Americana legend Cary Hudson tells us about the connections between Uncle Tupelo and The Hilltops and Blue Mountain and Travis Huse tells us about fireworks safety on a special Fourth of July edition of the show.
The Crane Presbyterian Church got to meet their wonderful new interim pastor, and fell in love not only with her, but with her magnificent musician husband and their wonderful companion, Lydia, Who is just a delight.
I know a lot about a lot of different art forms, but I know very little about opera. But Jennifer Forni is an incredibly talented soprano and she and I have become friends so I picked her brain and asked her some questions.
I got to have a really run conversation with Amy Rigby about her memoir Girl to City and her trip to the country., Springfield, Missouri to record with Lou Whitney. And how Hazel Dickens just showed up one afternoon.
Today I got to sit down with one of my old friends, Jon Swearingen. He is now a senior part of Joel Osteen's ministry at Lakewood Church, This was a fascinating story about how Joel got his start, and how Jon watched the transformation.
I had a wonderful conversation with my cousin Fletch Wiley about winning a Grammy, the unstoppable force that was 1980s Michael Jackson and his life following Jesus. You can find him at fletchwiley.com.
I did a little intro on this one, because I nearly didn't capture this one. My dad has dementia and it would have been easy to not get him. B8t I'm glad I did. He took me to see so many concerts and things and he's still awesome and so there you are. I hope you enjoy.
I got to sit down with two of my favorite people. Janell Webb has been a pillar of the Crane Presbyterian Church, and now is its oldest living member at 97 years young. Her daughter Vicki is the Stone County Tav Collector and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. We sat down and captured their memories.
Had a wonderful with my longtime friend Amy Lamphere, She is insightful and so interesting. Her latest endevor is lothing line. (I know, right? It's called Storyline Collection, and Amy tells you how you can get involved, either in sales or as an investor. We also talk about Amy's love of dance, how we met at the National Endowment for the Arts, her serving ham to John Lennon and pie to Yoko Ono, and much more.
My interview with my friend Eric Ambel, the longtime friend of Americana music, and a part of the part of the great "roots rock scare" of the 80s. A great producer and guiarist. He talks about his days with Joan Jett and the early days of producing.
My interview with my old friend and Student Life compadre, Wayne Drash. He ended up writing a book about Memphis legend Penny Hardaway. The way that his life intersected with Penny's, over the decades, is fascinating.. Wayne worked for an editor for CNN for years.
Wayne Drash = On These Courts
My interview with Tommy Shaw all the way back in 2006, Thia is an interview I did when we were working with Tommy, more on Shaw/Blades than #Styx. But he was involved in both. What a nice guy, who always had a nice word. This isn't a long interview, but it was always cool to be around Tommy, and to here his genuine commitment to the environment.
Find some great Tommy Shaw items here:
Styx = Greatest Hits
Styx - Pieces of Eight
An interview with my friend Aretha Sills, about the legacy of her grandmother, Viola Spolin, the founder of improvisational theater and her father, Paul Sills who started Second City in Chicago. We talk about how all of this affected her own career.
Wow! This is a story for the ages. I met Cal Tolbert when he was having every problem that he could with the law. He is a big dude and he was headed for #prison, That;s where he ended up. What is so #miraculous is how he changed his life with the help of a #prosecutor who helped him get through a #rehab program and completely turn his life around. He's been out of prison and now is living a life away from #meth and #fighting for $God in #MMA.
We have a wonderful and interesting conversation with my Uncle Jerry about growing up in Hurley, Missouri, the Cardinals, country music and Johnny Cash in the 1950s, his short but interesting career as a country music star, and his book on a true legend, his uncle Bob McHolland. We talk about his amazing valor, twice awarded the . silver star before his death shortly before his twenty sixth birthday.
Rob Wood is a fascinatimg man I first met when we were working together at our Startup, American Green Holdings. He is also a multiple #stroke survivor, and so we talk about that, and his being a veteran and his work at the veterans administration. We also talk about our run-ins with #dennisweaver and #larryhagman. And a little about #willisnelson. We talk about his work #pastoring a #church and how that has affected his life.