73 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Episode 12 - Musician & Music Industry Veteran, Paige Clem
Multi-talented musician and music industry veteran, Paige Clem, joins the Nature of Music. Clem, whose history includes serving as a member of the team that produces the legendary High Sierra Music Festival, shares powerful stories about the role of nature as a grounding force in her life - inspiring her to focus on her present surroundings. After she names the Gorge Amphitheater as her favorite concert venue, I ask Paige if she's heard the story of the cataclysmic Glacial Lake Missoula Floods, which tore through that area of SE Washington and the Columbia River Gorge at the end of the last ice age. To hear her response - and this mind-blowing story - enjoy Episode 12...
63 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
Episode 11 - Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. of Hip Hop Caucus
This month, The Nature of Music podcast is honored to have as our guest Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr, President & Founder of Hip Hop Caucus. Rev. Yearwood is a pacemaker in the climate crisis solutions movement with a remarkable track record of successfully bridging the gap between communities of color and environmental advocacy. Our conversation starts by exploring the origins of his nature and climate-related passions: a tale involving Hurricane Katrina (and before that, a love of birds). Rev. Yearwood shares insights from decades of leveraging the power of music (including through the People's Climate Music campaign) to (1) raise awareness of the benefits of climate crisis and social justice solutions, and (2) broaden the movement demanding 100% renewable energy for all. Along the way, he reveals the backstory to several of Hip Hop Caucus’ powerfully emotive music videos, including Trouble In the Water, Stand Up / Stand N Rock, and All We Really Have Is Now. Please click here to make a concert ticket-level donation that supports our hard work producing The Nature of Music podcast!
57 minutes | May 29, 2021
Episode 10 - Nick Forster of eTown & Hot Rize
Nick Forster, host of the eTown radio show and multi-instrumentalist member of the legendary bluegrass band, Hot Rize, joins The Nature of Music for an interview celebrating eTown's 30th B'Earthday! Our conversation starts by exploring the origins of Forster's environmental passions: a tale involving the heroic activism of Nick's mother in the presence of Pete Seeger. Forster shares insights from decades of conversations with eTown guests, covering big issues from climate change to biodiversity conservation to environmental justice, and solutions from renewable energy (including the backstory to solar-powered eTown Hall) to sustainable agriculture to the importance of each of us taking action to protect our magnificent planet. Along the way, he tells the backstory to moving eTown performances in which he hosted James Taylor, The War and Treaty, and Brandi Carlile and Rufus Wainwright. Please click here to make a concert ticket-level donation that supports our hard work producing The Nature of Music podcast!
119 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Episode 9 - Michael Kang of The String Cheese Incident
Michael Kang of The String Cheese Incident joins The Nature of Music for an insightful and fun interview brimming with stories of outdoor adventure. In a fascinating conversation, he reveals the origins of his musical career in Alaska - and in a chance encounter in Crested Butte, Colorado. Kang shares tales from the rainforests of Costa Rica, to the beaches of New Zealand, to the mountains of British Columbia. He reflects on his work converting wastewater to algae biofuels and talks about his partnership with a company advancing a new carbon capture technology (coming soon to businesses that utilize CO2 - from restaurants and bars, to greenhouses, to industrial facilities). Along the way, he tells the nature-inspired backstory to String Cheese songs such as Desert Dawn, Water, and Round the Wheel. Please click here to make a concert ticket-level donation that supports The Nature of Music’s work providing you with something positive to enjoy during these crazy times.
79 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Episode 8: Musician & Curious Life-Explorer, Bear Kittay
Musician, curious life-explorer, and former international ambassador for Burning Man, Bear Kittay, joins The Nature of Music to share fascinating insights and stories from around the world. Kittay tells the backstory of musical tracks from his new album, "Quarantine at El Ganzo" (produced with Norwegian sensation, Erlend Øye), as well as an unreleased track recorded with members of The North Mississippi Allstars and production support from Jerry Harrison of The Talking Heads.
53 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Episode 7: Musician, Conservationist, & Rancher Avery Hellman of Ismay
Avery Hellman of Ismay shares the backstory to their nature-inspired albums, Songs from a River and Songs of Sonoma Mountain. We explore the influence of nature on their lyrics, songs and passions - touching on fascinating topics from their favorite species, to the habitat restoration and biodiversity conservation work on their ranch, to their passion for indigenous knowledge. Hellman shares three songs (including one cover) that each feature mesmerizing fingerpicking and enchanting vocals. Please click here to make a concert ticket-level donation that supports our hard work producing The Nature of Music, providing you with something positive to enjoy during these crazy times.
