18 episodes

Welcome to Tales from the Green Room - Backstage conversations from popular music venues around the country curated by Mount Tam Media.

Buckle up and listen in, as host Dennis Strazulo and Mount Tam Media founder, Tami Larson, dig up conversations with artists - before and after shows - in the exclusive confines of the green room. Barriers are down with stories abound!

Tales from the Greenroom Special Edition (Sweetwater Music Hall's 50th Anniversary Series)



Mount Tam Media is thrilled to launch its Tales From the Green Room Podcast with a special series of episodes celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California. The roster of artists that have crowded onto the club's little stages, first at the original Sweetwater location two blocks away, and now at the new location which opened in 2013, reads like a Who's Who of roots & rock music: Bob Weir, Aaron Neville, Big Mama Thornton, Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello, Etta James, Greg Allman, Van Morrison… the list of musical luminaries is endless. In the 80's, the Times of London hailed Sweetwater as one of the best nightclubs in America and the legacy continues! Mount Tam Media has been granted special access to Sweetwater’s green room during the venue’s 50th anniversary year to interview musicians, photographers, managers and the like, and capture their favorite moments and memories, preserving the untold secrets of what has graced these hallowed walls for half a century, before they are lost forever.

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Welcome to Tales from the Green Room - Backstage conversations from popular music venues around the country curated by Mount Tam Media.

Buckle up and listen in, as host Dennis Strazulo and Mount Tam Media founder, Tami Larson, dig up conversations with artists - before and after shows - in the exclusive confines of the green room. Barriers are down with stories abound!

Tales from the Greenroom Special Edition (Sweetwater Music Hall's 50th Anniversary Series)



Mount Tam Media is thrilled to launch its Tales From the Green Room Podcast with a special series of episodes celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California. The roster of artists that have crowded onto the club's little stages, first at the original Sweetwater location two blocks away, and now at the new location which opened in 2013, reads like a Who's Who of roots & rock music: Bob Weir, Aaron Neville, Big Mama Thornton, Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello, Etta James, Greg Allman, Van Morrison… the list of musical luminaries is endless. In the 80's, the Times of London hailed Sweetwater as one of the best nightclubs in America and the legacy continues! Mount Tam Media has been granted special access to Sweetwater’s green room during the venue’s 50th anniversary year to interview musicians, photographers, managers and the like, and capture their favorite moments and memories, preserving the untold secrets of what has graced these hallowed walls for half a century, before they are lost forever.

    Behind the Scenes with Jackie Greene: Music, Family, and Secret Tales

    Behind the Scenes with Jackie Greene: Music, Family, and Secret Tales

    We had the pleasure of sitting down with Americana and roots singer-songwriter Jackie Greene before his second of three sold-out shows at The Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA in February 2024. Joined by his wife, Kyle, who reveals some lesser-known stories and behind-the-scenes moments about their life together, Jackie muses about his musical journey, upcoming shows, side projects, being a father and his all time favorite passion he’d give up music to do full time. Whether you're a longtime fan or new to his music, this episode offers a comprehensive glimpse into the life and art of Jackie Greene.
    Special shout out to Nik Erickson at Full Moon Farms who Jackie credits for teaching him how to garden certain plants.  
    This episode is released right before his summer tour and a special appearance at a Music Heals International benefit back at the Sweetwater.Credits:

    Jackie Greene“Gone Wanderin” Written and Performed by Jackie Greene 
    https://open.spotify.com/track/1zgM9dniAiLC4TVCIVFqkK

    Jackie Greene "Victim of the Crime” Written by Jackie Greene
    https://open.spotify.com/track/3c6gmk1di9OI2QAWJwFzem

    https://www.jackiegreene.com/
     
    https://sweetwatermusichall.com/
     
    https://fullmoonhumboldt.com/
     
    https://mttammedia.com/
     
     

