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Social media impacts everyone in today's world. Good or bad there is no way to escape it and the majority of people around the globe are on one platform or another. The band Small Town Titans captures the circus atmosphere that is social media with their new song "Rufflin Feather" from their upcoming album The Ride. My conversation with lead guitar…
 
Up & coming artist Abby K returns to The Hook Rocks podcast to discuss her latest EP "Live From The Playroom" being released this December. We discuss her selection process of the classic rock songs she chose and the reasons behind each tune. The gifted and talented musician also discusses the new music she has released over the last year and what …
 
We talk a lot on this podcast about The State of Rock Music. There are so many questions and so few answers. Beau from The Rock Savages Podcast joins me to discuss new music and where the evolution of the industry is headed. Will it become a tech industry based on algorithms and information stored on your cell phone? Will you be allowed to discover…
 
With everyone struggling to get through 2020 we've been searching for reasons to be excited. The pandemic has taken away our outlets of enjoyment as we wait for a breath of normalcy. In many ways, AC/DC's release of their new album Power Up is giving many rock fans a reason to smile once again and take us to a place we can escape while temporarily …
 
The music business is much different today than it was years ago. Fans have so many different platforms to find music, bands and artists have several ways to build and connect with an audience, and many artists need to diversify themselves in order to survive being a musician due to a change in revenue streams. In a wide-ranging conversation with A…
 
A few decades have passed since the era of fun good-time music ruled radio, the stages, and MTV. However, the impact of the bands during that time still remains. Groups like Van Halen, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, & Bon Jovi sold millions of records and to this day have one of the most loyal fan bases ever in music history. Yet a few years into the ea…
 
The future of rock music is in the hands of the youth of today. It is up to the new bands and artists to make the connection and provide the answer to the angst kids are feeling in today's world. Just like the parents of my generation who grew up on Elvis, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones their interest in our music when were growing up was mini…
 
From the moment they saw Lynyrd Skynrd live Stacey, Josh, & Patrick Galanis wanted to make rock music. The three brothers decided to start a rock band combining the influences of southern rock and the grunge era of rock 'n' roll. From there Southern Governor has been moving forward ever since. I had the pleasure of chatting with Patrick & Stacey ab…
 
The long-awaited Reb Beach instrumental solo album "A View From The Inside" comes out this Friday. Featuring the first single "Aurora Borealis" the album is filled with amazing textures and incredible riffs. This project has been in the works for years but because of the downtime caused by the pandemic Reb was able to finish the album. We discuss t…
 
Vocalist Robert Mason appears on the show this week to answer The Hook Rocks question "What Hooked You On Rock 'n' Roll". He shares unique stories about connecting with music that led him to the stages of rock music and performing in front of thousands of fans. Robert also shares his perspective on the impact of COVID19, how it has impacted his 202…
 
As new bands continue to surface The New Wave of Rock is proving to be capable of carrying the legacy of rock 'n' roll on to future generations. With a heavy influence of delta blues the band Magnolia Bayou just released their latest album "Strange Place". I chatted with drummer Cedric Feazell & singer/guitarist Dylan Palmier about their history, t…
 
The legendary bassist, singer, and songwriter Glenn Hughes visits the podcast this week to discuss The Dead Daisies Lockdown Sessions, their upcoming album set for release this coming January, and staying busy during the pandemic. The conversation moved to Glenn talking about overcoming his demons decades ago and why it's important for him to stay …
 
The resurgence of rock music continues to be strong and bands like South of Eden are at the forefront leading the charge. Based in Columbus, Ohio the band brings out the influences of Guns 'n' Roses, Soundgarden, and Van Halen with a modern and unique sound. Their guitar player Justin Young and I discuss his influences, the band's debut EP, and wha…
 
Hailing from Belfast in Northern Ireland Simon McBride has been playing guitar since the age of 10. Having been influenced by Rory Gallagher, Gary Moore, and others Simon's music is an incredible combination of blues and rock. Our discussion covers many topics from his latest album and songwriting to his career and the current state of rock music. …
 
Formed in 2007 in Sutherland, IA by brothers Zach and Blake Bedsaul the band Saul offers metal fans across the globe hard melodic riffs and meaningful lyrics. I sat down with Blake to discuss their upcoming album "Rise As Equals" as well as their creative process, influences, and what's next for the band. The album is filled with great songs Saul f…
 
The first nine months of 2020 are in the books and once again several great rock albums have been released. I welcome back Chris Corradetti and we break down our favorites of the year so far for the months of July through September. Debut releases and music from our favorites are once again spotlighted. Which ones have you listened to? Which ones w…
 