58 minutes | Sep 18, 2020
Episode 6: Guster Guitarist & REVERB Co-Founder, Adam Gardner
Guster guitarist and music industry sustainability leader, Adam Gardner, shares the story behind REVERB (including Bonnie Raitt’s role in its origins), talks about REVERB’s work reducing the climate and environmental impacts of concert tours, and tells a moving tale of two trips to Latin America that inspired participants (who included members of Guster, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, KT Tunstall and others) to combat the devastating impacts of illegal logging. Please click here to make a concert ticket-level donation that supports REVERB & The Nature of Music’s work providing you with something positive to enjoy during these crazy times.
70 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Episode 5: Concert & Festival Promoter, Peter Shapiro
Peter Shapiro - whose journey as a concert promoter started at New York City's legendary "Wetlands Preserve" (a live music venue AND center of environmental activism) - shares the backstory about how he got involved in supporting climate change solutions and major Earth Day events. Answering a question from a surprising fan, Shapiro reveals the truth about the magical rainbow that mesmerized fans during the Grateful Dead's 50th Anniversary shows in Santa Clara, California. Regarding his approach to sustainability, he talks about how the ability to green venues has come a long way since his Wetlands days, how he's reduced waste at Brooklyn Bowl (from NEVER selling bottled water or beer to using recycled truck tires to build the stage), and which artists' environmental efforts he's particularly impressed by. Join with other music fans and support The Nature of Music's work providing listeners with GOOD news to enjoy during this crazy time. YOUR generous contributions - no matter how small - help make The Nature of Music happen: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/thenatureofmusic2021 With Gratitude, The Nature of Music Team
64 minutes | Jul 2, 2020
Episode 4: Keyboardist & Farmer, Trevor Garrod from Tea Leaf Green
Which new Tea Leaf Green song was originally titled "Climate Change", and which expresses keyboardist, Trevor Garrod's frustration with America's current immigration policies? What's the backstory to Tea Leaf Green's fan-favorite Nature-infused song, Kali-Yuga, and how did the band's mythology around "The Garden" suite originate..? Listen to Episode 4 for never-before revealed tales about the bones buried in "The Garden"... GoFundMe Charity Campaign for Episode 4 - Join with other Nature-loving music fans in making The Nature of Music podcast happen! It is YOUR generous contributions - no matter how small - that make our work possible: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/thenatureofmusic2021 Trevor and The Nature of Music thank you for listening and for your generous support!
90 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
Episode 3 - Dan "Lebo" Lebowitz from ALO
What ALO song was inspired by the spark that ignited a California wildfire? Which was inspired by a San Francisco rainstorm? How do ALO's roots supporting environmental and social justice activism go all the way back to their days at UC Santa Barbara? Listen to Episode 3 of The Nature of Music Podcast for the answers to these questions and more... GoFundMe Charity Campaign for Episode 3 - Make a monthly $10-$25 donation to The Nature of Music Fund! Advance Nature's Valuable Benefits AND Support Musicians in Need During the COVID19 Pandemic: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/thenatureofmusic2021 Lebo and The Nature of Music thank you for listening and for your generous support!
66 minutes | Jun 17, 2020
Episode 2: Nat Keefe of Hot Buttered Rum
Nat Keefe of Hot Buttered Rum joins The Nature of Music Podcast for our first ever interview exploring the influence of Nature on his lyrics and songs. How was the band's origins inspired by Nature? What Hot Buttered Rum song comes from the world of legendary environmentalist author, Edward Abbey? Listen to Episode 2 for the answers to these questions and more... GoFundMe Charity Campaign for Episode 2 - Join with other fans in making a "ticket price" level contribution that supports Hot Buttered Rum AND The Nature of Music! https://charity.gofundme.com/hotbutteredrum-natureofmusic Note on sound: I am learning how to podcast on the fly and will be working hard to improve the sound and content of every episode. You'll see improvements already in Episode 3 - coming soon - with Dan Lebowitz from ALO...
29 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
Episode 1: The Story Behind The Nature of Music Podcast
What’s the backstory behind The Nature of Music podcast? How are we leveraging the power of music to both inspire fans to support conservation and climate change solutions AND benefit musicians in need during the COVID19 pandemic? What unique path led a conservation scientist to partner with musicians to advance solutions to our climate and biodiversity crises? How was the idea for this podcast inspired by Nature? The answers to these questions and more in Episode 1 of The Nature of Music podcast... Click here to make a tax deductible contribution to The Nature of Music Fund: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/thenatureofmusic2021