The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #33 – Monica Mancini

Monica Mancini is a Concord Records artist who has twice been nominated for a Grammy. A jazz vocalist, Mancini is not limited to the American Songbook (although she does this very well), in fact her most recent album I’ve Loved These Days features interpretations of classic rock songs from the 60s. The daughter of the legendary composer Henry Mancini, Monica is lively, interesting and a pleasure to have in conversation. I hope you enjoy meeting the artist!

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #30 – Otis Redding III

Otis Redding III is the son of the legendary Otis Redding, the King of Soul. Redding was bestowed with his father’s talents and is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, performing and recording artist. Otis Redding III speaks with a sense of humility, but yet continues the tradition of musical excellence associated with the name “Redding.” Like the song his father wrote, Otis Redding III is full of respect for the art of music. It’s an interview with music royalty here on The Paul Leslie Hour!

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #21 – Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels is a certifiable legend in music. Last year he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and this year he’s released a book about his life. Entitled “Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir,” the Grammy award-winning Charlie Daniels who has sold more than twenty million albums and is known for such songs as “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” is as down to earth as they come. In this interview we gain his perspectives on his life, the responsibilities of fame, his work with Bob Dylan and why he wrote his autobiography.


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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 #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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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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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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