"This Business Of Music & Poetry Podcast" is all about how to make a real-world living from your creativity & passion.
Hosted by Michael Amidei (author, poet, musician, & host of "World Poetry Open Mic", "The Michael Amidei Show") and Clifford Brooks (author, poet, founder of The Southern Collective Experience, and the host of "Dante's Old South" on NPR.)
The Choice To Live As A Poet (Interview with Faylita Hicks)
In this episode, Cliff Brooks interviews Faylita Hicks.
Faylita Hicks (www.FaylitaHicks.com @FaylitaHicks) is a queer Afro-Latinx activist, writer, and interdisciplinary artist born in Gardena, CA, but raised in Central Texas. They are the former Editor-in-Chief of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and the author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), which was a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry, the 2019 Balcones Poetry Prize, and the 2019 Julie Suk Award.
They have been awarded fellowships and residencies from Tin House, Lambda Literary, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Broadway Advocacy, and the Right of Return USA, the first fellowship designed exclusively for previously incarcerated artists.
A Musical Legend Speaks (Interview with Alain Johannes)
In this episode, Cliff Brooks and Michael Amidei interview musical legend Alain Johannes.
Alain Johannes (http://www.alainjohannes.com) a musician, vocalist, and producer.
He is a founding member of several bands, including the alternative rock group Eleven, and has been involved with acts such as hard rock band Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, PJ Harvey, Chris Cornell, Arctic Monkeys, Mark Lanegan and The Desert Sessions, both as a musician and as a producer.
In this interview, we dive into parts of his fascinating life, his views on music, and Alain gives his advice to musicians about how to live a life filled with the artform. All of this from a man who has done it at the top levels.
Finding Poetry In The Mists Of Experience (Interview with Angela Dribben)
In this episode, Cliff Brooks and Michael Amidei interview poet Angela Dribben.
After 22 years as a massage therapist, Angela Dribben’s scoliotic spine gave her reason to retire and turn to writing. She found herself at Bread Loaf a few months later. Then onto Randolph College’s MFA program. From there her work made its way into journals such as Crab Creek Review, Cider Press Review, San Pedro River Review, Blue Mountain Review, and Crack the Spine. Her first collection, Everygirl is now out with Main Street Rag.
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Awakening Of The Shovel Guitar (Interview with Justin Johnson)
In this interview, Clifford Brooks and Michael Amidei interview guitar phenom Justin Johnson.
Justin Johnson (www.justinjohnsonlive.com) has been hailed by Guitar World as a "must-see act", dubbed "The Wizard" for his mastery of stringed instruments, and recognized as Slidestock International Slide Guitar Champion. In 2014, Justin Johnson recorded his debut double album, "Smoke & Mirrors," a celebration of the art, history, and traditions behind handmade roots instruments. Along with 18 modern-built roots instruments representing builders from all over the world, the album resurrects the voices of 8 of the oldest cigar box guitars and banjos known to exist. Having never previously been recorded, these fragile relics emanate voices on the album that would otherwise have been lost to time. "Smoke & Mirrors" saw it's official release in March of 2014, as Johnson took the stage to present his signature approach to Roots music to thousands of fans at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Australia's largest and longest-running Folk Festival, thus ushering in the "2014/2015 Smoke & Mirrors World Tour," which spanned mainland Australia and Tasmania, North America, Europe, and the United Kingdom. In response to worldwide demand for his educational offerings, Justin Johnson founded "Roots Music School" in Nashville, TN. Under this umbrella, he has released an Instructional Series consisting of DVDs and books on Roots Music technique and theory. As Roots Music School founder, Justin Johnson has partnered with educators across the country to develop Roots Music curriculum for schools.
Justin Johnson's original song "Midnight at the Crossroads," from his 'Smoke & Mirrors' double album, was licensed to Florentine Films for Ken Burns documentary film "Jackie Robinson" (2016). Justin Johnson's arrangement and recording of "In the Pines" from his double album 'Smoke & Mirrors' was licensed to ad agency Wieden + Kennedy for the "Dodge Brothers" national ad campaign for Dodge Motor Company (2016). Justin Johnson's arrangement and recording of "Grinnin in Your Face" from 'Smoke & Mirrors' is featured on NPR Back Porch Music's "Best of Back Porch Music Vol. 18: Old Enough to Know Better" 2015 Compilation Album (2015). Justin Johnson is featured in Strung Together (2015) the feature-length documentary film on American Roots instruments, produced by Jon Miller (2015).
How A Powerhouse Finds The Time (and Energy) To Create (Interview with Rebecca Evans)
In this episode, Clifford Brooks and Michael Amidei interview poet, memoirist, podcast host, and veteran Rebecca Evans.
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Never Turn Back (Interview with Christopher Swann)
In this episode, Cliff Brooks and Michael Amidei interview author Christopher Swann.
Christopher Swann (https://christopherswann.com) is a novelist and high school English teacher in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, he earned his Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University. In 2018, Chris was a Townsend Prize finalist, a finalist for a Georgia Author of the Year award, and longlisted for the Southern Book Prize. He lives with his wife and two sons in Atlanta, where he is the English department chair at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School.