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René Coman sits down with the original Troubled Man, Manny Chevrolet, over cocktails at the Ring Room, in the heart of an old-school New Orleans social haunt. Manny is an L.A. native who had been through the Hollywood wringer by his late 20s. He then moved to New Orleans to become a perennial candidate for mayor and make a feature film about it. René is a New Orleans native who's been in the music biz wringer since he was a child. They are the Troubled Men for Troubled Times.

René Coman sits down with the original Troubled Man, Manny Chevrolet, over cocktails at the Ring Room, in the heart of an old-school New Orleans social haunt. Manny is an L.A. native who had been through the Hollywood wringer by his late 20s. He then moved to New Orleans to become a perennial candidate for mayor and make a feature film about it. René is a New Orleans native who's been in the music biz wringer since he was a child. They are the Troubled Men for Troubled Times.

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United States

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René Coman sits down with the original Troubled Man, Manny Chevrolet, over cocktails at the Ring Room, in the heart of an old-school New Orleans social haunt. Manny is an L.A. native who had been through the Hollywood wringer by his late 20s. He then moved to New Orleans to become a perennial candidate for mayor and make a feature film about it. René is a New Orleans native who's been in the music biz wringer since he was a child. They are the Troubled Men for Troubled Times.

Language:

English


Episodes

TMP144 Jason Ricci: Mooncat Rising

2/25/2021
Widely considered one of the top harmonica players in the world, the singer and songwriter has been making records, winning awards, and thrilling audiences since he was a teenager. Ricci spent time studying and playing with blues legends like James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Johnny Winter, R.L. Burnside, and Howard Levy, and would come to be accepted by them as a peer. When it comes to hard living, Jason checks a lot of boxes: drugs, prison, and sexual confusion, to name a few. Now he can...

Duration:01:32:40

TMP143 Vicki Peterson: The Bangles and Beyond

2/18/2021
The Bangles founding guitarist, songwriter, and singer has had an amazing career that includes work with the Americana supergroup the Continental Drifters, her duo with Susan Cowsill, the Psycho Sisters, and Action Skulls with husband John Cowsill and Bill Mumy. Tonight Vicki takes her chances with the Troubled Men. Topics include a Super Blow recap, Mardi Gras, house floats, an earthquake, a first guitar, a Recycler ad, early Bangs shows, the Paisley Underground, touring, MTV, Prince, fans,...

Duration:01:21:48

TMP142 Roger Lewis Talks Dirty

2/11/2021
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s founding baritone sax player logged years playing with Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, and Deacon John and the Ivories before the formation of the groundbreaking group. He’s spent over 40 years with the Dozen since they revolutionized the genre by adding bebop, pop, and the avant garde to the traditional second-line repertoire and helped spread New Orleans brass band music around the globe. Roger’s known as the Dirty Old Man. He should fit right in with the Troubled...

Duration:01:21:43

TMP141 Chris Champagne Pops His Cork

2/4/2021
The radio personality, satirist, comedian, and author has been illuminating local politics and culture for decades. After cutting his teeth on the national slam poetry scene, he’s gone on to write and produce 15 one-man shows and authored “The Y’at Dictionary” and “Secret New Orleans,” addressing fringe elements of local dialect and history. His latest book on the NFL, “The Most Important League in the World,” inspired by his childhood as the son of an NFL lineman, covers a wide swath of the...

Duration:01:26:14

TMP140 Simon Lott: Context Killer

1/28/2021
The colorful drummer, composer, and arranger switches styles as easily as he changes crop-tops. His two new albums under the Context Killer and Diamond Kinkade monikers add live-looping avant funk and ambient piano and synth soundscapes to the straight-ahead jazz and funk he’s been known for. Simon has always liked to stretch the boundaries of musical forms and identity. If things get kinky, that’s fine with him. After his visit with the Troubled Men, he should feel more emboldened than...

