Show #197 – Sean McDonald

Record producer, engineer and owner of Red Medicine Studio, Sean McDonald, sits down visits Boogie Street to share his thoughts on the challenges of the past year, his recording studio, insights into his projects and clients, both past and present, his history of working with PBS, recording innovations through the years and much, much more.

Show #170 – Scott Tady

Entertainment writer Scott Tady joins Eric to discuss moments from his career covering music and entertainment for the Pittsburgh region. Scott also shares his thoughts on the state of live music and live events and what may lie ahead. And of course, lots of Rock and Roll, from the 70’s to today! Join us!

Show #166 – Brian Drusky

Pittsburgh Concert and Live Event promoter Brian Drusky with Drusky Entertainment sits down with Eric and Sir Freddy Kowalo to discuss the challenges live music is facing. As we enter 2021, Brian discusses his thougths on the industry’s recovery, the art of smart promotion and much more! Join us!

Show #156 – Norman Nardini

The Uncrowned King of Pittsburgh Rock & Roll, Norman Nardini, returns to Boogie Street Studio to preach more of the Gospel according to Norman! This trip, Norman has his guitar and keyboard in hand as well. Stories and viewpoints on people, life and music as only Norman can deliver! From Diamond Reo to his band the Tigers to his work as a solo artist. Kick back and enjoy Norman Nardini on Boogie Street! Special 2020 edition!

Show #146 – Cris Winter

One of the true voices of Rock radio in Pittsburgh, Cris Winter, joins Eric in the Boogie Street Studio. During her time with WXXP, 3WS, WISH and of course, WDVE, Cris’ career spanned modern Rock and Roll’s most exciting decades! From 70’s Hard Rock through New Wave through Alternative and beyond, Cris was there! Join us for stories and a whole lot more!

Show #127 – Sir Freddy Kowalo

UFOs, photography, mosh pits, local music, band jealousy issues, mushrooms, brownies, the trials of social media, pandemic boredom and sobriety are just some of the tops on hand as Sir Freddy Kowalo returns to Boogie Street Studio for another sit down with Eric. Fun, funny and real. As always! Join us!

Show #98 – Sid Riggs

If you dig Rock & Roll, you’ll enjoy Sid Riggs!

Sitting down with Eric in the new pandemic, mult-suite Boogie Street Studio setup is Sig Riggs. Sid is a nationally touring and recording artist, drummer, producer, engineer and a survivor of the 80’s LA Metal Scene.

Sid shares his unique story from his time in LA with his band to his time on the creative team with Guns & Roses to his time in Rob Halford’s band to his journey into production and recording to his move to Pittsburgh and subsquent rennovation of a church building into his home, art studio and recording venue.

Sid shares stories about GnR, Tony Iommi and many other artists he worked with along the way.

Eric and Sid also discuss growing up with music, the changing landscapes in music consumption, genres and production. Sid also shares his thoughts on various rock drummers and legendary producers.

Show #82 – Freddy Kowalo

Fred’s back! Fresh off another tour. This time with TSO. And Fred is just back from NAMM! Sneaking backstage a Dimebash, a typical day on the road with TSO, trials and tribulations of the TSO ‘Tesla Machine’, spotlight madness, tour bus life, tour sobriety, Fred tries juicing, setting up a violin, boredom, chip reviews, big tours vs his early Black Label tours, trouble with grubhub, Zakk Wylde’s toxic sweat, studio wrestling on the bus with BLS, the worst tour bus in all of Europe, the tour bus driver labeled ‘Stinky Britches’ and much, much Kowalo madness! Join us!

Show #33 – Rich Kosak

EMp pOdcast #33 with guitarist, entertainer & Pittsburgh native, Rich Kosak is available on Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play and everywhere else including EricMcKenna.com

For over 25 years, Rich has entertained tens of thousands as ‘The Starchild’, the ringleader, in arguably the world’s Finest, most Authentic, most Powerful, Rock & Roll KISS Tribute bands — Mr. Speed.


Show #3 – Sir Freddy Kowalo (Part 1)

Recorded April 1st, 2019, LIVE at the Boogie Street Studios, at the table with Eric is Sir Freddy Kowalo, Part 1. Fred is a Pittsburgh native who, for more than 20 years, has toured the world multiple times in the role of Guitar Technician for Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, Shinedown, Alice in Chains, INXS, TSO and Medadeth. Fred shares plenty of road stories with artists he has worked directly for including Zakk Wylde, Dave Mustaine, Chris Broderick, Jasin Todd and many others. Fred also shares his experiences living and working ‘on the road; touring. The pitfalls of working and – eating – while in India. Having his ego shattered in an out of the way, Dublin bar. Bungee jumping in Vegas. Missed private plan opportunities. Working and appearing in the movie ‘Rockstar’. And much, much more. A relaxed and fun conversation with one of the Music Industry’s true gems, Sir Freddy!