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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Smash Mouth guitarist Sean Hurwitz takes advantage of his OTH turn by cruelly forcing Deane to reminisce about their early days as sales guys at Guitar Center and their nights as gigging musicians at the turn of the millennium. Deane pulls the story out of Sean of how he decided to take up guitar at thirteen after experiencing what he's now convinced were three of the coolest moments of his musical youth. This leads to a serious discussion on whether music conspires with events in life to create certain trajectories for Creatives. Weighty stuff, indeed. Sean also talks about the trials and tribulations in his quest to find true passion in music and the challenge of staying inspired when things feel like they couldn't get much better than they already are. All this plus why Richie Sambora is so damned cool, the logistics of avoiding suicide bombings, and how being lied to can actually end up being the perfect substitution for going into the Army. Huh? Well, just listen and find out. 

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Category:music -- posted at: 12:35 AM
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Deane hooks up with his old buddy Jeff Dean, LA session bassist and producer, for a few lessons on what folks are doing wrong in recording professional bass tracks these days. Jeff has played with a ton of acts over the years and has also produced hours upon hours of music for loads of TV shows, so his studio prowess is as pro as it gets. Jeff talks to Deane about his newfound love of creating original instruments, how he started as a seventeen year-old on the Sunset Strip playing in bands, his year at BIT in Hollywood, and how his career in production music has made him a better engineer. Deane also asks Jeff about his philosophy on session preparation and how he deals with blocking out the distractions that come with recording in 21st century workspaces. 

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Direct download: OTH_JeffDean_140819.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 3:11 PM
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After months and months of chasing each other around the world, Deane finally eats dinner with renowned symphonic flutist Sara Andon in Los Angeles and grills her on the seemingly endless streak of world tours, special engagements and featured solo performances she's on. Sara details her whirlwind life as an in-demand performer and recording musician, speaking candidly and passionately about her love of symphonic music and what it takes to withstand the pressure cooker of the Los Angeles classical scene. She also explains how several unexpected connections led her to put away her plan to become a professional science geek for a career in professional music. 

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Category:music -- posted at: 8:12 PM
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Nobody in the LA session scene has seen or done more and lived to tell the tale than Hollywood trumpet legend Rick Baptist. A wunderkind who cut his teeth in Bay Area big band and latin soul outfits during the late '60's, Rick became a card-carrying union player at the age of twelve and has been hellbent for leather ever since, working with such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lewis, David Foster, Jerry Goldsmith, Sammy Davis Jr., Tears for Fears, Pharrell Williams, Etta James, Hans Zimmer, Natalie Cole, Paul Anka, Joe Cocker, and Ray Charles. Deane hooks up with Rick in Los Angeles for story after story detailing Rick's incredible career run on more than 1,200 studio feature films and countless television shows over the past four decades and how he is now working hard to preserve the health of the business for future generations of recording musicians. 

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Category:music -- posted at: 12:47 AM
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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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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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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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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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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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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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