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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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On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou" she discusses her novel “Wai-nani - A Voice from Old Hawaii.” Through Wai-nani's eyes, experience the Hawaiian society as it existed when Captain James Cook arrived at Kealakekua Bay in 1779; ride the billowing seas with Eku, the wild dolphin she befriends; learn …
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Success Insider" spotlight features Clifford Garstang, author of six works of fiction including the novels “The Last Bird of Paradise,” “Oliver’s Travels,” and “The Shaman of Turtle Valley,” and the short story collections “House of the Ancients and Other Stories,” “What the Zhang Boys Know,” and “In an Uncharted …
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Toast to The Arts" Show features Stonewall Book Award-winning author, screenwriter, and playwright Samuel Garza Bernstein who discusses his new biography, "Starring Joan Crawford: The Films, the Fantasy, and the Modern Relevance of a Silver Screen Icon.” In "Starrring Joan Crawford," Bernstein examines what makes …
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Toast to The Arts & Parks" Show features Arizona writer Leah Newsom, the National Parks Arts Foundation's summer 2024 artist-in-residence at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Leah Newsom was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and holds an MFA in creative writing from Arizona State University, where she now teache…
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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…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's TOAST TO THE ARTS Show focuses on the new artists group in Camp Verde, Arizona. Spearheaded by artist Mary Rush, this initiative not only connects local artists as a community (so far over 40 artists), but is also working to add original art as part of the region's greater tourism experience with exhibits, studio t…
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On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Lance Laber, Executive Director of the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, talks about southwest artist Ted DeGrazia's Murals, Mosaics (pictured), and Originals. DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is a 10-acre historic landmark nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona. Opened in 1965, it is h…
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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 Sout…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Happy Hour Hang Out" Podcast features writers and authors, mostly of the mystery and crime genre, along with some historical fiction, travel writing and editing expertise to round out the discussion. FEATURED GUESTS: * Author Matt Cost who inspired this episode - https://www.mattcost.net/ * Travel Writer and autho…
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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 uncompromi…
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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 Joe…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio’s “Go to Natchitoches” Podcast focuses on the 44th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival which will be held on Saturday July 20, 2024, in the air-conditioned Prather Coliseum at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Featured Guests are Dr. Shane Rasmussen – NSU Professor of English & Director of t…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Toast to The Arts" Podcast features award-winning Bay Area singer-songwriter Blind Lemon Pledge (James Byfield) who talks about his latest album "Oh So Good." “Oh So Good,” Pledge’s 10th album of originals and covers, displays Pledge’s impressive compositional range with tunes ranging from Blues to Folk to Jazz to…
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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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