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Judy Collins talks about new album and tour

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Judy Collins talks about new album and tour

Judy Collins and Stephen Stills are celebrating 50 years of friendship with a new CD and a tour that hits Symphony Hall on August 9, 2017. Kaedy and The AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri talked to Judy about her relationship with Stephen, their musical collaborations, and lots more!

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Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson talks about the band’s sold out 40th Anniversary show

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Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson talks about the band’s sold out 40th Anniversary show

Kaedy and the AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri spoke with Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson about the band’s sold out 40th Anniversary show at Chastain Saturday, July 27, 2017 with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s “Led Zeppelin Experience.” Jeff also talks about his late friend and bandmate, Ronnie James Dio, and about producing new music for Foreigner.

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John Lodge talks about future plans for the Moody Blues and his own brand of wine

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John Lodge talks about future plans for the Moody Blues and his own brand of wine

The Moody Blues are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of “Days of Future Passed” by playing it in its entirety Sunday night at Chastain Park

Kaedy and The AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri talked with John Lodge about the tour, future plans for the Moodys and John solo, and John’s own brand of wine!

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Michelle Berting Brett Talks About Her Carpenters Tribute Concert at Chastain

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Michelle Berting Brett Talks About Her Carpenters Tribute Concert at Chastain

Kaedy and the AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri spoke with singer Michelle Berting Brett of “We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered,” performing a tribute concert at Chastain Saturday July 15.

The commemorative show not only recreates the sounds of the Carpenters, but also paints an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the most successful recording acts of all time by sharing stories from those who were close to the brother and sister duo.

Derek Trucks From The Tedeschi Trucks Band Interview

The Tedeschi Trucks Band performs at The Fox Theatre Saturday, July 15. Kaedy Kiely is pictured with Derek Trucks in the late 1980’s when Derek played on the concert stage with The Allman Brothers Band for the first time.

Kaedy and the AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri spoke to Derek recently about his return to The Fox Theatre stage with wife Susan for the first time since the celebration of Col. Bruce Hampton’s 70th birthday there earlier this year where Bruce passed away.

Peter Frampton talks about his friendship with Gregg Allman and more

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Peter Frampton talks about his friendship with Gregg Allman and more

Kaedy and the AJC’s music reporter Melissa Ruggieri recently spoke to Peter Frampton about his summer tour which hits Verizon Amphitheater July 16th for The River’s Rockin’ Birthday Bash with The Steve Miller Band! Hear him talk about his work on the rock ‘n roll movie classic, Almost Famous, and his friendship with Gregg Allman (who hadn’t passed yet at the time of this interview.)

Listen to the full interview.

John Oates on his new memoir and tour 

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John Oates on his new memoir and tour 

Kaedy talked to John Oates about his new memoir, Change of Seasons, and his tour with Daryl Hall, and Tears for Fears that comes to the Infinite Energy Center on Sunday, June 11.

You can meet John Oates at his book signing this Saturday at Taco Cowboy on June 10th!

Listen to the full interview.

Ann Wilson talks about her summer solo tour and Atlanta show

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Ann Wilson talks about her summer solo tour and Atlanta show

Kaedy and the AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri interviewed Ann Wilson of Heart about her upcoming solo show at The Buckhead Theatre on Tuesday, June 6th.

Dennis DeYoung will be at the ‘Concert in the Quarry’ in Suwanee

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Dennis DeYoung will be at the ‘Concert in the Quarry’ in Suwanee

Kaedy spoke with Dennis DeYoung who is performing Saturday night for a benefit called “Concert in the Quarry” in Suwanee. 

There will also be performances by South Forsyth and Lambert High Schools' bands, and all proceeds benefit the schools. 

Enjoy a fireworks display and food from 13 of Atlanta's premier food trucks. 

Visit www.concertinthequarry.com for more information.

Listen to the full interview below.

Dan Baird formerly of the GA Satellites talks about RatAid 2017

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Dan Baird formerly of the GA Satellites talks about RatAid 2017

RatAid 2017 is an 18 and older show at Smith’s Olde Bar Saturday, May 20, 7:30pm, starring Dan Baird (former lead singer of The Georgia Satellites.) 

All the proceeds from the evening benefit MusiCares

Kaedy spoke with her old friend Dan about the show.

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Interview with legendary Carl Palmer

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Interview with legendary Carl Palmer

Kaedy spoke with legendary drummer and founding member of Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Asia, about his upcoming May 9th show at The City Winery

Hear about Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy band with their musical celebration of ELP called Emerson Lake and Palmer Lives On!

Listen to the full interview.

Get tickets at City Winery.

Palmer also recently launched his official ELP website: 

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Michelle Malone talks about reuniting with her band

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Michelle Malone talks about reuniting with her band

Atlanta gem Michelle Malone is reuniting with her band from nearly 30 years ago, Michelle Malone and Drag the River, for a big show at The Vista Room this Saturday night, 4/15/17 .

Hear her catch up with Kaedy Kiely before they go on facebook live to finish the interview!

