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The Bret Saunders Podcast
15 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
We have a "good get" this week - Modest Mouse front man Isaac Brock checked in from the road via Zoom. Isaac and Bret discuss his songwriting process, Montana, and the constant bombardment of technology.
15 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Chelsea Handler & Steven Van Zandt
Here's a pair of conversations for this week's episode. First comedian Chelsea Handler, whose "Vaccinated and Horny" tour comes to the Paramount for two shows Nov. 11th. Chelsea and Bret discuss the solution to inequality and cancel culture (surprisingly simple!), sex during COVID, and skiing topless. Then it's Steven Van Zandt, best known as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. He has a memoir out titled, "Unrequited Infatuations," which he says is more a story of a seeker than a musician. He also talks about living life to the fullest, the new Sopranos movie, and why he's still looking for a steady job.
16 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
On his latest, "The First Agnostic Church of Hope And Wonder," Todd Snider offers fatback rhythms, fraudulent reverends, and tributes to friends gone too soon. Todd talks about mixing funk with folk. reminiscing about his friend John Prine, and the dancing of Fred Sanford/Red Foxx.
17 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
The Edge/Martin Garrix & Norm McDonald
It's a pair of conversations on this week's episode. First, it's U2 guitarist The Edge along with Dutch DJ/Producer Martin Garrix, talking about their collaboration (along with Bono) 'We Are The People.' They discuss how a song written about a football tournament evolved into an anthem of hope and defiance, plus the future of touring. Then it's Comedian Norm McDonald, who passed away this week. We wanted to share a funny interview that happened about ten years ago. Norm talks about his dubious first meeting with director Harold Ramis and his fear of cars.
19 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
When our guest this week isn't traveling the country doing standup, he hosts "Real Time With Bill Maher" on HBO. So, Bill, what's funny these days? Politics, the wackiness on the Left, the cult on the Right, and climate change (it's really not funny, but Maher can make you laugh and think at the same time.) He also discusses his recent bout with COVID, lets us know what he's listening to and why he prefers an iPod.
14 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Kurt Braunohler and Maria Bamford
This week it's a chat with two very funny people, comedians Kurt Braunohler and Maria Bamford. Kurt (who once hired a sky writer to write "How Do I Land?" over the skies of L.A.) talks about his stand-up sets at the Gothic Aug. 29th, that will be taped or a future broadcast, taking llamas to a wedding (don't!) and a show he's co-writing for NBC. Next up, Maria Bamford fills us in on her dogs, a leash aggressive Pug and a Rat Terrier named Jackie Onasis. Plus, she talks about helping people get into her shows if they're a little short on cash.
15 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
This time it's a conversation with Colorado’s Nathaniel Ratliff. Next week there are three sold out Red Rocks shows, and a new album, "The Future" coming in November. Nathaniel tells Bret how the first song off the record 'Survivor', was originally about his personal life, but evolved into a political statement. He also talked about creating space in his music, working for food and housing justice with the Marigold Project, and the pros and cons of Leonard Cohen's "Death Of A Ladies' Man."
11 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Chris Vos is the guitarist and front man for the swaggering blues rock trio, The Record Company. Their new album, "Play Loud" arrives Oct. 8th. Chris talks about making music aiming for light in a time that was difficult, the wonders of Elmore James, and enjoying edibles.
12 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
The new album from Leon Bridges is titled "Gold-Diggers Sound." The name is taken from a place in East Hollywood, that's part speakeasy, boutique hotel, and recording studio. Leon tells Bret how late-night jams there produced the songs on the record, the rich musical history of his hometown of Ft. Worth and how the death of George Floyd impacted him.
15 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Sebastian Maniscalco, he's the guy Jerry Seinfeld calls “my favorite comedian.” His upcoming Red Rocks show sold out in 18 minutes, causing a second show in Vail to be added. Sebastian and Bret joke about what it was like to be raised in the 70s and 80s and his appearance in The Irishman with Pesci and De Niro. Sebastian also talks about a movie he's written that will star De Niro as his father and a food show called Well Done.
9 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis has already had a successful career on the silver screen, famous for her roles in Halloween, Trading Places, A Fish Called Wanda, and her Golden Globe winning performance in True Lies. She is now hosting a new podcast, "Good Friend." As she explains here, it's a podcast that explores the value of friendships, what the key is to being a good friend, and when to walk away from a friendship.
16 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Stay Nervous. Stay Vigilant.That's the advice Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser has concerning some of the legal issues facing us today. On this episode Phil cuts through the noise and explains what's at stake with reproductive and voting rights on the federal level. Phil also talks about how he helped steer millions of dollars from the United Health Care Group to help Coloradans. And oh yeah, what's up with that Direct TV/Altitude sports blackout?
11 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Lewis Black, The King Of The Rant, returns to the podcast. Lewis talks about how he handled the pandemic ("Zoom to me was like Hollywood Squares") and performing for Denver audiences ("They get it.”) Lewis also tells Bret how politics over the last few years has influenced comedy and gives details on his upcoming dates at the Paramount.
15 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Joining us via Zoom from Barcelona, it’s Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy. Vance tells Bret about busking around Melbourne during the pandemic and the pressures of playing Red Rocks for the first time. Vance also talks about the inspiration behind his new song 'Missing Piece' and gives the podcast its very first live radio performance!
12 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
When Widespread Panic returns to Red Rocks later this month, the band will play the first full capacity shows at the venue since the arrival of COVID. So we thought it would be a good time to check in with WSP founding member John Bell. He fills us in on what he's been doing the past year (chasing squirrels, adopting dogs) and the unique relationship the band has with Red Rocks. Plus, Bret gets the lowdown on the special Mission Ballroom charity show scheduled for June 24.
10 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
It's been almost a decade since the last Wallflowers album, but that will change the release of "Exit Wounds", July 9th. Jakob Dylan explains the album title, the art of observational storytelling, and birthday gift ideas from a guy who's had to buy them for one of the most famous musicians in the world.
17 minutes | May 27, 2021
Hiss Golden Messenger
Hiss Golden Messenger is the vehicle for singer/songwriter Mike M.C. Taylor, whose new album is "Quietly Blowing it." Mike talks about how the pandemic affected his work ("A very prolific year") and why the new album isn't just an almanac of the lockdown. He also explains the North Carolina aesthetic when it comes to music, looking for truth in chaos, and who he thought said things in song the perfect way they needed to be said.
33 minutes | May 20, 2021
Rag'n'Bone Man & Pete Yorn
It's a pair on conversations on this episode. First, it's Rag 'n' Bone Man whose new album is "Life by Misadventure." He explains the inspiration for the title and the origins of his name. He also shares his concerns for his son in these strange times, life without social media, and why he loves Nashville. Then it's Pete Yorn, whose debut, "musicforthemorningafter" just turned 20. Pete not only reflects on the making of the album, but he also tells Bret about growing up loving metal and being a lefty in a right-hand world. Plus, he pulls back the curtain on how musicians really get paid.
24 minutes | May 13, 2021
Michael Franti rang up the podcast from his home in Bali ahead of his June Red Rocks shows. He talks about dealing with a year of lockdown, getting over his bout with COVID (herbs and hoops), the magic of Red Rocks, and looking forward to smelling people again...he'll explain. Michael even previews a new song!
24 minutes | May 6, 2021
The Counting Crows are back with new music. "Butter Miracle, Suite One" comes out May 21. Singer Adam Duritz talks about the first song, “Elevator Boots,” an ode to life on the road inspired by the glam rock of David Bowie and Mott The Hoople. He also fondly recalls his life in Denver when he was a child, and what led to him shaving off his trademark dreadlocks.
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