Auto-Biography is a collection of stories from all kinds of people about a car, truck, bike or whatever that was special to them. Even if you're not a gear-head, you likely have a tale about a machine. I want to hear about the vehicle that moved you.
E019 Pharoahs Car Club's Rick Stewart and Rod Newlove
From the Pharoahs Car Club, two men who've distinguished themselves as builders and story tellers...
Rick Stewart talks of passing on the passion for vehicles to his daughter, and finding all kinds of long forgotten, and valuable, vehicles in barns.
Rod Newlove just thought it was no big deal to turn a Beetle into an electric vehicle. So that's what he did. An interesting chat with a man who proves that almost anything is possible.
Listen, like, rate, leave a comment and subscribe. It's all appreciated. And for sure get in touch with me if you have a story to share.
E018 The Trews / Jimmy Diresta / Museum of Failure
It's a triple header, with John Angus MacDonald from The Trews talking about the early days of the band, setting out on the road, and what it's like these days travelling as a musician in a post pandemic kind of world.
Jimmy Diresta is the MAN! Currently seen on NETFLIX' Making Fun, Jimmy is an inventor, fabricator, businessman and raconteur, and we had a heck of a time talking about his days in the toy business, making a television show, and working with Nick Offerman.
Our first doctor, and our first Swede, Dr. Samuel West is the curator of the globe spanning Museum of Failure...a celebration of losing, which of course, if you keep trying, leads to winning. A charming fellow, we have a good time making fun of famous automotive failures, the Delorean, and the Edsel.
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Recorded and produced at Communal Creative Studios in Red Deer, Alberta.
E017 - The Sheepdogs / Lou Costabile
We're back for number 17!
Jimmy Bowskill and Ryan Gullen from Saskatoon Rock & Rollers, The Sheepdogs, gave me a ring to talk about touring from coast to coast all the while dealing with the van breaking down, being broken into, and being stolen. Some insight on what it's really like for a touring band climbing their way to the toppermost of the poppermost.
The new album, OUTTA SIGHT is out June 3. Buy it! https://sheepdogs.lnk.to/OuttaSight
Lou Costible from My Car Story With Lou loves cars, and loves bringing the story of those cars, and their owners to the world. We talked of our mutual love for the '66 Batmobile, and how he grew from an enthusiast, to a chronicler of the classics.
Support is given to The Auto-Biography Podcast by Dirty Monkey Kustoms...Hot Rod apparel for showing of your love of all things on wheels. www.dirtymonkeykustoms.ca
The Auto-Biography podcast is recorded and produced at Communal Creative Studios.
E016 - Randy Bachman / Darren Wiberg - 1918 Winton
Two of my favorite story tellers together in a big ol' super golden goodie of an episode!
In advance of his stop at Bo's on May 8, Randy Bachman called to chat about the vehicles that moved him, like a Rolls Royce Silver Dawn that came from Saskatoon, and a Thunderbird he bought from Burton Cummings, in the trunk of which they stored some newly recorded music which was almost lost to time. Find out what happened to the tapes, what keeps Randy running circles around most other people, and some memories about what touring as a musician was like way back in the day. I appreciated his openness, and this ended up being a chat unlike I've had before on Auto-Biography.
For tickets to the Bo's Bar & Stage Show, go to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/randy-bachman-tickets-288698463877?aff=ebdsoporgprofile
We also head back to Reynolds Alberta Museum to talk with Darren Wiberg about the most expensive and extensive restoration ever, the 1918 Winton Six. After travelling from Cleveland, to Hodgeville Saskatchewan, back to Cleveland, then back to Sask, then unto Calgary, the King of Cars, as it was marketed, was the subject of years of painstaking work, to get it to the state of breathtaking originality. Historian and technician Darren Wiberg takes us through the car's past, and why it's important to the history of Western Canada.
E015 - Jason Harris at Reynolds Alberta Museum & the Bricklin SV-1 / Boy Golden and the 1995 Toyota Previa
Well, the 1970s were a crazy time, and a swinging fellow by the name of Malcolm Bricklin decided he should build a sports car. Made of plastic. With gull wings. Built in New Brunswick. And it should come with a gold jumpsuit. Like Icarus, he tried to touch the sky, but when he flew to close to the sun, the body panels on the Bricklin SV-1 melted. Jason Harris from Reynolds Alberta museum tells us why the Bricklin started him in an automotive career, and why we sadly never saw this Canadian sports car achieve the legendary status dreamt of.
Boy Golden wears the best mustache to come out of Winnipeg since Burton Cummings. In reality, he's maybe the best songwriter to come out of Winnipeg since Burton, too. Every hero has his steed, and Boy Golden talks about his 1995 Toyota Previa, and why he thinks his van is the coolest of all the vans. He's a real E-VAN-Gelist. Get it? Boy Golden's album Church of Better Daze will put a smile on your face and a tap in your toe. Lovely tunes for a happy cruise in the vehicle that moved you. www.boygolden.ca https://sixshooterrecords.com/artists/boy-golden/
Auto-Biography is recorded and produced at Communal Creative Studios in beautiful downtown Red Deer. https://www.instagram.com/ccsbybos/
E014 - Juanita Voth at the Reynolds Alberta Museum / Dan Davidson
More stories about vehicles, and people that have loved them!
Yes, the first one is the story of a Hupp Yeats Electric Coach, but it's so much more than I even expected. Throw in an eccentric heiress, a foul mouthed parrot with a brandy habit, a treasure hunt, legal wrangling, and tearing down walls to get to a car, and you've got a bit of the take Juanita Voth from the Reynolds Alberta Museum has in store.
With 6 CCMA nominations, 10 ACMA awards, a gold record and a number 1 selling song, Dan Davidson still took the time to share some love for his Ford Ranger, the little truck that took him to countless gigs, and reminisces about truck stop rumbles (he was a spectator) and desert Cadillacs.
Dan's latest, Six Songs To Midnight, is available Feb 25. Check out www.dandavidsonmusic.com
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