Having had the pleasure of seeing Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown live...twice, I can say for certain they are the goods. Without a doubt, they are among the bands leading the charge with new rock music. Armed with great songs, incredible players, and an electric stage presence the band reaches new heights on their forthcoming record "Pressure". I t…
 
Guitar legend Eddie Van Halen passed away this past Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. Upon hearing the news I immediately remembered my 8-year-old self discovering the wonder of Van Halen while hearing Eruption for the first time. It changed my life. Throughout my youth their music always connected with me and it remains a part of the soundt…
 
The U.K's new wave of rock music continues to be a force to be reckoned with, building momentum with a huge selection of new bands. Doomsday Outlaw is right in the middle of the fray. With music filled with great songwriting, killer hooks, and the need to keep evolving as artists this is a band you want to hear. I had the pleasure of chatting with …
 
2020 is the year everything had to be put on pause. From movies to music, from album release dates to bands going out on tour this year will be forever remembered as the "lost year". As far as new rock music goes the momentum that was building going into 2020 for new bands and artists is also a victim of circumstance. U.K's music journalist Anne Es…
 
With a career spanning two decades Joel Hoekstra is regarded as one of rock 'n' rolls hardest working guitar players. Being a member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Whitesnake while touring with Cher has given Joel the ability to showcase his tremendous talent to a wide-ranging audience. However, it doesn't stop there! Our discussion covers all of …
 
For the past several years rock music has been brewing a feast of incredible new bands. The new scene is global and musicians from one corner of the globe to the next are proving to be up to the task of carrying the legacy torch of rock n roll. The band Black Smoke Trigger from New Zealand is part of the new wave of rock enlisting legendary produce…
 
We welcome back one of our favorite guests Joey Cassata to discuss his latest book "Wrestling With Joeylicious". A Rocky meets Porky's adventure about an amateur wrestler pursuing his dream while his imaginary Pro Wrestling friends guide his journey. Many of you know Joey from the band ZO2, the television show Z Rock and his first book, the autobio…
 
The new rock 'n' roll scene is truly global. Bands from all over the planet have the ability to connect with audiences in different countries via social media and streaming platforms. There is no better example of this than the Brazilian band Ego Kill Talent. I had the pleasure of speaking with guitarist Theo Van Der Loo about the band's history as…
 
Streaming music is now the norm. The convenience and accessibility for music fans have left the old ways of how we absorb music in the dust. However, what's great for these companies who provide these platforms and their bottom line has created a vaccuum for the artists we love. The compensation given to these bands and artist on average is less th…
 
Released last Friday "Even The Devil Believes" is the latest from the hard rock band Stryper. The album, which was recorded earlier this year prior to the Covid19 pandemic offers Stryper fans great songs and a powerful message. I chat with lead singer/guitarist Michael Sweet on the recording process and the impact Perry Richardson had had on the ba…
 
One of the most interesting and exciting bands to come out over the past few years is Joyous Wolf. Armed with incredible songs, great musicianship, and defining stage presence the band is looking to take advantage of the forced downtime, preparing themselves for what's next. Guitarist Blake Allard and I discuss the next steps in Joyous Wolf's futur…
 
The days when a classic rock fan can say "New rock music sucks" are over. With so many great new bands taking the stage over the past few years the problem with rock 'n' roll is the fans, not the bands. The fact is the genre is on the rise and even though the pandemic has paused the momentum, rock 'n' roll is positioning itself to explode once the …
 
One of the major factors pushing rock music into irrelevancy is the lack of connection with younger fans. For whatever reason, rock 'n' roll stopped embracing the rock 'n' roll lifestyle of danger and excess while being a soundboard for the outcast teenager filled with angst...but it's coming back. With the success of the Motley Crue biopic "The Di…
 
We welcome back Mr. Scary George Lynch back to the podcast to discuss the Lynch Mob 30th Anniversary Re-Imagined Wicked Sensation album along with other topics such as his recent Sturgis appearance, Covid19, and moving on from the name Lynch Mob. There is never enough time when you interview George Lynch because he always gives thoughtful and hones…
 
One of the most exciting new bands to hit the scene over the past few years is South of Eden. From the college town of Columbus, Ohio the rock influences of Guns'n'Roses, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin are worn on the sleaves of all four members in this band. I had the pleasure of chatting with lead singer Ehab Omran and discussed all things rock '…
 
Coming into 2020 rock 'n' roll music was starting to gain momentum with hopes of taking the long road back to the mountain of relevancy. There seemed to be an enthusiasm burning right underneath the surface. Now because of Covid19 there is more uncertainty than ever before. Will clubs survive? Will bands survive? My guest Marci Wiser from KLOS 95.5…
 
The most iconic instrument in music is the guitar and rock n roll's history has been defined by the guitar heroes who have graced the stages with mind-blowing riffs and ear-piercing tones. Over the past few decades, the guitar has slowly moved to the background with less emphasis on the song solo and individual innovation. The next generation of gu…
 
