Category Archives: Tour

21 – Dan Navarro: Definition of Greatness



Dan Navarro is a virtuosic bassist in Tampa Bay. In fact, he is my personal favorite bass player around. We talk about his musical upbringing and how he had such a high pedigree from a young age. When he discovered Geddy Lee he knew he’d caught the bass guitar bug. Once he started playing in the Tampa scene, word of mouth helped to propel him to the top tier gigs and he’s cemented his reputation as a consummate professional.

@danielnavarromusic
@modernmeasureband
@anyandeveryband


20 – Willy Colon: Living the Dream



Willy Colon is an incredibly talented guitarist and a phenomenal entertainer. He’s well known in the local scene but he’s also played with national and international acts such as Coast City, Blanca, Yandel, and most recently, Luis Fonsi. We talk about how he’s living the dream that he’s had since he was a young musician. He also reveals how anxiety has crept into his life and how he’s learned to cope and recover from it. We also talk about how he’s looking ahead to developing new artists, starting with Casey Conroy.

@willycolon
@iamcaseyconroy
@tenintwelveofficial


19 – Geo Ponce: Discipline, Network & Gratitude



Geo Ponce is a consummate musician and producer.  His talent and skill have been bolstered by his work ethic, all of which have landed him on worldwide stages with reggeaton artist J. Balvin. We talk about his upbringing, his musical influences, and surprises he encountered on the road.  You can follow Geo on Instagram and keep up with his work in Orlando, LA, and abroad.

@geoponce


18 – Justino: Creativity Over Everything



Justino is a talented guitarist and singer, but he considers himself, primarily, as a songwriter.  It shows in his total approach to music. He’s one of the hardest working musicians in Florida so he definitely knows about the grind. His focus right now is his original band, Anthill Cinema. “Creativity Over Everything” isn’t just a catchy mantra. It’s saved him from some darkness, and now fuels his art.

@JustinoHQ
@AnthillCinema


17 – Alfred Sheppard: Storyteller



Alfred Sheppard is an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger, and music director.  Most recently he’s been playing with Mandy Harvey. Serving as her musical director, he’s been able to tour the US, write for pops orchestras, and play her music in all kinds of venues.  Now he’s moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of composing and scoring for films.  Hear how he talks about him “cheating on jazz”, surprise Scientology gigs, and his rendition of our theme song.z

AlfredSheppardMusic.com
@alfredsheppardmusic


16 – Jonathan Thomas: Yes to Everything



Jonathan Thomas is an exceptional drummer in the Tampa Bay area.  From an early age, he’s been playing with most of the heavy-hitters in the Tampa music scene and he continues to do so.  He rose to a national level with the band Ascend the Hill.  Hear how he started out paying his dues, and he’s continuously working on his craft.

JonathanThomasDrums.com
@jonathanthomasdrums

 


15 – Matt Poynter: On the Journey



Matt Poynter is an accomplished drummer who actually started out on piano. He discovered his gift at a young age and has been musically active for most of his life.  Now he’s part of a band called “The Hip Abduction.”  Their star has been rising and they’re playing national stages like Jannus live, and Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Here we talk about how he got started, and how he balances touring with working at home.

mattpoynter.com
@mattpoyntermusic


10 – Nathan Brown: It’s a People Thing



Self-proclaimed cappuccino addict, Nathan Brown, is currently working with renowned blues artist, Coco Montoya.  In this episode, we talk about life on tour, getting schooled in the blues, and his endorsements with Kiesel guitars and Tsunami cables.  Growing up in Detroit prepared Nathan to provide a solid foundation for any group he’s playing in.

@NathanBrownBass

CocoMontoyaBand.com

Bass Solo 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6btUu8hwMs

Bass Solo 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XbfoPLDmgs


8 – Bobby Brennan: Born to Bass



Bobby Brennan is a phenomenal bass player who has performed on several major national tours.  He’s currently working on the Cirque du Soleil arena tour of “Corteo.”  It’s evident that Bobby loves what he does, and that joy permeates his whole life.  He’s also got a very inspirational story of drastic weight loss, and radical lifestyle change.  You can follow his health & wellness journey, as well as his musical escapades on Instagram or on Facebook.

@fat_guy_drinks_juice
@bobbybassbrennan

Here are two of the YouTube clips that I referenced.
Bobby Brennan – Bass 1
Bobby Brennan – Bass 2

Bobby is a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen, so I had to reference one of The Boss’s tunes for the title of this episode.