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Episode 71 – Christopher McKittrick
Author explores Tom Petty's rich history with Los Angeles Last fall, author Christopher McKittrick published Somewhere You Feel Free: Tom Petty and Los Angeles, a book that explores the artistic life of Tom Petty through his career-long relationship with Los Angeles and the many colorful characters and venues that inspired him and his music — including his work with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Johnny Cash, Roger McGuinn, Leon Russell, Rick Rubin, and Del Shannon. Post Hill...
Episode 70 – BJ Thomas
Singer celebrates iconic milestone Iconic country singer BJ Thomas is celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" and joins us as our first-ever video episode. The song landed at No. 1 on January 3, 1970, after being featured in Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman, the previous month. The song was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 2014. Thomas joins Buddy Iahn & Matt Bailey to discuss the track's lasting impact and...
Episode 69 – 2021 Predictions
Our predictions for 2021 music releases and live shows 2021 is definitely off to a weird start, but Buddy Iahn and Matt Bailey discuss music release predictions (and some that are confirmed) as well as the future of live-streaming as we hope live shows start back regularly later this year. It's a short episode for this occasional mid-week drop, but very insightful of what could be ahead for live entertainment. Join us for a guestless edition of The Music Universe Podcast. Check out our other...
Episode 68 – Aloe Blacc
Blacc was on the latest season of The Masked Singer We kick off 2021 with our first superstar guest... Aloe Blacc, who was Mushroom and runner-up on the latest season of Fox's The Masked Singer. Blacc chats with us about his experience filming the strange reality series during the pandemic, his latest album, All Love Everything, and what he's planning for the future. Blacc is known for beloved hits like “I Need a Dollar,” “The Man,” and “Wake Me Up” with Avicii, but he talks about how he's...
Episode 67 – Jessie James Decker & 2020 Year in Review
2020 was quite the year In our first-ever Year in Review wrap, we discuss COVID's impact on the industry, the musicians we lost, and more. Our final guest of the year is with country singer Jessie James Decker. We discuss her role in Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021 airing tonight beginning at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC. Decker will provide updates throughout the telecast and will announce the “Powerball First Millionaire of the Year” during a drawing just after midnight....
Episode 66 – Nashville Recap
We chat about our Nashville trip TMU took. Nashville by storm! We had a blast in Nashville in mid November 2020. We visited the Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry, saw the Oak Ridge Boys kick off their Christmas residency, and more. We fit it all into just two and a half jam-packed days. It was a thrill to host a week of episodes from Nashville Coffees, located across from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort. Our guests were Tim & Roxane Atwood, JD Shelburne, Chapel Hart (who also...
Episode 65 – Live From Nashville with Kent Blazy
Blazy joins us by phone while in Nashville Our Live From Nashville series concludes with singer/songwriter Kent Blazy, who needs no introduction. His songwriting credits include Garth Brooks' “If Tomorrow Never Comes” & “Ain’t Goin’ Down (’Til The Sun Comes Up)” and Chris Young's “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)," among many others. He's one of five inductees to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame for 2020 for a "50-51" edition in November 2021. Due to a COVID scare, we chatted...
Episode 64 – Live From Nashville with Flo
Multi-cultural artist shares an exclusive performance We continue our Live From Nashville series on The Music Universe Podcast with Flo, a multi-cultural artist who dives deep into her Latin heritage. By the time she was 14, she had lived in Chili, Canada and Singapore, and now splits her time between Nashville and Miami. The singer cites Carrie Underwood and Maren Morris as influences, along with singer/songwriter Alec Benjamin and Shakira. The singer joined us for what became a double...
Episode 63 – Live From Nashville with Chapel Hart
Female trio premieres exclusive performance Our Live From Nashville series continues with New Orleans-based female trio Chapel Hart. Consisting of Grammy-nominated Danica Hart, her cousin Trea and sister Devynn, the ladies of Chapel Hart have been singing together since they were toddlers in their hometown of Poplarville, MI and their musical chemistry clearly shows. The three singers recently teamed with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons for their debut single, "Jesus & Alochol." The three met with us...
Episode 62 – Live From Nashville with JD Shelburne
Shelburne returns to the podcast in a special in person interview Our Live From Nashville series continues with Kentucky native JD Shelburne, an independent country artist who finances his own records and has a loyal fanbase. Typically, Shelburne finds himself performing more than 200 dates per year in venues ranging from packed clubs to huge festivals, but he's lost more than 100 dates due to the pandemic. Shelburne was one of our in-person guests at Nashville Coffees across from the...
