Rock & Roll Shin-Soo Choo features discussions mixing baseball and rock music. Nearly twenty years ago, hosts Gabe Estill, Jonathan Goetz and Levi Leach all went straight from spending their allowances on baseball cards and Starting Lineups to spending paychecks on records, CDs and concert tickets. From classic rock and metal to indie, alternative and whatever may have been released last week, their diverse musical tastes generate discussions that will touch all four corners of the rock and roll landscape. Each episode also covers current events in Major League Baseball, along with its rich past of heroes, characters and bit players.
113: Choo-In Hall of Fame Inductions
Every year we hold the Choo-In Hall of Fame inductions, which are intended to recognize artists that are unlikely to be enshrined into the actual Rock Hall, but we feel are equally deserving of the recognition. This year, Jonathan inducts Fu Manchu, Levi inducts Robert Palmer, and Gabe inducts Sananda Maitreya. And, for the first time ever, we draft our All-Choo team of former MLB players.
112: Field Guide to the Bay Area
In this episode, we take you beyond the late '60s and into the heart of the Bay Area's diverse musical landscape. We also round the bases with two of baseball's more successful franchises, the Oakland A's and the San Francisco Giants. From Rickey Henderson to Madison Bumgarner to franchise owners with never-ending wanderlust, we discuss some of the area's baseball history. Then we share some of our favorite music from the area, from the Pointer Sisters to the Doobie Brothers to Metallica to Too Short, and much more.
111: Country Goes Cassette
In this episode, we welcome guest panelist Tom Snyder as we cover country music from the 1980s and into the 1990s - an era that would welcome new trends, slicker production, and early forays into music video. From Urban Cowboy to Curb Records and Hank Jr. to The Judds we discuss the highs and lows of a genre that further cemented its place in the mainstream. Of course, we also attempt to tackle the 800-pound gorilla that is Garth Brooks.
110: Field Guide to the Twin Cities
The Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota have been the source of a fair amount of rock and roll and baseball history. Along with guest panelist and musician Paulie Matushek, we cover a bit of each in this field guide. From the Replacements to Prince to Cory Wong, we share some of our favorite music to come from the area. Then we tackle some Twins history, from their championships at the Metrodome to all-time greats like Killebrew, Blyleven, Carew, and Puckett.
109: 100 for 100, Pt. 10
We have reached the end of our 100 favorite things about baseball and rock and roll. Our shared items include an iconic piece of sports equipment, an important first name in the history of rock guitarists, a team that bounced back from a heartbreaking finish to the season, and much more.
108: 100 for 100, Pt. 9
We enter the top 15 of our 100 favorite things about baseball and rock and roll, including a non-traditional instrument in rock, an all-time Chicago Cub, an influential collaboration at an early '90s award show, and much more.
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As a dedicated listener I can attest to the quality of topics covered and the variety of content between episodes. This is the kind of podcast that can be listened to in many different settings but I prefer on commutes; they sure do help to pass the miles. You won’t go wrong listening to this unique combination of rock ‘n’ roll music and baseball done in an intelligent and creative way.