Interviews

  • Thumbnail for Episode 1001: Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen – Interview, Part 2

    Episode 1001: Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen – Interview, Part 2

    Part 2 of our very special interview with Rick Nielsen. He discusses Cheap Trick’s relation to the ’70s punk scene, Kiss records, his guitar collection, the song he wishes were more popular and his remembrances of John Lennon.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 1000: Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen – Interview, Part 1

    Episode 1000: Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen – Interview, Part 1

    It’s episode 1000! So we got a big star guest: Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick. In part 1 of our interview, he talks about growing up in a musical family, getting kicked out of his junior high school band, deciding to remain in Rockford IL after achieving stardom and developing a Hard Rock Casino in that hometown, among other topics.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 972: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Tusk’ – An Interview with the Producer and Engineer

    Episode 972: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Tusk’ – An Interview with the Producer and Engineer

    An interview with Ken Caillat, producer, and Hernan Rojas, engineer, on the making of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk.” Mike Wagner, a patron of the pod, arranged this Zoom conversation, with Mike in Houston, Ken in Los Angeles and Hernan in Chile.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 946: Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley – Interview

    Episode 946: Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley – Interview

    Our interview with Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper, and it gets deeper than you would ever expect to hear on this show. (Guest cohost Mike Kohli helps out with the interview.)

  • Thumbnail for Episode 944: Carolina Story – Interview, Part 2

    Episode 944: Carolina Story – Interview, Part 2

    Part 2 of our interview with Ben and Emily Roberts of Carolina Story. In this episode, they talk about being inspired by the Jayhawks and the Beatles, the string arrangements on their new album, posting covers to YouTube and more.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 943: Carolina Story – Interview, Part 1

    Episode 943: Carolina Story – Interview, Part 1

    We talk with Ben and Emily Roberts of Carolina Story, a band you need to know.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 938: Frank Muffin – A Band You Need to Know

    Episode 938: Frank Muffin – A Band You Need to Know

    On our weekly Friday Night Hootenanny sessions, we have gotten to know a band from Indiana called Frank Muffin. We love them so much that we want you to know them too. This is our interview with Hans Rees, Brittany Rees and Joe Heeb (Jerome Hemersbach, not present, completes the lineup).

  • Thumbnail for Episode 930: Somasonic – Interview

    Episode 930: Somasonic – Interview

    Barret Ries, a patron of the pod, picks the topic. He invites some old friends from Ohio rock band Somasonic to talk, via Zoom, about their ’90s regional success, receiving a cease-and-desist order from Semisonic, and getting the band back together a couple of decades later.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 908: The Beths – Interview, Part 2

    Episode 908: The Beths – Interview, Part 2

    Part 2 of our interview with Elizabeth Stokes and Jonathan Pearce of The Beths (with special guest cohost Nick Scalera). Liz and Jon talk about songwriting, the use of backing vocals, their favorite New Zealand bands and more.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 907: The Beths – Interview, Part 1

    Episode 907: The Beths – Interview, Part 1

    With the help of guest cohost Nick Scalera, we talk with Elizabeth Stokes and Jonathan Pearce of most excellent indie pop band The Beths. We connected via Zoom to the band’s home base in Auckland, New Zealand.