, but for the last 10 years has been playing the role of bandmate to many other original artists including Ernie White and Maggi Hill. Primarily a keyboard player/vocalist, Reock is also competent on many other instruments. Tom Reock has released two national CDs, MAINESTAYE in 1994 and LOST HIPPIE in 2000 on his own Hug-A-Tree label. He also has released two instrumental/new age CDs in the past 5 years. In addition to his live skills Tom is the owner operator of Squirrel Ranch Recording Studio. With no musical barriers holding him back, his originals compositions cross many lines.
August 01, 2020
Steve Hackett talks Genesis, songwriting, and his new book!
Join Danny as he sits down with renowned musician and guitarist Steve Hackett, formerly of Genesis. Steve Hackett is renowned as an immensely talented and innovative rock musician. He was lead guitarist with Genesis as part of their classic line up with Gabriel, Collins, Banks and Rutherford, that produced acclaimed albums such as Selling England by the Pound (a favourite of John Lennon). With Steve's extraordinary versatility in both his electric guitar playing and his composing, he involves influences from many genres, including Jazz, World Music and Blues. He is equally adept in his classical albums that include renditions of pieces by composers from Bach to Satie, his own acoustic guitar compositions that have gained the admiration of many, including Yehudi Menuhin, and ambitious guitar/ orchestra albums such as A Midsummer Night's Dream, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic. With Genesis, Steve's guitar playing produced some of the most memorable moments, from the sensitivity of his acoustic sound on Horizons and Blood on the Rooftops to the dramatic rock guitar solos of Firth of Fifth and Fountain of Salmacis. As he embarked on his solo career he developed his exceptional range, pushing musical boundaries into exciting areas, inventing new sounds and also techniques such as 'tapping'. His solo career went from strength to strength and the mid eighties not only saw the hit single Cell 151, but also the Steve Hackett and Steve Howe super group GTR, highly successful in America.
July 25, 2020
Shirley King, Daughter of the Blues!
Join Danny Coleman as he sits down with the absolutely amazing daughter of the Blues Shirley King, daughter of the late legend, BB King! - - - - Shirley King is nicknamed "the daughter of the blues," and with good reason: her father was the legendary blues guitarist B.B. King. While Shirley shares her father's love of the blues, she's developed a sound and a style that sets her apart from her dad. A vocalist, Shirley has a big, bold style influenced by the likes of Etta James, Ruth Brown, and Koko Taylor, and her music brings classic blues styles into the present, with a dash of modern-day funk incorporated into numbers rooted in '50s and '60s blues archetypes. Her second album, 1999's Daughter of the Blues, gave her a chance to show off the range of her voice and personality, while 2020's Blues for a King saw her performing alongside Junior Wells, Elvin Bishop, Joe Louis Walker, Steve Cropper, and other legendary artists. - - -- Podcast Links: Anchor : Anchor.fm/rockonpodcast Spotify : https://spoti.fi/2Bb2V5s YouTube Channel:https://bit.ly/3i1tLhe Facebook Watch Premiere: link coming soon Other Links Instagram: instagram.com/asburyparkcreativenetwork
July 11, 2020
Steven Keene [Local!]
Join us as Danny sits down with Steven Keene Music in the 6th episode of season 2 of Rock On Podcast with Danny Coleman! - - - - Steven Keene grew up in Brooklyn New York and got his start playing the folk clubs and cafes of the Greenwich Village scene in the late ’80s and early ’90s alongside contemporaries Beck, Susanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, and others. Heavily inspired by the songwriting of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Leonard Cohen, he began performing his earliest material at The Speakeasy, the now-closed folk club that was a singer-songwriter staple in the ’90s. Keene played regularly at joints like Sun Mountain Cafe and the Chameleon, and for years would crisscross the streets of McDougal and Bleecker, playing well-known clubs including the Bottom Line, Lone Star Cafe, the Mercury Lounge, the Bitter End, Arlene’s Grocery, and the legendary CBGB’s. But for Keene, it was always about the music, and never about the fame. Maybe that’s why he surrounded himself with only the best players, focused only on the music, and became obsessed with honing his craft as he gigged his way from one smoke-filled Village club to the next. “Sometimes the perspective is from myself, and sometimes I’m writing a song through someone else’s eyes,” reflects Keene. “I’m not very big on insisting on explanations behind the songs I write, only because everybody’s got their own take on them, like a painting or any art form. I think less is more when it comes to talking about my own personal experience of a song.”
