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Focusing on the Goosebump Moments in Music

Focusing on the Goosebump Moments in Music


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Focusing on the Goosebump Moments in Music






Julia Poorman: SingerSongwriter w/ vocals like Sarah Mclachlan Natalie Merchant Dolores O' Riordan

When we listened to Julia's latest track for the first time, we immediately were taken back to the first time we heard Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, and Dolores O'Riordan sing. We were blown away. Writing songs has always been second nature to Julia. As a young girl living in New York's Finger Lakes Region, her little poems could be found stuffed in her night stand expectantly waiting for melodies to bring them to life. As soon as she'd pick up the paper, the music would come flowing...


Dennis Diken of The Smithereens!

Dennis Diken (Drummer and a founding member of the iconic New Jersey band The Smithereens) joined us and talked about the following: - UHF channels on the TV - Uncle Floyd (David Bowie and John Lennon) - The Lost Album (a recently released collection of songs recorded in 1993) - The Smithereens Christmas Album and how they covered The Don's favorite Christmas song to perfection.


Wicked Love: A Wickedly Good Band That Channels Firehouse, Skid Row, Stryper, Mötley Crüe

"CJ Snare is my absolute hero" states Wicked Love lead vocalist Brendan Ferreira during this interview. Brendan is also a massive Firehouse fan and it comes out in the music. Elements of Firehouse, Skid Row, Stryper, and Mötley Crüe come out in the music and create a unique sound. Their EP "Wicked Love" is out now. Enjoy the interview!


Eva Under Fire: Taking Over Sirius XM's OCTANE Channel By Storm!

Eva Marie is the Eva in Eva Under Fire and returns to The Rock N Rodeo Show/The Don's Hit List to dig into their latest record. We discuss their cover of U2's "With Or Without You", we get into their amazing song "Another Shot Through The Heart", and we talk about the video to "Misery".


GABRIEL AND THE APOCALYPSE: Beautiful Array Of Female Front Aggression In An Industrial Rock Package

Hailing from the colorful and music inspired streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota comes the unique blend of Metal/Rock/Industrial that is GABRIEL AND THE APOCALYPSE. The band delivers a fierce yet beautiful array of female fronted aggression that will give their predecessors a run for their money. The brainchild of vocalist Lindy Gabriel, GABRIEL AND THE APOCALYPSE independently put out 2 releases which were backed by numerous national support tours around the United States. Their intense and...


Pageant: The Next Generation Of Glam Rock Metal

Pageant is a young band out of High Point, North Carolina. They may be young, but their 80s glam rock metal influence is carrying the torch of gen-x rock to the youth gone wild today. Their music is sexy and fun, with a power edge and they are on their way to incredible things. The band joined us and we got to know them a little more and listen to two of their brand new tracks.


Michael Monroe: Iconic Frontman of Hanoi Rocks & Demolition 23 On Music, Mick Jagger & Alice Cooper

Michael Monroe is an icon and legend from bands Hanoi Rocks and Demolition 23. He joined us to talk about the reunion show with both Hanoi Rocks and Demolition 23. He also talks about the Hall Of Fame Legend he would love to perform with soon. Michael describes what is what like to meet and perform with Alice Cooper.


Penelope: Walked Out On Faith and Stepped Out Of Fear

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Penelope had the music within her from a young age, singing in church at just five years old. She later relocated with her family to Stockbridge, Georgia, outside of Atlanta, where she attended middle school. Penelope ran track and was a cheerleader, athletically excelling as the highest toe touch on her cheerleading squad and named the fastest female runner in her state. While Penelope was a model athlete, she was an introvert who struggled with making...


Mychael Gabriel: Rising From The Mist Of The Purple Rain

Imagine if you will that the legends Prince and Sheila E are your godparents. Mychael does not need to imagine this as it is reality. The thing is, Mychael is an INCREDIBLE songwriter and musician himself. We dove into is release "Genesis" and there are so many goosebump moments that it was hard to on discuss the few we could do in the 30 minutes we had him on. Take a listen to this interview and you will see why we were BLOWN AWAY! Mychael Gabriel's background in the musical arena has been...


Ken Lewis: 19 Grammys , 112 Platinum/Gold Records, 74 Billboard number 1s. NEXT: obSCENE Stealers

Ken Lewis has been a part of 19 Grammy winning recordings, 112 Platinum/Gold records, and 74 Billboard number 1 songs. He wears many hats from producer, to engineer, to mixer, to musician on these efforts. He joined us to talk about his new project: obSCENE Stealers obSCENE Stealers are the collision of music industry titans Ken Lewis and Michael Maas. Meshing over 100+ gold records with scores of epic movie trailers, this dynamics duo’s sound can only be described as EPIC AF! Michael Maas...


