Frankie & Johnny
Summary: The Frankie & Johnny Music Hour is a music show hosted by two drummers, Frankie Picasso and Johnny Collin. The F &J Music hour is a variety show of epic proportions dedicated to the art of music. Our goal is to introduce you to one new artist/band weekly, as well as to music industry professionals. If you are a professional musician/band who wants to get your music out there, if you are looking for band mates or you want to tell us about a great band, we want to hear from you, on AIR!!! This show is the place for those who love playing and those who love listening to music can come together. If you are just breaking into the music biz or been around for a long time, we want folks to have a more intimate insiders glimpse into the world of professional music. All in all, its an hour dedicated to the pursuit of music.
The Therapy Sisters are Austin’s gem of a Therapeutic, Self-help Musical Duo and they are the featured guest this week on the Frankie and Johnny Music Hour. Join your host Frankie Picasso and Co host Wendy Allyn in welcoming this humerous band to the stage, Monday, April 12 at 8 pm est. Welcome to the wacky and wonderful world and music of the Therapy Sisters, aka “The Sissies” or the “T-Sissies”. Maurine McLean (bass & witticisms) and Lisa Rogers Lisa Rogers (guitar, ukulele & gumption)are two amazing women making up this duo and what sets their music apart is their mission for having lots of fun and making people laugh as they think about life, mortality, relationships and absurdity. They are not immune to the American obsession with self-help and therapeutic solutions. Music and laughter produce the altered state they seek, so the band serves as remedy, confessional, and the audible blog of their lives.
April belongs to the Ladies it seems as our musician line up is all Female on the Frankie and Johnny Show and who better to start off the month of April then the incredible talent of Kate Taylor. At 60, Kate has just released her latest album entitled Fair Time and contains all new origial songs that are mostly an autobiographical journey. The only daughter of Isaac and Trudy Taylor, Kate was blessed to grow up in amidst her 4 brothers in Chapel Hill. All the siblings were blessed with musical talent and eventualy made their way to Martha's Vineyard to pursue music. Most of the album is an autobiographical record of her life starting with growing up in Chapel with her four brothers and you can hear this on the track, Sun Did Shine (On Carolina), but mabye even more so on the tune called Chapel Hill-Billies. You may remember Kate's first album released in 1970,called Sister Kate, which her famous brother James Taylor helped her to record and produced by his friend friend and manager Peter Asher. The album is a masterpiece and tour de force of great songs, with back up musicians including Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, her brother James, J.D. Souther, and Bernie Leado. Tunes from the Tipi and Other Songs is a DVD produced and filmed by her daughter Liz Witham and coincides with the release of Fair Time.Please join the Unstoppable Frankie Picasso and co star Wendy Allyn Monday April 5th for an amazing show.
Please join the Unstoppable Frankie Picasso and co host Wendy Allyn as we swing and dosey do over to Texas once again ( why is there such GREAT artists and music in Texas?)to meet up with Nancy Scott, this Monday, March 29th at 8:00 pm est on the Frankie and Johnny Music Hour. "I think songwriters could think of their songs as their bios/history. They paint a picture of where we’ve been – when and where they were conceived and our interpretation of life’s situation at that time. “Both Sides of Me” written in a cabin in Tennessee thinking about life, “Lost in Austin”, my first year in Austin, “I Awoke” on a picnic table camping at Lake Travis, “The Fish Song” after a night of partying and philosophizing with an interesting woman named Mel, and more recently Inner Peace, lookin out my window in Cedar creek tx, thinking about life"... says Nancy..Nancy has been performing her original songs for over 35 years, mostly in Texas, but also in other parts of the country. Her first album, yes, vinyl, released in 1987, “has a collection of tunes that many a popular, big name artist would give their eye teeth to own. Check out Both Sides of Me." Belle, Music City Texas, March 1992. Her next recording, HeartPrints in Clay (Reminiscent Records), released September 1995, was produced and co-arranged by Betty Elders and carefully put together by a culmination of talented Austin musicians. The songs in this collection represent a more serious, yet ever hopeful side of Nancy's soul. Her songwriting continues to evolve as she is currently working on a new CD. Nancy's songwriting style varies from folk to blues blended with a touch of country and rock and her talent has not gone unacknowledged or unnoticed. She was included in the top ten songwriters in the Austin Music Umbrella Songwriter's Contest and her talents have been honored too many times to mention here.
