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René Coman sits down with the original Troubled Man, Manny Chevrolet, over cocktails at the Ring Room, in the heart of an old-school New Orleans social haunt.
Manny is an L.A. native who had been through the Hollywood wringer by his late 20s. He then moved to New Orleans to become a perennial candidate for mayor and make a feature film about it.
René is a New Orleans native who's been in the music biz wringer since he was a child. They are the Troubled Men for Troubled Times.

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René Coman sits down with the original Troubled Man, Manny Chevrolet, over cocktails at the Ring Room, in the heart of an old-school New Orleans social haunt.
Manny is an L.A. native who had been through the Hollywood wringer by his late 20s. He then moved to New Orleans to become a perennial candidate for mayor and make a feature film about it.
René is a New Orleans native who's been in the music biz wringer since he was a child. They are the Troubled Men for Troubled Times.

    TMP170 RICK G. NELSON WHIGS OUT!

    TMP170 RICK G. NELSON WHIGS OUT!

    The recent Grammy winner and string multi-instrumentalist with the Afghan Whigs, the Polyphonic Spree, and the Twilight Singers is also the owner/engineer at the wonderful Marigny Studios. His early orchestral training and rock’n’roll impulses led to a decade touring with the Spree, including two Bowie tours. His post-Katrina volunteer work resulted in permanent relocation to New Orleans and the eventual establishment of the studio. Rick’s a real talent who believes in trusting the professionals he works with. Let’s hope his trust isn’t misplaced as he puts it all on the line with the Troubled Men.
    Topics include the Safe House, Hurricane Ida, roof damage, a tree cutter, coastal destruction, name confusion, music training, punk exposure, a first gig, older women, parents’ music, car trouble, UNT, violin to bass, loving school, an audition, a religious experience, future vision, not a cult, choir robes, 32 on a bus, a launch pad, meeting Bowie, studio training, Luthjen’s Dancehall, the Beat Exchange, board-side manner, trust, Greg Dulli, Dave Rosser, the Gutter Twins, guitar lessons, ghost stories, a legacy, a guitar collection, New Orleans musicianship, and much more.
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    Intro music: Styler/Coman
    Break music: "Diamonds" from "Together We're Heavy" by the Polyphonic Spree
    Outro music: "Toy Automatic" from "In Spades" by the Afghan Whigs
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    TMP169 TONY HASELDEN KEEPS ON COOKING WITH LEROUX

    TMP169 TONY HASELDEN KEEPS ON COOKING WITH LEROUX

    A founding member of Louisiana’s LeRoux, the multi-platinum-selling guitarist, songwriter, and singer rode the wave of chart-topping singles (“New Orleans Ladies,” “Nobody Said It Was Easy”) and tours with bands like ZZ Top, the Doobie Bros., Bob Seger, and John Prine. As a songwriter Tony spent 30 years in Nashville writing a string of #1 hits for top-selling country artists like George Strait, Keith Whitley, and Shania Twain. He likes to claim his music biz success has all been by accident. Tonight he joins the Troubled Men and learns just how bad an accident can be.
    Topics include the return to school, identity theft, “Christine,” campaign questionnaires, vaccine resistance, bilingual instructions, switching from trombone to guitar, joining the band, a new name, the new album, “One of Those Days,” longevity, prostitutes, pressure to repeat, influences, the New Orleans market, touring, perennial openers, Ozzy, Ronnie Milsap’s bus, John Mayer, the Grateful Dead, the state of country music, co-writing, getting a cut, Billy Joe Shaver, radio airplay, and much more.
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    Intro music: Styler/Coman
    Break music: “Love Abductor” from Louisiana’s LeRoux
    Outro music: “One of Those Days” from Louisiana’s LeRoux
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    TMP168 PETE GORDON: WET DAWG TAKES HIS LICKS

    TMP168 PETE GORDON: WET DAWG TAKES HIS LICKS

    The boogie piano wild man with Mojo Nixon, the LeRoi Bros., Jello Biafra, Roy Head, Archie Bell, and the Neptunes was mentored early on by Nils Lofgren, Billy Gibbons, and Joe Ely. His tenure as co-owner of the Houston Continental Club has given him a view of the biz from the other side of the bar, while the viral “Altuve Polka” by his Polka? I Hardly Know Her Band was the sensation of the Astro’s World Series Championship. A first call player with Chuck Berry, Wanda Jackson, and Andre Williams, Pete checks in for a few innings with the Troubled Men.
    Topics include a vaccine mandate, cancellations, the start of school, an Iguanas tour, a roadwork scam, Robin, Steve Watson, Jake Flack, a Tipitina’s gig, moving to Austin, Steve Wertheimer, the ZZ Top studio, the big time, a Norwegian tour with Dash Rip Rock, volatile personalities, high concept bands, the Light Rock Express, Disco Expressions, Kinky Friedman, the Lawrence Welk Show, a viral video, ribbing Larry King, Game 7, sideman work, the future of rock’n’roll, and much more.
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    Intro music: Styler/Coman
    Break music: “Tie My Pecker To My Leg” from “Whereabouts Unknown” by Mojo Nixon and the Toadliquors
    Outro music: “The Altuve Polka” by Polish Pete and the Polka? I Hardly Know Her Band
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    TMP167 BILL DAVIS RIPS IT UP