    • 55 min
    Michael Franti backstage at the Mill Valley Music Festival 2023

    Michael Franti backstage at the Mill Valley Music Festival 2023

    Michael Franti, the amazing and crowd loving singer, songwriter, musician, poet, activist, documentarian, and rapper. We sat down with Michael backstage at the Mill Valley Music Festival, 2023. In honor of Mother’s Day we are releasing this now as in this interview, Michael reflects on his own Mother and how she influenced his life and music. Michael also shares a special story about one of his other great mentors, time spent at the University of San Francisco and how Woody Harrelson played a role in writing his first big hit “Say Hey”. We hope you all enjoy this episode and check out Michael’s new Album, “Big Big Love” on all platforms. 
    Credits
    Michael Franti & Spearhead “ Stay human” Written and Performed by Michael Franti & Carl Young. https://open.spotify.com/track/2AugpoLeLeR2CsHASBVNkc

    Michael Franti & Spearhead "Say Hey (I Love You) featuring Jamaican soul singer Cherine Anderson - Written by Michael Franti / Carl Rogers Younghttps://open.spotify.com/track/383B8ksM58jbV3HbiRJo0K
    Episode Artwork
    Stefanie Atkinson Schwartz
    https://stefaniejstudio.com

    Links

    https://michaelfranti.com/

    https://www.millvalleymusicfest.com/

    https://sweetwatermusichall.com/

    https://stefaniejstudio.com

    #Sweetwatermusichall
    #Michael Franti
    #Mill Valley Music Festival

    • 21 min
    Elliott Peck and Friends

    Elliott Peck and Friends

    Elliott Peck, the beloved and multi-talented San Francisco Bay Area singer/songwriter/guitarist visits with host Dennis Strazulo before her sold out “In The Pines” EP Release Party at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA. Elliott is both charming and authentic in sharing her thoughts and emotions before the show, while also reflecting on the path that led to her big moment, including her days “growing up” as a musician at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads and her current experiences as a member of Midnight North.  Elliott’s “Friends” lineup for the show reflected both this history and how she is admired by her musical colleagues.  Fellow Midnight North band members Grahame Lesh and Nathan Graham join the show, along with Jason Crosby (via his patented "Tales From The Green Room “fly by”), Ross Eustis and Burt Lewis, to honor the incomparable Elliott. This episode is dedicated to the speedy recovery of Elliott, who endured a health crisis in early 2024, and is presented to spread the love and healing vibes she so richly deserves.
    Credits
    In The Pines
    Written and Performed by Elliott Peck
    https://open.spotify.com/track/1xahnYIPB7EfB4mq0B4qtW?si=525bc37db6ca4869
    Episode ArtworkStefanie Atkinson Schwartzhttps://stefaniejstudio.com
    Elliott Peck & Friends - Live at Sweetwater Musical 12/8/23
    Midnight Train To Georgia - Jim Weatherly
    Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? - Dolly Parton
    Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
    https://youtu.be/-CoH9cf_pVA?si=mWaKliQezPP1NoHt
    YouTube Channel - Elliott Peck

    Links

    https://www.elliottpeck.com/

    https://www.elliottpeck.com/store/elliott-peck-in-the-pines-ep-cd

    https://midnightnorth.com/

    http://www.grahamelesh.com/

    https://www.instagram.com/ross.eustis/?utm_source=ig_embed&ig_rid=8021b242-359a-47e1-89a0-54c4cd458146&ig_mid=A2F9ED3B-47DB-43C3-A5D8-92C1C964E2D9

    https://jasoncrosby.com/

    https://lebomusic.com/

    https://www.nataliecressman.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/gnatdub/
    #midnightnorth
    #elliottpeck
    #grahamelesh
    #jasonrosby
    #sweetwatermusichall
    #nataliecressman

