Dan Mayer Interview on The Time Machine Discussing the Musical Return of Emitt Rhodes
Musician Dan Mayer was a guest on The Time Machine and shared three brand new songs from the highly influential singer-songwriter Emitt Rhodes. Emitt got his start as the drummer of Palace Guard before forming The Merry-Go-Round in the mid-sixties. Emitt's music career has been a part of The Time Machine's playlist for a few decades since the inception of the radio broadcast and his songs are considered timeless classics and has landed Emitt status as a "core artist" to the format. It's been a decade since his engineering and production contribution to Ray Paul's cover of Paul McCartney's "Oh Woman, Oh Why" was in heavy rotation on the Maui FM dial so it's nice to hear some brand new music from this extremely talented artist (Ray Paul also had heavy airplay on Maui for nearly a year with his recent cover of Emitt's song " 'Til The Day After").
For the past two years, Dan and Emitt have kept The Time Machine Crew up to date upon Emitt's return into the recording studio with brand new songs to capture on tape with a new band. In addition to guitarist and singer-songwriter Dan Mayer, Emitt is joined by the co-founder of The Grass Roots and The Merry-Go-Round's drummer Joel Larson, co-founder and former bassist for Counting Crows, Matt Malley, and guitarist Jim Rolfe. Icing on the musical cake comes from legendary guitarist Richard Thompson, whose band Fairport Convention covered Emitt's song "Time Will Show the Wiser" in 1967. Richard performs on the three songs heard on the broadcast plus Debbi Peterson and Vicki Peterson from The Bangles, who covered "Live" on their debut album on Columbia Records, which is one of Emitt's song from his Merry-Go-Round days.
Emitt was also the subject matter of Italian director Cosimo Messeri's documentary "The One Man Beatles". The film was about Emitt Rhodes's vicissitudes: life, past, present, troubles and hopes. The movie was selected for the International Rome Film Festival 2009 and was nominated for the David di Donatello Award as Best Documentary of 2010.
The Time Machine Crew were honored to give three new songs from Emitt Rhodes their world broadcast debut. The song titles heard anywhere for the very first time for this early November aircheck are listed below:
"What's A Man To Do"
"This Wall Between Us"
"Just Me and You"
Brand new music was also featured from Rachael Yamagata with her song "Miles On A Car". Other artists featured on this Maui afternoon FM radio aircheck include; Schuyler Fisk, Smash Mouth, The Knack, Richard Marx, Traveling Wilburys, Brian McKnight, Lee Michaels, Mel & Tim, XTC, The Bangles, The Smith Bros. and J. Geils Band.
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