October 2013 Interviews

Celebrity Interviews – October 2013


[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Oct. 1st, 2013

Kenn Gray, Interior Designer and all around creative personality. Star of Travel Channel’s ‘Travel Spies’ and currently star of ‘Shades of Kenn Gray’ on The Spiel on Fox 23 Saturday Mornings at 11 sponsored in part by Ethan Allen in Paducah Kentucky.
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[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Oct. 2nd, 2013

Terry Mike Jeffrey long time headliner of WPSD-TV’s Lion’s Club Telethon Of Stars takes a call from Rob Fairless to discuss his career in music and his involvement with the fundraiser to raise money for children with special needs and disabilities.
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[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Oct. 7th, 2013

“I am Michael Tobias, and I have been building instruments since 1974. I started in Washington, D.C., working in The Guitar Shop doing repairs for a time to learn about other luthiers’ instruments and construction methods. Most of my early work was on acoustic instruments. I worked on a great variety of instruments including Martin, Gibson, Fender, Kohno, and Ramierez. I also worked on banjos and mandolins, harp guitars and even a few sitars.

The most important thing I learned is that, no matter what the instrument is, it is first and foremost acoustic. If an instrument sounds weak acoustically, adding pick-ups will just amplify its shortcomings. Throughout my career I have tried to apply this principal to everything I build. By experimenting with different types and combinations of wood, I seek to get the best possible tone from an instrument. And, by using different woods for body and neck, I am able to offer a wide variety of speaking voices and tonal capabilities.

Music has evolved over the years but there are still a few basic and fundamental constants; rules that must be dealt with. The instrument must satisfy the creative and emotional needs of the owner and it must play in tune.

After leaving Tobias Guitars at the end of 1992, and fulfilling my contractual obligations for consulting and non-competition with Tobias, I started building MTD (Michael Tobias Design) instruments at the beginning of 1994.

I have a small shop in the town of Woodstock, New York. Working with my son, Daniel and my friend Charlie Kniceley, we produce about 10 instruments per month. I enjoy building instruments and consider myself quite lucky to be doing something daily that creates a great deal of satisfaction for my customers and myself.

Best regards,
Michael Tobias
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[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Oct. 10th, 2013

Kenn Gray, Interior Designer and all around creative personality. Star of Travel Channel’s ‘Travel Spies’ and currently star of ‘Shades of Kenn Gray’ on The Spiel on Fox 23 Saturday Mornings at 11 sponsored in part by Ethan Allen in Paducah Kentucky.

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[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Oct. 14th, 2013

Born in Los Angeles, California, Kim began her table tennis career at the age of 14. She quickly mastered the game under coaching of Japan’s Norikazu “Cannonball” Fujii, who was a former world table tennis champion. Kim soon became a junior champion and by the age of 17 she was selected to live and train at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers and across Europe. With an aggressive all out attack styled game, Kim consistently ranked in the Top 12 U.S. Women for several years during the eighties and early nineties. She won several gold medals at U.S. Olympic Festivals from 1982-1991 and was considered one of America’s most promising sports stars. Kim holds numerous state and national titles, and even still holds the record of the fastest reflexes ever recorded at any U.S. Olympic Festival by any athlete in any sport, which was featured on ESPN in 1986.
While Kim was training for the 1992 Olympic Trails she suffered a severe shattered right arm in an accident which forced her to end her career. She didn’t touch a paddle for 18 years until 2010 when she was invited to the grand opening of SPiN Hollywood (owned by Susan Sarandon). She tried to play again and to her own amazement was able to play very well. She was quickly offered an event hosting position at SPiN HOllywood and started training at the Gilbert Table Tennis Center to hone her skills again. With her recent success in competition, she secured corporate sponsorship which now supports her tour of competitions, special events, area exhibitions, and fundraisers. In 2012, Kim Gilbert qualified for and finished in the Top 12 Women at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trails! In February of 2014 Kim will be featured in Top Spin Movie along with an elite group of U.S. Olympians!
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[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Oct. 22nd, 2013

Designer, Director, Producer, Writer, Promoter, and Actor John LaFlamboy chats with hosts Rob & Randy about his career in film and Haunted House attractions. John recently directed and starred in the award winning film “Moleman Of Belmont Avenue”.