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Wolf Jett

    Wolf Jett

    Wolf Jett founding members Jon Payne (drums) and Chris Jones (guitar/lead vocals) share their evolution from playing in their first band together (Scary Little Friends) leading to their soon-to-be released (March 8, 2024) second album, “Time Will Finally Come.” Their journey took an unexpected turn when they were hunkered down during COVID at Jon’s 3 acre property in the Santa Santa Cruz Mountains. Just days after construction of Jon’s dream studio was completed, his home on the property - and the studio - were destroyed by a massive lightning fire. Their story of inspiration and perseverance is a testament to the resiliency of these fine gentlemen -  and is reflected in their soulful sounds dubbed as “Cosmic Mountain  Music” emanating the joyful vibe of their folk, blues and americana inspirations. 

    Credits

    Wolf Jett Live Promo  Video 2023
    https://youtu.be/d0vjZnkMzsw?si=SyZwWtMp-DP8Xmte
    YouTube Channel - Wolf Jett

    Devil’s Heart by Scary Little Friends (Official Music Video)
    https://youtu.be/R2iepO6_1N8?si=VVli-hNMyVBW7a5N
    YouTube Channel - ScaryLittleFriends

    Wolf Jett - Why You Wanna Drag Me Down (Live at Hill House)
    https://youtu.be/kR6jmhDsSog?si=iXfIGi5uaES5vFvL
    YouTube Channel - Wolf Jett

    Wolf Jett - (featuring the T Sisters) “Garden of Pain”
    https://youtu.be/Wy3TXQeStxE?si=KOu2yOG6neyI7Wsm
    YouTube Channel - Wolf Jett

    Wolf Jett - Broken (2022)
    https://open.spotify.com/track/2Vs2Os7rifJhKFjr5IDLVt
    Performed by: Laura Lewis, Wolf Jett
    Written by: Christopher Alan Jones, Laura T. Lewis

    Wolf Jett - Feel The Way I Feel (2024)
    https://open.spotify.com/track/6gRuUZkJq27MCbql7qZs2A
    Performed by: Wolf Jett
    Written by: Christopher Allen Jones
    Links

    https://www.wolfjett.com/

    https://wolfjett.square.site/

    https://www.bandsintown.com/e/105089864

    https://www.lauratlewis.com/

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/culture/article/Jon-Payne-made-a-home-filled-with-music-in-15708222.php

    https://www.thedailytimes.com/entertainment/wolff-jett-is-on-the-prowl-in-east-tennessee/article_6f1dff94-e839-11ed-aa34-d3168838386d.html

    https://www.alexjordanjams.com/

    https://www.hattiecraven.com/

    https://www.wildirissantacruz.com/

    #midnightnorth
    #elliottpeck
    #grahamelesh
    #brotherscomatose
    #campnavarro
    #Neighbor
    #Motherhips
    #Conbrio
    #jamesdeprado
    #chuckprophet
    #gardenofpain
    #jasonrosby
    #alexjordan
    #attiecraven
    #bootjuice
    #ajlee
    #mollytuttle
    #billystrings
    #lauralewis

    • 51 min
    Grateful Guitars (Part 3): 8/13/23 Benefit Concert- Featuring Dark Star Orchestra members: Rob Barraco, Dino English, Skip Vangelas + Stu Allen and John Kadlecik

    Grateful Guitars (Part 3): 8/13/23 Benefit Concert- Featuring Dark Star Orchestra members: Rob Barraco, Dino English, Skip Vangelas + Stu Allen and John Kadlecik

    More interviews from the green room at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco during Grateful Guitars’ inaugural benefit concert with members of Dark Star Orchestra (DSO). Keyboard player, Rob Baracco details his his experiences playing piano and organ on original Grateful Dead gear; drummer Dino English gives a lesson on tone and shares detail on his amazing side projects; and bass player Skip Vangelas is effusive about his appreciation for a special gift bestowed on him that evening by Grateful Guitars. Plus, close friend of DSO and incomparable guitar player, Stu Allen, offers his take on playing the benefit and has some endearing moments with the hosts; and DSO original member, John Kadlecik imparts some words of wisdom about his musical collaborations and the meaning of playing Jerry Garcia’s “Alligator” guitar. 
     
