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 Srinivas Rao. Srini is the CEO and host of The Unmistakable Creative Podcast; as well as having recently appeared on the smash hit Netflix series Indian Matchmaking. In this episode we chat about what it was like growing up in a small Texas town being the only Indian American, We then get into his podcast and his approach to creativity and branding. Finally; we end the show talking about his experience working on the series Indian Matchmaking… why he did it as well as what gained from it.
Check out Srini’s podcast everywhere podcasts are available.
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His website: Unmistakablecreative.com
James DuMont RETURNS!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know even MORE about James Dumont. James is an actor that has appeared in more than 200 television & film roles. In this episode, we chat about the importance of working to better yourself at your craft, his new Disney film Safety, Spencer Confidential on Netflix, and his new Amazon show The Underground Railroad. We talk about Covid, and other things along the way including his online class geared toward actors called: James DuMont’s On Camera Workout On Zoom.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Vyasar Ganesan. Vyasar is a teacher at a very prestigious high school in Austin, Tx. HOWEVER…. you may ALSO know him as one of the stars of the first season of the smash hit Netflix series Indian Matchmaker! In this episode Vyasar and I chat about growing up as an Indian American in Texas, and why he got into teaching. We spend a short time discussing his stint working for The Food Network in NYC before we get into his time on the Netflix show; why he did it, what his experience was like, and if he would do it again. Vyasar may very well become my new best friend. We had such a great time talking that this could easily have been a 3 hour conversation. What a pulled together nice guy. Seriously, you’re welcome!
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Check out his writing at: VyasarWrites.com
Jeremiah Chechik Returns!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know EVEN MORE about Jeremiah Chechik. The last time Jeremiah was on we had a great chat; (go back and check it out), but we missed a bunch of stuff in his story. So he was nice enough to come back and discuss some of the stuff we didn’t get to last time. In this episode we chat a little more about his career as a professional fashion photographer and his work with Giorgio Armani and Gianni Versace as well as how a timely interaction with Andy Warhol helped change the course of his life. Jeremiah tells an enthralling story about the much darker version of Se7en that he wrote the screenplay for and was supposed to direct, and a sweet story about an as of yet unpublished John Hughes script. Plus we check in on how his podcast is doing during Covid. I could talk to Jeremiah all day; but we just don’t have that kind of time!
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Check out his website: Chechik.com
and his podcast: TheFutureOfPhotography.com
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Liliana Tandon. Liliana is an actress, writer, and producer. In this episode, we chat about why she got into show business, some of her amazing highlights given how long she has been doing this. We talk about her massively successful and award winning original YouTube series Period Piece, her role in the Lifetime channel thriller Indiscretion with Mira Sorvino, and her new film A Ring For Christmas that premiered last month on UPtv. She wrote, produced, and stars in this sweet holiday film!
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know legendary rock star Joe Bouchard. Joe is the founding bass player for the band Blue Oyster Cult. In this episode we chat about how he got involved with those guys, and we discuss some of their most popular hits during his 17 years in the band. Then we talk about his other project; Blue Coupe, with rock stars from other bands….. sort of a Super Group. Finally, we discuss his newest solo album: Strange Legends. During this wonderful chat we talk about all kinds of musicians & friends of his from KISS to Metallica, and more. Plus…. Joe lets me play a song off the new album!
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Herb Alpert. Herb is a multi platinum selling recording artist, producer, multiple Grammy winner, record company executive, philanthropist, and founder of A & M Records. In this episode we chat about when Herb first knew he wanted to play music, why he started a record company (with Jerry Moss), and a few stories behind some of his biggest hits. Herb does let me play a couple of those hits before I talk about his new film Herb Alpert Is… available everywhere now.
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B J Thomas
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know B J Thomas.
B J is a singer / songwriter who has sold well over 70 million albums worldwide. He has had 8 number one hits, and has had 46 songs on the Billboard top 100. You definitely know his songs!
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Hooked On A Feeling, I Just Can’t Help Believing, Rock And Roll Lullaby, Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song, and the Academy Award winning song Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (1970 Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid). B J also sand the theme song to smash hit tv show Growing Pains: As Long As We Got Each Other. This is the FIFTY year anniversary of Raindrops!
B J also has the honor of being a member of The Grand Ole Opry, winning 5 Grammy’s, as well as having the very first Contemporary Christian album in history to go platinum.
In this episode we chat about how he came to be in the music business out of a tiny town outside of Houston, Tx. Then he tells us some stories about some of these hit songs, including preforming at the Academy Awards in 1970. We also talk about when he was invited to play FOR Elvis. BJ is kind enough to let me play a song or two. Enjoy!
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Thomas McClary. Thomas is the founder of the funk / soul band The Commodores. In this episode we chat about what it was like to be THE FIRST African American to be bussed in his county to a white school. We talk about The Civil Rights movement of the mid 60’s and his involvement in that. Then we get into his time at Tuskegee University, and a chance meeting that would change the course of his life. We also discuss The Commodores time with Motown Records and how some of the decisions they made impacted future artists with that label. And finally, Thomas let’s me play my favorite song of theirs, plus I get to play his BRAND NEW song called Yes (I Still Have Joy)!
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Kimberly Ewertz. Kimberly is an author who has spent decades writing for magazines, etc. In this episode we chat about how her parent’s love for each other was ever present, and then we shift into how conversations with her own adult child informed her decision to write her first book: Family Redefined: Childhood Reflections on the Impact of Divorce. I had the opportunity to read a couple of chapters ahead of the book’s release; so we chat a little more in depth about those chapters, as well as why she wrote the book and what she hopes readers gain from it.
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Get the book: FamilyRedefinedBook.com