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Talking Spirit with Neal Casal (Ep. 25)

If I never get to do another podcast episode, this is the one I would want to go out on. Neal Casal has always had a restless musical spirit. He has released a string of acclaimed solo albums. He played with Ryan Adams & the Cardinals for a stretch. He was a founding member of Hard Working Americans. Since 2011, he has traveled the world with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. On Aug. 17, 2018 yet another of his bands, Circles Around the Sun, will release their sophomore effort “Let it Wander” via Rhino Entertainment. A side note, I was nervous for this one. I practiced the pronunciation of his name for two straight days and still screwed it up once the recording light had gone red. We talked about the origin story of CATS, the process behind the new album and how the lege...

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Talking Leigh Stephens with Ethan Miller (Ep. 24)

Ethan Miller’s band Howlin’ Rain has been making incredibly soulful psychedelic music since forming in 2004. Their latest album “The Alligator Bride” has been described by NPR as “Howlin’ Rain in full-on Crazy Horse mode.” We talk about the new album, hear the cut “Alligator Bride” and deep dive on the 1969 Leigh Stephens album “Red Weather.” As always, thanks to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their song “Cut You Loose” as our theme music. Howlin' Rain Leigh Stephens Frontier Folk Nebraska...

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Talking R.E.M. with Kent Montgomery (Ep. 23)

Kent Montgomery is the lead guitarist for the Dayton, Ohio band The New Old Fashioned. Their latest release “Small Town, Midwest, USA” is the band’s first full-length effort in three years. We talk about the new record, hear the Montgomery penned track “Simpler Time” and deep dive on the 1996 R.E.M. album “New Adventures in Hi-Fi.” As always, thanks to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their song “Cut You Loose” as our theme music. The New Old-Fashioned R.E.M. Frontier Folk Nebraska...

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Talking Vetiver with Sam Moss (Ep. 22)

Sam Moss is a singer/songwriter/guitarist from the Boston area. Growing up in Connecticut, he began playing violin at an early age. He eventually found his way to guitar and began composing hauntingly introspective songs. His latest release is "Neon." We talk about "Neon" and hear the track "Flowers." Sam then discusses the 2006 album "To Find Me Gone" by Vetiver. As always, thanks to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their song "Cut You Loose" as our theme music. Sam Moss Vetiver Frontier Folk Nebraska   Check out this episode!...

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Talking Randy Newman with Michigan Rattlers (Ep. 21)

It’s not really fair to lump Michigan Rattlers into the world of country music. While elements of that genre are certainly present, it’s more by association that through intent. Beneath the harmonies and great stories lies a folksy sensibility that has more to do with rural American side roads than the beer-soaked streets of Nashville. It makes sense that such an American band would love Randy Newman. We talk about their upcoming album before diving into the 1974 Newman album “Good Old Boys.” As always, thanks to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their song “Cut You Loose” as our theme music. Michigan Rattlers Randy Newman Frontier Folk Nebraska...

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Talking Sugar with Joe Anderl (Ep. 20)

Joe Anderl is the front man for the band The 1984 Draft. They have been making music in Dayton, Ohio since 2013. Their latest release “Makes Good Choices” features some of the strongest songs the band has ever released. Joe talks about the new album, the origins of the included track “Honest” and his love for the 1992 release “Copper Blue” by Sugar. As always, thank you to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their song “Cut You Loose” as our theme music. The 1984 Draft Sugar Frontier Folk Nebraska...

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Episode 19: Talking The War on Drugs with Billy Swayne

Billy Swayne is the leader of the Neo American Pioneers. That group is preparing to release their sophomore album “Beginning to Unfold.” Billy stopped by to talk about the new album, his approach to songwriting and we focus on the 2008 debut album from The War on Drugs titled “Wagonwheel Blues,” which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.   Stick around after the theme music fades out. There's a special surprise. (Here's a hint: it's a sneak peek of a track from "Beginning to Unfold" by the Neo American Pioneers called "Thin Chalk Line.) As always, thank you to Frontier Folk Nebraska for use of their song “Cut You Loose” as the show’s theme music. For more information: Neo American Pioneers The War on Drugs Frontier Folk Nebraska...

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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...

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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!!!...

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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!!!...

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