25 episodes

Music, mortality and the pursuit of happiness. The Aching Hearts is a collaboration between two of St Louis, Missouri's leading figures in folk and roots music. Kelly Wells and Ryan Spearman process the dark and sunny sides of life by relating it all to their record collections and their set lists.

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    • 4.8, 4 Ratings

Music, mortality and the pursuit of happiness. The Aching Hearts is a collaboration between two of St Louis, Missouri's leading figures in folk and roots music. Kelly Wells and Ryan Spearman process the dark and sunny sides of life by relating it all to their record collections and their set lists.

    Episode 24: Three Legged Stool

    Episode 24: Three Legged Stool

    It’s a special show this week as the Kel­Ry unit records live from their living room couch. The subjects today touch on all three of the pillars (music, mortality, and happiness) that are the foundation of the show. Listen in as our intrepid twosome tell some personal stories about their many different lives in the music industry as DJs, musicians, promoters, entrepreneurs, publishers and administrators. The show wraps up with a few words about two very special folks that have recently shuffled off this mortal coil.

    • 41 min
    Episode 23: Let Us Be Happy

    Episode 23: Let Us Be Happy

    Music is such an integral part of our everyday life that we hardly take the time to stop and notice the extent of its pervasiveness. Whether you’re plodding mindlessly through some mundane task or piously participating in a sacred act, chance are, that if you bend your ear a bit, you’ll hear a soundtrack. With this in mind, Kell Bell and Ryno have a spirited discussion about the connection of music and ritual. To top it all off, they steal a song from an adjacent culture’s jukebox and perform it for you. 

    • 43 min
    Episode 22: The Silver Screen

    Episode 22: The Silver Screen

    This week’s episode finds our desolate duo recently returned from a field trip to the local movie house where they went for a viewing of the recent release, “I Saw the LIght”. The film is a bio pic based on the turbulent life of country music legend, Hank Williams. Kelly and Ryan don their movie critic hats and share their respective reactions to the movie and then cap the discussion with a performance of the classic gospel song, “Driftin’ Too Far from the Shore”. 

    • 31 min
    Episode 21: Work Shirkin'

    Episode 21: Work Shirkin'

    This week Kelly and Ryan took some time from their busy schedules to talk over the art, science, and lore of avoiding labor. From bum anthems to laziness manifestos, our tireless yet work­adverse couple conversationally examine the prevalence, provenance and importance of “work­shirkin’” songs in the folk tradition. Kick up your feet, call in sick and pop in your ear buds for yet another edifying episode of The Aching Hearts Show! 

    • 26 min
    Episode 20: Fiddle Tunes

    Episode 20: Fiddle Tunes

    One part informational and one part editorial, this episode finds our capricious co­hosts rapping about the folk phenomenon known as fiddle tunes. Listen in as Kelly and Ryan paint both an historical and a contemporary picture of this musical sub genre and it’s curious practitioners. 

    • 42 min
    Episode 19: Of Balls and Chains

    Episode 19: Of Balls and Chains

    The Binary Babbling Consortium is at it again. In this week’s thrilling episode they flip last week’s script and have a frank chat about the legacy of patriarchal domination in our culture, marriage as a kind of house arrest, sexism, the Greek pantheon, suffrage, and how Socrates’ nagging wife did us all a solid. ‘Nuff said. 

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Eye Tyrant ,

A downhome good time

With the thunderous roar of a mesmerizing incantation, the voices of folk legend Ryan Spearman and musician and industry mover-and-shaker Kelly Wells comes pouring from the ether like a tranquil waterfall to soak your earholes with wisdom! They bring so much heat that you could cook an omelet...but you better make sure that egg was bought from a local farmer, or better yet, your own chicken. Homespun philosophy discussion driven by wonderful music, this podcast is the cure for what ailes ya.'

Jmflamm1 ,

Fun show

Kelly and Ryan seem real and wholesome. It’s a fun show with some cool music. Definitely worth giving a listen to.

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