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Jack and Diane (John Cougar Mellencamp) w Dave Barnes - Episode 1015

Nov. 16, 2022

An American classic song deserves and American classic guest, so we had to bring in the big guns--Uncle Dave Barnes returns to the third man chair to help us break down the John Cougar Mellencamp stalwart, "Jack and Diane." …

Guest: Dave Barnes
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Kate Taylor Did it First - Episode 916

May 18, 2022

You surely know big brother James, but have ya met Sister Kate? As unpredictable a career as you could imagine, and as sweet a soul as you could meet, Kate Taylor reunited with an amazing who's who crew in 2021 to release he…

Guest: Kate Taylor
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Mother Mother (w Tracy Bonham) - Episode 915

May 11, 2022

Tracy Bonham is the woman who broke the algorithm. After "Mother Mother" in 1996, no other female solo artist topped the modern rock charts until Lorde in 2013(!). In this week's episode we break down her breakout single and…

Guest: Tracy Bonham
Pop '10S Singer-Songwriter Interview

Get to You (w Matt Wertz)

April 13, 2022

The Whitney Houston of male singer-songwriters (there's more context in the Patreon version, but that'll do for now) brought us a fire album in 2014 appropriately titled "Heatwave," and the opening track "Get to You" is our …

Guest: Matt Wertz
Rock Pop '00S Singer-Songwriter Interview

I'm No Superman (Theme from "Scrubs") w Chad Fischer of Lazlo Bane

Feb. 16, 2022

Multi-talented writer, producer and scorer Chad Fischer chats with us this week about his Lazlo Bane track "I'm No Superman," the story behind its inclusion in the TV show "Scrubs," his friendships with Zach Braff, Lisa Loeb…

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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 …

Pop '20S Singer-Songwriter Interview

Magic Trick (feat. Martin Johnson of The Night Game) - Episode 810

Oct. 13, 2021

Magic Month continues with Martin Johnson, aka The Night Game, and his brilliant industry-inspired song "Magic Trick." We'll cover it in all its new-new-wave glory, as well as his role in pop-punk group Boys Like Girls, and …

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Old Friends (w Ben Rector) - Episode 809, 4th Anniversary Episode

Oct. 6, 2021

We're kicking off Magic Month with our 4th Anniversary spectacular, an XXL episode featuring one of our favorite tunes by one of our favorite artists, Ben Rector. "Old Friends" (from the album Magic) couldn't be a more perfe…

Rock '90S Singer-Songwriter Interview

Good (w Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra) - Episode 808

Sept. 29, 2021

One of the great alt-rock songs of the '90s is the topic this week, and we do our usual deep-diving and off-roading, as well as a great chat with lead singer (and writer of modern hits for Sugarland, Howie Day and many other…

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Artist Spotlight: Toad the Wet Sprocket (w Glen Phillips) - Episode 804

Sept. 1, 2021

Rob's new EP "Also-Ran Bluesman" comes out this Friday! Pre-save or listen now! -------- It's a total love-fest this week as we gush over an all-time favorite artist, Toad the Wet Sprocket ! Lead singer Glen Phillips sits wi…

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Overkill (w Colin Hay of Men at Work) - Episode 803

Aug. 25, 2021

Pre-save Rob's new EP "Also-Ran Bluesman" and stream the new single, "Wheelhouse!" ------ Can't get to sleep? Perfect! This week's episode is sure to nullify the night, as we dig into an incredible solo interpretation of Men…

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Family (w Drew Holcomb) - Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors

Aug. 18, 2021

Pre-save Rob's new EP "Also-Ran Bluesman" and stream the new single, "Wheelhouse!" -- You gotta love em, right? "Family" is the song and topic this week, and one of the the top dogs of the Americana scene, Drew Holcomb, stop…

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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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Where Everybody Knows Your Name (Theme from "Cheers") w Gary Portnoy - Episode 712

April 28, 2021

It's one of the most recognizable and beloved TV themes of all time, and man, just a darn great song. It makes us feel a warm sense of community and wistfulness and the nostalgia we love so much. So let's talk about it! Bell…

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Crazy Love (w Rusty Young of Poco) - Episode 703

Feb. 24, 2021

Get your sandals on and let's all head out to the yacht! This beautifully breezy hit from 1979 is the perfect companion to spending a day on the water in style. Even if you don't like Piña Coladas, you'll love this earworm f…