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Interviews focusing on Music and Entertainment, Books, Fine Art and Photography, Theater, Film and Performing Arts. Hosts are Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith, mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine. See www.BigBlendNetwork.com.
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's "New Music Friday" Show features California singer-songwriter Grover Anderson who shares some of the songs and stories from his new album "All The Lies That I Have Told," a collection of small town stories. Written around a high-country campfire, in a Texas Uber, and amidst Wikipedia deep dives, the songs dig a little deeper than traditional rural clichés. More at https://groveranderson.com/Thanks to the National Parks Arts Foundation for sponsoring this episode: https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/
This episode of Big Blend Radio's 4th Wednesday "Tucson Sisters in Crime" Show features mystery author Elise M. Stone, known for her "Shipwreck Point" and "African Violet Club" mystery series. Elise M. Stone was born in New York, went to college in Michigan, and lived in the Boston area for eight years. Ten years ago she moved to sunny Tucson, where she doesn't have to shovel snow. She’s written eleven books in two series. Her most recent novels are the “Shipwreck Point Mysteries," historical cozies featuring a Gilded Age defense attorney, a former Pinkerton detective, and an adventurous secretary. She spends her days doing her two favorite things: writing and reading. Agatha and Spenser, her two cats, keep her company while watching birds and lizards outside her office window. More: https://www.elisemstone.com/ The Tucson Sisters in Crime is a local Tucson, Arizona chapter of the international organization Sisters in Crime. They are authors, writers, readers, librarians, editors, publishers, agents, and booksellers with a passion for the mystery genre. They welcome Sisters and Brothers in Crime from everywhere who have an interest in writing, and in the Southern Arizona mystery community. More: https://www.tucsonsistersincrime.org/
This episode of Big Blend Radio features Joshua Corum, lead singer and songwriter of alternative prog rock ensemble Head With Wings. Hear about the start of the band, their innovative music and videos, and new EP "Comfort in Illusion." The three-track collection draws the listener into the isolated, agonizing, and momentarily euphoric struggle for self-actualization amidst the stifling frame of an increasingly unfamiliar world. The band's first output since 2018’s critically-acclaimed debut, “From Worry to Shame,” presents a concise summation of the group’s collective growth as artists and individuals. It dives deeper into the quartet’s textural and emotive sound exploration with a timely personal narrative of self-discovery and the anxiety of change. Get it here: https://headwithwings.bandcamp.com/album/comfort-in-illusion
This episode of Big Blend Radio features central Florida musician Brian Smalley who discusses his acoustic novel, "Chosen," a musical murder mystery set in Belle Glade, Florida. The story is fiction, but the core of this material is very real. The album boasts a gaggle of talented folks who help to tell this nearly eighty minute story. Brian and (in order of appearance) Grant Peeples, Tony Macaluso, Lis Williamson, Christian Ward, Sam Pacetti, Marianne Lerbs, Jonathan Hodge & Lon Williamson offer up splendiferous performances which make this opera come to life. More: https://www.briansmalley.com/Featured "Chosen" songs on this episode include "Three or Four Days a Week," and "He'd Talk About Mango." Special thank you to the National Parks Arts Foundation for sponsoring this episode: https://nationalparksartsfoundation.org/
This episode of Big Blend Radio's Music Monday show features Swiss guitarist Stephan Thelen and his American counterpart Jon Durant who have teamed up for an international musical conversation. The pair conceived and executed the album “Crossings” during the Covid lockdowns of 2020. Each working in his own home studio, Thelen on Lake Zürich, Durant on the Willamette River, the pair fell into a remarkable sense of shared purpose as they developed the seven tracks that comprise the album. While the album was entirely done with guitars (and one bass part), there are frequent trips into sonic spheres that bear little resemblance to the traditional sounds of the instrument they share. More Info and to Purchase the Album:https://jondurant.bandcamp.com/ https://stephanthelen.bandcamp.com/ Thanks to the National Parks Arts Foundation for sponsoring this episode - more: https://nationalparksartsfoundation.org/
Recorded onsite, this episode of Big Blend Radio features Freddie Gonzalez, general manager of Galaxy Theatres Tulare, as well as Donnette Silva Carter, President / CEO of Tulare Chamber of Commerce. Freddie discusses the luxury movie experience movie goers enjoy at Galaxy Theatres Tulare, as well as the theatre’s new Dolby Atmos® sound technology. Dolby Atmos transports you into the movie with breathtaking, 360° sound that fills the theatre and flows all around you. Dolby Atmos delivers a dramatic, immersive experience to Galaxy’s DFX auditoriums. Filmmakers now have amazing new capabilities to tell their stories to achieve the greatest expressive impact. Sound comes from all directions, including overhead, to fill the movie theatre with astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth. Galaxy Theatres Tulare is located in the Tulare Outlets in Tulare, California, a gateway destination for those traveling to and from Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks. More: https://www.galaxytheatres.com/movie-theater/tulare
