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Carl David

I had a great interview with Carl David on Sunday, December 15. 
Carl David is the third generation of a four-generation family art business in Philadelphia which was founded by his Grandfather, David David, circa 1910. The business was later expanded by Samuel David, his son, to incorporate paintings, watercolors and sculptures of both European and American origin. Many exhibitions were mounted over the years, including a major assemblage of Baroque paintings accompanied by a concert by the Philadelphia Baroque Quartet. Samuel David was a force with which to be reckoned in and out of the art world.  His legacy lives on long after his untimely passing. 
 
Carl David is the author of Collecting & Care of Fine Art published by Crown in 1981. At a time when art was being wantonly touted as an investment vehicle, Carl felt the obligation to inform the public of how and why the art market really works, divulging facts and dispelling myths of illusory nature.  Collectors, both seasoned and novice were thrilled to get a realistic appraisal of the art markets. His earlier article about Martha Walter, an American Impressionist painter (1875-1976), was published in the American Art Review in May 1978 and dramatically expanded the awareness of the well credentialed artist and her work, which Samuel David discovered and promoted in the late 1960’s  
 
Carl David is a philanthropist, and has organized and produced fundraising exhibitions for the Washington DC branch of the National center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Delaware Valley Burn Foundation, The American Red Cross and the Make a Wish Foundation.  David gives appraisals and consultations for many museums, universities and the FBI, the State of New York, the White House, the office of the Attorney General, the DuPont Family and many others.  David was a charter member of Sothebys.com and a member of the Art and Antique Dealers League.  He is also a panel member for The Art News World Art Market in NY  Many art journals and financial magazines have called upon David for his angle on the state of the art markets and he is a contributing journalist for www.groundreport.com
 
 
Mr. David's latest book, Bader Field, embodies the emotional story of a son's loving relationship with his father—the legendary art dealer whose life is suddenly taken by a massive coronary at the young age of fifty-eight years. His death plunges the twenty-four-year-old man onto the front lines of the family art business, which he had entered a mere three years prior. Battling with his own grief while trying to help his adoring but fragile mother survive, David forges forward with all of the elemental tools his father imparted to him. His journey proves a difficult one, not having yet recovered from the horrific loss of his brother who was found dead on the fourth floor of the Rittenhouse Square townhouse, which was home to the prestigious David David Gallery. His self-imposed obligation was to successfully take the family art business to the next generation and to give his own children, years later, every bit of love, kindness, and wisdom bestowed upon him by the unique man whom they will never know other than the mark he left on everyone who knew him. Bader Field adds significant insight into the mysterious workings and dealings of the art world. David speaks from  
experience of having been immersed in it all of his life and having lived it from the inside out. There will be a tremendous crossover interest in this book as it combines the elements of an American family, its goodness and its tragedy interfaced with the multifaceted aspects of the mysterious art business and flying small airplanes. Bader Field in Atlantic City was the oldest airfield in the country. With little sophistication, its two asphalt runways juggled single and twin engine aircraft exuding a character and charm that created memories to last a lifetime. That is where this saga begins and where it ends as life comes full circle.
 
David’s initial reason for writing this book was for his sons to know the greatness of their extraordinary Grandfather.  As the years passed and the book developed, there became an even larger quest; to reach out to those tortured souls on the brink of desperation contemplating taking their lives and show them through the nightmare of his darkest days that there is always a better way, that there is love, hope and help out there and that such a violent act of finality not only ends their life, but also forever scars those of their family and friends.  David is on a quest to save lives and prevent anybody from having to endure the horrific tragedy that nearly ripped his family apart.  It is his way of paying it forward.
 
