Radio Richard | Richard Niles Podcast


June 9, 2021

Thanks to all my Radio Richard listeners and today I have a special treat for you, my 2010 interview with Gary Sinise. star of stage and screen, well-loved for his many film roles such as Apollo 13, Forest Gump, and of course as the rugged Detective Mac Taylor in CSI: New York!!!”

It’s easy to put people in convenient little boxes, but some people have more than one talent. Not only is Gary Sinise a superb actor and an actual movie star, he’s a rockin’, funky-butt bass player!! For this interview , I drove out to 29 Palms Marine Base in the middle of the Mojave desert. he not only talks about his acting but also shows why music is so important to him. After 9/11 he felt compelled to do something to help the soldiers risking their lives all over the globe. He formed The Lieutenant DAN BAND, a big 16-piece showband that travels all over the world bringing entertainment and a taste of home to American soldiers. On the very windy airfield in the dry but nevertheless picturesque area beloved by lizards and cacti, I asked Gary how he got his start in music.

The Lt. Dan Band is of course named after the wounded soldier Gary plays in the movie Forest Gump. The band features some great musicians including acclaimed drummer Danny Gottlieb who’s played not only with Pat Metheny Group, but with John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock and The Blues Brothers Band! I asked my old buddy Danny Gottlieb about working with Gary on this project.

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