Paul had an incredible interview with musician Walt Rabideau, a rock and roller who started his career in Tomorrow’s Children, a band that started in Paul’s hometown of Virginia, MN in 1966. Walt tells the tale of his start with the Tomorrow’s Children, their gigs and recording 3 singles, before Walt moved to Haight Ashbury…

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We had a great conversation with Stacey Marmolejo, CEO of School of Rock (based in Eden Prairie.) We chatted about how she discovered the School of Rock and bought and brought a franchise to Minnesota. She explains the various aspects of the school, talks about the hundreds of students that have studied there, and all…

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I take the liberty of giving AM 950 listeners and Wall of Power Radio Hour fans an upcoming preview of the rerelease of my 1992 disc Whistling Past the Graveyard. It was procuded by Bucky Baxter (Bob Dylan, Steve Earle) who also played on it. It also features Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteeen) and George Marinelli…

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We had an amazing conversation with Northfield, MN native and Country Western star Johnny Western. Johnny grew up in southern MN, had his own radio and TV show at 17 yrs. of age. He put out 3 singles before he left for Holywood, California in 1954 at age 20. That began an amazing career in…

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We had an incredibly fun chat with 93 year old songwriter and raconteur Mr. Eddie Pleasant. Eddie is a great songwriter who has had songs recorded by Kitty Wells, Faron Young, Lefty Frizell, Hank Williams Jr., and Hank Williams 3rd. We chatted about his life in music (he played the same Texas clubs that Willie…

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We had a great conversation with NYC songwriter and journalist Jeff Slate. We played several snippets of his 2 CD set (one disc of originals, one disc of Dylan covers.) We also chatted about his music history, and how he came to write a 10,000 word essay for the release of Bob Dylan’s More Blood,…

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We had a great conversation with Professor Anne Margaret Daniel about Bob Dylan’s new masterpiece Rough and Rowdy Ways. Prof. Daniel is both a Bob Dylan and F. Scott Fitzgerald scholar, talks about both of them, their MN connection, and the poetic allusions in Dylan’s great new disc, among other things. Really fun show!

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We had a great conversation with Professor Anne Margaret Daniel about Bob Dylan’s new masterpiece Rough and Rowdy Ways. Prof. Daniel is both a Bob Dylan and F. Scott Fitzgerald scholar, talks about both of them, their MN connection, and the poetic allusions in Dylan’s great new disc, among other things. Really fun show!  

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We had another great Checkpoint Charlie episode with the esteemed Charles Pierce, a writer for Esquire.com, about Bob Dylan’s new masterpiece Rough and Rowdy Ways. We chatted about Dylan, the new disc, and related stuff. Always a gas with Mr. Pierce!  

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We had a fascinating interview with Mr. Aaron Dixon, author of My People Are Rising: A Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain. He told us about his upbringing, his political awakening, his time in the Black Panthers, and his feelings about the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent worldwide protests. Highly informative and…

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We had a wide ranging discussion with Professor Monte Bute (Metropolitan State University) about his leadership in the Anti-War demonstrations at the UofMN in the early 70’s. It included his early years (Red Wing Reformatory, Haight Ashbury) his political awakening and his take on the murder of George Floyd and the dangers of the Trump…

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We had an incredibly informative conversation with Mr. Andy Mannix, the Investigative Reporter for the Minneapolis StarTribune since 2016. We focused on the murder of George Floyd, subsequent protests, police practices, Andy’s history, and more.

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Another great episode of Checkpoint Charlie, featuring Mr. Charles Pierce- who Paul refers to as his psychological morphine drip for all things political. Charlie writes for Esquire.com and is one of the best political minds on the scene and a Wall of Power Radio Hour Listener favorite!

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We have a really fun conversation with one of Paul’s favorite electric guitar players, Mr. David Grissom from Austin, Texas. We talk about his history in Austin, Texas, playing with Lucinda Williams, Joe Ely, and John Mellencamp, among other We also have the Worldwide Debut of his new record Live 2020. Turn it up!

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We have a very informative interview with Dr. Jeff Balke, resident physician in the ICU Unit at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN. Jeff talks about the current pandemic, studying with Dr. Anthony Fauci at NIH in ’87-88 during the AIDS epidemic. Jeff also talks about working with Dr. Harry Jacob at the UofMN Hospital.…

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We had a delightful and charming interview with songstress, guitar player, producer, and yoga instructor Ms. Molly Maher. We chatted about her ab-fab new record “Follow” and played several tracks off it. She talked about the record, her musical history, victorious bout with cancer, and more. We Love Molly Maher!

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We had a great chat with legendary Philly DJ Michael Tearson. Mr. Tearson was recently cited in the Philadelphia Inquirer obit of producer and Philly boy Hal Wilner as a big influence on Mr. Wilner. We chatted about Hal, played a couple of tracks he produced and more. Michael talked about his own history, the…

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We had a great conversation with author Sally Mann Romano about her new book and colorful life. She moved from Texas to California as a teenager and over the years hung out and became friends with Phil Spector, Frank Zappa, Janis Joplin and more while in Los Angeles. When she moved to San Francisco she…

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We had a delightful chat with the Texas Songbird, Ms. Carolyn Hester. Carolyn is a legendary folksinger. She recorded with Norman Petty (Buddy Holly’s producer), the Clancy Brothers, and John Hammond, Sr. for Columbia Records. It was at one of those sessions that Hammond discovered Bob Dylan. Hear that story and more in this great…

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We had a great chat with Pat Thomas, musician, author, and record guy, about the new book he helped publish, “Zapped By the God of Absurdity-the Best of Paul Krassner.” We talked about Krassner, Pat’s history, and played a few tracks by Pat’s band Mushroom.

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This is our 4th episode, which we call Checkpoint Charlie, with astute writer, blogger, author, and all around cool cat Mr. Charles Pierce. Mr. Pierce writes for Esquire.com and also appears regularly on MSNBC and CNN. It’s always fun chatting with Checkpoint Charlie!

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On this week’s Wall of Power Radio Hour, host Paul Metsa, chats with guitarist George Marinelli from his home in Nashville.  George used to play with Bruce Hornsby and the Range, and now has been playing with Bonnie Raitt for 25 years. They chat about George’s background, love of music, and his new record Burn…

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Paul Metsa had a great chat with author, liberal blogger for Esquire.com, and all around cool cat Charles Pierce. They talked about Charlie’s love of the Midwest, beer, politics, mutual acquaintances, muskie museums, his early influences, as well as his Presidential pick in 2020. A good time was had by all, and no animals were…

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Paul Metsa has a great chat with MN Senate Candidate Richard Painter and his wife Karen (also a professor at the UofMN.) They chatted about how they met, when they married, and moving around the country settling in to different jobs as they started raising a family. Karen teaches musicology and she spoke about the…

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Paul Metsa conducts a fascinating and fun interview with Pat Thomas (author, drummer, record producer, close personal friend of Syd Straw’s) about his great new 5 freakin’ pound book, “Did It! From Yippie to Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, An American Revolutionary. To trying to levitate the Pentagon with Allen Ginsberg, founding the Yippies with Abbie Hoffman,…

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