GLT Music Podcast GLT's Music Director Jon Norton interviews big names and emerging talent from the music world as their travels take them into Central Illinois. Discover eclectic music spanning blues, rock, jazz, and more.
GLT Music Podcast

GLT Music Podcast


GLT's Music Director Jon Norton interviews big names and emerging talent from the music world as their travels take them into Central Illinois. Discover eclectic music spanning blues, rock, jazz, and more.More from GLT Music Podcast »

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ISU Professor's New Documentary Showcases Nashville Legend

Illinois State University School of Communication Professor Brent Simonds knows his just completed documentary of Nashville singer/songwriter Verlon Thompson tells a compelling story. "It's a sweet story about a really sweet man who has monstrous talent, especially when it comes to playing acoustic guitar," Simonds said of his film " Sweet Dreams Do Come True ."

Beth Bombara Headed In The Right Direction

Depression is an insidious condition. Unlike, say, a broken arm, where you can point to a single incident such as slipping on a patch of ice, depression has no cast for friends and family to notice, let alone sign. It happened to singer/songwriter Beth Bombara leading up to the release of her latest album "Map And No Direction."

'Father of Newgrass' Sam Bush Reflects On The Possible

Bluegrass legend Sam Bush included the original song "Bowling Green" on his latest album titled "Storyman." It's an ode to growing up on a farm just outside the southern Kentucky town.

Galen Weston Plugs Back Into Music

Galen Weston was like a lot of college grads: proud of his shiny diploma on the wall, daunted by the immense loans that financed it. Taking a breath, the logical next step, at least in Weston's mind, was to parlay his jazz degree into an online financial advice business.

Robert Brown Band Slays Illusions On 'Phantom Power'

Is this real what I'm feeling/Is this real or am I dreaming my life away? Those lines from the song "Pills" open "Phantom Power," the just released sophomore album from the Robert Brown Band. A life of delusion seems top of mind to band founder Robert Brown. Heck, he even titled the debut album "Love Is a Ghost."

Blues Duo Says 'Lucky Losers' Is The Right Name

The music world has had many romantic couples; the most famous include Sonny & Cher and Ike & Tina Turner. It's probably not the best comparison to San Francisco based blues artists Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz. Not that they're not making great music, but the chemistry isn't, well, tempestuous.

Tight Harmonies Lift Singing Group To Win

Barbershop quartets aren't just for squares and old movies. The music style is alive and kicking in the 21st century, thanks to a recent resurgence and young vocalists like Tim Beutel. Last month, the central Illinois-based a capella group After Hours journeyed to Las Vegas where they were a smash hit at an international singing competition. The group grabbed the third-place medal in the Quartet Division at the Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention and Competition, beating out scores of other singers. Beutel sings tenor with the group, and in fact his life is steeped in music. Beutel is a music teacher for Morton Public Schools. "Singing has been out there a lot more in the public eye," said Beutel, referencing TV shows like "The Voice," "American Idol" and the film "Pitch Perfect" and its sequels. "Barbershop has been there all along, but now you're seeing this kind of youth movement in barbershop because a capella music is more widely accepted." Beutel's quartet, After

Supersuckers Spinning At North Street Records

Supersuckers returns to Bloomington-Normal to play the Castle Theater on Thursday, Aug. 10.

George Thorogood Unplugs

George Thorogood & the Destroyers have been ripping through blues classics for four decades. Their ferocious recorded takes on "Move It On Over," "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," and of course "Bad To The Bone" are classic rock radio staples.

Mongolian Death Wyrm: Local Band's Name Begs The Question

So how does the name "Mongolian Death Wyrm" symbolize J Alan Balmer's vision for his progressive blues/rock/funk trio? "It doesn't symbolize it so much as it begs the question: Who are we? And what kind of music do we play?" said Balmer.

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