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Some words from host: John Francis Peters

I believe I paint to help preserve the beauty of nature. My creative process would not be possible without this clear, meaningful purpose. I guess you might say, this is my spiritual trip, to which I am totally committed. The images of my paintings begin in my mind. They appear as a blend of memory (beautiful places I've experienced) and imagination. After a few years, the image calls me to the point that I begin to slowly and methodically, bring the painting out onto the canvas. When the calling ceases, the painting is born.

Nature is my guide and the vehicle for my creation.


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Show #20  March 22, 2022

ArtistFirst Radio Founder Zman spent the last 8 years trying to persuade John to sit for an "update" interview.

Zman was recently successful. The show is above. Enjoy. (What a life John has had so far!)


 Show #19  April 21, 2021

Opening/closing music: "Just A little Drum Along" Mitchell Walker

For this show's artwork: John talks about creating his painting Wildflowers

Today's Special Guest: SCOTT TUTT

(record producer, personal manager, and more)

Scott and I grew up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, a town uniquely situated between New York and Philadelphia. 
We both had a love for Music. After working together on a few local music concerts, both of us took our lives into the art and entertainment business.

Scott's interview takes us on his career journey including two selections from bluegrass artist BILLY WISE::
Lonesome and  Mother's Only Sleeping

Reptile Records • P.O. Box 121213 • Nashville, TN 37212 • 615.331.7404

email:,  • web site:

Scott Tutt Biography:

