You may not know their names, but you know their sounds. Side Player Stories, a new podcast produced by WUCF FM (89.9) Jazz & More debuts Thursday. The first episode features Liberty DeVitto, Billy Joel’s long-time drummer at wucf.org/sideplayerstories, with additional episodes released each Thursday.
In this series, musician and WUCF FM producer Jesse Morgado gets an in-depth look inside the lives of professional musicians. Side Player Stories offers other conversations with musical guests such as guitarist/bassist Carol Kaye (You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin,’ Mission Impossible, La Bamba, etc,), keyboardist Carey Frank ’13 (Tedeschi Trucks Band and Social Distortion); and bassist Eva Gardner (Pink, Cher, Mars Volta), whose unique talents and musical abilities create opportunities to make their living playing for many different bands.
“As Central Florida’s Storytellers, we are proud to give our listeners an inside look at the life of professional musicians, some of the best in the industry, with our new podcast Side Player Stories,” says Phil Hoffman, WUCF executive director. “Listeners will learn the fascinating details on touring, recording, and what’s in between, all through the words and experiences of some of the music industry’s elite artists.”
In the first episode, Billy Joel’s former drummer for 30 years, DeVitto tells all in his new memoir. Later in July, bassist, recording artist, songwriter and Los Angeles bar owner Eva Gardner, who has toured with Pink for 14 years and has made a name for herself as a first-call musician for countless artists, talks about her inspiration and the talent in her household. After that will be Jeff Coffin, saxophonist in the Dave Matthews Band.. Coffin has also been a part of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones – racking up three Grammy Awards along the way.
Listeners can check out episodes now at wucf.org/sideplayerstories or listen on all major podcasting platforms.