The Double Stop Podcast with Brian Sword

Ep. 52: Jeff LaBar (Cinderella, Solo)

Jeff LaBar (Cinderella) tells us about his early days and early bands. He explains how he got the gig in Cinderella, and the recording of Night Songs, Long Cold Winter, Heartbreak Station – and how the changing musical climate affected Still Climbing. He also discusses Tom Keifer’s vocal problems and their failed recording contract with Sony in the late 90’s. He also talks about his new solo EP One For The Road, and the recording process for it. He also shares that he’s heading back into the studio to record the follow-up for Rat Pak Records.

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Ep. 51: Joey Allen (Warrant)

Joey Allen (Warrant) gives us a full overview of his career. He discusses the early days of Warrant, and their heyday in the late 80’s. He also shares why he left the band after Dog Eat Dog, what he did in the years before his return, reflects on Jani Lane, and looks forward to the next cd, and when that will be recorded.

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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)