            Scott Tutt has always been able to see a trend in music approaching, and present it to the world in the form of artists and songs.  He brought the first and biggest selling band to country music when he changed their name from Wild Country to Alabama and produced their first record. They would go on to become the ‘80’s Band of the Decade. This was to be the test for him, as no one in Nashville believed that a band in country music could be commercial and told him so.  The rest is history for that supergroup and the doors that they opened.  Next he sought challenge as president of Union Station Records, starting with an unknown singer/songwriter named Brice Henderson.  He produced and managed the artist while developing him as a songwriter.  Three country chart singles later, Brice earned a spot as one of Billboard's Top 10 New Country Artists.  Texas newcomer, Peter Isaacson also netted three country chart singles on the label from Tutt's production. By then, country music was becoming more stagnant, and Scott felt the next trend would be music that walked the fence between country and rock music and appealed to both.  So he started his own label, Reptile Records, combining newfound talent with established musical trendsetters.  The combination of legendary guitar great Duane Eddy and rock guitarist Warner Hodges of Jason & the Scorchers with Susan Marshall proved to hail Reptile as the first Alternative Country Rock label, with music appealing to country and rock listeners.  Jerry Dale McFadden, later with the Mavericks, received acclaim from a Top 30 Tutt produced LP in publications like USA Today, Washington Post, and CMJ among others.  At the same time Tutt saw the potential of college radio and Nashville's alternative rock scene.  He produced Kentucky alternative rock band Government Cheese who had the #60 Rock Album of the Year (#15 single) in CMJ, produced videos that garnered airplay on MTV, CMT, TNN, Much Music, and helped pave the way for college radio stations to pay royalties for radio airplay.  The dusters, under Tutt's management and production were voted Nashville's Band of the Year, Roots Band of the Year, Blues Band of the Year, Bass Player of the Year, Guitarist of the Year, Song of the Year, all in the same year at the Nashville Music Awards.  His booking strategy helped land the band a National sponsorship with Miller Genuine Draft including producing their National radio jingle entitled, "Tap Into The Cold”.  Scott Tutt has been able to watch alternative country rock turn into the current trend of “roots music” with a host of radio stations and magazines devoting time to the format he saw happening years ago.  Tutt’s productions of The Insta-Gators' charted in the 30's and Susan Marshall's "My Own Time" CD charted Top 20, as well as an impressive show of support at radio for the rock-a-billy CD of Justin Curtis, showed that a man who has been ahead of his time has given the world a chance to catch up.  With the enormous success of the movie soundtrack, O Brother Where Art Thou” roots music became the new trend, and again Tutt was a leader.  "For a while my friends thought I was crazy to put my time into this roots music, but now they see again.  It's always a matter of timing and believing," said Tutt. His music publishing companies have scored 4 #1 singles, 5 #1 albums and over 100 songs recorded and he has worked with, and still does, some of Nashville’s finest songwriters. For several years Scott also taught a course in songwriting at the Nashville University School. He has also done consultation for record labels, TV shows, studios, music publishers, recording artists, musicians and songwriters.He has stacked up an impressive list of achievements in the years he's been in the music business.  Scott has done enough different jobs in the industry (from record hop DJ, radio DJ, record store owner, concert promoter, top promotion man, publishing #1 records, producing everything from videos to demos to jingles to chart singles/albums, developing songwriters, managing, booking, sound, etc.) to put his experience to work for success.  He has secured European record deals and tours, and has traveled with his artists overseas to promote American Roots Music. Tutt designed and built with his own hands a state-of-the-art recording studio, Cowboy Lizard Studio capable of doing the sessions that he produces and a video editing studio with filming equipment capable of turning out quality HD videos. With the addition of his own facility for recording his product, his way, Scott Tutt productions will continue at a greater pace to push the envelope of creativity. After the demise of the Gavin Report, Scott saw the need for a roots music chart and designed and developed the industry leading Internet site,, a series of charts and news information for roots music, compiling the radio and Internet airplay of roots music releases throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia.  Recently, Scott produced albums on Aussie/American country singer/songwriter John Damian whose first two singles from the album charted in the National Charts and received airplay worldwide on country artists Shelby Horner and Coaltrain, and country/roots artists Susan Marshall and Kelly Delaney.  Again on the cutting edge of music trends in Nashville Pop music he produced the single “Surrender To The Beat”, album and music video on new Nashville Pop/R&B sensation, Johnnie Poole. He has already produced over 10 artists’ very first release that went on to chart in the National Charts. Continuing with roots music, his publishing company had a #1 bluegrass gospel single by Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys, entitled “Beautiful Hills of Home”.  The song was written by Billy & Joan Wise and was the #4 song of the year 2019.  Scott also recorded three bluegrass albums on Billy Wise & Mountain Time and 2 singles from the recent release “Mothers Only Sleeping” & “Lonesome”, went #1 and “Mothers Only Sleeping” was the #10 song of the year for 2020. While Scott Tutt is always on the "cutting-edge" musically, his strength lies in business. He balances that with his ability to develop artists' sound, songs, and image to best present that talent, and has made that work many times over...sometimes working better than anyone could have expected!  



Show #18  November 21, 2018

Opening/closing music: "Just A little Drum Along"  Mitchell Walker

Jianda Monique Interviews John.

Jianda discovered the art of John via note cards of his art he was selling in coffeehouses in San Diego.
At that time she was working at MP3.Com in public relations within the company.
This interview was recorded at that time in the MP3 studios.

Jianda is an artist. Singing, prose, poetry and various other mediums.

Please check out Jianda and her art; 


Show #17  January 11, 2018

Opening/closing music: "Just A little Drum Along"  Mitchell Walker

Special Guest: Bernie Taylor

The hero's journey monomyth is at the core of stories worldwide among indigenous peoples, the ancients, and our modern society. Before Orion: Finding the Face of the Hero — explores a deeper root for this monomyth by looking at how hunter-gatherers viewed themselves within the natural and spiritual worlds through Paleolithic cave art from 40,000 years ago. Biological Time author and naturalist Bernie Taylor proposes that select cave paintings are fundamental pieces in the human journey to self-realization, the foundation of written language, and a record of biological knowledge that irrevocably impacted some of the artistic styles, religious practices, and stories that are still with us. Taylor addresses a profound archaeological elephant in the room by opening up an uncharted place in our history, which points to the cultural ancestors of mankind. Before Orion will change the idea of who you think you are.


