The Songwriter Hour is a live performance podcast, recorded in front of a live audience in Longmont, Colorado. Artists are invited to share original music and thoughts on the songwriting process each month with Kyle Donovan, the show's host.
Episode 12: Taylor Sims and Lauren Stovall
During this episode, Kyle sits down with Taylor Sims and Lauren Stovall, two Colorado-based musicians who have made a major impact on the local music community through their respective bands. Taylor co-fronts Bonnie & the Clydes, while Lauren is the front-woman for The Railsplitters. Tune in to this episode for in-depth discussions on making your own way in the music business, taking successes in stride, and augmenting each song's message with the power of a full band.
Episode 11: Rebecca Folsom and Mark Oblinger
On this episode, Kyle sits down with two veterans of the Boulder music community: Rebecca Folsom and Mark Oblinger. These two bring their unique perspective to the show, which is informed by decades of experience as vocal coaches, producers, and nationally recognized songwriters. Tune in to this month's episode for a discussion on using our vulnerability as a superpower, finding deeper meaning in our live performances, and words of wisdom for young, aspiring musicians.
Episode 10: Danielle Ate the Sandwich and Michael Kirkpatrick
On this episode, Kyle sits down with two Fort Collins-based troubadours who bring a unique perspective and years of experience to the stage. Danielle Ate the Sandwich and Michael Kirkpatrick are two of Northern Colorado's most prominent indie musicians, making frequent appearances at home, on the road, and online. Tune in to this month's episode for a discussion on getting people off of the couch, engaging your audience, and how both musicians have an unspoken love for snow shoveling.
Episode 9: Carolyn Hunter and Alexa Wildish
During this month's episode, Kyle sits down with two Boulder-based songstresses who bring passionate singing and strong theater backgrounds to the stage. Carolyn Hunter and Alexa Wildish tap into a range of emotions with their evocative songs and powerful stage presence. Tune in to this month's episode for a discussion on connecting with an audience, singing in your authentic voice, and writing the songs we need to hear.
Episode 8: Meredith Wilder and Daniel Boling
During this month's episode, Kyle sits down with two songwriters who have New Mexico roots. Meredith Wilder and Daniel Boling share thoughts on community, working with others, and a life on the road. Tune in to this month's episode for a discussion on how songs provide us the healing we need, how songwriting groups help us to grow, and just how far you can stretch a song prompt.
The discussion is split up by four songs from each songwriter, recorded in front of a live audience at Still Cellars.
Episode 7 - Pamela Machala and Andrew Sturtz
During this month's episode, Kyle sits down with Boulder-based songwriters Pamela Machala and Andrew Sturtz for a conversation on existential questions, the Boulder music community, and collaboration in Colorado. Tune in to this month's episode to hear us discuss the difference between major and minor tonalities, writing songs when we should be doing something else, and the eternal debate between Backstreet Boys and N*Sync.
The discussion is split up by eight songs, recorded in front of a live audience.
Loving being a listener!
Oh my gosh Kyle Donovan this is the coolest thing! I feel like I am in your audience every time I listen except that I don’t get to meet and mingle on the break!! I love this show. Your guests have been so inspiring and informative! I have learned much from them and you on this podcast (as an newbie songwriter) and am delighted you are making these...can’t wait for the next one!! Thank you so much for this added joy to my life!!