The Venomous Pinks: Punk Rockers Who Will Crash Your Prom Like Carrie

Gaby Kaos (Bass, Vocals) and Cassie Jalilie (Drums) of the 3 piece punk band The Venomous Pinks joined us to go over the goosebump moments in their songs. In one of their music videos, they tip their cap to Stephen King's "Carrie". Watch the interview to learn more. If members of Bikini Kill and TSOL musically collided in a Russ Myer movie, the soundtrack scoring the scene would be orchestrated by The Venomous Pinks. Hailing from Mesa, Arizona the three-piece trio creates an...


Lisa Bodnar Survived 40 Years In The Desert

Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, which includes Lisa Bodnar’s home city of Allentown, has certainly seen some trying times. Lisa, who’s endured some trying times of her own, has inherited some of that defiantly optimistic, won’t-be-beaten-down Lehigh Valley grit, weaving it into the moving, beautifully crafted songs that make 40 Years in the Desert, her long-awaited third album. "This album is a journey out of the desert,” Lisa says. “Each song tells the story of that journey. Along the way,...


Breaking In A Sequence: A Direct Descendent From The #korn Family Tree #hardrock #numetal

Breaking In A Sequence is based out of Huntington Beach, California and features drummer David Silveria, bassist Chris Dorame, guitarists Joe Taback and Mike Martin. The band formed after a worldwide vocalist search led them to recruit Rich Nguyen. The band’s diverse musicality is backed by Silveria’s signature groove and neatly wrapped together by captivating vocal melodies. The band's debut singles "Pity" and "Change Your Mind", released on January 4, 2019, were met with tremendous...


Saturate Is A Hard Rock Band That Is Unyielding

Saturate is a hard rock band from Baytown, Texas. They joined the show and the big song we wanted to talk to them about was "Unyielding". We talked about the outstanding music video for this song.

Joe Bouchard (Co-Founder/ex-bassist of Blue Öyster Cult )Is The True American Rocker

Joe Bouchard was a member of Blue Öyster Cult and helped to co-found the band. His bass work can be heard on all of the big hits. Joe joined us to talk about his new solo project "American Rocker". We play several cuts from the track that have goosebump moments. We learn about how the band got their name. When Joe realized BOC was bigger than he could have imagined. We also play a live performance from 1981 in Hollywood Florida of "Don't Fear The Reaper" which in our opinion is better than...

Saliva: Certified Double Platinum & Gold Albums: Now With New Music!

Bobby Amaru has been the frontman for Saliva since 2011. Bobby joined us to talk about the current state of the band and new music. We feature the song "Crows" during the show and it is a solid song with goosebump moments, especially in the lyrics. We get into clips from live performances and we even feature a song Bobby wrote over a decade a ago when he was the band AMARU. The song is "Last Dance" and when you hear it, you will want a release of the song to the masses it is that good! After...


Sleep Signals: Minneapolis hard rock quintet

Sleep Signals have garnered a dedicated following through relentless touring, their explosive live performances, and their ability to blend catchy hooks with their high-energy songwriting style. In 2021 the band released a new EP, Ethereal, featuring the single, "Fireproof," which garnered the band's first commercial radio success. The single was featured on Sirius XM's Octane and received spins on 80+ US FM radio stations, spending 11 weeks on the Billboard Active Rock radio chart....


Michael Tracy smokes purple haze with gin: How about you?

Michael Tracy (Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist) combines straightforward American Rock and Roll with poignant lyrical themes, reminiscent of Singer/Songwriters like Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, & Bob Seger. He has released four studio albums, and has been invited to be supporting act for rock heavy weights: Bon Jovi, George Thorogood, Styx, Foreigner, Don Felder, Jefferson Starship, Poison, Marshall Tucker Band, Foghat, America, & Bret Michaels.


Lydia Can't Breathe : Multiple Genres Rolled Into One Epic Story Of Anger and Individual Freedom

The overall sound of Lydia Can't Breathe is a cross of multiple genres rolled into one epic story of anger, individual freedom, and the meaning of life. Hard rock metal quartet LYDIA CAN'T BREATHE released a brand new single "Electric Powder" to all major platforms along with the official music video. The band will hit the road this July with special guests Ignite the Fire and The Other LA. Electric Powder is a high energy song with riveting visuals in virtue of flipping a concept many...


A Rising Force: All Original Hard Rock Band From Minnesota

A Rising Force is an all original hard rock band from Minnesota signed to Dark Star/Sony/Universal. They wrote, recorded and then signed their first record deal with the label HighVolMusic in December of 2020, right in the middle of the pandemic. The band collectively have had multiple albums released over the years, MMA nominations & awards, and national and international touring backgrounds. Their debut CD ‘Undertow’ was originally released in May of 2021, and spawned 3 singles : ‘Love and...