Episode 18: Talking Eric Clapton with Travis Talbert

In his triumphant return to the show, Travis Talbert has a lot to say about Eric Clapton. Talbert is the lead guitarist for Frontier Folk Nebraska, and we talk about their latest EP “Foolish Frank.” He also lets us in on the band’s upcoming full-length release. The Clapton conversation centers around the recent documentary “Life in 12 Bars.”

For more information visit:

Frontier Folk Nebraska Bandcamp

Foolish Frank EP

“Life in 12 Bars” documentary

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 then talk about two albums that influenced his music: Dwight Yoakam’s “Blame the Vein” and Velvet Underground’s 1969 self-titled release.

Check out the debut from Charlie Jackson and the Heartland Railway here!!!

As always, thank you to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their track “Cut You Loose” from their 2017 EP “WARPIG.”

Frontier Folk Nebraska home page

Buy “WARPIG” here!!!

Episode 16: Talking Superdrag with Tim Pritchard

Tim Pritchard has been making music for a long time. In 2005, his band Flyaway Minion released “Fair Travels.” He released a solo album in 2012 titled “It Shall be Revealed” before forming The Boxcar Suite. The band released their latest record “Further In and Farther Out” in April of 2018, their first foray into the world of vinyl.

Tim stopped by to talk about the new album, play the song “Never Say Anything” and to deep dive on one of his favorite albums: Superdrag’s 1998 disc “Head Trip in Every Key.”

The Boxcar Suite website

“Further In and Farther Out” Bandcamp page

As always, a special thanks to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their song “Cut You Loose” from their 2017 EP “WARPIG” as our theme music.

Frontier Folk Nebraska’s Bandcamp page

Buy “WARPIG” here!!!

Episode 15: Rolling Solo on “Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live 1966” by Bob Dylan

After a long break, the podcast is back!!! This week, I go at it alone and talk about the 1998 release from Bob Dylan “Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live 1966.” I also talk about a few concerts I’ve been to recently and my Record Store Day purchases.

As always thank you to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their song “Cut You Loose” as the show’s theme music.

Frontier Folk Nebraska Bandcamp page

The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966

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Episode 14: Talking guitar with Travis Talbert

Travis Talbert has been the lead guitar player for Frontier Folk Nebraska for more than a decade. He also has released the album “Louisville via Boston” with his project Mavis Guitar. He tells us about FFN’s 2017 release “WARPIG” (2:19) and talks about going into the studio for some 2018 releases (4:26).

We tackle the wide lens issue of guitar players. Talbert talks about his personal history with the instrument (9:14), how he discovered Stevie Ray Vaughn (19:40) and how that led him to the world of Albert King, Freddie King and so many other blues greats (25:26).

As always, a special thanks to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their track “Cut You Loose” off their “WARPIG” EP.

Episode 13: A solo take on Leon Russell

My series of pods focusing on music that matters to me comes to a triumphant conclusion with a Leon Russell monologue.

After a recent purchase of the documentary “A Poem is a Naked Person,” I felt like this was the most natural way to wrap up the music that formed me. I talk about that doc (3:34) and give a much too short biography (10:51).

I then launch into my favorite albums from Russell, beginning with his self-titled release (13:12). I then move to “Leon Russell and the Shelter People” (19:38), the incredible “Leon Live” (22:50) and wrap up with the album that always reminds me of my dad “Will O’ the Wisp” (30:02).

As always, a special thanks to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their track “Cut You Loose” off their “WARPIG” EP.

EDIT: I mistakenly said that Russell goes into “Amazing Grace” during “Crystal Closet Queen” on “Leon Live.” He actually does this on “Of Thee I Sing/Yes I Am.” I apologize for any confusion.

Episode 12: A solo take on “Tommy (OST)” by The Who

On this edition of “Side Tracks with Rusty Pate,” I talk about “Tommy” by The Who. Rather than focusing on the 1969 album version, I look at the 1975 soundtrack for the Ken Russell film.

I talk about the strange and disjointed story (15:00) the questionable inclusion of torture and molestation imagry (21:25) and Pete Townshend’s 2002 child porn allegations (21:57).

As always, a special thanks to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their track “Cut You Loose” off their “WARPIG” EP.

 

Episode 11: a solo take on “The Southern Harmony & Musical Companion”

This week I dive into one of my favorite albums of all time – The Black Crowes “The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion.”

The early 1990s were a strange time. The American festival scene began to take it’s baby steps with the first Lollapalooza tours, the pop charts were ruled by country music for the first time and the entire rock world focused it’s glare on a community of musicians in Seattle.

In this pod, I talk about 1992. I give a brief history of the Crowes, a track-by-track rundown of “Southern Harmony” and talk about how this album shaped my outlook on music and art.

As always, a special thanks to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their track “Cut You Loose” off their “WARPIG” EP.

Episode 10 – A solo take on Kiss “Alive II”

This week, I’m rolling solo. For the next few weeks, I will be in full monologue mode discussing the albums that shaped my love for music. First off is Kiss “Alive II” from 1977. This was the first album that I picked out on my own and my first proper introduction to heavier music than I had heard. I talk about why the album was so important to me, how the death of Elvis and the rise of punk fit into the Kiss universe and the problems I have with the band’s later era.

I also draw heavily from a Chuck Klosterman article published on Grantland.com.

As always, thank you to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their song “Cut You Loose” as the theme music. That track is available on their 2017 EP “WARPIG.” Pick up your copy today from their Bandcamp page.

Episode 9: Talking music with Izzy Rock

Izzy Rock has been a podcast host since 2012, first on his own “Tales from the Hardside” and later as a co-host and producer of “The Gem City Podcast.” His “Storytellers” pods are an incredible resource for the vibrant Dayton, Ohio music scene.

We talk about what Izzy has been listening to lately, what he listened to in his formative years, his passion for the Dayton music scene and he revisits some of his favorite concerts he’s attended.

Make sure to head to check out Izzy’s pods:
Tales from the Hardside
The Gem City Podcast

As always, special thanks to Frontier Folk Nebraska for allowing me to use their track “Cut You Loose” from their 2017 EP “WARPIG.”