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A Toast to The Arts

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Celebrate The Arts with Big Blend Radio’s podcast conversations and expert interviews focusing on Music and Entertainment, Books and Poetry, Fine Art and Photography, Theater, Film and the Performing Arts.
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's WORLD OF ART Podcast with artist Victoria Chick focuses on the Gettysburg Cyclorama depicting “Pickett’s Charge up Cemetery Ridge” at the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. The innovative Gettysburg Cyclorama was the work of father-son painter duo Henri Philippoteaux (1815 – 1884), and Paul Philippotea…
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In honor of National Dog Dad Day, this episode of Big Blend Radio features Steve Schneickert who recalls the Hollywood History of Iconic Dogs in Motion Pictures. Hear about canine film and TV stars Lassie, Asta, Toto, Rin Tin Tin, Marley, and many more. Steve dedicates this Hollywood History segment to his sweet pup Miss Bella Rose, who crossed ove…
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How do you find joy when faced with a terminal diagnosis? This episode of Big Blend Radio's 2nd Wednesday "Books & Authors" Show with Books Forward features debut author Ann Bancroft who tackles this theme with sharp humor and profound compassion in her new novel, “Almost Family, " that's out now through She Writes Press. Featuring a rough-around-t…
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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, Susa…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Toast to The Arts & Parks" Show features mixed medoa artist Chelsea Bighorn, the National Parks Arts Foundation's June 2024 artist-in-residence at Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona. Chelsea Bighorn was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona. Her tribal affiliations are the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes …
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Celebrate Pride Month with this episode of Big Blend Radio's BIG DAILY BLEND Podcast with award-winning vocalist and composer Johnny Schaefer. Enjoy this conversation covering the history of Pride Month and LGBTQ rights, music to celebrate Pride Month, and more. Johnny Schaefer co-hosts the Big Daily Blend podcast every 1st Sunday. Keep up with him…
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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 …
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On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Leo Daughtry discusses his debut novel, "Talmadge Farm" that transports readers to the tobacco fields of 1950s North Carolina. It's a sweeping drama that follows three unforgettable families navigating the changing culture of North Carolina at a pivotal moment in history. "Talmadge Farm" (Story Merchant Books, Ju…
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On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Lance Laber, Executive Director of the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, talks about the new exhibist, "Ted DeGrazia's Textile Designs for Fuller Fabrics." From 1952 to 1956, Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia designed Southwestern novelty prints for Fuller Fabrics of New York. DeGrazia’s prints were sold nationwide in fabric…
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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 …
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In honor or Mother Whistler Day and May being the month of celebrating Mothers, this episode of Big Blend Radio's WORLD OF ART Podcast with artist Victoria Chick focuses on the relationship between Whistler, the artist, and his mom, Anna McNeill Whistler. James Abbot McNeill Whistler did not set out to paint an iconic image, but his “Arrangement in…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio features T Bear, a distinctive singer, talented keyboard player, and songwriter, who discusses his music, touring, and latest solo album "The Way of the World" that's out now through Quarto Valley Records. T Bear has made his mark as a solo performer and collaborator with many iconic artists — Crosby Stills and Nash,…
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Best known as longtime guitarist, vocalist and collaborator in the Greg Johnson Band, Ted Brown has released his third studio album "Solstice Canyon Loop." Hear all about it on this episode of Big Blend Radio, along with some banter about his move from New Zealand to the US, his music career and songwriting, and some conversation on music history. …
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In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, this episode of Big Blend Radio features filmmaker Jennifer Takaki who discusses the making of the documentary, "Photographic Justice: The Corky Lee Story," and how photographer Corky Lee influenced her work. For 50 years, Chinese American photographer Corky Lee documented the…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's 2nd Wednesday "Books & Authors" Show with Books Forward features Louisiana author, writer, and filmmaker Jennifer Moorhead, who discusses her novel, "Broken Bayou." In this debut thriller, a troubled child psychologist returns to a small Louisiana town to protect her secrets but winds up having to protect her life.…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Toast to The Arts & Parks" Show features Rick Makanaaloha Kia'imeaokekanaka San Nicolas (Kanaka Maoli) who returned for the fifth time as the National Parks Arts Foundation artist-in-residence at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Recognized as Ke Kumu Hulu Nui, meaning "Master of Hawaiian Featherwork of Old Hawai‘i…
