Music On Your Own Terms Episode 35 – Chris Birkett & Shari Tallon/The Free Spirits

Joining me this episode is award winning producer, guitarist and fellow Brit, Chris Birkett whose album credits have collectively sold over 100 million copies, including Sinead O’Conner’s “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” featuring the massive Prince cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U”. Chris is joined by Shari Tallon, a pianist, flutist, composer, and music educator, who together with Chris form The Free Spirits.

We have a fantastic conversation that covers both Chris and Shari’s individual histories, how they met and formed the band and the creation and meaning of their new album 11:11. We also discuss Chris’s thoughts on what it means to be a musician and the state of the corporate music industry today, as well as Shari’s incredible work with disadvantaged and disabled children that brings the joy of music into their lives, to help tackle some of their day to day challenges.

Most importantly though, we hear about the theremin incident during the recording of John Otway’s latest album on the island of Montserrat, and discover the composition of the mysterious “Green Yum”

The Free Spirits on Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/thefreespirits11.11

The Free Spirits on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/11.11thefreespirits/

The Free Spirits on the web – thefreespirits.ca

Music in this episode by The Free Spirits

This episode is sponsored by The Skinny Armadillo Print Company. Specializing in screen printing, embroidery, design, on demand digital printing, web stores, fulfillment and more.

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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 34 – Joe Leach/Riff City Guitar

Right before the holiday I talked to Joe Leach, owner of Riff City Guitar, a Minnesota based guitar store that was the first US retailer to bring the Chapman Guitars brand to America, and unfortunately has recently closed its doors. We discuss Joe’s background in both sales and music; his journey in entrepreneurship and the different businesses he’s been a part of and look at the the retail industry at large. We talk about how important it is to figure out your “why” and I’m extremely grateful to Joe for sharing with us his experience with depression, anxiety and addiction, and his insight into how he’s managed to overcome some things and live with others. Music is courtesy of the band Unturned, featuring Joe’s son Will on guitar!

Joe Leach on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/joe.leach.98

Riff City Guitar on the web – https://www.riffcityguitaroutlet.com

Overstock Bait on the web – https://www.overstockbait.com

Music in this episode by Unturned

This episode is sponsored by The Skinny Armadillo Print Company. Specializing in screen printing, embroidery, design, on demand digital printing, web stores, fulfillment and more.

Visit https://theskinnyarmadillo.com/ or call 817 546 1430

Music On Your Own Terms Episode 32 – Bryan Beller

I recently had the pleasure of talking with bassist Bryan Beller, who talks about his time working for SWR amps, where he learnt some valuable lessons in business management, and why he left after the company was sold to Fender. We also talk about various strategies of how to build a fulfilling career in music, how he overcame having his custom basses stolen, and we talk in depth about the creation process of his stellar new album “Scenes From The Flood”.

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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 29 – Cruel Miracle Part Deux

It’s been a year and a half since I interviewed the guys in Cruel Miracle (episode 4), so I decided to catch up with them and find out what they have been up to, and what their plans are going forward.

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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 26 – Mike Abdow – Fates Warning/Ray Alder

This episode I have pleasure of talking with Mike Abdow, touring guitarist for the almighty Fates Warning, songwriter/producer for Ray Alder solo, guitarist for Aquanett, and of course, Mike’s own amazing solo material! We talk about what led to his love of music, how he got the Fates Warning gig, killer memorization strategies, touring tips, philosophy, and writing with Ray Alder. I also couldn’t resist the urge to nerd out a little on Mike’s guitar and amp set up, and find out what Mike did before making a living as a musician.

Mike with the Rick Hanes guitar
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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 25 – White Collar Sideshow

Joining me for a chat from a Walmart parking lot is TD Benton (with wife Veronica cooking in the background!) of the husband and wife “shock n’ roll” duo that is White Collar Sideshow! TD tells us about the history of the band, living on the road, dealing with mental health and a lot lot more. 

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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 22 – Mark Summerlin/Honeyjack

In this episode I talk to Mark Summerlin from the amazing Arkansas based country/rock band Honeyjack. He shares his experiences growing up in a musical family, his time as Seal’s musical director and touring with some of the Disney singers, along with balancing a music career with a successful real estate career and building both local communities simultaneously.

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