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RPB with Duke Mollner S2, Episode 3

Here is a truly amazing story of a guy that has lived so many exciting and challenging times in his life. I really enjoyed interviewing Duke Mollner and enjoyed it again when I was preparing the audio for you. Duke is my Brother-In-Law. He is married to my sister Ginnie Pallone Mollner ( who I interviewed the day before I did this one. Duke started out doing High School and College Plays and Musicals. He then...


RPB with Ginnie Pallone Mollner S2,E-2

Ginnie Pallone Mollner is my sister. She started singing at very early age in Pittsburgh and always new she wanted to be a professional singer. My parents moved us to California because of the weather but also to help Ginny get a start in the music business. She went through all the usual stuff that singers at that time went through. She got a record deal and released a few songs but her career really peaked being a live performer in Las Vegas. She worked in the biggest shows in Vegas and...


RBP Rossaround with Ross Pallone Season 2, Episode 1

It's a new year and after taking a bit of a hiatus in December and January, I am excited to get season 2 of the RBP off the ground. After biting of more than I could chew last year, I have decided I will publish 2 episodes per month instead of one every week.. I published 42 episodes last year and I am proud of that work but it was very stressful. S2,E1 is just me ringing in this new season. Episode 2 is an interview that I did with my sister who was a professional singer all her life and...


RBP Rossaround with Michael Stever, Episode 42

11/30/2018 Michael Stever and I worked together for several years on the Brian Culbertson tours. He is a great trumpet player who has done well for himself because of all his hard work and education. In Michael's interview you will learn how he has worked his way up the ladder to get the big sessions, playing in horn sections with the greatest horn players in the world. He works the big sessions and teaches at USC here in California. Please Subscribe, Share, Like and...


RBP Rossaround with Mary Harris of Ambrosia, Episode 41

11/21/2018 Yet another member of the Classic Rock group, Ambrosia. Mary has been playing with Ambrosia for several years now, giving the band a female voice and a second keyboard player to play along with Christopher North. Mary is a classically trained pianist but concentrates her efforts in the rock and pop world. Mary is a songwriter, sings beautifully and teaches private piano and voice lessons. Mary toured and sang with Jimmy Buffet for several years, and has...


RBP Rossaround with “Frame By Frame”, Episode 40

11/8/2018 "Frame By Frame" is a Ventura County based three piece band that I had the pleasure to record and mix a few months ago. The project was supposed to be a no-frills recording that truly represents this band as you would hear them live. The band did not want to make it a highly produced record. We went into Hybrid Studios in Orange County California for one day where we recorded the five songs, then finished up the vocals at my studio and finally mixed and...


RBP Rossaround with Kenny Aronoff, Episode 39

10/30/2018 You might think that a guy that has had so much success and is in such demand might be kinda stuck up, but not Kenny Aronoff. We became friends very quickly when we worked together on two shows with David Pack one a weekend. Great guy that really likes to help people get ahead and reach their goals. Kenny does not believe in trophy's for everyone. He believes that everyone must work for their success just as he did. My interview with Kenny was fun and...


RBP Rossaround with Steve Sykes, Episode 38

10/25/2018 We have known about each other for many years but never met in person. Steve Sykes is a cool guy that has done a lot of different things during his career. He taught himself to play guitar good enough to be a successful studio musician. Taught himself to play the drums good enough to be a working drummer and finally taught himself to be a recording engineer working with many high profile clients while making a decent living. I call that a success story!...


RBP Rossaround with Dan Tracey, Episode 37

10/17/2018 Dan Tracey is a extremely talented Singer, Songwriter, Musician and Producer. I met Dan when he was the Stage Manager for the Alan Parsons band. He is now a band member. Dan also had a stint playing for Bad Company. Dan works all the time in Nashville singing, writing and producing at the same time he has a very successful corporate band called "Lipstick Blonde" with his wife Sheryl. His latest project, "Save The World" is a great showcase for his singing and...


RBP Rossaround with Tim Heintz, Episode 36

10/10/2018 I've met and worked with a lot of people in the music business and Tim Heintz has been a truly great friend to me for over 30 years. We met when he started working with Michael McDonald as his keyboard player. Tim and I have remained friends all these years and have worked on countless recording projects together. Some of his credits include, Chaka Kahn, George Benson, Tom Scott, John Tesh, Al Jarreau and Bob James. Not only is Tim super talented but he is...