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Guitarist Michael Kessler joins Big Blend Radio for a fun conversation about his music and new album "Gravel Road," the Wisconsin music scene, plus, being a Horologist (a person that makes or repairs watches or clocks). Kessler worked with Milwaukee producer/musician/engineer Gary Tanin at Daystorm Music to take on the full-length album "Gravel Roa…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio celebrates Earth Month and National Poetry Month with Lauren Martin who discusses her book, "Night of the Hawk: Poems" which will be out on May 14, 2024 through She Writes Press. A powerful and wise poetry collection on shamanism, feminism, and disability, "Night of the Hawk" tells untold stories of the marginalized.…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's BIG DAILY BLEND Celebrates April being International Guitar Month, Jazz Apprecation Month, and National Poetry Month. 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 …
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After working in the climate-tech industry for the past fifteen years, debut author Aaron Arsenault is excited to inspire readers ages 9-12 to combat climate change. On this episode of Big Blend Radio, he discusses his climate fiction novel, “The Climate Diaries, Book One: The Academy” (Borrowed Planet Press, April 2024). "The Climate Diaries: Book…
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In celebration of National Park Week, this episode of Big Blend Radio with artist Victoria Chick is all about the art, life and legacy of George Catlin. George Catlin was an American painter, author, and traveler, who specialized in portraits of Native Americans in the American frontier. Many of the places he traveled through are parts of our Natio…
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Celebrated composer and guitarist Jon Durant joins us on this episode of Big Blend Radio's TOAST TO THE ARTS podcast where he discusses his new album "Momentarily." It's an amalgamation of transcultural, jazz-related styles, that gives way to euphoric, universally relatable grooves and soundscapes. A trio recording featuring Durant alongside longti…
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Ever since two Byrds left the “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” mothership over 50 years ago, The Burrito Brothers have been evolving and putting out wonderful albums. This episode of Big Blend Radio features Chris P. James, lead vocalist and keyboardist, who talks about the legendary history of The Burrito Brothers (aka The Flying Burrito Brothers), and t…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio features filmmakers Brian Lindstrom and Andy Brown who discuss their new documentary "Lost Angel: The Genius of Judee Sill." The film provides an intimate look at one-of-a-kind singer-songwriter from 1970s Los Angeles, Judee Sill. It charts her life from a troubled adolescence of addiction, armed robbery and prison t…
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Celebrate the Sounds of Spring with episode of Big Blend Radio's BIG DAILY BLEND Podcast with award-winning vocalist and composer Johnny Schaefer. Enjoy this conversation covering music and hope, plants, and nature, and check out the two music playlists below. Johnny Schaefer co-hosts the Big Daily Blend podcast every 1st Sunday. Keep up with him a…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's 1st Friday "Toast to The Arts & Parks" Show with the National Parks Arts Foundation features Carissa "Lucky" Garcia, the Spring 2024 NPAF artist-in-residence in Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Carissa “Lucky” Garcia is an Indigenous/Chicana writer, performing artist, community organizer, anti-oppression edu…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's 1st Tuesday "Adventures in Asheville" Show focuses on unique art, garden, and community experiences. Featured Guests: - Steve & Karen Wilson - Owners and innkeepers of The Lion & The Rose Bed & Breakfast, a stunning pink lady in the Montford Historic District. More: https://www.lion-rose.com/ - DeWayne Barton - Fou…
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On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Global Adventures with Debbie Stone" Podcast, Debbie shares her experience at Kualoa Ranch near Honolulu, Hawaii, a picturesque destination on Oahu’s windward side. A Private Nature Reserve and working cattle ranch, the 4,000-acre property has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since the 19…
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Award-winning author Clifford Garstang returns to Big Blend Radio for a conversation about his latest novel, "The Last Bird of Paradise," plus a little bit of art history, the world of writing, travel, global lifestyles, and the balance of between power and love. "The Last Bird of Paradise" focuses on two women, nearly a century apart, who seek to …
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On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Lance Laber, Executive Director of the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, talks about the art and life of Marion DeGrazia. Born in 1905, in Upstate New York, Marion Sheret DeGrazia was a fine artist who had attended State Teachers College in Buffalo New York, and studied sculpture and modeling at Columbia University. S…
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From Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Ella Fitzgerald, Dolly Parton, and Bonnie Raitt, to Katy Perry, Sinead O' Connor, Tracy Chapman, and Stevie Nicks, this episode of Big Blend Radio's BIG DAILY BLEND Celebrates Over 100 Women Making History in Music! Special guest is Joey Stuckey, Music Ambassador of Macon, Georgia "The Southern Rock Capital of the World.…
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It's all about the Fabulous Film Festivals, Screenings, and Palm Springs Movie Scene on this episode of Big Blend Radio's 4th Saturday “Palm Springs Sunshine Stays” Show. FEATURED GUESTS: * MICHAEL C. GREEN – Executive Director of the Palm Springs Cultural Center which incubates, produces, and encourages arts and cultural programs. He is also Chair…
