48 episodes

Backstage Journal is a podcast about musicians and their lives on stage & off. Hosted by guitarist/YouTube creator Rhett Shull, each episode features a different guest, from guitarists, producers, songwriters and other content creators.

Backstage Journal Podcast with Rhett Shull Rhett Shull

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    • 4.7 • 163 Ratings

Backstage Journal is a podcast about musicians and their lives on stage & off. Hosted by guitarist/YouTube creator Rhett Shull, each episode features a different guest, from guitarists, producers, songwriters and other content creators.

    MARK LETTIERI: Snarky Puppy, Strats & The Modern Funk Guitar Sound

    MARK LETTIERI: Snarky Puppy, Strats & The Modern Funk Guitar Sound

    Mark Lettieri is one of the most loved guitar players around today, his time spent playing with bands like Snarky Puppy, The Fearless Flyers and other artists like Kirk Franklin have made him and his playing style popular with tons of guitarists today. In this interview I talk to Mark about his upbringing, his education, how he landed his gigs and his new signature PRS Fiore guitar.
    Check out Mark's new single "Star Catchers" here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKXZh...​
    Follow @Mark Lettieri​ on YouTube
    Mark's New PRS Fiore https://www.prsguitars.com/electrics/...​
    Thanks to our editor Kevin Nolan, check him out on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWOk...​
    -----My Podcast Recording Rig----
    Shure SM7B Mic (affiliate link)
     
    Cloud Lifter In Line Gain Boost (affiliate link)
     
    Universal Audio Apollo Solo (affiliate link)
     
    ——-Subscribe to Backstage Journal on Spotify——- 
    https://open.spotify.com/show/1q8Rrv42WhyOgk080LZOe2?si=EL1L0Ks_Qx2siD9qO_gT6g
     
    and on iTunes
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/backstage-journal-podcast-with-rhett-shull/id1463640779
     
    Follow me on Instagram @rhettshull
     
    www.rhettshull.com
     
    Email the podcast 
    Backstagejournalpod@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 19 min
    David Ryan Harris | Artist, Side Man & Producer How He Does It All

    David Ryan Harris | Artist, Side Man & Producer How He Does It All

    David Ryan Harris is a modern day renaissance man, from writing, producing, continuing his solo career and playing guitar with John Mayer he does it all at a very high level. Originally from Atlanta, DRH quickly found his voice on guitar and writing songs, from there he went on to build one of the most successful modern music careers. In this interview we talk about his upbringing, his guitar playing, writing and producing process, touring with John Mayer and some of his favorite gear.
    @DavidRyanHarris on Instagram and YouTube
    David's music on Spotify
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/3wnsAakCkhyU3yKQYMZmGo?si=KGVx2ijbRjqpoAcAvXbheQ

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Charlie Starr | Single Pickup Guitars And The Southern Rock Sound

    Charlie Starr | Single Pickup Guitars And The Southern Rock Sound

    Charlie Starr and his band Blackberry Smoke are working to keep the Southern Rock sound alive and well. Charlie has a deep understanding of the sounds and traditions that make up the classic guitar sounds of those great bands. In this interview we talk about Charlie's upbringing in Alabama and how he started playing guitar and writing, as well as what it takes to keep a band going in these modern times, his love of single pickup Gibson guitars and how he goes about writing new material.
    Check out Blackberry Smoke on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/5P1oS9DUTPEqcrmXDmX4p8?si=eV7la1DVTYqRs8L9zD-64w
    Charlie Starr on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cwgstarr/
    Check out my editor, Kevin Nolan @kg_nolan on Instagram
    Kevin's YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWOkO4ixe0SfaG8BvRHDwMA
    www.backstagejournalpod.com for more episodes.
    -----My Podcast Recording Rig----
    Shure SM7B Mic (affiliate link) https://imp.i114863.net/c/2330848/794166/11319?prodsku=SM7B&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sweetwater.com%2Fstore%2Fdetail%2FSM7B--shure-sm7b-cardioid-dynamic-vocal-microphone&intsrc=PUI1_5713
    Cloud Lifter In Line Gain Boost (affiliate link) https://imp.i114863.net/c/2330848/794166/11319?prodsku=CL1Cloud&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sweetwater.com%2Fstore%2Fdetail%2FCL1Cloud--cloud-microphones-cl-1-cloudlifter-1-channel-mic-activator&intsrc=PUI1_5713
    Universal Audio Apollo Solo (affiliate link) https://imp.i114863.net/c/2330848/794166/11319?prodsku=ApolloSUSBCHE&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sweetwater.com%2Fstore%2Fdetail%2FApolloSUSBCHE--universal-audio-apollo-solo-heritage-edition-usb-c-audio-interface-with-uad-dsp&intsrc=PUI1_5713
    ——-Subscribe to Backstage Journal on Spotify——- https://open.spotify.com/show/1q8Rrv42WhyOgk080LZOe2?si=EL1L0Ks_Qx2siD9qO_gT6g
    and on iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/backstage-journal-podcast-with-rhett-shull/id1463640779
    Follow me on Instagram @rhettshull
    www.rhettshull.com

