If you find that stories and background context relating to the songs you’re listening to make them more enjoyable, you’re not alone. The current digital age of streaming and playlists has brought exponentially more music into our ears than the old days of vinyl when every inch of packaging was meant to accompany the music in an intriguing way to the listener. In this podcast, Sean Watkins presents his new solo album within this podcast. Each episode features one song off the record paired up with a conversation with a guest who’s related to that song in one way or another.
"Big Five" with Sean Watkins
Sean Watkins wraps up the first season of This Is Who We Are. Stay subscribed to learn about updates on season two.
“I Can Still Write You A Song" with Todd Cooper
Sean has a light hearted discussion with his brother-in-law Todd Cooper (Feliz Navipod, U Two Talkin’ U2 2 Me Too? Yes.) who’s the reason this episode’s song even ever got recorded. Topics discussed are the genres of Bluegrass and Hardcore accompanied by a lot of dumb jokes.
“Oil on Canvas” with Glen Phillips
Sean has a conversation with singer songwriter Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) about the the possible reasons why certain works of art or spiritual writings/teachings have the ability to last through millennia, remaining just as relevant and powerful as when they were originally made.
“Hiding In His Tower” with Derek Hughes
Sean talks with highly respected magician/comedian Derek Hughes about the power behind the Red Herring and other common tools magicians use to enhance an illusion which further engages the audience by telling a story rather than just doing a “trick”. Also discussed is what it was like for Derek to make it all the way to runner-up on America’s Got Talent in 2015 and how Howard Stern’s encouragement affected his art.
“Shape of a Heart” with Inara George
Sean talks with Inara George of The Bird and the Bee about her godfather Jackson Browne, and the impact he had on her life musically and otherwise after her dad Lowell George, (lead singer for the highly influential country rock band, Little Feet) died when she was five.
“This Is Who We Are” with Jon Foreman
Sean has a slightly political conversation with Jon Foreman of the band Switchfoot about the importance of honest self reflection both personally and as a nation. Also the unique perspective one can gain when one’s job is to travel around the county and meet/talk with people of all walks of life and political/spiritual persuasions.
Love the interviews and thoughts on the songs.
Fascinating and Thoroughly Enjoyable
The interviews are so interesting. Great variety in the guest list. Each song on Sean’s new album sounds just like home — possibly my favorite album of his yet. What a fun way to discover each song!
Absolutely love it.
Love this podcast. It’s such an easy listen.
Sean is one of our fav artists.
Highly recommend this series.