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An insiders view behind the music scenes, profiling the insights and personalities of the grittiest of the industry, the unsung heroes running the game.

An insiders view behind the music scenes, profiling the insights and personalities of the grittiest of the industry, the unsung heroes running the game.


Portland, OR


An insiders view behind the music scenes, profiling the insights and personalities of the grittiest of the industry, the unsung heroes running the game.






NAMM 2020 Day 3 with RME

It's day 3 of our NAMM Special with RME. We're on the homestretch of the trade show. Today we're talking recording with JB Eckl and catching up with friend and former guest Sassy Black


Day 2 at NAMM 2020 with RME

It's Day 2 of the 2020 NAMM Show. I'm here recording with RME. Today we're talking with Derek Badala of RME, mastering engineer and a leader for women in audio, Piper Payne and Emmy winning film composer Vivek Maddala.


Exploring NAMM 2020 with RME Audio

Gritty Birds has been missing the road, and frankly missing producing new episodes. So, we're taking things on the road in a whole new way thanks to the creator my interface, RME. This is day 1 of NAMM, featuring 3 of the artists working and performing at RME's 2020 NAMM booth: Pete, Justine and Adam. We talk resiliency, our love of gear and production and set the tone for a unique trade show series, where I'll be interviewing close to 50 artists and creators for the brand.


Day 9 Gritty Birds NaPodPoMo: Sunday Sessions

It's Sunday and we're spending it with my Dad for his Sunday Thoughts. Listen to more at


Day 8 Gritty Birds NaPodPoMo: Story Saturday Two: Nov 7, 2012

For this week's story telling Saturday, I'm diving in the archives to 2012. I took a trip to visit DC for the night of the Obama's election. One of the most defining experiences of my life, this was my experience. Find more at


Day 7 Gritty Birds NaPodPoMo: Content Friday 2: Brainstorming

It's our second Content Friday. You can catch the visual tips in this episode with a secondary version on our YouTube Channel. Today's episode we talk about using brainstorming tools with Trello to create a foundation for future episode content. Find out more at


Day 6 Gritty Birds NaPodPoMo: AMA Lets Talk Microphones

Day 6 of NaPodPoMo, we're getting into one of my most frequenting asked questions: What Mic should you use? In this short, I share some of the primary microphones I have used over the years and then we talk dynamic vs condenser mics! More at


Day 5 Gritty Birds NaPodPoMo: Season 4 preview: Kolars from Treefort Music Festival

On Tuesday we're previewing Season 4 of Gritty Birds. This week's interview is with constantly touring married master duo Kolars. I met with the group while they were in Boise in 2017. They are infectious, not just in personality, but also their intense stage set up. A mix of tap, drums and sultry guitar and vocals, they're one of my favorites. Find out more at


Day 4 Gritty Birds NaPodPoMo: Marketing Monday Week 1: Jared Mees of Tender Loving Empire

NaPodPoMo Mondays bring us back to season one of Gritty Birds. In this episode we revisit Jared Mees of Tender Loving Empire. The Portland company run and found by Mees and his wife Brianne has grown exponentially since the time the longform interview came out. But his views on the music industry are still relevant. More at


Day 3 Gritty Birds NaPodPoMo: Sunday Sessions Week 1: All Saints Day

NaNoPodMod Day Three brings us Sunday Sessions. An empowering short with a meditation and my Dad's Sunday Thoughts. This week it's about All Saints Day, one of our Lutheran Family's Church Traditions and part of my life in Portland with Dia De Los Muertos. The question today is: am I enough, is my life enough, are my actions and reactions enough. More at


Day 2 Gritty Birds NaPodPoMo: Storytelling Saturday Week 1: Choose Your Own Adventure

Adapted from a talk at Podcast Movement's PMX Competition 2019. A love story, a story about creating. During the years I was studying music in Seattle, I worked with jazz legend Overton Berry. In this episode, I share our story and how he helped lay a foundation for telling amazing stories through word and music. This is day two of NaPodPoMo and a part of Story Saturday. Full transcript at


Day 1 Gritty Birds NaPodPoMo: Content Friday Week 1: Morning Pages

Gritty Birds is back for a special daily series for the month of November and NaPodPoMo. Each day of the week will have a slightly different structure and theme. Fridays we’ll talk about creativity and content. Saturdays I’m going to be sharing some stories with you. Sundays I’ll be leading you in guided meditations and Sunday thoughts, inspired my Dad’s weekly messages. In this episode, we talk about the amazing value of Morning Pages. You can find out more on my website....


Sassy Black and Lucia Fasano

In episode 2 of Season 3 of Gritty Birds we’re talking touring the world as a one woman force of nature with Sassy Black at Treefort Music Festival and then coming to a live taping in Porland, Oregon with Lucia Fasano to talk about taking risks, financing your art and why Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a badass. Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup, recorded at Treefort Music Festival and Revolver Studios. Mixed by Nalin Silva and Jeni Wren Stottrup Featuring music by...


Reptaliens, Wild Ones and Priests

Season 3 launches and we talk with Priests on message, Reptaliens on risks and songwriting with Wild Ones! In the first episode of Season 3 of Gritty Birds. When it comes to the lives of artists in the music industry, a certain amount of Grit has to exist These are the voices of independent artists today and Gritty Birds’ is on a journey to discover how we create art and why it’s so...


Logan Lynn

Logan Lynn has something to say... about mental health. The artist has been everywhere from the LOGO network to the Grammy's. 9 year's sober he has found his ground following his latest record, adieu.


Episode 55: Manika

Vegas born artist Manika is a natural performer. She has a hefty resume: protégé of Michael Jackson’s manager Frank DeLeo, charting singles with artists including Tyga, touring with One Direction and as host of TLC’s Global Beauty Masters Student Edition and Manika’s Love Line. And despite all that, she’s making the time to connect with her audience through her new app. Download Manika's app on iTunes for exclusive tracks and giveaways. Featuring the songs "I Might Go Lesbian", "Vegas...


Episode 54: The Griswolds

Aussie pop band The Griswolds have had a fast rise in recent years. The fun-loving band's new album "High Times for Low Lives" is and ode to the joys and perils of life on the road. Lead singer Chris sat down with me to share the inspiration behind the album and how they're taking charge today. Find out more about The Griswolds at Featuring the songs "Out of My Head", "Rufio", "YDLM(featuring Lizzo)" and "High Times for Low Lives". Produced, recorded...


Episode 53: Mini Blinds Live

Mini Blinds describe themselves alt-pop and have a passion for fusing music with minimalism. They just released their first album, Air Signs last fall. The emerging Portland band joined us for our first live taping at Kelly's Olympian. Listen to Air Signs at Gritty Birds is produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup with the support of XRAY.FM. This week’s episode was created in partnership with Revolver studios. Bryan Wollen was our live sound + recording...


Episode 52: Ages and Ages Live

Ages and Ages joined us for our first live taping. Sometimes called "tent revival", it's music with a hopeful message. They shared songs from their latest release, Something to Ruin and a conversation about music and the power to connect. Find out more about Ages and Ages at Follow grittybirds on socials at @grittybirds Produced and edited by Jeni Wren Stottrup In partnership with Revolver Studios and XRAY.FM Bryan Wollen was our live sound + recording engineer Nalin...


Episode 51: Arcosanti

Arcosanti is an artist community in Arizona unlike others. They're in a place of a transition asking themselves: "What's Next?" A Gritty Birds short, created for the @xrayfm #radioisyourscontest Official Contest Selection Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Featuring music by Miro Belle