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Alison Pipitone interviews working musicians about their art and what motivates them to continue on this difficult but incredibly rewarding path. Each episode features a working artist and a discussion about some of the pioneers in the industry who con…


28: It All Starts With the Blues
Jul 30 • 50 min
In this episode, Alison speaks with RiShon Odel, the masterful bassist who has played with jazz stars and rock stars and gospel stars…He is a producer, writer, and arranger, and we were so happy to catch up with him on a recent evening.
27: Three Cheers for Buffalo!
Jun 22 • 72 min
Alison Pipitone and Peter Burakowski discuss the Pan-American Expo of 1901, his songs based on that era, and the hero Jim Parker, whose name was almost erased from history. Peter also tells us about the time he was traveling for business and his wife…
26: What Plagues You
Jun 10 • 62 min
Alison Pipitone and Shannon Furtak discuss the fate of musicians during the Black Plague and the Spanish Flu, along with other equally lighthearted topics.
25: Equal Temperament
Apr 19 • 46 min
Alison interviews her brother-in-law/lead guitarist Graham Howes about pianos and guitars and motivation and family.
24: Zuper Zonic Matt Pszonak
Apr 13 • 55 min
Alison interviews Matt Pszonak, a man who plays more instruments than there are consonants in his name. Matt talks about his upbringing and world travels, his influences, and the risks involved with a career in music. SUNY Music Industry Students give…
23: Open Up the Universe
Apr 12 • 40 min
Alison spends some time with Robbie Konikoff talking about - among other things - Devo, following your heart, and being open to change. Then SUNY Fredonia music industry students introduce us to the extraordinary Edie Lehmann Boddicker, who was born in…
22: Marc My Words
Apr 7 • 44 min
Alison and Marc W. Hunt talk about the bass and the studio and the Magic Kingdom. SUNY Fredonia Music Industry students introduce us to the pioneering record producer Lillian Shedd McMurry.
21: The Mighty Ms. Maltese
Apr 5 • 56 min
Alison and the wonderfully talented Liz Maltese discuss the fun and foibles of being a singer and songwriter. Our SUNY Music Industry students give us some background on the career of Ella Fitzgerald.
20: The Prince of Woodlawn
Apr 4 • 45 min
Alison talks to BFF Michael Skowronski about his younger years, all things music, and the late great Stan Szelest.
19: Thinking In Stories
Mar 14, 2019 • 66 min
Karen Taylor interviews Alison about making, performing, and living music
18: Stupid Courage and the Kids Are All Right
Feb 28, 2019 • 52 min
Alison and SUNY Fredonia music industry students
17: Pat Libs
Feb 14, 2019 • 56 min
Alison and Pat Shaughnessy discuss Bun E. Carlos
16: Detergent and Creamer
Jan 31, 2019 • 58 min
Alison and Tom Stahl discuss Buffalo icon Michael Meldrum
15: This Is How History Gets Made
Jan 17, 2019 • 44 min
Alison interviews George Scott about the Historic Colored Musicians’ Club
14: IF is not the word
Jan 3, 2019 • 49 min
Alison interview Robby Takac from Goo Goo Dolls
13: Pay Attention!
Dec 20, 2018 • 80 min
This week, Alison interviews ace guitar player Jamie Holka. They discuss the roles fate and sheer determination often play in the lives of working musicians. Jamie reflects on his work with Captain Beyond and as a solo artist, and then Alison and Jamie…
12: Bar Talk Tone Clusters
Dec 6, 2018 • 50 min
This week, Alison travels to South Pasadena, CA to interview the incomparable George Schwindt, former member of Celtic punk band Flogging Molly. In this interview George discusses his innovative drum style, his early choice to play Yamaha drums, the…
11: The Flaming Pipitones
Nov 22, 2018 • 55 min
Alison sits down with her brother Damon, who discusses his life as the founder of Los Angeles’ only 80s/Irish/Dance/Rock band, Flogging Seagulls. Then Damon and Alison go back in time to remember their roots with their punk-ish, rock-ish band The Monas.
Episdoe 10: Backwards, Upside Down, and Inside Out
Nov 8, 2018 • 44 min
Alison interviews singer, songwriter, poet Maria Sebastian
9: Sister Act
Oct 25, 2018 • 42 min
Alison interviews two sisters and discusses songwriter Jackson C. Frank
8: State of Grace
Oct 11, 2018 • 42 min
Alison and Grace Stumberg and Joan Baez
7: the Discipline, the Work, the Joy
Sep 27, 2018 • 54 min
Alison and Walter Kemp III and Dr. Lonnie Smith
6: Wetiko
Sep 13, 2018 • 53 min
Alison and Susan Rozler and Elizabeth Cotten
5: Amateur Moves
Aug 25, 2018 • 64 min
Alison Pipitone and Tom Naples and John Stewart
4: Palin Drone
Aug 25, 2018 • 58 min
Alison and Mary Ramsey and Kim Kashkashian
2: The Starbucking of America
Aug 25, 2018 • 69 min
Alison and Kathryn Koch and Sister Rosetta Tharpe
1: Maiden Voyage!
Aug 25, 2018 • 16 min
Alison Pipitone and Shannon Furtak and the Great UnSung
3: Cease and Desist
Aug 25, 2018 • 48 min
Alison and Theresa Quinn and Ray Turner