The Double Stop Podcast with Brian Sword

Ep. 50: Jeff Watson (Solo, Night Ranger, Mother’s Army)

Jeff Watson (Night Ranger, Mother’s Army, Solo) comes out of hiding (he’s a self-proclaimed hermit!) and discusses his life and career in this special 50th episode of The Double Stop. He explains his early days, and learning guitar. He covers the formation of Night Ranger and walks us through their early albums and eventual break-up. He discusses his first solo album, Lone Ranger, as well as Mother’s Army – his band with Joe Lynn Turner, Carmine Appice and Bob Daisley. He reveals for the first time the recent discovery of 5 lost Mother’s Army songs that he is preparing for release. He talks about the formation of Night Ranger, and why he decided to leave in 2008. He also discusses what led to him meeting his Night Ranger replacement – Joel Hoekstra – and their surprise jam at the Randy Rhoads Remembered show. He also discusses his plans to join the upcoming RRR tour. The bigger surprise is that Joel Hoekstra will be guesting on Jeff’s next single – following his new song “Squirrels & Kerosene”. And finally, Jeff announces his plans to re-release his solo track “Around the Sun” in tribute to his late father.

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Ep. 49: Richie Kotzen (Solo, The Winery Dogs)

Richie Kotzen returns for another episode of The Double Stop. He discusses his new cd “Cannibals”, along with everything that went into making it. He also discusses his creative process, the recent Grammy awards – and his frustration with the current state of music.
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Ep. 48: Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Solo, Art Of Anarchy, Guns N’ Roses)

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal joins us to discuss his history, and how he went from dropout to professor. He discusses his early records on Shrapnel (at the height of grunge), learning to play fretless guitar, and how he started his DYI approach. He talks about his 911 charity album, his experiment releasing a single a month over the course of a year, a little bit of Guns N’ Roses, plus Art of Anarchy and his new solo cd “Little Brother Is Watching”.

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Ep. 47: Dave Rude (Tesla, Dave Rude Band)

Dave Rude (Tesla, Dave Rude Band) discusses how he got started as a guitarist and singer, and we learn how he got his big break with Tesla (it’s really rather remarkable luck!). He discusses the making of Tesla’s Real to Reel, Forever More and Simplicity. As well as the Dave Rude Band self-titled release, plus “Carry Me Home” and “The Key”. He also gives his thoughts on Spotify, discusses a possible guitar instrumental album, an upcoming Tesla box set and his work as a writer for other artists, as well as TV and film.

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Ep. 46: NAMM 2015 Wrap-Up (Jordan Rudess, Tobias, Marleaux, Italia, Sterling by Music Man)


In this final (mini) episode from NAMM 2015, Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) demos his Jordontron iPad app through an Xkey mini keyboard, Michael Tobias explains what’s new at Michael Tobias Design for 2015, Gerald Marleaux tells us about Marleaux Bass Guitars, Brian tells us about Sterling by Music Man and Zach discusses Italia Guitars.



History of Robert Johnson


Robert Johnson fans (and Blues in general) – this one is for you. A fantastic history of Robert Johnson. AudioLab don’t usually cover music, but they did a great job on this one!

Ep. 45: Rudy Sarzo, David Ellefson, Phil X, Jason Hook, Nita Strauss (Hired Gun)

David Ellefson (Megadeth), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake), Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch, Mandy Moore), Phil X (Triumph, Bon Jovi, The Drills), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper) and Director Fran Strine talk about the in-production documentary Hired Gun, and what it means to be a hired gun musician.

Plus, Phil X gives tribute to bassist Randy Coven.


Ep. 44: NAMM – Day 1 (Carvin, Peavey, Vigier, Tascam, Kurzweil, Yorkville Sound, EarthQuaker Devices)

Day 1 of my NAMM report with interviews with:

– Carvin Guitars
– Vigier
– EarthQuaker Devices
– Tascam
– Yorkville Sound
– Kurzweil
– Artizan Bass Works

Plus: coverage of the Peavey 50th Anniversary celebration, and new music by Blasted To Static featuring Jeff Martin (Racer X, Badlands)


Ep. 43: Robert Sarzo (Hurricane, Geoff Tate’s Queensrÿche)

Robert Sarzo (Hurricane, Geoff Tate’s Queensrÿche, Solo) talks about his life and career. He discusses his early days in Cuba, and coming to America when he was 6, his early bands with his brother Rudy, his early recordings and tours (and working with Jimmy Iovine and Bob Seger), his experience working with Ozzy Osbourne right after the death of Randy Rhoads, the formation of Hurricane and the making of their 2 cd’s (and his exit from the band), the recording of his solo album “After The Storm” (and why it was shelved for almost 30 years), how he got the gig for the Geoff Tate’s Queensrÿche tour, and his new project that he’s about to unleash).

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Ep. 42: Chris Coiller (Engineer: Lynch Mob, KXM, Prong)

Chris Collier (Engineer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer – KXM, Lynch Mob, Prong) joins us to discuss his career to date. He covers how he got into the business, how he ended up drumming on a Lita Ford cd, Working with Lynch Mob on the “Sound Mountain Sessions” and “Sun Red Sun”, and working with Travers & Appice, Prong (“Ruining Lives” and the upcomming covers cd “Songs From The Black Hole”, KXM, and Lynch’s 2-cd Shadowtrain soundtrack. He also discusses new projects, such as Fieldy’s (Korn) new Stillwell album, a new project with Ray Luzier and Billy Sheehan (for Madame Mayhem – which Sheehan is Producing), teases us regarding a new project with Jeff Pilson and gives an update on the new Lynch mob full length cd currently being recorded.

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