Duration:01:23:15

TMP139 Susan Spicer Dishes It Out

1/21/2021
The James Beard Award-winning superstar chef and owner of Bayona, Mondo, and Rosedale restaurants has always followed her heart. Her international navy brat childhood and years as a free-spirited world traveler informed her adventurous palette and fearless creativity. Tonight Susan dishes with the Troubled Men and addresses some culinary queries from the Nation. One bite and you’ll know she’s got good taste. Topics include the coup attempt aftermath, viral predictions, a new “Jeopardy” host,...

Duration:01:13:06

TMP138 Dana Colley: Vapors of Morphine

1/14/2021
The bari and tenor sax player with the legendary band Morphine and now Vapors of Morphine carries on the legacy of the groundbreaking “low rock” trio with a new record, “Fear and Fantasy,” coming out this year. He joins the Troubled Men to catch up on the 20 years since the passing of visionary frontman, Mark Sandman. Tune in to hear just how low they can go. Topics include the Capitol attack, MAGA riot fashion, Mike Love, a virtual greeting card, the Rouse’s boycott, Alex Trebek trivia, a...

Duration:01:16:04

TMP137 Russ Broussard Breaks Through

1/7/2021
From his work with the Continental Drifters, the Cowsills, and Terrance Simien to his playing with John Papa Gros, Grayson Capps, and the Covered in Vinyl series he founded with wife Susan Cowsill, the Opelousas native has a groovy, joyous approach to the drums that always shines through. While the classical training and pro-cycling career may come as a surprise, Russ’s purity of spirit and eternally youthful optimism are readily apparent. Tonight he joins the Troubled Men as a much needed...

Duration:01:30:05

TMP136 Corey Ledet Zydeco

12/31/2020
The Grammy-nominated Zydeco accordion player and singer comes from a distinguished family of Creole musicians who played with everyone from Clifton Chenier and Rockin’ Dopsie to Louis Armstrong and Bunk Johnson. Corey celebrates the release of his 14th album on Lost Bayou Rambler Louis Michot’s Nouveau Electric Records. He pays tribute to his Black Creole roots with several songs sung in the Kouri-Vini dialect his family has spoken for generations. His ancestors would be proud of his...

Duration:01:25:17

TMP135 Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk

12/24/2020
His resume includes the Neville Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, the Rolling Stones, and Keith Richard’s X-Pensive Winos. The keyboard player, singer, and songwriter grew up as r’n’b royalty playing in the Neville Brothers with his father Aaron and his uncles, Art, Charles, and Cyril. Years of solo records and high-profile session work led to ultimate redemption from the pitfalls of rock’n’roll indulgence. His powerhouse band Dumpstaphunk is poised for a 2021 release of their new record. Tonight he...

Duration:01:26:58

TMP134 Craig Klein: New Orleans Nightcrawler

12/17/2020
The veteran trombone player discusses the recent New Orleans Nightcrawlers’ Grammy nomination for “Atmosphere,” as well as his years with Bonerama, the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band, and his cameo appearance on “The Simpsons.” His love of traditional jazz led him from hanging out at Preservation Hall as a teen, to co-founding the Storyville Stompers Brass Band, and eventually joining the Pres. Hall band. After 40 years in the music biz and over 150 recording credits, the Grammy nod is a sweet...

Duration:01:23:46

TMP 133 Robert Gordon: A Writer on the Edge

12/10/2020
The Grammy-winning author and filmmaker’s landmark book, “It Came from Memphis,” has just been reissued in a 25th anniversary revised edition. The cultural collisions between bluesman Furry Lewis, producer Jim Dickinson, Alex Chilton, pro wrestling, photographer Bill Eggleston, fife & drum bands, the Panther Burns, integration, and other disparate elements form a compelling narrative of outsiders, misfits, and rock ’n’ roll in this classic chronicle of the subterranean Memphis music scene....

Duration:01:13:36

TMP 132 Terence Higgins Gets Greasy

12/3/2020
The top-tier drummer’s stellar resume includes the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Warren Haynes, Ani DiFranco, Karl Denson, and John Scofield. Coming to the attention of producer Don Was, Terence played on the national Last Waltz tour with Robbie Robertson, as well as on all-star TV tributes to Willie Nelson and Elvis, and spent a week as guest drummer on Late Night with Seth Meyers. No matter how rarefied the company, he always retains his greasy New Orleans feel. Tonight he slides into the...

