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John Hiatt and Jerry Douglas
John Hiatt is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter whose songs have been covered by a wide range of popular artists including Iggy Pop, Paula Abdul and Jimmy Buffet. Hiatt recorded his latest album, Leftover Feelings, with the Jerry Douglas Band. Douglas, who’s a famed producer and session musician, has won 14 Grammys for his solo work and collaborations with a slew of successful musicians.
On today’s episode John Hiatt and Jerry Douglas perform three songs off their new album and talk to Bruce Headlam about how they came together to record their new album in the studio that’s known as the birthplace of “the Nashville sound.” John Hiatt also explains how one of his new songs helped him forgive the awful abuse he endured from his older brother who committed suicide when John was nine years old.
Warning, this episode includes talk of sexual assault.
Extended Cut: Henry Rollins
Today we’re expanding a conversation Rick Rubin had with his friend, Henry Rollins. Listening to Henry and Rick connect over music is a joy. In this extended version of their conversation for Broken Record, Rollins discusses what made Black Flag songwriter Greg Ginn akin to a painter, what it was like after the band’s other songwriter, Chuck Dukowski, left and the reality of being an aging punk rocker.
We appreciate your support and hope you enjoy this uncut version of Rick’s chat with Henry Rollins.
Henry Rollins speaks with Rick Rubin from Shangri-La pre-pandemic and in full Rollins fashion, the stories just poured out of him. Henry talks about the time he was christened a lead singer by H.R. from Bad Brains, the day he woke up and realized he was done writing music, and why he’ll never be the old guy on stage performing his greatest hits.
Extended Cut: Rivers Cuomo
Today we’re revisiting a conversation Rick Rubin had with is friend Rivers Cuomo. Actually two conversations. Early in the pandemic, Weezer had planning on releasing an album called Van Weezer—an album of songs and sounds inspired by Rivers’ early love of hair metal and the riff-age of bands like Van Halen. Rivers and Rick talked about that while they were both trapped at home and we were all set to release it, but then the band decided they were going to put out an album called OK Human—a more experimental album with lush orchestration. So then Rick and Rivers hopped back on Zoom to talk about that album.
A year and half later, both albums are now out so we’re merging the two conversations. This is a very fun and strange conversation informed by the years long friendship between Rick and Rivers.
Jaden Smith Gets Trippy
Jaden Smith has proved to be much more than just the sum of his famous parents. At 23 he’s spent more than half of his life working as an actor, a musician, and an entrepreneur. Since the release of Jaden’s debut mixtape in 2012, he has gone on to put out three studio albums that loosely follow a semi-autobiographical character named Syre who chases sunsets after a painful breakup. Jaden’s latest album, Cool Tape Volume 3: Day Tripper’s Edition, picks up with Syre’s personal journey—but this time around set to a psychedelic-rock inspired soundscape.
On today’s episode, Jaden talks to Rick Rubin about an ex-girlfriend who inspired him to embrace the classic rock from the ‘60s and ‘70s that influenced his latest album. He also explains how recording with live musicians—as opposed to building tracks digitally—brought a newfound energy to his project. And Jaden also tells Rick how growing up in Malibu allows him to feel intimately connected to the Beach Boys.
Lukas Nelson: A Star Is Born
Growing up in a family full of musicians, Lukas Nelson was basically raised on stage. He started playing guitar in his dad Willie Nelson’s band when he was just 11 years-old. In 2008, Lukas formed his acclaimed band, Promise of the Real, who’ve also spent the last six years as Neil Young’s touring band. In 2017 Lukas was hired as Bradley Cooper's authenticity consultant for A Star Is Born. Lukas also co-wrote songs on the movie's soundtrack including the unforgettable opening riff of "Shallow."
On today’s episode, Lukas Nelson sings some songs from his band's latest album, A Few Stars Apart. He also talks to Bruce Headlam about the very relatable experience of quarantining with his parents. And talks about how the first song he ever wrote saved him from getting evicted from an apartment after leaving college.
The interviews can be hit or miss based on the guests but the highs are really high.
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