You can find out more about Carl David at www.carledavid.com, www.askart.com/ddavid
Carl's gallery, The David David Gallery is located at 260 South 18th Street in Philadelphia.  You can see it at www.daviddavidgallery.com
 
Carl David's book, Bader Field:  How My Family Survived Suicide was published by Nightengale Press *SBN:  978-1-933449-66-1 and can be purchased at www.amazon.com or at www.carledavid.com
 
 
 
 
 

Pavlina Osta

I was lucky to interview Pavlina Osta on December 8.  Pavlina is founder and host of the popular weekly radio show, Pavlina's Kidz Place.  She is 16 years old now and started her show 5 years ago.  She has featured interviews with over 300 musicians, writers, actors, broadcast media giants, and celebrities on a weekly radio show targeted at the tween and teen market.  She has secured interviews with big names such as Ed Sheeran, Jessie Ware, Sick Puppies, Mikky Ekko, A Great Big World, Big Time Rush, The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepsen, Miranda Cosgrove, Katie Couric, Shaquille O'Neal, Steven Forbes, Kevin Jonas, Dr. OZ, Michael Winslow, and many more.  She plays the steel drums, has danced with the Joffrey in NYC, is Junior Editor for I Am Entertainment Magazine as well as a contributor for Full Access Magazine and Equanimity Magazine.  She is amazing.
 
It is going to be fun watching Pavlina's career as she moves into nationwide syndication, ports her show onto television, takes over a role in a television sitcom or film and shows up on the red carpet.  When Bruce Burch was on my show, he talked about how long it takes to become successful in the music or entertainment business.  He said it takes almost exactly five years.  Pavlina Osta is just at 5 years.  Look out everyone, you are about to hear her roar!  Let's all support the young, beautiful, gifted, talented, hardworking souls who share their hearts to give us joy.  Please follow Pavlina Osta on twitter @Pavlinamusic.  You can also find out more about her at PavlinaOsta.com
 
 

Pavlina Osta--Guest on my Show!

Sunday's Guest: Pavlina Osta is founder and host of the popular weekly radio show for kids called Pavlina’s Kidz Place. 16 year old Pavlina Osta started her radio show at age 11 where she has featured her interviews with over 300 musicians, writers, actors, broadcast media giants, and celebrities on a weekly radio show targeted at the tween and teen market…. She has secured interviews with big names such as Ed Sheeran, Jessie Ware, Sick Puppies, Mikky Ekko, A Great Big World, Big Time Rush, The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepsen, Miranda Cosgrove, Katie Couric, Shaquille O’Neal, Steven Forbes, Kevin Jonas, Dr. Oz, Michael Winslow, and many more. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trianglevariety/2013/11/25/authors-corner-with-sherry-frazier-queen-of-hoopla

Country Music All-Star Bruce Burch

I was honored and delighted to host Bruce Burch on my show Sunday.  I have known Bruce for years and everytime I talk with him, I am inspired. 
Many heartfelt thanks to an artist who has stood the test of time in many aspects of the music industry. Bruce Burch eats, breathes, and lives for country music. And yet it is his spirit of sharing knowledge with others who hope to make it in an increasingly difficult business and the life he lives as a role model for others in the industry that make him extra-extraordinary. He is a true leader---he knows what he is doing, he cares about the music and you can trust him to do the right thing. He’s the real deal you'-all.  Bruce Burch is a living, breathing, musical fire breathing dragon in a world where those guys are rare. So we can listen and learn…..and try to be a little bit like him in our focus, our treatment of others, in our generosity and our spirit. And, we can certainly give our perseverance and belief that in the end, it is all about the music. Thanks very much, Bruce Burch!  Here's the show:
 
