Jason catches up with several artists while serving as emcee of the Rockin' Robinson festival in Orlando's Milk District. Cat Ridgeway stops by to talk about hearing music in colors, writing melodies, and the power of a good nap. Plus, Beartoe pops in ahead of his set to discuss the next Beartoe record, the greatness of Sam Cooke, and more. This is Part II of a special Rockin' Robinson series.
Sarah Shook swills The Marinade. Sarah is a singer, songwriter, and the band leader of Sarah Shook and the Disarmers. What immediately stands out about Sarah the person is the warmth of her spirit and the quickness of her mind. She is present in every moment and that comes through on record as well. Check out all things Sarah at disarmers.com.
Also, check out the Spotify companion playlist to this episode featuring songs by Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Kasey Anderson, Campdogzz, and more.
Chuck Ragan is a mensch. Punk legend. Folk genius. Fishing guide. Author. Purveyor of hot sauce. Ragan is the stuff of legend. We caught up at the Sing Out Loud Festival in St. Augustine Amphitheatre right after Chuck poured his heart out to an eager crowd. After seemingly leaving it all on stage, Chuck still gave us a solid half hour of insight into his creative process.
Check out the Spotify playlist that accompanies this episode featuring music from Chuck and some things I've been getting down on recently, including the excellent solo record from Heartless Bastards frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom.
Chuck Ragan's Website: http://chuckraganmusic.com/
Sadler Vaden teleports into The Marinade! Sadler is probably best known for his work playing guitar in Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, but he was also in Drivin' N Cryin' and has created some fantastic solo music. We discuss what he has learned from his famous bandmates, how he approaches the solo process, and just when the hell Oasis is going to finally reunite. Sadler is a massive guitar player, an impressive songwriter, and a supremely nice individual. Cheers, y'all.
Check out Sadler Vaden's music at sadlervaden.com.
Also, enjoy music from Sadler, the bands we discuss, and some things I'm getting down on with our @spotify playlist.
Micah Schnabel graciously floats into The Marinade! Micah is a dear sweet soul. Already a songwriter with few peers, Micah recently release one of my favorite books of the year Hello, My Name is Henry. We focus on his process writing the book and dive into new tunes he is writing, why Wily Vlautin is so amazing, and so much more. Cheers, y'all.
Check out our @spotify playlist for this episode including one of the songs you heard on the episode, "Jackson, Don't You Worry."
BJ Barham makes a return splash into The Marinade. BJ and his band American Aquarium recently released a masterpiece of a record called Things Change. Since we last spoke on episode one of this show, BJ has welcomed a baby girl to the family, hired an all-new band, and toured the lower 48 states in support of his brilliant solo record Rockingham. We talk about the split with his former bandmates, how fatherhood has changed him, and what went into making Things Change.
American Aquarium is currently on tour. Check out their tour dates at americanaquarium.com.
Huge thanks to Hannah Harber for sharing her experience opening for American Aquarium. Check out her music at hannahharber.com.
Matthew Logan Vasquez is one of our all-time favorite songwriters. Best known for his work with Delta Spirit, Matt is a good dude and he opened up in a huge way. Few songwriters are willing to take the chances Matt takes. His music ranges from Americana to rock to folk and soul.
Matt's most recent release is an EP called "Texas Murder Ballads." Go get a copy after you listen to this episode.
We talk about micro-dosing mushrooms, buddy records, love, and the inspiration of ghosts. Cheers, y'all.
Check out our Spotify companion playlist for Episode 12:https://open.spotify.com/user/marinadepodcast/playlist/7s0vO8Dvxs4bhyoCYjaQIC?si=k1ZL3CN1RUCFdRvaQ95h1g
Legendary songwriter James McMurtry takes a dip in The Marinade. McMurtry is the genius behind such tunes as "Levelland" and "We Can't Make it Here Anymore." His 2015 release Complicated Game is one of our favorites in recent memory and includes a song we can't seem to get out of our heads, "You Got to Me."
In this episode, McMurtry discusses what really scares white supremacists, the evolution of his creative process from bar napkins to iPhones, and where he gets some of those incredible song lines. Also, Jason Earle opens up about his creative process and the heavy day that preceded this interview. Cheers, y'all.