July 04, 2020
Michael Bluestein from Foreigner talks about his new record, music's resiliency, and his process
Danny Coleman sits down with Michael Bluestein from Foreigner. - - Michael Bluestein is an American pianist, keyboardist, singer/songwriter, composer and record producer originally from Massachusetts. He has been a member of the rock band Foreigner since 2008, and has been a high-profile touring keyboardist and vocalist since moving to Los Angeles in 2003. Listen in as they talk about Bluestein's new record "Last Flight Home" and maybe get some insight into the music process from a member of a legendary band!
June 27, 2020
Todd Sucherman talks about STYX, new music, much more...
Danny Coleman sits down with legendary drummer Todd Sucherman. Todd Sucherman continues to be one of the world’s most in demand drummers and educators. While recording touring the world with the multi platinum rock band STYX for the last twenty four years, he’s managed to balance a schedule of recording sessions, masterclasses, clinics, and creating the enormously successful “Rock Drumming Masterclass” for Drumeo. Todd has been recognized by his peers winning many Modern Drummer Magazine Reader’s Poll awards through the years taking top honors in the categories of Rock Drummer, Progressive Rock Drummer, Classic Rock Drummer, Live Drummer, Clinician, Educational DVD, Recorded performance, and multiple placements in other categories. In 2020 after playing drums for forty nine years, he released his first solo record, “Last Flight Home.”
June 20, 2020
Leslie Mandoki talks about music, the pandemic, and his tribute to frontline workers, and more!
Danny Coleman sits down with international producer and drummer, Leslie Mándoki. Mándoki is a German-Hungarian musician who became known as a member of the music group Dschinghis Khan. He continued his career as a solo artist and became a music producer who worked with many internationally famous artists. Mándoki is today a well-known producer who has rented the Park Studios near Lake Starnberg. He has worked as a producer for many German and international acts, including the No Angels, Phil Collins, Engelbert, Joshua Kadison, Lionel Richie and Jennifer Rush. He also worked as a musical director for commercials, with clients including Audi, Daimler and Disney! Follow Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/apcreativenetwork Follow Us on Instagram: instagram.com/asburyparkcreativenetwork Check out the Rock on Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0DVzTOS... Check out the Rock on Podcast on Anchor: anchor.fm/rockonpodcast
June 13, 2020
Christine Ohlman talks about SNL, being a musician "on pause", and the state of the world!
Danny Coleman sits down with SNL band member and the Beehive Queen herself, Christine Ohlman. This queen of blue-eyed rock n’ soul, who grew up loving equally the sweetness of a Memphis horn line and the raunch of an electric guitar riff, whether played by Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, or Pop Staples, teased her blonde hair into a beehive in honor of Ronnie Spector and never looked back, picking up a guitar and forging a career as a songwriter in the process. She’s the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band (SNL40’s anniversary post-show concert also featured her star turn onstage with Jimmy Fallon, Elvis Costello and the B-52s), whose latest CD, The Deep End, was honored on five national Top Ten lists and features special guests/duet partners Ian Hunter, Dion DiMucci, and Marshall Crenshaw, plus Levon Helm, GE Smith, Andy York, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Catherine Russell, Big Al Anderson, and others. Ohlman topped the Alternate Root.com’s Readers’ Poll as top Americana vocalist, joining other winners Paul Thorn, The Mavericks and Rodney Crowell. - - Rock on Radio is supported on-air by Actress Eileen Sullivan, Jody Weber, CPA, Analog Trenton, O’Connor’s American Bar & Grille of Eastampton Township, NJ, BridalMusic.org, and Deuce Music
June 06, 2020
