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Myth vs. Craft
55 minutes | Jun 27, 2017
Phil Hurley (Singer, songwriter & guitarist, The South Austin Moonlighters)
Phil Hurley sits down with me to review his journey from upstate New York to Austin, Texas. He tells me how he started playing music, about his band Gigolo Aunts and his time in Boston, Seattle, Amsterdam and Los Angeles. He recounts his time playing with Tracy Bonham, recalls the power that MTV used to have, his time working at Westwood Music in LA and how he helped form the band Stonehoney. He describes how he views the role of a guitar player, how he’s learning to write happy songs and what sets Austin aside from all the other cities where he’s lived.
78 minutes | Feb 5, 2017
Mark Proct (Texas music history icon, author & band manager)
Music veteran and manager Mark Proct looks back on his career of over 40 years working with Texas music royalty, including Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Asleep at the Wheel, Delbert McClinton, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Arc Angels, Storyville and many more. We also discuss his book Home Today, Gone Tomorrow, which has over 40 years’ worth of behind-the-scene photographs that Mark took while touring the world.
52 minutes | Sep 13, 2016
Ray Wylie Hubbard (Singer, songwriter & author)
Tone, taste, grit and groove. Ray Wylie Hubbard shares stories and insights and cracks me up along the way. He tells us about his friendship with Joe Walsh, his emotional bond with musical instruments and resurrecting his career at age 41. He reflects on his purpose in life and tells us what he thinks about “bro country."
61 minutes | Aug 29, 2016
Kenny Aronoff (Drummer & author)
Legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff looks back on his upbringing, education and accomplished career. He breaks down the keys to his success and we talk about his upcoming autobiography, which will come out this fall. Kenny also shares great stories, tells us how his classical training has helped his career, which drummers have influenced him and which guitar player changed his life.
40 minutes | Jun 19, 2016
Benjamin Clymer (HODINKEE founder & executive editor, journalist & entrepreneur)
I speak with Ben Clymer, the founder and executive editor of the online watch magazine HODINKEE. Ben discusses his appreciation of well made mechanical objects, ranging from his childhood admiration for analogue light meters and compasses to his passion for mechanical watches and vintage cars. He tells us about his experience at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, his views on the future of journalism and how he spends his time at Hodinkee. He describes his romantic notion of classic race cars being timed with mechanical watches and why he favors vintage watches from the middle of the twentieth century.
43 minutes | Jun 12, 2016
Losing a Sibling: Coping With the Death of My Brother
I speak with Dr. Art Markman (co-host of Two Guys on Your Head, Professor of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin) about the psychology of losing a sibling. Prior to speaking with Dr. Markman I knew that he was eloquent and erudite about human nature and behavior. After speaking with him I learned that he is also a deeply empathetic and generous human being.
72 minutes | Apr 27, 2016
Alex Acuña (Drummer & percussionist)
The legendary drummer and percussionist Alex Acuña looks back on his career and shares fascinating stories and insights. He tells us about growing up in a tiny town north of Lima, Peru in a family full of musicians. He describes his life as a top studio musician in Lima while still a teenager and leaving it all behind to join Perez Prado’s band at eighteen years old. Alex recounts how he stood in a back alley in New York and listened to a 17-year old Tony Williams playing with Miles Davis. He tells us why he decided to study classical percussion in Puerto Rico and how he ended up living in Las Vegas and eventually joining Weather Report. He shares anecdotes about his friendship with Jaco Pastorius, how he switched from playing percussion to playing drums in Weather Report and eventually leaving the band to focus on being a studio musician. He goes into detail about his experience studying martial arts and the parallels he sees between martial arts, music and dance. Lastly, he describes why he thinks he’s had the success he’s had and tells us why he’s writing his autobiography.
54 minutes | Apr 18, 2016
Tim Pierce (Session guitarist)
Studio legend Tim Pierce goes into detail about how he became one of the most sought after session guitarists in the world. He tells us why live performance just wasn’t for him and shares great insights into the role of the guitar in popular music. He talks about his views on digital vs. analog recording and shares great news about the guitar instruction website he is about to launch.
52 minutes | Apr 13, 2016
Josh Smith (Guitarist, singer & songwriter)
Guitarist Josh Smith looks back on his career and describes his approach to music. He tells us about choosing the guitar over baseball and why even as a kid his bandmates were always adults. He describes his move to Los Angeles and how he got his start as a session musician and sideman. He breaks down the qualities he looks for in a rhythm section and tells us about some of his favorite guitars. He shares his thoughts on live performance and how crowds behave differently across the globe. He also discusses his new recording studio (and a visit from Eddie Kramer!) and his plans to produce other artists.
41 minutes | Mar 22, 2016
Henrik Freischlader (Guitarist, singer & songwriter)
Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and record producer Henrik Freischlader takes a break from his hectic schedule to tell us about his career in music. He started playing drums at age four and went on to pick up the guitar, bass and (some) piano. He describes his songwriting process and his approach to recording albums. He shares why he founded his label Cable Car Records and how he selects and collaborates with his artists. Henrik tells us how being on the road often feels like vacation and why he formed the new Henrik Freischlader Trio.
