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This show features interviews with legacy bands and performers from the Classic Rock, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Pop and Oldies genres. Ray White, multi-award nominated host of Classic Artists Today and Coool CAT, internationally syndicated radio show, brings you the latest from the musicians from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's who have sold hundreds of millions of albums. We'll talk with them about the past...present...and future.
 
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Peter Rivera, original lead vocalist and drummer for Rare Earth, was born and raised in Detroit. Signing with Motown Records in 1969, who launched Rare Earth Records, boosted their notoriety in the music world. Right out of the shoot their Get Ready album went Platinum, followed by two Gold albums in 1970 and 1971, Peter joins multi-award winning p…
 
Yes bassist Billy Sherwood was hand picked by the late Chris Squire to succeed him in the band. Billy has been affiliated with the band since 1994. A talented musician, producer, engineer and songwriter, Billy has been involved with a multitude of recording projects and tours throughout the years working with the likes of: Deep Purple, Asia, Toto, …
 
Brad Arnold co-founded 3 Doors Down in 1996. Every album they've released has landed on the charts, in the Top 20. From those albums, 19 singles have valuted towards the top of the charts, too! As humanitarians, the band launched The Better Life Foundation with a goal in mind to give as many children as possible a better life. In our September of 2…
 
Chris Hillman is one of the pioneers in merging Folk/Bluegrass/Country music with Rock in the mid-1960's, and was an original member of The Byrds. In 1991, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A multi-instrumentalist and excellent singer/songwriter, Chris' talents carried over to other excellent groups throughout the years inc…
 
Leslie West kicked off his musical career on Long Island, NY as a founding member of The Vagrants in the mid-1960's. Just before the Woodstock Festival in 1969, Leslie formed Mountain landing a spot on the festival lineup. The rest, as they say, is history. Mountain has released 8 studio albums and as a solo artist, Leslie's had 16 releases. He was…
 
Joe Puerta was a co-founder of the band Ambrosia in 1970. As bassist and vocalist, Joe has also written many songs for the band, too. Starting out, the band's sound had more of a progressive rock feel, but transformed to an adult contemporary vibe landing 5 Top 40 hit singles. In 1984, Joe was tapped to be an original member of Bruce Hornsby's band…
 
Firefall was founded in 1974 in Boulder, CO and included past members of The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Spirit and Zephyr. Throughout the years they've had 13 singles land on the charts, and in 2014 the band was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. Today, original members Jock Bartley, Mark Andes and David Muse are with the band alon…
 
Nils Lofgren has built a fabulous music career that was launched when he formed Grin in 1968. Meeting Neil Young, he was invited to California and has been a recurring member of Crazy Horse ever since. You can find Nils work with Neil on 6 albums. An accomplished singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (including his awesome guitar work), Nils…
 
Leslie Mandoki, may not be well-known in the U.S., but the company he keeps is superb! A German-Hungarian singer/songwriter/drummer/producer, Leslie is a leader of a European supergroup called Mandoki Soulmates. Past and present members have included: Jack Bruce (Cream), Greg Lake (EL&P), Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Eric Burton (The Animals), Bobby…
 
We continue our 15th Anniversary of Classic Artists Today on Part 2 of our celebration - re-engaging Baby Boomers, along with their adult children, to the pioneers of Rock 'n Roll that have withstood the test of time. Over 300 world-class musicians, who have garnered hundreds of Grammy Awards with dozens inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…
 
Classic Artists Today launched in October of 2005, aired by a radio station in Hampton, VA. 15 years later, with a world-wide following, we continue our mission of featuring interviews, and much more, from legacy bands and performers. We look back and share insights from our first "special guest," Jock Bartley of Firefall. Their brand new album is …
 
Southside Johnny has been a leader of the Jersey shore music scene, that includes Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and Bon Jovi, since the mid-1970's. He's released 18 studio albums throughout the years and numerous live recordings. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes feature the powerful Miami Horns on many of their albums, providing a wa…
 
Blue Oyster Cult co-founders Buck Darma and Eric Bloom have led the journey for the band since forming in 1971. Throughout the years, this hard-charging band has sold over 25 million albums. In 2008, the band was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Award-winning program director Ray White caught up with Buck and Eric, in their touring…
 
Yes co-founder Jon Anderson fronted the band during their heydays in the late 1960's and 70's. Along with his formal days in the band, Jon has recorded with many of his early bandmates throughout the years. In addition, he has collaborated with the likes of Jean-Luc Ponty, Vangelis and many more world-class musicians. In our February of 2011 interv…
 
Rick Roberts kicked off his musical career joining The Flying Burrito Brothers in 1970, after the departure of Gram Parsons. In 1974, he co-founded Firefall, who had 6 Top 40 hits, 2 Platinum and 1 Gold albums. Multi-award winning program director, Ray White, caught up with Rick after his reunion show with Firefall's Larry Burnett in August of 2019…
 