Monday, March 22nd, the Unstoppable Frankie Picasso and co host Wendy Allyn greet two great bands. First we will meet Shannie- Shan + Annie = ShAnnie A duo comprised of Shan Kowert and Annie Acton. They formed in 2005 and released their debut cd in 2007, which received a nomination for Vocal Duo at the 2008 Texas Music Awards. "Eclectic Americana Folk"... that's what some are saying about this duo. Their voices are clean and soothing, and the music is beautifully accompanied by a 12 string accoustic guitar. It's the chemistry of these two people that will not only lure you in, but keep you wanting more Meet Noah Earle! Noah was born in Topeka, Kansas, "a good place to dig potatoes." His musical involvement began in early childhood when he would listen to the traditional country and country-gospel music that his family would play and sing at their gatherings. Between the ages of about 5 and 18 he underwent classical training for piano, voice and fiddle (his grandpa said "never let anybody call it a violin").he was also exposed to blues and jazz by his dad and uncle, both of whom performed in a number of bands. Noah has emerged as a formidable solo artist, Others have been quick to recognize Earle's talent. In 2006 he won the solo category of the Kansas City Blues Challenge and was a finalist in the International Blues Competition in Memphis. More recently, he was chosen as a New Folk finalist at the renowned Kerrville Folk Festival in 2007.
Please join Frankie Picasso and her co-host Wendy Allyn as we stroll along the west coast and do a little California Dreaming with two singer-songwriters who call this state home, Michael Douglas Bray of Quartz Hill and David Beaudry of Santa Cruz. MICHAEL DOUGLAS BRAY- Mike grew up with solid roots and a steady diet of music when at the age of eight watching his dad and his brother Don sitting on their back porch and playing songs on his uncle’s guitar. Mike jumped at the chance to study the craft of writing, some of which included private script-writing lessons with is cousin Beth Sullivan. His first album, “Lonely at the Stop” is available now and his second album will be out soon “Cut Me Down to Size”. He will soon be recording his third album “Maintaining the Illusion”. David Beaudry- David Beaudry was born in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles. Having been raised by his mother whose descendants trace back to George Fox, the founding member of the 17th century Quakers, David learned the ways of the ways of a “Peaceful Warrior”. But at some point, he turned from those ideas and began mixing with the wrong crowd and went on to help form one of the most notorious gangs in Northeast L.A. It was this activity, along with a growing heroin addiction, that landed David in the California Youth Authority (youth prison) at the age of 13. It was here where he wrote his first song. David has long turned from the destructive behavior and through his music and a strong, intuitive sense of his own blend of spirituality; he now uses his music and life experiences to help others. David has written songs for B.M.G. and a few other publishers. In 2008, one of his songs "Kingdom Come" was used on HD net T.V. and later that year, his song "Outlaw Trail Concert" was used in a PBS broadcast about Jesse James and was performed by the band Confederate Railroad. His album “Alien Man” highlights some of the very best in original, melodic and story-driven songs.
The Unstoppable Frankie Picasso welcomes FATHEAD's band leader Al Lerman to the stage on the next Frankie and Johnny Music Hour this Monday, March 8th at 8:00 pm est. It's been a long but steady climb since FATHEAD's debut gig in 1992, and the band has been tearing it up on the North American festival circuit ever since - winning over new fans every time they play - making FATHEAD one of the country's top roots acts. Signed to the world renowned ELECTRO-FI RECORDS' imprint, the band has won two JUNO AWARDS (Canada's "GRAMMY") for "Blues Recording Of The Year". Their latest release is called "WHERE'S THE BLUES TAKING ME", (available February 2010). That they have been described as a Blues Tour De Force comes as no surprise. Georgia-raised lead singer JOHN MAYS has had a storied career that began in the Southern gospel tradition, crossing over into Doo-Wop, R&B and Blues, not to mention a stint with the Godfather Of Soul JAMES BROWN. Hooking up with band leader AL LERMAN (harp and saxophone) in Toronto some years later, FATHEAD's core has remained constant since forming; offering ace musicianship, soul stirring harmonies and incendiary live performances. The writing tandem of Lerman and bassist OMAR TUNNOCH has produced a large body of work that has enjoyed time on the US, European and Canadian music charts. Guitar ace TEDDY LEONARD and iconic drummer BUCKY BERGER round out FATHEAD's sound, infusing elements of funk, soul, and R&B into their strong blues backbone. FATHEAD is truly an original band with a sound immediately recognizable as their own. They have a ball wherever they play and it shows!