Show #16 October 18, 2017

 Special Guest: Artie Kornfeld

Co-creator, Producer, and Promoter of the Woodstock Festival 1969  "The Greatest Peaceful Event in History"...Time Magazine
Artie was instrumental in getting the event filmed, a powerful creation of the deep, magical and spiritual musical performances.

John introduces a new painting: "Garden Of Nature"

Repeat of the Herb Gart interview. John was a close friend of Herb who passed away Sept. 12, 2017.

Opening/ending music by Mitchell Walker


Show #15  January 18, 2017

John talks about his paintings


John introduces his listeners to

America's Newest Bluegrass Music Sensation:


Singer, Songwriter

East Tennessee native, EmiSunshine gained national attention at the age of nine when a video of her singing Jimmie Rodgers "Blue Yodel No. 6" at a local flea market went viral. That exposure led to an appearance on The Today Show, followed by touring engagements from coast to coast, as well as half-a-million followers on Facebook. Emi and her family band have performed on the Grand Ole Opry multiple times and have opened concerts for Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson and Jason Isbell, just to name a few. She's also a veteran of national music festivals like Austin City Limits, MerleFest, Stagecoach and Marty Stuarts' Late Night Jam. A fourth generation musician, Emi first sang in public at a friend's wedding at the age of four, and now at age 12, she just released her fourth album, "American Dream," continues to tour the country, and you may have seen her recently in a national TV commercial for Facebook Live which debuted during the CMA's.

(Photos: Top - Emi, Bottom: Emi with her Dad)

Show #14 September 21, 2016

1) John talks about his painting "The Point"

2) Guests: Musical Group: The Buckeye Politicians

Songs played from their new cd SOMEONE LIKE YOU
"When I Think About You"
"Can't Stop Loving You"

3) opening music: "Just A little Drum Along"
Mitchell Walker


Show #12  April 20, 2016


John discusses his painting "Torrey Pines"

 Guest: Gloria Maria Strassburger

Author of Palm Trees In The Snow

A story of a young girls solo exodus

(Operation Peter Pan) from Cuba in 1961.


Featuring the music of Combo Libertad - Traditional Cuban Music,


Show #11 February 17, 2016

John talks about his painting "IRIS".

Guest: Honor Finnegan, New York City Folk Singer and Songwriter.

3 songs from her CD are played: "Movie Star", "Swimming", "Take Me".

opening music,,,
"Just Alittle Drumming" Michell Walker

Show #10 November 19, 2015

Raelee Nicole  singer/songwriter
song "TRUTH" from the album "ANSWERS"

Mitchell Walker  musican/producer
"Just Alittle Drum Along"

Show #9 September 16, 2015

Guest: ROB STONER (musician)

Rob sang and played guitar, bass and piano on many recordings, including "American Pie" by Don McLean. In 1975, Bob Dylan hired Rob as his bandleader and opening act for the Rolling Thunder Revue. He played and sang on several Dylan albums, including Desire, Biograph, Hard Rain, Live at Budokan and Live 1975, while touring with Dylan.

He also became the first non-Southerner to release an album on Sun Records. His compositions have been recorded by Link Wray, Johnny Winter, Shirley Bassey, Robert Gordon, and others. Rob has co-written three off-off-Broadway musicals, all of which were staged and produced in New York City. He now lives in Rockland County, NY, where he remains active on the music scene.

Show #8 April 2015


Producer Don McLean's Album "American Pie".

Producer/Arranger for Allman Brothers, Carly Simon, Tim Hardin, and Tom Rush.

Fine Arts Photographer, artist, photographer, producer, arranger, and author.

Author: (photography) "Desert Realty",,,"Urban Realty".

Music by Roxy Dawn:  Nobody Knows I'm In Here and Couldn't We Just Be Friends

Show #7 March 2015


Susun Weed is an American herbalist, author, and director of the Wise Woman Center located near Woodstock in New York State. She is known for her writing and teaching of what she describes as the "Wise Woman Way" of herbalism. Ms. Weed is the author of the Wise Woman Herbal Series. She believes Herbal Medicine is People's Medicine.

