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Memphis musician J.D. Reager (that's me) moved to Chicago, lost his day job during a pandemic, and found inspiration in the midst of a personal crisis. Now, in addition to making records in his basement apartment, he's having meaningful conversations with friends and fellow creatives and turning the tide in a lifelong struggle with mental health.

Memphis musician J.D. Reager (that's me) moved to Chicago, lost his day job during a pandemic, and found inspiration in the midst of a personal crisis. Now, in addition to making records in his basement apartment, he's having meaningful conversations with friends and fellow creatives and turning the tide in a lifelong struggle with mental health.

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United States

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Memphis musician J.D. Reager (that's me) moved to Chicago, lost his day job during a pandemic, and found inspiration in the midst of a personal crisis. Now, in addition to making records in his basement apartment, he's having meaningful conversations with friends and fellow creatives and turning the tide in a lifelong struggle with mental health.

Twitter:

@jdreager

Language:

English


Episodes

Peace and Freedom with Josh Shaw (Blvck Hippie)

2/22/2021
Host J.D. Reager talks to musician Josh Shaw about the big snowstorm in Memphis, how the pandemic derailed his band Blvck Hippie's plans for 2020 and beyond, getting started as a musician, playing and coaching basketball, and their shared love of video games. J.D. also spins the recent Blvck Hippie single "Bunkbed." --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Duration:00:53:02

The King Is Dead with Josh Stevens (Glorious Abhor, Tape Deck)

2/16/2021
Host J.D. Reager talks to musician Josh Stevens about the evolution of his band Glorious Abhor, how becoming a parent has affected his ambition and creativity, moonlighting with Back to the Light pals Tape Deck and Jack Alberson, moving from Illinois to Memphis, and more. J.D. also spins two new songs: Josh's "The King Is Dead," and his own "Stop Staring." --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Duration:01:10:36

There's Always More with Zachary Corsa (Nonconnah, Lost Trail)

2/9/2021
Host J.D. Reager talks to musician Zachary Corsa (Nonconnah, Lost Trail) about relocating from North Carolina to Memphis, the burgeoning Memphis experimental music scene, his creative process in Nonconnah, making post-pandemic plans, and more. Then J.D. plays an excerpt from the new Nonconnah album Songs For And About Ghosts. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Duration:00:44:14

Safe At Home with Jeff Hulett (Snowglobe)

2/2/2021
Host J.D. Reager talks to his old friend and Memphis musician Jeff Hulett about his recent hot streak of creativity during the pandemic, remote collaborations, his evolving role in Snowglobe, the highs and lows of the Rock for Love benefit project, and much more. J.D. also spins "Money," a soon-to-be-released new song of Jeff's. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Duration:01:03:10

COVID-19 Special Report with Kelly Orcutt (Glossary) and J.R. Wicker (Imagination Head)

1/26/2021
Host J.D. Reager shares how his life has been affected by COVID-19 before talking to two former collaborators about their experiences. First, Kelly Orcutt of Glossary tells a frustrating story about being assaulted in a popular department store chain by an unmasked "patriot." Then, Imagination Head bandleader and ICU Nurse J.R. Wicker recounts tales from the front lines of the pandemic. J.D. also spins tunes by both Glossary and Imagination Head. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor:...

Duration:01:36:09

Don't Say It, Show It with John Paul Keith

1/18/2021
Host J.D. Reager kicks off the show by spinning "How Can You Walk Away," the first single off of Memphis musician John Paul Keith's new album The Rhythm of the City. Then J.D. and J.P. have a lengthy conversation about the recent siege on the Capital, the legacy of Donald Trump, writing and recording his new album, mentoring fellow songwriter Mark Edgar Stuart and more. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Duration:01:26:00

Distraction with Joshua McLane and Brennan Whalen (HEELS)

1/12/2021
Host J.D. Reager speaks to Memphis musicians Joshua McLane and Brennan Whalen about their work together as HEELS, how the pandemic canceled "their year" in 2020, the inspiration behind the band's musical self-help albums Wake Up with HEELS and Sleep with HEELS, how they inspire each other creatively and their love of professional wrestling. J.D. also plays the song "King Drunk" from HEELS' 2019 album Good People Even Do Bad Things. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way...

Duration:01:12:58

Best of 2020 Volume 2

1/4/2021
Host J.D. Reager and guest producer Brendan Danley present the second in a 2-part collection of favorite moments from the very first year of Back to the Light - and it's a super-sized doozy! Clips include Kate Crowder (Two Way Radio), John Forbes (Tijuana Hercules, Mount Shasta), Kelly English (Restaurant Iris), Ross Johnson (Panther Burns, Alex Chilton), Roger Manning Jr. and Eric Dover (The Lickerish Quartet, Jellyfish), Tommy Bateman (The Passport Again), Chuck Roast (Suburban Lawns, The...

Duration:01:51:08

Best of 2020 Volume 1

12/28/2020
Host J.D. Reager and guest producer Brendan Danley present the first in a 2-part collection of favorite moments from the very first year of Back to the Light! Clips include Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star), David Catching (Rancho de la Luna), The Modifiers, Joey Pegram (Shabbadoo, Two Way Radio), Joshua Cosby (Star & Micey), Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady, Sons of Mudboy), Big Don Valentine with Aaron Sayers, Arthhur, Michael Graber (Graber Gryass) and William Luke White...

Duration:00:50:08

We're Adults with Tommy Bateman (The Passport Again, The Henrys, Benton's Country Ham)

12/22/2020
Host J.D. Reager kicks things off by playing two songs - one Christmas-y and familiar, one not - from the archives of his guest, longtime friend and former bandmate Tommy Bateman. Then J.D. and Tommy have a deep conversation about their friendship and time together in The Hentrys, Rooms for Tourists and The Passport Again, Tommy's work with The Rockwells, Seven Sons of Otis, Snowglobe and more, Tommy finding his professional calling with Benton's Country Ham, the life-changing nature of...

