WELCOME TO THE SHOW
My name is Steve Owens and I meet a lot of people; sometime in my travels, sometimes in my own home town. Several times (quite by accident), I have stumbled into what I consider to be fascinating stories. So after way too many got away, I decided to start recording them. Some of these conversations will be fascinating ONLY to me. Some will be fascinating to you too. In the end, I guess this podcast is just an excuse for me to get to travel, meet, and talk to more people. So if you are so inclined…
Walk with me, down Fascination Street!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Maria DiLorenzo. Maria is a true crime journalist and author. In this episode we chat about some of her articles on TheCrimeReport.org which focus on the New York criminal justice system and some of the new laws that could potentially go into effect. Then we focus on her website: BeyondTheCrime.com where she helps convicted murderers tell THEIR side of the story. Lastly, Maria tells us about her upcoming book; which is basically the authorized biography of spree killer Maksim Gelman who killed 4 people and wounded 5 others around Valentine’s Day in 2011. She tells us why she embarked on this book; and what her experiences were like going into Riker’s and sitting down with a spree killer.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Dusty Bo. Dusty is a singer / songwriter and guitar player from Louisville, Kentucky. In this episode, we chat about why he left Louisville to case his rock star dreams in Los Angeles. He tells us about some of the bands he played with, some of the iconic venues he played in, and what it was like to support a nationally touring act. Then we talk about his new music project; an album called The Vulture and The Fox, and how he is going about releasing the tracks one at a time in this new digital age, Finally, Dusty lets me play a track off of that album; a beautiful song called No One Else.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know actor Tony Winters. In this episode, we chat about why Tony became an actor, a terrible frost bite that almost left Tony’s hands permanently damaged, and my favorite 80’s TV show Hunter; where Tony had a recurring role. Then we move on to some more recent projects; including the Showtime drama Yellowjackets, and the new film National Champions released Nov 24th, 2021. Tony shares a wonderfully charming story about working with the great Sydney Poitier, and a hilarious story about working with legend James Earl Jones! Finally, Tony tells us about the upcoming season 2 of a show called Two Degrees. He acts in it and also wrote and directed one of these episodes in his directorial debut!
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Ebin Antony. Ebin is an actor currently based in the New Orleans area. In this episode we chat about his growing up in India, getting into the voice over scene over there; where he voiced over 100 projects, before deciding to pursue an engineering degree in America. He tells us why he chose to study in The U.S.; and then explains how he got the confidence to follow his life long dream to become an actor. Of course we discuss his two new projects: Spoken (available now on Amazon Prime) and Butterfly (to be released soon). Finally, Ebin talks about what it is like to act against a pretend monster against a green screen, and which of his careers he likes the most.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know chocolatier; Kate Weiser. In this episode, Kate and I talk about why she wanted to get into the culinary arts, what made her decide on the chocolate side of the industry, and how much she hates making bread. We also chat about how she partnered up with one of the biggest names in the restaurant business to open Kate Weiser Chocolate; plus she tells us about the mysterious Carl The Snowman!
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Rick Ferrari. Rick is a commercial talent agent located in Los Angeles; who recently started Ferrari Talent. In this episode; Rick and I chat about his growing up in New York and some of the crazy antics he got up to while there. He explains how he got into the talent agent business; and tells some great stories about some of the people he has worked with and some of the fascinating ways he has made things happen and moved up in the business. Rick also tells us about his time working on award winning music videos, working with Dolly Parton, and why he chose to move to LA. Finally, we hear all about his new agency: Ferrari Talent, and why he and his partner decided to start their own agency during a pandemic!
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Twit : @RickMFerrari
Insta: @RickFerrari_biz / @Rick_Ferrari / @FerrariTalentAgency
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Carl Ray.
Carl is a country music singer / songwriter who has been writing and playing music for the past few decades. In this episode; we chat about how he got into the music business, and how he came to be best friends with, and mentored by the legendary Johnny Nash. Carl tells some stories about his buddy, and shares some of the advice he got from Johnny. Carl has a hit song that some waves in 2020 and he graciously lets me play it on the show. Then we talk about how Johnny Nash and Carl always meant to do a song together; but never got to is before Johnny’s passing last year. So Carl chose one of Johnny’s biggest hits, added some lyrics, put a few twists on it; and released it to growing acclaim. I can’t wait for you to hear it. Finally, Carl tells us about a Spotify playlist he has put together celebrating Black country music artists, and where you can find it.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Patrick Gibson.
Patrick is a singer / songwriter from Florida who is starting to make a name for himself with his faith based country music and story telling lyrics. He has a new single out called The American Prayer that is making waves all over the country. In this episode, we talk about why he got into the music business, and how its going so far. He shares what his faith means to him, and why he tells the stories he tells with his music. While he does offer me the opportunity to play his newest single (The American Prayer); I chose not to because I think the music video tells a wonderful story as well. So I suggest you go check that out. Patrick does; however agree to let me play one of his earlier songs that means a lot to him, and I think you’re going to enjoy that one as well.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Evan Stern.
Evan is a Texas native who eventually moved to The Big Apple in pursuit of following his performance dreams. Although he loves NYC; there is a nagging part of Evan that misses the great state of Texas. So he took some time off, flew to Texas, and then drove across The Lone Star State to visit tiny towns, and unique destinations that aren’t on any map……… and then he turned that into a podcast! Vanishing Postcards is a documentary style podcast of sorts where Evan goes to out of the way places and talks to the people who inhabit them. Getting both their story AND the story of the area and businesses. In this episode, we chat about why he moved to New York, why he misses Texas so much, and what made him start a podcast dedicated to these unsung people and places. We talk about his podcast; and we have a lot of fun along the way. I talk about my favorite episode of his show, and Evan tells us what we can expect from Vanishing Postcards in the future. Enjoy!
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Mia St. John
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Mia St. John.
Mia is a FIVE TIME boxing champion including: WBC, IBA, and IFBA. In this episode we chat about why she got into boxing, and how & why she initially worked with legendary boxing promotor Don King. Mia shares an epiphany she had during a fight with her career long arch rival; Christy Martin. Then we shift gears a little bit to talk about addiction & sobriety, as well as some of the tragic losses she and her family have suffered over the past few years. We discuss the Mia St. John Foundation; what they do, and how you can help. She also explains why she felt it was necessary to hire Mark Geragos to sue the mayor of Los Angeles (Eric Garcetti) due to his Covid shut down of Alcoholic’s Anonymous support groups; and how that turned out. Finally, we chat about Mia’s new book called “Fighting For My Life” available NOW for pre-order. Mia advocates for mental health as well as the homeless in and around Los Angeles.
Enjoy this conversation with boxing legend Mia St. John.
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