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NHTE 258 Hope Cassity

Nashville-based singer, songwriter, guitar player who was on this show way back on Episode 13, which was recorded in 2014, when we talked about the publishing deal she had just signed, the new album she was releasing, and the tour of Alaska she was about to go on, plus it was mentioned then that she had performed at CMA Fest. This time, around, unfortunately, she is speaking from the perspective of an individual who has been battling cancer for a year now and how that has impacted not only...


NHTE 257 Mick Mahan

Best known for being the bass player for Pat Benatar well over 20 years, including touring and recording. He also worked as an arranger on Prince’s “Under the Cherry Moon” and served in the same capacity with Bobby Caldwell. His touring/recording credits are a virtual who’s who in music, ranging from David Foster to Sheryl Crow to Martina McBride, John Fogerty, and many, many more. And, if all his music endeavors aren’t enough, he is even the owner of a pizzeria!


NHTE 256 Jessica Lynn

Singer, songwriter, guitar player who just announced her third TV special that she will be filming next month. Just in the last two years alone she has not only released more new music but had significant success at radio, including charting a couple of her songs. She also toured Europe, including opening for ZZ Top. And she has done music videos that on YouTube alone have gotten hundreds of thousands of views. She's working on nationwide tour dates for 2019 and has started building an...


NHTE 255 Heather Russell

Canadian singer, songwriter, piano player who is signed to Gladiator Records. She released a full album in August featuring 13 songs, in the R&B genre. Early on she had been discovered by Simon Cowell and moved with her family to Los Angeles under a major record deal, although she has since moved back east. She has gotten a wide array of press coverage and is a Yamaha-endorsed artist.


NHTE 254 The Hots - Foxie Kelly and Ronnie Simmons

Formed in Australia, now based in Los Angeles, and just released a new EP last month. They have had three radio Number 1s within three weeks here in the U.S. since releasing the single as well as been added to rotation across more than 50 radio stations across the U.S. and Canada. Their music video (including the trailer) got over 300 thousand views in the first three weeks between Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram combined. They were nominated as one of Music Connections magazine L.A.’s top...


NHTE 253 Michael Sticka

The Executive Director of the Grammy Museum, which has just a few days ago (December 8) celebrated its tenth anniversary. They are a nonprofit and the official foundation for the Recording Academy. The Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the GRAMMY Awards. And, impressively, they have hosted nearly 30 thousand students for tours and workshops as part of their...


NHTE 252 Jeff Dane

The lead singer of Billboard Top 20 and three-time ACM-nominated country act The Lost Trailers. The band was founded in 2000 and just released a six-song EP in September, entitled, “Between Stages,” which was done by an award-winning producer in Nashville. The band is on the Grade One View Music record label. All this and he might sit for the bar exam in 2019.


NHTE 251 Lana Love

Singer, songwriter, piano player, and dancer who has worked with the likes of Disney, Warner Brothers, Marvel, Nickelodeon, HBO, Discovery Channel, and many more. She has performed in Times Square and Las Vegas, and has performed/dance captained several national and international tours in over 20 countries. She has worked with several award-winning producers who’ve worked with the likes of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and P!NK, among others. She has accumulated over 100 thousand...


NHTE 250 Robert Eibach

Billboard-charting record producer, EDM Remixer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist who has worked on Grammy-winning and nominated albums. This year alone he has had four Number 1 songs. He also hosts celebrity TV shows for the 24K Music Network. His success has come while working across various genres of music over the years. He also has a great story of moving across the country to L.A. and how he then rose up to where he is today.


NHTE 249 Michael Pressman

Two-time Emmy Award-winning director and producer who was also nominated for a third. He has produced and directed numerous network series, including multiple episodes of the Emmy Award-winning series Law and Order SVU as well as Blue Bloods. He distinguished himself early in his career with the popular classic series Picket Fences and Chicago Hope. Most recently, he directed the final two hours of the Emmy-nominated TV mini-series Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, starring...


