Rich Mullins: Between The Songs is a podcast by Joe Cook of the Ragamuffin Archive and Chris Marchand of PostConsumer Reports, two self-proclaimed Rich Mullins superfans. Each episode takes an in depth look at each one of his albums, a particular project, or a particular aspect of his career. It features interviews with his friends and people he worked with along with a commentary by Joe and Chris on the album in focus.
Andrew Haines on Covering Mullins and Having Mitch McVicker Sing on His Album
Andrew Haines is a singer-songwriter and recording artist from Illinois who has recently released his first album Dig Awhile, which features a cover version of Rich Mullins's "Steal at Any Price," a song off Pictures in the Sky. Haines's album also features a duet with Mitch McVicker ("Stretch the Reaches") and instrumentation from Michael Aukofer, who performed in the "Kid Brothers" version of the Ragamuffin Band. Our interview touches on his time living in South Dakota, the influence Mullins has had on him, and how he approaches covering one of his songs. You can find out more about Andrew, how to stream or purchase his music, and where to see him perform at his website: https://andrewhainesmusic.com/home
Phil Madeira—plus Jimmy Abegg and Ben Pearson
This episode features an extended interview with renowned musician and songwriter Phil Madeira. Phil comes on to talk about how his band Red Dirt Boys (backup band for Emmylou Harris) is doing a crowdfunding campaign for two new albums. But he also tells us about his storied career in the music business, how he found himself being the band leader for Rick Elias' tribute concert, and why he liked Rich Mullins but not his music. Please check out Phil's website for more of his story and where to purchase his music. This episode also features a longer version of Jimmy Abegg and Ben Pearson's reflections about Rick Elias which was in our previous episode.
Remembering Rick Elias
April 2, 2021 is the two year anniversary of the death of Rick Elias. This episode is a tribute to his life and work and features a long list of people sharing their stories about all the beautiful, conflicted moments they got to share with him over the years, including: Jimmy Abegg, Aaron Smith, Mark Robertson, Phil Madeira, Ben Pearson, Phil Keaggy, Margaret Becker, Randy Stonehill, Bryan Duncan, Carolyn Arends, Mitch McVicker, Sammy Horner, Chris Hauser, and many others.
Rick Lee James and the Influence of Rich Mullins
This episode features a conversation with Rick Lee James, a singer-songwriter and recording artist from Ohio. In 2019 he was given the opportunity to record the Rich Mullins song "Thunder," which was written in the early part of his career and was later re-written by Lowell Alexander and Phil Naish. James put the song on his latest album, which he named Thunder, a heartfelt collection of modern hymns and narrative songs. The interview goes into the meaning of the song, the recording process, when James first heard of Mullins, and the influence he has had on his life. You can discover more of James's music at this website: https://www.rickleejames.com/
Mitch McVicker Album and Kickstarter Special
This episode features two interviews with Mitch McVicker, one with him discussing the Kickstarter campaign for his new album A Shrugging of the Shoulders, and the other a kind of radio special that goes in-depth into his previous album The Acceptance of And.
Work You Began Documentary Special
This episode features an interview with filmmaker Andrew Montonera about the new Rich Mullins documentary "The Work You Began: The Last Days of Rich Mullins." The film features new interviews with artists and friends, as well as the family he stayed with in the weeks before he died, and offers the story surrounding the last concert he gave, Mitch McVicker's first album, and how the songs of the Jesus Record came together. It can be viewed at the Ragamuffin Archive Youtube page.
By the fans - For the fans
Excellent podcast concept and a great way to honor Rich. These two super-fans of Rich are crafting conversations, interviews, and covering topics completely on point with other fans of Rich in mind. WELL DONE!
Great So Far!
Hosts have good, easy to listen to and follow dialogue. Been a Rich Mullins fan for 30 years and I'm very much looking forward to revisiting all the great lyrics and music with the hosts! Keep it going!