Danny Coleman and Rick Winow talk on the phone about the current pandemic situation, it's impact on artists, and everything else going on in their lives. DISCLAIMER: We are not experts on coronavirus. Please follow proper social distancing protocols and visit cdc.gov to learn more about staying safe in these trying times. We'd like to thank all medical personnel and other essential workers for all they do! Stay safe and Rock on! ABOUT RICK: Rick has been playing and performing music since his grammar school days. He began writing music at age 14 and two years later was a regular music performer on local college radio stations. At age 16 he was scouted by Mainstream Records NYC, original label for Janis Joplin, and recorded his first demo. He continued his music passion with various bands as a lead guitarist and vocalist and in 1980 appeared on The Uncle Floyd Show with the band " Desert Fox ". The Desert Fox project drew the attention of both A & M and Columbia Records, and received a favorable review from Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1994 Rick had the pleasure of performing as a lead vocalist at an Atlantic Records original showcase which also brought positive reviews from members of their A & R department. After over 40 years of playing in various projects, Rick has returned to his first musical love, acoustic solo performance. He performs at various venues with a catalog of both cover and original music. Though he does the cover tunes he tries to put his own spin on them without hurting the integrity of the song. Vocal styles range from the soft ballad to the very edgy rock flavors. In addition, for the last few years, Rick had been backing legendary frontman and leader of The SMITHEREENS , Pat Dinizio ( RIP) , on guitar and vocals for Pat's solo shows around the country. Rick has had the pleasure of opening shows solo for artists Mike Peters Of The Alarm, Pure Prairie League, John Eddie, and of course The Smithereens to name a few. He has also been involved in The Light Of Day Foundation where he has performed in shows with Willie Nile ,Jeffrey Gaines, Southside Johnny and others. " One of the best singer/songwriters that I have ever worked with " - Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens. To describe it best a fellow musician once described his style as: " Powerful vocals and guitar performance.... taking you from Sweet wine..to Bourbon...and everywhere in between " - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Rock on Radio is supported on-air by Actress Eileen Sullivan, Jody Weber, CPA, Analog Trenton, O’Connor’s American Bar & Grille of Eastampton Township, NJ, BridalMusic.org, and Deuce Music
April 03, 2020
Danny sits down with local songwriter Rick Barth. Rick Barth is a Northwest NJ singer/songwriter that has played shows all over the NY, NJ, and PA area. Inspired to pick up a guitar by listening to KISS and, especially Ace Frehley, Rick started out in a high school cover band (Insanity) playing the hard rock and metal tunes he loved. After some time, he moved on to bar cover bands (Frozen Jones and Kwik Phix) playing all of the usual rock and pop tunes. Then, along with Cliff Doenges from Kwik Phix, he played in an acoustic duo (Two Man Group) that was playing acoustic shows long before it became the norm that it is today. After about ten years in TMG, Rick moved on to doing solo acoustic shows playing a wide mix of rock and pop covers anywhere and everywhere he could. As a result, he has been a fixture in the local music scene for a long time now. Sometime in 2014, after appearing on the Homegrown Sunday Ramble radio show to promote his cover shows, Rick was asked by the hosts (Paul and Dave) if he had any original music. Rick played a couple of songs and, after some cajoling by the hosts, decided to record his debut album, which would go on to become Hand Me Down Soul (released in 2015). Hand Me Down Soul is a culmination of three years of writing songs and, after convincing local friends to help him, it was recorded at Supreme Sound in Woodland Park, NJ. It is available at CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, and Rick's website, www.rickbarthnj.com. He enjoys and is influenced by a wide variety of music (from hard rock and metal to country, jazz and classical). His wide range of influences include Butch Walker, Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, Black Crowes, Tesla, KISS, American Aquarium, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Saigon Kick, King’s X, Extreme, Chris Stapleton, and so many more. He has played some really amazing venues through the years (The Bowery Electric, Session 73, and Desmond's in New York City, The Stanhope House in Stanhope, NJ and Crossroads in Garwood, NJ, and the Sarah Street Grill in Stroudsburg, PA) as well as many local bars and restaurants throughout the tri-state area. Rock on Radio is supported on-air by Actress Eileen Sullivan, Jody Weber, CPA, Analog Trenton, O’Connor’s American Bar & Grille of Eastampton Township, NJ, BridalMusic.org, and Deuce Music Special thanks to Producer Claire and Engineer Art.