Tickets available at freshtix.com

Monti Carlo talks about her ‘Help My Yelp’ Food Network show

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Monti Carlo talks about her ‘Help My Yelp’ Food Network show

Kaedy and Monti Carlo are friends and were co-workers in Atlanta radio years ago. Monti has been making a name for herself on TV on some big food shows, and will now star in her own that debuts on The Food Network Monday night (4/10/17) at 10 p.m. The first Help My Yelp episode with Monti features Barbecue Street in Kennesaw!!

Hear Kaedy catch up with her old buddy below.

‘Help My Yelp’ airs Tuesdays at 4|3 c on The Food network.

The show is also available on Food Network’s YoutTube channel.

Kaedy Kiely’s Interview with Paul O’Neill

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Kaedy Kiely’s Interview with Paul O’Neill

Kaedy interviewed Paul O’ Neill from TSO a few years ago. Listen to the full interview below.

 

Michelle Malone and Drag The River Reunion Show

Michelle Malone’s and Drag The River are doing a reunion show. Tune in for more!

The Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Michelle Malone will have her reunion show Saturday, April 15 at the new Atlanta venue The Vista Room, attached to Napoleon’s Grill on LaVista Road in Decatur.

Tickets available at freshtix.com

Furkids 15th Annual Birthday Bash 

Join Kaedy Kiely at Furkids 15th Annual Birthday Bash this Saturday, 6:30p at Fernbank, with New York Times best-selling author, and host of Animal Planet's My Cat from Hell, animal behaviorist Jackson Galaxy! Hear Kaedy’s interview with Furkids founder Samantha Shelton here, and purchase tickets for the event here 

Listen to the full interview below.

Interview with Cindy Wilson of B52s

Cindy Wilson of the B52s will be performing with her new project this Friday night, March 10, 2017, at Venkman’s before heading to SxSW in Texas next week. Kaedy spoke with Cindy about her new music and her history with the B52s. 

Tickets for her Atlanta show are available at www.venkmans.com.

Listen to the full interview below.

Interview with Ed Clark from Atlanta Motor Speedway 

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Interview with Ed Clark from Atlanta Motor Speedway 

The big race weekend returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway March 3-5 culminating with NASCAR’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday, March 5th.

Kaedy spoke with AMS President and General Manager, Ed Clark, about all the excitement planned for race weekend.

Details are at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

Listen to the interview below.

Kenny Loggins talks with Kaedy about his new 'Footloose' children's book

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Kenny Loggins talks with Kaedy about his new 'Footloose' children's book

Kenny Loggins will be autographing his new children’s book Footloose, with new, family-friendly lyrics, and a CD of him performing the new version of the song tucked into the back of the beautifully illustrated book. He’ll be in Atlanta at the 25th Book Festival of the MJCCA November 5th at 8:15pm.

Click here to purchase tickets.

He spoke with Kaedy about his new book, his family, being a first time grandfather, and much more!

Listen to the full interview below.

Kaedy's Conversations: Gregg Allman

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Kaedy's Conversations: Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman’s Laid Back Fest is at Lakewood Amphitheater this Saturday, October 29th.

The music is on 2 stages starting at 4pm, including Mother’s Finest, Blackberry Smoke, Michelle Malone, ZZ Top, and Gregg Allman. The festival also features a great selection of food trucks and local craft brews.

Kaedy and her buddy Melissa Ruggieri, Music Scene writer for The AJC, interviewed Gregg about his health, new music, the festival, and more!

Listen to the full interview below.

Kaedy's Conversations: Ed Roland talks about Rock Chastain 2016

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Kaedy's Conversations: Ed Roland talks about Rock Chastain 2016

Kaedy Kiely and Melissa Ruggieri from ajc.com talked with Ed Roland of Collective Soul about “Rock Chastain 2016” Saturday night at Chastain Park Amphitheater. Ed’s Sweet Tea Project is playing the benefit for The Chastain Park Conservancy with Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, Whiskey Gentry, and Brian Collins.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com.

Listen to the full interview below.

Kaedy's Conversations: Rick Wakeman Interview

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Kaedy's Conversations: Rick Wakeman Interview

Infamous keyboard player, Rick Wakeman, spoke with Kaedy Kiely about his upcoming show with former Yes bandmates Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin – ARW, The Music of Yes and More at the Fox Theatre October 10th 2016.

Hear Rick talk about new music, his late bandmate Chris Squire, and his friendship with David Bowie.

Listen to the full interview below or click here.

Kaedy's conversations: Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ Interview

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Kaedy's conversations: Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ Interview

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ are headlining a benefit concert for The Chastain Park Conservancy on October 15, 2016 at Chastain Park Amphitheater. “Rock Chastain 2016” includes Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project, The Whiskey Gentry, and Brian Collins, and The River’s Kaedy Kiely will be emceeing the evening’s event. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, and a percentage of every ticket is tax deductible.

Kaedy recently talked to Kevn Kinney of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ about his participation in Rock Chastain 2016, and more.

Listen to the full interview below.

Interview with Jack Huston

Kaedy interviewed Jack Huston, the actor who plays Judah Ben Hur in the new version of the movie Ben Hur.  LISTEN HERE.

Interview with Kansas Guitarist Richard Williams

Kaedy recently interviewed Rich Williams, guitarist for Kansas, about their new album coming out in September and their concert at Symphony Hall on October 7, 2016.

