Whether you're a young musician trying to figure out how it all works, a touring band looking for some tour bus entertainment or a fan of music and musicians craving some inside info on what happens up there on that stage, grab your backstage pass and come on in for a hearty dose of truth from the people who live out there in that endless wilderness. Or something like that.....
Episode 36: Luthier Stephen Stratton
Instruments to drool over. Fantasize about. Lust after. Stephen Stratton has been building stringed instruments since graduating from the Roberto-Venn School of Lutherie in Phoenix in 1998. He now creates playable works of art from his shop in the Sacremento Mountains of New Mexico. Stephen stopped by the Goldwater Building to chat about, you guessed it, guitars, as well as the life and times of this remarkable craftsman.
Episode 35: The Boxmasters are back
Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew came through town again with their band The Boxmasters. And being the generous chaps that they are, gave us an invite to come hang out on their tour bus for a bit and get the lowdown on their current adventures.
Episode 34: Jim Bachmann
He's a busy man, but we finally got him! Jim Bachmann is a wizard of words and an Americana master with his signature "good timing Stonerbilly" sound and a presence of wisdom and authenticity. He's been making music solo and and along with his band The Day Drinkers for over a decade now and is still making the rounds. From playing "professional busker" gigs on a sidewalk downtown to opening for Billy Joe Shaver, Whitey Morgan and the 78's, Dallas Moore, Shinyribs, Reckless Kelly, The SteelDrivers, Ramsay Midwood, Mike and the Moonpies, Jeremy Pinnell, Paul Cauthen and more he's been grinding it out with the best of 'em. Settle in and enjoy this warm conversation with a lovely man and a great hang!
Episode 33: Rhett Miller of The Old 97's
He’s a prolific songwriter, an alt-country pioneer, a damn good talker and a fountain of thoughtful insight about music, touring, and keeping a band together for over 30 years. He’s the primary songwriter for the Old 97’s with 12 studio albums and a long list of song placements in movies and TV shows. He has also released 7 solo albums in his spare time. On top of all that, he’s got a damn good podcast of his own called “Wheels Off” about the messy reality of living a creative life. And the list of guests is indeed impressive. We caught up with Rhett on the tour bus after the Old 97’s sound check for their Phoenix show as they tour the US and later head over to Europe. Come on in and enjoy this thoughtful conversation with an artist that has truly stood the test of time and is still going strong.
Episode 32: Singer songwriter Eric Ramsey
He’s a writer of songs. He’s a player of guitars. He’s the winner of a multitude of songwriting competitions and is a regular performer at a long list of venues all over the southwest and beyond. From the bars, to the coffee shops to the theaters and festival stages he’s been pouring out his special blend of bluesy folk for the last 20 some odd years. To know him is to love him and he’s right here laying out his warm, thoughtful, hilarious insights into songwriting, touring, family and making it all work. Come on in a share some laughs and some great experiences with one of the valley’s musical treasures.
Episode 31: Pastor Carl Wiman
Brace yourself! Pastor Carl Wiman is about to preach! He’s the head of a little church out in Whitman, AZ and is always bringing music to the people and giving whole heartedly to his community both locally and abroad. He started playing in bands when he was 12 years old at the Moose Lodge in Ajo, Arizona which started him on a path of musical pursuit which took him to making records, producing radio shows, and combining church services with pro wrestling matches! He’s a barrel of laughs and a geyser of great stories so grab a download and prepare yourself for a great time with this lovely, talented, big-hearted man!
Musicians Guide to Everything
This podcast is a pleasure to listen to. Phoenix mainstays in the music scene, both here and nationally have a board range of local and beyond and banter in a way that’s poignant, informative, and funny. Being a long time member of the Tempe/Phoenix music scene myself I really love and truly relate to the history and experiences both host walk through on the show. This is a great and entertaining listen.