Writer/comedian Dustin Sherman has a drink with a musician. They talk until the glass is empty.
Episode 54: Elizabeth & the Catapult
Elizabeth Ziman invites me into her Brooklyn apartment for tea and ravioli. A New York native, Ziman talks about growing up in Greenwich Village and explains how a landlord battle forced her to reexamine a stack of old journals she found during the move. Combining their contents with imagery from fever dreams, she fashioned the songs for Elizabeth & the Catapult's fourth LP, Keepsake. She also discusses having an ex for a producer, why she still busks in the subway, and why it's important to acknowledge the real world while she's onstage.
Episode 53: Matthew Logan Vasquez
Matthew Logan Vasquez revisits a changing Brooklyn as he joins me for a drink at the Williamsburg Hotel's lobby bar. After a decade of fronting Delta Spirit, Vasquez has been steadily releasing music as a solo artist since 2015's Austin EP. On his second album, Does What He Wants, Matt does just that, taking the listener on a stylistically diverse journey through rock and roll. MLV tells why he had to "strike out on his own" in order to keep making music for a living, and how he strategized his son's birth around touring.
Episode 52: Caleb Caudle
Americana artist Caleb Caudle joins me for a drink at Rockwood Music Hall in the Lower East Side before his show downstairs. Now sober, Caleb explains how his previous partying lifestyle had informed many of his lyrics in the past, but how he's looking forward to tackling new subject matter. Last year, he released his seventh LP, the critically acclaimed Carolina Ghost, which he describes as all love songs. With the woman from those songs now his wife, what will the tunes on his upcoming Crushed Coins be about?
Episode 51: Tall Tall Trees
Mike Savino a.k.a. Tall Tall Trees has a quick beer with me at The Magician in Manhattan's Lower East Side before his show at Rockwood Music Hall. Savino tells how he originally went to school to be a doctor before dropping out to pursue his true passion. He also explains why and how he built his trademark "Banjotron 5000," a Swiss Army knife of an instrument that allows him to create sounds you never thought you'd hear coming from a banjo. Having recording his first two albums as a band, Mike describes what it was like to write and record his third LP, Freedays, as a solo project.
Episode 50: Reformed Whores
Katy Frame and Marie Cecile Anderson of country comedy group Reformed Whores chat with me over handcrafted cocktails at the Shanty in Williamsburg. The bawdy duo explain why they gravitated to their unconventional instruments (accordion and ukulele), reveal how they relentlessly researched other comedy bands' careers as a blueprint for their own, and recount the whirlwind recording session at the legendary RCA Studio A in Nashville for their second album, Don't Beat Around the Bush.
Episode 49: Cris Jacobs
Cris Jacobs knocks back a bourbon to stave off a cold before his show at American Beauty in NYC. After noodling around on acid in his backyard with friends in high school, Cris dedicated his college years to practicing bluegrass guitar for five hours a day. It paid off, with Jacobs spending a decade in Baltimore jamband The Bridge before going solo. Cris explains how becoming a father influenced his stunning sophomore effort, Dust to Gold, and shares his plans for an upcoming LP with Ivan Neville.
Sherman is good!
How many times do you hear an interviewer ask the same boring questions and get the same rehearsed answers? That's NOT what you'll get here. Dustin Sherman is a fan, not just an interviewer. He listens to these artists and digs deep to give us interesting and unique takes. Some of the episodes are people I know, some of them are not - but I've enjoyed them all, and discovered some new favorites from this podcast and the Spotify playlist Sherman updates each ep. There's an ease and a quickness from the host that has an old, classic "Rolling Stone" journalist aspect to me. Maybe it's the background noise and beers clinking, or the fact these artists are usually going on stage or coming off one ...
These are quick, easy listens. I can't recommend "The Next Round" enough!!!
Music + Beer + Genuine Interviews = Fav Podcast
This is the only podcast I've ever listened to more than once. The host has a down to earth, laid back style and genuinely knows the background of his interviewees and the music they make. He doesn't ask the standard cookie-cutter questions you hear from most journalists and more often than not is able to build a rapport with his subjects very early in his interviews...I'm sure the beverages they share have a little to do with it ;) but I truly do enjoy listening...do yourself a favor and check it out.
Great interviews! Interesting and informative.
What do craft brews and interviewers have in common? They're both better if there's a good head on them. Dustin asks questions that are smart and original, and we are rewarded with a candid conversation that is informative and entertaining. Can't wait to hear more!