Antsy Appears in a TEDx Talk in Carson City

Antsy at TEDx in May 2016

Antsy at TEDx in May 2016

Antsy McClain was recently featured as a TEDx guest speaker in Carson City and his talk has been publicized nationwide.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Though known more as a humorist, songwriter and small town philosopher, as many of his fans know, Antsy McClain also has a parallel career as a painter and illustrator. When he shows up to speak at high school career days, he’s usually booked as “the creativity guy.” In this talk, he reflects on the pivotal age of “14” as a turning point in the lives of so many.

Antsy tells like he lives it: The good life. Antsy is generally free from an over-abundance of material things and appreciates time with family and friends.

 

 


Antsy McClain Interview on Pink Flamingo RV Radio

Antsy McClain was interviewed on Pink Flamingo RV Radio on Christmas Day 2015.  If you missed out, you can listen to the Podcast in its entirety below. Thanks to Tracy Miller and Austin Miller for putting this together. Learn more about Pink Flamingo RV Radio.

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In Memorium: Tom Magliozzi from Car Talk (6/28/37 – 11/3/14)

TomMagliozziI heard yesterday that one of the icons of radio passed away.  Tom Magliozzi, of Car Talk (NPR), passed away on November 3 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Along with his brother Ray, they were known as “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers.” (See Tom’s Bio)

Car Talk was some of the first national exposure I ever enjoyed as a songwriter, and I felt, opened doors for me with appearances on NPR and PBS. I’ll never forget hearing my song as Tom and Ray (aka Click and Clack) Magliozzi went to a break in their show. I felt I had hit the big time. Following are a couple of clips from their shows which include some of my songs.

Car Talk – June 30, 2007: Includes a clip from “I Was Just Flipped Off”

Car Talk – September 22, 2007: Includes a clip from “Billboard”

Car Talk: Stairway to Heapdom includes Antsy McClain's "I Was Just Flipped Off"

Car Talk: Stairway to Heapdom includes Antsy McClain’s “I Was Just Flipped Off”

Later on Click and Clack released a CD of some of their favorites from their shows and included “Flipped Off” as one of the cuts on their CD “Stairway to Heapdom“.  The CD is still available for sale HERE.

Tom was known for riding in his small car and going slowly.  In fact, he told people to “Slow Down and Enjoy the Ride.”  Truly a man that lived the “Aluminum Rule” to its fullest.

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Regular listeners to Car Talk know that laughter was an important part of their appeal. The contagious laughter of the brothers Magliozzi will forever ring in my heart, and my thoughts are with Ray as he deals with the loss.  May Tom continue to Enjoy the Ride wherever he is.


Enjoying the Ride with Tommy E: Down the East Coast

This song took a lot of paper. Who was it who said, "Songs aren't written. They're rewritten?" sang it last night at the Newberry Opera House in South Carolina.

This song took a lot of paper. Who was it who said, “Songs aren’t written. They’re rewritten?” sang it last night at the Newberry Opera House in S.C.

The last 5 days have been a whirlwind of activity, travel and fun as Tommy and I took our show down the East Coast to Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The crowds have all been amazing and this has been a spectacular ride!

What a wonderful bunch of people at the Opera House in Newberry, SC. I’m changed forever by the wonderful folks I’m meeting on tour with Tommy Emmanuel. I have been making a lot of new friends. I wrote the following two stanzas while heading to Atlanta:

Riding along an American highway,
Lush, green trees on either side.
Missing home, but love the journey,
So grateful to be on this ride.

All the handshakes, hugs and high fives,
Make this “field trip” more complete.
Another day, another city,
With more friends I have yet to meet.

We started the East Coast swing in Richmond, VA at the Carpenter Theater.  This was another beautiful hall.

From Richmond we had an evening in Charlotte, NC at the McGlohon Theatre, which is yet another great place to perform.

We then had two nights booked at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry, SC.

All the travel and new friends – and being able to watch the performances by Tommy Emmanuel – have inspired me to write a few new songs, a couple of which I have performed on the road.

Australian Singer/Songwriter sensation Anthony Snape joined us in North Carolina.

Australian Singer/Songwriter sensation Anthony Snape joined us in North Carolina. (Photo courtesy Jan Anderson)

As always, Tommy Emmanuel has musician friends everywhere he goes and when they are available, he invites them to join him.  In North Carolina we were privileged to share the stage with Anthony Snape, a sensational singer/songwriter from Australia.  Anthony recently returned from his own tour with Tommy in Italy and joined us.

If you get a chance to catch him live in the States, I would highly recommend it. A great guy and a real talent.

In South Carolina we got to enjoy the talents of Kirby Easler, who is a self-taught fingerstyle guitarist from Charleston, South Carolina. She is only twenty years old and is already establishing her place as a seasoned guitarist after just four and a half years with the instrument. She counts Tommy E. as one of her great influences. 

Kirby is a talent to watch for.

Kirby Easler (right) joined us on stage in South Carolina.

Kirby Easler (right) joined us on stage in South Carolina.

While in North Carolina, I was invited to do a TV interview with WBTV’s John Carter. I had a great time talking with him on and off camera. Nice guy. Kindred spirit. (As a young man, he set out to be a comic book artist! Broadcasting beckoned, and he changed directions.) Here is the video of our conversation.

Getting ready to go live on WBTV

Getting ready to go live on WBTV

Hanging with WBTV's John Carter before the taping

Hanging with WBTV’s John Carter before the taping[/][caption id="attachment_825" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Tommy and me in North Carolina performing Primer Grey Impala. Photo by Jennifer Easler Tommy and me in North Carolina performing Primer Grey Impala. Photo by Jennifer Easler

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The crowd in Virginia RAWKED!