 
Here's some background: 
Mega-Star, Move and Shaker, hit song writer….. and the nicest, most sincerely helpful person  in the Country Music World—Bruce Burch.
Bruce Burch has had success in many facets of the music business including being a hit songwriter, operating his own publishing companies of hit songs, working for a major music publishing company, as well as being an artist manager.
As a songwriter, Burch co-wrote two #1 singles for Reba McEntire, “Rumor Has It” and “It’s Your Call”.  These two songs were also the album titles for two of Reba’s most successful albums.  Burch also co-wrote songs on two other Reba albums, all of which have gone multi-platinum, selling well over 15 million records and CDs.   He has also had top 10 songs on Billy Joe Royal (“Out Of Sight and On My Mind”), and T. Graham Brown (“The Last Resort”), a Top 20 song “Train Of Thought” recorded by Barbara Mandrell, and a Top 40 single “You Can’t Keep A Good Memory Down” recorded by John Anderson. Bruce has also had platinum and gold album recordings by George Jones, The Oak Ridge Boys, Collin Raye and Dan Seals. 
As a music publisher, Burch operated two companies, Burch Brothers Music and Bruce Burch Music. These two catalogs contain songs co-written by Burch and recorded by Aaron Tippin  (Top 20 hit, “I Got It Honest”), T. Graham Brown (Top 40 hit “Wine Into Water), Faith Hill (Multi-platinum album recording “I’ve Got This Friend”), and his second Collin Raye recording (“It Could Happen Again” on Collin’s critically acclaimed Christmas album w/ Johnny Cash providing narration).
Bruce has also had songs recorded by artists as diverse as Wayne Newton, Cledus T. Judd, Tommy Roe, Slim Pickens as well as many others. 
Burch discovered, co-managed, and masterminded the beginning of Cledus T. Judd’s comedy career.  Cledus has gone on to sell over a million CD’s.
Bruce served as Creative Director at EMI Music Publishing.   During this time he worked with artists such as Brad Paisley, Phil Vassar, Jamie O’neal, Darryl Worley, and Joe Nichols.  He has gotten songs placed as a songplugger on projects by Travis Tritt, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, and Aaron Tippin among others.  Burch also worked with EMI’s older catalog songs and has gotten cover recordings of the classic tunes of Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Todd Rundgren, and Tammy Wynnette.  He has gone in the studio with Mac Davis, Billy Swan, and Tony Joe White (“Rainy Night In Georgia”) to produce new demos of many of their hit songs from the past to bring them up to date for possible placement in today’s market.
Bruce also authored a book “Songs That Changed Our Lives”. Two chapters of this inspiring book were picked to be included in the “Chicken Soup For The Soul” series of books.
Bruce founded the music business program at the University of Georgia and also established the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program at Kennesaw State University.
He has served on the national and regional boards of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the national board of the Music and Entertainment Industry Education Association, and cofounded and serves on the board of the John Jarrard Foundation.
Bruce is currently an Executive in Residence at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. .

You can follow  Bruce Burch on Twitter at @bburch

Top Literaray Agent, Matthew Carnicelli

Sunday's Guest:    Top Literary Agent, Matthew Carnicelli.
Matthew Carnicelli is a literary agent and publishing consultant in New York City. He specializes in topical nonfiction, including such categories as current events, politics, science, history, sports, business, health, and psychology. His authors include the Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Kaminski, brain and movement expert Anat Baniel, NBC Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd, Sports Illustrated’s Jim Gorant, top fashion designer Marc Ecko, and the National Review’s Kevin Williamson. Before becoming an agent nearly ten years ago, Carnicelli held senior editorial positions at several major publishing houses, including Contemporary Books and the Penguin Group, and he worked with such authors as historian Martin Duberman, Vice President Al Gore, novelist Cathleen Schine, scholar and activist Cornel West, legendary coach John Wooden, and New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson. His authors’ books have reached the New York Times bestsellers list and have received major literary awards.
 
Here is the link to the show:

Author's Corner Guest Joel Franco

Here's the link--big news about the Dino Costa movie and the exciting slate of projects Chesapeake Films is promoting.  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trianglevariety/2013/10/28/authors-corner-with-sherry-frazier--queen-of-hoopla
 
Author's Corner Guest, October 27, 2013:   Joel Franco, Director and Producer at Chesapeake Films. Chesapeake Films, a full service film and television production company, was founded by Joel Franco and Solidaris, LLC in 2006. Chesapeake Films’ mission is to blend artistic talent with engaging stories to create feature films and television that delight audiences of all ages. Chesapeake Films’ documentary, One Man’s Journey to Truth profiling energy healer Denie Hiestand’s life was sold to Giam in 2012 and received an Award of Merit at the 2012 London Independent Film Festival (LiFF).  Led by founder Joel Franco, Chesapeake Films has secured option agreements on a full slate of impressive stories for feature films and television programming.
 
