Rants, Raves & Rock ’n Roll

Big Blend Radio’s ”Rants, Raves & Rock ’n Roll” Podcast is all about music, issue-driven conversations, and a little shenanigans!

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Sunday Jun 30, 2024

This episode of Big Blend Radio features PANGAEA bassist Ron Poulson who shares some of the band's history, and discusses their music and new album, "Beowulf" that's out now and features Robert Berry as producer. 
A Texas band with influences ranging across Progressive Rock, Classic Rock, Classical Music, Heavy Metal, and Classic Country, PANGAEA is made up of Ron Poulson, Steve Osborn, Darrell Masingale, Scott Draughon, Corey Schenk and Andi Schenk. 
For over thirty-five years PANGAEA has been creating music that intrigues the mind and inspires the soul. Since their formation in 1989 they have garnered interest in over fifty nations across the globe. The band’s tight, melodic ensemble playing, highly proficient level of musicianship and excellent songwriting and singing, is reminiscent of prog rock’s classic era while also showcasing the band’s modern era sensibilities. More: https://pangaea.band 

Friday Jun 28, 2024

In honor of Great Outdoors Month, this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Nature Connection" Show features legal and environmental historian, author, and attorney Lowell E. Baier. Hear about his latest book, "Earth’s Emergency Room: Saving Species as the Planet and Politics Get Hotter." 
"Earth's Emergency Room" is a celebration of 50 years of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA). In the book, Baier provides an insightful and entertaining history of the ESA’s dramatic highs and lows. He profiles his work with the ESA from its inception to the present, and with the key figures who shaped its history, from field biologists to Presidents of the United States. Baier ultimately calls on all Americans to embrace a spirit of bipartisanship and conservation to strengthen the law that has been the Earth’s emergency room for half a century. More at https://lowellebaier.com/ and https://esaat50.com/ 
You can also listen to his earlier Big Blend Radio interview about the history and importance of the Endangered Species Act as well as his two related books The Codex of the "Endangered Species Act: Volume 1, The First Fifty Years", and "Endangered Species Act: Volume 2, The NextFifty Years." Listen: https://youtu.be/HPo-Mfb5i3c?feature=shared 
Big Blend Radio's "Nature Connection" Podcast airs every 4th Friday in collaboration with Margot Carrera, a fine art nature photographer who is passionate about the environment. More: http://margotcarrera.etsy.com/ 

Sunday Jun 23, 2024

This episode of Big Blend Radio's BIG DAILY BLEND with co-host Joey Stuckey, focuses on his new album, "Joey Stuckey - Live from Macon." This in-studio recording was done during the filming of "Vision," an 11-minute documentary by Michael Whalen that showcases Joey's music and inspirations. 
Joey Stuckey, Music Ambassador of Macon, Georgia "The Southern Rock Capital of the World," is award-winning blind guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer, and sound engineer. More: https://www.joeystuckey.com/ 
Watch "Vision" on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Or6JL3zMBI8?feature=shared Order the album "Joey Stuckey - Live from Macon": https://found.ee/joey-stuckey-live-from-macon 
Joey Stuckey is co-host of Big Blend Radio's BIG DAILY BLEND Podcast every 4th Sunday. Follow the show, here: https://big-daily-blend.podbean.com/ 

Friday Jun 21, 2024

This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Rants, Raves & Rock 'n Roll" Show features iconic drummer Carmine Appice, founding member of the blues rock band Cactus. Carmine is also a founding member of Vanilla Fudge and has performed and/or recorded with Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, Ozzy, and Pink Floyd, amongst others. 
Cactus is as heavy, bluesy, and uncompromising in its musical assault as they were 50-plus years ago. Their new album "Temple of Blues - Influences & Friends" is out now through Cleopatra Records. Featured along with the current Cactus band is a who's who of blues and rock icons: Guitarists Joe Bonamassa, Ted Nugent, Pat Travers,  Warren Hayes, Vernon Reid, Steve Stevens, Johnny A (The Yardbirds), Ty Tabor (King's X) and bassists  Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big), Dug Pinnick (King's X)  Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder), Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne), Kenny Aaronson (ex- Joan Jet and The Yardbirds), as well as members of  Government Mule, Vixen, Rainbow, Zebra, and Whitesnake.   Vocalist Dee Snider of Twisted Sister appears on the band's remake of the Howlin' Wolf classic "Evil," and Appice's bandmate in Vanilla Fudge Mark Stein turns in a powerful vocal on Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally." A second version of "Guiltless Glider," appears as a bonus track with former Judas Priest vocalist, Ripper Owens. In addition to Appice on drums and vocals on all tracks, original Cactus guitarist Jim McCarty also appears on Temple of Blues. Get the album at https://cleorecs.com/products/cactus-temple-of-blues-cd 
More at: https://www.carmineappice.net/ 