The crowd in Virginia RAWKED!

Then there are the awesome audiences who have come out to enjoy the shows and participate in the fun. I try to capture the moments with a selfie during my sets.

The great audience in South Carolina

The great audience in South Carolina

Another South Carolina Shot from the second niight

Another South Carolina shot from the second night.We could not do this without the amazing talents and the ever-watchful eye of Road Manager/Sound Engineer Steve Law. He sees everything. And hears even more.

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Not sure how we would get around without the support of Steve Law

Not sure how we would get around without the support of Steve Law

As this goes out to the World Wide Web, we have made our way to Atlanta. We are performing there tonight and tomorrow night.

Antsy in SC (photo courtesy of Glenn Strange)

Antsy in SC (photo courtesy of Glenn Strange)

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Enjoying the Ride with Tommy E: St. Louis

Antsy and Tommy E

Antsy and Tommy Emmanuel

TOURING WITH TOMMY EMMANUEL

As friends of my music may know, I have embarked on one of the most ambitious tours in my career as I have joined world renown guitarist Tommy Emmanuel as his guest at over 20 of his performances across the United States in June and July.

Last night we kicked off the first of these performances at the amazing Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis. This place has been around since about 1912 and is a wonderful venue for a performer like Tommy Emmanuel.

Tommy has been a friend of my music and a mentor to me for years. It’s going to be a pleasure and honor to share the stage with the man in over 16 cities and 20 shows.

 

Sound Check at The Sheldon

We kicked off with a sound check at the Sheldon in the early afternoon yesterday. I loved the acoustics in this building.

This is how I feel after sound check

During the sound check I realized that Tommy Emmanuel’s guitar gently weeps while mine groans loudly. I guess I have a way to go.

The Audience at the Sheldon was great

Man oh man was the audience amazing. This was so much fun. I got a standing ovation. What great energy they have here! Truly a thumbs up moment!

I must be in St. Louis

Having a great time in St. Louis this morning. That wonderful glow must be lingering after last night’s show. So pumped for tonight’s show!

On the set at KMOV-TV in St. Louis

I started off today with an interview at KMOV TV to be on “Great Day” at 10 AM CST. We were almost pre-empted by an address from President Obama, but we barely made it. It did lend itself to some funny, impromptu moments, including an on-the-spot song. The video of my segment will be up later today at http://www.greatdaystlouis.com. Thanks to the fun folks at Great Day, and to our capable press and publicity agent, Jodi Jackson. You go, girl!

WATCH ANTSY ON KMOV Great Day St. Louis Here

I will be on stage again tonight with Tommy at the Sheldon and then it is off to Indianapolis.  I will do my next post from Indy!!

In the mean time, I want to remind you all that you can be a part of my new CD production by participating in the FLOCKSTAR Promo.  You can also get my BRAND NEW LIVE DVD or my new FLOYD FLASH DRIVE which is full of new material and unreleased material including the new fan favorite “Can’t Fix Stupid.” Click on the boxes below to order your FLOYD or DVD or to participate as a FLOCKSTAR.

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Antsy McClain & Pauly Zarb LIVE on BBC today

Antsy McClain at the BBC

Antsy McClain at the BBC – May 31, 2014

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BBC DJ/Commentator Henry Kelly interviews Troy Anderson, Pauly Zarb and Antsy McClain on May 31, 2014 Photo by Australian singer/songwriter Anthony Snape

As part of the promotional effort for the Wokingham Street Concert that was organized by Trailer Park Troubadour alumnus Pauly Zarb, Antsy McClain, Pauly,  and Louis Armstrong tribute trumpeter Troy Anderson were interviewed this morning by famed BBC moderator Henry Kelly on his Saturday morning show.  They were also accompanied by Australian singer/songwriter Anthony Snape, who has performed with Pauly Zarb as part of the “Australian Troubadours” on three continents and recently has toured and performed throughout Italy with Tommy Emmanuel. Anthony was in an earlier interview but kindly provided the photos for this session.

Henry Kelly is famed as the face of British TV game shows like Going For Gold and became a household name in the UK as part of the team presenting LWT’s practical-joke show Game for a Laugh in the 1980s. He now brings his wit and insight to BBC Radio Berkshire on Saturday mornings.

The first part of the interview was with Troy “Satchmo” Anderson. Troy began playing the Trumpet at the early age of 10 based in Germany. He is currently the band leader of “The Wonderful World Tribute Band, ” one that Louis Armstrong brought to life.  Troy is said to be “brilliantly thoughtful, skillful, talented, creative and a breath taking performer who’s amazing talent resonates with everyone in the room.

At the BBC: Troy Anderson, Pauly Zarb, Anthony Snape and Antsy McClain.  Photo by Anthony Snape

At the BBC: Troy Anderson, Pauly Zarb, Anthony Snape and Antsy McClain. Photo by Anthony Snape

After a small performance by Troy, Mr. Kelly spoke with Pauly and Antsy about the Wokingham Street Concert and then a bit with Antsy about his singing style and inspirations.

Antsy then did a live rendition of “The Big Time” which is timely since he now has a BBC interview under his belt as well!

You can listen to the entire interview on demand HERE until June 5. The interview begins at the 12 minute mark and goes until the 20 minute mark in Mr. Kelly’s program.  After the on demand ends, we will include a new link to the interview.