62 episodes

Hosts Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell take a hard look at legendary tracks of the past and present, connecting the dots on the music they sample and the songs that inspired them. Join us for Season 3, where Riffs takes a deep dive into the tragic world of 24-Carat Black, the band everyone has heard, but nobody has heard of.

Riffs on Riffs Evergreen Podcasts

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    • 4.9 • 56 Ratings

Hosts Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell take a hard look at legendary tracks of the past and present, connecting the dots on the music they sample and the songs that inspired them. Join us for Season 3, where Riffs takes a deep dive into the tragic world of 24-Carat Black, the band everyone has heard, but nobody has heard of.

    Beyoncé "TEXAS HOLD 'EM"

    Beyoncé "TEXAS HOLD 'EM"

    In this episode of Riffs on Riffs, join Toby and Joe for a lively discussion about Beyoncé's latest single, "TEXAS HOLD 'EM.” They discuss Beyoncé's career and celebrate her work ethic and talent, particularly her ability to transcend genres and challenge musical conventions. The conversation explores the history of country music and the role of black artists within the genre. But is genre really just a construct? Why are we so afraid to break musical boundaries? Also, why does the Cheesecake Factory menu have so many pages? Throughout the episode, Joe and Toby celebrate Beyoncé's artistry and the sonic quality of her latest album while also questioning some of the production choices (that click track on “Blackbird”— eegads!).
    The album Cowboy Carter is overflowing with talent, featuring veteran artists like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Linda Martell, and Stevie Wonder, and highlighting emerging talents like Tanner Adele and Shaboozey. Toby and Joe explore the parallels between Beyoncé's journey and those of past artists like Charley Pride and DeFord Bailey and shed light on the long-standing challenges faced by black musicians in country music. By acknowledging this history and paying homage to those who paved the way, Beyoncé's album becomes a part of a larger narrative of resilience and creativity.
    Many artists have switched lanes, from Amy Grant to Darius Rucker. Joe and Toby explore the double standards and biases that exist within the music industry. Why do some artists face backlash for exploring new sounds, while others are celebrated for their versatility? These disparities highlight the complexities of race, identity, and cultural perceptions in music.
    Join us for the conversation as we explore “TEXAS HOLD 'EM” and the power of art to challenge norms, break barriers, and bring diverse voices to the forefront.
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    • 50 min
    Taylor Swift "Cruel Summer"

    Taylor Swift "Cruel Summer"

    Join Toby and Joe as they kick off the long-awaited return of Riffs on Riffs, diving deep into the pop sensation Taylor Swift's track "Cruel Summer." Initially released on her 2019 album Lover, the song saw a resurgence in popularity four years later, propelled by Swift's Eras tour. Now, this track isn't your typical carefree summer anthem. Oh no, there's something intoxicatingly complicated going on here. We're talking about a passionate, whirlwind romance that's equal parts thrilling and…well, cruel. In this episode, Toby and Joe dissect the infectious beats and poignant lyrics of "Cruel Summer," exploring its journey to the top of the charts and its impact on listeners beyond Swift's core demographic. Whether you're a Swiftie OG or just discovering her music, there's something for everyone in this episode. Tune in as they unravel the layers of Taylor Swift's music and its universal appeal.
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    • 38 min
    Episode 4: Where Do We Go From Here?

    Episode 4: Where Do We Go From Here?

    Welcome back to the final installment of Riffs on Riffs' 4-part miniseries about the band 24-Carat Black. On this episode: The legacy of 24CB and its landmark record Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth, and where the former members landed.
    Riffs on Riffs is a production of Evergreen Podcasts. Hosted by Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell. Our Audio Engineer is Eric Koltnow and our Producer and Sound Designer is Noah Foutz. Executive Producers Gerardo Orlando and David Allen Moss.
    To help the former members of 24CB and get some new Riffs merch, check out our bonfire store!
    Listen to new music made by Princess Hearn and Niambi Steele, and to help support us make new music with them, consider donating to our Kickstarter!
    Check out the playlist for this season!
    Thanks for another great season. Huzzah!
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    • 31 min
    Episode 3: It All Falls Apart

    Episode 3: It All Falls Apart

    Welcome back to our epic four part series about the band 24-Carat Black! On episode 3, we learn all about the beginning of the end; Stax Records was on the fritz, and Dale Warren was holding the group together with both hands. Hear from original band members and more about the fallout of 24-Carat Black, here on Riffs on Riffs!
    Riffs on Riffs is a production of Evergreen Podcasts. Hosted by Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell. Our Audio Engineer is Eric Koltnow and our Producer and Sound Designer is Noah Foutz. Executive Producers Gerardo Orlando and David Allen Moss.
    Check out the playlist for this season!
    Listen to new music by 24-Carat Black members, and consider donating to our Kickstarter to make even more music with them!
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    • 29 min
    Episode 2: Living the Dream?

    Episode 2: Living the Dream?

    Welcome back to Riffs on Riffs, Season 3!
    This is episode 2 of our epic four part series about the band 24-Carat Black. On today's episode: The Dream. Dale Warren's musical vision coming to bear as we hear from former band members about life on the road and in the studio. Featuring more than one exciting Uhaul story, this is an episode you won't want to miss!
    Riffs on Riffs is a production of Evergreen Podcasts. Hosted by Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell. Our Audio Engineer is Eric Koltnow and our Producer and Sound Designer is Noah Foutz. Executive Producers Gerardo Orlando and David Allen Moss.
    Check out the playlist for this season!
    Listen to new music by 24-Carat Black members, and consider donating to our Kickstarter to make even more music with them!
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    • 31 min
    Episode 1: The Origins of 24-Carat Black

    Episode 1: The Origins of 24-Carat Black

    Welcome back to Riffs on Riffs, Season 3!
    This season, we're doing things a little differently - We're bringing you the story of a dark, musical savant with a dream, a van full of teenage musicians with otherworldly talent, and an epic record that has been sampled by hip-hop royalty, even though the group lives in obscurity to this day. We're telling the tale of 24-Carat Black, and on this episode, you'll hear the first of our four part series about the band that everyone's heard, but nobody has heard of.
    Riffs on Riffs is a production of Evergreen Podcasts. Hosted by Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell. Our Audio Engineer is Eric Koltnow and our Producer and Sound Designer is Noah Foutz. Executive Producers Gerardo Orlando and David Allen Moss.
    Check out the playlist for this season!
    Listen to new music by 24-Carat Black members, and consider donating to our Kickstarter to make even more music with them!
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Elliot Strunk ,

Great Research, Great Chemistry

Joe and Toby know their stuff, digging in the crates to connect the dots for their listeners. Couched in pop culture rather than academics, Riffs on Riffs is a fun trip through music history. Stop reading, start listening.

TheMonarchsofYourHeart ,

A fun listen

It’s fun learning about some of my favorite songs and artists with this podcast. Also pretty goofy in a good way.

Super dog lover 2013 ,

So well done!

This is definitely one of the best podcast I’ve listened to by far! It’s well-researched and well-written. The humor is on par and the connections between so many different songs is astounding. This is a perfect example of a podcast that keeps its novice music listeners engaged and with it while still providing fun new insights to even the most learned musicians out there. All in all a very well done podcast and would highly recommend!

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