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Peter Wolf interview with Kaedy Kiely

Kaedy Kiely talked with Peter Wolf of the legendary J. Geils Band, who will be performing solo at The Egyptian Ballroom at The Fox Theatre on June 3rd.  LISTEN HERE 

Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues

Kaedy Kiely talked with Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this Saturday night at The Fox Theatre. LISTEN HERE.

Al Pitrelli of Transiberian Orchestra

Kaedy talked with Al Pitrelli of Transiberian Orchestra about their show at Infinate Energy Center on Wednesday December 16. Listen HERE.

Ed Clark of Atlanta Motor Speedway

Kaedy interviewed Ed Clark, President and General Manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway, about some great deals just announced for Race Weekend 2/26 – 28 2016. Ed also announced that fans can watch a number of NASCAR teams testing for the big race  at AMS on October 29th from 9-5. The event is FREE to the public! Listen HERE.

Kaedy's Conversations: Sonequa Martin Green

I’m sooooo psyched, The Walking Dead’s season 6 starts this Sunday night at 9 on AMC. I got to talk to one of the show’s stars, Sonequa Martin Green, who plays Sasha, about all things Walking Dead and more! Listen HERE.

Kaedy's Conversations: Kevn Kinney

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Kaedy's Conversations: Kevn Kinney

Kaedy had Kevn Kinney of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ in the studio with her Tuesday to talk about the band’s induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame this Saturday night. The live awards show will be broadcast on GPB starting at 8pm. The 2015 inductees also include Gregg Allman, Monica Pearson, and a posthumous award in honor of comedian Tim Wilson.

 

Off the air, Kaedy talked to Kevn about his favorite band. Listen to this great story about Kevn Kinney and his friend Johnny Ramone! Listen HERE.

 

            Chrisley Knows Best

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Chrisley Knows Best

This reality show filmed in Atlanta is one of Kaedy’s guilty pleasures. Todd and Julie Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best spoke with Kaedy about a Chrisley spin-off, as well as a nighttime talk show with Todd – all while USA has just announced a fourth season for the original show. The third season finale of Chrisley Knows Best wraps up with a two-parter on July 21 at 9p on USA. Listen 6:12

Kansas

Kaedy spoke with Phil Ehart, drummer and original member of Kansas, about their tour with Boston, coming to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Saturday night! Listen [9:03]

 

Fusing the complexity of British prog rock with an American heartland sound representative of their name, Kansas were among the most popular bands of the late '70s; though typically dismissed by critics, many of the group's hits remain staples of AOR radio play lists to this day. Formed in Topeka in 1970, the founding members of the group -- guitarist Kerry Livgren, bassist Dave Hope, and drummer Phil Ehart -- first played together while in high school; with the 1971 addition of classically trained violinist Robbie Steinhardt, they changed their name to White Clover, reverting back to the Kansas moniker for good upon the 1972 arrivals of vocalist/keyboardist Steve Walsh and guitarist Richard Williams. The group spent the early part of the decade touring relentlessly and struggling for recognition; initially, their mix of boogie and prog rock baffled club patrons, but in due time they established a strong enough following to win a record deal with the Kirshner label.

Kansas' self-titled debut LP appeared in 1974; while only mildly successful, the group toured behind it tirelessly, and their fan base grew to the point that their third effort, 1975's Masque, sold a quarter of a million copies. In 1976, Leftoverture truly catapulted Kansas to stardom. On the strength of the smash hit "Carry On Wayward Son," the album reached the Top Five and sold over three million copies. 1977's Point of Know Return was even more successful, spawning the monster hit "Dust in the Wind." While the 1978 live LP Two for the Show struggled to break the Top 40, its studio follow-up, Monolith, the band's first self-produced effort, reached the Top Ten. That same year, Walsh issued a solo record, Schemer-Dreamer.

In the wake of 1980's Audio-VisionsKansas began to splinter; both Hope and Livgren became born-again Christians, the latter issuing the solo venture Seeds of Change, and their newfound spirituality caused divisions within the band's ranks. Walsh soon quit to form a new band, Streets; the remaining members forged on without him, tapping vocalist John Elefante as his replacement. The first Kansas LP without Walsh, 1982's Vinyl Confessions, launched the hit "Play the Game Tonight," but after only one more album, 1983's Drastic Measures, they disbanded. In 1986, however, Kansas re-formed around EhartWilliams, and Walsh; adding the famed guitarist Steve Morse as well as bassist Billy Greer, the refurbished band debuted with the album Power, scoring a Top 20 hit with "All I Wanted." When the follow-up, 1988's In the Spirit of Things, failed to hit, seven years passed before the release of their next effort, Freaks of NatureAlways Never the Same followed in 1998. Seeing the return of founder singer/songwriter Kerry LivgrenSomewhere to Elsewhere was released in 2000. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

 

Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen

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Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen

CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen are on a talk tour together as AC2, Deep Talk and Shallow Tales! Kaedy’s a BIG fan of both, and got a chance to speak to the 2 ACs recently about their show at Cobb Energy Center Saturday, June 20th.

Listen to the full interview below or click here.

