The Great Song Podcast


Mr. Bojangles/Fishin' in the Dark/Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (w John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

Sept. 21, 2022

It's time for an XL episode, because we couldn't choose just one song to help us chronicle the 50+ year career of the band that created the Americana genre. Founding Dirt Band member John McEuen joins us as we talk about a h…

Mississippi Queen (w Corky Laing of Mountain)

Sept. 14, 2022

An all-time rock monster of a song, and a perfect '70s rock gem, Mountain's "Mississippi Queen" stands tall as a peak (pardon the pun) example of what American rock music could be. And there's a great story to the song, whic…

Don't Fear the Reaper (w Joe Bouchard of Blue Öyster Cult) - Episode 1005

Sept. 7, 2022

It's '70s September, and we're rocking out with one of the all-time "dark metal" classics--the über-famous, über-controversial, ümlaut-loving Blue Oyster cult and their signature hit, "Don't Fear the Reaper." Rolling Stone's…

Come On Eileen (w Helen O'Hara of Dexys Midnight Runners) - Episode 1004

Aug. 31, 2022

"Come On Eileen" is one of the most beloved and enduring UK hits of the '80s, and former Dexys Midnight Runners musical director and violinist Helen O'Hara is here to tell us all about it! '80s August wraps up with a 4th str…

Pop '80S Interview Icons

Opposites Attract (Paula Abdul ft MC Skat Kat) w OneGunn

Aug. 24, 2022

Just who is MC Skat Kat, and what's he hiding? Well it's a complicated answer, but part of it involves a lot of awesome Prince stories, a lesson in helpful premature confidence, and some rotoscoping animation. Paula Abdul's …

Rock '80S Interview

(I Just) Died in Your Arms [w Nick Van Eede of Cutting Crew]

Aug. 17, 2022

'80s August and Season 10 slam forward with another #1 hit! "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" (Tonight?) is one of the '80s most enduring rock hits, and Cutting Crew frontman and writer Nick Van Eede is with us to discuss the leg…

Rock Pop '80S Interview Icons

Need You Tonight (w Andrew Farriss of INXS) - Season 10 Premiere

Aug. 10, 2022

Season 10 begins with an all-time classic from the greatest decade in pop music, and an iconic guest--INXS's Andrew Farriss!

Spotlight: Jacob Yoffee and Roahn Hylton (The Composers)

Aug. 3, 2022

Jacob Yoffee and Roahn Hylton are making it happen in LA. This powerhouse duo of composer/producers are nominated for an Emmy for their main title song for ABC's "The Wonder Years," and their diverse body of work continues t…

Spotlight: Jason Shadrick (The Journalist/Media Guy)

July 27, 2022

Our postseason tour of the music industry continues with a guy living our dream life--rubbing elbows with music stars and legends as both an editor for Premier Guitar magazine, and as a podcaster and podcast producer. You'll…

Spotlight: Martin Miller ("The Instrumentalist")

July 20, 2022

Guitar god Martin Miller is one of the new-school virtuosos of the instrument, and his YouTube channel is absolutely chock full of incredible music, not the least of which are his mind-blowing medleys. As our music industry …

Spotlight: Bill Schnee (Behind the Board)

July 13, 2022

An absolutely legendary engineer, mixer and producer, Bill Schnee's credits are almost innumerable, and his influence can't really be overstated. They don't come more respected than "The Chairman at the Board" himself, and w…

Spotlight: Jim "Soni" Sonefeld of Hootie & the Blowfish (The Touring Musician)

July 6, 2022

Friend of the show “Soni” Sonefeld, drummer of Hootie and the Blowfish, has been around the universe and back as a writing, touring, and recording musician. He’s seen and done it all, and been at the absolute peaks and lowes…

Spotlight: Philip Lassiter (The Band Leader)

June 29, 2022

STANK FACE WARNING. Philip Lassiter is one of the most sought-after arrangers in all of pop music, and his work speaks for itself. An accomplished trumpet player, pianist and funk master, his work has graced the music of top…

Spotlight: Rosi Golan

June 22, 2022

Our between-season tour of the music industry begins with writer and artist Rosi Golan, fantastic craftswoman of the art and beloved by movie and TV productions of all kinds, from Vampire Diaries to Mulan, and, oh right, tha…

Rock '90S Milestone/Special Interview

Pocket Full of Kryptonite (w Chris Barron of Spin Doctors) - Season 9 Finale

June 15, 2022

Our Season 9 finale finds us in deep conversation with Spin Doctors frontman Chris Barron, as part of our loving coverage of 1991's firecracker album "Pocket Full of Kryptonite," an album we both dearly love. And the hits, o…

Rock Pop '90S Non-Interview Rivalry Week

Rivalry Week - Matchbox Twenty vs Rob Thomas - Episode 919

June 8, 2022

The time has come in which once per season we agree to disagree, and season 9 has led us to The Great Rob Thomas Showdown. One of us loves the Matchbox 20 era, one the Rob Thomas solo era, and we will make our cases for and …

Rock '90S '70S Interview Icons Blues

Soulshine (w Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule/Allman Brothers) - Episode 918

June 1, 2022

Our 200th episode comes with a very special guest, guitar and jam band icon Warren Haynes! We're talking about a song that somehow it feels like everyone knows from birth, the Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule classic, "Soulshi…

Guest: Warren Haynes
Rock '00S Interview Female Artist

Black Horse and the Cherry Tree (w KT Tunstall) - Episode 917

May 25, 2022

Ladies' Month concludes with a tough track from punk-spirited Scottish rocker KT Tunstall, from her debut album "Eye to the Telescope." We'll discuss why this album was immediately re-released, the power of early American Id…

Guest: KT Tunstall
'70S Country/Folk/Americana Singer-Songwriter Interview Female Artist

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
Rock '90S Singer-Songwriter Interview Alternative Female Artist

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 '90S Interview Christian & Gospel Movie And TV Songs

Kiss Me (w Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer) - Episode 914

May 4, 2022

"Kiss Me" is one of the biggest hits of the '90s, and the self-titled Sixpence None the Richer album is an enduring classic full of rich songs and complex emotions, a real standout in the CCM genre, and a major pop crossover…

Tell Me How it Feels (w Chris Buck and Tom Hollister of Cardinal Black) - Episode 913

April 27, 2022

Cardinal Black are so new they don't even have an album out yet. But when we heard them, we couldn't wait to talk to you about them. One of the smoothest, most interesting groups to come along in a while is bound to be one o…

Pop '20S Interview

The Many Shapes of Stephen Day (w Stephen Day) - Episode 912

April 20, 2022

Modern Men of Pop Month continues with one of our favorite up-and-coming acts, who we've affectionately dubbed "The Ultimate Touring Partner." Stephen Day can do it all, and we're digging into his musical fun-bag this week. …

Guest: Stephen Day
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