NHTE 248 Chris Donohue

Bassist, producer, music supervisor, and platinum-selling songwriter who has recorded and/or performed with a most impressive list of top name artists ranging from Dave Matthews to Ben Folds to Robert Plant, Maren Morris, Tom Jones, the Indigo Girls, and many (many) more. The night of this interview he was playing with Emmylou Harris, who he'd performed with one night earlier in a different city. His performances and original music have been heard on various film and television projects for...


NHTE 247 Kensie Coppin

She has had two Top 40 songs on the Texas charts and multiple “Female Vocalist of the Year” nominations, and been a finalist in many songwriting competitions. A singer, songwriter, guitar player, she has performed in the likes of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Nashville, West Virginia, and, Florida. Her six-song self-titled debut EP was released two years ago. She has a publishing deal and is recording a new EP.


NHTE 246 Wilson Brothers Band

Brothers who live in Nashville and perform in a country band, although they each did have their own solo careers. They have written songs that have been cut by twelve other artists. Their debut single debuted at #1 on the CMT 12 Pack Countdown and their music has been streamed by the millions. They were also named one of five “Rising Acts” by CMT. They released an album early this year.


NHTE 245 Michael Peterson

A million-selling, Grammy-nominated country music artist whose songs have hit #1 on the charts five times. Amazingly, he has had his songs recorded by Hall of Famers and Grammy winners in five different genres, including Travis Tritt, Timothy Schmitt of The Eagles, and more. He has also been a contributing author for eight books. And, he received the prestigious Bob Hope “Spirit of Hope” medal from the USO following his eleven tours and over 150 performances for Service men and women...


NHTE 244 Ashley Taylor

Her debut EP is scheduled for release January 18th, yet she already has a combined social media following of approximately 55 thousand. Three singles from her EP have already been released, and this year alone she has done lots of performing in lots of locations – not only in Nashville, but, California, Ohio, Virginia, Alabama. A singer, songwriter, guitar player, she has also appeared in several episodes of the hit TV show, “Nashville.” And she has garnered a lot of honors, plus, she has an...


NHTE 243 Dave Jenkins

An original member of the popular band Pablo Cruise, which sold several million albums and still continues touring today. A singer, songwriter, guitar player, Dave Jenkins has also performed with Southern Pacific and, more recently, with the American Classic Hit Makers. He has recorded with many music industry greats, such as Jefferson Starship, Huey Lewis, and The Doobie Brothers, to name just a few.


NHTE 242 Jaime Kyle

Having written or co-written hit songs for the likes of Faith Hill and Heart, among others, she's a singer, songwriter, guitar player whose songs and/or recorded performances represent an accumulated sales of an amazing 19 million CDs. She was the first female rock singer/songwriter to be signed to a major record deal that came out of Nashville and over the years has performed and recorded with the likes of Richard Marx, Amy Grant, Ozzy Osbourne, and more. She is sometimes seen performing...


NHTE 241 Jeff Strametz

A singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, plus he is the president and CEO of Boulder Creek Musical Instruments. The company does guitars, basses, and ukuleles and has a very impressive artist roster. He performs regularly and this year earned Best Band honors in the Gilroy Dispatch’s 2018 Best Of. They also had the distinction of being called by Ingrid Croce to play a Jim Croce Celebration of Life for a dear friend of hers and Jim’s that had passed away. He has years of experience...


NHTE 240 Taylor X

A singer, songwriter, recording artist in the electro pop genre, she also has an extensive background in dance, and, her music videos play in fitness gyms around the country. Plus she has also gotten radio airplay. She was the Pop/Contemporary Entertainer of the Year at last year’s Josie Awards, which is the largest independent artist award show globally. She released a full album two years ago followed by three singles last year and three more earlier this year. She is also a voting member...


NHTE 239 Shelly Liebowitz

Record executive, producer, promoter, and manager who is currently the CEO of SRI Label Group. He has worked with artists ranging from Sammy Davis Jr. to John Lennon. And, he has licensed recordings worldwide, and works as a consultant to several major music labels. Last year he put out a hardcover book called, “Doing it on the Downbeat.”