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The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music


Join record producer / manager / legendary guitarist & founding member of Twisted Sister JAY JAY FRENCH as he shares stories from five decades in the industry and takes you on a rock star tour through the music business and beyond!

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Frank Marshall

Dec 2 • 49:22
This week we're revisiting a favorite episode from this past year - Jay Jay's conversation with Frank Marshall. Hear Jay Jay chat with the acclaimed film director and producer, who recently directed the Bee Gees documentary "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart." Listen to this unique interview to hear Jay Jay and Frank discuss documentary filmmaking, The Bee Gees early years ,...

David Wilson

Nov 23 • 01:10:16
This week's episode is a must listen for all tone freaks out there. Jay Jay's friend David Wilson, editor & publisher of The ToneQuest Report, is this week's special guest. Hear all about why Jay Jay strongly recommends The TQR to all guitar players, & finds it to be a refreshing alternative to all other guitar publications out there. David talks about why he believes all ...

Peppy Castro

Nov 16 • 01:27:12
This week's guest is psychedelic rock legend & pioneer, Peppy Castro. Peppy has done it all, from being a founding member of The Blues Magoos, to starring in the original Broadway production of Hair. Tune in to hear about his unique career journey, all the way back to his beginnings in the world of rock n roll as a teenager on the east coast. Don't miss hearing the story o...

Don McClean

Nov 9 • 43:02
This week we're revisiting one of our highlight interviews from earlier this year - Don McClean.

Tune into hear legendary American singer/songwriter Don McLean & Jay Jay discuss the cultural impact of Don's hit "American Pie," how much Don's music has impacted Jay Jay, resilience in show business, and the ups & downs of their remarkable journeys in the music industry.


Justin Kreutzmann & Mark Pinkus

Nov 2 • 01:18:03
This episode is a must listen for all Dead Heads. This week's 2 guests are Justin Kreutzmann & Mark Pinkus. Justin is a cinematographer, & the son of legendary Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann. Justin has worked on a large catalogue of projects with music legends such as Pete Townshend and The Who, Motley Crue, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples, & l...

Rob Halford - "Love & Metal"

Oct 19 • 01:10:05
This week we're revisiting a classic episode, with guest & metal legend Rob Halford.

In the second ever released episode of the Jay Jay French Connection, Jay Jay brings on heavy metal legend Rob Halford, to discuss his new book "Confess." Tune in to hear Jay Jay & Rob discuss the birthplace of heavy metal, their early days in Judas Priest and Twisted Sister, memorable per...

Juha Ruokangas Part III

Oct 12 • 01:09:20
For the first time ever - Jay Jay welcomes back a special guest for the THIRD part of their conversation - legendary luthier Juha Ruokangas. For the guitar enthusiasts who couldn't get enough of their previous conversations - tune in to hear Jay Jay & Juha dive even further into the endlessly fascinating world of guitars.

Juha discusses everything from how the internet ha...

Juha Ruokangas Part II

Oct 5 • 54:26
This week's episode is another must-listen for all guitar enthusiasts. Jay Jay welcomes back Juha Ruokangas of Ruokangas guitars for part II of their conversation. Juha joins Jay Jay from Helsinki & they get right back into it, discussing everything from heat treatments and finishes, to the evolving quality of beginner guitars & the longevity of various guitar models.


Juha Ruokangas

Sep 28 • 57:27
This week's guest on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music is THE master guitar maker Juha Ruokangas. Juha is a Finnish guitar maker & entrepreneur who founded Ruokangas Guitars. Ruokangas Guitars builds solid-body and semi-hollow electric guitars, including models such Duke, VSOP, Mojo, Hellcat and Unicorn. Their company builds guitars using traditional methods ...

Mark Mendoza Part II

Sep 21 • 58:11
This week is part II of Jay Jay's conversation with Mark Mendoza! Tune in to hear these 2 lifelong friends share stories that they've never told each other. Mark discusses in depth how he got to where he is in music - from the first bands he auditioned for and played with, all the way to his current musical activity & ongoing projects.

Mark is a legendary bass player that ...

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