Twenty-five years ago, Tom Forst sold his soul to the devil and became a corporate executive. At the height of his career, nine years ago, he reclaimed his soul and quit it all to play the blues. Tom "The Suit" Forst was born. Chasing the Blues Podcast began in 2019 with 50 weekly episodes of Season One - sharing interesting stories of the original bluesmen, the pioneers of the art form, as told through personal interviews with players from around the world: some famous in their own right, recording and touring artists, veteran sidemen, and rising new talent. Season Two picks up where Season One left off, with new special features, contests and giveaways, and as always, featured interviews with blues payers from around the world. Hear their stories, and what inspired them to play the blues, and where they are taking the blues in their own careers for the blues fans of today, and tomorrow to enjoy. Stay tuned for a new episode every week (Now broadcasting every Thursday - Starting April 16, 2020) wherever podcasts are available to stream and download. Chasing the Blues is proudly sponsored by Blues Festival Guide, which Bobby Rush calls the "road map to the blues." Look for them online at www.BluesFestivalGuide.com Chasing the Blues is also sponsored and produced by Factory Underground Studio in Norwalk, CT.
James Montgomery on Blues Harp Legend James Cotton - Season 2/Episode 1
On Episode 1 of Chasing the Blues Season 2 - Tom interviews harmonica player James Montgomery who has played with Johnny Winter, Foghat, and Allman Brothers. He discusses his time traveling down Highway 61, his time in Clarksdale, MS, his upcoming film documentary about blues pioneer and legendary harp player James Cotton, and other stories.
Chasing the Blues 2 Checks in with Albert Castiglia - Season 2 / Epsiode 2
On Season2 / Episode 2, Tom checks in with Albert Castiglia who tells more of his story, how he survived his first job in out of college with the Florida Welfare Office and went on to perform with his mentor, Chicago bluesman, Junior Wells.
Behind the Scenes with Guitarist Gary Hoey - Chasing the Blues Podcast Season 2/Ep 3
On Chasing the Blues Podcast Season 2/Episode 3, Tom The Suit Forst goes behind the scenes for a personal chat with blues-rock guitarist Gary Hoey. Their talk ranges from Gary's music to his work as Music Director for the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. They also talk about his career, and the state of the music industry during and post-Covid-19.
Talking Pinetop Perkins with Delmark Recording Artist Rockin' Johnny Burgin
On Chasing the Blues Season 2/Episode 4, Tom the Suit Forst chats with Delmark Records recording artist Johnny Burgin. The conversation includes stories about Burgin's days playing guitar with the legendary Pinetop Perkins, a gig he landed right out of college, "long before I was ready," he says. In his impressive career, "Rockin Johnny Burgin" has recorded nine albums, in addition to playing on numerous albums as a sideman to a who's who list of blues legends.
King of Biker Blues Pat Savage Talks Friends Jeff Healey and Albert Collins - Season 2/Episode 5
On Season 2/Episode 5 of Chasing the Blues Podcast, Tom The Suit Forst chats with "King of Biker Blues" Pat Savage. The musician and recording artist, accomplished filmmaker, actor, and life-long motorcyclist discusses his deep friendship with Jeff Healey and being discovered by Albert Collins. Pat also talks about his world travels, filming a motorcycle travel television show.
Catching Up with Texas Blues Guitarist Seth James (Season 2/ Ep. 6)
On this episode of Chasing the Blues Podcast (Season 2/Episode 6) Tom catches up with guitarist Seth James, who makes his second appearance on the podcast.
About Seth James:
Authenticity and originality don’t always make for the most compatible bedfellows. Indeed, paying reverence to one’s roots sometimes moots the possibility of finding contemporary credence. Happily though, in the case of the Texas born and bred singer/songwriter Seth James, all those elements find equal footing.
That’s especially evident with the release of Good Life, James’ new album, a rugged and unabashedly assertive blend of blues, country, roots, rock, and Americana. From the sassy strut of opening track “Brother” and the loping rhythms of the catchy and danceable “That’s How You Do It,” to the soulful sentiment of “Little Angel” and the assertive strains of “The Time I Love the Most,” the twelve song set runs a gamut of heartfelt emotion filtered through unfaltering conviction and homespun appeal.
Produced and mixed by Kevin McKendree (Little Richard, Etta James, Sean Chambers), and recorded at The Rock House in Franklin, Tennessee, Good Life resonates with an honesty and integrity that could have only been spawned by someone who’s known the toils and triumphs spawned in America’s heartland.
James sums up those sentiments in the title track itself. Written with Kevin McKendree and Bob Britt, the song represents the emotion imbued in the album overall. “It was important to me that this album had an overall positive feel,” James explains. “I always found it easy to be dark and brooding, but using happiness is a trick. Of course, it’s pretty easy to write happy when you’re writing with two of your heroes like Kevin and Bob are to me. “This song is a good representation of where I’m at now and where I wanna stay.”
On the other hand, the song “I’m Coming Home“ is the album’s oldest entry. It was also written with McKendree. “We wrote it almost 10 years ago,” James recalls. “From that day forward, we both knew we wanted to make an album together. It just took a while for the pieces to fall in place. However, I suspect that anyone who has to travel for living will find a home with this song.”
Likewise, James cites the track “Third Generation” as the most personal song of the set. He notes that it was written during an intense period of anger and frustration, and that it was important for him to express those emotions and bring them to the fore.
“In the place that I grew up, it’s very common to find that the later generations who inherit the family ranches typically do not share the same work ethic and values of their forefathers,” James says. “Very often, they squabble and argue and ultimately sell off what it took generations to build. This song allowed me to put my finger in those people’s faces. It’s not about the land as much as it is about the kind of person which that lifestyle produces. I don’t believe this world can afford to lose people who share that kind of dedication.”
In fact, James knows those values all too well. Born in Fort Worth and raised in the ranch country of West Texas, he comes from a family who knew the rewards that come from drive, determination and hard work. His grandfather was a honky tonk piano player who performed as Tooter Boatman and the Chaparrals in any number of clubs, juke joints and roadhouses in the 40's and 50's. His other grandfather was a Texas Ranger. His father, Tom Moorhouse, founded the Moorhouse Ranch and imbued in his son the values spawned from western tradition.
“Growing up, I spent the majority of my life on a horse,” James recalls. “It was the kind of ranch where we would do things the old-fashioned way, whether it was herding the cattle, bringing out the chuckwagon to feed the cowboys, or camping on the trail under the stars. To this day I still prefer to sleep on the...
Keep the blues going
Good podcast with fantastic interviews with blues greats. Loving hearing the stories of how a lot of the music was created
funny and informative
This podcast is great! The host is funny and does a good job interviewing the guests about their careers and blues influences. They have gotten some amazing people on the show so far and I can’t wait to see who comes on next!
Came for the blue, stayed for the suit !