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Exploring the world through the eyes of entertainers, musicians, sidemen, roadies, recording engineers and people who make a living on stage and behind the scenes.

Exploring the world through the eyes of entertainers, musicians, sidemen, roadies, recording engineers and people who make a living on stage and behind the scenes.
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Exploring the world through the eyes of entertainers, musicians, sidemen, roadies, recording engineers and people who make a living on stage and behind the scenes.






Lee Totten

Lee Totten has been performing and in several incarnations as solo acoustic act as well as with a full band. He’s one of the original contributors to the Tales of the Road Warriors section of Li’l Hank’s Guide for Songwriters, my award winning website during the nineties which is how we first met. We bonded online, but I later met Lee in person when he flew out to California - - - I was hosting the Acoustic Soup Open Mic and Showcase at the Book Grinders in Van Nuys. where he popped in and...


Joe Walla

While freelancing as webmaster for an adult website, and I met Joe Walla when I accompanied my boss to a gigantic adult video, toy and clothing warehouse, where he shopped for items to stock the online store. Sitting behind a desk in the sales office was Joe. He gave us each card that read “Joe Walla The Million Dollar Man”. You can hear me and Joe talkin' about the porn industry, rockin' and racing, open mics, biker bars, songwriting, reminisce about the old days and - get caught up on...


Tzach Gefen

I’m talking about Israel and music with Tzach Gefen - one half of the team that hosts the TBI Podcast aka Talkin’ Bout Israel and stuff with his co-host: Mike Leibsohn Tzach and I talked mostly about music. His music. My music, Israeli Music, Irish bar music, Japanese music and we might have talked a little about the food, too. Spoiler alert... in this episode, I share my Donny Most story. For links to all of the things we talked about, music, websites, Youtube videos, etc. go to the show...


Johnny Koolrock

And now, for something completely different… This past week, I accompanied the near-legendary James Lee Stanley to Teaneck New Jersey where he did a radio interview/live in-studio concert on WFDU with the host of the Traditions radio show, Ron Olesko. I had intended to interview James Lee for a future episode of the Tales of the Road Warriors podcast, but due to technical difficulties, I couldn’t complete the mission. However, on the way back home from the radio station, James and I talked...


Andy Cahan

This is episode number 14 in which Andy Cahan, aka The Most Famous Musician You Never Heard Of, talks about his upcoming autobiography by the same name in which he recounts his youth, his adventures in music and exploits with the fabulous rock group, The Turtles and countless others he has played, toured and recorded with. Fro the full show notes go to the official Andy Cahan Show Notes Page


Tony Gamble

Tony first became know for his chops on the guitar. He’s what was known as a “shredder” - a guitarist with impeccable skills and playing speed. He taught guitar, wrote guitar instruction books and toured with rock bands throughout the world. Unfortunately, Tony didn’t really want to talk about the more decadent period of his rock and roll life life, which would have made for great podcast fodder. However, as a friend, I didn’t want to press him to talk about those days. We mostly discussed...


Kenn Kweder

During the late seventies, while I was working as a singing waiter in Los Angeles and cutting my own teeth as a performer, I was missing a phenomenon in my own home town of Philadelphia… a guy by the name of Kenn Kweder. While I was bartending, bussing, waiting, and singing Beatles songs tableside to my customers, Kenn Kweder and the Secret Kids was taking Philly by storm on every stage in town. Now here we are in 2019 and, Kenn Kweder, like me, is still actively gigging all over the...


Johnny Roquemore

If you have been listening to some of previous Tales of the Road Warriors podcast, then you already know that the GA or Great American Food and Beverage Company is where I worked as a singing waiter in the 70’s. Johnny Roquemore was one of my favorite coworkers there. Before we got into sharing our “how we got fired from the GA” stories, we start out like a couple of old men talking about our respective surgeries. Turns out that we are (as John puts it) “bowel brothers”. I swore when I...


Earl Okin

Earl Okin has done an extensive amount of traveling during his career as a working and touring musician. He is still best known as the only person to have toured with as opening act for Paul McCartney and Wings. It all started when Earl wrote an open letter to the SongTalk mailing list. It was titled, “Tribute to Linda McCartney”. It was a heartfelt tribute to Linda, who had recently died of cancer. Later, when I put out a request for essay's for my new website, Earl must have seen it,...


