Echoes of the 70s: Mike Skill, Recording Artist

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Mike Skill: Award-Winning Recording Artist

What happens when the decline of Detroit’s automotive industry fuels a surge in musical creativity? Join us as we sit down with rock and roll legend Mike Skill, founder of The Romantics, who takes us through the gritty yet exhilarating music scene of Detroit in the 70s. From working automotive industry jobs to fund his passion to rehearsing in old storefronts, Mike shares how the communal spirit among musicians and the influence of British rock bands shaped a city resilient in its artistic pursuits.

Discover the origins of The Romantics and how they emerged from the punk and new wave scenes of New York, LA, and London. Mike discusses the transition from the era of iconic lead singers to bands creating their own unique sounds and styles. Hear about the band’s early performances, their sharp Motown-inspired look, and the challenges they faced while recording their first two albums in a rapidly evolving music landscape. You’ll get an insider’s view on how the scene influenced their image and the creative processes behind their signature hits.

Finally, you’ll hear about the hit songs “Talking in Your Sleep” and “What I Like About You,” and journey through the relentless push from management to produce new records. Mike recounts the impact of the 1967 Detroit Riots on the local community and the creation of the song “67 Riot,” capturing the essence of that era through music. This episode is packed with captivating stories, personal anecdotes, and a vivid portrayal of the music industry’s highs and lows. Don’t miss this engaging conversation with rock legend Mike Skill on the Jay Franze show!

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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Mike Skill
  • Recorded: June 17, 2024

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From Bluegrass Beginnings to Electrifying Performances: Avery Glenn Crabtree, Recording Artist

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Avery Glenn Crabtree: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist

What if your favorite song could completely change the vibe of an entire room? This episode we take you backstage with country music recording artist Avery Glenn Crabtree, who reveals the secrets behind his powerful performances. From tapping into deep emotions for every song, whether it’s sad, sexy, or aggressive, to his preference for deep cuts over popular tracks, you’ll get an inside look at what makes Avery an unforgettable frontman. Discover the special camaraderie he shares with his band and learn how his bluegrass background, instilled by his father, shapes his musical journey.

Ever wondered how musicians can control and elevate the energy in a honky-tonk setting? Avery shares his firsthand experience on engaging with live audiences, especially by catering to the preferences of women in the crowd, and the art of keeping the vibe high. The discussion goes beyond just setlists and notes the flexibility of seasoned musicians to adapt on-the-fly, ensuring every performance is fresh and memorable. Learn about the evolving live music scene, the decline of house bands, and the strategies musicians use to create an interactive experience that keeps fans coming back.

Navigating the intricate relationships within the music industry is no small feat, and Avery opens up about the challenges and triumphs of collaborating with venue owners and promoting shows in a digital age. Hear about his personal struggles with maintaining a social media presence while balancing family life, and the invaluable lessons learned from his musical influences ranging from bluegrass and gospel to Elvis and Motown. This episode also features touching anecdotes that highlight the power of music to move people, including a story about a gospel song that reduced a listener to tears. Tune in for heartfelt stories, industry insights, and an exclusive segment celebrating the unsung heroes who support artists behind the scenes.

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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Avery Glenn Crabtree
  • Recorded: June 12, 2024

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Serendipity and Soul: Will Wesley, Recording Artist

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Will Wesley: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist

Ever wondered how a serendipitous meeting can change the course of a musical career? Join us on The Jay Franze Show as we sit down with country music artist Will Wesley, who takes us on an emotional journey recounting the profound impact his late manager, Brian Abrams, had on his life and career. From their chance encounter at a concert in Florida to their unforgettable ride through the bustling streets of Bangkok, Will shares heartfelt memories that shed light on Brian’s unwavering belief in his music, including the prophetic prediction of his song “12 o’clock in Texas.”

In this episode, we explore the spiritual essence of the blues and its healing power amidst life’s adversities. Will recounts his first road tour with blues legend Larry Garner, showcasing his resilience by performing just days after gallbladder surgery. His role as a music director for Grady Champion adds another layer to his fascinating journey, revealing the hardships and triumphs that come with living the blues. We also dive into the creation of “Ready to Ride,” highlighting the collaborative process at Roanoke Records and the invaluable contributions of talented musicians like Michael Cleveland.

But the episode isn’t all about music—it’s deeply personal too. Will opens up about the tragic loss of his brother Daniel to a heroin overdose and his close collaborator Kern Pratt to COVID-19. He shares his journey to sobriety and his mission to raise awareness about addiction, underscoring the transformative power of music and faith. We also touch on the importance of authenticity in social media and shed light on Will’s future plans, including a European tour and new music releases. Tune in for an episode brimming with heartfelt stories, life-changing experiences, and inspiring insights into the world of country and blues music.

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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Will Wesley
  • Recorded: June 3, 2024

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