January 13, 2022
Taryn and Juno of Sorry Mom, a New England-based femme queer punk band, join me to talk about the different scenes that they've connected, both in the Boston areas and others. This was best seen at a show they did at Bowery Electric, one of the last ones for 2021.
Taryn, Juno, and I look at their plans for 2022, which will include more shows and plans for new music releases. We also talk about other cities they've played in and others where they'd love to do shows.
Following this, check out “Awesome Party, Dude!” and “Hit The Back.”
January 6, 2022
Happy New Year and welcome to our first episode of 2022! We've got some high hopes for this year, so let's get it started off right with Leah Hinton to talk about her new single “Away.” This song takes Leah in some new musical directions with an upbeat, hopeful message. We dive into this and the contribution of Jodron Peace, who she's worked with in the past. Speaking of that, we look at the other artists she's worked with and what makes a truly great partnership among musicians.
Leah calls New York City home, but that wasn't always the case. She's born and raised in North Carolina and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. We talk about what each location offered her and some of her favorite places to check out shows.
Following this interview, enjoy the new single, “Away.” I really dug the vibe of the song and the message Leah shares.
December 29, 2021
Toronto-based singer-songwriter Dany Horovitz joins me to discuss his recently-released singles, “Seasons Change” and “Moving On.” Both deal with the concept of moving forward from tough times, and Dany and I talk about the real-life experiences that influenced them. Dany launched his music career just a year ago and we look at what inspired him to take the tunes he'd been working on for years and share them with the world.
After this, kick back and enjoy these two singles. Both have a different sound, and have a strong message to share.
LA artist XOHA is up next, and we dive deep into her debut single, “Outsider.” The track is honest and heartfelt, describing the often undiscussed inequalities in America. XOHA and I talk about what she's seen of these inequalities and how she crafted the lyrics. We also look at her unique musical style and the different influences throughout her life.
To close things out, enjoy XOHA's new single, “Outsider,” a standout song both for its music and the story.
December 28, 2021
In the second episode of my interviews with some of the many authors who attended the ninth annual Rhode Island Author Expo, I'm talking with Michelle Fishpaw for her debut novel, “Claire's Voice,” which chronicles her family's quest after their daughter is shaken by a babysitter. We talk about how she shared such a personal story and the process of writing her first book.
Next up, I welcome back Keith Carreiro for his nine-part fantasy series, divided into three three-part sections. He's currently in the process of writing the second part and walks us through the story so far and what people can expect.
Herb Weiss was on the show a few years ago for his book, “Taking Charge,” a collection of columns he's written on issues facing senior citizens. For this interview, he's back with a second collection, and we talk about the issues facing seniors today.
J.J. Partridge is a new face for the show, and he's got a lengthy series of mystery books featuring his character Algy Temple. J.J. and I talk about Algy and how they came to be, as well as the different stories he's written.
December 22, 2021
A couple weeks ago, one of my favorite events, the Rhode Island Author Expo, saw its big return to an in-person format. Over 100 authors attended, and there were panels for book marketing, hybrid publishing, world-building and much more. I was there to emcee the show, as well as interview some of the great writers.
Opening this episode is Tim Jones, creator of the Sour Grapes comic. We go into the origins of the comic, its many characters, and how Tim's gotten it into so many newspapers over the years.
After that, Angelina Singer and I catch up after two years, and she has quite a bit to share. She's released her Rewind Duology and worked with Chelsea Kwoka to create the audiobook version.
To close out this episode, MC Madjoucoff and I talk about her book, “Fried Catfish,” a comedy/drama all about the world of catfishing.
December 21, 2021
This episode takes a deep dive into “Residency: Playing Doctor” by John Lawrence. It's the second in a comedic three-part series focused on his more than 20 years in medicine. The newest book (available Dec. 27) takes us through his medical training and time as a junior doctor.
What's interesting is that medicine was the last thing that John wanted to do with his life, and we look at how he wound up in medical school, as well as what the experience was like for him. John and I talk about what inspired him to write this series and how he decided what to include.
John's also worked in the film world, and we see how working on screenplays tied into his books, particularly his confidence in his writing abilities.
December 14, 2021
For this episode, I sit down with rapper/producer Deshawn White to talk about his recently-released single, “Control,” a tribute to the upcoming “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” The song took Deshawn in some new directions, including getting into character, a first for him. We also nerd out a bit on the film franchise and talk about the different actors who've played the wall-crawler over the years.
But there's much more! Deshawn's career began when he was just 12 years old. We look at this early work, and what happened that led to him releasing “Hold On” in 2011, his first Christian single, followed by “Before The Ceiling Falls” in 2015. Deshawn and I talk about the role religion has played in his life and why he felt so strongly about dedicating an album to it.
In 2022, Deshawn will relase “BOATS” or “Based On A True Story.” It's a summation of his life—both the good and the bad, and he holds nothing back as we talk about the different tales that he'll share. We also look at what's next, and the answer is pretty interesting.
Following this, enjoy Deshawn's new single “Control.” It's a really powerful song and compelled me to check out the rest of his work.
December 8, 2021
Just in time for the holidays, author Mark Sheldon joins me to talk about the final chapter of his Sarah Killian series, “Sarah Killian: The Marching Tides,” available on Dec. 10 through Crystal Lake Publishing. Here's a little excerpt from the plot, written in Sarah's rather unique way.
For my final mission, I (begrudgingly) team up with my good for nothing, S.O.B. assassin ex, Jason. Why would I do such a crazy thing? Well, aside from the obvious answer that I am crazy, we are fleeing from the mysterious organization known only as the Marching Tides—a collective hell-bent on bringing down the Trusted Hierarchy of Everyday Murderers (T.H.E.M.) and exposing their shady dealings to the world at large.
Pretty cool, huh? And in this episode, Mark and I dive into the plot of the final novel, as well as some of the twists and turns of the series. We look at Sarah's character, how she came to be, and what led Mark to write this interesting take on the world of serial killers and assassins.
December 5, 2021
In this second collection of interviews previewing the annual Rhode Author Island Expo, I'm talking with Apryl Scott about here recently-released book of poetry, “The Book of Jade.” The book was written following a powerful spiritual moment in the author's life and we talk about what that was and the change it led to. We also get a few readings from the book, and also talk about Wrestless Communications, which she founded.
Following that, it's writer Elizabeth Devlin for her book, “Home Waters.” It's a blend of drama and science thriller when Becket Fallon learns of a toxic algae that could threaten the entire East Coast. Elizabeth talks all about the research she did for this novel and the amazing folks she worked with to develop the very realistic scientific threat.
December 2, 2021
ShellzDaGod's a familiar face from the show and in this episode he joins me once again to talk about things resuming some form of normal. For Shellz, that includes being back on stage in front of a crowd, and he gives a heads-up on what he has in store in 2022.
And in bigger news, Shellz recently became monetized on Instagram! He said the news came out of nowhere and we look at the posts he's made, including some that preview his new music.
After this, I've two of Shellz's songs for you. Up first it's “Into Something,” followed by “Daddy Is A Joke.”