NAMM’s resident Music Historian Dan Del Fiorentino and co-hosts Michael Mullens, and Ashley Allison examine the innovative creations, evolution of musical instruments, the changing world of music retail, music industry icons, and other topics covered in NAMM’s Oral History program. The NAMM Oral History program boasts over 4,500 interviews and is continually growing. For more information about NAMM’s Oral History program please visit https://www.namm.org/library.
Ep. 99 - Pioneers Of Steel Guitar
The Music History Project will be highlighting the steel guitar in our next two episodes. In this episode Dan, Mike and Ashley will be discussing the pioneers of this versatile instrument and going through its fascinating history. Enjoy interviews from iconic musicians Speedy West, Bud Issacs, Buddy Merrill, Gary Morse, Alvino Rey and Buddy Emmons, as well as industry legends Herb Remington and DeWitt “Scotty” Scott.
Ep. 98 - Hal David
Join the Music History Project this week as we honor the amazing songwriter Hal David on what would have been his 100th birthday! Mr. David shares his story that began with him writing songs while serving during WWII. He then worked at the legendary Brill Building where he developed a partnership with Burt Bacharach and would write numerous hits including “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” "Do you Know the Way to San Jose” and “Walk On By” to name a few!
Ep. 97 - Songwriters of the 1970s
This week Dan, Mike and Ashley are putting on their boogie shoes and discussing some of the great songwriters of the 1970s. These songwriters have written some of the most quintessential songs of that decade including “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “All Right Now,” “Express Yourself,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “Love Train” and so many more!
Ep. 96 - Sam Hinton
The Music History Project will highlight our captivating interview with Sam Hinton this week. Join Mike, Ashley and Dan as we discuss Mr. Hinton’s focus on preserving some of our nation’s greatest treasures, folk songs. His efforts led to several recordings being submitted to the Library of Congress and a deeper understanding of the origins of folk music.
Ep. 95 - Tish Ciravolo
Join Ashley, Mike and Dan this week as we honor International Women’s Day by highlighting the innovative career of the founder of Daisy Rock Guitars, Tish Ciravolo. Tish’s story begins like so many others, falling in love with playing the bass guitar. She always felt there was a disconnect between female player's needs and what the instruments provided. One day after seeing a drawing of a daisy by her daughter, an idea sparked and the rest as they say is history!
Ep. 94 - The Chordettes
Mr. Sandman has brought us a dream of an episode this week! Ashley, Dan and Mike feature interviews from Carol Buschmann and Dorothy Schwartz - members of the iconic group, The Chordettes. Join us as we review their impressive career and the longevity of their songs including “Mr. Sandman” and “Lollipop.”
Great insights into the inner workings of the music business and what shaped it over the years.
Kind of disappointing
The subject matter and interviewees are both incredible, but the hosts are very disappointing. The interview responses are not engaging, the transitions between interview sections are awkward and often seem to cut off interesting conversations, the research details are lacking, and so on. Trying my best to stick around but losing faith.
Great content, production needs improvement
As far as content goes this podcast is a must for any music lover. NAMM has done a wonderful service to the industry by producing this.
Unfortunately the final production needs some work. Pops and static are unavoidable on older interviews recorded on mag tape but these aren’t removed and sometimes blow your eardrums out (particularly on the Elvis episodes). Also while it is unsurprising that the original interview process did not emphasize recording the interviewer’s voice, the interview question is sometimes relevant and you have to turn up the volume to hear it, only to have your eardrums blown out again when the interviewees answer (or worse in one case when the closing theme song plays).
Given this is spoken content it is fine and should be very simple to clean up the recordings at the loss of some fidelity, to make the listening process more enjoyable.
All in all however, a great podcast!