58 episodes

Musician/engineer/bartender Allen Epley talks with artists of all walks and at all levels of success about their own unique journeys and jobs they've worked in order to follow their passions. Many successful musicians, actors, filmmakers, composers, and comedians still have side gigs that afford them the ability to create their art for us. Some get to work in their chosen field and some work jobs that are convenient and make that buck. It is this unique hustle that's at the heart of this podcast. How exactly does the sausage get made when there are bills to be paid? And what drives these maniacs to make our desperate lives better with their art when the pay-off often fulfills their hearts but not their bank accounts?

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Musician/engineer/bartender Allen Epley talks with artists of all walks and at all levels of success about their own unique journeys and jobs they've worked in order to follow their passions. Many successful musicians, actors, filmmakers, composers, and comedians still have side gigs that afford them the ability to create their art for us. Some get to work in their chosen field and some work jobs that are convenient and make that buck. It is this unique hustle that's at the heart of this podcast. How exactly does the sausage get made when there are bills to be paid? And what drives these maniacs to make our desperate lives better with their art when the pay-off often fulfills their hearts but not their bank accounts?

    Isaiah Radke

    Isaiah Radke

    Isaiah Radke started his punk rock band Radkey with his brothers as kids 10 years ago in St Joseph MO and he explains their evolution through their rocket ride through the biz and their success, his education by way of film growing up, his bass education via The Ox and Sir Paul, his dedication to his craft and how that actually transpires with his brothers, all now in KC in their mid 20s, and what lies ahead through these hazy CV days. 

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Billy Smith

    Billy Smith

    Songwriter Billy Smith expands on his KC founding father band Dirtnap, why he loved playing bass in Season To Risk and why his band Roman Numerals was so freeing afterward, how he expresses his dissent against the current administration, and what he absolutely loves about his gig as a professional Liaison for Warner Brothers artists and WWE celebrities while traveling the world. 

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Scott Lucas

    Scott Lucas

    Songwriter Scott Lucas waxes about the curse or maybe blessing of releasing the new Local H record Lifers in the CV era, why playing shows with Metallica was and wasn't amazing, what life was like growing up in Zion IL, and why he broke south for the big city of Chicago. 

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Jill Hopkins

    Jill Hopkins

    WBEZ Broadcaster/culture critic/activist/Club DJ/podcaster Jill Hopkins opines about current events and how to stay sane--THC, what matters to her most about journalism--honesty, why terrestrial radio is so important, why direct and open conversation in the broadcast medium is an art form she's honored and called to pursue, and why she's so proud to call Chicago her home. 

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Donivan Blair

    Donivan Blair

    Toadies bassist Donivan Blair waxes about growing up with his guitarist brother Zach Blair of Rise Against and their time as founding members of Hagfish, about taking up Taekwondo as a middle aged man, about writing a debut memoir about such endeavors, and the mystical divide between the fans who see rockers on a pedestal and the rockers who work real jobs when they get down off their pedestals. 

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Dagan Thogerson

    Dagan Thogerson

    Murder By Death drummer Dagan Thogerson throws down the hot facts about his time with the legendary Dionysian road warriors and how it changed his life, he spills the soap on his time as a bartender and how he has passed the quarantine times by making a solo record about his dog Franky called Small Songs For Our Small Dog. 

    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

ren.sabian.dw ,

Fascinating show

Always engaging, fantastic stories of both victory and failure.

Trey Cokeroft ,

Take my money!

What a refreshing podcast. Al plays all the hits, and I hope they keep coming.

Mc-G77 ,

Always excellent

Favorite songwriter now favorite podcaster. Thank you Allen

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