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Alison Pipitone interviews working musicians about their art and what motivates them to continue on this difficult but incredibly rewarding path. Each episode features a working artist and a discussion about some of the pioneers in the industry who continue to inspire us.

Alison Pipitone interviews working musicians about their art and what motivates them to continue on this difficult but incredibly rewarding path. Each episode features a working artist and a discussion about some of the pioneers in the industry who continue to inspire us.
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United States

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Alison Pipitone interviews working musicians about their art and what motivates them to continue on this difficult but incredibly rewarding path. Each episode features a working artist and a discussion about some of the pioneers in the industry who continue to inspire us.

Language:

English

Contact:

716-880-9929


Episodes

Episode 19: Thinking In Stories

3/14/2019
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In this final episode of Season One, we turn the mics around and the uber-talented Karen Taylor does the interviewing. Karen asks Alison about beginnings, struggles, and inspirations. The two singers also discuss the merits of performing original music and cover music.

Duration:01:06:41

EP 18: Stupid Courage and the Kids Are All Right

2/28/2019
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This week Alison hands over the reins to Music Industry students at SUNY Fredonia. They talk about their love of music with all the passion you would expect from bright young people just starting their journeys. The students discuss the exciting, sometimes frustrating landscape of the music industry and their place in it.

Duration:00:52:24

Episode 17: Pat Libs

2/14/2019
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Alison interviews her good friend and bandmate Pat Shaughnessy, an accomplished and first rate drummer. They discuss day jobs, cover bands, and Bun E. Carlos. And…Pat absolutely kills a game of Mad Libs!

Duration:00:56:34

Episode 16: Detergent and Creamer

1/31/2019
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Alison interviews Tom Stahl, an award-winning folk-rock musician, superb songwriter, and fellow Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee. They talk about Tom’s long road to the stage and the effect a supportive partner has on the life of a working musician. Next they discuss their friend and mentor, Buffalo promoter and legend Michael Meldrum.

Duration:00:58:56

Episode 15: This Is How History Gets Made

1/17/2019
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Alison interviews the incredible George Scott of the George Scott Big Band and the historic Colored Musicians' Club in Buffalo, New York. They discuss the rich history of the CMC and the remarkable array of talent that has passed through its doors, including the Queen herself, Aretha Franklin. Alison and George discuss the history of musicians' unions in Buffalo and other major cities, as well as George's ancestral path to music.

Duration:00:44:03

Episode 14: IF is not the word

1/3/2019
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This week, Alison interviews Robby Takac from the Goo Goo Dolls. Robby & John Rznezik formed their iconic punk/rock/pop band in 1985 and they’ve sustained an incredibly successful career ever since. Alison and Robby discuss a wide range of topics, including Robby’s important friendship with Buffalo legend Lance Diamond.

Duration:00:49:36

Episode 13: Pay Attention!

12/20/2018
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This week, Alison interviews ace guitar player Jamie Holka. They discuss the roles fate and sheer determination often play in the lives of working musicians. Jamie reflects on his work with Captain Beyond and as a solo artist, and then Alison and Jamie talk about the remarkable Rory Gallagher.

Duration:01:20:56

Episode 12: Bar Talk Tone Clusters

12/6/2018
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This week, Alison travels to South Pasadena, CA to interview the incomparable George Schwindt, former member of Celtic punk band Flogging Molly. In this interview George discusses his innovative drum style, his early choice to play Yamaha drums, the importance of education in a music career, and much more.

Duration:00:50:16

Episode 11: The Flaming Pipitones

11/22/2018
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Alison sits down with her brother Damon, who discusses his life as the founder of Los Angeles' only 80s/Irish/Dance/Rock band, Flogging Seagulls. Then Damon and Alison go back in time to remember their roots with their punk-ish, rock-ish band The Monas.

Duration:00:55:18

Episdoe 10: Backwards, Upside Down, and Inside Out

11/8/2018
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Alison changes things up this week with award-winning singer-songwriter and fellow adjunct professor Maria Sebastian. The two musician/educators discuss Maria’s diverse music career and her poetry, then deep-dive into how contract and adjunct work has affected many sectors, including education.

Duration:00:44:11

Episode 9: Sister Act

10/25/2018
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Alison interviews her sisters Gabrielle Pipitone Hangen and Natalie Pipitone Howes about the effect music had on their tumultuous childhood. They discuss the rock and roll gene and why several Pipitone siblings were (and continue to be) inspired to pursue music. Alison and Natalie then discuss the tragic story of Buffalo-born songwriter and musician Jackson C. Frank.

Duration:00:42:41

Episode 8: State of Grace

10/11/2018
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In this episode, Alison interviews Grace Stumberg, a talented singer-songwriter who is also a backup singer on tour with Joan Baez. Alison and Grace discuss self-care on the road as a working musician, how some songs are written, and the life and career of contemporary folk musician Joan Baez.

Duration:00:42:03

Episode 7: the Discipline, the Work, the Joy

9/27/2018
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Alison chats with award-winning jazz pianist Walter Kemp III about his career and his roots in gospel and classical music. Walter's father inspired him to follow a musical path. Alison and Walt discuss famed "master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ" Dr. Lonnie Smith, who has performed and collaborated with the greatest names of the jazz, blues, and R&B. Learn more about Walter Kemp III: https://www.walterkemp3.com/ Learn more about Dr. Lonnie Smith: http://www.drlonniesmith.com/bio/

Duration:00:54:30

Episode 6: Wetiko

9/13/2018
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Alison sits with multiple-instrument-master and entertainer Susan Rozler to discuss her forty-year career as a working musician and the balance between art and money in the performance industry. The featured artist is Grammy winner and folk singer/songwriter Elizabeth Cotten, who forged a unique path, the result of a fifty-year career gap.

Duration:00:53:47

Episode 1: Maiden Voyage!

8/25/2018
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Why did we decide to do this podcast? Find out here - and send us your comments and suggestions: thegreatunsung@gmail.com

Duration:00:16:23

Episode 2: The Starbucking of America

8/25/2018
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Alison chats with Kathryn Koch about her eclectic career as part of groups Redheaded Stepchild and Black Rock Zydeco. Koch’s bands forged their own way without the assistance of record labels—an incredible feat in the age before YouTube and social media. The featured musician is Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a pioneer of gospel music and often called the “Godmother of rock and roll.” Tharpe was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

Duration:01:09:06

Episode 3: Cease and Desist

8/25/2018
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Alison sits down with Theresa Quinn, an accomplished piano player, bandleader, musical director, and attorney. Also a part of the group Girls Gone Mild, Theresa has been a working musician in many forms for more than 25 years. The women then discuss American pianist Ray Turner, who was an in-house pianist with Paramount Pictures from the ‘40s to the ‘70s .

Duration:00:48:47

Episode 4: Palin Drone

8/25/2018
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Alison Pipitone and singer/violist Mary Ramsey discuss Mary’s career with 10,000 Maniacs, John & Mary, and Girls Gone Mild. The featured musician is Kim Kashkashian, accomplished and award-winning violist.

Duration:00:58:27

Episode 5: Amateur Moves

8/25/2018
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Alison talks with Tom Naples, noted folk singer and researcher. Tom explains the influence of historical time periods on folk music and song lyrics, as well as how this music reflects the resilience of everyday Americans. The featured musician is American singer and songwriter John Stewart, his contributions to folk music, and his early days with the Kingston Trio.

Duration:01:04:56