The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #11 – Renee Olstead

Hey. It’s Me. A great singer cannot be limited to a singular style, like jazz or country. Singer, recording artist and actress Renee Olstead is an example of this. Known by many for nostalgic interpretations of American Songbook standards, the Texas-born Olstead is exploring the emotional sounds of country music. Her latest single “Help Me Make It Through the Night” is generating considerable excitement on the internet.

The thing that is intriguing about Renee Olstead is how versatile she is. You could imagine her fitting in effortlessly on the set of a movie in LA, behind the microphone at a jazz club or a smoky Honky-tonk. Well, we’re just glad she thought she’d fit in here on The Paul Leslie Hour.

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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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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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Randy Moore: Singer-Songwriter, Performing & Recording Artist

WALKING into a bar in downtown Nashville, I heard Randy Moore singing and playing his guitar.  He sang with the utmost sincerity.  I knew he had a story to tell and as it turns out, not unlike the life of many artists, Randy Moore has done some incredible things including performing at the Grand Ole Opry, and was a friend and song co-writer with the late, great Carl Perkins.  Let’s meet Randy Moore.

 

Ben E. King: R&B and Soul Singer

BEN E. KING remains one of the most distinct and recognizable voices of our time.  Put “Stand By Me” on the jukebox in any venue regardless of age and watch the room come alive.

This interview with Ben E. King focused in particular on his jazz album “Heart & Soul,” his last North American album release.

Ben E. King passed away on April 30, 2015.

 

Gino Vannelli: Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Performer

GINO VANNELLI remains one of the most prolific recording artists in modern music.  Starting with his 1973 debut album “Crazy Life” and continuing all the way through the 2014 “Live in LA,” Gino Vannelli’s signature sound has included elements of everything from soul to soft rock.  His album “Canto” featured elements of classical, contemporary, pop, Celtic and Flamenco influences with songs sung in Italian, English, French and Spanish.

Vannelli is a philosophical man who seems to pursue the creative process with no restraint.  Join us as we meet the artist named Gino Vannelli.

Stephen Marley: Singer-Songwriter & Recording Artist

This brief interview with Stephen Marley was conducted backstage at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia prior to one of his concerts.  There was not a lot of time given because of demands upon the artist.

It is a brief interview, but Stephen doesn’t shy away from talking about the influence his father has on him.  We hope you enjoy this snapshot in time.

Melissa Errico: Singer & Actress

Melissa Errico is an actress and singer of the Broadway stage.  She has starred in seven Broadway musicals and released 3 albums.  This in-depth interview explored the release of Melissa Errico’s album “Legrand Affair,” which is a collection of songs composed by Michel Legrand.  Produced by the late Phil Ramone and performed by Melissa Errico accompanied by a 100-piece symphony orchestra in Brussels.

“Legrand Affair” even features new material composed by Michel Legrand with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman specifically for Errico.  As Errico says in this interview, in many ways the focus was not entirely on her.  The album is almost like a duet of her and Michel Legrand.  This interview not only gives us great insight into Melissa Errico, a great singer…but, also helps us understand a little bit of the genius of this incredible writer of melody–Michel Legrand.

Brigitte Zarie: Singer-Songwriter

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The corporate jet; a smooth, classy, sophisticated ride to the perfect finish. How nice that would be. If you possess a millionaire’s taste, but lack the assets perhaps you will prefer a smooth, classy, sophisticated ride on the vocal wings of Brigitte Zarie. The timeless style of her sound is evocative of the classic jazz era, but is blessedly placed in our day, with a flawless fit. Brigitte positively purrs her own jazz anthems with a certain authority and power that escapes simple description. Her writing is on par with those wonderful timeless tones; honest, charming and memorable. We wouldn’t have expected anything else from greatness. So strap into your seats for a talk with Brigitte Zarie as she takes us on a singer-songwriter’s flight through memories, notions and conversation non-stop to great enjoyment.

Introduction by Daniel Buckner