On this week's episode of Norman's Rare Guitars, The Podcast, Norm is joined by his good buddies Jason Sinay and Mark McKay. Jason has been compared to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and plays with Mike Campbell and the Dirty Knobs. Mark is an independent American songwriter influenced by include Nick Cave, Lucinda Williams, and Bob Dylan. Together, they have much more in common than exclusively music. They are all passionate about The Midnight Mission and the work within the homeless communities that the Mission serves.
Mar 10, 2020
On this special episode of Norman's Rare Guitars, The Podcast, Norman is joined by veteran guest Tim Pierce and special guest Jason Scheff from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Chicago. Chicago painted the picture for many of our listeners' youth, and this episode will bring the nostalgia and familiarity you've come to expect from Norman's guests. Stay tuned for a special song that Jason wrote for his father. We hope you enjoy this extremely special episode!
Mar 3, 2020
Norman is joined by Michael Reno Harrell, an award winning songwriter, as well as a veteran storyteller and entertainer, and he's from the South… the Southern Appalachian Mountains, to be specific. Stick around for the stories, the guitar playing, and the unique and special voice of Michael Reno Harrell.
Feb 25, 2020
In this episode, Norm and Nick continue their exploration of making money in music, but in ways most kids don't think about when they start out in a band. Educated by the Royal Academy of Music, Dominic Lewis is a young and very relevant composer of modern day music... in film, TV, animation, and more. Together, Dominic and Daniel have worked with some legends in entertainment -- including Hans Zimmer and Jodie Foster -- and have worked for some of the most relevant films in our modern times; from Free Birds, to How to Train Your Dragon, to Duck Tales, Peter Rabbit, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and X-Men: First Class. Join the conversation of these two masters tell all their secrets and how they have created careers built on their passions for music.
Feb 18, 2020
On this episode, Norm and Nick sit with return guest David Becker (of the David Becker Trio), and Derek Frank. Derek is a world-renowned bassist who started with a love of heavy metal -- he is a self-proclaimed "metal head" -- and has toured globally with some of the world's biggest pop acts, including Gwen Stefani and Shania Twain. He's also been on the TV sensation Dancing with the Stars! Hear all about the guitars and basses that they love, why they play them, how they got started in the music business and what makes a great touring musician, on this episode of Norman's Rare Guitars, The Podcast.
Feb 11, 2020
On this episode, Norm is joined by Angela Petrilli, of Picking with Petrilli! Angela is an LA native who was in the band Roses & Cigarettes, until tragedy struck and the other half of her band was taken too soon by cancer. In her efforts to rebuild from such a tragic loss, she's regrouping and hitting the road on her own. Angela will be playing on February 5th at Cinema Barn in Culver City, CA in a show called Building a Jam Band. If you're in town and like this episode, make sure to tell her in person at the show!
Feb 4, 2020
Michael Lemmo has become a bit of a Norman's Rare Guitars celebrity, and for all the right reasons. On this episode, it's just Norm and Mike, talking through Mike's life in music, the way he started, the guitars he plays, and all the personal bits you would want to hear about his life, including why he stayed in Los Angeles, instead of high-tailing it back to PA.
Jan 28, 2020
Welcome to episode 20! We're so excited to be recording these historical -- yet relevant -- episodes and are grateful for your continued support. If you haven't yet, please take a moment to rate, review and subscribe to our show. Guy King is a blues guitar player coming all the way from Chicago, by way of Israel. As Norman says, it's further proof that the American Blues is an internationally adored medium for music. That said, he doesn't call himself a Blues/Jazz player, he calls himself a music player and loves music that's filled with soul. This episode is filled with music, more than many other episodes and is sure to keep your ears warm on these cold, wintery days. Enjoy Norman and Guy King in a way you've never heard either of them before. WHAT WE'RE PLAYING: 2003 ES335 Dot Neck Reissue "It's warm and buttery, right off the shelf"
Jan 21, 2020
On this episode, Norm is joined by Mike Hightower and Lightnin' Willie, blues bass and blues guitar legends, respectively. From stories about how to write a song on 3 chords, to parties back in the days, to the LA music scene in it's infant through adult stages, the stories on this podcast will not leave you lonely. From Bob Dillon surprising Willie in Norm's old store's location, to dancing with boxes of ashes, you need to listen to this episode. For more information on the instruments played in this episode, make sure to listen to the end segment "What We're Playing". What We're Playing: Linghtnin' Willie - ES5 (Blonde), 3 P90's with master tone Mike Hightower - '76 P Bass
Jan 14, 2020
1 hr 1 min
It's a new year and Norman's back with Bill Champlin, an American singer, musician, arranger, producer, and songwriter. He formed the band Sons of Champlin in 1965, which still performs today, and was a member of the band Chicago from 1981–2009. He performed lead vocals on three of Chicago's biggest hits of the 1980s, 1984's "Hard Habit to Break" and "Look Away" and "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" in 1988. He has won multiple Grammy Awards for songwriting. In this special episode, Norman, Nick and Bill get into their history together, and separately, their understanding of rock history (and their parts in it), and their adoration for modern greats, like Jacob Collier. If you missed some shows over the holidays, make sure you head back to our page to listen to Elliot Easton, Bruce Forman and Josh Smith!
Jan 7, 2020
1 hr 7 min