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 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
Ambush Vin RETURNS!
Take a walk with me dawn Fascination Street as I get to know even MORE about Ambush Vin. This is his second appearance on the show and in this episode we get caught up on life in the time of Covid19. Ambush Vin also tells a story about how he almost got locked out of the country, plus we talk about what inspired his new EP called Shakespeare. The five songs on this project are about the stages of grief, and each song is associated with those stages. We do play one of those tracks so get ready to wiggle that booty!
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Rich Manley. Rich is a life long magician, adventurer, and recently an actor. In this episode we chat about how and why he became a magician. We also talk about his new Tubi TV series called Culture Shock: Bridging Cultures Through Magic. In the series, Rich travels to various countries and villages and gets to know their culture and their people while performing amazing illusions. He tells us about acting with the great James Caan in a film that was based on a book Rich wrote, and some upcoming projects.
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Website: CultureShockMagic.com & ExpeditionRich.com
Vinnie Tortorich #4
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I chat with the first ever F-O-U-R time guest Vinnie Tortorich! In this episode we chat about why he and his lovely lady Serena Scott Thomas finally made the move from Los Angeles to somewhere in Virginia. How house hunting is going, and why he started yet ANOTHER company. Vinnie’s newest venture is NSNG Foods and it’s first product is Ultra Fat Nut Butter. We talk about why he felt the need to start this company and he gives us some details on this new nut butter product; and it’s intended use. As usual; Vinnie is a delight to speak with and this episode is just as fun as his previous appearances.
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Check out NSNGFoods.com
Check out: Fitness Confidential Podcast
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Tamara Pennington.
Tamara is a live event and key note producer, who also happens to be married to one curmudgeonly fellow. In this episode we chat about Tamara’s path to becoming a live event producer after a few short careers as a stand up comedian and an actress. She tells stories about performing at The Comedy Store, her big acting break on the hit television show Friends, and for some reason she cant stop bringing up her ex boyfriend WhatsHisName! Finally we end the show talking about her new podcast called Affected By… in which she and her co-host Pavel talk to folks in varying industries about how they have been AFFECTED BY Covid; and how they “cope, pivot, and make it work”. Tamara is quite charming folks; you will love her!
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Cheyenne Benton. Born to sing and write music; we talk about how she ended up being so creative being the daughter of two engineers, and then we jump right into what is expected of women in the music industry, and where she thinks those expectations are headed. PLUS, Cheyenne lets me play TWO of her songs. These are both poppy and fun! Enjoy!!
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