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Pete Thorn | Building A Modern Guitar Career, From Chris Cornell To YouTube

    Pete Thorn | Building A Modern Guitar Career, From Chris Cornell To YouTube

    Pete Thorn is a true modern career guitar player, from touring with big names like Chris Cornell and Don Henley (just to name a few) to being one of the first guitarists to adopt YouTube as a way to teach and share his expertise, he has shown younger players a way to make a great living as a guitarist in 2021. In this episode we talk about Pete's upbringing on guitar, how he landed a dream gig and what drew him to YouTube over a decade ago. 
     
    Subscribe to Pete's YouTube Channel
    Pete Thorn on Instagram
     
    -----My Podcast Recording Rig----
    Shure SM7B Mic (affiliate link)
    Cloud Lifter In Line Gain Boost (affiliate link)
    Universal Audio Apollo Solo (affiliate link)
     
    ——-Subscribe to Backstage Journal on Spotify——- 
    and on iTunes
     
    Follow me on Instagram @rhettshull
     
    www.rhettshull.com
     
    Email the podcast 
    Backstagejournalpod@gmail.com
     
     

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Jared Scharff | What 13 Years On Saturday Night Live Will Teach You

    Jared Scharff | What 13 Years On Saturday Night Live Will Teach You

    Ive followed Jared Scharff for the better part of a decade during his time as the house guitar player for Saturday Night Live. After 13 years on the show, he left to explore the next phase of his career as a writer/producer in the pop centered world of LA. 13 years on any gig will teach you a thing or two and Jared has lots to share about lessons learned for other musicians to take note. 
     
    Follow Jared on Instagram @scharffishere 
    Check Out Pearl Lion (Jared's original music) on Spotify 
    My Links:
    www.rhettshull.com
     
    Rhett Shull Studio on YouTube
     
    -----My Podcast Recording Rig----
    Shure SM7B Mic (affiliate link)
     
    Cloud Lifter In Line Gain Boost (affiliate link)
     
    Rodecaster Pro (affiliate link)

    Universal Audio Apollo Solo (affiliate link)
     
    ——-Subscribe to Backstage Journal on Spotify——- 
     
    and on iTunes
     
     
    This week's original song submission:

    • 2 hr 3 min
    Nobody Is Going To Make It Happen For You | Greg Koch Shares Wisdom For Guitarists

    Nobody Is Going To Make It Happen For You | Greg Koch Shares Wisdom For Guitarists

    Greg Koch is the textbook definition of a badass musician, his colossal ability on the instrument combined with his lightning fast wit and wisdom gained from decades of real world experience have made him one of my personal guitar heros. I sat with Greg on zoom to pick his brain about his career so far, how he developed such a unique tone, his advice for young players and his love for gear old and new. 
     
    Follow Greg on Instagram @gregkochmusic
    Greg's Website
    Greg's YouTube Channel
     
    My Links:
    www.rhettshull.com
     
    Rhett Shull Studio on YouTube
     
    This week's original song submission:
     
     

    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
163 Ratings

163 Ratings

chrisbas99 ,

Love it!

I eat up music industry podcasts and videos, but sometimes it can be tough to find informational content that doesn’t feel forced or disingenuous (those who can’t do teach—that sort of thing).

That’s not the vibe I get with Rhett. He’s a highly competent player, a good (and constantly improving) interviewer, and overall just a fount of knowledge about the realities of being a working musician.

TorturedStrat ,

Great podcast!!!

Rhett does a great job of turning an interview into what feels like a very organic conversation. Great guests too.

KahBill ,

Great podcast, but the giggling....

The Bukovac interview was really cool but the constant giggling made it difficult to listen to. Sorry, gotta agree with these other folks. I'd give it 5 stars otherwise - you have real conversations with your guests.

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