Wandering to the side tracks

“Side Tracks with Rusty Pate” is a pop-culture podcast focusing on music, film, television, stand up comedy, video games, craft beer, sports and anything else that randomly pops into my guests minds.


Podcast Episodes

Episode 17: Talking Dwight Yoakam and Velvet Underground with Charlie Jackson

Charlie Jackson and the Heartland Railway released their debut effort in March of 2018. After years of self-recording solo efforts, Jackson hooked up with Brad Bowling, Denny Cottle and Ricky Terrell for a more fleshed out sound. He was kind enough to perform “Days of Wine and Roses,” the opening track from the album. We …

Thoughts on: Bob Dylan – “The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Live 1966 The “Royal Albert Hall” concert

Bob Dylan may be one of the most divisive and polarizing of the modern American music titans. Even among fans, you will find dissent. Many of the diehard followers can point to at least one phase of his career that they view as not just a misstep, but a waste of his talent and time. …


Rusty Pate has written about music for the past 10 years. After going back to college in his mid 30s, he earned a degree in journalism from the University of Cincinnati. He has worked as a freelancer covering high school athletics, as well as writing feature-length music articles. Some highlights include interviewing John Oates (Hall & Oates), Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Derek Trucks (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Jason Isbell and Larry LaLonde (Primus).

When not spending time with his amazingly beautiful wife, Amber Lea, Rusty also loves craft beer, video games and watching films and high-quality television.