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Creative Conversations with Roger Humphrey

Creative Conversations with Roger Humphrey

By Roger Humphrey
Conversations with "under the radar" ie. neighborhood or hometown artists (all disciplines) about the ups and downs of being a working artist.
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Creative Conversations with Roger Humphrey

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Taylor Taylor
From one L.A. (Lansing area) to another (Los Angeles) singer/songwriter Taylor Taylor joins me as we discuss her music and how she navigates maintaining a career during Covid. Please join us.  You really should visit her website: Also check out
January 17, 2022
Miguel Ferreyra
Miguel Ferreyra is a former student who now lives in Cordoba, Spain. Please listen in as two old friends talk about guitars, guitar technique, and stuff. If you would like to know more about him or inquire about online lessons, please go to Miguel also has a popular YouTube page where he interviews some of the best and most successful classical guitarists in the world as well as sharing playing tips.
December 16, 2021
Gruca White Ensemble
I had a delightful chat with flutist Linda White and guitarist Robert Gruca. Although Bob is a former student who is enjoying a successful career, I had never met Linda before so conversation ranged from "reminiscing" to "getting to know you". Really a lot of fun. We also spent time talking about their new CD "A Different Take".  If you would like to know more about them or hear them play please follow these links: 
November 05, 2021
Kelly Rogers
Author Kelly Rogers is one of the most interesting people I know. Please join us as she discusses balancing writing with her career and family life. If you would like to know more about Kelly and read some of her latest work, just go to her website
July 27, 2021
Marie Vavro
Talking shop with voice and piano teacher Marie Vavro. 
June 22, 2021
Geoff Sanderson
A wonderful conversation with Geoff Sanderson. Geoff is in entertainment management currently involved with movie and tv production. 
June 01, 2021
Ashley Korcal
I had a lovely chat with former colleague Ashley Korcal. Just two music teachers talking shop and swapping stories.
April 16, 2021
Lisa Moore
Friend and long time duet partner Lisa Moore (flutist) and I spent some time on Zoom catching up. 
November 17, 2020
Tess Miller
I had a very inspiring chat with flutist and life-coach Tess Miller about how the pandemic has affected us.
November 03, 2020
Tigran Shiganyan
I had a nice chat via Skype with award-winning violinist and conductor of the State Orchestra of Uzbekistan Tigran Shiganyan. If you visit his YouTube page you can watch him in action (spoiler alert: you're going to like it)
October 27, 2020
Steve Pinckney
Had a great time chatting with my old friend guitarist Steve Pinckney. Steve has played with a lot of people including the great Chuck Berry and has some awesome stories to tell. If you get the chance you can watch and hear Steve play on WKAR's Backstage Pass TV show. Please click the subscribe button. It helps....
October 06, 2020
Jim Hoffmaster
Very happy to be joined by Jim Hoffmaster (Kermit on Showtimes "Shameless") for a great conversation. You should listen to Jim's podcast or visit his IMDb page.  I'm sure you will enjoy them.
September 30, 2020
Dick Rosemont
I had a fun conversation with Dick Rosemont. Dick owns a used record store in Santa Fe. We chatted about many things but mostly classical rock in the midwest. Dick knows more about this than anyone I know. If you would like to know more about this or would like to do a little business with Dick please visit The Originals Project.
September 22, 2020
Anthony Glise
I felt very fortunate to spend time with Anthony Glise and get to know him a bit. He's very smart and very talented as a guitarist, composer, and educator. During our conversation he mentions that he is giving away his latest CD "Dream Scenes" through his website I downloaded it easily and it's wonderful. I also urge you to go to his YouTube Channel and listen to his larger compositions. 
September 15, 2020
Jane Rosemont
Jane is an award winning film maker and photographer. I've had the pleasure of knowing her for over forty years and I think I've enjoyed every conversation we've ever had. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.  You can find out more about her and her work at
September 08, 2020
Episode #21. Mark Kroos
Legendary guitarist and Guitar Player Magazine's "Superstar of the Year 2011" Mark Kroos took time out from his busy schedule to chat online. Mark is intelligent and charming as his gives insight to life as a touring artist. Mark has legions of fans throughout the United States and abroad. If you visit his website or his YouTube channel you'll understand why. 
May 19, 2020
Episode #20 Ken Cooke