This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Writer's Wednesday" Show features award-winning and internationally recognized fiction and non-fiction author Barbara Casey. Hear about her F. I. G. Mystery series, her basketball novel "The Coach's Wife," and women's biographies "Velvalee Dickinson: The “Doll Woman” Spy," "Assata Shakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave," and "Kathryn Kelly: The Moll Behind Machine Gun Kelly." More: https://www.barbaracaseyauthor.com/
Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia (1909-1982) fell under the spell of the Superstition Mountains of central Arizona. From the late 1940’s to the late 1970’s he was a frequent visitor to the mysterious mountain range, exploring the backcountry on horseback and prospecting for gold. The legends, history, natural beauty, and native cultures of the Superstitions fascinated the artist and inspired essays, drawings, and paintings for his 1972 book “DeGrazia and his Mountain – The Superstition.” This episode of Big Blend Radio’s Toast to the Arts Show features Lance Laber, Executive Director of the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. Lance discusses the life of artist Ted DeGrazia and the new exhibit “DeGrazia’s Superstition Mountain Collection” on display from July 6, 2021- January 26, 2022. DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is 10-acre historic landmark nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona. Opened in 1965, it is home to over 15,000 originals of Ted DeGrazia art pieces including oil paintings, watercolors, ceramics and sculptures. There are six permanent collections on display and several rotating exhibitions each year. More at https://degrazia.org/
This fun and lively Big Blend Radio “Music Monday” conversation features Joey Stuckey, an award-winning blind guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer, radio and television personality, music columnist, educator and sound engineer. Joey is also the official music ambassador for Macon, Georgia, the “southern rock capital of the world.” Hear about his new single “Blind Man Drivin,” his recording and producing work on Tamara L. Wilson’s new EP “Let It Go,” the new mini-documentary film he’s featured in called “Don’t Blink” by Courtney Adkisson, his love for all things British, and much more! Keep up with him at https://joeystuckey.com/Special thanks to the National Parks Arts Foundation for sponsoring this episode. https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/
This episode of Big Blend Radio’s 4th Wednesday “Tucson Sisters in Crime” show features BJ Kurtz who has called southern Arizona home for her entire life. She wrote her first full-length fantasy novel when she was a sophomore in high school, which would later turn into the first novel in her successful Atlantis series. BJ prides herself on writing character-driven stories that question the power of human relationships while entertaining readers with the essence of paranormal and fantasy plots. More: https://bjkurtz.com/The Tucson Sisters in Crime is a local Tucson, Arizona chapter of the international organization Sisters in Crime. They are authors, writers, readers, librarians, editors, publishers, agents, and booksellers with a passion for the mystery genre. They welcome Sisters and Brothers in Crime from everywhere who have an interest in writing, and in the Southern Arizona mystery community. https://www.tucsonsistersincrime.org/
This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Music Monday" show features Mark Rechler, lead vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist, and band leader of Circus Mind. Based in new York, Circus Mind is entering their twentieth year and have just released their third album JOY MACHINE, a fresh explosion of sounds and flavors of the ’70s rock era with a modern twist. Like a three-ring circus, the band can slide seamlessly between rock, funk, and swampy N’awlins grooves, all while referencing some of the best bands of that era with infectious hooks that get stuck in your ear hole. Songs featured on this interview include the title track "Joy Machine" and "Are You Ready." More: https://www.circusmindband.com/
This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Music Monday" Show features Brandon Teskey, Chris Tex, and Alyssa Swartz from the Arizona blues-rock band Until the Sun, who discuss their latest album "Drowning in Blue." The new album touches on the depths of human emotion, in the face of sorrow, love, betrayal, overcoming adversity, infatuation and existential collapse. More: https://untilthesun.com/home
This episode of Big Blend Radio's 2nd Friday "Toast to The Arts & Parks" Show features acclaimed painter Alice Leese. Hear about her artistic process, life on her family's ranch in west Texas, and upcoming 1-month National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) residency off-grid on Loggerhead Key in Dry Tortugas National Park. Alice was also an NPAF artist-in-residence at Fort Union National Monument and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. See Alice's art at https://www.aliceleese.com/Learn more about the National Parks Arts Foundation and their unique artist residencies in parks across the country: https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/
There is no life without light. Art enhances that life. And there is no bad light, just light that is different. All around the world, artists are producing art with whatever light they have, producing it from their hearts, and trying to bring an inner illumination to the viewers of their art. On this episode of Big Blend radio, artist Victoria Chick discusses The Ways Light Makes Art Possible. Based in the art community of Silver City, New Mexico, Victoria is a contemporary figurative artist and early 19th / 20th century print collector. Read her article here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/light-ways-it-makes-art-possible/Featured music on this episode is “Clouds Alive in Wild Paint” by Mae Edwards.
