Recording artist and studio musician Deane Ogden talks one on one with the most intriguing personalities in rock, pop, R&B, jazz and country music — the artists, musicians and moguls who’ve created music history as we know it today.

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Deane celebrates the 20th episode of OTH with the great Paul Taylor of Winger, Alice Cooper, Steve Perry, and Cinderella fame! Paul and Deane journey into the thick of the late-80's LA rock scene after Paul recounts his formative Bay Area friendships with cats like Eric Martin and Country Joe McDonald. He also explains the story behind his friendship with Kip Winger and how it led to the formation of one of MTV's hottest 80's rock acts, what it was like co-writing songs with the legendary Steve Perry, and why he's sold on the Nashville scene these days as the central hub of his musical output.

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Direct download: OTH_PaulTaylor_140722.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 2:28 AM
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After Deane details the frustrating event behind the relationship his new haircut shares with the unfortunate passing of Tommy Ramone, jazz sax man and BeHip Records founder Chris Alpiar submits to an OTH waterboarding like no other. Chris confesses many things, not the least of which include sodium-bombing a bathroom once, sniffing out Cuban coffee in Miami, and terrorizing Atlanta commuters with Kenny G records. But dig a little deeper and you'll hear Deane and Chris reveal a shared personal struggle in their transition from well-rounded musicians to lean, mean gigging machines… a journey that has not been without its pain, agony and darkness. It does get a little deep and introspective in this episode, but as Chris's life attests to, an all-out pursuit of art requires the shedding of self and the tempering of pride, but ultimately finds the reward of total personal and creative satisfaction. 

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Direct download: OTH_ChrisAlpiar_140715.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 1:24 AM
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One of the greatest things to ever happen to Deane was the release of Seal's eponymous 1994 album, bringing the colors and sensibilities of guitarist and songwriter Gus Isidore into his musical lexicon. The next greatest thing was when Gus and Deane actually met, became pals, and eventually worked together. Gus takes a turn in the OTH hotseat and shares the goods on making that breakthrough record with the legendary Trevor Horn. Gus also recounts his lifelong fascination with Jimi Hendrix, his early years as a session player for Marc Bolan, Eddy Grant, and Flock of Seagulls, and how producer Daniel Lanois once asked him to come in and rescue a throwaway track for Peter Gabriel… an obscure little tune you might now know as "Blood of Eden". Lastly, Deane tackles a piece of listener mail and offers his three most valuable lessons learned as a studio session musician. 

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Direct download: OTH_GusIsidore_140708.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 7:30 AM
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There are few cats still around who can play blues guitar better than the legendary Arlen Roth. Known for his signature style and sound, Arlen has recorded and performed with the likes of Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, and John Prine, but also has schooled Hollywood actors on how to authentically pull off a guitar performance as well as seasoned musicians in the untold thousands on how to just play… better. Deane jumps on the phone with Arlen to talk about how, at the tender age of nineteen, he wrote two of the most widely respected guitar instructional books in history and then went on to enhance every young guitarist's chops with his famous "Hot Licks" video series. Arlen also speaks candidly about his experience and performances on the classic 1986 film "Crossroads", what it was like working with Steve Vai and Ry Cooder, and how the satisfaction of being the real deal always trumps the tall tales and machinations of Hollywood. 

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Direct download: OTH_ArlenRoth_140701.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 9:33 PM
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In this very special episode, OTH pays tribute to American radio legend and music historian Casey Kasem. Veteran radio producers Ron Shapiro and Matt Wilson join Deane from Los Angeles to reflect on the man Casey was on and off the air by providing their personal firsthand perspective into the innerworkings of the most successful hit music countdown show of all-time, "American Top 40". 

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Direct download: OTH_CaseyKasem_140624.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 8:49 PM
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Deane chats up his longtime pal, recording artist/bassist Al Slavik (Adrian Belew, Alphaville, Shankar), on finding ultimate creative satisfaction as nomadic Bohemian musicians. But even after attacking the sprawling topic of musical globetrotting, there's still plenty of time for talk about Al's famous Los Angeles houseparty barbecues, his career on the road, fathers and sons, networking with other players, and how to know when it's time to leave a collaborative situation. 

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Direct download: OTH_AlSlavik_140617.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 3:03 PM
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Deane discovers a kindred spirit in independent recording artist Elizaveta during this candid OTH conversation of unusual depth. A singer/songwriter with a current single burning up the iTunes charts as we speak, Elizaveta reveals her feelings on artistic insecurity, the importance of authenticity with an audience, and her experience as a first-time producer in addition to writing and recording her latest EP, Hero. Elizaveta also discusses her recent international tour and how she's preparing to play before a festival crowd of over 100,000 fans in her ancestral native Russia.

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Direct download: OTH_Elizaveta_140610.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 5:01 PM
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You've seen horn and winds guru Jerry Vivino every weeknight for the last twenty-one years on shows like Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Tonight Show, but long before that he was touring and playing with legends like Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Dion, James Brown, Paul Shaffer, and Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. Jerry joins Deane via overseas call to chat about his many years in the business as a guy who knows where most of the bodies are buried. The fellas also dish on social media, choosing your "path", and how to succeed on the road. Jerry is one of the hardest working cats in showbiz and he's laying down hard truth today on OTH. 

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Direct download: OTH_Vivino_140603.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 9:41 AM
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You want the funk? Ya gotta have that funk? Well, Aaron Blackman was the funky little brother in the midst of the galactic circus known as the George Clinton/Roger Troutman P-Funk universe. Aaron joins Deane for a lively OTH chat about his subsequent career as a session and live guitarist for the likes of Zapp, Sly Fox, Catfish Collins, Ray Davis, Hiram Bullock and, more recently, pop star Ashanti. Aaron also shares a few choice stories from his brief experience as an in-house player at Prince's Paisley Park compound in Minneapolis as well as the details of a totally crazy early encounter with a then upstart John Cougar Mellencamp. Finally, Deane compares notes with Aaron on being itinerant musicians and how they both wound up adopting East Asia as their second home. 

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Direct download: OTH_Blackman_140527.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 9:00 AM
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Musical director/remix artist/composer Peter Schwartz is a man who has been in places that few musicians have: On Madonna's living room couch, standing in the cold with David Bowie, making small talk with Enya, rummaging through old master tapes for Pet Shop Boys, eating scrambled eggs at Phil Ramone's house… If it sounds like a charmed life, then you don't know the rest of the story. Peter and Deane share a hang as Peter recants a childhood spent mastering tough classical piano pieces, his first experience with the purple haze of rock and roll, how he "accidentally" became a top New York remix artist, and why working hard and putting his all into everything led to him heading up some of the biggest world tours of the last twenty years. 

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Direct download: OTH_Schwartz_140521.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 8:36 PM
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