    Credits

    John Mclaughlin, Elvin Jones, Joey Defrancesco-Jazz a Juan, 1996.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjPUrUI4_ek
    YouTube Channel: Pavel Levin
    http://www.youtube.com/@paulviolino

    Grateful Dead Live at the Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA - 7/13/1984 Soundboard
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4uvsyfQSDc&t=5496s
    YouTube Channel: Chris From Jam Buzz
    http://www.youtube.com/@jambuzz


    California Kind - 8-19-23 Set 1 - Fairfax, CA
    Katie Skene, Barry Sless, Pete Sears, Rob Barraco, John Molo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uaGx_Q8kZ0
    YouTube Channel: The 11
    http://www.youtube.com/@The-11
    Alan Hertz killin it
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJDzW9lfwrU
    YouTube Channel: carl palileio
    http://www.youtube.com/@carlpalileo7972
    Hard Headed Women
    From Shimmy Shack by Dino English
    https://shimmyshack.bandcamp.com/track/hard-headed-women

    continued…
    Grateful Dead 8-6-74 Eyes of the World: Roosevelt Stadium
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzhqlsN2xRs
    YouTube Channel: Positively Garcia
    http://www.youtube.com/@Catfishgarcia82

    MOUNTAIN - Mississippi Queen (Live on "The Show" 02-24-1970) - * RARE * remastered audio
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss1EyyXL4Gk
    YouTube Channel: Mountain MilSim - Private Supro
    http://www.youtube.com/@suprotwin

    Ride Captain Ride•Skip Vangelas w Cosmic Jerry Band•Donovan’s Reef•Sea Bright, NJ•06-20-2023
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo2z5PQMTzg
    YouTube Channel: Hey Tom Banjo
    http://www.youtube.com/@heytombanjo6195

    Stu Allen + Reflections - Money Honey
    The Junction, Mill Valley, CA  9/12/23
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ncg4BOT0i4I
    YouTube Channel: The 11
    http://www.youtube.com/@The-11

    "Cucamonga Carl" and More - Neighbor Live From Capitol Theatre | 01/13/23 | Relix
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-cSvLJI_18
    YouTube Channel: Relix
    http://www.youtube.com/@RelixMag

    I Feel Like Dynamite - Legion of Melvin at The Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo, CA - May 30, 2021
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne_UtV7m47U
    YouTube Channel: Ted Silverman AKA TedToob
    http://www.youtube.com/@TedToob

    Mountain Song HD (Furthur) - TRI Studios - 6/7/2011
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGmul2OXQNA
    YouTube Channel: pairdoc
    http://www.youtube.com/@pairdoc


    Franklin's Tower
    The Latin Dead
    Provided to  YouTube by CDBaby
    YouTube Channel: The Latin Dead - Topic
    http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcTGAfcR2TQ9ip0515g25yA

    Links

    https://www.darkstarorchestra.net/

    https://www.instagram.com/californiakindmusic/

    https://www.katieskene.com/tour

    http://dinoenglish.net/Home.html

    https://shimmyshack.bandcamp.com/album/shimmy-shack

    https://wallofnews.love/season02-08/dso/

    https://cosmicjerryband.com/home

    https://www.lylebrewermusic.com/

    https://www.neighbortunes.com/

    https://www.johnkmusic.net/

    https://www.latindead.com/

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Grateful Guitars (Part 2): 8/13/23 Benefit Concert: Alex Jordan, Zach Nugent, Gary Lambert, Danny Eisenberg + Johnny “Mojo” Flores

    Grateful Guitars (Part 2): 8/13/23 Benefit Concert: Alex Jordan, Zach Nugent, Gary Lambert, Danny Eisenberg + Johnny “Mojo” Flores