March 16, 2020
Gloria Gaynor talks about Music, Soul Food, and Kasey Musgraves!? [Rock on Extra]
Danny Coleman takes a call from the legendary two-time Grammy-award winning artist Gloria Gaynor. Best known for disco era hit "I Will Survive" among others, Gaynor's repertoire is one to be admired. Gaynor is currently producing Contemporary Christian music. Rock on! A special thanks to Producer, Claire and Sound Engineer, Art. Rock on Radio is supported on-air by Actress Eileen Sullivan, Jody Weber, CPA, Analog Trenton, O’Connor’s American Bar & Grille of Eastampton Township, NJ, BridalMusic.org, and Deuce Music
March 09, 2020
Grace Field talks about Broadway, performing, and her love of Taco Bell
Danny Coleman sits down with Broadway actress and singer, Grace Field. Currently in Hercules at the Public and member of the Tony-Award winning ensemble Broadway Inspirational Voices. race Field was born in the little town of Austin Texas. From the get-go, everyone knew she was an artist; before she could ever speak she was either singing, plunking notes on the piano or creating artwork! Her love for theatre and performing grew as she started school and began to perform in school plays and musicals. Her musical debut was in the 4th grade, where she played the title role of Oliver in Oliver! She then continued her studies by attending conservatory schools in high school and college, and double majoring in Visual arts and Vocal performance minoring in dramatic studies. Since then, Grace has been featured on the Today Show performing with Hugh Jackman, has moved to the Tri-state area and has been in multiple musical theatre productions across the globe. Ms Field has sung at theatres including Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre, Broadway’s New Victory Theatre, the Barclay Center, The Public Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Off Broadway’s New World Stages. Grace has also had the privilege to work with Broadway’s Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Rebecca Luker, Seth Rudetsky, Anthony Rapp, and others. Ms Field has also sung with Multi Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald, Cynthia Elviro, Shoshana Bean and Hollywood walk of fame’s Billy Porter. Field made her New York Public Theatre debut in Alan Menken's adaptation of Disney's HERCULES. She most recently performed on Broadway in "Disney on Broadway 25th Anniversary Special" with Whoopi Goldberg at the New Amsterdam Theatre! Rock on Radio is supported on-air by Actress Eileen Sullivan, Jody Weber, CPA, Analog Trenton, O’Connor’s American Bar & Grille of Eastampton Township, NJ, BridalMusic.org, and Deuce Music A special thanks to producer Claire and engineer Art!
March 06, 2020
Paul Nelson Band [Rock on Extra]
Danny Coleman sits down with Grammy Award Winning Producer and Guitarist, Paul Nelson. Paul Nelson is recognized as one of today's top guitarists/songwriters and producers not only having the distinction of being the hand picked fellow guitarist to the legendary rock/blues icon Johnny Winter but he has toured the world over performing and or recorded along side an endless who's who list of top artists from Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy to Slash, Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Robben Ford, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, James Cotton, Joe Perry, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Popper, Dr. John, Larry Carlton, Leslie West, Joe Bonamassa, Sonny Landreth, Dickey Betts to Joe Walsh and more... Nelson received a Grammy award for his work performing on and producing Winter's "Step Back" release on Megaforce/Sony winning "Best Blues Album of the Year" highlighting his already long list of Grammy Nominations. As well as the BMA "Blues Music Award" for "Best Blues/Rock Album" reaching #16 on the Billboard Top 200 and staying at #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts for weeks. He is also a recipient of the Blues Foundation's KBA "Keeping The Blues Alive Award". His music has reached millions with appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live, and on award winning documentaries: "Down and Dirty" The Johnny Winter Story and "Sideman: Long Road to Glory" (feat: Bonnie Rait, Gregg Allman, Hubert Sumlin), as well as music written/performed and broadcast nationally on NBC and on multiple major album releases, books, instructional guitar columns, live Concert DVD's, and guest performances on countless recordings. Staying at #1 on the "Hot New Releases" charts for months Nelson's latest project "Badass Generation" on Sony Records still maintains his unmistakable connection to the Blues, but it also finds the guitarist showing his many other musical dimentions fans have come expect considering him one of music's most respected and influential contemporary artists...