Lou Gramm Interview

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Lou Gramm Interview

Kaedy with Lou Gramm, former lead singer of Foreigner, is performing his Foreigner and solo hits with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and his band at Chastain Friday 6/4. Listen to the full interview below or Click here.

   

After rising to prominence as the frontman for the hard rock combo ForeignerLou Gramm mounted a successful solo career during the '80s, cracking the Top 10 in 1987 with the single "Midnight Blue" and repeating the process two years later with "Just Between You and Me." Born in Rochester, NY, on May 2, 1950, Gramm first surfaced as the drummer with the band Black Sheep, assuming lead vocal duties prior to recording the group's self-titled 1975 Capitol debut. Neither the album nor its follow-up, Encouraging Words, earned much mainstream notice, but they did capture the attention of journeyman guitarist Mick Jones, best known for his stint with a latter-day incarnation of Spooky ToothJones soon tappedGramm to front his new group, Foreigner, and together they began writing songs, co-authoring the smash "Cold as Ice" from their best-selling 1977 eponymous debut LP. Gramm's powerfully distinctive vocals were inescapable in the years to follow as Foreigner reeled off an impressive series of pop radio hits, including "Hot Blooded,""Double Vision,""Urgent," and "Waiting for a Girl Like You." The hits culminated in 1984's chart-topping power ballad "I Want to Know What Love Is," which became a number one hit in America, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, and the U.K.

 

While Foreigner took a brief hiatus, Gramm made his solo debut in 1987 with Ready or Not and scored a major hit with "Midnight Blue."Foreigner reconvened and recorded another platinum-selling album, Inside Information, but Gramm maintained his solo success with 1989's Long Hard Look and soon left group to form his own band, Shadow King, which released its self-titled debut on Virgin Records in 1991. Shadow King proved to be short-lived, however, and in 1994 Gramm and Jones revived Foreigner for the release of Mr. Moonlight.

 

As the decade drew to an end, Gramm was sidelined with several health issues. He was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor on the eve of the band's planned Japanese tour in 1997, and the surgery that followed damaged his pituitary gland. After a year of rehabilitation and radiation treatment, the singer made a full recovery and resumed touring in 1999. He split with Foreigner once again in 2003, however, preferring to tour in support of his solo material instead. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

 

Tinsley Ellis on BB King's death

Atlanta Blues treasure Tinsley Ellis talks with Kaedy about his memories with B.B. King, who passed away last night at 89. Listen

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Universally hailed as the reigning king of the blues, the legendary B.B. King is without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half century. His bent notes and staccato picking style have influenced legions of contemporary bluesmen, while his gritty and confident voice -- capable of wringing every nuance from any lyric -- provides a worthy match for his passionate playing. Between 1951 and 1985, King notched an impressive 74 entries on Billboard's R&B charts, and he was one of the few full-fledged blues artists to score a major pop hit when his 1970 smash "The Thrill Is Gone" crossed over to mainstream success (engendering memorable appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand). Since that time, he has partnered with such musicians as Eric Clapton and U2 while managing his own acclaimed solo career, all the while maintaining his immediately recognizable style on the electric guitar.

The seeds of Riley B. King's enduring talent were sown deep in the blues-rich Mississippi Delta, where he was born in 1925 near the town of Itta Bena. He was shuttled between his mother's home and his grandmother's residence as a child, his father having left the family when King was very young. The youth put in long days working as a sharecropper and devoutly sang the Lord's praises at church before moving to Indianola -- another town located in the heart of the Delta -- in 1943.

Country and gospel music left an indelible impression on King's musical mindset as he matured, along with the styles of blues greats (T-Bone Walker and Lonnie Johnson) and jazz geniuses (Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt). In 1946, he set off for Memphis to look up his cousin, a rough-edged country blues guitarist named Bukka White. For ten invaluable months, White taught his eager young relative the finer points of playing blues guitar. After returning briefly to Indianola and the sharecropper's eternal struggle with his wife Martha, King returned to Memphis in late 1948. This time, he stuck around for a while.

King was soon broadcasting his music live via Memphis radio station WDIA, a frequency that had only recently switched to a pioneering all-black format. Local club owners preferred that their attractions also held down radio gigs so they could plug their nightly appearances on the air. When WDIA DJ Maurice "Hot Rod" Hulbert exited his air shift, King took over his record-spinning duties. At first tagged "The Peptikon Boy" (an alcohol-loaded elixir that rivaled Hadacol) when WDIA put him on the air, King's on-air handle became "The Beale Street Blues Boy," later shortened to Blues Boy and then a far snappier B.B.

King had a four-star breakthrough year in 1949. He cut his first four tracks for Jim Bulleit's Bullet Records (including a number entitled "Miss Martha King" after his wife), then signed a contract with the Bihari Brothers' Los Angeles-based RPM RecordsKing cut a plethora of sides in Memphis over the next couple of years for RPM, many of them produced by a relative newcomer named Sam Phillips (whose Sun Records was still a distant dream at that point in time). Phillips was independently producing sides for both the Biharis and Chess; his stable also included Howlin' WolfRosco Gordon, and fellow WDIA personality Rufus Thomas.