    Backstage interviews during Grateful Guitars’ Inaugural Benefit Concert at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco: Music director and show participant Alex Jordan talks about herding the group of talented musicians playing at the show; Zach Nugent (Zach Nugent’s Dead Set) chats about his history of playing the famed guitars supplied by Grateful Guitars; Gary Lambert (Sirius Radio Tales From The Golden Road host) reflects on his Grateful Dead journey and the band’s staying power; and keyboard player extraordinaire, Danny Eisenberg tells a memorable story about his first exposure to the music and Jerry Garcia’s under appreciated voice. Also, a bonus interview with Johnny “Mojo” Flores (Achilles Wheel) moments after he played the famed “Alligator” guitar at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA. All guests express their deep appreciation for Grateful Guitars Founder and President, Andy Logan!
    He’s Gone
    Internet Archive.org: Grateful Dead
    Grateful Dead Live at Musikhalle on 1972-04-29
    https://archive.org/details/gd72-04-29.aud.vernon.5250.sbeok.shnf/gd72-04-29d2t04.shn

    Uncle John’s Band
    Internet Archive.org: KSAN
    Grateful Dead 1970 Winterland SF KSAN 1970-10-04
    https://archive.org/details/grateful-dead-1970-winterland-sf-ksan/gd1970-10-04t14.mp3
    Ripple (2015 Remaster)
    Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia
    YouTube Channel: The Grateful Dead
    Provided to YouTube by Grateful Dead/Rhino
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wh7ylJManI

    Magnificent Sanctuary Band
    Sunshine Garcia Band - Days Between, Laytonville, CA August 7, 2022
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9TqJpz_YqI
    YouTube Channel: Ted Silverman AKA TedToob
    http://www.youtube.com/@TedToob
    Seasons of My Heart
    George Jones
    Seasons of My Heart - Previously unreleased studio rehearsal from 1969
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ylxKwa691if_PVE90rwYwLI3ZJ13WnupFfBz5FS2gO4/edit
    YouTube Channel: DaysBetween
    http://www.youtube.com/@daysbetween6339

    Romance of The Violin
    Songs My Mother Taught Me, Op. 55, No. 4 (Arr. for Violin and Orchestra)
    Joshua Bell · Michael Stern · Antonín Dvorák · Craig Ogden · Academy of St Martin in the Fields
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw0HqxWJvPk
    YouTube Channel: Joshua Bell
    http://www.youtube.com/@joshuabellmusic

    Stella Blue
    Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia
    “Stella Blue” - Oteil Burbridge
    From the album “Lovely View of Heaven”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOy5zVDoyR8
    YouTube Channel: Relix
    http://www.youtube.com/@RelixMag

    Billy’s Bag
    Billy Preston
    Provided to YouTube by The state51 Conspiracy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC77Qw9FIfM
    YouTube Channel: Billy Preston - Topic
    http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk0o3_qkXiJn8ZNiIoAOWmQ

    Wharf Rat
    Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia
    Grateful Dead - Live at Fillmore East, New York, NY, April 26, 1971
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6NDmh86RA
    YouTube Channel: Grateful Dead
    http://www.youtube.com/@gratefuldead

    Peggy-O
    PEGGY O-GRATEFUL DEAD- 9/3/1977-Vocals and Guitar Isolated
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmG3IzrPZOM
    YouTube Channel: Grungy Channel
    http://www.youtube.com/@GRUNZY

    Links

    https://gratefulguitars.org/

    https://www.alexjordanjams.com/

    https://www.zachnugent.com/

    https://www.siriusxm.com/channels/grateful-dead-channel

    https://www.facebook.com/tftgr/

    : https://oteil.fanlink.to/stellablue
    https://www.facebook.com/danny.eisenberg.758

    https://www.facebook.com/p/G-Deloian-Band-100070913872268/

    https://www.motherhips.com/

    • 1 hr 22 min

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