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Mr. Businessman (w Ray Stevens) - Episode 814

Nov. 10, 2021

One of the all-time comedy and Nashville music legends, Ray Stevens, joins us to talk about his song Mr. Businessman, his iconic career and more! Also: - Rob has an epiphany - Freakin’ Ray Perm! - The art of the laugh track …

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Wild Thing [from "Major League"] (The Troggs) w/Chip Taylor

May 19, 2021

One of the all-time great rock songs PERIOD is one of the great movie songs PERIOD. Movie Month continues with our favorite jam from Major League, and an interview with the man behind the song, writer and Americana artist Ch…

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Feelin' Alright (w Dave Mason of Traffic)

April 14, 2021

You know this song. You love this song. You wanna play this song? Of course you do. Grab a bass and we can teach you in 60 seconds. Time for a deep dive into perhaps the all-time most jammable song in rock history, with the …

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Cosmo's Factory (Creedence Clearwater Revival) w/ Doug "Cosmo" Clifford - Episode 701

Feb. 10, 2021

We kick off Season 7 with one of the biggest American rock bands in history, and one of their most iconic albums! Plus we chat with the album's titular inspiration, CCR drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford! In this episode: - The “…

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Wouldn't It Be Nice (Beach Boys) w/Joey Abbott - Episode 615

Nov. 25, 2020

Track 1 from arguably the greatest album of all time, with the commentary and perspective of good friend of the show Joey Abbott! - Rob’s sad lack of Beach Boys familiarity - The Greatest Song of the 1960’s - Phil Spector, B…

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American Pie (w/Don McLean) - Episode 613

Nov. 11, 2020

An absolutely iconic piece of art, "American Pie" is one of the greatest single songs in pop music history. And we've got the man behind it, the brilliant Don McLean, to chat with us on the show! In this episode: - “It’s as …

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Good Lovin (The Rascals) w/Felix Cavaliere - Episode 612

Nov. 4, 2020

True rock royalty joins us for Hall of Fame week, and we couldn't be more thrilled to welcome a member of one of the most important acts in rock history, as The Rascals/Young Rascals frontman Felix Cavaliere joins us to chat…

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Hooked on a Feeling (w/BJ Thomas) - Episode 611

Oct. 28, 2020

BJ Thomas is a big deal. Multiple Grammys, Oscar winner, you name it he's done it. Plus he's like super handsome. In this episode we break down one of his many signature hits, plus: - Sweetest candies by volume - Turns out i…

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Some Kind of Wonderful (w/Mark Farner Interview) - Grand Funk Railroad - Episode 516

May 20, 2020

"All the girls in the world beware!!!" As a happenstance, our episode for the week of Memorial Day in the US brings us a classic from the kings of Assembly-Line Rock, Grand Funk Railroad, and we've got a riveting interview w…

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Respect (Aretha Franklin) - Episode 508

March 25, 2020

The one and only Diva of Divas, Aretha Franklin, is up to the mic today, with her legendary classic, “Respect.” We’ll talk about Aretha’s history (and her shared birthday with Rob), her music, her writing and arranging chops…

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Turn Your Love Around (George Benson) - Episode 507

March 18, 2020

This week we celebrate one of the literal greatest guitarists and musicians to ever pick up the instrument, not to mention his status as a legendary singer and performer of pop and R&B. The genius and range of George Benson—…

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Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) - Episode 501

Feb. 7, 2020

Season 5 kicks off with a true American icon: the Man in Black, Johnny Cash, and his signature song. We'll walk you through Johnny's story, including the writing of the song by June Carter Cash (well, probably) and Merle Kil…

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Ain't Too Proud to Beg (The Temptations) - Episode 417

Nov. 8, 2019

We know you wanna leave us, but we refuse to let you go! Let's sing with some soul this week as we dig into the Temptations' enduring hit, "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." In this episode: - The opening drum fill, and how you can t…

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You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon) - Episode 319

May 10, 2019

Two episodes left in Season 3, and we have no quit! Going hard right up to the end, this week with the super-fun, walking around downtown with your hands in your pockets, not a care in the world pop ditty "You Can Call Me Al…

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**COMMENTARY ONLY** Are You Experienced? (Jimi Hendrix Experience) - Episode 308

Feb. 22, 2019

**COMMENTARY ONLY VERSION** This week we close out Black History Month with a celebration of one of the great rock albums of all time--"Are You Experienced?" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience! Listen along with Rob and JP throu…