This episode of Big Blend Radio features acclaimed blues singer Patti Parks, who discusses her new album “Whole Nother World.” Produced by Grammy award-nominated blues great Kenny Neal, the album was recorded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at Brookstown Recording Studios (Kenny Neal’s studio), and is released on Kenny’s Booga Records label. More: https://www.thepattiparksband.com/Thanks to the National Parks Arts Foundation for sponsoring this episode. https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/
This episode of Big Blend Radio’s 4th Wednesday “Tucson Sisters in Crime” show features Arizona based mystery writer Paula F. Winskye. She is the author of the Tony Wagner mysteries, Randy McKay mysteries, and has published the first in her Lunar Enforcement mystery series. In addition to mysteries, Winskye has published a middle-grade novel, romances, and family saga novels. She has finished a screenplay of “The Reverend Finds His Calling,” her first Tony Wagner mystery. When she is not writing, she is a Navajo County Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteer. More: http://www.winskyebooks.com/The Tucson Sisters in Crime is a local Tucson, Arizona chapter of the international organization Sisters in Crime. They are authors, writers, readers, librarians, editors, publishers, agents, and booksellers with a passion for the mystery genre. They welcome Sisters and Brothers in Crime from everywhere who have an interest in writing, and in the Southern Arizona mystery community. More: https://www.tucsonsistersincrime.org/Featured music on this episode is “Little Liar” by The Joiners.
Robin Clifford Wood discusses her book THE FIELD HOUSE, a compelling blend of biography and memoir, that recounts the remarkable life of writer Rachel Field from the perspective of a woman who lived in Field’s old, neglected island home in Maine, sparking a unique sisterhood across time.
This episode of Big Blend Radio features D. Eric Maikranz, author of the thrilling adventure novel THE REINCARNATIONIST PAPERS that will be out through Blackstone Publishing on May 4, 2021. Shrouded in secrecy and mystery, “The Reincarnationist Papers” recounts the many lives of the troubled Evan Michaels, a criminal for hire who is haunted by memories — not only of his past, but of the past lives he has lived. More: https://ericmaikranz.com/Featured music on this episode is “I Am” By the Walk-A-Bout.
This episode of Big Blend Radio features Robert Stadnik, a science fiction writer, and popular author of the "Exodus Starship" adventure series and "Exodus Universe" novels. In “Infinite Retribution," the latest addition to his widely-read Exodus Universe novels, humanity is ready to extend its hand out into space after nearly a century of oppression had prevented them from doing so. Now part of a newly formed alien alliance, the military commemorates this new age by building their first generation of starships to explore the unknown and fortify the solar system. But what was to be a routine survey mission for the starship INFINITY turns ominous as humanity’s greatest enemy, thought extinct, is found hidden on a remote planet. Will the crew try to make peace with the last of the Screen or will their desire for revenge overtake them?Complementing the launch of “Infinite Retribution,” author Stadnik is also premiering redesigned book covers for the previous books in the Exodus Universe. Stadnik invites both dedicated readers and new fans alike to explore the Exodus Universe, where they will meet memorable characters such as Captain Annette Nikols, newly minted Executive Officer Frank Rola, an intergalactic drag queen and more!Featured music is “Ring Around the Moon” by Michael and Spider.More: https://robertstadnik.com/
Today's episode of Big Blend Radio features Robert Berry, a multi-talented producer/songwriter/vocalist/instrumentalist. Robert discusses his new album “Third Impression,” under the name 3.2. Out now on Frontiers Records, the album features the last track “Never” that Berry and his friend and mentor Keith Emerson worked on together before Emerson’s tragic passing. “Third Impression” is the follow-up to his acclaimed 2018 release, “The Rules Have Changed,:” also released under the 3.2 name. http://www.robertberry.com/Special thanks to the National Parks Arts Foundation.
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