Interview with George Marinelli

On saturday 6 of july, Bonnie Raitt performed with her band in Paris, it was the opportunity to meet our friend George Marinelli and shoot an interview with him. George is well known as guitarist of Bruce Hornsby & The Range and has played with many great artists including James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt to name a few. As a solo artist, George has recorded 3 albums. His latest on called "Believe" is now available. Enjoy!



George Marinelli: Believe

California Dreaming on Direct Star : a TV documentary exclusively about Westcoast Music this evening on a French TV channel

An event at a major french TV channel September 16, 2012 (8:40 pm): an exclusive 1 hour documentary about WestCoast Music / AOR : StarStory "Le rêve californien" (California Dreaming) on DirectStar TV Channel. You can try this live video feed to see it. The video replay will be available at this address.

What will be featured? A story about Westcoast Music / Californian Rock since The Sixties 'til nowadays. The documentary has been shot in 2011 and 2012 in California, in The USA as well as in France by Stephane Basset as a director. See the video teasers at the end of this article.

Discover again the hits of this amazing music ("Hotel California", "Ride Like The Wind", "Long Train Running"... The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Randy Newman...) along with great images and exclusive interviews:

Bobby Kimball (Toto), Christopher Cross, Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin, Michael Sembello, Arnold McCuller, Alessi Brothers, Sam Andrews (Big Brother), Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane), Henry Diltz (photographer), Gael Benyamin (Geyster, NightShift)...

Also in the documentary "California Dreaming" some interviews of french medias and hosts that take care here in France about this music : Georges Lang (RTL), Jean-Michel Canitrot (RFM, Skyrock Connection, Rock Connection), Arnaud Léger and Jean-Luc Raymond (Westcoast Rendez-Vous)...

"Star Story: California Dreamin' " will be broadcasted again on September 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm (french hour).




Crédit images : PylaProd : Christopher Cross, Bobby Kimball (Toto), Jat Graydon and Bill Champlin featured in the documentary.

Marc Jordan interview in Paris

June 23, 2012, we have had the chance to set up a Marc Jordan interview in Paris. Marc Jordan is a amazing Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer, session musician, and actor. The last time he did a concert in Paris was at Disney Village in 1997... What a great memory!

Here, Marc speaks of his past career : The "Mannequin" (1978) and "Blue Desert" (1979) albums period as well as the LP gem : "A Hole in the Wall" (1983). Also, he tells about his friends Bruce Gaitsch and Janey Clewer, also about his beginning career as an actor in "Score : A Hockey Movie" (with Olivia Newton-John) and about his last album "Crucifix in Dreamland".

We do add his very talented wife Amy Sky has just released a new album "Alive & Awake" and their daughter Zoe Sky Jordan is a great singer-songwriter to discover as a solo artist and featured in the band Petty Victories.

(Thanks to Marc Jordan)

Marc Jordan Interview - Part 1

Marc Jordan Interview - Part 2

Zoe Sky Jordan "Coming Up Strangers" live (2011)


Don't miss this new Westcoast AOR treasure led by Alexander Kronbrink... SONIC STATION and discover THE STORY BEHIND THE SONGS here! 


Sonic Station is a new Westcoast AOR Project put together by Alexander Kronbrink (a swedish guitarist, composer and producer). Alexander is a young musician who learned his skills working with smooth Jazz star Jonathan Fritzén – who lived in his neighborhood. Later on – after being introduced to Lee Ritenour - Alexander started to see a clearer direction in his playing. Through Ritenour he discovered the music of such giants as Steely Dan, Kenny Loggins, composer and producer David Foster and guitarist Jay Graydon, to mention a few.

While studying music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, he teamed up with Marika Willstedt, a singer and piano player and they started writing music and playing together. This collaboration turned out to be the beginning of the Sonic Station record. Marika is today a well known artist and session musician in Sweden after appearing as pianist and teamleader in a prime time tv-show on national television. She sings and plays keyboards on the Sonic Station record and has also written most of the lyrics. Two of the songs have lyrics by Alexander’s father, Hans Kronbrink.

