Called “a country version of the rock duo Heart” by the keyboard player for Shenandoah, sisters Britta and Brooke Dodgen came to the studio for this episode after having just returned from playing the Americana Music Fest in the Florida Keys. In their ten years as The Redheads they’ve played in countless locations ranging from Six Flags in Chicago to the Roxy Theatre in Denver. Currently based in Orlando, they have also lived in Nashville, Denver, Georgia, and South Carolina, and talk here about having to learn a new music market every time they move. Brooke also talks about the healing power of music after having been trampled by her horse and Britta talks about the conversion from having been an opera singer.
Having gotten listeners from over 125 countries around the world and extensive media coverage ranging from iHeartRadio to the CBS-TV affiliate in Tampa, major daily newspapers, and more, "Now Hear This Entertainment" features interviews with guests who are having success in the entertainment business, with the content presented in a way that not only entertains fans of that guest and fans of good music interviews in general, but in a manner that educates musicians, singers, songwriters – entertainers who want to learn from those who are being interviewed each week by Bruce Wawrzyniak, president of Now Hear This, Inc. The guests come from a wide array of genres and locales.
There is also a segment called "Bruce's Bonus" in the middle of each episode, where Wawrzyniak "takes off (his) hat as podcast host and puts on (his) hat as president of Now Hear This, Inc., giving a helpful tip for the listeners that are musicians, singers, songwriters - entertainers who are out there, trying hard to make a go of it."
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The guitar player for Garth Brooks since 2000 and for Trisha Yearwood since 1991, he owns two publishing companies on Music Row, is also a songwriter, and has a long list of production credits. This episode is a MUST LISTEN, as he covers everything from touring to publishing to songwriting, studio sessions, trying to get songs cut, and breaking into the business.
The Detroit-based singer/songwriter talks about the blog she wrote having gone viral, her soon-to-be-released fourth CD, performing at Carnegie Hall, getting her music into an award-winning documentary, and more.
Christian recording artist and songwriter Julianna Zobrist discusses the new music she’s working on, the book she co-wrote with her husband, and managing time between L.A., Nashville, and Tampa, where her two children and Major League Baseball playing husband is.
Having already opened for national Christian recording artist Kutless, this young band based on the Kansas-Missouri border is now taking on country music and playing shows in cities all the way up as far as into Washington State. Twin brothers Mason and Micah Marrs discuss highlights, lessons they’ve already learned, and the new release they’re working towards.
An adoptee who grew up in a family of eleven in Florida, this singer/songwriter was a U.S. Black Hawk helicopter pilot in Iraq and has gone on to a career in country music in Nashville highlighted by playing at the recent CMA Fest and opening for the likes of George Jones, Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan, Montgomery Gentry, and Trace Adkins.
Texas-based singer/songwriter who has overcome drug and alcohol addictions and quintuple bypass surgery to release 10 CDs, a book, and get song placement on an ABC Family show and SiriusXM, and now he’s developing a reality TV show. He talks about all this plus playing at the House of Blues in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, and more.
Blues Hall of Famer, drummer, and radio show host who has played behind artists ranging from Bryan Adams to members of The Who, Kiss, Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more, and recorded with members of The Cult and Heart, among others.
With 30 years in the radio business, this episode’s guest provides do’s & don’ts for up-and-coming artists (and even shares a marketing highlight), all while telling first-hand dealings with the likes of Rush, Sammy Hagar, David Lee Roth, Kiss, Garth Brooks, and even MLB and NHL players.
He has performed in 32 countries, gets radio airplay, has released 16 albums, and is a veteran blues man who sings, songwrites, and plays guitar and harmonica. The conversation brings out some of his highlights as well as some lessons learned from being in the business and on the road so long.