Duration:01:27:12

TMP 131 John "Papa" Gros Carries the Torch

11/26/2020
The keyboard player and singer’s tenure with George Porter and Papa Grows Funk stemmed from his love of New Orleans R’n’B, particularly the triumvirate of Art Neville, Allen Toussaint, and Dr. John. His years on Bourbon Street taught him the value of a timeless song. He brings these twin imperatives to bear on his latest album, “Central City,” recorded with an all-star lineup and released this spring. His early reluctance to live streaming has morphed into a full embrace of the possibilities...

Duration:01:17:59

TMP 130 Alex McMurray is the Lucky One

11/19/2020
The guitarist and singer’s bands include the Tin Men, the Valparaiso Men’s Chorus, Kings of the Smalltime, and the Alex Band. One of New Orleans’ premier songwriters, he’s released two original solo albums, “Lucky One” and “Road Songs,” this year, in addition to “Into the Sky” with songwriter collective the Write Brothers. Recordings with his own Royal Fingerbowl, as well as projects like 007, the Tom Paines, Susan Cowsill, Luke Spurr Allen’s Happy Talk, Lynn Drury, and the Geraniums round...

Duration:01:21:55

TMP 129 Malcolm Burn: Sonic Divination

11/12/2020
The Grammy-winning producer and musician’s credits include records with Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop, the Neville Brothers, and Chris Whitley. Throughout his long association with fellow Canadian producer Daniel Lanois at Kingsway Studio, and in his own Clouet St. and Kingston, NY studios, Malcolm has always pursued a taste-over-flash aesthetic with an affinity for handmade music. He also hosts the weekly radio program “The Long Way Around” highlighting an eclectic mix of artists....

Duration:01:19:54

TMP 128 Rev. Fred Lane Gets Pataphysical

11/5/2020
The strip-mine crooner burst onto the scene with Tuscaloosa art agitators the Raudelunas Pataphysical Revue, fronting No Wave big band Ron ‘Pate & His Debonaires. Their live record and the subsequent studio albums, “From the One That Cut You” and “Car Radio Jerome,” established them as a mythic presence in the southern underground. Years out of sight and scarcity of the discs heightened the mystery surrounding the singer. Fred Lane’s reemergence after 35 years with the “Icepick to the Moon”...

Duration:01:08:53

TMP 127 George Porter In the Groove

10/29/2020
The renowned bassist, along with fellow Meters Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli, and Zigaboo Modeliste , defined New Orleans funk and R’n’B from the late 1960s on. From the explosion of classics like "Cissy Strut" and "Hey Pocky A-Way" for Allen Toussaint’s label, to session work with Dr. John, LaBelle, Paul McCartney, and Robert Palmer, the Meters are the gold standard. George has gone on to work with a stellar list of artists including David Byrne, Tori Amos, and John Scofield, as well as...

Duration:01:34:24

TMP 126 Pete Weiss: Thelonious Monster Lives

10/22/2020
The co-founding drummer of Thelonious Monster discusses his history with the band beginning with the 80s post-punk Hollywood scene that included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, and Manny Chevrolet’s Too Free Stooges. It’s a stroll down memory lane filled with pitfalls and highlights that ultimately leads to redemption. The Troubled Men remain unredeemed. Topics include the end of the Circle Bar, a rich history, a test result, a priest’s porn shoot, a glimmer of hope, a new...

Duration:01:29:06

TMP 125 Ben Ellman Blasts Off!

10/8/2020
His work with Galactic, Big Freedia, Trombone Shorty, the Revivalists, and the Klezmer All Stars should be enough to keep anyone busy. Along with his Galactic bandmates, the saxophone/harmonica player and producer is also an owner of the iconic New Orleans music mecca, Tipitina’s. Ben’s long history with many of his collaborators is a testament to his good character and ability to get along with others. Maybe some of that will rub off on the Troubled Men, but don’t count on it. Topics...

Duration:01:18:56