Thursday, September 14, 2017

Jack Russell from Great White

This "CooperTalk" originally posted on 11/28/2016

Jack was very informative about the world of rock n' roll and even told a story about him shooting a maid. That is right. Shooting a maid.

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Steve Cooper talks with singer Jack Russell. Jack is a founding member of the hard rock band Great White. The band gained popularity during the 1980s and early 1990s. The band hit the mainstream in 1987 for their album Once Bitten which featured the hits Rock Me and Save Your Love. They followed that up with Twice Shy which was certified double platinum and had their best selling single Once Bitten, Twice Shy which they received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance. Jack has been touring with his version of the band Jack Russell's Great White and recording for the last 20 years and they recently released a new album.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lisa Loeb - Wonderful Singer/Songwriter

This "CooperTalk" originally posted on 9/10/2016

Lisa was a really sweet guest. I could tell one of the reasons for her success was because of her genuineness and we did end up talking about her glasses and how they helped make glasses cool for young women to wear.

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Steve Cooper talks with singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb. Lisa launched her career in 1994 with the song Stay (I Missed You), which was included in the film Reality Bites. She was the first artist to have a number one single in the United States while not signed to a recording contract. Her five studio CDs include her major label debut, the gold-selling Tails and its follow-up, the Grammy-nominated, gold-selling Firecracker. She has also worked in film, television, voice-over work and children’s recordings. Loeb has appeared in two television series, Dweezil & Lisa, a weekly culinary adventure for the Food Network and Number 1 Single, a reality show on the E! Network in 2006 focused on her quest for love, success, career, and family. Her children's music includes the albums Catch the Moon (2003) and Camp Lisa (2008). Her first joint children's book and album Lisa Loeb's Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs was published in 2011. In 2010 she founded the Lisa Loeb Eyewear Collection, which is based on her own designs. She co-wrote the lyrics and music to Camp Kappawanna, a family musical that was premiered in New York on March 21, 2015 by the Atlantic Theater Company. Loeb's third children's album, Nursery Rhyme Parade!, was made available on October 16, 2015 and she is releasing a new album this coming October.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Kenny Aronoff - Drummer Extraordinaire

This "CooperTalk" originally posted on 3/22/2016

Kenny called me to reschedule our episode. He was telling me so much cool information as we spoke that I knew this would be a killer episode. I told him to save the stories until we got in studio because they were gems. He is a very respected drummer and a monster on his kit. When you listen to John Cougar's "Jack & Diane" the drum break in the middle is all Kenny. Created by him and perfectly executed by him.

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Steve Cooper talks with drummer Kenny Aronoff. Kenny is one of the world's most influential and in-demand drummers. The list of artists he's worked with reads like a who's who of the music industry, and includes John Mellencamp, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Seger, Melissa Etheridge, Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Avril Lavigne, John Fogerty, Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf, Bonnie Raitt, Ricky Martin, Santana, Trey Anastasio, Michelle Branch, and many others. With a style of playing that combines power and finesse, he was named the #1 Pop/Rock Drummer and the #1 Studio Drummer for five consecutive years by the readers of Modern Drummer Magazine, and in addition has played on over 30 Grammy-nominated recordings.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Terri Nunn from Berlin

 This "CooperTalk" originally posted on 12/1/2013

Terri was one of my first big music guests. It was amazing to have her in studio because I had started listening to her in college and we all loved her. Berlin's music still holds up and whenever I hear it when I'm driving I need to turn up the volume.

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Steve Cooper talks with singer Terri Nunn. Terry joined the new wave techno-pop band for good in 1981. Their greatest success was the top-selling 1986 single Take My Breath Away, the love theme in the film Top Gun. It reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. She also sang the other hits, Sex (I'm A...), The Metro, No More Words and Masquerade. In 1985 she left Berlin to embark on a solo career that included recording a song for the movie Better Off Dead and performing a duet with Paul Carrack. She also sang with the bands The Sisters of Mercy and Sin City. She reformed Berlin in 1996 and they have been performing live in the US and around the world and recording albums since then including their latest Animal.