Hosted by Bob Hinkle
Hosted by Bob Hinkle
Featured artist - Mary Jo Brannon
Bob Hinkle, one of the giants of the music industry during a five-decade career, Hinkle has been a singer, songwriter, poet, recording artist, composer, lyricist, corporate executive, consultant, music writer, artist manager, executive producer, record label founder and president.
An Asheville native who spent more than 40 years in New York at the center of popular American music, Bob began his career as a performer while in college at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He was a member of a trio called The Good Earth which released the LP How Deep Is The Ocean. When Bob and his bandmates graduated, they headed straight to New York where a recording contract awaited them with the DynoVoice label.
After a couple years of touring and recording with The Good Earth--including serving as the background vocalists for Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels--Bob released a solo recording of his own entitled Ollie Mogus.
The early 70’s found Hinkle moving more directly into the business side of the music industry, serving as co-director of Ampex Records where his duties included making recommendations about up-and-coming young musicians like James Taylor and Creedence Clearwater Revival, now legendary acts.
Key artists on the Ampex label during Hinkle’s tenure included Todd Rundgren, Jesse Winchester, Mason Profitt and Speckled Bird. Bluesman Furry Lewis also released a live album on Ampex. From 1972 to 1974, Bob consulted for Capitol Records, Albert Grossman (manager of Peter, Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin) and Audio Fidelity Records. During this time, he also served as a consultant to The Band on their first live recording. Harry Chapinreleased six albums under Hinkle’s co-leadership.
Mary Jo Finsterwalder (Brannon), interested in composing music from an early age, spent high school summers studying with university faculty in piano, jazz and composition clinics at the well-known Indianhead Center in Shell Lake, Wisc. At the University of Northern Colorado, she studied classical & jazz piano and theory and composition, playing in the Jazz Lab Band and writing for choir, piano and jazz band. Mari Jo released her first CD of original music entitled Living Hearts under the pen name MariJo Brannan.
She spent 14 years in Hawaii, teaching and playing solo piano, piano-vocal gigs, and with a floor show band on the Windjammer Cruises. From 2008-2017, Finsterwalder taught at Asheville Music School in Asheville, N.C. Often compared to Joni Mitchell, Karen Carpenter, Nora Jones, Kate Bush and Sarah McLachlan, she currently plays keyboards in the well-known Asheville-based cover band Tuxedo Junction, and in a singer/songwriter duo with David Wendelin.