The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #19 – Travis Turk

This interview with Travis Turk was recorded on April 17, 2017. It was held onto to await the release of the Jimmy Buffett collection “Buried Treasure.” It may strike you what a voice Travis Turk has. It’s probably not a surprise that he has had so much success as a voice over talent. In fact, sound has played a very big part in his life. He’s worked as a radio disc jockey, an audio engineer and was the very first record producer of Jimmy Buffett. As you’ll soon hear, he recorded several demos before Buffett’s debut album.

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Win a copy of “Buried Treasure” the collection of early Jimmy Buffett recordings.

Jimmy Buffett is an American treasure and a truly original singer-songwriters who you can never really categorize.  “Buried Treasure,” the new release of old recorded materials is a remarkable collection of Buffett’s early folk rock songs.  Some of you may be familiar with the two albums from Buffett’s discography sometimes referred to as “before the beach” or “before the salt.” Well, “Buried Treasure” are the very first musical recordings: the demos that are before – before the beach.

The standard CD consists of 11 never before heard tracks from Jimmy Buffett, plus a spoken word introduction where Buffett tells the story before each song.  It made for a one of a kind listening experience for an audiophile like me. The deluxe package includes a 40-page book and DVD of an exciting, very interesting “Buried Treasure” documentary about the story of these recordings and Buffett’s recorded music beginnings. The documentary was produced by my friends from Coffin Watson Pictures, who were past guests on the podcast.

If you appreciate Jimmy Buffett’s music, you’ll really enjoy “Buried Treasure” and you may win a copy. One of my favorite things to do, is to give things away to people who appreciate them. If you listen to the Monday podcast, (November 20) I will be featuring an interview with Travis Turk, the man who recorded these early sessions so many years ago.  On the Facebook page, I’ll be asking a simple question based on something Travis Turk said.  Just post the answer to the question for a chance to win.

Then, on Thanksgiving Day, I’ll enter the names into RANDOM.ORG and the first two people will get the Deluxe set featuring the CD/DVD set of “Buried Treasure.” The next two selected winners will win the CD version.  I will contact those people and ship the CD anywhere in the USA.

Special thanks to Laurie Gorman and Mailboat Records.

The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #18 – Mike Veeck

How important is it to have fun?  If you’re Mike Veeck, the special guest on this episode of The Paul Leslie Hour, it’s one of the most important things in the world.  Mike Veeck applies fun to everything he does.  He’s a speaker, enterepeneur, college professor, minor league baseball team owner, restauranteur and all around idea-man.  His first book entitled “Fun is Good” tells how the philosophy of fun can make businesses more profitable and create a culture of creativity.  There’s so much to talk to Mike Veeck about!

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #17 – Vanessa Perez

The guest on this episode of The Paul Leslie Hour, is Vanessa Perez, a classical pianist, performing and recording artist, born in the United States, but raised in Venezuela.  Recently, Vanessa Perez has embarked on a new live performance project called “New Worlds” with German cellist Jan Vogler, Chinese violinist Mira Wang and American actor Bill Murray.  New Worlds features recitations of classic American poetry and literature concurrent with performance of musical pieces.  There is also a New Worlds album now.

Vanessa Perez is a musical  artist who continues to explore new territory, performing the music of composers from the past and present.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #16 – Jan Vogler

We want you to meet cellist Jan Vogler, his classical music foundation, infectious passion and ability at his instrument are some of the reasons he is seen and heard performing with the most celebrated conductors and orchestras around the world.  In addition to performing the cello in concert, the German born Jan Vogler is fruitful as a recording artist on SONY records, with many releases and more to come.  Through our exclusive interview with musician Jan Vogler, something you’ll see very clear is his zeal for the international art form of music.  Classical music can be blended with other performing arts such as acting, dance and even spoken word poetry.  Along with Chinese violinist Mira Wang, Venezuelan pianist Vanessa Perez, American actor Bill Murray and our special guest Jan Vogler have presented a live performance and studio album called New Worlds.  It’s music and literature featuring Bill Murray as singer and narrator performing American songs from Stephen Foster to Stephen Sondheim along with recitations of classic American poetry and literature.


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Win a copy of “New Worlds,” the new CD by Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends


Listening to New Worlds, the debut album by Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends has been an invigorating experience for me, it’s beautiful to hear the marriage of literature and melodies. Many people know American actor and comedian Bill Murray for his diverse film appearances, but lately he’s been honing another talent: reciting great excerpts of American literature and a little singing too.  Alongside German cellist Jan Vogler, Venezuelan pianist Vanessa Perez and Chinese violinist Mira Wang, Bill Murray has been appearing internationally in concerts singing classic American songs from Stephen Foster to Stephen Sondheim and reading prose and poetry from the great American authors.

This week on The Paul Leslie Hour podcast, we’re presenting two of the great musicians from New Worlds. Listen for a chance to win a free copy of the album!

On the show for Monday, November 13th we present an interview with cellist Jan Vogler.  Following that, on the show for Wednesday, November 15th we present an interview with Vanessa Perez.  You can stream the show from thepaulleslie.com or get a free subscription on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play or Acast.

Listen to these episodes and you will learn everything you need to know to participate in this CD giveaway.  No purchase necessary.

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Visit New Worlds online, and special thanks to Crossover Media and Universal Music Classics – Home to Decca Gold.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #15 – Melora Hardin


Melora Hardin is an actor, singer and director known to many for playing the character “Jan Levinson” on the hit sitcom “The Office,” but her artistic experience is expansive! She’s graced the television and film screen as well as the stage. Acting, dancing and directing are just a few of her talents. Then, there’s her musical side. A singer-songwriter, she’s a concert performer and a recording artist  with 3 albums to her credit. It’s an interview with depth yet not an ounce of pretension. Listen and find out why Melora Hardin is beloved by so many audiences.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #14 – Shozan Jack Haubner

Shozan Jack Haubner is the pen name of a Zen monk who wrote the book Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex as well as Zen Confidential. He joins us on The Paul Leslie Hour to talk about the dual interests of writing and the practice of Zen. Many topics are discussed, including misconceptions about Buddhist monks and the positives of being “a nobody.”

This is an interview for anybody, somebody and nobody!


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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #13 – Larry Bastian

Larry Bastian has lived a storied life. Farming, being a cowboy and working as a biologist are all a part of the tale. His family had farmed the San Joaquin Valley in California since the late 1800s, but what Larry Bastian is most known for is his songs. Legendary recording artists like George Jones, Buck Owens, Tammy Wynette, and Conway Twitty have recorded his songs. Bastian is also heavily associated with Garth Brooks who has covered and co-written songs with him.  Grab a cup of coffee or cocoa and listen. It’s a campfire conversation with a master storyteller!

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #12 – Bruce Cockburn

Bruce Cockburn is a prolific singer-songwriter with more than 300 songs in his catalog.  A Canadian recording artist, this interview (among many topics) is discussing his 33rd studio album “Bone on Bone.”  Bruce Cockburn’s songs have been covered by a diverse number of artists: Barenaked Ladies, Ani DiFranco, k.d. lang, Jimmy Buffett, the Jerry Garcia Band, Dan Fogelberg and many others.

Cockburn has written many beautiful songs. The first song I heard of his was “Pacing the Cage.”  He’s long been someone I wanted to have on the show and now he’s kind enough to join us!

Special thanks to Bernie Finkelstein.


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