March 02, 2020
Samantha Spano talks about Nashville, performing since the age of 9, and music!
Danny Coleman sits down (again) with Samantha Spano. A local New Jersey artist and junior in high school, Samantha's accomplishments are impressive regardless of her age. Samantha is a singer, songwriter, and musician and says that music has been a part of her life since she was a little kid. Learning piano at age 5, then picking up her first guitar at age 8, Samantha's songwriting journey spans most of her life! She has performed at some of the hottest venues in New Jersey including the Stone Pony, High Point Solutions Stadium, and the Saint as well as attending Songwriting Camp at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee! Rock on Radio is supported on-air by Actress Eileen Sullivan, Jody Weber, CPA, Analog Trenton, O’Connor’s American Bar & Grille of Eastampton Township, NJ, BridalMusic.org, and Deuce Music A special thanks to producer Claire and engineer Art!
February 28, 2020
Terry Johnson of the Flamingos [Rock on Extra]
Danny Coleman sits down with Terry Johnson of the Flamingos in this Rock on Extra! In 1996, Terry Johnson and the surviving Flamingos were awarded the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award and in 2001, Terry Johnson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Flamingos. Shortly after, he re-focused his energy on touring as Terry Johnson's Flamingos, establishing the group as a mainstay of casinos and major concert package tours. In 2003, Johnson was honored by NARAS as "I Only Have Eyes For You" was inducted into the Grammy Award Hall of Fame. He is also an inductee of The Vocal Group Hall of Fame and has received the Heroes & Legends Award (HAL). His touring group always consist of some of the best talent in the country. A special thanks to Producer Claire and Sound Guy Art!
February 24, 2020
Danny Coleman sits down with the PowerTones to talk about the Blues, the instruments and people that make that music, and where it's performed! The Powertones are a crowd-pleasin‘, jump swingin’, roots rockin’ band from Central Jersey. The collaboration between Gladys Bryant & Mike Post began after meeting on a gig three years ago where they discovered they lived in the same town and liked the same music. Utililiziing the best players in the area, their presence and reach began to grow. They just released their debut single "Day Drinkin ‘" on November 30, 2019. Special Thanks to on-air producer Claire and soundman Art! Rock on Radio is supported on-air by Actress Eileen Sullivan, Jody Weber, CPA, O’Connor’s American Bar & Grille of Eastampton Township, NJ, and Deuce Music
February 21, 2020
The Phoenix Within
Danny Coleman sits down with The Phoenix Within to talk about how they got started, their musical process, dealing with rejection int he music industry, and their upcoming SXSW performance. The Phoenix Within is a rock project based out of Queens, NY. The band is fronted by singer-songwriter Omar Feliciano & is currently backed by Nicholas Narlis on Bass, John Narlis on guitars & James Narlis on Drums. Rock on Radio is supported on-air by Actress Eileen Sullivan, Jody Weber CPA, O'Connor's American Bar & Grille of Eastampton Township, NJ, No Knot Necklace Carrier, BridalMusic.org, and Custom Candle Company of New York. Thanks to Producer Claire and Sound Engineer Art for making this possible!
