Bernie Chiaravalle

It’s been nearly seven years since we last connected with Bernie Chiaravalle, but it goes without saying that he’s been a busy musician.  His long standing relationship with Michael McDonald has kept him moving on the road and in the studio.  He played an integral role with Amy Holland’s latest album “Light On My Path” and he has released three additional solo projects since our chat with him back in 2010.  It’s only been a year since he released his last album “One Bright Moment” but on April 18, Bernie is set to release perhaps his most introspective and personal album to date, “Make Some Sense Of This” - an album project that he wrote, performed, engineered and produced from start to finish.  Here to talk to us more about this new album project is our good friend, Bernie Chiaravalle. 

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Raul Midón

The title of Raul Midón’s brand new album, “Bad Ass And Blind”, sums it up pretty nicely.  True, Raul is blind and has been since birth, but when it comes to music he’s as badass as they come.  The New York Times described him as “a one man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.”  Since 1999, Raul has released eight solo albums that touch a variety of musical landscapes and features his blazing, percussive-style finger work on the guitar, as well as his soulful, silky vocals.  His talents have also been featured on tours, sessions and album projects for artists such as Shakira, India Arie, Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, Alejandro Sanz, Julio Iglesias, Stevie Wonder, Jason Mraz, and Herbie Hancock.  His ninth studio album, “Bad Ass And Blind”, is set to be released on March 24 and will find Raul expanding into his jazz roots and featuring compositions that explore linear modal harmony, similar to the musical avenues taken by jazz legends Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter.  To expand on his incredible journey in music and to chat further about his brand new album, Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome Raul Midón.