The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #51 – Dave Mackay

Dave Mackay is a pianist, keyboardist, singer-songwriter, accompanist and recording artist. Originally from Leicestershire, England his fascination with music and the art of recording has been lifelong. Mackay moved to the United States and studied at the Berklee College of Music. Currently based in Los Angeles, he’s continued his craft of writing and recording songs. Since 2016 he’s been performing alongside guitarist Tab Laven as the touring band of singer Art Garfunkel. The same year he also released his full length record of original songs entitled Restart.

We’re pleased to welcome Dave Mackay to The Paul Leslie Hour to discuss his multifaceted musical life!

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #43 – Hargus “Pig” Robbins

Hargus Melvin “Pig” Robbins is one of the great legends in music and has been called the most recorded pianist in the history of recorded music. Better known as “Pig” Robbins, he’s played on some of the most iconic tracks: Patsy Cline’s “I Fall to Pieces,” Roger Miller’s “King of the Road,” and George Jones’s “White Lightening.” Some of the iconic artists Pig Robbins has worked with include Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson, Sturgill Simpson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Charlie Rich, etc. Pig Robbins has recorded his own albums under the name “Mel Robbins.” In 2012 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. We’re honored to have Pig with us! 


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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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Barry Cuda: Singer & Musical Archivist (Second Interview)

BARRY CUDA is the “pianimal.”  He has been a constant fixture in the Key West, Florida music scene for 30 years and could be considered a musical archivist.  He plays authentic roots music and various piano styles including ragtime, jump blues, earl rock ‘n roll, stride, boogie woogie, early blues, and barrelhouse.

In this interview, Barry Cuda invited Paul into his secret rehearsal place in Key West.  In addition to telling us a bit about his personal history, Barry talked about his fascinating album “New World Blues Roots” featuring his own piano work and congas from Uganda Roberts who performed with Professor Longhair.  The album explores the roots of blues and R&B with 14 instrumental songs originating from the 1860s to the middle of the 20th century.  Truly a unique album, and fascinating to hear Barry Cuda talk about it.

 

Jimmy Webb: Singer, Songwriter, Recording Artist

Jimmy Webb is the writer of songs like “Up, Up and Away,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “Galveston.” Jimmy Webb’s songs have been covered and performed by artists ranging from Glen Campbell, the 5th Dimension, The Supremes, Frank Sinatra, Joe Cocker, John Denver and Elvis Presley. According to BMI, his song “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” was the third most performed song from 1940 to 1990. Jimmy Webb is the only artist to have ever received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration.

Jimmy Webb was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame by Actor Michael Douglas in 1999. He was inducted onto the Board of Directors for the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in early 2000 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for ASCAP. In 2010, he released “Just Across the River,” featuring many of his most well known songs and duets featuring the likes of Glen Campbell, Vince Gill, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne, Michael McDonald, Mark Knopfler, J. D. Souther and Linda Ronstadt.