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John Leventhal

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John Leventhal - Quarantine Edition

Truetone Lounge

Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, John Leventhal, shares what he has been up to in 2020, and clues us into his guitar part on Shawn Colvin's "Get Out Of This House."

56mins

17 Nov 2020

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John Leventhal - Part One

Truetone Lounge

In Part 1 of our 3-part series with the Grammy award-winning producer John Leventhal, we discuss his early years, and why he picked up the guitar and began learning the craft of songwriting. He also describes the thrill of having his first outing as a producer result in a Grammy win for Shawn Colvin's 1989 album, Steady On. John also shares how a home studio demo tape led to him catching the attention of Marc Cohn and working on Cohn's huge hit, "Walking in Memphis." Leventhal also discusses how he met Rosanne Cash and began a collaboration that began musically and culminated in marriage.

30mins

17 Nov 2020

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John Leventhal - Part Three

Truetone Lounge

In Part 3, we discuss John Leventhal's gear. We cover the wealth of instruments and amps used in the studio, and the outright Spartan rig he uses on the road. Also, John plays a number of solo clips that both showcase his signature touch and tone, and pays homage to a number of his favorite guitarists.https://truetonelounge.com https://truetone.com

37mins

17 Nov 2020

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John Leventhal - Part Two

Truetone Lounge

In Part 2, we discuss John Leventhal's 23 years of musical collaboration with wife Rosanne Cash, and his recent work with Stax Records singer and songwriter, William Bell. We go in-depth on his philosophy behind the reimagining of classic country and folk tunes on Rosanne Cash's The List, the inspiration behind her "Southern" themed album, The River & The Thread, and the thrills and challenges of making the modern soul album, This Is Where I live, with William Bell.

21mins

17 Nov 2020

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294. John Leventhal on Ry Cooder 'Paradise and Lunch' (1974)

My Favorite Album with Jeremy Dylan

John Leventhal is a master of tastefulness, over decades as a producer, guitarist and songwriter with everyone from Shawn Colvin to Marc Cohn to William Bell and his wife Rosanne Cash. Today he welcomes me to his home studio in New York to talk about Ry Cooder’s 70s classic ‘Paradise and Lunch’. We delve into Ry’s genius as an arranger and reinterpreter of songs, his influence as a musician, how the album puts songs first over guitar flexing, how Ry has influenced John’s playing and production and what it was like for John and his wife Rosanne to collaborate with Ry on new arrangements of Johnny Cash songs.

36mins

3 Dec 2019

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113: John Leventhal

The Third Story Podcast with Leo Sidran

John Leventhal thinks his initial, preanalytical ideas are the good ones. John Leventhal realized that there “really is no daddy, there isn’t anybody who really has it all together, knows all the answers. You’re kind of in the wilderness. You have to take a chance to fail.” John Leventhal isn’t sure how to measure success. John Leventhal is a self invented guy. Despite his five Grammys, his critically and commercially successful work as musician, producer, songwriter, and recording engineer who has produced albums for William Bell, Michelle Branch, Rosanne Cash, Marc Cohn, Shawn Colvin, Rodney Crowell, Joan Osborne, Loudon Wainwright III, and many others, he’s still wondering if he’s made it. As a musician he has worked with these artists as well as Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Bruce Hornsby, Elvis Costello, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Charlie Haden, David Crosby, Levon Helm, Edie Brickell, Paul Simon, Patty Larkin, Susan Tedeschi, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Steve Forbert, Kelly Willis, Donald Fagen, and Johnny Cash. As a songwriter he has had over 150 songs recorded by various artists, including Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Michelle Branch, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Vince Gill, George Strait, Shelby Lynne, Patty Loveless, Joe Cocker and William Bell. We met over the summer met in his Manhattan studio, which occupies one floor of the home he shares with his wife, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash. We talked about his process in the studio, how he developed his own personal approach to making music, and why even the simplest questions can have complicated answers. Thanks for listening. If you enjoyed it, please leave a review on iTunes and consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! And now you can also listen to the podcast on Spotify!

51mins

16 Oct 2018

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Episode 10 with John Leventhal (Roseanne Cash, Shawn Colvin, Blind Boys of Alabama)

The Riff Raff with Shane Theriot

My guest today is Mr. John Leventhal. John is a guitarist, songwriter and producer, having won 5 Grammys  and 16 nominations for records he has produced. (I may be incorrect about this, it might actually be more…)   As usual on the Riff Raff, I have “selfish” ulterior motives and tend to interview people who were influential to me as a guitarist/producer and John is at the top of that list. He was a big influence on the way I approach working with singers and in the studio. His uncoventional approachs to folk, country and rock/pop genres is hard to pin down and that’s exactly why I like his sound so much.  John is married to Roseanne Cash,  an amazing singer/songwriter and the daughter of country legend Johnny Cash. (For this interview I get to play one of Johnny Cash’s guitars!)  In this interview we discuss guitars, producing, working with singers, songwriting, alternate tunings, his early career, “letting go” of preconceived ideas, the importance of good time, and much more. We also do quite a bit of playing and you get to hear John do his thing. There is some really great gems at the end so if you are a fan of John's we were really just getting going.... This interview took place on a snowy day at John’s studio in New York City, March 2017.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-riff-raff-with-shane-theriot/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

59mins

20 Mar 2017

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Episode 10 with John Leventhal (Roseanne Cash, Shawn Colvin, Blind Boys of Alabama)

The Riff Raff with Shane Theriot

My guest today is Mr. John Leventhal. John is a guitarist, songwriter and producer, having won 5 Grammys  and 16 nominations for records he has produced. (I may be incorrect about this, it might actually be more…)   As usual on the Riff Raff, I have “selfish” ulterior motives and tend to interview people who were influential to me as a guitarist/producer and John is at the top of that list. He was a big influence on the way I approach working with singers and in the studio. His uncoventional approachs to folk, country and rock/pop genres is hard to pin down and that’s exactly why I like his sound so much.  John is married to Roseanne Cash,  an amazing singer/songwriter and the daughter of country legend Johnny Cash. (For this interview I get to play one of Johnny Cash’s guitars!)  In this interview we discuss guitars, producing, working with singers, songwriting, alternate tunings, his early career, “letting go” of preconceived ideas, the importance of good time, and much more. We also do quite a bit of playing and you get to hear John do his thing. There is some really great gems at the end so if you are a fan of John's we were really just getting going.... This interview took place on a snowy day at John’s studio in New York City, March 2017.

59mins

20 Mar 2017

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John Leventhal – Part 3 of 3

Truetone Lounge

https://truetone.com/TruetoneLoungeEpisodes/LeventhalPartThree.mp3

11 Aug 2016

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John Leventhal – Part 2 of 3

Truetone Lounge

https://truetone.com/TruetoneLoungeEpisodes/LeventhalPartTwo.mp3

9 Aug 2016

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