The Biharis also recorded some of King's early output themselves, erecting portable recording equipment wherever they could locate a suitable facility. King's first national R&B chart-topper in 1951, "Three O'Clock Blues" (previously waxed by Lowell Fulson), was cut at a Memphis YMCA. King's Memphis running partners included vocalist Bobby Bland, drummer Earl Forest, and ballad-singing pianist Johnny Ace. When King hit the road to promote "Three O'Clock Blues," he handed the group, known as the Beale Streeters, over to Ace.

It was during this era that King first named his beloved guitar "Lucille." Seems that while he was playing a joint in a little Arkansas town called Twist, fisticuffs broke out between two jealous suitors over a lady. The brawlers knocked over a kerosene-filled garbage pail that was heating the place, setting the room ablaze. In the frantic scramble to escape the flames, King left his guitar inside. He foolishly ran back in to retrieve it, dodging the flames and almost losing his life. When the smoke had cleared, King learned that the lady who had inspired such violent passion was named Lucille. Plenty of Lucilles have passed through his hands since; Gibson has even marketed a B.B.-approved guitar model under the name.

The 1950s saw King establish himself as a perennially formidable hitmaking force in the R&B field. Recording mostly in L.A. (the WDIA air shift became impossible to maintain by 1953 due to King's endless touring) for RPM and its successor KentKing scored 20 chart items during that musically tumultuous decade, including such memorable efforts as "You Know I Love You" (1952); "Woke Up This Morning" and "Please Love Me" (1953); "When My Heart Beats like a Hammer," "Whole Lotta' Love," and "You Upset Me Baby" (1954); "Every Day I Have the Blues" (another Fulson remake), the dreamy blues ballad "Sneakin' Around," and "Ten Long Years" (1955); "Bad Luck," "Sweet Little Angel," and a Platters-like "On My Word of Honor" (1956); and "Please Accept My Love" (first cut by Jimmy Wilson) in 1958. King's guitar attack grew more aggressive and pointed as the decade progressed, influencing a legion of up-and-coming axemen across the nation.

In 1960, King's impassioned two-sided revival of Joe Turner's "Sweet Sixteen" became another mammoth seller, and his "Got a Right to Love My Baby" and "Partin' Time" weren't far behind. But Kent couldn't hang onto a star like King forever (and he may have been tired of watching his new LPs consigned directly into the 99-cent bins on the Biharis' cheapo Crown logo). King moved over to ABC-Paramount Records in 1962, following the lead of Lloyd PriceRay Charles, and before long, Fats Domino.

In November of 1964, the guitarist cut his seminal Live at the Regal album at the fabled Chicago theater and excitement virtually leaped out of the grooves. That same year, he enjoyed a minor hit with "How Blue Can You Get," one of his many signature tunes. "Don't Answer the Door" in 1966 and "Paying the Cost to Be the Boss" two years later were Top Ten R&B entries, and the socially charged and funk-tinged "Why I Sing the Blues" just missed achieving the same status in 1969.

Across-the-board stardom finally arrived in 1969 for the deserving guitarist, when he crashed the mainstream consciousness in a big way with a stately, violin-drenched minor-key treatment of Roy Hawkins' "The Thrill Is Gone" that was quite a departure from the concise horn-powered backing King had customarily employed. At last, pop audiences were convinced that they should get to know King better: not only was the track a number-three R&B smash, it vaulted to the upper reaches of the pop lists as well.

King was one of a precious few bluesmen to score hits consistently during the 1970s, and for good reason: he wasn't afraid to experiment with the idiom. In 1973, he ventured to Philadelphia to record a pair of huge sellers, "To Know You Is to Love You" and "I Like to Live the Love," with the same silky rhythm section that powered the hits of the Spinners and the O'Jays. In 1976, he teamed up with his old cohort Bland to wax some well-received duets. And in 1978, he joined forces with the jazzy Crusaders to make the gloriously funky "Never Make Your Move Too Soon" and an inspiring "When It All Comes Down." Occasionally, the daring deviations veered off-course; Love Me Tender, an album that attempted to harness the Nashville country sound, was an artistic disaster.

Although his concerts were consistently as satisfying as anyone in the field (King asserted himself as a road warrior of remarkable resiliency who gigged an average of 300 nights a year), King tempered his studio activities somewhat. Nevertheless, his 1993 MCA disc Blues Summit was a return to form, as King duetted with his peers (John Lee HookerEtta JamesFulsonKoko Taylor) on a program of standards. Other notable releases from that period include 1999's Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan and 2000's Riding with the King, a collaboration with Eric ClaptonKing celebrated his 80th birthday in 2005 with the star-studded album 80, which featured guest spots from such varied artists asGloria EstefanJohn Mayer, and Van MorrisonLive was issued in 2008; that same year, King released an engaging return to pure blues, One Kind Favor, which eschewed the slick sounds of his 21st century work for a stripped-back approach. A long overdue career-spanning box set of King's over 60 years of touring, recording, and performing, Ladies and Gentlemen...Mr. B.B. King, appeared in 2012. ~ Bill Dahl, Rovi

 

Steve Winwood

Kaedy recently interviewed the legendary Steve Winwood of the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith, and who has a remarkable solo career, and will be performing at The Fox Theatre May 1st. Tickets are still available at www.foxtheatre.org.