During the second half of the 00’s, while working on his Sonic Station project, Alexander also played the guitar with different artists and groups. Among them the thrilling side project Moonlight Sailors with, once again, his friend Jonathan Fritzén on keyboards, accompanied by drummer Aron Mellergård and bass player Henrik Linder. The last two are the founders of amazing group Dirty Loops, celebrated by both Lee Ritenour and Jay Graydon! Mellergård and Linder have also contributed with their talents on the Sonic Station record.

From the very beginning the Sonic Station project has been based in the 80’s AOR music (influenced by Toto, Mr Mister and Journey) and the West Coast-sound of Airplay and Chicago. To get the most quality out of each song Alexander, who composed ten tracks and also produced and arranged the whole record, engaged four singers with different singing styles and voices: Marika Willstedt, Magnus Bäcklund, Kristoffer Fogelmark and Tove Lo.

Backed up by a long line of session musicians and Alexander’s brilliant guitar playing Sonic Station is an expressive and warm record, where each song has an obvious and immediate hit feeling. With Sonic Station, Alexander Kronbrink has taken the 80’s into the future!

Interview with Laura Mayne (In English)

On february 8th, we had the pleasure to meet Laura Mayne and release a video interview with her to talk about her career with NATIVE and her return on the musical scene with her recent EP "Native song book vol.1" and upcoming new studio album "Seule et sans armes" to be released soon.


Laura had a very successful career with Native, a duet with her sister Chris, during the 90's. For their second album "Les couleurs de l'amour", they worked with an american team including Billy Steinberg, Jon Lind, Diane Warren and others. It features the song "Dans ce monde à part" which had been covered by Cher under the title "Taking Back My Heart" on her "Believe" album. Laura was also chosen to sing the Pocahontas's theme movie and be the voice of that character for the french version of that popular Walt Disney movie.

If you don't already know who is Laura Mayne, it's a big mistake and I recommend you to discover this very talented artist now!


Interview with Larry Hoppen & Lance Hoppen from the band Orleans.


Two weeks ago, we were invited to join our friends The Alessi Brothers and Orleans to their concert in Amsterdam. What a great night at the PANAMA, where the 2 bands delivered their best performing their hits in front of an audience of fans dancing and singing. The next morning we were pleased to meet again Larry Hoppen & Lance Hoppen (Orleans) at their hotel to shoot an interview and learn a little more about Orleans's past, present and future. Enjoy!

Thanks to Louie, Larry & Lance



Venice band and Roger Waters band for an exclusive acoustic session live November 2, 2011 on RTL radiostation (Paris)

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There are a few great moments in this life about amazing music. One of these was an acoustic session of the band VENICE (Kip Lennon, Mark Lennon and Pat Lennon) during the afternoon of June 29, 11 in the legendary studio of free format radio dee jay Georges Lang at RTL (rue Bayard, Paris, very closed to the Champs Elysees avenue) for a great acoustic session and an interview of VENICE that you can listen to on RTL tonight November 2, 2011 at midnight - french hour (or live on RTL website) from midnight to 3 am. If you love harmony vocals, guitar playing and great songs: be there or be no where!

This precious afternoon, in Les Nocturnes studio at RTL radiostation, VENICE live in acoustic in Paris was a real blast. Some other members of The Wall live tour (Roger Waters) have been featured on this acoustic session too: Jon Joyce (original background vocalist from PINK FLOYD - THE WALL album), G.E.Smith (guitar player - Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall & John Oates) and Robbie Wyckoff as lead singer (with Roger Waters).

November 2, 2011 at midnight on RTL... Let's listen this fabulous acoustic live session from the band VENICE with an exclusive interview of Mark, Kip and Pat Lennon during the program LES NOCTURNES de GEORGES LANG. RTL website has put a special page for this event. The program will be also available online on RTL Les Nocturnes website as soon as possible! Enjoy and keep on rocking!

You can check out our special gallery of this accounstic session on Westcoast Rendez-Vous Facebook page : - see the gallery section.

Special Thanks: Georges Lang and Yves Bigot at RTL. Olivier Saintot (at Virgin Megastore Champs-Elysées record store, Westcoast Musis section - Paris).

Photo : Kip Lennon, Mark Lennon and Pat Lennon at RTL. Copyright: J.-L. Raymond