Big Blend Radio

Feb 25 2021 65 mins 144

Viva Variety! Join Nancy Reid & Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team on the 'Love Your Parks Tour' and publishers of the digital Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Parks & Travel Magazine.

Big Blend Radio: Photographer Stan Honda at Fort Union National Monument
Dec 04 2020 66 mins  
Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Magazines, for Big Blend Radio’s 1st Friday Toast to The Arts & Parks Show. This episode features acclaimed astrophotographer and photojournalist Stan Honda who discusses his one-month National Parks Arts Foundation artist residency at Fort Union National Monument in Northern New Mexico. Park Superintendent Lorenzo Vigil joins in the discussion to share the history of the Fort as well as the visitor experience. With its recent designation as an International Dark Sky Park, Fort Union is an ideal location for Stan Honda who uses digital photography to produce images of night sky landscapes, showing the relationship between the celestial and the terrestrial, putting the vastness of the visible universe into human perspective. Exposed to the wind, within a sweeping valley of short grass prairie, amid the swales of the Santa Fe Trail, lie the territorial-style adobe remnants of the largest 19th century military fort in the region. For forty years, 1851-1891, Fort Union functioned as an agent of political and cultural change, whether desired or not, in New Mexico and throughout the Southwest. It also was the hub of commerce, national defense, and migration at the final stretch of the Santa Fe Trail. Featured music is “Into Starlight” from the album “Aerial Views” by Imrat guitarist Todd Mosby.

Big Blend Radio: St Louis Music and Travel
Nov 05 2020 122 mins  
Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Magazines, for Big Blend Radio broadcasting live from Tuxedo Park STL Bed & Breakfast Inn in Webster Groves, Missouri. On This Episode: - Innkeepers/owners Bill & Maureen Elliot discuss the fascinating history Tuxedo Park STL Bed & Breakfast Inn, a former church that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guests marvel that today’s gracious site, with its many contemporary amenities, originally opened in the Gilded Age to guests in Victorian attire. Since opening its doors in 1895, the Tuxedo Park STL B & B building complex has housed seven different congregations. Bill and Maureen also discuss what guests can experience in the area including the Gateway Arch National Park in St. Louis. - Acclaimed St Louis based Imrat guitarist and composer Todd Mosbydiscusses his latest album “Aerial Views," the third in a series of concept albums that highlight the natural elements. It follows “Eagle Mountain,” a tribute to earth, and “Open Waters,” dedicated to the seas. In conceiving the music for “Aerial Views,” Mosby focused on strong melody and a unique form of harmony inspired by the Imrat guitar; the bulk of the tracks feature Mosby interacting in instrumental settings with some A list musicians; Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, Michael Manring and Jeff Haynes to name a few. The album was produced by the legendary Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton team.

Big Blend Radio: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Sep 20 2020 30 mins  
Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter publisher team of Big Blend Magazines and full-time travelers on the Love Your Parks Tour, for Big Blend Radio’s Fall Festival “Garden Gossip” show with John VanderHaagen of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a 158-acre botanical garden, art museum, and outdoor sculpture park located in Grand Rapids Township, Michigan. It’s Michigan's second most popular tourist attraction, one of the world's 100 most visited art museums, and one of the Top 30 Must-See Museums on the planet. Meijer Gardens promotes the enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of gardens, sculpture, the natural environment and the arts. One of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences, Meijer Gardens includes Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; five indoor theme gardens; outdoor gardens, nature trails and boardwalk; sculpture galleries and permanent sculpture collection; library; café; gift shop; education center; and meeting rooms. Featured music is “Lotus Blossom” from the “Deities” album by Michael and Spider. Thanks to the suggestion by Ken and Ruth Andrus of nearby Leonard at Logan House B&B, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park was a recent Michigan destination on Big Blend’s Love Your Parks Tour. Thank you to fine art nature photographer Margot Carrera for sponsoring this episode.

Big Blend Radio: Steve Rogers - Staring Into Nothing Prog Ensemble
Jul 05 2020 74 mins  
Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Parks & Travel Magazine, for Big Blend Radio’s Toast to The Arts Show, broadcasting live from Lubbock, Texas. This episode features Steve Rogers of the prog ensemble Staring Into Nothing, who have just released their second album “Love.” Staring Into Nothing wields a foundation of melodic progressive rock to explore new musical and thematic terrain. Founders Steve Rogers (keys and vocals) and Kurt Barabas (bass, vocals and guitars) take a Steely Dan-esque approach to music creation, using the studio and a revolving cast of world class collaborators to create music that observes and scrutinizes the human experience. Staring into Nothing’s latest album “Love” probes the multiplicity and evolution of romantic love. The album was produced and mixed by Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson, Steve Morse, Ulver) and features an awesome line up of collaborators including Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Santana, Ringo Starr) on drums, Victor Bisetti (Los Lobos) on percussion, Mike Keneally (Zappa, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani) on guitars, Trey Gunn (King Crimson, John Paul Jones) on Warr Guitar, Dave Nachmanoff (Al Stewart) on background vocals/acoustic guitar and Danny T. Levin (Iggy Pop, Twenty One Pilots, Vampire Weekend) on horns. Thanks to the National Parks Arts Foundation for sponsoring this episode.

Big Blend Radio: Jennifer Saran - Smoky Nights
Oct 14 2019 43 mins  
Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Parks & Travel Magazine, for Big Blend Radio! This episode features acclaimed singer-songwriter Jennifer Saran, who discusses her brand new jazz EP “Smoky Nights.” Produced by multiple Grammy and Emmy-winning record maker Narada Michael Walden, and released on his own Tarpan Records, this 5-song collections sees her fully embracing the moody and melancholy genre she’s loved her entire life. In just four years, Jennifer has gone from best-kept-secret status to being hailed as one of the freshest new voices in alt-pop/adult contemporary music. She wowed critics with 2015’s “Merry Christmas, You Are Loved,” her debut holiday album produced by Narada Michael Walden. She then followed it up with “Walk With Me,” a captivating mix of luscious soul and R&B, co-written and produced by Walden, and next came “Wake Up,” an album brimming with consciousness-raising gems, including the globally recognized title cut that featured the talents of South African Grammy-winning male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the distinctive playing of guitar legend Carlos Santana. Continuing her collaboration with Walden, Jennifer released her second holiday album in 2017, “Soulful Christmas,” a delightful assortment of seasonal treasures that saw the singer joined by The Temptations on the single “Christmas Lover.”

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