February 11, 2020
Danny Coleman sits down with Laura Cheadle. If you’re longing for some real music that you can feel in your heart, lyrics that speak to your soul, and a live performance with the power to blow the roof off the sky, you can stop right here. If you’re tired of all the staged choreography, blinding light shows, capes, costumes, lip-synching and auto-tunes that seems to have taken over live performances, you have found a place to rest, refresh, and renew. Welcome to the world of Laura Cheadle. Along with her Family Band, she has opened for some of the biggest names in the business and won numerous awards, including “Best Indie Jazz/Blues Band” at WXPN sponsored Tri- State Indie Music Awards. She has performed on stages from NYC to London, appeared on 6ABC’s “Tuned In” as the very first viewer’s choice, the “NBC 10″ Show, and the National reality show “Next Great Family Band.” Laura was recently featured in Curve Magazine, named one of “100 Women We Love” in Go Magazine, and declared a “Super Woman” in South Jersey Magazine for her active Charity Work. Never one to measure herself according to the trends of the times or the female singer “flavor of the month,” Laura has carved out her own lane since she began performing as a child, and she has done it the old-fashioned way, on pure talent. Gifted with a voice powerful enough to shake rafters, and tender enough to navigate the entire range of the emotional scale, Laura Cheadle is a singer commanding more than just a listen or a look. Her albums, like her concerts, are an experience. Inseparable from the truth of the songs she writes, the raw emotion that tears out of her reaches deep into your heart with the kind of performance we now only see in films like “Woodstock.” With a vocal style that is a mesmerizing blend of soulful blues and timeless rock with both feet planted firmly in funk, she brings her own unique interpretation to every song she sings, regardless of the genre she takes on. Whether it’s a concert of her own material, a sophisticated cabaret show, or a monster blues jam at the close of a festival, what you see and hear is what you’ll always get: the undeniable and unmistakable sound of Laura Cheadle.
February 03, 2020
Danny Sits down with Paul Marzano. Paul is a New Jersey based singer-songwriter who began playing saxophone at age 9 after hearing Henry Mancini's "Pink Panther Theme" and convincing his parents to rent an alto sax from the music program at school. "I played the hell out of that sax until I was 13", says Paul. "Then one day a bell went off in my head and I became obsessed with playing bass guitar and songwriting. Before long I sold my entire baseball card collection and bought a used bass guitar. And the journey began!" By the time Paul was in high school he was playing bass with an original band while writing and performing his music at local venues and cable TV shows. Soon after, Paul began to focus on acoustic guitar and piano as he further developed his love of songwriting. Over the years Paul has created a vast catalogue of original music and performed at many of New York and New Jersey's notable clubs including The Bitter End, The Stone Pony and CBGB before it's final days. Paul released a 12 song album entitled "Mood Swing Serenade" in the Summer of 2019. The album can best be described as a musical roller coaster ride with an array of sonic twists and turns. In promoting the album Paul has been featured on several radio stations, including New Jersey 101.5, KCKQ 1180 in Reno, Nevada and WVTK 92.1 FM in Vermont where his songs "Can't Imagine" and "Smile Like Hollywood" were played. In Europe, "Smile Like Hollywood" also received air play and was added to the playlist at FOREST FM in Southern England, while in Germany the song "Breakfast in the UK" was a featured track on TurnUpYourRadio and the "Mark After Dark" show. Mood Swing Serenade is available on most streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon. To order a copy of the CD "Mood Swing Serenade" please visit Paul's artist page at https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/PaulMarzano Paul continues to write and perform original music and is currently working on songs for an upcoming release in 2020.
January 29, 2020
Jay and Amy
Danny sits down with duo Jay and Amy. Jay is a lifelong native of New Jersey from the Asbury Park area. He's been playing guitar since grammar school and grew up playing all the Jersey Shore venues. Amy was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. She grew up singing in church and was awarded a scholarship in Musical Theater at Wagner College. She went on to train at Juilliard. Amy is the former Miss Staten Island 1999 and participated in the Miss NY Pageant. The duo Jay and Amy play locally around NJ every weekend.