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Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular

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Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular

Kaedy spoke with Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular producer, Steve Monistere about the April 2nd Variety Playhouse show. Don’t miss this amazing show with the crystal clear music of Pink Floyd accompanied by a laser extravaganza! Listen

 

The Atlanta Rhythm Section

Kaedy with the lead singer for The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Rodney Justo. 

The band is playing this Sunday at 4 in Doraville at the Village Outdoor Market. More info at villageoutdoormarket.com

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Kaedy's Conversations - Gilbert Gottfried

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Kaedy's Conversations - Gilbert Gottfried

He is performing at The Improv Atlanta Comedy Club tonight at 8 and tomorrow and Saturday night for 2 shows each night at 8 & 10p. More information

 

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Kaedy's Conversations - Tom Green

Tom Green is performing two shows tomorrow night and Saturday night at The Improv Atlanta Comedy Club and Dinner Theater.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway

I interviewed Ed Clark, President and General Manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway about the big race weekend coming up Feb. 27th at AMS!

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Tommy Lee and Mick Mars of Motley Crue

Kaedy interviewed Tommy Lee and Mick Mars of Motley Crue - Hear why they’re coming back to Atlanta during this 2-tear FINAL tour with Alice Cooper, and lots more!

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Paul Reiser

Comedian, movie and TV actor, author, and musician Paul Reiser is bringing his stand-up comedy to The Atlanta Improv this Friday and Saturday night. More info at www.theimprovatlanta.com

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Dennis DeYoung of Styx

Kaedy Kiely interviewed Dennis DeYoung of Styx about his new Live LP. Listen here [15:46]

Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of the rock group Styx.  The Chicago-based band originated in 1962 when 14 year old DeYoung and brothers John and Chuck Panozzo joined Dennis in the basement of his childhood home to form one of America's most successful and enduring bands.  Styx has sold over 35 million albums worldwide and DeYoung has written 8 of their 9 Top-10 singles. Styx was the only band to ever record 4 consecutive triple platinum albums.

For more than 4 decades, DeYoung has been a singer, songwriter, keyboardist and record producer. He wrote and sang several classics including: “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” “Best of Times,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Show Me the Way,” “Desert Moon,” “Don't Let It End” and the 1979 Peoples Choice Award winner, “Babe.”  His singing talents have made his voice one of the most recognizable in the world.  DeYoung has recorded 7 solo albums including Desert Moon, whose title track achieved Top-10 status.  DeYoung continues to tour with his rock band around the world.

In 2007, DeYoung recorded his 7th solo album for DEP Universal Canada.  The title track for this CD, “One Hundred Years From Now” was released as a single and reached #1 on the Pop, Rock and AC charts in Quebec.  The following year the CD was released in the United States on Rounder Records and featured two additional tracks.  In May of 2008 DeYoung's musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame was staged in Chicago at the Bailiwick Repertory Theater.In 2006, DeYoung performed live on CANADIAN IDOL.  DeYoung also performed live on 3 episodes of the Fox Network's CELEBRITY DUETS with celebrity duet partner Hal Sparks.  He was selected as one of 3 artists along with legends Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight for the finale.  DeYoung was also selected to perform live on VH1's BIG IN 06 Awards show along with THE KILLERS, THE FRAY, FERGIE, and WEIRD AL.

In recent years DeYoung's songs have continued to enjoy remarkable popularity. His compositions have been featured in more than 30 television shows including: The Simpson's, Freeks & Geeks, Dharma and Gregg, E.R., King of Queens, Sex in the City, Will and Grace, Las Vegas, Cold Case, That 70's Show, Saturday Night Live and numerous others. The piece de resistance however was when Cartman sang Come Sail Away on the groundbreaking series South Park.DeYoung's songs have been featured in MANY major motion pictures including; Virgin Suicides, Big Daddy, Detroit Rock City, Disney's Atlantis, and The Wild, The Karate Kid II, the Shrek II DVD, Mr. Woodcock, , Underdog and Fun With Dick and Jane etc. Four songs of DeYoung's were used in The Perfect Man in which he also made a cameo appearance.

Volkswagen turned Mr. Roboto into a hit national commercial, featuring two Wayne's World like guys jamming to the words "Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto."  In 1999, Hippo Records released The Ultimate Collection, a compilation of select songs from DeYoung's solo albums “Desert Moon,” “Back to the Word” and “Boomchild.” In 2005, Universal Music re-released “Desert Moon” on CD and a DVD of DeYoung's videos entitled, “The Best Of Dennis DeYoung, The 20th Century Masters.”DeYoung made his Broadway debut in 1993, starring as Pontius Pilate in Andrew Lloyd Weber's Jesus Christ Superstar's 25th Anniversary Reunion Tour.  His performance earned a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for best supporting actor in a musical.  While performing in Superstar, DeYoung was approached by Atlantic Records to sing and produce “10 On Broadway” - a compilation of his favorite Broadway songs.