Tonight, We will talk about the documentary recently completed about the life of sports shock jock Dino Costa and three of the feature film scripts he is shopping at American Film Market in early November: Poe, by C. C. Long--an original and provocative screenplay shedding new light on a beloved American writer and what C. C. Long calls, "America's first Rock and Roll Star;" What About The Boy, an original screenplay by Stephen Gallup based on the inspirational memoir about his disabled son; and the captivating first screenplay in a film franchise by Jennifer Deane adapted from the unbelievable but true story told in the book Smooth Criminal written by retired CBS newsman Bill Deane .

Radio Show--Jim Steffman

Latest Show--Jim Steffman.  Here’s the link!
 
Tonight’s Guest on Author’s Corner:  Jim Steffman, author of a novel based on a true story, “Shadow of Death.” and the screenplay based on the novel and called “For What It’s Worth”.”For What It’s Worth” is the recent winner of the Feature Screenplay category screenplay at the Moondance International Film Festival.
 
 “For What it’s Worth” is a tough-luck, true-crime drama, with a motley cast of lethal illusion-busters: one of the FBI's ten most-wanted mob figures and a bunch of openly corrupt government agents “just doing their job”. And, caught in this evil crime web, is a man absolutely determined to fight for his civil rights – to protect his family, his health, his wealth, and, more importantly, his freedom, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, against all odds.
Jim Steffman was a highly successful and upwardly-mobile businessman who possessed a natural talent for turning anything mundane into something extraordinary. When the opportunity arises for Jim to begin his rapid ascension in the lucrative world of big business, he jumps at the opportunity for a special deal, a deal which would become an unintended and deadly steppingstone into the shadowy world of the nefarious East Coast Mafia, and put his life in mortal danger.
 
Jim’s new business venture is a resounding success and ultimately propels Jim and his family into the rarified world of millionaires. But, as the business continues to grow, fate deals a strange hand to this man who had always seemed destined for greatness. On an ordinary day, without fanfare or fireworks, Jim meets John Hurley. Hurley is a fellow business man who has a penchant for expensive and rare automobiles. Their initial meeting reveals common interests, leading to a seemingly genuine friendship.
 
But it would not be long before the unexpected occurs, in the guise of his new attorney and new business partner, J.R. DeChellis. Unbeknownst to Jim at that time, DeChellis is a shady member of a major crime family. Hurley brings in some “insurance” in the form of Bruno "Big Numbers" Conti, a colossus of a man and a soldier in the crime family.
 
One night, Jim receives a call from Hurley, asking to meet him, and during the meeting, Hurley reveals that he is a member of a crime family from Italy and is also one of the Top Ten Most Wanted in America, and has called to warn Jim that the Mafia, in three East Coast states, has their eyes on him. Hurley tells Jim that the Feds would soon be knocking at Jim's door, and that the DEA would try to force his testimony against the Mafia, even though it would be putting Jim and his family in dire danger.
 
The threats and their tactics of consistently operating above and beyond the scope of the law is now a reality. To this day, Jim has never been arrested, charged with or convicted of any crime, nor has he spent one single hour in federal prison, and has lost almost everything but his strength of character. He and his family have suffered well beyond anyone who actually committed the unsubstantiated crimes of which he is accused, but by telling his story now, he hopes for redemption, and that peace and freedom we all deserve.
 
So, net-net, Jim Steffman was persecuted, tortured and ruined by the DEA because he refused to sacrifice himself and his family by acting as bait.  Meanwhile, John Hurley remains at large and is considered armed and extremely dangerous.
 
An interesting side note about my guest.  This is not only fine work by an exciting writer….it is HIS true story.  It is not often that a survivor of such an elongated period of trepidation would be able to come out the other side victorious.  Tonight we celebrate a survivor, a winner, a man of deep character---Jim Steffman.
 
 
My Commentary:
In a time where everyone is inventing ideas for the next great screenplay, Jim Steffman forced himself to sit down and recant the nightmare.  Sometimes truth beats anything anyone can invent in their mind.  You really could not make this up.  I admire Jim’s character, his tenacity, his bravado even under fire.  If good things happen to good people, this is one really good person that should be on the receiving end.  In the scheme of things, life is short but our story is forever.
 
