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South of Scruffy with Ben Fields
85 minutes | 3 days ago
Will and Ben dig into the Will's career as an MMA fighter, bar owner, and touring musician. Will and Ben discuss a theory on the great population migration from west coast cities, and what it means for Nashville and Knoxville.
74 minutes | 10 days ago
#70-Adeem The Artist
Adeem the Artist talks Ben through the trials and triumphs of identifying as a non-binary person in the country music industry. Adeem's new album "Cast Iron PanSexual" is now available on Spotify.
84 minutes | 17 days ago
Bladesmith to the stars John Phillips brought a load of his handcrafted knives to the shop. John talks Ben through how he turned a passion for working with metals, into a career of hand crafting knives and edge tools for some of the best chefs in the world. After becoming a champion on History Channel's show "Forged in Fire", and having his knives featured in a NYT best selling cook book, John's knives have come to be coveted by collectors and celebrity chefs worldwide. John also drops an anecdote on how he manifested making knife sets for actor Martin Starr (Silicon Valley) and Sturgill Simpson. Check out this episode on Youtube if you want to see the knives https://youtu.be/bRfD1b7r5nY
75 minutes | 24 days ago
#68-The Witch and the Warden
The creators of the T.V. series "The Witch and the Warden" graced the shop for a rundown on their new genre bending T.V. series. After Kristian Nairn's involvement (Hodor, Game of Thrones) was speedbumped by Covid, the life-cycle of the series took some perfectly unexpected turns. (Zachary Starnes-EP; Teague Quillen-Creator/Writer; Josh Holley-Male Lead)
95 minutes | a month ago
Nearing the 10th birthday of his company, Loch and Key Productions, Andy came by the shop to give Ben a status update on pandemic era video production. From humble, bootstrap beginnings, to creating large packages of video content for music festivals like Bonnaroo, Andy recounts the steps he and his partner took to make Loch and Key one of the most prolific production companies in the southeast.
73 minutes | a month ago
While spending his life as a serial outdoor adventurer (both by foot and by wheel), Mitchell Connell has devoted his life to getting more people on bicycles. Mitchell's new non-profit "Two Bikes", does that twice every time they sell a bicycle. For every bicycle they sell, they donate one to a non-profit or person in need. But there's lots more to it...Check out www.twobikes.org to get the scoop.
78 minutes | a month ago
Kent Takano recounts the ups and downs of his trip up the ladder of cable of television, while contextualizing for Ben the swell in racism that Asian-Americans have been feeling since the start of the pandemic.
83 minutes | 2 months ago
Chelsea Berry comes by the shop to catch us up on her blossoming recording career. Chelsea lays out how she transitioned from being terrified to perform in front of crowds, to performing in theatres full of adoring fans.
67 minutes | 2 months ago
Pitchwire cofounder Christina Honkonen stops by the shop to talk music, PR, and microexpressions. Christina shares some anecdotes about growing her startup through the pandemic, and how she and her husband Matt are disrupting the worlds of music and podcasting.
75 minutes | 2 months ago
#62-Evan “Headsup” Turner
Evan Turner, AKA “Headsup” is the reigning Drone Racing League world champion. Evan unpacks his decision to forgo a college education to continue on his already successful career as a professional drone pilot. Evan also founded Five33, a racing drone R&D company that manufactures racing drones and racing drone products.
80 minutes | 2 months ago
Tyler Anthony, AKA Cereus Bright, stopped by shop to chat about the rigor of the recording industry in a 2021 climate; and how he is navigating it as a solo artist.
84 minutes | 3 months ago
Jandy is a filmmaker and musician who can't help but make viral content. Jandy and Ben recount their pasts together working with their shared mentor, Michael Underwood. The boys share a few stories from their travels together while Jandy drops some wisdom nuggets on how to make content that people can't take their eyes off of.
90 minutes | 3 months ago
Jonathan Halley is the owner of the production company Big Slate Media. Jonathan comes by the shop to talk film and TV production with Ben. The boys touch on the disproportionate amount of production work in Knoxville, TN, the first-person drone racing industry, and Jonathan's powered parachute.
78 minutes | 3 months ago
Rebecca Ridner returns to the shop to chat television development, Design Therapy and being one more year cult-free. Rebecca and Ben hit on psychics, intuition, and palm reading; while recounting how the pandemic halted what was shaping up to be a very productive year for both of them. After the "Roller coaster ride of vulnerability" that was SOS Episode #2, Rebecca's return to the shop delivers a sequel full of meaningful conversation, and ,of course, more outrageous stories.
99 minutes | 3 months ago
Benny Smith has been at the helm of WUTK the Rock (the University of Tennessee's broadcast radio station) for the past 17 years. Dedicating his life to the station, Benny has made a meaningful impact on the lives of countless musicians, students and artists since he worked at WUTK as a student. Benny and Ben talk through Benny's prolific industry career which has been indelibly interwoven with WUTK The Rock.
72 minutes | 4 months ago
Andy Wood is a world class guitarist with the street cred to prove it. Andy talks Ben through his humble beginnings picking bluegrass with his grandfather, and how that manifested itself in a career playin guitar and other instruments with some of the worlds greatest touring acts. Andy has become a goldmine of knowledge, and a bastion of guitar chops; both of which he shares with his proliferating following on his YouTube channel "Andy Wood Music."
78 minutes | 4 months ago
Charlie DeBevoise is a television veteran whose companies have produced thousands of hours of unscripted programming for television's most prominent cable networks. In the year 2000, Charlie started NorthSouth Productions and has been on the climb since. Charlie remembers how starting modestly and grinding it out early, paid off in a huge way with their hit show "Impractical Jokers"; which is in it's 9th season on truTV.
76 minutes | 4 months ago
Sammy McAteer has spent a life in music that led him into a career at his dream music venue. As a talent buyer and promoter, Sam's years of musical training and marketing prowess convened at the perfect time at the perfect place; Open Chord Knoxville. Sammy and Ben chat all things music in this episode, while touching on their brief overlapping careers on the High School Lacrosse team.
69 minutes | 4 months ago
#53-Jon "Cornbred" Worley
For the second time, Cornbred comes by the shop to narrow the gap between what we think we know, and the truth. Jon and Ben also chat about Jon's newfound sobriety and it's benefits.
89 minutes | 5 months ago
Joseph Nother has spent a lifetime creating. Creating brands, creating television series, and creating opportunities for others. Joseph comes by the shop to tell the story of how he took a web design company started in a college dorm - to an Emmy winning advertising agency and television studio.
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