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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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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 Check out this episode!...

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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....

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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 goe...

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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.  

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