Episode 098–Redline “Gods and Monsters” English Metal with Bruce Hilliard 

Redline is a rock band, make that metal band, that hails from Birmingham, England, the ancestral home of metal. Balls to the wall guitars, a locked and loaded rhythm section and a powerful vocalist, Redline has forged its own distinctive blend of classic hard rock and British heavy metal. With influences drawn from a rich heritage, the band has been compared to Judas Priest, Saxon, Dio, Iron Maiden and a host of others from the founding fathers of metal.
Redline has played a number of British festivals including Hard Rock Hell, Planet Rockstock, Planet Rock’s Winter’s End, and Europe’s biggest free festival, The Godiva Festival in England. One of the tracks featured anthemic King Of The Mountain which has become the soundtrack to the Isle Of Man TT Motorcycle Races.
Music from the album is also used exclusively on Full Throttle, a challenging motorcycle theme pinball  game. Songs will now be featured on the new official video game of the IOM TT Races to be released in 2020 on PS4 and all formats by BigBen Interactive.
The band has welcomed Chris Basener, an accomplished and exciting new guitarist. Chris has released a number of solo albums as well as authoring books on guitar technique and brings fresh impetus to the song writing process. Redline has found a great chemistry that sees them writing material that has a darker and heavier feel than before... and from this cauldron Gods And Monsters was born.
Redline recorded the album at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, England. This is a legendary studio that not only Rush, Black Sabbath and Robert Plant have recorded hit albums, but where Queen recorded one of the biggest tracks of all time, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Nick Brine at the console was a natural choice. Having worked at Rockfield and engineered, mixed and produced such diverse talents including The Darkness, Thunder, Tyketto, Brian May, Bruce Springsteen, and The Stone Roses. Nick has a great understanding of capturing that live band feel that the band was seeking. The finished mixes were passed onto Pete Maher, mastering  engineer for The Rolling Stones, U2, Linkin Park, Nine Inch Nails, Thunder, and Paul Weller. Redline had no doubt that Pete’s mastering would unleash the full power of the tracks. Redline's Rockfield pilgrimage set out to capture the band’s signature classic rock sound, a raw energy that forms the basis of their music. Riff laden rock, power-pipe vocals and hook laden songs telling tales of the good...and the bad, of the darkness that lies within, and of hope that lights the way.

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Episode 097–Matt Westin “Hey Bro” and “Stomp On” with Bruce Hilliard 

Matt Westin was born and raised in blue collar family in a middle class suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. From a young age, he pursued various paths of passions, including academics, sports, acting, and music. After years of searching, Matt found true fulfillment in the creative outlets of acting and singing, dedicating himself to his artistic pursuits, and walking away from a promising career in engineering. With the influences of many legendary artists ranging from Johnny Cash to Garth Brooks, all the way to Frank Sinatra, Matt found his voice. The thrill of live performance fed his passion as he honed his vocal ability in bars and clubs around Pittsburgh for over a decade. His obvious passion and talent quickly won over his family's initial disapproval of walking away from an engineering career, and they became his biggest supporters. Tragically, after a bravely fought battle with Leukemia, Matt's father succumb to complications with chemotherapy in April 2016. As a true family man, Matt was utterly devastated and struggled day to day with the reality of his father's death. After months of depression, instead of self-destructing, Matt decided to honor his father's memory by finally pursuing his music career, as his father had encouraged. Deciding to make a country record in his father's honor, and being introduced by a mutual friend to world class musician/songwriter/producer Bryan Cole, the stage was set. Bryan took on the project as producer, believing in his talent and vision and guiding Matt in making a world class country record. Bryan recruited long time friend and mix engineer Doug Kasper to record and mix the record at nearby Tonic Recording Studios. With the right songs, legendary musicians Mike Brignardello (bass) and Steve Hinson (steel guitar), and an amazing up and coming musician Adam Ernst, Matt dedicated an entire year to making the record he and his father would be proud of.

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Episode 096–Ashley Puckett “Medicine” Via “Never Say Never” with Bruce Hilliard 

Ashley Puckett was born and raised in North Huntingdon, just east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Ashley realized her passion for music at a young age, performing at vocal competitions and community events, and eventually, landing at open-mic nights and shows in bars and clubs, doing anything to keep the music and her passion alive.  Her musical influences have been empowering..shaping the artist she has become: Ladies like Lee Ann Womack, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Jo Dee Messina, Carole King and LeAnn Rimes.

At age sixteen Ashley picked up the guitar, began writing songs, and the adventurous country girl hit the road.  Somewhere between skydiving and bungee jumping, Ashley was introduced to world class Singer/Songwriter/Producer, Bryan Cole and Lead Sound Engineer, Doug Kasper at Tonic Studios.  With legendary musicians Mike Brignardello (bass), John Willis (banjo), Mike Johnson (Steel Guitar), Heidi Engel and Tammy Petty ( Background Vocals) and hot newcomer, Adam Ernst, Ashley’s debut album and lifelong dream, “Never Say Never” was made a reality. The album will be released on MTS Records in 4th quarter 2019, with first single, “Medicine” set for release in August 2019.

"I've never given up on where I wanted to be (in the music industry), however, when life pulls you in so many different directions, it sometimes takes you off-guard, and it becomes very easy to lose sight.  I believe everything happens for a reason, and although I feel I'm always at the wrong place at the wrong time, somehow that led me to the right place at the right time, to say ‘It's now or never’ after meeting Bryan and Doug.  The energy the three of us have, working together, and their dedication is so exciting...I know this is just the beginning of something spectacular." 

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Episode 072–Richard Hastings “Another Life” and Cousin Tim with Bruce Hilliard (Click Here to listen to podcast) 

Richard Hastings started his musical journey playing guitar at age seven and has been a professional working musician (guitarist and vocalist) his entire adult life as performer, studio musician, composer, educator, music contractor and recording artist. Although his styles include classical, jazz, pop, country and flamenco, his passion has always been songwriting. Inspired as a young man by his older cousin Tim Hardin (If I were a Carpenter, Reason to Believe, and many more), Richard has returned to his songwriting roots with two new CD’s: Another life (Fate Cuts Like a Knife) and Last Troubadour, The Tim Hardin Legacy. 

Armed with a master’s degree in music from USC and a degree from Musicians Institute, Richard has been a mainstay in the LA music scene for many years in a variety of venues and studios. As a recording artist and composer, Richard has released seven CDs ranging from smooth Jazz, to world beat, to solo guitar. He has been backed by such jazz greats as David Benoit, Richard Elliott, Snooky Young, and many of LA's top studio musicians. As a performer, Richard has opened for such diverse artists as Bobby Caldwell, Chuck Mangione, Earl Klugh, Bo Diddly, Stanley Jordan, Strunz and Farah, Stanley Clark, Richard Elliott, The Dave Clark Five, Freddie Fender, Jose Feliciano and many others. 

Richard considers his journey one of musical exploration. Returning to his songwriting roots has given him a chance to express the depth of his musical understanding as well as his life experiences. Another life (Fate cuts Like a knife) is a deeply personal expression of his life’s lessons and experiences. His “gentleman country” style is a perfect vehicle to express his lessons of loss, love and life. His tribute to his cousin Tim Hardin (The Last Troubadour) helped him return to the singer/songwriter spirit he saw in watching early performances of Tim. Richard has a deep commitment to promoting Tim’s music. He feels Tim is a forgotten genius whose songs deserve a fresh look. He has produced rich new arrangements of a dozen of Tim’s songs and has utilized the talents of some of Tim’s original band mates including John Sebastian and Mike Mainieri. Which will be featured in his upcoming tribute album, The Last Troubadour.

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