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Award-winning songwriter and recording artist Grace Pettis interviews and reviews episodes of Star Trek with fellow musicians and music industry professionals (starting with the Original Series), with the goal of sharing great music and turning a few friends into Star Trek fans.

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Award-winning songwriter and recording artist Grace Pettis interviews and reviews episodes of Star Trek with fellow musicians and music industry professionals (starting with the Original Series), with the goal of sharing great music and turning a few friends into Star Trek fans.

    TOS 1-5, "The Enemy Within," with Calloway Ritch

    TOS 1-5, "The Enemy Within," with Calloway Ritch

    Toledo native Calloway Ritch is an Austin, Texas-based songwriter and guitar player. Ritch is a mainstay in the Austin music scene, lending his musical talents over the years to various Texas outfits, including The Matthew Kline Band, The Conquistadors, the Ruby Dice trio, and the Grace Pettis Band. Ritch is a long-standing member of both the Ruby Dice and the Grace Pettis Band (6+ years). With Pettis, he co-wrote and recorded an independently released acoustic collection of songs, entitled Blue Star in a Red Sky (2017). His latest work can be found on duo partner, co-writer and fiancé Ruby Dice's latest EP, Wild Ones (2020).

    In The Pocket Magazine writes: "Based out of Austin, Ruby Dice Band is a combination of two songwriters Ruby and Calloway Ritch. Together they create a mix of soul and rock n' roll that fits just fine here in the heart of Texas. Dice's soulful vocals and Ritch's articulate but bluesy guitar make for a sparse, powerful combo. Any millennial rocker that grew up infatuated with the White Stripes and/or the Black Keys will easily dig what they hear in Ruby Dice.”

    We review Star Trek (the Original Series), Season 1, Episode 5, "The Enemy Within." Topics include: Michigan and Ohio fighting over Toledo, how Grace stole both a stage and a lead guitar player, Calloway and Ruby are getting hitched, Spock's last name, medicinal brandy in space, Evil Us 's drinks of choice, Bad Kirk is bad at pretending to be Good Kirk, Grace Lee Whitney’s assault (life imitating art and/or the other way around), characteristics of a good/bad person, characteristics of a good/bad man, the unicorn dog, incidents of shirtless-ness, and that weird joke at the end of the episode.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    TOS 1-4, "The Naked Time," with Lisa Sanders

    TOS 1-4, "The Naked Time," with Lisa Sanders

    "...imbued with a musical spirit that can’t be denied." That's as good a description of Lisa Sanders as any, from the San Diego Union-Tribune.
    Lisa is an award-winning, genre-defying singer and songwriter, based in San Diego. In her decades of touring, writing, and recording, she has opened for B.B. King, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, the Dixie Chicks, Lucinda Williams, James Taylor, Stevie Nicks and Sting, among many others. She's performed all over the world with her duo partner, Karen "Brown Sugar" Hayes, and has been self-releasing her albums on her own label, Maya Jade Records, since 2004. She's got a brand new album in the works, Daughters of the Rising Tide, a collaborative effort with producer JT Nero (Birds of Chicago), feat. Sadler Vedan, Jamie Dick, Christopher Merrill, Steve Dawson, Allison Russell (Birds of Chicago) and others. You can't put Lisa Sanders in a box, you can't hold her back, and you can't keep her from smiling.

    We review Star Trek (the Original Series), Season 1, Episode 4, "The Naked Time." Topics include: finding your voice, the boxes they try to fit you in, “keep moving,” racism and representation in the music industry, the “only girl in the studio” complex, Lisa’s new album, Grace’s new album, sword fighting Sulu, George Takei is the actual best, Lt. Jr. Grade Dum Dum, Spock and Nurse Chapel, Spock and Uhura, and there's not much time travel and nobody’s actually naked in this episode ("sorry, neither").

    • 1 hr 26 min
    TOS 1-3, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," with 100 Watt Horse (George Pettis)

    TOS 1-3, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," with 100 Watt Horse (George Pettis)

    My brother, George Pettis, is studying and teaching ethnomusicology at Florida State University. Additionally, he is the songwriter behind 100 Watt Horse. His latest album, "Dog is Goob" (a collaboration with engineer Graham Tavel) was released this April, 2020, on Sleeper Records. All proceeds from that release are going to several nonprofits of George's and Sleeper Records' choosing: Worker’s Dignity (in Nashville), and Philabundance and Philadelphia Community Bail Fund. IM Atlanta dubbed George's music a "unique brand of experimental folk," built "on his ability to communicate wistfulness in a way that is completely captivating." They called 100 Watt Horse "...the best experimental folk-pop Atlanta has to offer."

    We review Star Trek (the Original Series), Season 1, Episode 3, "Where No Man Has Gone Before." Topics include: sentient banjo planet, the dangers and motivations behind "digitally remastering" things, the first second Star Trek pilot, Lucille Ball, "I Almost Married Her!", Spock's giant gun, "My Love Has Wings," tin foil contacts, the inevitability of human evolution leading to superpowers, ESP, the typo on Kirk's tombstone, and whether Gary Mitchell was a victim or George's personal hero.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    TOS 1-2, "Charlie X," with Jana Pochop

    TOS 1-2, "Charlie X," with Jana Pochop

    New Mexico native Jana Pochop has a penchant for "deep grooves and poignant lyrics." She lends her unique vocals and songwriting talent to both her solo work (latest single: "Oh My Heart," 2020) and her folk/pop duo with Mark Addison, onetwothreescream ("Lit," released in 2018). " Jana and I talk about our shared affinity for outer space and pop music, and how to unabashedly love the things that you love.

    We review Star Trek (the Original Series), Season 1, Episode 2, "Charlie X." Topics include: those fans at shows who "pull a Charlie," sociopathic telekinetic boys will be boys?, 3 dimensional chess, replicator technology, humanity's future vegan utopia, Nichelle Nichols' singing career, and unexplored Trek storylines (Spock/Uhura romance, etc.).

    • 1 hr 26 min
    TOS 1-1, "The Man Trap," with Stephen J. Easley

    TOS 1-1, "The Man Trap," with Stephen J. Easley

    Award-winning attorney and CPA, Stephen J. Easley (All Mojo Management), talks Buddy Holly and The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, his front row seat to REM's meteoric rise, sneaking out as a kid to watch Star Trek, and living in the original "love shack" (yes, as in the B-52s😱).

    We review Star Trek (the Original Series), Season 1, Episode 1, "The Man Trap." Topics include: endangered species, the amazing salt vampire costume, sentient empath vs. dangerous creature, Star Trek's role in dismantling racism, and the scandalous and wonderful women's uniforms and outfits in the original series.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    TOS 1-Pilot, "The Cage," with Rachel Laven

    TOS 1-Pilot, "The Cage," with Rachel Laven

    Award-winning Texas singer-songwriter Rachel Laven talks transatlantic adventure, life in the age of COVID-19, and family matters.

    We review Star Trek (the Original Series), Season 1, Episode 0 (the unaired original pilot), "The Cage." Topics include: cages, both real and imagined, the history of Star Trek's first, unaired pilot, Star Trek's impact on society, women on the bridge, and Majel Barrett's enduring legacy, as evidenced by smooth-voiced female computers everywhere.

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

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sl8u5ch ,

5 Dilithium Crystals!

This is a thoroughly fun and enjoyable podcast! Grace and fellow musical guests discuss classic episodes and music and go where ever the conversation takes them. The mood is light, and sometimes serious when discussing some of the problematic aspects of the series which is refreshing and enlightening. Rating: 5 D-Crystals and one Unicorn Dog.

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