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Storytellers Presents Alt Rock Demigod Black Francis AKA Frank Black

Black Francis AKA Frank BlackThis week on Storytellers, we had the honor of interviewing Black Francis AKA Frank Black of the landmark group The Pixies. He opened up about his creative process, raising 5 kids, the old days with the Pixies, and a lot more!

Name someone who has had more influence over the flow of modern rock — where noise and rhythm meet mystery and beauty — over the last 25 years than Charles Thomson, aka Black Francis, aka Frank Black.

Black Francis is the stage name adopted by Thompson during his years of global domination with the Pixies, from the group’s ’86 formation in Boston until 1993 when the winds of change blew. (And oh, was there joy in Mudville when the Pixies reunited and toured anew beginning in 2004!)

Thompson’s next nom de rock was as Frank Black, often in the bandleading context of Frank Black and the Catholics. Thompson released many a wondrous album under his Frank Black moniker, demonstrating an ear for skewed but perfect rock songsmanship.

He returned to the Black Francis name for ’07’s rocking Bluefinger, a concept album about the life and death of Dutch painter/rocker Herman Brood.

Still working under as Black Francis, he released the sexually charged NonStopErotik in 2010. Abbabubba, a B-sides and demos collection, arrived in 2011, along with The Golem, Francis’ score for the 1920 silent film of the same name. Black Francis will now be hitting the road this very week with Reid Paley.

Join hosts Eric Olsen & me for a candid interview with Black Francis.

Latest Storytellers Interview: Tom Kenny, SpongeBob Squarepants & So Much More

On the latest installment of our series Storytellers, Tom Kenny dropped by to chat, and we found out there is so much more to the actor, comedian, voice actor, singer/songwriter than just SpongeBob SquarePants, but man, that’s a lot.

Ridiculously prolific, Kenny has voiced major characters for, to name but a few, Brickleberry, Mad, Ultimate Spider-Man, Adventure Time, Winnie the Pooh, Futurama, Transformers; and is announcer for Kids’ Choice Awards and MC for Lucha VaVoom.  And that’s not all! You may also remember Tom from his work on the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show, for which he was a writer and cast member.

Since 1999 Tom has been the voice of Nickelodeon’s cartoon sensation, which was recently named “the most loved TV series in America” by USA Today.  Tune in to hear how Tom developed the voice of SpongeBob Squarepants.

Now, the show has spawned a holiday album, It’s A SpongeBob Christmas! Album, just released by Nickelodeon Records.  Tom sings and co-wrote ten of the album’s 12 songs with producer Andy Paley (above left) (Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys, Ramones, Madonna), with whom he also co-wrote and recorded the SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best Day Ever album in ’06.

The release coincides with the new stop-motion animated TV special It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! (inspired by the classic Rankin/Bass Christmas specials) that premiered on CBS on Nov 23 and will run on Nickolodeon Dec 6 at 7:30pEP.

Join Storytellers hosts, Eric Olsen and Chitra Agrawal and listen to an interview with the hilarious and talented Tom Kenny.

On Storytellers: Comedian & Satirist Will Durst Talks Election 2012

Who better to talk with the day after the election?

Treading where the likes of Will Rogers, Mort Sahl, and Dick Gregory have trod before him, Will Durst has become one of the premier political satirists of our time, assembling a hilarious patchwork of outraged and outrageous common sense via columns, books, radio and television commentaries; and most especially, stand up comedy.

His abiding motto is “You can’t make stuff up like this.” The former radio talk host, oyster shucker, and margarine smuggler currently writes a nationally syndicated humor column, Durst Case Scenario and tweets @WillDurst

The SF-based Durst is a 5 time Emmy nominee, has been fired by PBS three times; stold jokes in 14 countries; and has racked up 7 nominations for Stand-Up of the Year.  His latest e-book is Elect to Laugh! A Hilarious, Common Sense Guide to American Politics.

Join Storytellers hosts, Eric Olsen and Chitra Agrawal in listening to an interview with comic genius, Will Durst. Tune in.

Our New Storytellers Series Debuts with Tony Bennett Oct. 24

Tony Bennett in The Zen of Bennett

BIG NEWS. Or, as we like to call him, Mr. Tony Bennett. The legendary crooner kicks off our new Storytellers series, featuring the most talented people on the planet.

Storytellers on BlogTalkRadio

Our new series will feature the greatest storytellers of our time, from radio, film, literature and music, talking with hosts Eric Olsen (@amhaunted) of America’s Most Haunted and The Morton Report and BlogTalkRadio‘s own Director of Marketing, Chitra Agrawal.

Eric Olsen, BlogTalkRadio Host

Eric Olsen

Chitra Agrawal, Marketing Director at BlogTalkRadio

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There are few greater storytellers than Tony Bennett, who’s spent 60 years interpreting the lyrics of the American Songbook with his inimitable voice. Tony will premiere our new Storytellers series on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 3PM EST and talk about an upcoming documentary about his life, The Zen of Bennett and his newest album, Viva Duets.

The Zen of Bennett premiered to strong critical and audience reactions at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. In the film, on the eve of his 85th birthday, Tony reflects back over his 60 year career and discusses his philosophies of life, lessons learned, and his passion for art and music.  The documentary features many touching moments including Tony in the studio singing duets with the likes of Natalie Cole, John Mayer, the late Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga.

Watch the trailer:

The Zen of Bennett will debut in theaters in New York on Wednesday, October 24th, followed by openings in select cities throughout November and December.  The film will also be available on Netflix streaming after November 12th.

Viva Duets, is Tony’s third duets-themed project, following the platinum selling and critically praised Duets and Duets II albums. Viva Duets features Tony singing his greatest hits with a celebrated roster of Latin artists including Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Miguel Bose and Maria Gadu.

Marc Anthony & Tony Bennett

He remains the Columbia recording artist with the greatest longevity at the label and his Duets II CD, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album charts making him the oldest artist to achieve the top spot at the age of 85. Viva Duets is set to release on October 23rd.

We’re collecting questions for Tony on our Facebook event page. Join to ask your questions and save the date for the show on Wednesday, October 24th @ 3PM EST.  You can tune in to the live show here or by phone at (646) 716-5155.