Saskatchewan-born, Toronto-based singer, songwriter, session musician, concert performer and recording artist Suzie Vinnick joins The Unstoppable Frankie Picasso and co host Wendy Allyn tonight, March 1, 2010 on the Frankie and Johnny Music Hour. Suzie who plays plays bass, guitar, saxophone, piano, Dobro, lap steel and mandolin. A self-taught musician, Vinnick is one of the busiest session players and singers in the Canadian blues/roots music and jazz communities, having made appearances on more than a dozen recordings by other artists. Access Magazine called her " The Voice of Spun Gold and Honey" and they aren't far off. Vinnick is a frequent headliner at festivals across the country and in the U.S., and in November shared the Massey Hall stage as musical director and featured artist in the Toronto Blues Society's annual all-star Women's Blues Revue.Suzie was nominated for a 2009 JUNO for her 3rd album, Happy Here, produced by Juno-Award winning singer/songwriter Stephen Fearing. She was nominated for two 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA’s) and has also won 6 Canadian Maple Blues Awards - 4 for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2009, 2008, 2006 and 2003; Bassist of the Year in 2006 and she shared Songwriter of the Year with Rick Fines for their 2006 release, Nothing Halfway. Suzie also won 1st place in the Blues Category of the 2009 Unisong International Songwriting Contest for her cowrite Sometimes I Think I Can Fly. She Suzie has been featured nationally on CBC Radio on Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café, and has performed across Canada and the US, and for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She performs powerfully as a solo act or with her tasteful side players, as a duo and band with Rick Fines, and is also a member of the groups the Marigolds (with Gwen Swick and Caitlin Hanford of Quartette) and Betty & the Bob
Join the Unstoppable Frankie Picasso and Co Host Wendy Allyn as they do the Texas Two Step with Musical Guests, Michael Fracasso and Joel Melton, two Honorary Texans from Ohio and Oklahoma respectively. Together they are writing a Musical, however separately they both enjoy solid solo careers as artists, singer/songwriters. Oklahoma City's Blue Door Blue is given credit for Melton's songwriting career and for the two artists meeting and respecting each others work. Joels is a songwriter, composer, documentary filmmaker, screenplay writer, and performer,and has accrued a list of sucessful accomplishments. It's a little Bit Folk, A little bit Country, and a whole lot Italian, Michael stopped in New York to hone his craft before heading to Texas. One thing is for certain, Michael Fracasso will never be a starving artist. Michael sings and cooks his way through Michaels Italian Kitchen , a show where teaches italian cooking and sings his songs.
When Canadian blues rocker Danny Brooks was 15 years old, his father gave him a choice: give up his budding fascination with the devil’s music, or get out of the house. Brooks ran off with the devil. He soaked up all the inspiration he could by watching touring American blues legends like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker play a theater in his native Toronto, then hit the road to play — and live — his own blues. The lifestyle took its toll on his soul. Burned out by the mid-’80s, Brooks took stock of his life, checked into rehab, and reemerged a changed man. These days, his music is still as rockin’ and soulful as ever, but he now uses his potent voice and songwriting chops in the service of contemporary gospel. His records, including It’s a Southern Thing, Soulsville: Souled Out ’n Sanctified, Rock This House and No Easy Way Out, are testament to the healing power of faith and rock ’n’ roll, as is his recently published book, Miracle for Breakfast
Join the Unstoppable Frankie Picasso and her guest co'host Wendy Allyn for another Frankie and Johnny Music hour. Johnny 'I am at Toastmasters on Mondays' is on hiatus and will be back after he is a Master Orater.Tonight we have an incredible line up of artists to introduce to you so hang on to your hats because we will be travelling from Atlantic Canada to meet Chris Gill, over to the Oklahoma, home of the Cherokee Indians to meet Monica Taylor and then slip through the Texas Pan handle down into Austin, Texas to catch up with The Real Bill Lewis.
Legendary Canadian Blues artist, singer, songwriter and Canada's greatest harp player Mr. Michael Pickett, joins the Unstoppable Frankie and Johnny Collin on the Frankie and Johnny Music Hour this week. Michael who is currently enjoying a solo career has found and created an authentic style of his own while staying true to the roots/bluz. Standing on the shoulders of blues greats Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee , Michael's gravel and chain voice, his raw lyrics and delta guitar rhythms have garnered him awards such as Artist of the Year, Best Harmonica Player with Feel. Entertainer of the year and many more. Tonight Michael joins us with his muse and love of his life, his wife Louise Pickett who has acted as his Manager, publicist and photographer for a hundred years. Join us, call in or meet us in the chat room.. frankie
Join the Unstoppable Frankie Picasso and Johnny "i look like brad pitt" Collin on Monday, December 14th for our incredible SEASON Finale on the Frankie & Johnny Music Show. Our guest this evening is the uber talented sweet sounds of finger style guitarist extraordinaire,Roger Schmidt. Roger is not only an amazing player but an incredible songwriter as well. Self taught, Roger first picked up a guitar at the age of 10 and with raw determination and a Mel Bay primer, Roger worked his way up to being the Opening Act at the International Guitar Night. This was a prestigious honour as THE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT (IGN)is the world's premier touring guitar festival. Each show brings together the most interesting and innovative acoustic guitarists, solos, duets and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar. Roger is also the North Amerian Distributor of Stonebridge Guitars, an incredible sounding guitar that has playability and a social conscience. Rogers is also the other half of the String Gents, a duo he plays with Shane Guse, a local Kitchener fiddle/mandolin player. Shane is an amazing player who tours with George Canyon, Jason Blaine and many other prominent country artists. Tonight is also a very special night as our new member joins us. The Rock N Roll Guru,Joe Heuer will be in the house as well as a very special guest, Chris Gill, who will be introducing his new Christmas Song, proceeds of sales go to help the Childrens Hospital in Nova Scotia. We look forward to having you join us too..
