Jay Cobb Anderson, from Fruition, calls in to debut the studio track "Forget About You" from the band's forthcoming Wild As The Night album. He also talks about the track, and shines a little light on his songwriting process in general. The mini-episode ends with the new track, followed by the debut live version of a Mimi Naja song "Playin' On (Words)" which was originally released as part of the Volume 2 of the band's limited release 7" vinyl series.
Polay + Clark
21st Century Accounting (Don't wait till April and get screwed, get Polayed)
Inside Out w/ Turner and Seth: insideoutwtns.com
The majority of this episode features Seth and Rob chatting with the eclectic ace of the keyboards John Medeski about everything from his high school days playing with Jaco Pastorius, to his current days playing in the adventurous Mad Skillet. John talks about why his landmark organ trio Medeski, Martin and Wood's initial choice to hit the road in the 90s was a bold one at the time, and what has motivated him to continue to push the envelope in all of his acts over the years. Medeski shares memories about exploring boundless musical terrain with John Zorn, what was unique about playing with Jack Bruce (beyond how he made ceilings crumble) and of course Col. Bruce Hampton. He also talks in detail about his approach to composition and improvisation, his work with The Wood Brothers and the future of Medeski, Martin and Wood. This episode also contains the first little window into Rob's recent interview with the iconic jazz and fusion drummer Billy Cobham. Cobham here relates some of his experiences with The Grateful Dead. Cobham gets his own episode soon during which he will talk about his entire career, particularly his recently released "Time Lapse Photos (The Crosswinds Project)."
Mental health is a difficult topic, but it is important that it not be an ignored one. There are many musicians (and people in general) dealing with brain disorders, and in this episode we celebrate Nuci's Space. Seth and Rob hope with this episode to shine a light on how Nuci's Space provides a culture free of stigma for anyone who is struggling with mental health issues.
This episode Seth and Rob celebrate WinterWonderGrass starting with a nice chat w/ veteran WWG performer Lindsay Lou. The show then goes into a deep conversation with Scotty Stoughton, the promoter, musician and music aficionado who created this festival and more!
Seth and Rob update the listeners about some of their recent live music experiences throughout this episode, but the rest is a Seth Fest! Seth first interviews Ronnie McCoury and discusses his work with the legendary Del McCoury Band as well as his own The Travelin' McCourys outfit. They talk about Ronnie's son's 10-piece Jazz/Funk band, the new wave of bluegrass bands, the importance of being musically versatile and many other topics. Ronnie also speaks for the first time publicly about the tragic passing of Jeff Austin. Then Seth has a brief chat with Ziek McCarter of the lively soul/R+B/PsychRock band Con Brio. Ziek talks about how Con Brio is able to take its music across the globe. Ziek speaks of how having enthusiastic fans so far from home inspires them, how they can turn seated audiences into dancing ones, their tour with Galactic, how they keep the creative juices flowing and more. Con Brio will be releasing music and touring this fall with the groundbreaking Asian/American rapper, Lyrics Born.
Neal Casal is an accomplished guitarist whose interesting career has led him from Blackfoot in the late 80s to the singer/songwriter world in the 90s to Ryan Adams in “The Oughts” and then onto Phil Lesh to his current adventurous band Circles Around The Sun. Seth and Rob spoke with him before Circles took the stage at the Terminal West in Atlanta. The conversation starts with a discussion about the unique way this band came together and how the members push each other to continue to reinvent the music in the spontaneous nature it was initially created. We the jump in “the wayback machine” and learn about how this New Jersey kid ended up being the lead guitarist of what many say is the best incarnation of Ryan Adams and The Cardinals. He also elaborates on the organic genesis of the band, Brotherhood (with Chris Robinson) and the raw beauty of the Hard-Working Americans (with Dave Schools and the ever-enigmatic Todd Snider). The show opens with a brief phone conversation featuring Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee. We learn about his new and wildly informative book, “The Realist’s Guide To a Successful Music Career” which he wrote with author/entrepreneur Matt DeCoursey. Joel and Rob walk through just some of the many pieces of music career strategy wisdom that this book offers. It is a “must-read” for anyone seriously contemplating a dive into the business of music.
This episode features two separate interviews. The first of these is from when Rob and Seth sat down with Chadwick Stokes and Brad Corrigan of the wildly successful independent band Dispatch just before the band performed at the 2019 Candler Park Festival. Among the many topics discussed are their Boston farewell show which took place over a decade ago and reportedly drew over 150,000, as well as the strikingly raw documentary "The Last Dispatch" which thoroughly documents the build-up to this show and the show itself. The band has recently returned to regular touring and we learn some of the ways each has changed since the band went on hiatus. They also relate how difficult it was to reform the group when they learned that founding member Pete Francis Heimbold was not yet ready to resume the touring lifestyle. We also get a taste of how this fiercely independent band may have at one point come closer to joining a major label than many of its fans knows. The second interview finds Seth speaking with Galactic saxophone ace Ben Ellman. Ben talks about how his life has become more busy with his production work, and the fact that the band has taken on the honor of being the current caretakers of the legendary Tipitina's in New Orleans. Ben breaks down some of his producing work (particularly that with The Revivalists) and warns of the dangers of "Demo-itis." He also compares playing the baritone sax to playing tenor and speaks about the Walter Wolfman Washington solo release that he worked on (and shared the good news that they are apparently at work on another project). Seth and Rob also update each other on some of each of their own goings'-on, as they cut the segments for this episode after having not seen each other for two months.
Rob and Seth sit down with the ever-improving 16-year-old guitarist Brandon "Taz" Niederauer and learn how a performance at a Rock n Roll University event at a Mets game ultimately led Niederaurer to Ellen DeGeneres, Gregg Allman, Col. Bruce Hampton and other musical luminaries. Brandon speaks of his teammates in his current band, and about how he has stepped up his own songwriting to provide material for the nationally touring act. Brandon talks about how he still gives a great deal of time to his schoolwork and makes sure to maintain his oldest friendships - yet still manages to find "pockets of time" to work on his music. We learn of his hometown of Dix Hills on Long Island in New York, where John Coltrane once lived. Taz expresses surprise to learn that 50 Cent also used to live there. Brandon talks about how his experience at the Roots, Rock, Revival camp found him enjoying quality time with musicians like Butch Trucks and Oteil Burbridge. Brandon proudly talks about his days at the Broadway musical School Of Rock including auditioning for Andrew Lloyd Webber and the day Stevie Nicks visited and collaborated. He also raves about his moments on stage with BB King and Derek Trucks and talks about his days with Col. Bruce Hampton from when George Porter Jr. introduced them until the Col. began his journey to the next dimension at Niederauer's feet.