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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.

Back to the Light J.D. Reager

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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.

    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
    Developing the Voice with Jared "Jay B" Boyd (WYXR, Daily Memphian, Beale St. Caravan) and Ben Crowell (Sheet Ghosts, Glassworks Coffee)

    Developing the Voice with Jared "Jay B" Boyd (WYXR, Daily Memphian, Beale St. Caravan) and Ben Crowell (Sheet Ghosts, Glassworks Coffee)

    Host J.D. Reager talks to Jared "Jay B" Boyd about his high-profile gigs at WYXR 91.7 FM, the Daily Memphian and Beale St. Caravan, and the career journey that eventually brought him back to Memphis.  Then Chicago musician Ben Crowell joins the show to talk about his new project Sheet Ghosts and his small-batch coffee roasting operation, Glassworks Coffee.  


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    • 55 min
    Big Stupid Steak with Kelly English (Restaurant Iris, The Second Line)

    Big Stupid Steak with Kelly English (Restaurant Iris, The Second Line)

    Host J.D. Reager talks to Memphis Chef Kelly English, the man behind Restaurant Iris, The Second Line, and Magnolia House (Biloxi, MS) as well as the new owner of Fino's From the Hill, about his career in the food industry,  the difficulties of operating a restaurant during the pandemic, the signature dish he no longer feels affection for and the incident involving NBA all-star Tony Parker that propelled him to SportsCenter.  Then J.D. debuts an unreleased song by  Two Way Radio as a Back to the Light exclusive.   


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    • 46 min
    Hands Down with John Forbes (Mount Shasta, Tijuana Hercules)

    Hands Down with John Forbes (Mount Shasta, Tijuana Hercules)

    Host J.D. Reager talks to his friend, neighbor and Chicago musician/artist John Forbes about his many musical projects, including Phantom 309, Dirt, Mount Shasta and Tijuana Hercules.  Along the way they discuss the lasting influence of growing up in the South, recording with Steve Albini and the challenges of releasing new music during a pandemic.  Then John plays a couple of songs live in the basement.  


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    • 49 min
    Gonerfest 17 Spectacular with Eric Friedl (Goner, Oblivians, True Sons of Thunder)

    Gonerfest 17 Spectacular with Eric Friedl (Goner, Oblivians, True Sons of Thunder)

    Host J.D. Reager briefly touches on some good things going on for Back to the Light before playing the title track off of Rev. John Wilkins' new release for Goner Records, Trouble.  Then Goner co-owner Eric Friedl (Oblivians, True Sons of Thunder) joins the show to discuss the upcoming virtual event Gonerfest 17 and a bunch of new Goner releases.  Then J.D. closes the show with new songs by True Sons of Thunder, the Archaeas and Optic Sink, who are all scheduled to appear at Gonerfest.  


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    • 47 min

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