As a white man, a successful white man, the persecution of Jim Steffman is the kind of thing that rarely happens.  Young, white, attractive, aggressive, ambitious white men are celebrated.  Usually.  But in reviewing this, it makes me think of the black story, the Jewish story, the Muslim story, the special needs story, woman story, the fat story, the pimpled story, the gay and lesbian story, the mentally ill story---all the stories of persecution that are not told, that are accepted as part of life.  Until someone stands up.  Steven Spielberg is taping all of the survivors of the Holocaust so that we will never forget.  Maya Angelo and Oprah Winfrey and now Sheila Johnson are bringing black stories into our homes, helping everyone to understand, feel, and act.  Harvey Weinstein is probably the biggest promoter of stories about social issues in his provocative films, their distribution, and maybe even more importantly, their promotion.  Famous, talented, Amazing people are standing up.  We can stand up with them by supporting them and their films. 
 
I’d like to acknowledge the musicians responsible for my intro music titled, “Through the Night.”  Arranged and produced by Ian Gallagher, music and lyrics by Grant Frazier, Vocals by Grant Frazier and the beautiful and talented Erin Taylor.  Guitar by Ian Gallagher.  My show closed with a song called “Drowning in Tears”—by a new artist Grant Frazier, guitar by Ian Gallagher. The music comes from Ian and Grant’s first album.  If you would like to license their music, hear more about these exciting new artists, or if you are a label and want to sign them, contact Sherry Frazier at SherryFrazier@FrazierPublicRelations.com
I will be back with another great show next Sunday night at 8:30 PM Eastern time on Triangle Variety Radio.  This is Sherry Frazier, and you have been listening to Author’s Corner.  Good night!
To read more about Jim Steffman’s famous Dock Dog, Maggie, go to www.maggiesdock.com
If you are interested in optioning Jim Steffman’s screenplay, “For What It’s Worth,” adapted from the novel, “Shadow of Death” and based on a true story, please contact Sherry Frazier at SherryFrazier@FrazierPublicRelations.com or call 703-431-7895.

Rock Star Joe Grushecky

 
Tonight’s Guest was Joe Grushecky.  For 40 years, publications such as Billboard, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, No Depression, and countless others have hailed Joe Grushecky as one of Rock and Roll’s most talented Singer-Songwriters.
Joe Grushecky is now into a 44 year career writing and performing.  He has produced at least 15 albums.  He’s done a huge number of interviews, appearances and concerts.  He writes the songs and the lyrics and, along the way, he forged a personal and professional friendship and musical collaboration with Bruce Springsteen.  There is a documentary about his life called, “A Good Life:  The Joe Grushecky Story.”  He does this, all the while, living in the great city of Pittsburgh with his family, maintaining a long career teaching special-needs children, and by making a difference giving back to various charities.  He continues to create mind-blowing, innovative, creative and thoughtful music.
 