    TMP167 BILL DAVIS RIPS IT UP

    The Dash Rip Rock singer/guitarist has spent a lifetime barnstorming the country fronting the revved-up roots punk trio he founded as a college student. The song parody “Let’s Go Smoke Some Pot” pushed them to the top of the radio charts. The band’s roster of drummers including Fred LeBlanc, Chris Luckett, and Kyle Melancon employ a specific muscular playing style, while Bill’s guitar prowess has landed him on projects with artists ranging from Mojo Nixon and the Dead Kennedys’ Jello Biafra to Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze. With a new record “Cherchez La Femme” coming out, he jumps on the line to catch the Troubled Men up on the latest mayhem.
    Topics include a road trip, breakthrough cases, the dump, infestation, trigger warnings, the swingers convention, a campaign update, Lake Charles bands, a KISS concert, an afro fire, Kelly Keller as manager, 688 Records, college radio, REM, the English Beat, the Beverly Hillbillies, Donna Douglas, a supergroup, Jim Dickinson, Jewel, Gwen Stefani, Alternative Tentacles Records, the New Orleans Raunch and Soul Allstars, rescheduling, and much more.
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    Intro music: Styler/Coman
    Break music: “Let’s Go Smoke Some Pot” from “Get You Some of Me” by Dash Rip Rock
    Outro music: “Swamp Gypsy” from “Cherchez La Femme” by Dash Rip Rock
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    TMP166 JOE KROWN TAKES THE THRONE

    TMP166 JOE KROWN TAKES THE THRONE

    The decorated organist and piano player’s star-studded resume includes long stints with Kenny Wayne Shephard and Gatemouth Brown as well as tours with Mavis Staples, Charlie Musslewhite, and the North Mississippi Allstars. He currently leads several world-class organ trios including a new one with Jason Ricci and Doug Belote whose debut record “City Country City” comes out in September. With admirers like Dr. John and Ike Turner, it was just a matter of time before he turned up with the Troubled Men.
    Topics include a fourth surge, roadwork, a campaign meeting, prickly heat, Robitussin, McCartney 3-2-1, Dusty Hill, a death scene, Boston, Luther Johnson, studying the styles, a weed pipe, a stolen name, solo records, an acoustic trio, a Maple Leaf residency, a golden gig, Walter Wolfman Washington, Mike Zito, Gulf Coast Records, a Battle Royale, the Hammond B3, a Toussaint tribute, Bobby Charles, Buddy Guy, Bruce Springsteen, and much more.
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    Intro music: Styler/Coman
    Break music: “Livin’ Large” by the Joe Krown Organ Combo
    Outro music: “Old Friends” by Joe Krown

    • 1 hr 27 min
    TMP165 JON LANGFORD TELLS TALES OF FEAR AND WHISKEY

    TMP165 JON LANGFORD TELLS TALES OF FEAR AND WHISKEY

    The Mekons and Waco Brothers founding singer, guitarist, and punk/alt-country pioneer takes a break from his latest Freakon collaboration to discuss his Welsh upbringing, his art school days with pals Gang of Four, his solo projects, and his successful career as a painter. Jon has a tremendous work ethic, releasing the first of 23 singles from the “Lucky Seven Series” and starting bands and records with any free moment. He’s also a real gentleman…qualities the Troubled Nation could use more of.
    Topics include roadwork, the Hard Rock Hotel scandal, the Rolling Stones at Jazzfest, vaccine resistance, port cities, Joe Strummer and the Clash, a record deal, LeMieux Galleries, Tom Stern and Blue Velvet Studio, Alex Rawls, OffBeat, Chickie Wah Wah, Steve Watson, Buddy Watson, the Sadies, Midway Pizza, country music, Thatcher and Reagan, union busting, signing to Virgin Records, a mining strike, the Aberfan 1966 mining disaster, moving to Chicago, honky tonk music, “Deserted,” inspiration, Yard Dog Gallery, “Lofty Deeds,” the chicken and the egg, and much more.
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    Intro music: Styler/Coman
    Break music: “Memphis Egypt” from “Heaven and Hell” by the Mekons
    Outro music: “Only The River” from “Jon Langford’s Lucky Seven Series, part 1” by Jon Langford & the Skull Orchard Welsh Male Choir
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    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

The Struggle Continues... ,

Troubled Men Podcast

What a show!! A Wikipedia of (mostly) local musical guests that have shaped all corners of New Orleans and beyond . Renee also being a local musician in multiple bands in his own right, gains tremendous insight to all facets of these artists. Ohhh and Manny!! He helps keeps things real or unreal depending on your perspective.

RyanOseppee ,

Pure Fun

Rene and Manny are true New Orleans characters, bringing on other true characters. Always a fun listen, and many weird roads are travelled. Manny would be banned in most countries, including the USA, luckily he’s in New Orleans.

CG, PA ,

Going to the Show

Listening to a “Troubled Men” podcast is similar to having a dinner party with Lou Reed, William Burroughs, Henny Youngman, Charles Bukowski and some guy you met at an NA meeting. It is like time spent with “the one who loved you even though she knew you was wrong.”

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