A BIG SURPRISE on the Frankie and Johnny Music Hour this week. We have a new regular joining us for a few minutes of fun every week. Tune in to find out who our mystery guest is! This week Canada's Down home favorite Dave Gunning joins the stage on the Frankie and Johnny Music Show this week. Dave who is from Pictou County, Nova Scotia is famous for his many talents but the one I find most intriguing is that Dave has proven he can find a song just about anywhere--in childhood memories, local legends and the everyday lives of those around him--and turn it into something profound, honest and deeply moving. Dave has a beautiful smoothe voice, like velvet and a humbleness that is as refreshing as it is endearing. Since his debut in 1997 with Lost Tracks, Dave’s ability to tell a story in song has resulted in six Music Nova Scotia Awards and three East Coast Music Awards (2008 Folk Recording, Male Artist of the Year for House For Sale, 2005 Folk Recording, Two-Bit World), rousing welcomes from crowds at festivals and venues on both sides of the Atlantic and the admiration of Canada's finest composers, a number of whom have become collaborators on We're All Leaving. His recent collaboration, House for Sale's Hard Workin’ Hands with master Newfoundland’s song craftsman Ron Hynes, was named First Place Winner in the folk category in the 2008 Indie International Songwriting Contest and was honored as a Finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition and the John Lennon Song Contest. His song, Cowboy’s Dream co-written with Canadian country star George Canyon was also honored as a Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. Come on out for a Down Home Christmas with Dave Gunning.. we will be playing his famous,popular original holiday favorite Daddy’s Beer, which has become a holiday hit with fans and country radio programmers.
He was the lead singer/songwriter for The Arrows , a top Canadian band in the 80's who was responsible for writing such great hits as "Heart of the City" "Talk Talk" and "Meet Me in the Middle and TONIGHT, Dean McTaggart joins the Unstoppable Frankie Picasso and Johnny Collin on the Frankie & Johnny Music Hour. When the Arrows dissolved in 86, Dean stayed on with A&M records as a Staff songwriting who went on to pen mega hits for Amanda Marshall, one being Dark Horse and the other Birmingham. He has also written songs for Anne Murray, Australian super star Tina Arena, Terri Clark, Kelly Coffee, John Berry,The Guess Who, John McDermitt,Wynonna Judd , the Rankin Family and many others. Dean has twice been nominated for a Juno for songwriter of the year and has received many SOCAN and ASCAP awards.Over the years Dean has been kept busy producing,recording,writing and playing live either with a band or in solo songwriter situations. His new cd "Shed my Sin" is a soulful rootsy collection featuring some of the best players in Canada How does he do it? Find out next, on Frankie and Johnny Music Hour.
Truth on Earth with special guest star Greg Halpern of Dim Side of Mars, joins the Unstoppable Frankie Picasso and Johnny 'Footloose' Collin for another great show. Truth on Earth is our guest tonight and I would say that they are the evolution of folk singers. The band consists of Serena, Kiley and Tess and using the beliefs of Gandhi, (who proved the best path to peace was through truth and non-violent protest), T.O.E. is a progressive social action rock group writing and performing songs about world problems that need attention and sustainable solutions. Their songs are about the problems and solutions for some of the worlds biggest challenges - starvation, child abuse, effects of war, environment, homelessness, cyberbullying, substance abuse, factory farming and depression. They donate 70% of their profits to the causes that support topics they sing about. Joining them also is special guest Greg Halpern, their manager, father, social activist and the man who was inspired to capture the magic and sound of Pink Floyd and make his sequel to their uber successful Dark Side of the Moon, his being titled, Dim Side of Mars.