Alice Cooper has been a mainstay on the Rock 'n' Roll scene for over 50 years. You'll find this Hall of Famer on nearly 30 studio albums, which have sold over 50 million copies. His immense talents can also be found in dozens of movies and TV shows - even on the radio! Multi-award winning program director Ray White catches up with Alice in June of …
 
Paul Carrack, is one of music's top vocalist since launching his career worldwide as a co-founder of Ace in 1972. Throughout the years you'll find his vocals and keyboard work on the charts as a member of Mike + The Mechanics and Squeeze, too. When he hasn't been recording one of his 17 solo albums, Paul has toured and/or recorded with Eric Clapton…
 
Formed in 1981, 10,000 Maniacs has had 10 songs hit the charts throughout their career. For 12 years Natalie Merchant was lead vocalist for the band. Mary Ramsey took over that role, after Natalie's departure. Mary is also a classically-trained violinist and adds this talent to the group. In May of 2011, multi-award winning program director Ray Whi…
 
Brian Howe was lead vocalist of Bad Company from 1986 to 1994. During this time the band had a platinum and two gold albums that contained 9 singles that landed on the charts. His music career was launched as the lead singer for Ted Nugent's band in 1984. Brian passed away on May 6, 2020. We look back at Brian's music career including an interview …
 
Singer/Songwriter Bruce Sudano stepped towards the big time when he met Tommy James of Tommy James and The Shondells in the late 1960's. As co-founder of Alive 'N Kickin', Bruce had a Top 10 hit with "Tighter and Tighter" in 1970. His next band was Brooklyn Dreams, formed in the late 70's the group released a handful of albums, but many knew them d…
 
Russ Giguere, the co-founder of the 1960's pop/rock group The Association, has been at the forefront of the folk rock and pop scene for several decades. Russ has been involved with the 7-time Grammy nominated band who had major hits like "Windy" and "Cherish," for over 50 years. Multi-award winning program director Ray White talks with Russ about h…
 
Co-founder of Tower of Power, in the late 60's, Emilio Castillo has led the band with Doc Kupka for over 50 years. Always hiring super-talented musicians, many of their band members have went on to enormous success themselves. TOP's music transcends several music genres and provides a groove that won't quit! Over the years, they've landed eight son…
 
You'll find Jack Blades all over the rock & roll scene. Since 1982, this bassist/vocalist has been in many of rock's well-known bands including Night Ranger, Damn Yankees and his latest venture - Revolution Saints. Jack's also a producer and songwriter having worked with Aerosmith, Great White and Ted Nugent. Multi-award winning program director, R…
 
Mark Wenner, The Nighthawks founder, harpmaster and singer, has been a mainstay in blues and roots music since forming the band in 1972. Throughout the bands' career, they have been tapped for numerous blues awards. The CAT's executive producer and host Ray White caught up with Mark backstage before his show in July of 2019 to talk about several of…
 
Grammy winner Jim Peterik has been a force in popular music for over 55 years. Starting with the band The Ides of March, he's been cranking out the hits since the album Vehicle. His mark has not only been made as a vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist, but a songwriter who has co-written songs for numerous other bands. In the late 1970's, Jim was co…
 
America was formed in London in 1970 by a trio of youngsters whose fathers were stationed there by the U.S. Air Force. America's Gerry Beckley sat down with multi-award winning program director Ray White, in August of 2019, to talk about the band's last studio album Here and Now, their Grammy award for Best New Artist in 1973 and his brand new solo…
 
Multi-Grammy award musician Shawn Colvin kicked off her career performing in off-Broadway shows. Hooking up with Suzanne Vega shortly thereafter, she then signed with a major label in 1989. Right out of the gate she garnered fame as her Steady On album hit Grammy gold. Throughout her career she's been a premier singer-songwriter and musician. Shawn…
 
English rock guitarist Shane Fontayne , hit the international music scene in 1980 on an album by Steve Forbert. Since then he has recorded and/or toured with Joe Cocker, Richard Marx, Marc Cohn, Graham Nash, David Crosby and Crosby Stills & Nash. playing, vocals and sometimes production work landed him with work with over a dozen more musicians inc…
 
Santana's Gregg Rolie, Leslie West of Mountain and the late Johnny Winter are featured on our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, which was held on August 15, 16 & 17, 1969 in Bethel, New York. The festival was a pivotal moment in music history and an event that defined a generation. The crowd was estimated to b…
 
Keith Howland is guitarist and vocalist for Chicago, gracing the stage for nearly 25 years. Launching his career with Rick Springfield in the mid-1990's, Keith's life in music has taken off ever since. You'll find his guitar licks and singing on nearly a dozen albums from Chicago and has traveled the world with the band. When not touring or recordi…
 
Pure Prairie League formed in 1970 and was among the leaders of the country rock movement. They featured awesome lead vocalists including Craig Fuller and Vince Gill. In their heyday, they scored five consecutive Top 40 LP's. In June of 2018, multi-award winning program director Ray White caught up backstage with co-founder John David Call, Mike Re…
 
