The Great Song Podcast


Greatest Hits: Cosmo's Factory w Doug Clifford of Credence Clearwater Revival

March 22, 2023

(Original air date Feb. 10, 2021 - Season Seven Opener) 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…

How Will I Know (Whitney Houston) w/ Boy Meets Girl

March 15, 2023

Whitney Houston becomes our first official two-time covered artist, and it's only fitting that we enlist the help of our only two-time multi-artist guests! George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam , aka Boy Meets Girl (" Waiting F…

Greatest Hits: "Escape" by Rupert Holmes

March 8, 2023

This is a Greatest Hits episode, which means it's a re-airing of an episode that was significant for the show, one of our favorites, or one of yours! Original air date: Sep. 23, 2020, Episode 606 Our first Greatest Hits epis…

Neal Morse - Episode 1104

March 1, 2023

One of the most prolific prog progenitors in the world--the incomparable Neal Morse of the Neal Morse Band, Transatlantic, Flying Colors and so many more--joins the program this week to talk about the making of his sprawling…

Xanadu (w Richie Kotzen of The Winery Dogs)

Feb. 22, 2023

The premier hard-rock power trio The Winery Dogs have just released their highly-anticipated third record, and we've got frontman and guitarist Richie Kotzen (who you may remember as the incredible guitarist featured in our …

Peaches (The Presidents of The United States of America)

Feb. 15, 2023

Name the most successful Seattle acts of the 1990's and there's one name that you may initially forget to include--but right up there among the Nirvanas and the Soundgardens sits a quirky power-pop trio whose 1995 debut took…

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"It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)" w Darryl Jones of The Rolling Stones

Feb. 8, 2023

Season 11 kicks off with a bang and a big ol' tongue! Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones joins Rob and JP for some conversations about auditioning for the Stones some 30 years ago, playing for Sting, and flexing on Miles Da…

Introducing: Cinema Snack Bar

Jan. 19, 2023

From the studio that brought you The Great Song Podcast, it's Cinema Snack Bar! Rob and Zeke will be bringing you the movies you love and the foods that helped make them what they are. You'll learn fun facts and stories, rec…

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Wayne Kirkpatrick - Season 10 Finale

Dec. 21, 2022

This. Friggin. Guy. Wayne Kirkpatrick is one of THE hit songwriters of modern music history. You've heard his work sung by the likes of everyone from Garth Brooks and Eric Clapton to Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant, with a li…

Pop '00S Non-Interview Rivalry Week

You Raise Me Up (Rivalry Week) - Episode 1019

Dec. 14, 2022

“It’s everything I hate about the Titanic song, but slower.” Yes yes yes, it's Rivalry Week once again--when we typically go head to head. But this season...there's a twist. Rob and JP are BOTH taking on a worldwide smash. "…

Silent Movie (w Andy Gullahorn)

Dec. 7, 2022

One of the finest songwriters on this here planet (and JP's #SpotifyWrapped top artist!) joins us this week to talk about writing, bowling, and note-taking in the digital age. It's a serious geek-out week for our boy JP, so …

Rock '90S Interview

Too High to Die (w Derrick Bostrom of Meat Puppets) - Episode 1017

Nov. 30, 2022

This week we're dissecting one of Rob's favorite albums, the Meat Puppets 1994 album Too High to Die , the album that, along with Nirvana's Unplugged in New York , cast the band into the national spotlight. Meat Puppets drum…

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"Time Has Come Today" (w Lester Chambers of The Chambers Brothers) - Episode 1016

Nov. 23, 2022

Lester Chambers is part of the legendary Chambers Brothers, whose blend of folk, rock and psychedelic soul broke minds and barriers from the 1960s on, and who are at the forefront of Questlove's award-winning 2021 documentar…

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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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Switchfoot (w Jon Foreman) - Episode 1014

Nov. 9, 2022

It's time to spend a little time with the breezy rock boys from San Diego! Yes indeed, Jon Foreman of Switchfoot is here to talk about the band's newest release, this is our Christmas album, his changing methodology over 25 …

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Don't Know Why (Norah Jones) w Jesse Harris - Episode 1013

Nov. 2, 2022

The inescapable hit from the album that was almost literally off the charts, Norah Jones' "Don't Know Why," was written by today's guest, Jesse Harris! We'll talk all things Jesse with him, including his brand-new album, Sil…

Guest: Jesse Harris

Wedding Songs and Love Stories (w Crystal Alley)

Oct. 26, 2022

Our most special guest of all time—Rob’s amazing wife Crystal—joins the show as we celebrate and dive into Rob and Crystal’s new EP, “Wedding Songs and Love Stories,” available today at your favorite streaming service, as we…

Key Largo (w Bertie Higgins) - Episode 1011

Oct. 19, 2022

Yacht rock time once again at The Great Song Podcast, and we’re sailing the high seas of Destin, Florida(?) with the captain of our hearts, Sir Bertie Higgins! This absolute earworm will have you reaching for the margarita m…

Cherry Pie (w Alan Hewitt) - Warrant - Episode 1010

Oct. 12, 2022

Just get past your initial reaction and admit you love this song. You do, we do, and that's fine. Now that we've said it out loud, let's dig into an era-defining hit from the glam rock days, with co-writer Alan Hewitt of...T…

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Billy Sheehan (Talas, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, etc.) - 5 Year Anniversary Show

Oct. 5, 2022

The greatest hard rock bassist of ALL TIME joins the show to celebrate five years of The Great Song Podcast! Billy Sheehan's cred is unquantifiable, and his work with David Lee Roth, Steve Vai, Mr. Big and SO many others pro…

Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) w/Elliot Lurie of Looking Glass

Sept. 28, 2022

Episode 10.08 ’70s September closes with one of the greatest hits of the decade, “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl),” and we’ve got writer/singer/guitarist Elliot Lurie here to tell us about the true Brandy, the massive integratio…

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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…

Rock '70S Interview

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…

Rock '70S Interview

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…