From learning to write songs to the success of Enuff Z Nuff to the depths of Donnie Vie's challenges over the past several years, music has always provided the purpose in his rock n roll journey. Donnie's rebirth began with his latest album Beautiful Things and continues with his latest single "All My Favorite Things". I had the pleasure to speak w…
 
If you are a grunge rock fan and enjoyed bands like Soundgarden & Alice In Chains this is a band you should check out. Hailing from Grand Forks, BC in Canada members of BADGUYSWIN decided to start a journey outside of their other band Slagduster. The result is a passionate alternate heavy rock project designed to blow you away sonically. Check out …
 
The second three months of 2020 are in the books and once again several great rock albums have been released. I welcome back Chris Corradetti and we break down our favorites of the year so far for the months of April through June. Debut releases and music from our favorites are once again spotlighted. Which ones have you listened to? Which ones wil…
 
The band H.E.A.T. is building its international audience with incredible music and spectacular live shows. Their latest release H.E.A.T ll is one of my favorites for 2020. The drummer Don Crash stops by for a chat about the impact covid19 has had on their momentum and how it will affect the immediate future. Don also discusses his recent appearance…
 
One of the great new bands to hit the scene over the past few years is The Amazons from Reading, England. The album "Future Dust" was one of the top rock records of 2019. Vocalist Matt Thomson joins me on The New Music Spotlight and reflects on his influences and how the band draws from their influences to develop new music. Even though the band is…
 
On this episode we're talking about how often we are online these days personally. Would we be online just as often if we weren't in a band? We talk about shows we've been watching while in quarantine (spoilers for "Waco" on Netflix!), and Phil finally saw "Joker" (more Joker spoilers!), so we can talk about that too! Listen to our podcast now, sub…
 
One of my favorite musicians in rock 'n' roll makes his second appearance on The Hook Rocks and talks about the new music that is on the way. With the band focused on the new tunes and what the future will be, we discuss what it means to persevere through tough times and challenges. With the country facing an unparalleled set of challenges, Chris h…
 
From the moment Metallica took the stage in the early '80s people took notice. Their debut album Kill'em All grabbed young kids across the country and set them on a journey into the underground phenomenon known as Thrash. Fast forward a few decades later Metallica has evolved both musically and is regarded as a world-wide stadium act. Clint Wells f…
 
The U.K. continues to produce great new rock bands showcasing a modern sound with elements of classic rock influences from the '70s through the '90s. No band better exhibits this than Gorilla Riot. Their sound merges so many influences from rock and blues to country giving them the most unique sound compared to their contemporaries. I chat with the…
 
With a new album released in 2020 and a European tour ready to go the Supersuckers were expecting the same cycle they've experienced over the past few decades. Release an album, tour Europe, tour the US....play here, there, and everywhere and write some music while doing it. All was good until Covid19 hit. Lead singer and bass player Eddie Spaghett…
 
On the 3rd anniversary of Chris Cornell's death, Ari Karnezis joins me once again to celebrate his music, his legacy, and discuss the unfortunate litigation between his former band Soundgarden and his widowed wife Vicky. It's still hard to imagine my musical journey without Chris Cornell and his music however, the greatest part about his legacy is …
 
Continuing with our Classic Album Rewind series we focus on the heavy-hitting thrash masterpiece Master of Puppets. I was 11 years old when the album was released and the impact it had on my taste in music was forever changed. This album was a game-changer. Not long after it's release Metallica was struck by tragedy with the death of Cliff Burton w…
 
We know Covid19 is having an impact on communities across the world. How much of an everlasting impact it will have is still unknown but one thing is for certain, the normal we knew will be gone for a long time. When it comes to live music, the impact is already devastating. Bands can't tour, small clubs and mid-level theatres are trying to survive…
 
Are we having a conversation? The latest album from Butch Walker "American Love Story" challenges the audience like no other album in his discography does. With the music offering a contrast to the lyrical content of each song, Butch forces you outside your comfort zone while giving you a unique perspective during these unprecedented times. Chris R…
 
From Liverpool, England The Mysterines are ready to take on the world. With a definitive punk and grunge vibe combined with the mixed influences of The Pretenders, Sonic Youth, Hole, Blondie, & The Kills they are a band everyone needs to prepare for. I chatted with singer/guitarist Lia Metcalfe about her influences and what inspires her songwriting…
 
Exposing my son to music at an early age was always a goal. Allowing him to find a connection and start a musical journey was an important step in unlocking his imagination and him having a passion. The bond we developed over music has included visits to the record store, talking about favorite albums, and the live concert event. We've been to so m…
 
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