The Double Stop Podcast with Brian Sword

Ep. 70: Bernard Fowler (Solo, Nickelbag, The Rolling Stones)

Bernard Fowler discusses his life and career. From singing on the street corner at 16 to his 27 years working with Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones (as well as solo albums by Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts). He discusses his early projects with The Peech Boys and Herbie Hancock, to Nickelbag (who changed their name to The IMFs because of Nickelback) with Stevie Salas, and his new solo record The Bura. Bernard has lots of great stories from his amazing career.

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Ep. 69: Dave Jerden (Frank Zappa, Mick Jagger, Alice In Chains, Violets Demise)

Dave Jerden discusses his life and career. From his early days to working with Frank Zappa, Herbie Hancock, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. He also discusses the creation of the Alice In Chains sound, his work with Anthrax, and the lost album by Violets Demise with Rowan Robertson and Oni Logan. He shares why he stopped making records for many years, and what brought him back.  

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Ep. 68: Jennifer Batten (Solo, Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck)

Jennifer Batten discusses her early days and learning guitar, her audition for Michael Jackson, her work on the Bad, Dangerous and HIStory tours, her account of Greg Howe filling in for her for a few weeks with Michael Jackson (his account is in episode 36), her work with Jeff Beck, her three solo records and her new multimedia tour – Jennifer Batten’s Self-Empowerment for the Modern Musician Experience.

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Jennifer Batten 2015 Tour Dates:

7-24 LAS VEGAS
7-26 FLAGSTAFF
7-29 LUBBOCK TX
8-1 DALLAS
8-2 AUSTIN
8-4 SAN ANTONIO
8-16 MARGATE
8-20 NASHVILLE
8-22 CHARLOTTE
8-23 RALEIGH
8-27 KING OF PRUSSIA
8-29 CARLE PLACE4
8-30 NEW HAVEN
9-5 INDIANAPOLIS
9-6 LOMBARD
9-8 O’FALLON MO

For more on Jennifer Batten: http://www.batten.com/

Ep. 67: PJ Farley (Trixter, Lita Ford)

P.J. Farley discusses his early days, and the formation of Trixter. He covers their early success (when he was still a teenager), their decline with grunge, his other bands with Steve Brown, his work with Lita Ford, the Trixter reunion and their new album Human Era.

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Ep. 66: Joey Tafolla (Solo, Jag Panzer)

Joey Tafolla discusses his life and career. From his early days learning guitar (and his highly musical family), to the record label he co-founded at 19, on again/off again (and now currently on again!) history with Jag Panzer, his solo shredder career with Shrapnel Records (and work with Tony MacAlpine), giving guitar lessons to Buckethead, his tour with the Michael Sweet solo band, and his upcoming projects.

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Ep: 65: Wyn Davis (Dio, Dokken, Foreigner)

Wyn Davis walks us through his career, from his early days in production, to working with Dokken, Dio and Foreigner. We learn how he became Ronnie James Dio’s favorite recording engineer, and shares his experiences working with Heaven & Hell.

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Ep. 64: Jonathan Mover (GTR, Joe Satriani, Fuel, Saigon Kick)

Jonathan Mover (GTR, Joe Satriani, Fuel, Saigon Kick) discusses his life and career. From his training a first bands to his work with GTR, Joe Satriani, Aretha Franklin, Fuel and Matt Kramer. He also covers how he started playing with Saigon Kick and also discusses his magazine – Drumhead Magazine.

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Ep. 63: Mike Fraser (Aerosmith, AC/DC, Coverdale / Page, Joe Satriani)

Mike Fraser discusses his career, from how he got his start with Bob Rock and Bruce Fairbairn, to his first big break with Aerosmith, working with Jimmy Page on the Coverdale – Page cd, AC/DC on The Razors Edge (and iconic guitar parts on Thunderstruck), Blue Murder, The Power Station, Joe Satriani, Chickenfoot, and the new AC/DC cd Rock or Bust.

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Ep. 62: Eric Martin Part 2 (Mr. Big, Solo)

In Part 2 with Eric Martin (Mr Big) he discusses the first Mr. Big tour with Rush, the success of Lean Into It, the refomation in the 90’s with Richie Kotzen, the reunion with all original members, the Mr. Vocalist series of cds in Japan, and he announces his new project with Warren DeMartini (Ratt).

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Ep. 61: Eric Martin (Solo, Mr. Big)

In Part 1 of my 2 part interview with Eric Martin (Mr. Big), he shares how he got his start in music, and discusses his early solo albums “Sucker For A Pretty Face”, “Eric Martin” and “I’m Only Fooling Myself”. Eric also covers his contribution to the Teachers soundtrack (a song he wrote with Neal Schon from Journey), as well as his near miss in Toto. We discuss the formation of Mr. Big (and the role Mike Varney had), and the recording of the first Mr. Big album.

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