While most interviews focus on fame and comparisons between Grushecky’s and Springsteen’s career, we talked about the life, times, and work of a great American artist.  Joe Grushecky has made choices along the way that have allowed him an opportunity few great musicians are able to enjoy after their work is discovered.  He made decisions that speak to his core and have allowed him to live a genuine life:  He keeps his family close, he works in a field that is largely unheralded and the milestones are measured with small, sporadic, almost unnoticeable progress, and he plays his music.  He unabashedly offers his music to the world and he spends a great deal of time giving back to everyday people in the community he loves. 
He is lucky in a way--Grushecky’s  perspective has remained truthful.  His work is real and it is unclouded by the fame machine where prosperity and isolation make it impossible to walk the streets without the disruption of cameras, prying eyes, and fake friends who want something.   Perhaps this is why his lyrics and his music speak so easily, so truthfully, and so personally about life’s rolling dynamic….His perspective is so real, so heartfelt, and so full of rock and roll swag that makes his music raw, authentic, and relevant. 
Joe Grushecky is a true artist, owned by NO One, writing and playing at the highest level, producing music that has stood the test of time and yet evolves and simmers with the ebb and flow of life.  I have been following Grushecky’s work for years and I adore this artist, his music, and his story.  I was so excited to have him on my show-- The Great Pittsburgh Rock and Roller, the worlds finest, Joe Grushecky.
In the 70’s he was in the band The Iron City Houserockers—even then they were called “one of the best bar bands in America,” and “rock’s best kept secret.”  Even then, with this acclaim, he maintained his privacy and autonomy.  I believe this is the true secret to his music.  I asked, “Was it a conscious decision to make choices that kept your life real?  Was this planned from the beginning?” and he answered, “I had a family to support and that was my first priority—I needed to go to work every day to be sure I could take care of them.  I also didn’t want to leave Pittsburgh.  There is just something about the City.  I want to live there, I don’t want to leave.  That being said, I decided I would always play music. Music will always be part of my life.   And I have remained true to that.” 
When I was listening to his music, preparing for the interview, I started to feel like he was a kind of a Rock and Roll version of Country Music—his music is full of stories, feelings, and passages.  He says he writes about what he knows and it comes out clearly in his music.  You can see his life go by in his songs.  His albums and subjects change as time moves on.  When he said he had recently spent some time in Nashville, I wasn’t surprised.  I would imagine the song pitchers and publishing companies would love to get a ‘hold of his catalogue.  I believe we will be hearing Joe Grushecky covers for years to come.
The Nashville connection makes so much sense.  He grew up in a coal mining family—poor but the house was always full of music.  He says “I came by music honestly-- my father played just about everything, my Grandfather played the violin, my Mom was a beautiful singer.  There was always music in the house.  I was always playing something.  We didn’t watch television….we played music and that’s where it comes from.  Then, I was inspired by the Beatles.  I picked up my first guitar at 16.  It just went from there. “
I have heard the rock and roll experts compare Grushecky to Bob Seger and John Mellencamp, John Fogerty and Tom Petty.  People say he was influenced by Creedence Clearwater and, of course, Bruce Springsteen.  He says, “Springsteen “casts a big shadow” on my life, but it’s been a positive thing.  It’s like playing baseball with Mickey Mantle or Roberto Clemente or playing football with Joe Montana.  You work with one of the best and it makes you better.  I think that speaks volumes about your own talent also.”
Grushecky’s song, “Code of Silence,” written with Bruce Springsteen was a big commercial success, winning a Grammy for Best Solo Rock Performance.  It was fun hearing that Joe and Bruce sometimes hang out at various Pittsburgh bars and venues and play unannounced—what a thrill for the local Pittsburgh citizens.  Can you imagine going out for a drink and having these two show up?  That has to add yet another reason why the Pittsburgh hometown is so special. 
 
Joe Grushecky is Pittsburgh loyal to the core.  He said, “There is a soul to this town, it draws you in and you never want to leave it.”  So he brings the talent in—Springsteen shows up sometimes for Pittsburgh benefits when Grushecky is involved:  Fund Raising Concerts for flood victims, autism, Parkinson’s Disease, cancer, the Flight 93 Memorial and more— Rock and Roll for the people by the working class sons of two great American towns.
I find Grushecky to be kind of like Sinatra.  I see him as an “I did it my way” kind of a guy.  This independence is reflected in his music.   I saw an interview once where he talked about writing and he said, “You have to write about what you know.”  He said his song, “Beauty Fades” was written to remind people to “love the things that last—look underneath to find what is really important.”  Then he wrote a piece called “Safe at Home” which was a father’s plea or prayer that his son comes safely home from war.  He is a poet and a philosopher, in true rock and roll fashion. 
 
Joe Grushecky will be introducing his new album, “Somewhere East of Eden” at a CD Release Party on October 12, 2013 at the Alter Bar—Strip District, 1620 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15222,  412-206-9719.  The show starts about 10:00 PM.  You can buy tickets at http://www.thealtarbar.com/
 
Also, you can see more performances at Joe’s website:  www.joegrushecky.com   @JoeGrushecky
 