A fun first meeting with Australian guitarist Ken Cooke. Our businesses are so similar that it makes one realize just how much we are all connected. Gigs, wedding stories, students, etc.   Oh - and a lot of laughing too.
April 28, 2020
#19 Kirk Redman
Hanging out online with former student classical guitarist Kirk Redman discussing his efforts in beginning his professional career and just talking shop in general. The Skype gremlins were feeling pretty frisky so the sound quality is a bit shaky, but it's still a very interesting episode. You can learn more about Kirk and hear him play at:
April 21, 2020
Episode #18 Mary McGuire
In this episode I Skype with singer/songwriter Mary McGuire. We had a lovely time trading stories (she's got some great ones) and just catching up. If you would like to hear her sing or watch her perform just head on over to her website  You'll be glad you did.
April 14, 2020
Episode #17 Tanya Ulsh
In this episode I'm talking with piano teacher Tanya Ulsh about the change to online lessons due to social distancing. Although we're "talking shop" this is a good episode to listen to for anyone who takes lessons or expect to take lessons in the future. We were talking via Skype and the internet gremlins were a little frisky so please be patient.  If you would like to know more about Tanya I urge you to visit her website www.tanyaspianostudio 
April 07, 2020
#16 Christopher Rollins
Chris is a talented guitarist and teacher. We've been friends for decades now but I had to beg him to be on this show. It turned out to be a fun time and I'm sure you'll like it too. 
March 31, 2020
#15 Holly Ross
I was lucky to be born into a pretty artistic family. In this episode I'm talking with my niece Holly Ross who is the next generation. Holly is gaining a national reputation as a talented ceremic artist. In this episode we talk about the difficulties of getting started, our shared passion for teaching, and a variety of other things. Please take a moment to visit her website to see some examples of her art and to learn more about my terrific niece.
March 24, 2020
Christopher Showerman
It's a real treat for me to have Christopher Showerman as a guest. He is a successful, working actor, writer, and producer in Hollywood. But more important to me, I get to call him a friend.  You can find out more about him by visiting or  We had a great chat and I think you'll enjoy listening in.
March 17, 2020
Episode #13 Melissa Nott Schmitz
A nice leisurely conversation with Melissa Nott Schmitz in my Lansing studio. We've been friends for a long time, but rarely get to sit and chat anymore. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.  Please take a moment to share this with your friends.
March 03, 2020
Episode #12 David Klein
An informative and enjoyable conversation with colleague David Klein. You can learn more about him at:
February 11, 2020
Episode #11 Brad DeRoche
Great conversation with classical guitar performer and  teacher Brad DeRoche. You can learn more about him at
February 05, 2020
Episode #10 Jimmy Madigan
Had a nice chat with Bob Seger's guitar tech and my long time friend Jimmy Madigan. We don't get to chat very often so this was a real treat.
January 21, 2020
Episode #9 Pat Zelenka
In this episode I chat with singers/songwriter Pat Zelenka 
January 14, 2020
Episode #8. Carolyn Damstra
In this episode Painter/Photographer Carolyn Damstra talks about her process, marketing, and other things.  Please visit her website at to see her beautiful art.
January 07, 2020
Episode #7 Andrejka Hirsch
I had a lovely chat with a wedding colleague Andrejka Hirsch. I think you'll enjoy listening in. You should check out her amazing photos at:
November 05, 2019
Episode #6 Mark Deming
My conversation with musician/journalist Mark Deming. Man this guy knows a lot of stuff! 
October 29, 2019
Episode #5 John Campbell
Chatting with guitarist, arranger, producer and old friend John Campbell at his studio near E. Lansing, Michigan.
October 22, 2019
Episode #4 Jane Keon
Dear friend Jane Keon stopped by to chat. Check out her book
October 15, 2019
Episode #3 Drew Howard
I've known Drew Howard for over 30 years and I've enjoyed every conversation. I hope you do too. If you like this, please subscribe. It helps keep me going.  Thanks in advance.
October 08, 2019
Episode #2 Sande Backes Foster
Sande is a self-published poet with books and booklets to her credit. We had a great time, as always, just chatting away. If you would like to read some of her short poems just go to her Facebook page SandeBackesFoster Author.
October 01, 2019
Episode #1 Mark Oliverius
Mark is a successful composer and producer in Nashville. He took time out from his busy schedule to chat for a while. If you would like to know more about Mark and his various projects please go to: and
October 01, 2019
Who the heck is Roger Humphrey and what is this about?
October 01, 2019
Podcast launch announcement
Announcing a new podcast from Roger Humphrey (guitarist).
August 17, 2019