Thursday Jun 20, 2024

This episode of Big Blend Radio features Doug Kistner, keyboardist, singer, songwriter, and leader of the allstar project Studio D'Lux. Hear about their new single, "Not in a Million Years" featuring trumpeter Lee Loughnane of Chicago, guitarist Jon Herington of Steely Dan, and famed rock drummer Liberty Devitto who tours and records with Billy Joel.
Doug Kistner has played keyboards with Trans-Siberian orchestra, John Waite, and Blood, Sweat & Tears, and is currently with The Lords of 52nd Street and Glen Burtniks Summer of Love. 
Stream/ purchase the track: https://vibe.to/notinamillionyears Follow Studio D'Lux on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@studiodlux Follow Studio D'Lux on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/studiodluxmusic 

Monday Jun 10, 2024

Celebrate Women's History, and Audiobook Appreciation Month with this episode of Big Blend Radio featuring Jennifer Schwed and Doug Bradshaw, creators of the groundbreaking new musical audiobook “19: The Musical.” 
Originally created and performed on stage, "19: The Musical" shares the dynamic and little-known story of Alice Paul, Ida B. Wells, Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt, Inez Milholland and the other suffragists who fought to get women the right to vote - The 19th Amendment. The inspirational story of these fearless women is brought to life through jazz, traditional musical standards style, spoken word, and hints of gospel. Alice Paul and the suffragist's fight for equality have been re-imagined for a new generation with a poignant and uplifting message that will resonate for years to come. 
Learn more: https://www.19themusical.com/ 

Friday May 31, 2024

Award-winning Texas singer-songwriter and musician Shelley King returns to Big Blend Radio to catch us up about her active touring schedule and her 10th album "Madam Mystic." This is the third album that she has collaborated on with John Magnie and Steve Amedée, members of the renowned New Orleans group, The Subdudes. She also worked with esteemed musicians and vocalists Eric Thorin, Cindy Cashdollar, Will McFarlane, Shawn Camp, Carolyn Wonderland, Greta Cornett and Phuong Nguyen, Matt Skinner, and Tim Cook.
Shelley King's decades-long journey in the music industry has been on her terms. She's taken on the roles of songwriter, band leader, studio producer, owner of her own label and publishing company, to self-release all of her work.  Her talent, energy, commitment to the craft, and service to the community led her to be recognized by the Texas Legislature and appointed Official Texas State Musician. She’s won several Austin Music Awards, and had her songs recorded by several internationally known musicians.  More at https://www.shelleyking.com/ 
This episode is featured on the following Big Blend Radio podcast channels: Big Daily Blend, Women Making History, A Toast to The Arts, and Rants, Raves & Rock 'n Roll. Keep up with our shows here: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-network/bigblendradionetwork 

Saturday May 25, 2024

This episode of Big Blend Radio's BIG DAILY BLEND Celebrates the Start of Summer Road Trippin' Season with a fun discussion about Road Trip Music, Books, Movies, and more! 
Special guest is Joey Stuckey, Music Ambassador of Macon, Georgia "The Southern Rock Capital of the World. Joey, who co-hosts the Big Daily Blend podcast every 4th Sunday, is an award-winning blind guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer, and sound engineer. More: https://www.joeystuckey.com/
BIG BLEND RADIO EXTRAS: * Summer Road Trip Music Playlist on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/53jk298y  * Traveler's Tales Music Playlist on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/3wnv8cdd * Roadside Attractions Online Crossword: https://tinyurl.com/y53vxeev * Steve Schneickert Recalls the Hollywood History of Travel Movies Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/a97kzd5w 

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Big Blend Radio's RANTS, RAVES & ROCK 'N ROLL Podcast

Big Blend Radio's "Rants, Raves & Rock'n Roll" Podcast is all about music, along with some issue-driven conversations that seek solutions, and a little shenanigans! Most of the episodes are exclusive to this channel, while some are related conversations from other Big Blend Radio podcasts.

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