A few weeks ago I sat down with Benjamin Aviotti, Michael Jasud, Clay Qualls, and Paul Gilliam, most of the Memphis based band Dead Soldiers, to discuss their country roots, the birth of Sonny & Sure, and the origin of the hashtag #everygoddamnthing.
The Switchblade Kid-
It’s been a long time, but I’m back with new episodes and this is a great episode to get the ball rolling again.
On todays show we have Ed Arnold journalist and host of The People I Know podcast. I met Ed on twitter when looking for other podcasts in Memphis. I chatted him up and we decided to cross the streams. I would be on his show and vice versa. He is a freelance writer who has had articles in many publications including a fascinating feature for the Memphis Flyer called “Bring Me the head of Phillip K. Dick”. http://www.
You can hear Part II of our discussion on Ed’s podcast that you can find right here: http://www.peopleiknow.
Follow Ed on Twitter: @EdLArnold
Follow this podcast while you’re at it: @nutn2seehere
-music by Serge Gainsbourg, K. Rawlings, & M. Qualls-
Rich white debutantes with an appetite for young male prostitues that worked out of opium dens in the back of Asian laundromats?!
Upon a refferal we met a guy named Zachary Whitten. He had just completed a year-long creative writing project that led him down rabbit holes of Memphis history that surprised and fascinated us.
Back in March, Chris McCoy and I sat down with Zachary and learned all sorts of seedy trivia about the Bluff City and his unique literary undertaking.
-For all things Zachary Whitten visit http://www.memphisfastfiction.com/
-Get your tickets to Chris McCoy’s documentary about the Antenna club called, wait for it, ANTENNA. It premieres November 2nd @ The 15th Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival:
-music by M. Qualls & K. Rawlings, and The Community Bubble-
I’ve always been fascinated with radio. The voices that brought you the music were familial and consistent. Radio has changed. Terrestrial radio is on its last leg as people are taking matters into their own hands and broadcasting on the Internet. Radio Memphis is a product of this trend towards self-reliance.
Radio Memphis is an Internet radio station run by Ric Chetter who spent years in traditional radio as a programmer and on-air personality at Rock 103. I recently sat down over many beers with Ric and the Radio-Memphis crew David Thorn, Brother Doug, and Dianna Fryer to discuss the ins and outs of Internet radio.
Check them out at www.Radio-Memphis.com
_music by K. Rawlings, M. Qualls, J. Baltz, & the Oldest Profession-
Dave Cousar, Shawn Zorn, Travis Cantrell, & Kate Mauldin
This week’s podcast comes to you straight from the front porch. Crickets, dogs, and secadas threaten to steal the spotlight from my guests Dave Cousar, Shawn Zorn, Travis Cantrell, & Kate Mauldin.
Dave Cousar is a hidden gem in this city. He is an amazing guitar player and lyricist that has played in and out of Memphis for decades with the likes of Rufus Thomas, Amy LaVere, Susan Marshall, Al Green, and Lucero to name a few. You can catch him most weeks at the Buccaneer. His shows are not to be missed.
Shawn Zorn is a local drummer who has been supporting Amy LaVere for the past year and has been in many Memphis bands.
Travis Cantrell is a singer-songwriter from Memphis. As front-man for the indie band Youniverse, he developed a wordy, yet fluid style of his own that can now be seen in his solo gigs around town. He is now playing guitar in Merge Records artist Apex Manor.
Kate Maudlin is currently completing a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies in preparation for law school.
Follow them on Twitter: @DaveCousar @ShawnZorn @TravisCantrell @NopeNotKatie
-Music by M. Qualls & K. Rawlings, and Dave Cousar via YouTube and the Ardent Sessions-
Back in January, I heard that Mike Watt, “the man-in-the-van with a bass in his hand”, was coming to Memphis to record. So, I reached out to him via Twitter and much to my surprise, he responded right away! I asked him to come on the show and he agreed.
A few days later, after a few failed attempts to reach him, I’d given up on getting a chance to speak with him. I was home for lunch and saw that he posted photos from Cotton Row Studios here in town. I messaged him immediately and he replied back, “Can you be here in 15 minutes?”
Um, fuck yes.
I grew up on Mike Watt’s music. As if the Minutemen and his excellent solo work wasn’t enough to seal my life-long fandom, a few years ago he joined The Stooges, one of my favorite bands of all time.
Watt was sweetheart and we had a great talk. He has done more projects, or “proj’s” as Watt refers to them, than I can count and has sealed his place in history as one of the most prolific, unique, and respectable bass players alive. Check out this very special episode with the master of the thud staff, a sailor on the open seas, Mike Watt.
Mike Watt & the Missingmen return to Memphis October 27th at the Hi-Tone. You don’t want to miss it!
For all things Watt visit www.HootPage.com
-segue music by Jeff Baltz, Matthew Qualls, & K. Rawlings and Courtesy- www.courtesy.tv-
Welcome back! Holy Shit! It has been too long, but here we are. The new site is up and running and I’m finally getting to release this episode that I recorded way back in December!
Comedic actor Chris Parnell is a unique talent with too many credits to list: Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Archer, Suburgatory…I could go on… I convinced him to stop by the house and sit down with me for an in-depth rundown of his Memphis upbringing and how he got to be where he is now in his life & career. It was two days after Christmas and we were both very sick. He initially only promised a half-hour of his time, but ended up staying for two hours! It was noon and we were both a bit foggy and stopped up, so we swapped the usual drinks for some Robitussin and had a very nice chat. He couldn’t have been cooler.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did recording it and many thanks to Chris!
-audio segues by Matthew Qualls & K. Rawlings and music bed for Rock 4 Love promo by Snowglobe & Dead Soldiers-
More hung-over ramblings from the Filmmaker’s Café at the 14th Annual Indie Memphis
Film Festival with Amber Sealy, writer and director of the award winning How To Cheat,
and insightful banter from her brand new baby daughter.
Eric Tate and Chad Allen Barton stop by to talk about their current project “Lights,
Camera Bullshit.” Find out more about these guys at www.PianoManPictures.com
Our final guests were Bart Shannon to talk about his wonderful new short Fresh
Skweezed (http://www.facebook.com/FreshSkweezed) plus, the cast and crew of the
short “Occupy Indie Memphis”. At the time of the recording they were still in the
middle of filming the piece, which was shown at the Indie Memphis awards ceremony
and a visit from very special guest Lars Von Trier. For more information http://
After a hard night of celebration, we found ourselves doing a live, early-morning podcast
in front of a small audience at the 14th Indie Memphis Film Festival.
“Part 1 is a conversation with Morgan Jon Fox, one of the founding fathers of Memphis
independent film. In 2002, along with Brandon Hutchinson, Fox co-founded the
Memphis Media Co-Op, an organization devoted to producing no-budget, independent
digital films and helping other local filmmakers. His first feature Blue Citrus Hearts won
Best Feature at Indie Memphis and went on to garner several awards and become a bona-
fide queer cinema classic. His film OMG/HAHAHA was dubbed “The Titanic of Indie
Memphis” by film critic Elvis Mitchell after winning seven awards at the 2008 festival.
His latest film, This Is What Love In Action Looks Like won Best Hometowner Feature
and a Special Jury Award for Documentary Feature at this year’s festival. It has screened
at more than 20 festivals around the country, winning several awards in the process. “-
Chris McCoy for www.LivefromMemphis.com
Visit www.thisiswhatloveinactionlookslike.blogspot.com/ for more about the film.