Episode 61 – Live From Nashville with Tim & Roxane Atwood
Buddy & Matt host a week's worth of episodes live from Nashville We kick off our Live From Nashville series with Tim and Roxane Atwood, two of country music's most sought-after people. Tim has had an amazing career as an entertainer, solo artist, and racking up more than 8500 performances at the Grand Ole Opry as a member of their house band. He's also a studio musician who's performed with Mel Street, Lynn Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Jim Ed Brown and others. Roxane has a rich history in...
Episode 60 – Christmas with TG Sheppard & Kelly Lang
Our first Christmas episode welcomes the pair Last month, country music power couple T.G. Sheppard and Kelly Lang released a new holiday single called “Christmas in Mexico.” The duet is a sweet and romantic trip to sandy beaches and warm sunny days, buoyed by the sounds of mariachi trumpets and steel drums. An accompanying music video premiered exclusively on Music Crowns, featuring footage of the duo in the studio recording the song. “Christmas in Mexico” marks the first release from...
Episode 59 – Phil Vassar
Vassar has a virtual livestream series and Circle All Access TV show Phil Vassar is one of country music's most prominent singer/songwriters and was racking up hits on the radio before he began his own recording career. Vassar’s reign of signature songs include 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits, including "Carlene," "Just Another Day in Paradise," "Six-Pack Summer," "When I Love You," and many more. Vassar’s songwriting career blossomed in the mid-’90s when he landed a publishing contract...
Episode 58 – Cory Marks
Marks is a country/rocker who writes and records autobiographical songs Canadian born star and former hockey player, and soon-to-be licensed pilot, Cory Marks launched his rise to fame with his crossover success with the track, “Outlaws & Outsiders," featuring country music icon Travis Tritt, Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch, and Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe. Shortly after its release, the song became a global hit, with over 21 million streams worldwide. It trended globally on the Shazam...
Episode 57 – Black Stone Cherry’s Chris Robertson
New album The Human Condition is available now Black Stone Cherry releases its seventh studio album, The Human Condition, on October 30th via Mascot Records. The four members were nestled deep in the woods of Kentucky, scrambling to complete the project, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. There, they could feel the disease closing in as they watched the news daily, and it became apparent the album they were finishing featured lyrics that were eerily prescient. The resulting 13-track record is...
Episode 56 – Ana Cristina Cash
Cash releases two new tracks Ana Cristina Cash, who is of Cuban descent, was raised in Miami, Florida, and began her professional music career at age six. She quickly became an accomplished champion of the singing competitions on the variety show, Sabado Gigante. Her recordings showcase her broad vocal range, from a deep resonating contralto to an amazing soaring soprano, revealing what is known to some as a “whistle register.” She was only 15 when she released her self-titled debut album in...
Episode 55 – Vonn Kiss
Kiss chats during the quarantine Vonn Kiss has genuine grit, hard work and lightning-like passion that takes his career to the next level. He began singing in a small church as a hobby, which grew into a dream that lets fans inside his personal life through encrypted lyrics. He pays homage to country music's past by writing and recording music that's raw and real, like his life. He has extensively toured with David Allan Coe for nearly two years and has shared the stage with numerous other...
Episode 54 – Kaylee Rutland
Rutland is an upcoming country singer Kaylee Rutland’s music makes an unmistakable connection with listeners as evidenced by her tremendous social media following. She has been named a Country Living Magazine “Artist to Watch,” a Billboard Magazine “Top 10 Artists to Watch,” and was a finalist in the inaugural Nash Next competition. Additionally, Rutland had the opportunity to tour with Warner Music Nashville artist, RaeLynn. Growing up in Texas, country music made a lasting impact on her...
Episode 53 – Heath Wright of Ricochet
The band scored a No. 1 with "Daddy's Money" It's been nearly 25 years since Ricochet released its debut single and album. "What Do I Know" was the highest charting debut single of 1996, rising to No. 3 in Radio & Records chart and No. 5 in Billboard. The group's follow up, “Daddy’s Money” scored the group its only No. 1 hit that lasted two weeks atop of Billboard's country charts. The quintet is the only country artist to ever chart the National Anthem and is in constant demand to perform...
Episode 52 – Mark Farner
"I'm Your Captain (Closer To Home)" celebrates 50 years Mark Farner is a rock and roll American icon. As one of the founding members, lead singer, lead guitarist, and wrote ninety percent of the Grand Funk Railroad (GFR) music catalog, Farner has always been known as the energetic driving force on stage, the engine that pulled the original Grand Funk Railroad to the top of the charts. From his soulful voice and power rock riffs, to fueling the Funk with his atomic stage presence. His story...