For all your website design needs contact Joe at Compass Web Studio
www.compasswebstudio.com
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[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Oct. 28th, 2013

Brian Cummings is known for his work in radio and television commercials, television and motion picture promos, cartoons and as the announcer on The All-New Let’s Make a Deal from 1984 to 1985. Having begun the pursuit of his chosen career at a local radio station (KSDN) in Aberdeen, South Dakota, during his senior year in high school, Brian set his sights high and has continued to “talk” a lot.

Brian was the closing announcer for ALF in syndication and has also been one of the long-time voices of Buena Vista Home Entertainment (now Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s) trailers and promotions.

This vocal talent has performed on multiple animated series from the 1980s till present. Among his most famous roles are those of Mr. Hollywood, whose catchphrase is “Ain’t that cute…BUT IT’S WRONG!!” on 2 Stupid Dogs, Doctor Mindbender on G.I. Joe, the dumb Clyde Cat on Tom and Jerry Kids, Doofus Drake on Duck Tales and he can also be heard as the voice of Sokolov in the Metal Gear Solid videogames.
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[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Oct. 29th, 2013

Drenched in sun-kissed natural beauty both inside and out, Deana Carter didn’t take a seemingly easy route to stardom, but instead chose to defy the conventional expectations of the typical Nashville artist blueprint and make her own mark. And she did, undeniably taking the industry and fans by storm with her wildly successful multi-platinum international debut Did I Shave My Legs For This? more than a decade ago. Anchored by the dreamy super hit “Strawberry Wine”, Carter showcased her own blend of country and retro-rock sprinkled with the folksy singer/songwriter qualities that have garnered Deana Carter well-deserved respect and wild acclaim.

Today, as she readies her latest bundle of uniquely crafted tunes for upcoming release on Southern Way of Life , Carter explores many subjects commonly shared over a quaint dinner, afternoon coffee or a sunny day hike with a good friend.

The songs weave through the sometimes rocky terrain of adulthood, including loss of love, relationships on many different levels, trials, tribulations and simply put — life. Instinctively autobiographical, the subject matter mimics the interesting ride of Carter’s own life — so far.

The daughter of famed studio guitarist and producer Fred Carter, Jr., Deana grew up exposed to the wide variety of musicians her father worked with, including Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, and Simon & Garfunkel. Their strong influence would eventually seep into Deana’s own country-pop style, which reflects qualities that can also be heard in similar artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter and Sheryl Crow.

Developing her songwriting skills by trial and error at writer’s nights throughout Nashville, Carter eventually signed a writing deal with Polygram and soon after a record deal with Capitol Records. One of her demo tapes happened to fall into the hands of none other than Willie Nelson, who remembered Deana as a child. Impressed with how she’d grown as a songwriter, Nelson asked Deana to perform along with John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson and Neil Young as the only female solo artist to appear at Farm Aid VII in 1994.

Her debut album, Did I Shave My Legs For This? boasts six songs co-written and co-produced by Carter and was released to strong reviews in late summer 1996. By the end of the year, the record had climbed to the top of both the country and pop charts, quickly achieving multi-platinum status. A “first” for the genre, Deana’s celebrated debut held this distinction for more than 5 years. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright followed in late 1998 and in 2001 Carter realized her dream of performing with her dad on a holiday album aptly titled Father Christmas. Making a strong move towards adult pop Carter released I’m Just a Girl on Arista Records in 2003, the same year Capitol Records released a Greatest Hits compilation. Follow-ups The Story of My Life in 2005 and The Chain in 2007 were both released on Vanguard Records. In an effort to pay homage to her musical roots and preserve her legendary father’s label Nugget Records, that famously presented some of the best in country music some 40 years ago, Carter recently opened her own label, Little Nugget Records, on which her latest album Southern Way of Life will be released.

Carter now divides her time between Los Angeles and Nashville, writing and producing for both the pop/rock and country markets when not on the road touring. Her superstar success continues to be evident as last year’s chart topper “You & Tequila”, co-written with Matraca Berg and recorded by Kenny Chesney, was nominated as CMA’s “Song of the Year”, as well as two Grammy nods, notable the coveted “Song of the Year” , and, also, received a nomination as ACM’s “Song of the Year”. Carter also recently co-wrote and produced a new album for recording artist Audra Mae while putting the finishing touches on her own Southern Way of Life.