The legendary Beach Boys throughout the years have had over 85 songs chart worldwide, the most Top 40 songs from any U.S. rock band, sold over 100 million records and received numerous other accolades. They've also garnered 13 Grammy awards and/or nominations. Needless to say, they are worldwide popular music icons! Multi-award winning program dire…
 
David Bromberg stands out among his contemporaries as a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He's played with the worlds' most talented musicians and is tapped for many of their projects. He was nominated for a Grammy at the 50th annual Grammy Awards in 2008. Award winning program director Ray White, caught up with David backstage, in Febr…
 
Multi-Grammy award winner Kenny Loggins has had tremendous success as a solo artist, part of the duo Loggins and Messina, and as a songwriter and collaborator. In recent years, Kenny has produced several "family" albums and is a member of the country trio Blue Sky Riders. Award-winning program director Ray White caught up with Kenny during his reun…
 
Ted Nugent, the Motor City Madman, has been rockin' the world since his days with The Amboy Dukes, in 1965. Launching his solo career in 1975, the guitarist/vocalist has continued to rock the world ever since. From the late 1980's until 2010, he hooked up with several other superstars from time-to-time as a member of Damn Yankees. Along with his mu…
 
Dennis DeYoung was the was the primary lead vocalist and keyboardist for Styx for several decades. A founding member of the band, he penned 7 Billboard Top 10 singles and another as a solo artist. Award-winning program director, Ray White, speaks with Dennis, in November of 2014, about his live CD/DVD Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx and his la…
 
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer Wendy Waldman hit the Southern California music scene as a member of Bryndle - where other members included Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold, and Kenny Edwards, back in 1970. In 1973 her solo career was launched when Rolling Stone named her "Singer-Songwriter Debut of The Year" after releasing her first album. As a song…
 
Since their formation in 1969, Little Feat has captured the many music styles that is America's music. Founded by the late Lowell George and current member Bill Payne, the band continues to please music lovers today! In our August of 2009 interview, award-winning program director Ray White catches up with guitarist/vocalist Paul Barrere backstage a…
 
Formed in 1987, the Gin Blossoms ruled the pop rock/alternative rock genre in the mid-1990's. Two of their albums during this period reached the higher echelons of the music charts. 2017 and 2018 New Music Weekly's Program Director of the Year - Ray White, sits down with guitarist/vocalist Jesse Valenzuela in September of 2018 to talk about his son…
 
Drummer Chris Frantz co-founded the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Talking Heads and the Tom Tom Club. Bassist Tina Weymouth, Chris' wife, joins him in both bands. While the Heads haven't played since 2002, Tom Tom Club still performs today. Award winning program director Ray White caught up with Chris in September of 2011, before his show by the …
 
Steve Morse has consistently been named one of the world's top guitarists during the past four decades. He was voted "Best Overall Guitarist," in Guitar Player magazine's reader's poll for five consecutive years - then inducted into their "Gallery of Greats." Steve is Deep Purple's longest-serving guitarist having been with the band since 1994. Alo…
 
Formed in 1974, 38 Special is still led by co-founder Don Barnes. Guitarist and lead vocalist, he sang all the bands hits through 1987. Throughout the years the band has recorded a Double Platinum, 3 Platinum, and 2 Gold studio albums, which included 12 Top 10 hits! Their last studio release was Drivetrain. Award-winning Program Director Ray White,…
 
Rich Robinson has performed on albums that have sold over 30 million copies throughout his career. He's gained international notoriety as a founding member of The Black Crowes, a band formed in 1989. In 2016, Rich formed The Magpie Salute, which includes several band members from his days with The Black Crowes. Award-winning program director Ray Wh…
 
Co-founding member of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Rodney Justo, rejoined the band in 2011 as a full-time member since parting the band in the early 1970's. The lead singer sits down with award-winning program director Ray White in June of 2018 to talk about the bands' formation and happenings with the current line-up. Throughout the years, the band…
 
Steve Lukather is one of music's most prolific guitarists, contributing his immense talent to over 1,500 albums in many music genres. A founding member of Toto, he's garnered 6 Grammy awards with the band. Award winning program director, Ray White catches up with "Luke" in November of 2018 to talk about his new book - The Gospel According To Luke, …
 
Formed in 1992, Carbon Leaf crosses the boundaries of alt-country, Celtic and folk-infused indie rock like no other band on the music scene today. Hitting the singles charts in 2004 with "Life Less Ordinary," the band has won several awards during the 2000's. Throughout their career, they've recorded over 15 albums with the last titled Gathering: V…
 
On this "special edition" we look back at our previous episodes and share highlights of the most listened to interviews and more! Guests include Mark Andes (Firefall/Heart/Spirit/Canned Heat/Jo Jo Gunne), Rusty Young (Poco), Geoff Downes (Asia/Yes/Buggles/Icon/Wetton-Downes), and Pat Dinizio (Smithereens). Collectively, these musicians have been in…
 
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