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On this episode of Big Blend Radio, artist Victoria Chick shares talks about three noteworthy women artists in history that she has written about in Big Blend Magazines over the years. HEAR ABOUT: - ARTEMESIA GENTILESCHI (July 8, 1593 – c. 1656), who was an Italian Baroque painter considered among the most accomplished seventeenth-century artists, …
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Toast to The Arts" show features Louisiana author Ann Marie Jameson, known for her "Willow Rose" series of books that are set in Natchitoches, the oldest settlement in Louisiana. Books in the series include "A Bed of Roses,“ "Belle Rose,” “Petite Rose,” and “Coming Up Roses.” Ann Marie’s latest book, is “Lilly’s R…
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Award-winning author Matt Cost returns to Big Blend Radio for a follow-up conversation since the release of his historical mystery, “Velma Gone Awry: A Brooklyn 8 Ballo Mystery" (April 2023). Hear about his novel, "Mainely Wicked: A Goff Langdon Mainely Mystery" (Aug. 2023), and new novel, "Pirate Trap: A Clay Wolfe / Port Essex Mystery" which will…
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Former U.S. intelligence officer and award-winning and best-selling author Brian J. Morra joins Big Blend Radio to discuss his thrilling Able Archer series that's based on true historical events. BOOK 1: THE ABLE ARCHERS - US Air Force Captain Kevin Cattani and Soviet GRU Colonel Ivan Levchenko team up in the fall of 1983 to stop the worst nuclear …
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Big Daily Blend" and "Toast to The Arts" podcasts features Pierre Bensusan, an award-winning world music fingerstyle guitar master. Hear about his 2024 and 2025 North American tours, composing and performing his music, his signature Lowden guitars,a and indepth discussion on the positive power of music. Pierre's l…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's 1st Tuesday "Adventures in Asheville" Show focuses on unique experiences to enjoy in Asheville, North Carolina this spring incuding rooftop cocktails, brews, and mural tours. Featured Guests: - Steve & Karen Wilson - The Lion & The Rose Bed & Breakfast. More: https://www.lion-rose.com/ - Kaye Bentley - Asheville Ro…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio features a TUCSON SISTERS IN CRIME panel discussion with some of the member writers and authors who will be at this year's Tucson Festival of Books, held March 9 & 10, 2024, in Tucson, Arizona. Hear about their writing, books, and inspirations, plus, some of the short stories featured in the Tucson Sister in Crime bo…
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In celebration of the 96th Annual Academy Awards held on March 10, 2024, this episode of Big Blend Radio's BIG DAILY BLEND Podcast with award-winning vocalist and composer Johnny Schaefer focuses on movie soundtracks and theme songs, the positive power of the arts and gratitude, food and cocktails, and much more! Johnny Schaefer co-hosts the Big Da…
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Welcome to the very first episode of Big Blend Radio's NEW "Women Making History" podcast featuring a Big Blend Radio "From the Vault" podcast of our "Parks & The Arts" show featuring Tanya Ortega, an accomplished photographer and founder of the National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF). Hear about the new podcast, Tanya's photography career and NPAF's…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's TOAST TO THE ARTS Show features songwriter, keyboardist, and bassist Neal Rosner who talks about his music and new solo album "Kentucky." The album chronicles Neal's 12-year residency in Madisonville, Kentucky. Songs were written between 1972 -2023. Engineered by Steve Baker, a small studio with a big heart, the al…
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On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Lance Laber, Executive Director of the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, talks about the Spiritual Life of Ted DeGrazia including the annual "Way of the Cross" exhibit, the Mission in the Sun, Padre Kino, and more. DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is a 10-acre historic landmark nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalin…
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“Music to me is like breathing. I don’t get tired of breathing, I don’t get tired of music.” Ray Charles From Ray Charles and Otis Redding to Little Richard and Clarence Carter, this episode of Big Blend Radio's BIG DAILY BLEND Podcast celebrates the African American music history of Georgia, the Peach State. Special guest is Joey Stuckey, Music Am…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Jefferson Highway" Show focuses on the historic music and songs of the Jefferson Highway Era. The Jefferson Highway Association originally founded the Jefferson Highway in 1915. This international highway is also known as "The Pines to the Palms Highway," that runs from Winnipeg, Canada to New Orleans, Louisiana. …
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Have You Seen The One About...? On this episode of Big Blend Radio, artist Victoria Chick shares some personal observations about humor in art. Artists covered in this art podcast include noted illustrator Edward Abrams, artist Lund, and dark social realist Phillip Evergood. Read her article and view the art here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listin…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio features bestselling author Peter Kageyama who discusses his latest Kats Takemoto novel, MIDNIGHT CLIMAX. In MIDNIGHT CLIMAX, Kats Takemoto, the nisei private detective from his first novel HUNTERS POINT, returns to investigate the murder of a young Chinese girl, killed in a covert CIA brothel in the heart of San Fra…
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