Deyoung's passion for American musical theater and composers like George Gershwin and Lerner and Lowe inspired him to write a musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Nashville Tennessee Repertory Theater mounted a full production of Hunchback in the fall of 1997 to glowing reviews.  In 2006 DeYoung received the Just Plain Folks Music Awards for Best Theater Album (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame...A Musical”) and for Best Contemporary Song (“Who Will Love This Child”).DeYoung is a native of Chicago.  He has been married to his high school sweetheart Suzanne for more than 40 years. He and Suzanne have raised two children and continue to live in the Chicago area.

 

            Joe Elliott

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Joe Elliott

 Kaedy interviews Joe Elliott of Def Leppard with his side project, The Down n' Outz. Listen [8:31]

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In many ways, Def Leppard were the definitive hard rock band of the '80s. There were many bands that rocked harder (and were more dangerous) than the Sheffield-based quintet, but few others captured the spirit of the times quite as well. Emerging in the late '70s as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Def Leppard actually owed more to the glam rock and metal of the early '70s, as their sound was equal parts T. Rex, Mott the Hoople, Queen, and Led Zeppelin. By toning down their heavy riffs and emphasizing melody, Def Leppard were poised for crossover success by 1983's Pyromania, and skillfully used the fledgling MTV network to their advantage. The musicians were already blessed with photogenic good looks, but they also crafted a series of innovative, exciting videos that made them into stars. They intended to follow Pyromania quickly but were derailed when their drummer lost an arm in a car accident, the first of many problems that plagued the group's career. They managed to pull through such tragedies, and even expanded their large audience with 1987's blockbuster Hysteria. As the '90s began, mainstream hard rock shifted away from their signature pop-metal and toward edgier, louder bands, yet they maintained a sizable audience into the late '90s and were one of only a handful of '80s metal groups to survive the decade more or less intact.Def Leppard had their origins in a Sheffield-based group that teenagers Rick Savage (bass) and Pete Willis (guitar) formed in 1977. Vocalist Joe Elliott, a fanatic follower of Mott the Hoople and T. Rex, joined the band several months later, bringing the name Deaf Leopard with him. After a spelling change, the trio, augmented by a now-forgotten drummer, began playing local Sheffield pubs, and within a year the band had added guitarist Steve Clark to the lineup, as well as a new drummer. Later in 1978, they recorded their debut EP, Getcha Rocks Off, and released it on their own label, Bludgeon Riffola. The EP became a word-of-mouth success, earning airplay on the BBC. The group members were still in their teens.Following the release of Getcha Rocks Off, Rick Allen was added as the band's permanent drummer, and Def Leppard quickly became the subject of the British music weeklies. They soon signed with AC/DC's manager, Peter Mensch, who helped them secure a contract with Mercury Records. On Through the Night, the band's full-length debut, was released in 1980 and instantly became a hit in the U.K., also earning significant airplay in the U.S., where it reached number 51 on the charts. Over the course of the year, Def Leppard relentlessly toured Britain and America, playing their own shows while also opening concerts for Ozzy Osbourne, Sammy Hagar, and Judas Priest. High 'n' Dry followed in 1981 and became the group's first platinum album in the U.S., thanks to MTV's strong rotation of "Bringin' on the Heartbreak."MTV would be vital to the band's success in the '80s.As the band recorded the follow-up to High 'n' Dry with producer Mutt Lange, Pete Willis was fired from the band for alcoholism, and Phil Collen, a former guitarist for Girl, was hired to replace him. The resulting album, 1983's Pyromania, became an unexpected blockbuster, due not only to Def Leppard's skillful, melodic metal, but also to MTV's relentless airing of "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages."Pyromania went on to sell ten million copies, establishing Def Leppard as one of the most popular bands in the world. Despite their success, they were about to enter a trying time for their career. Following an extensive international tour, the group reentered the studio to record the follow-up, but producer Lange was unavailable, so they began sessions with Jim Steinman, the man responsible for Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell. The pairing turned out to be ill-advised, so the bandmembers turned to their former engineer, Nigel Green. One month into recording, Allen lost his left arm in a New Year's Eve car accident. The arm was reattached, but it had to be amputated once an infection set in.Def Leppard's future looked cloudy without a drummer, but by the spring of 1985 -- just a few months after his accident -- Allen began learning to play a custom-made electronic kit assembled for him by Simmons. The band soon resumed recording, and within a few months Lange was back on board, having judged all the existing tapes inferior and ordered the band to begin work all over again. Recording sessions continued throughout 1986, and that summer, the group returned to the stage for the European Monsters of Rock tour. Def Leppard finally completed their fourth album, now titled Hysteria, early in 1987. The record was released that spring to lukewarm reviews, with many critics claiming that the album compromised Leppard's metal roots for sweet pop flourishes. Accordingly, Hysteria was slow out of the starting gates -- "Women," the first single, failed to really take hold -- but the release of "Animal" helped the album gather steam. The song became Def Leppard's first Top 40 hit in the U.K., but more importantly, it launched a string of six straight Top 20 hits in the U.S., which also included "Hysteria,""Pour Some Sugar on Me,""Love Bites,""Armageddon It," and "Rocket," the latter of which arrived in 1989, a full two years after the release of Hysteria. During those two years, Def Leppard's presence was unavoidable -- they were the kings of high-school metal, ruling the pop charts and MTV, and teenagers and bands alike replicated their teased hair and ripped jeans, even when the grimy hard rock of Guns N' Roses took hold in 1988.Hysteria proved to be the peak of Leppard's popularity, yet their follow-up remained eagerly awaited in the early '90s, as the band took a break from the road and set to work on a new record. During the recording process, however, Steve Clark died from an overdose of alcohol and drugs. Clark had historically battled with alcohol, and following the Hysteria heyday, his bandmates forced him to take a sabbatical. Although he did enter rehab, Clark's habits continued, and his abuse was so crippling that Collen began recording the majority of the band's guitar leads. Following Clark's death, Def Leppard resolved to finish their forthcoming album as a quartet, releasing Adrenalize in the spring of 1992. Adrenalize was greeted with mixed reviews, and even though the album debuted at number one and contained several successful singles, including the Top 20 hits "Let's Get Rocked" and "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad," the record was a commercial disappointment in the wake of Pyromania and Hysteria. After its release, the group added former Whitesnake guitarist Vivian Campbell to the lineup, thus resuming Def Leppard's two-guitar attack.In 1993, Def Leppard released the rarities collection Retro Active, which yielded another Top 20 hit with the acoustic ballad "Two Steps Behind." Two years later, the group released the greatest-hits collection Vault while preparing for its sixth album. Slang arrived in the spring of 1996, and while it proved more adventurous than its predecessor, it was greeted with indifference, indicating that Leppard's heyday had indeed passed and they were now simply a very popular cult band. Undaunted, Leppard soldiered on, returning to their patented pop-metal sound for Euphoria, which was released in June of 1999. Despite the success of "Promises," the record failed to produce any additional hits, resulting in a return to adult pop balladry on 2002's X. The two-disc Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection arrived in 2005, followed in 2006 by Yeah!, a strong collection of covers. In 2008, the guys released their ninth studio album, Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, which debuted at number five and was supported by a lucrative summer tour. Material from that tour helped make up the bulk of Mirror Ball: Live & More, a three-disc live album containing a full concert, three new studio recordings, and DVD footage. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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Tom Arnold

