The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #4 – Natalie Goldberg Interview

Natalie Goldberg is the author of many books, the most recent being The Great Spring: Writing, Zen and This Zig Zag Life.  She is most known for her book Writing Down the Bones, which changed the way we look at writing.  The book sold more than a million copies and has been translated into 14 languages.

Her recent book The Great Spring: Writing, Zen and This Zig Zag Life is a collection of short essays and is one of the topics of conversation in this interview. Her documentary film Tangled Up in Bob is also discussed, which is about her travels to Bob Dylan’s hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota to find out about the singer-songwriter’s early years.  All of this is an excuse to try to get to know the author better and her perspectives may change your perspectives on “writing as a practice.”

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode # 3 – Delaney Buffett & Katie Corwin

Delaney Buffett and Katie Corwin have a creative partnership built on a passion for cinema and their long friendship. Together they write, conceptualize and bring their imagination to the screen. Take their web comedy  City of Angles, a reality-inspired series based on the true events of a New Yorker who moves to Los Angeles. Clever dialogue and relatable situations remind you that laughter is sometimes the only response that makes sense.  However, their talents are not limited to a single genre.   2017 saw the World Premiere of their documentary short The Spring, which tells the story of the mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs, a Florida roadside tourist attraction.

Delaney and Katie are two people who don’t take a story for granted. It was a great chat on The Paul Leslie Hour and I hope you enjoy their insight as much as I did!

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #2 – The Dean Dillon Interview

Dean Dillon is one of my favorite songwriters and in my humble opinion, the song “Tennessee Whiskey” is the greatest country song. It’s been recorded by George Jones, David Allan Coe, and most recently by Chris Stapleton, rightfully securing it’s place in music as a standard.

Other great songs he wrote include “A Lot of Things Different,” co-written by Bill Anderson and recorded by Kenny Chesney. He’s written songs for the most successful recording artists of our time, but perhaps he is most known for the many well known songs George Strait recorded: “Unwound,” “The Chair,” “Easy Come, Easy Go,” and “Marina Del Rey,” just to name a few.

2017 saw the release of the film TENNESSSEE WHISKEY: The Dean Dillon Story (directed by Cole Claassen) which tells the story of the great songwriter.  This excellent film and the incredible song catalog of Dean Dillon inspired and guided this interview.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #1 – The Willie Nelson Interview

A postcard I wrote ended up in Willie Nelson’s hands.  He responded warmly.

For episode #1 of The Paul Leslie Hour, I want to invite you on Willie Nelson’s tour bus for an honest and light-hearted conversation with the man himself.

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Letterman Producer Barbara Gaines

Hey.  It’s Me.

Barbara Gaines worked with television personality David Letterman for more than 30 years.  She was working with Dave prior to his “late night” days.  The first TV show Letterman hosted was The David Letterman Show, but she called it “the morning show,” and it aired 5 days a week in the morning for a few months in 1980.

“Barbara Gaines” was a name I saw and heard repeatedly over the years as a devoted “Late Show” viewer.  I’m very glad to now know the woman herself.  And I want to give special thanks to our very special surprise guest, Simon, who added incredible insight and honesty.  Happy listening!

Dolly Parton makes children happy

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Dolly Parton has always been one of my heroes and is easily one of the greatest songwriters not only in country music, but in all American music.  Well, I heard word from my friends at Webster Public Relations that Dolly has announced her first album written and recorded for children.

Well, age is a relative thing and this young at heart writer is going to be one of the people getting the album.  It’s going to be called I Believe in You, and it’ll be coming out digitally on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville on September 29th.  The physical album is going to be in stores on October 13th, which is also the 14th anniversary of my radio program.  So look forward to us playing tracks from it.

Dolly held a press conference which ended in three song performances and people in the media brought along their children, something I’m sure that parent and child will never forget.  Dolly Parton said “My first album was released 50 years ago and it’s been an amazing 50 years since then. I am very excited that now I’m coming out with my first children’s album in all of those 50 years. I’m proudest of all that all of the proceeds from this CD will go to the Imagination Library,” Dolly said. “It’s been 20 years since the Imagination Library was launched. We’ve seen 100 million books get into the hands of children and hopefully there will be many more.”

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library started back in 1996 in Dolly’s hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee.  More than 100 million books have been provided to children  in Australia, Belize, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States.

Do you think the children will like the album?  I think some things are timeless. Like Dolly Parton’s music.

Little Anthony of Little Anthony & The Imperials

Yes, the one and only Little Anthony.  The legendary vocal group, Little Anthony and the Imperials sold millions of albums.  Their iconic recordings of songs like “Tears on My Pillow,” “I’m on the Outside (Looking In),” and “Goin’ Out of My Head” continue to be heard on the radio decades after their debut.

What about Anthony?  He’s as vital as ever and shares his one of a kind perspective in this exclusive interview.  You know the music, now get to know the man.

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