January 21, 2020
Danny sits down with Matt Portella. For singer/songwriter Matt Portella, music isn’t just a passion…it’s a calling. Inspired by music at an early age, Portella was drawn to the incomparable songwriting, harmonies, and arrangements of The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and John Denver, and later by the dynamic stage presence of Kiss’ Ace Frehley. But it was always the full-bodied, raw and truthful sound of the acoustic guitar that stuck with him and would later become an integral part of his signature sound. By 2012, Portella was ready to commit to his first full length album with a complete band. He teamed up with bassist Fran Smith, Jr. from The Hooters and released Fractured Image in 2013. The CD was produced by Portella and co-produced by Smith and Andy Kravitz (Juliana Hatfield, Life of Agony). Tod Howarth (Ace Frehley’s Comet, Cheap Trick) joined in on some of the backing vocals. The 10-track album which was recorded in both NJ and CA received critical acclaim from the press and fans alike for songs like ““Boys”, “Three (Everyday)” and “Funeral”. Describing the album best is Pop Break which wrote, “Fractured Image defines who Matt Portella is as a person and as an artist. The record has something for everyone no matter what genre you’re into. He has succeeded in producing a vibrant, appealing album from beginning to end and it comes highly recommended.” Currently, Portella performs solo or with his band which is made up of Smith, drummer David Uosikkinen from The Hooters and Steve Butler from Smash Palace. His devoted fans never miss a show or a lyric. This is exactly how Portella likes it. “Both in my song writing and in my ‘day job’ as a criminal defense attorney, I use words to describe and convey emotions, thoughts and perspectives, whether to a music fan, a judge or a jury, so they see and feel what I so strongly believe in.” Portella is a fan’s musician – approachable, humble and interested in those around him. “I love going out and meeting as many of the people who came to the show as I can. It’s an awesome experience for me, one that I always embrace, interacting and connecting with fans after a show. They’ve taken their time to come see me play and I want them to know how much that means to me.” Whether in front of thousands of fans or a jury of twelve people, Portella’s energetic performances always shine.
January 17, 2020
Taylor James Davis
Danny sits down with Taylor James Davis, an Indiana-born singer-songwriter currently living in Miami, Florida curating music shows. Davis has a cool unique sound of deep driven blues and spoken word in his music, especially in his song "The Devils are Here". Listen as Danny and Taylor speak about music, life, and everything in between!
January 14, 2020
The Dives (1/5/2020)
Danny sits sown The Dives! With a sound both fresh and familiar at the same time, The Dives are continuing a journey that began two years ago. 2017 was filled with exciting firsts for The Dives as the band celebrated their debut release, Everybody’s Talkin’, featuring four original tracks, at a release party doubling as a European tour send-off. In the heart of Greenwich Village, the crowd overflowed from the performance space and, just days later, The Dives were performing their original songs for crowds that reached multiple tens of thousands at hallowed venues like London’s 02 Arena, the SSE Hydro in Glasgow and Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham. The seminal rock weekly, The Aquarian, featured The Dives on their cover and the UK’s Classic Rock Magazine raved, “Songs are everything. And The Dives have them.” 2017 also came with its own challenges as there was a personnel change within the band. However, this allowed the band to regroup, hone their sound and reapply themselves to their passion. The Dives took the new line-up and new songs to Tampa Bay’s popular annual Margarita Festival and won the crowd and the festival promoters and have already been invited back for next year’s festival.
January 07, 2020
Carvin Walls (12/12/19)
Veteran radio host, Danny Coleman, sits down with married country duo, Carvin Walls! Carvin Walls is a married country duo based out of Nashville, TN! Kelly (formally Carvin) Walls and Troy Walls are a powerhouse duo that could only be created in the heart of Music City! Kelly, a sassy, fun Jersey girl who played professionally in the NJ tri-state area as a pop/rock, hippie singer/songwriter, and Troy Walls, a down to earth country boy from West Virginia who was playing the Ohio river valley while making regular trips to Nashville for songwriting, both officially made the move to Nashville, TN in 2012. Shortly after, they met at a songwriters round and started writing together! The magic between them happened instantly! They began to play songwriter rounds together, and soon officially became the duo everyone was talking about! For the past 2 years they have been working diligently on their debut album “Between Us” that was released early 2019.
January 03, 2020
Triple Addiction (12/29/19)
In this edition of the Rock on Radio Podcast "Rock on Podcast", veteran radio host sits down with Triple Addiction Band out of the much-debated Central Jersey area. Triple Addiction is a rock group from central New Jersey who blends a unique sound of classic rock, southern rock, and country into one new but familiar style of music.
January 03, 2020