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Encore: Soulixer & John Housley

On today’s encore edition of “Gulf Coast Live!” we listen back to a live in-studio performance from members of the Southwest Florida-based band Soulixer.  The band performs prolifically at venues throughout the region and delivers a high-energy mix of soul/funk/rock music with influences including The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Mos Def, James Brown and Cage The Elephant.  We’ll feature music and conversation with band members Cayce Dillard (drums), Thomas O'Brien (guitar & vocals) and Mason Reinek (bass).

Plus, we listen back to our May conversation with award-winning and multi-faceted guitarist John Housley upon the release of his new album of Nuevo Flamenco music “The Heart’s Furnace.”  Housley has been playing and teaching guitar since his early teen years.  He also founded the Ann Arbor Academy of Music, which averaged some 400 students per week under his leadership.  In 1995, he joined the multi-platinum winning southern rock band Blackfoot before eventually making his way back to Southwest Florida where he teaches and plays with the highly popular modern rock band A200. However, this represents just one aspect of Housley’s musical talents and interests.  In addition to writing and producing music, he’s repertoire spans the history of the guitar with an emphasis on the Spanish guitar style exemplified by  composers such as Tarrega, Villa Lobos, Sor, and Carcassi along with classical composers such as Bach, and Debussy.  We’ll explore Housley’s life in music and hear selections from his new album of classic guitar songs in the Nuevo Flamenco style.

Soulixer’s Upcoming Shows:

June 14 at Downtown Social House, Fort Myers

June 15 at City Tavern, Downtown Fort Myers

June 16 at City Tavern, Downtown Fort Myers

June 20 at Downtown Social House, Fort Myers

June 21 at Firestone Skybar, Downtown Fort Myers

June 22 at Cigar Bar, Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers

June 23 at Space 39, Downtown Fort Myers

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida.  Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.