Kaedy's Conversation with Tom Arnold

Tom is at The Improv in Buckhead tonight and tomorrow night for 2 shows each night - More info

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As a writer, producer, and actor, Tom Arnold has established himself to both television and film audiences worldwide, having won such awards as the Peabody Award and a Golden Globe Award.  Additionally, he helped put Fox Sports Network on the map with his hosting duties on “BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD.” Arnold currently hosts CMT’s “MY BIG REDNECK WEDDING” and “MY BIG REDNECK VACATION” which premiered at the highest ratings in CMT history.

Arnold cornered the market on playing the resident comic relief in films like “NINE MONTHS” with Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, and Robin Williams, “TRUE LIES” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, “HERO” with Dustin Hoffman, and “AUSTIN POWERS:  INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY” with Mike Myers. Arnold will next be seen in his 72nd film, Stephen Gyllenhaal’s quirky political comedy “GRASSROOTS”, Tyler Perry’s “MADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION” and “HIT AND RUN” with Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell and Bradley Cooper.

Arnold has successfully broken out of the comedic stereotype and is becoming a fixture at film festivals by landing more mature and dramatic roles.  He received critical praise for his role in “GARDENS OF THE NIGHT,” opposite John Malkovich, “THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD” starring John Malkovich and Tom Hanks, “GOOD DICK” opposite Jason Ritter, and “THE YEAR OF GETTING TO KNOW US” opposite Sharon Stone, Jimmy Fallon and Lucy Liu.  In 2005, he received critical notice for his role in Don Roos’ “HAPPY ENDINGS” for Lions Gate Films. He was also seen in “PRIDE” opposite Terrance Howard, and “ANIMAL FACTORY,” directed by Steve Buscemi.  Other film credits include “SOUL PLANE,” “CRADLE TO THE GRAVE,” “EXIT WOUNDS” and “THE KID & I.”

Born in Iowa, Tom has established a writing scholarship and runs an acting workshop for students at the Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. Tom is heavily involved in many charities. The Race to Erase MS is one of Tom’s favorite charities. From his position on the entertainment committee, Tom not only helps plan but also emcees and contributes to the auction. For the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Tom mans a booth at the yearly carnival (a major fundraiser), engaging attendees while raising funds. Other charities that are close to his heart and to which he has made significant contributions are Best Buddies, a charity started by Anthony Shriver that pairs mentally challenged people with college kids and jobs, Camp del Corazon, a camp for children with heart disease, The Kayne Eras Center, Promises Foundation, Carousel of Hope, Arnold's Inner City Games, The Hollenbeck Christmas Giveaway, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Arnold currently resides in Los Angeles. 

 

Al Pitrelli of Trans-Siberian Orchestra

TSO tickets go on sale for their Dec. 10th show at the Gwinnett Arena today (Friday) at noon! Kaedy recently talked with guitarist Al Pitrelli about the first performance ever of TSO’s “The Christmas Attic” at The Gwinnett Arena December 10th.

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