Duration:01:46:21

Threesome with Roger Manning Jr., Tim Smith and Eric Dover (The Lickerish Quartet, Jellyfish)

12/15/2020
Host J.D. Reager kicks things off by spinning "Snollygoster Goon," the new single off of The Lickerish Quartet's new E.P. Threesome Vol. 2. Then he talks to Roger Manning Jr., Tim Smith and Eric Dover about collaborating in The Lickerish Quartet and Jellyfish, their individual work with Ringo Starr, Beck, Noel Gallagher, Slash's Snakepit and Alice Cooper, and how the pandemic has affected the music business. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast....

Duration:01:32:56

The Two Way Radio Episode with Andrew McColgan and Kate Crowder (Two Way Radio, The Downsprouts)

12/8/2020
Host J.D. Reager celebrates the release of his old band Two Way Radio's long lost album Succinct Extinction by playing three of its key tracks, and by talking to fellow band members Andrew McColgan and Kate Crowder. They discuss circumstances that lead to Succinct Extinction's creation and ultimate demise, participating in the MTV series $5 Cover, winning the Memphis Pops Festival fan vote and more. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast....

Duration:00:57:48

Brick Walls and Train Tracks with Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady, Bash & Pop, Sons of Mudboy)

12/1/2020
Host J.D. Reager kicks off the show by debuting two unreleased songs: one of his own featuring this week's guest Steve Selvidge on lead guitar, and one of of Steve's. Then the two have a long conversation about how Steve's late father Sid influenced his path to becoming a musician, continuing his father's work in Sons of Mudboy, forming and re-forming Big Ass Truck, joining big-time rock bands The Hold Steady and Bash & Pop and more. To close things out, J.D. plays a song by MEM_MODS, a new...

Duration:01:23:14

Drifting Away with Charlotte Tolley (Nourish Knoxville) and Michael Graber (Graber Gryass)

11/24/2020
Host J.D. Reager talks to his longtime friend and the founder of Knoxville's Market Square Farmers Market, Charlotte Tolley, about their days together in school, her work with the non-profit group Nourish Knoxville and her budding professional relationship with former WWE champion Kane. Then Memphis musician Michael Graber joins the show to share some new music by his band Graber Gryass and talk about his previous work in groups like 611, Professor Elixir's Southern Troubadours and the Bluff...

Duration:00:58:20

Just Wait with Matthew Caws (Nada Surf)

11/17/2020
Host J.D. Reager is joined by one of his all-time favorite songwriters, Matthew Caws of Nada Surf. They talk about the election results and how Matthew found inspiration in America's deep political divide, meeting and recording with Ric Ocasek, the band's relationship to their breakthrough hit "Popular," how the album Let Go brought them back after a career setback and his solo collaborations with Telekinesis and Juliana Hatfield. Then Matthew performs the Nada Surf song "Just Wait." ---...

Duration:01:13:32

Banking on Disaster with Alex Greene (Reigning Sound, Rolling Head Orchestra, Memphis Flyer)

11/9/2020
Host J.D. Reager talks to Memphis musician and journalist Alex Greene about the results of the presidential election, the writing job they both wanted but Alex ultimately got, working on the new Reigning Sound album, touring with Tav Falco's Panther Burns and the evolution of his solo project, Alex Greene & the Rolling Head Orchestra. Then J.D. plays a song off Alex's album American Elegy. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Duration:01:19:09

Election Anxiety SuperShow with Aaron Sayers and Katrina Coleman

10/27/2020
Host J.D. Reager talks to returning guest Dr. Aaron Sayers, PhD psychologist and practicing therapist, about techniques for dealing with the stress, anxiety and fear associated with the coming election and the ongoing pandemic and social unrest. Then comedian Katrina Coleman (You Look Like, Memphis Comedy Festival) joins the show to talk about her election-related anxieties, why she's voting for Joe Biden, women's reproductive rights and the importance of voter participation. --- This...

Duration:01:39:59

Glory Line with William Luke White (Snowglobe, The Coach and Four, Spiral Stairs)

10/22/2020
Host J.D. Reager plays the new single, "Glory Line," off of Memphis musician William Luke White's new self-titled solo EP before talking to his old friend about the new record, collaborating with the late Clay Otis, his ongoing battle with cancer, touring with Pavement's Spiral Stairs, the value of seeing a therapist and more. Then William Luke White performs the song "My Worst" live. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Duration:00:53:32

Developing the Voice with Jared "Jay B" Boyd (WYXR, Daily Memphian, Beale St. Caravan) and Ben Crowell (Sheet Ghosts, Glassworks Coffee)

10/19/2020
Host J.D. Reager talks to Jared "Jay B" Boyd about his high-profile gigs at WYXR 91.7 FM, the Daily Memphian and Beale St. Caravan, and the career journey that eventually brought him back to Memphis. Then Chicago musician Ben Crowell joins the show to talk about his new project Sheet Ghosts and his small-batch coffee roasting operation, Glassworks Coffee. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Duration:00:55:18

Big Stupid Steak with Kelly English (Restaurant Iris, The Second Line)

10/6/2020
Host J.D. Reager talks to Memphis Chef Kelly English, the man behind Restaurant Iris, The Second Line, and Magnolia House (Biloxi, MS) as well as the new owner of Fino's From the Hill, about his career in the food industry, the difficulties of operating a restaurant during the pandemic, the signature dish he no longer feels affection for and the incident involving NBA all-star Tony Parker that propelled him to SportsCenter. Then J.D. debuts an unreleased song by Two Way Radio as a Back to...

Duration:00:46:40