The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #5 – Charley Pride

Hey.  It’s Me.

For lovers of traditional country music (that’s me) it just doesn’t get any better than Charley Pride.  I recall taking a friend of mine to see Charley Pride in concert and at one point looking over and seeing tears of joy streaming down his face.  That’s not an exaggeration, but as Pride says in this interview he’s “in the business of feelings, lyrics and emotions.”  If that’s what Charley Pride is selling, he can consider himself a successful salesman because of the gusto with which people consume his music.

Charley Pride is honest and down-to-earth in this interview and we talk about his latest album Music in My Heart, featuring 13 new recordings and the man behind the music.  It’s all here folks.  Welcome to it.

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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!

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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Record Producer Buddy Cannon

Buddy Cannon is a large part of the equation when it comes to the success of several iconic country music recording artists.  He is the longtime producer for the bulk of Kenny Chesney’s discography and for the last 5 years he has been the producer of choice for country music legend Willie Nelson.  Other artists he has produced include George Jones, Chely Wright, Reba McEntire, and Merle Haggard.

Buddy Cannon has also been very successful as a songwriter.  With country artists Bill Anderson and Jamey Johnson, Buddy Cannon wrote the hit song “Give It Away.”  He’s written and co-written songs for artists as diverse as Vern Gosdin and Willie Nelson.

Although this interview covers many topics, it takes a close look at the acclaimed Willie Nelson album “Heroes,” which featured guest appearances by Merle Haggard, Lukas Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Billy Joe Shaver, Sheryl Crow and Snoop Dogg.

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Singer-Songwriter Bo Ramsey

Bo Ramsey’s music sits at the intersections of blues, folk and rock.  A singer-songwriter, concert and recording artist, as well as producer, Ramsey is an inductee of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame and the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.  He’s released several solo albums and has also served as a record producer for Lucinda Williams, Joan Baez, Iris DeMent, Ani DiFranco and Elvis Costello.  Singer & actor  Jeff Bridges covered his song “Either Way” on his second studio album.

Bo Ramsey performed on such television shows as The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and is closely associated with singer-songwriter Greg Brown.  In addition to producing and performing with Greg Brown he appeared on A Prairie Home  Companion with him in 1999.

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Jazz Singer Cyrille Aimée

Hey.  It’s me.  There are certain artists who continue to touch the world ever since they presented their art to the world.  For our guest the French-born Cyrille Aimée, that artist was the Belgian-born French Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.

When you hear the recordings of this incredible vocalist, you’ll be glad Cyrille is inspired to share her artistry with the world.  As she states in this interview, originality isn’t something she strives for, it comes natural to her.

This is the tradition of jazz.  Cyrille Aimée was influenced by many of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century, and  she carries the traditions of their work into the current century.  Cyrille’s dedication and proficiency in her art leaves me with little doubt that the next generation of jazz singers will be listing her as an influence.

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