For our "Season 3" debut bassist Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain String Band and I celebrate our tenth interview over the last decade with a wide ranging discussion covering everything from new mandolin player Nick Piccininni, (Formerly of Floodwood) The role of musicians and live music events in politics, the upcoming gathering of stars at the always gorgeous Northwest String Summit and the perils of hundred year old sewage drains. And I say some goofy stuff because that is what I do! So glad to be back!
This week our hosts Freekbass and Rex-A-Vision run through the impressive slate of DC films scheduled over the next three years. From Birds Of Prey to Wonder Woman, The Batman, Suicide Squad 2, Black Adam, Shazam 2 and The Flash we'll talk about the excellent live action agenda they have put together, as well as some of their animated offerings. Dig it!
This week our hosts dive deep into the trio of awesome trailers that dropped for Gal Gadot's incredible looking Wonder Woman 1984, Amazon Prime's returning series of super hero scumbaggery The Boys and a creepy looking return for the Ghostbusters franchise with the always likable Paul Rudd! Our resident comic geek Rex-A-Vision breaks down who some of the characters in the WW trailer are, with some predictions on story direction. Freekbass gives well earned props to Todd Phillips and the Joker movie Golden Globes nods. All that and a discussion of whether we are in a golden age of story telling (Spoiler alert: We are!) Dig it!
This week our hosts Freekbass and Rex-A-Vision deep dive into the new Marvel Cinematic Universe Scarlett Johansson Black Widow trailer as Rex goes full comic geek to discuss some potential plot points suggested by the characters in the clip, they discuss the Watchmen HBO show's controversial episode from Sunday, laugh at Robert Pattinson's thoughts on whether Batman is a super hero, Henry Cavill's Superman future and more! Dig it!
This week we look at the launch of Disney+, the new Star Wars universe based series The Mandalorian, The Rock announcing the new Black Adam movie and their hopes for that franchise, Henry Caville saying he has more Superman left in him and more!
Today's guest is the inspiring Hilary Gleason! She and the other co-founders of Backline decided to take her sadness from recent tragedies in the music scene and channel it into Backline.cares. Backline is an initiative aimed at helping touring musicians, road crews, tour managers and their respective families deal with the stress of life on the road while dealing with mental health issues. Joined by co-founders Kendall Deflin Corso and Tory Pitarelli she called together an all-star team of music industry workers to act as a brain trust in launching this new initiative. It was my distinct pleasure to talk with her about Backline and I hope you find our chat as inspiring as I did!
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This week our hosts Freekbass and Rex-A-Vision look at The Batman casting announcements and rumors, the just announced Green Lantern and Adam Strange/Strange Adventures shows on the way on HBO Max, Marvel's ramping up of their movie release schedule, the start of Falcon and Winter Soldier filming, Rex gets grumpy about Martin Scorsese getting grumpy and much much more! Dig it!
Keller Williams is the festival scene's Renaissance man and court jester rolled into one smiling package! As a multi-instrumentalist of the highest order he is equally at home on the guitar, bass, sequencing pedals and the always entertaining "Making horn noises with your mouth" thing. When you factor those skills in with his ability to effortlessly leapfrog from genre to genre Keller Williams is the perfect act to play at any festival. Whether with his funk band More Than A Little, his bluegrass partnership with recent Rex-A-Vision guests Larry & Jenny Keel, his willingness to work with anyone named Andy to occasionally fronting the entirety of the String Cheese Incident Keller Williams is a Swiss Army knife of awesome! On a personal note, Keller is one of the original reasons I fell into the Jam scene and my love for his quirky personality and positive energy knows no bounds! This is, to date, my favorite chat just out of sheer love for the subject! Enjoy!
Nov. 2 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony (solo)
Nov. 4 – Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center (Jeff Austin Benefit)
Nov. 7 – Edmonds, WA – Edmonds Center for the Arts (solo and PettyGrass ft. the Hillbenders)
Nov. 8 – Bremerton, WA – Admiral Theatre (PettyGrass ft. the Hillbenders)
Nov. 9 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom (PettyGrass ft. the Hillbenders)
Nov. 10 – Bend, OR – Tower Theatre (PettyGrass ft. the Hillbenders)
Nov. 14 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met (solo)
Nov. 15 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom (solo)
Nov. 16 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club (solo)
Nov. 22 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf (solo)
Nov. 23 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre (Keller & The Keels, Grateful Grass)
Nov. 29 – Richmond, VA – The National (Thanksforgrassgiving ft. Keller & the Keels)
Nov. 30 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton (Thanksforgrassgiving ft. Keller & the Keels)
Dec. 5 – Brevard, NC – 185 King Street (Keller Williams Trio ft. Jeff Sipe and Gibb Droll)
Dec. 6 – Carrboro, NC – The Arts Center (solo)
Dec. 7 – Lynchburg, VA – Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre (solo)
Dec. 13 – Keystone, CO – Warren Station (“rock it” w/Keith Moseley, Gibb Droll & Jeff Sipe)
Dec. 14 – Keystone, CO – Warren Station (“funk it” w/More Than A Little)
Dec. 17 – Savannah, GA – Southbound Brewing (solo)
Dec. 28 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West (solo)
Dec. 30 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House (Keller & the Keels)
Dec. 30 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House (Grateful Grass)
On today's episode our hots Freekbass and Rex-A-Vision talk about The Batman castings, Kevin Feige taking over the world and Joker box office! There's some fun theories and lil nugs of info sprinkled throughout along with the usual geek love! Dig it!
Larry & Jenny Keel have been on my guest wish list since before I even started the podcast and this fun and funny episode shows why I knew they would be awesome guests! They're a fiercely talented husband and wife jamgrass team that has left music fans shell shocked for more than a decade and there is no stopping them. Their new album, One, is a truly impressive disc and we have the title track embedded in the episode so you can see why you should buy it right now! Larry is one of the finest flat pickers alive and Jenny literally beams loving energy as she play and it is a true pleasure for them to stop by for a short chat on their way to my home, the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park for a weekend of musical insanity at the Suwannee Roots Revival!