She wrote her first book -- Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (now in its 29th printing)-- in 1985.


In addition to her writing, Ms Weed trains apprentices, oversees the work of more than 300 correspondence course students, coordinates the activities of the Wise Woman Center.


Show #6  2-18-2015

Guest: TIM BESSELL,  artist, surfboard creator

Tim Bessell is one of the top surfboard creators.
Surfboard champions in oceans around the world use his boards.
He has obtained the rights from Andy Warhol Foundation to have Andy's paintings on limited edition Tim Bessell surfboard creations.

Opening Music: "Just A little Drum  Along",  Mitchell Walker

  Music Show #6

1st song:  "JUNGLEWAVE"
    Artist: Tim Coffman
   (c) 2004 written by Tim Coffman, RollTop Music, All Rights Reserved.

2nd song:   "E-Z RIDERS"
     Artist: Tim Coffman
   (c) 2004 written by Tim Coffman, RollTop Music, All Rights Reserved.

Tim Coffman Music Info:

Show #5 1-21-2015


is an American record producer, recording engineer, electronic music pioneer, audio expert, and film producer.  He was an early creative resource at Andy Warhol's "factory" eventually co-producing Ciao! Manhattan.

Most noted for his work with electronic music synthesizer (TONTO) programming for Stevie Wonder (beginning in the 1970s) for award-winning albums including Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Innervisions, Fulfillingness' First Finale and Jungle Fever, all projects which featured Margouleff (with collaborator Malcolm Cecil) as associate producers, engineers and synthesizer programmers. They won a Grammy for engineering the album Innervisions.

He is the founder of Safe Harbor Pictures...Voyaging with the most beautiful and storied tall ships on the seas today, with state-of-the-art film and video productions and multi-media content that will focus on the personal lives, stories and experiences of today’s sailors and the ships’ missions they fulfill.  


Music on today's show from: Mitchell Walker  "The Shaman's Dance" 

and "Sweet On You" by the late Roxy Dawn (discovered by Bob Dylan)


This show's painting: "Visitation" Art Room 2

Show #4  12-17-2014


Grammy winning record producer, father/producer Colbie Caillat

Author of the book: "Making Rumours: The inside story of the classic Fleetwood Mac Album"


Also Featuring Music by the late Roxy Dawn (discovered by Bob Dylan)

for more info: contact Herb Gart at

Show #3  11-19-2014

Featured Painting: Chanting River @ Art Room 3 at

Special Guest: Bart Friedman:  one of the 1st Video Artists..

member of Videofreexs... 1st video pioneers/pirate tv station.

Theme Music: Contest Song #3...from the album Hear the Beat by Blackfoot Confederacy courtesy of Canyon Records.    All Rights Reserved

  "Take Me Down To The River"
       Tim Coffman


Show #2  10-15-2014

Art Room 1 at and

Special Guest Herb Gart, Entertainment Manager

Link for Herb Gart

ArtistFirst Radio marks the passing of Herb Gart, (9/12/2017) the manager of many major music acts since the 1960s. Gart started in the entertainment business in 1962 and  continued to discover new talent for the next forty years. Some of Gart’s clients include Bill Cosby, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Youngbloods, Jesse Colin Young, Peter Tork, Don McLean, Andy Breckman, Ashley Cleveland, Felix Pappalardi, Charlie Daniels, Janis Ian, Roy Buchanan, Mississippi John Hurt, Sugar Blue, Brooks Arthur, Tim Hardin, Ed Begley Jr., Karen Harvey, Roxy Dawn and Tony Bird.  At the beginning of the new century 15 years ago, many organizations and media listed their Top 100 songs of the 20th century. Four of Gart’s records were on almost all the lists. "American Pie" by Don McLean was in the Top 10 on all lists, and McLeans hit "Vincent" was also in the Top 100. "At Seventeen" by Janis Ian made most lists and "Get Together" by The Youngbloods was in the Top 100 on several lists.

Show #1   9-25-2014   

Art Room #1 at


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