Peter Tork Tribute

This is not just a recap of Peter Tork’s career with the Monkees. Or a history of Peter’s life. You can find a lot of great articles, interviews and music videos of his all over the internet. But Peter was the sum of many parts before, during and after his association with the iconic band that propelled him to stardom. This is my little piece of the Peter Tork story, and I feel honored and fortunate that I entered his orbit, however briefly. I also encountered several people within that...



Hi this Hal Aaron Cohen and I want to welcome you to Tales of the Road Warriors. Today’s episode is going to be relatively short because I was hoping to be dropping a Tribute to Peter Tork today. However, I got a little behind due to the time it took me to get a few people I wanted to participate in remembering Peter, and I didn’t want to rush to merely get out a couple of sound bytes about someone who deserves more than that. So, for that reason, this week, you get two episodes. This...


Rick Denzien

Live from bäh-fo Studio in Ambler, PA. a great little burb outside of Philly home to great music food and artsy little boutiques and street fairs and festivals. Today, Rick Denzien talks to me about his parents, who were amateur race car drivers. That’s right, he’s the son of a real hard drinkin’ and smokin’ Nascar Mama. Formula E events regular formula racing, all electric cars that go 200 miles an hour. I asked about the lack of that smell of fuel and cars exploding. Then we talked a...


Dan May

DAN MAY SHOW NOTES I spoke with Dan May in December, shortly after he had celebrated his 60th birthday! In this fascinating episode, Dan talks about the early days in Sandusky Ohio, working summers with the family at the local amusement park. First garage band and girls. Early influences, studying opera in Philadelphia and being a professional opera singer for 12 years (until vocal cord surgery put him on a different course). HE also talks about 3 years as dancer in a Russian touring...



Liz Miller Today, Liz and I talked about – driving, listening to podcasts vs. terrestrial radio, sleep, being a nurse and a songwriter, growing up in a musical family which allows Liz to drop a few serious names: Bobby Scott (writer of “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” and “A Taste of Honey”), Andy Williams, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, mom on the Steve Allen Show. Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee. Dad was a Mad Man and music lessons with the meanest teacher in New Jersey. WHERE DO SONGS COME...


Chad Watson

Chad Watson is a world class bass player, songwriter, sideman and sidekick (just ask his lovely wife, Pam Loe). Artists he’s tour and /or records with include John York, Ronnie Milsap and Charlie Rich, Freebo and Bonnie Raitt, Ja mes Lee Stanley, Chris Hillman, The Burrito Brothers, Janis Ian, Ezra Mohawk and others. Some of the things I talk about with Chad include: Playing at one of my favorite venues, Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood with Freebo who used to be Bonnie Raitt’s bass...


Gary Michael Mazzola

Gary Michael Mazzola From, the bio on his website… “Gary Michael Mazzola is a talented Tehachapi songwriter with an exceptional voice and a gift for writing lyrical, approachable songs about life and love. He’s has played with many talented musicians during his long musical journey and honed his craft in numerous band incarnations since his father gave Gary his first real guitar when he was just 13 years old." Mazzola has been writing songs all his life and for the past few years since...


Laura Cheadle

Today I’m talking to funkadelic singer/songwriter and Jersey Girl, Laura Cheadle, who has been kicking off the new year with several performances. As a matter of fact, tomorrow, Friday, January 18th she’ll be appearing at the Union Firehouse in Mount Laurel, NJ. For more information and to get the skinny on all of her upcoming gigs, go to lauracheadle.com and click on DATES in the MENU.


Ep 1 - Introduction to Tales of the Road Warriors

This is a pilot episode. This is where I introduce myself, Hal Aaron Cohen as host of the weekly podcast, Tales of the Road Warriors, exploring the world through the eyes of entertainers, musicians, singer/songwriters, recording engineers, managers, venue owners and people who make a living on stage and behind the scenes. There are no guests in this episode. Just a brief story behind the creation of the show followed by a short promo featuring audio clips from a few upcoming guests. My...