RBP Rossaround with Mark Browne, Episode 35

Music on this episode by Lily Wilson, Produced my Mark Browne I met Mark when we worked together on a Christopher Cross Tour. He is a great Bassist, Composer, Musical Director, Producer and a Professor at the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena CA. Mark has worked with countless bands and artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Simple Minds, Cher, Lily Wilson, Kiki Ebsen etc. He started with the piano, moved to drums and then found his life career with the...


RBP Rossaround with Mary Broadbent, Episode 34

9/26/2018 Another young upcoming Professional doing everything she can to compete in the male dominated job market of professional crew people. I met Mary on the Chris Isaak Tour where she handles selling the merchandise and wrangling the VIP pre-show meet & greets. She has a lot of experience doing this job but she really prefers to work with the bands in the production side. Mary has worked as a Tour Manager, Assistant TM and PM also a Drum and Guitar Tech and FOH....


RBP Rossaround with Joe Haramut, Episode 33

9/12/2018 Here's a great story from a young guy that has made himself a success story in the competitive job market of the music industry. Joe Haramut gave up a college university scholarship to opt for a life in the music business. He quickly found out that this business doesn't always go in the direction that you have imagined for yourself. Thinking he would graduate from The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences and go on to work in a recording studio, he...


RBP Rossaround with Tim Aller, Episode 32

9/5/2018 Tim Aller has had many jobs in the music and touring business, he is a real pro. Tim is the Tour Manager for the Robert Cray band and is also the Manager for Robert under the Fitzgerald Hartley Management company. I apologize for the background noise on this interview, but his office was the only place available at the time and it is a big open office. Tim's story is very interesting journey from his early days as a drummer, then a studio recording engineer...


RBP Rossaround with Kenney Dale Johnson, Episode 31

Chris Isaak, Azkena Rock Festival, Medizabala, Vitoria-Gasteiz, 26/VI/2010. Foto por Dena Flows I started working with Kenney Dale Johnson last October. He has an unusual drumming style that fits perfectly with Chris Isaak's music. He also sings harmonies a lot with Chris and they have a very tight blend. Born in the small Texas town of Borger, he moved to Austin and eventually to San Francisco where he met up with Chris Isaak. He believed in Chris in the...


RBP Rossaround with Roly Salley, Episode 30

8/22/2018 Roly Salley has been the bass player in the Silvertone Band (Chris Isaak) for over 33 years. He has had an exciting career working with many artists and living the musican life with all of the complicated twists and turns in that come with that lifestyle. I have featured Roly's original music in this podcast episode. Roly is a talented singer and songwriter. I have been working with Roly since last October 2017. It has been a real pleasure getting to know him...


RBP Rossaround with Michael Mason Episode 29

8/15/2018 I met Michael at the beginning of his career with Jame Newton Howard. He became a very important cog in the complicated film scoring machine. I was recording and mixing for them during James's first dozen or so movie's. Michael was such a hard worker and he learned so much about scoring movies during that time that he became a very important part of getting these huge projects done. Over the years, Michael went on to work with other great composers and worked...


RBP Rossaround with Scott Plunkett Episode 28

8/1/2018 Scott Plunkett has had an amazing career and has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business including some of my very favorite artists such as Michael McDonald, Don Henley, Boz Scaggs, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks and Chris Isaak. Scott has also been responsible to creating thousands of sounds, patches and samples for Yamaha and many other keyboard manufacturers. I had the pleasure of meeting Scott many years ago when I was working for Michael...


RBP Rossaround with Dave Pallett, Episode 27

7/25/2018 I am so very fortunate to work with so many talented people in my career. Not all are celebrities as I have been showcasing in my podcast episodes. I have been working with Dave Pallett since October 2017 when I came aboard the Chris Isaak tour. Dave is our Monitor Engineer and is a really good one. He keeps the band happy with the sound on the stage. Dave lives in Edmonton Canada, born in the UK. He has worked for many great artists such as Sarah McLachlan,...


RBP Rossaround with Jan Mengeling, Episode 26

7/18/2018 Jan Mengeling is the current Production Manager for Chris Isaak. I did this interview last December but didn't get around to it until today. Last week I published my interview with Bobby Herr who was sitting in for Jan and he is now working with Fleetwood Mac. Back when I conducted his interview he was PM and Guitar Tech. He has come back to the Chris Isaak tour as PM and is no longer the Guitar Tech. Jan is a great guitar player and has been in several bands....