44 minutes | Mar 12, 2016
Mato Nanji (Indigenous, guitarist, singer & songwriter)
Indigenous frontman & guitarist Mato Nanji shares stories about falling in love with music and the role it played in shaping his life. He describes how he formed Indigenous with his sister, brother and cousin, their experience playing on the B.B. King Blues Tour and why he carried on with the band after his family members left the band. He tells us how he first came to participate in the Experience Hendrix Tour and what it’s like to play with so many guitar greats. Toward the end of our conversation we discuss his Native American heritage and Mato deplores the conditions in Indian reservations.
52 minutes | Feb 23, 2016
JD Simo (Guitarist, singer & songwriter)
Guitarist JD Simo tells us about growing up in Chicago and falling in love with music at a young age. He describes the experience of moving to Nashville, nearly falling flag, only to eventually pull through in spades. He shares the lessons he learned playing in Don Kelley’s band and laments the lack of opportunities for young musicians to play live nowadays. JD looks back on the trajectory of his band SIMO, describes how he approaches songwriting and explains how the gear he uses affects the way he plays.
55 minutes | Feb 16, 2016
Todd V. Wolfson (Photographer)
Austin-based photographer Todd V. Wolfson recounts how attending an Alice Cooper concert as a 13-year old changed his life. He describes Austin, Texas in 1979 and why he moved there. He tells us why he thinks he’s had so much success working with musicians and shares his approach to photographing people. Lastly, he dives into the advent of digital photography and how it’s deeply affected him in both positive and negative ways.
62 minutes | Feb 9, 2016
Pete Thorn (Guitarist, Chris Cornell, Don Henley, Melissa Etheridge)
Guitar great Pete Thorn tells us about growing up in Edmonton, Canada, moving to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute and what he values most from the year he spent there. He looks back at what he learned working with Frank Simes and how he felt after signing his first record deal. He describes the ingredients that he thinks have made his demo videos so successful, his experiences being on the road and his assessment of the music industry today. Lastly, he shares how he aspires to continue growing as an artist.
49 minutes | Feb 2, 2016
Jimmy Chamberlin (The Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Chamberlin Complex)
World renowned drummer Jimmy Chamberlin reviews his musical upbringing and career. He tells us about his siblings’ eclectic music collection, his first few bands—including a polka band—and how he worked as a carpenter for a few years. He shares stories about The Smashing Pumpkins, the role each member played in the band and why he and Billy Corgan continue to work together to this day. Jimmy also describes the creative outlet he finds in playing jazz and the overlaps he sees between music and technology.
47 minutes | Jan 26, 2016
G. Love (G. Love & Special Sauce, guitar, harmonica & vocals)
The multi-talented G. Love shares great stories and insights into his musical career. He tells us about being a street musician in Philadelphia and Boston, how he met his drummer Jeff “The Houseman” Clemens and how he felt when he got his first record deal. He looks back on his career and how he might have done some things differently (or maybe not). He discusses his approach to songwriting and how he’s finally learning how to slow down. He shares his take on the impact of the Internet and technology on musicians and takes us through his daily routine when he’s on the road.
52 minutes | Jan 21, 2016
Philip Sayce (Guitarist, singer & songwriter)
Powerhouse guitarist & songwriter Philip Sayce goes deep about his musical journey and aspirations. He reminisces about sneaking into blues jams at Toronto clubs, the time he spent in Jeff Healey’s band and how he launched his solo career. Philip sheds light on the dark corners of the music industry and stresses the importance of staying true to oneself.
63 minutes | Jan 13, 2016
Scott Laningham (Jazz drummer, Alejandro Escovedo, Church on Monday)
Jazz drummer Scott Laningham tells us about the role music has played in his life. He walks us through his musical upbringing and his adventures at the University of North Texas music school, moving to New York with Mitch Watkins, (nearly) touring Europe with Leonard Cohen and how he ended up living and playing in Austin, Texas. He also expounds how the Internet has affected musicians (and audiences) and explains how his musical ambitions have evolved over time.
59 minutes | Jan 2, 2016
Dr. James Polk (Jazz pianist, educator, composer & arranger, Church on Monday)
Jazz luminary Dr. James Polk sits down with me to review his musical career. He shares fascinating stories about his childhood in Texas, his first professional gig at age 13, being a high school band director in a segregated school, prejudice and discrimination in the South and his time in the Ray Charles Orchestra. He also shares his perspective on jazz appreciation as well as the current state and future of jazz.
53 minutes | Dec 26, 2015
Mike Campbell (The Heartbreakers, guitarist & founding member)
The legendary Mike Campbell covers a number of topics that include how his father influenced his appreciation of music, the cultural impact of The Beatles’ performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, his approach to songwriting, the decision to leave the University of Florida to join Mudcrutch, how he collaborates with Tom Petty, fronting his club band The Dirty Knobs, his perspective on artistic evolution, his thoughts on recording & producing music and how his favorite new guitars compare to his vintage instruments. He also talks about his involvement with the Tazzy Animal Rescue Fund, which is a non-profit that rescues dogs, gets them medical attention and helps them find good homes, often with veterans who suffer from PTSD, are physically injured or simply need the companionship that only a dog can provide.
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