Shows

045: Billy Don Burns

February 10, 2018 Sound Matters show #045 features Tom’s intriguing and revealing conversation with the original “outlaw,” legendary Nashville singer/songwriter Billy Don Burns. Billy Don’s songs have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Sammy Kershaw, and Mel Tillis, and he’s... Read More »
Tom Leu | 14 February 2018 | Interviews, Radio Shows | No Comments   

044: Highlights & Hits

February 03, 2018 Sound Matters Highlights & Hits episode #044 features conversation, commentary, and insights about the broadcasting from the new “Sound Matters Studio South” in Florida, the 2018 Grammy Awards, conversations with Kevin McCarthy from Rockford’s Local Music Scene, and... Read More »
Tom Leu | 07 February 2018 | Highlights & Hits, Radio Shows | No Comments   

043: Jon Freeman

January 27, 2018 Sound Matters show #043 features Tom’s conversation with music publicist, Jon Freeman from Freeman Promotions. Jon gives us an inside look at the music business from a perspective few actually get to see. Jon shares some... Read More »
Tom Leu | 28 January 2018 | Interviews, Radio Shows | No Comments   

042: Highlights & Hits (1 Yr)

January 06, 2018 Sound Matters show #042 is the ONE YEAR Anniversary episode of Sound Matters Radio broadcasting on 1440 WROK out of Rockford, IL, and available as a podcast. Tom and his several guests celebrate and discuss the show’s... Read More »
Tom Leu | 08 January 2018 | Highlights & Hits, Radio Shows | No Comments   

041: Highlights & Hits (Xmas)

December 23, 2017 Episode #041 is the first ever holiday-themed show featuring conversation and commentary about the Sound Matters Radio show 2017 year in review, the 2018 Rock ‘n Roll Hall Fame inductees, Xmas music stats and best sellers,... Read More »
Tom Leu | 27 December 2017 | Highlights & Hits, Radio Shows | No Comments   

040: Mitch Brechon

December 16, 2017 Sound Matters show #040 features Tom’s conversation with longtime bandmate Mitch Brechon from Suite Oblivion talking through his journey in music culminating in the formation of Suite O’ and the band’s storied history… On This Episode: Get Sound... Read More »
Tom Leu | 20 December 2017 | Interviews, Radio Shows | No Comments   

039: Jack Russell #2

December 09, 2017 Sound Matters show #039 features Tom’s second interview with Jack Russell, lead singer and chief songwriter for Jack Russell’s Great White. Tom and Jack talk about his recent management changes, the legacy of the Once Bitten album,... Read More »
Tom Leu | 16 December 2017 | Interviews, Radio Shows | No Comments   

SMM: Shooting Star

A “Sound Matter Moment” What often seems common in knowledge is uncommon in practice. Nowhere is this more evident than in what I call the “crock star” music business. I define “crock stars” as up-and-coming musicians who are basically full-of-it (i.e.... Read More »
Tom Leu | 15 December 2017 | 'Sound Matter' Moment | No Comments   

038: Chris Vrenna

December 02, 2017 Sound Matters show #038 features Tom’s in-depth interview with Chris Vrenna, Grammy winning musician, composer, producer, remixer, and drummer best known for his work in Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, and Tweaker among many others. Tom and Chris... Read More »
Tom Leu | 12 December 2017 | Interviews, Radio Shows | No Comments   

SMM: Go Your Own Way**

A “Sound Matter Moment” Author Malcolm Gladwell, in his great book Outliers, discusses at length, the legendary band Fleetwood Mac’s now-famous career arc, and rise to fame, as an illustration of the – often – very long time it takes... Read More »
Tom Leu | 09 December 2017 | 'Sound Matter' Moment | No Comments   

037: Michael Sweet #3 & Mickey Joe

November 18, 2017 Sound Matters show #037 features a double header of Tom’s interviews with Michael Sweet from Stryper, talking about the latest Sweet & Lynch release, Unified, and changes in the Stryper line-up, plus Mickey Joe of Mickey Joe... Read More »
Tom Leu | 20 November 2017 | Interviews, Radio Shows | No Comments   

SMM: Dare You To Move

A “Sound Matter Moment” I get it. You get down. You feel out… sometimes. You get stuck in ruts… don’t we all… ? But this doesn’t have to mean you or I, have to be down and out all the... Read More »
Tom Leu | 19 November 2017 | 'Sound Matter' Moment | No Comments   

036: Freddy Negrete & Steve Jones

November 11, 2017 Sound Matters show #036 features Tom’s interview with Freddy Negrete and Steve Jones, authors of Smile Now, Cry Later: Guns, Gangs, and Tattoos – My Life in Black and Gray. This conversation with both Freddy and Steve deliberately... Read More »
Tom Leu | 16 November 2017 | Interviews, Radio Shows | No Comments   

SMM: Patiently

A “Sound Matter Moment” Patience… it’s that thing we’re all told we need to have; at the most inopportune times at times; the times when you want to have anything but… patience. A (noun), patience is defined as the capacity... Read More »
Tom Leu | 12 November 2017 | 'Sound Matter' Moment | No Comments   

035: Frankie Muriel

October 28, 2017 Sound Matters episode #035 features Tom’s interview with Frankie Muriel of KingoftheHill and Dr. Zhivegas. KOTH was/is the epitome high-energy fun, talent, and showmanship mixed into a rock and roll band. And as it should be, as... Read More »
Tom Leu | 31 October 2017 | Interviews, Radio Shows | No Comments   

SMM: You Can’t Always Get What You Want

A “Sound Matter Moment” I’m pretty sure most of us forget sometimes… if we’re being honest that is. Forget about the struggles we all go through to achieve things in life. Whether little things, or big things… they’re the... Read More »
Tom Leu | 29 October 2017 | 'Sound Matter' Moment | No Comments   

034: Don Jamieson

October 21, 2017 Sound Matters episode #034 features Tom’s interview with comedian, author, and That Metal Show co-host, Don Jamieson. Don discusses his decades long career as the “rock ‘n roll comedian,” That Metal Show, the state of music today, winning... Read More »
Tom Leu | 24 October 2017 | Interviews, Radio Shows | No Comments   

SMM: Someone Like You

A “Sound Matter Moment” Adele’s monster hit song from 2011, “Someone Like You” shot a jolt of electricity directly through me within seconds of hearing it for the very first time. This very rarely happens… It stopped me dead in my tracks with... Read More »
Tom Leu | 20 October 2017 | 'Sound Matter' Moment | No Comments   
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