Music is a family affair in the Gruscheky household.  Everyone is involved.  His son Johnny Grushecky @Johnny Grushecky plays with his band, his wife works helping to promote and schedule performances.  Of note, Joe’s son is also a full-time musician with his own band and his music can be purchased at ITunes.  Look for The Composure.  Or Visit their website at www.thecomposure.com
To me, his life, his work and his commitment to music and family paint a picture of truth.  His work is a love story-- an image of living a real and true life, unsheltered from artificial insulation and brown nosing want’a be’s.  His carefully chosen life allows him to comment through his music on what is really going on…..There is nothing contrived about a Joe Grushecky piece.  And, I think, this is why people understand and relate to his music.  He gets up and goes to work every morning; he surrounds himself with real people; he helps people with true challenges that others just plain want to avert their eyes and forget.  He writes great music AND he does very important work.  So, to me he has lived a life worth singing about and the place he has chosen to reside gives him an ability to inspire individuals AND the masses.  Well Done, Joe Grushecky.  Well Done.
 
My opinion (and you know I have one J) @SherryFrazier
I once heard Bill Murray say, “For all you people who want to be rich and famous, I recommend that you just try being rich first and see how that goes before you throw the famous part into the mix.  It is so refreshing to talk with such an accomplished, well respected, and connected artist who has not lost sight of what is really important.  He understands and lives the concept, “We only have one life.”  He is filling it to the fullest.  And he is doing it his way.
 When I was preparing for this interview, I started to become very tired of the questions about fame other reporters were asking him.  They were turning the story around--making it seem that he should be more, putting him on the defensive.  It made me furious.  I was thinking as I read these crazy questions from the LALA land people who have bought in to a fake perspective of value and I am thinking---More than what?  He has had a career of over 44 years, turned out at least 15 albums, he raises money for charity, collaborates and performs with buddy Bruce Springsteen, he uses his supernatural gift to help others in important work with forgotten children AND he has a wife he adores, a family he loves dearly and a city he proudly calls Home…..This artist is truly, the real deal.  I have to say, if he was a race car, they would say he is pinging on all cylinders. 
 
I hope everyone will support Joe Grushecky and buy his new album, “Somewhere East of Eden.”
 
I would be remiss if I did not mention the new artists I have been featuring every week on my show.  These 16 year old musicians are like mad scientists—they go in a room for hours to lay down music.  Sometimes they come out to eat but, more often, they come out with big grins, inspired.  They are making it happen.  And I am so proud.  And, so lucky to hear new music being played out on the piano and microphone above my office as I work.  So, yes—one of the musicians is my son, Grant Frazier.  Enjoy!
I’d like to acknowledge the musicians responsible for my intro music titled, “Through the Night.”  Arranged and produced by Ian Gallagher, music and lyrics by Grant Frazier, vocals by Grant Frazier @NotForGranted and the beautiful and talented Erin Taylor.  Guitar work is by Ian Gallagher. @Thomas_Lansky
The show closed with a song called “Drowning in Tears”—music, lyrics, and vocals by a new artist Grant Frazier, and guitar work by Ian Gallagher.

The Smartest Team

I had an amazing time interviewing Brooke de Lench on Sunday night-- she is Founder and Publisher of MomsTeam; director/producer of The Smartest Team, an hour-long documentary which shows how football programs and athletes can reduce concussions by playing smarter. She flew in a group of doctors, physical therapists, surgeons and coaches to a small town in Oklahoma and reduced the concussion rate on the football team by 75%.  The documentary is running across the nation on PBS and can be purchased on Amazon.com--The Smartest Team....a must see for all football parents, players, coaches, athletic directors and anyone who cares about the great game of football.  This is an incredible group and it was a GREAT SHOW!!

Karl Mullen on Tonight's Show!

Tonight's Show--Karl Mullen. Multi-talented: Musician--His song "Whiskey from the Field"--recorded by Scottish folk legends The Battlefield Band and acclaimed Irish folk artist Pat Kilbride--received a Grammy nomination. Outsider Artist: Imagry in his paintings is born out of Irish mythology, family, and dreams. Showcased in the PBS syndicated TV series Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations and included frequently in art/design magazines such as Home Accents and Elle Decor. "His images seem to be born of Irish mists...with dreams, boxers, mountains, ghosts, whiskey, cities, and love."
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trianglevariety/2013/08/30/the-new-authors-corner-with-sherry-frazier--queen-of-hoopla
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