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Memphis musician J.D. Reager (that's me) moved to Chicago, lost his day job during a pandemic, and found inspiration in the midst of a personal crisis. Now, in addition to making records in his basement apartment, he's having meaningful conversations with friends and fellow creatives and turning the tide in a lifelong struggle with mental health.

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Memphis musician J.D. Reager (that's me) moved to Chicago, lost his day job during a pandemic, and found inspiration in the midst of a personal crisis. Now, in addition to making records in his basement apartment, he's having meaningful conversations with friends and fellow creatives and turning the tide in a lifelong struggle with mental health.

    Brick Walls and Train Tracks with Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady, Bash & Pop, Sons of Mudboy)

    Brick Walls and Train Tracks with Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady, Bash & Pop, Sons of Mudboy)

    Host J.D. Reager kicks off the show by debuting two unreleased songs: one of his own featuring this week's guest Steve Selvidge on lead guitar, and one of of Steve's.  Then the two have a long conversation about how Steve's late father Sid influenced his path to becoming a musician, continuing his father's work in Sons of Mudboy, forming and re-forming Big Ass Truck, joining big-time rock bands The Hold Steady and Bash & Pop and more.  To close things out, J.D. plays a song by MEM_MODS, a new pandemic-born project featuring Steve Selvidge, Luther Dickinson and Paul Taylor.  


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Drifting Away with Charlotte Tolley (Nourish Knoxville) and Michael Graber (Graber Gryass)

    Drifting Away with Charlotte Tolley (Nourish Knoxville) and Michael Graber (Graber Gryass)

    Host J.D. Reager talks to his longtime friend and the founder of Knoxville's Market Square Farmers Market, Charlotte Tolley, about their days together in school, her work with the non-profit group Nourish Knoxville and her budding professional relationship with former WWE champion Kane.  Then Memphis musician Michael Graber joins the show to share some new music by his band Graber Gryass and talk about his previous work in groups like 611, Professor Elixir's Southern Troubadours and the Bluff City Backsliders.    


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    • 58 min
    Just Wait with Matthew Caws (Nada Surf)

    Just Wait with Matthew Caws (Nada Surf)

    Host J.D. Reager is joined by one of his all-time favorite songwriters, Matthew Caws of Nada Surf.  They talk about the election results and how Matthew found inspiration in America's deep political divide, meeting and recording with Ric Ocasek, the band's relationship to their breakthrough hit "Popular," how the album Let Go brought them back after a career setback and his solo collaborations with Telekinesis and Juliana Hatfield.  Then Matthew performs the Nada Surf song "Just Wait."  


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Banking on Disaster with Alex Greene (Reigning Sound, Rolling Head Orchestra, Memphis Flyer)

    Banking on Disaster with Alex Greene (Reigning Sound, Rolling Head Orchestra, Memphis Flyer)

    Host J.D. Reager talks to Memphis musician and journalist Alex Greene about the results of the presidential election, the writing job they both wanted but Alex ultimately got, working on the new Reigning Sound album, touring with Tav Falco's Panther Burns and the evolution of his solo project, Alex Greene & the Rolling Head Orchestra.  Then J.D. plays a song off Alex's album American Elegy.   


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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Election Anxiety SuperShow with Aaron Sayers and Katrina Coleman

    Election Anxiety SuperShow with Aaron Sayers and Katrina Coleman

    Host J.D. Reager talks to returning guest Dr. Aaron Sayers, PhD psychologist and practicing therapist, about techniques for dealing with the stress, anxiety and fear associated with the coming election and the ongoing pandemic and social unrest.  Then comedian Katrina Coleman (You Look Like, Memphis Comedy Festival) joins the show to talk about her election-related anxieties, why she's voting for Joe Biden, women's reproductive rights and the importance of voter participation.    

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    • 1 hr 39 min
    Glory Line with William Luke White (Snowglobe, The Coach and Four, Spiral Stairs)

    Glory Line with William Luke White (Snowglobe, The Coach and Four, Spiral Stairs)

    Host J.D. Reager plays the new single, "Glory Line," off of Memphis musician William Luke White's new self-titled solo EP before talking  to his old friend about the new record, collaborating with the late Clay Otis, his ongoing battle with cancer, touring with Pavement's Spiral Stairs, the value of seeing a therapist and more.  Then William Luke White performs the song "My Worst" live.      


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    • 53 min

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