Singer, songwriter, producer — Deana Carter continues to defy conventional expectations, making waves as she makes great music.
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[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Oct. 30th, 2013

Jomo Thompson is the head cheerleading coach of The University Of Kentucky. UK sports 19 National Championships in it’s history as far as the date of this interview and Coach Thompson has been involved in 7 of those as head coach. (So far……)
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[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Oct. 31st, 2013

It’s easy to be familiar with Phil Kenzie’s superb sax work. Just recall the soaring solos on Al Stewart’s “Year of the Cat” or “Time Passages” still enjoying favored airplay almost twenty years after its initial release, or the punchy brass intro to “Jet” by Paul McCartney, or the inspired solo on “The Long Run” from “The Eagles Live” album. In fact, this gifted sax player/arranger has lent his masterful touch to hits by everyone from Rod Stewart to Jackson Browne…Stevie Nicks and Roseanne Cash to David Bowie, and in the process amassed some nineteen gold and platinum albums!
Now based in the United States, Phil is originally from the Liverpool area and in his first band, The Pressmen, he played many of the clubs made legendary by The Beatles, even occasionally sharing billing with the “Fab Four”, including The Cavern and Hamburg’s famous Star Club. So it was totally appropriate that he should later play on the most classic swan song of the century, “Let It Be”. This connection continued as later Phil worked on recordings for Apple Records, most notably John and Yoko’s Plastic Ono Band at Lennon’s home in Ascot and all the horn section work and solos on George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass”. Through these sessions, Phil also worked with such notable stars as Eric Clapton, Steven Stills, Peter Frampton, Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, Doris Troy, and Billy Preston.
As a sought after session man, Phil was doing gigs around London with Manfred Mann’s “Chapter Three”, arranging and performing shows for Jack Good’s psychedelic update of Othello entitled “Catch My Soul”, finding time to appear on Paul McCartney’s “Band On The Run” album and to be heavily involved in the hit cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, playing and recording both the show and the movie; supplying the screaming rock sax for Meatloaf’s portrayal of “Eddie”. During this time Phil also worked with Alan Parsons, David Essex, Joan Armatrading, Ian Gilliam, Alex Harvey, Leo Sayer, Black Sabbath, Steve Harley, Marc Bolan, Wishbone Ash, Annie Lennox, David Bowie, The Coasters, The Temptations, Arthur Connolly, Mick Ronson, Ian Hunter and Roger Daltry, appearing on his “Ride a Rock Horse” album and on both David Bowie’s “Diamond Dogs” album and his widely inventive television special “The 1980 Floor Show”.
At this point Phil was asked by Alan Parsons to record what would become a legendary hit..”Year of The Cat” by Al Stewart. In the subsequent tour of America and another hit for Al, “Time Passages”, he caught the attention of Rod Stewart and was asked to join his band, recording with Rod what would turn out to be his biggest album to date, “Blondes Have More Fun”. Phil would ultimately appear on five albums for Rod including “Footloose and Fancy Free”, “Foolish Behavior”, “Rod Stewart Live” and “Greatest Hits”.
At this point Phil was asked by Alan Parsons to record what would become a legendary hit..”Year of The Cat” by Al Stewart. In the subsequent tour of America and another hit for Al, “Time Passages”, he caught the attention of Rod Stewart and was asked to join his band, recording with Rod what would turn out to be his biggest album to date, “Blondes Have More Fun”. Phil would ultimately appear on five albums for Rod including “Footloose and Fancy Free”, “Foolish Behavior”, “Rod Stewart Live” and “Greatest Hits”.
After deciding to live in America, Phil worked with The Eagles, Rod Stewart, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Rodney Crowell, Roseanne Cash, Vince Gill, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, Karla Bonoff, Boy George, Carly Simon, Randy Meisner, Steven Stills, Poco, The Pointer Sisters, Kenny Loggins, Tom Petty, Ronnie Spector and Debbie Gibson.Having become a highly valued musician by some of the biggest stars on either side of the Atlantic Ocean, some players might be content to sit back. Not Phil Kenzie. While maintaining a busy schedule of film, TV and recording dates, he has expanded his activities into songwriting and the production of his first album, “Unsafe Sax”. Given his past record, you know this one is well worth the wait.
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