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Musician and music writer J.D. Reager talks to friends and fellow creatives about the artistic process, maintaining mental health, and silencing self-doubt.

Musician and music writer J.D. Reager talks to friends and fellow creatives about the artistic process, maintaining mental health, and silencing self-doubt.

Location:

United States

Description:

Musician and music writer J.D. Reager talks to friends and fellow creatives about the artistic process, maintaining mental health, and silencing self-doubt.

Twitter:

@jdreager

Language:

English


Episodes

A Glass Ceiling with Lawrence Matthews (FKA Don Lifted)

11/29/2022
Host J.D. Reager has a deep conversation with musician and artist Lawrence Matthews (formerly known as Don Lifted) on location at Midtown Con in Memphis. They discuss the tricky nature of the music business, mental health maintenance, Lawrence's journey as Don Lifted, and more. backtothelight.net

Duration:01:17:33

Freedom with Russ Thompson and Marvin Stockwell

11/21/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks with two guests on location at Midtown Con in Memphis. First, author and musician Russ Thompson discusses the promo push for his new children's book The Owls of Sedgemount and gives an update on his various musical projects. Then, activist, musician and podcast host Marvin Stockwell talks about the recent Mid-South Coliseum news and the launch of his PR venture, Champion the Cause. backtothelight.net

Duration:00:34:00

Running the Table with Oakwalker and Garrison Starr

11/15/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to Oakwalker and Garrison Starr on location in Nashville at the Music Export Memphis showcase during Americanafest. Also, Oakwalker performs "Sunset" and Garrison Starr performs "Better Day Comin'" and "Superhero." backtothelight.net musicexportmemphis.org

Duration:00:42:24

Hurry Up and Wait with "the GunShow" Brett Michaels and Dustin Heath (DNA, Maurice the Strong)

11/8/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to "the GunShow" Brett Michaels about working on the NBC TV series Young Rock and the ongoing Memphis Wrestling trios tournament. Then Dustin Heath (AKA DNA and Maurice the Strong) talks about his finishing move, working for Control Your Narrative, his inspirational podcast Duddy's ur Buddy!, and more - before being interrupted somewhat by the one and only "Hollywood" Jimmy Blaylock. This episode was recorded on location at The WrestleCenter courtesy of Memphis...

Duration:00:37:13

An Unwritten Rule with Alexis Jade and Rodd Bland

11/3/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to singer-songwriter Alexis Jade and drummer/bandleader (and son of the late Bobby "Blue" Bland) Rodd Bland on location in Nashville at the Music Export Memphis showcase during Americanafest. Also, Alexis Jade and the Gemstones perform "Heartstrings," and Rodd Bland and the Members Only Band featuring Stacy Mitchhart perform "I Wouldn't Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me)." backtothelight.net musicexportmemphis

Duration:00:36:25

A City of Choice with Elizabeth Cawein (Music Export Memphis), Graham Winchester (Turnstyles, Reigning Sound) and Rachel Maxann

10/27/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to Music Export Memphis founder Elizabeth Cawein and the busiest person in Memphis music, Graham Winchester, on location at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis. Then he talks to musician Rachel Maxann on location at InDo in Nashville, and Rachel performs "Better Off Dead" and "Breathe" live. backtothelight.net musicexportmemphis.org

Duration:00:35:14

Hammer, Nail, Coffin with Pete Pranica (Memphis Grizzlies) and Gangrel (WWE)

10/24/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to 30 year NBA broadcaster and the TV voice of the Memphis Grizzlies, Pete Pranica, about his love of classic AWA wrestling, calling matches for Memphis Wrestling and the Grizzlies' outlook for the 2022-23 season. Then wrestling legend Gangrel joins the show to discuss his history and future in Memphis, making it with WWE, and the late Luna Vachon. This episode was recorded on location at The WrestleCenter courtesy of Memphis...

Duration:00:17:30

Living the Gimmick with Mark Akin and Jay Hines (The Subteens)

10/10/2022
Host J.D. Reager and guests Mark Akin and Jay Hines from The Subteens discuss the inspiration behind their new albums - J.D.'s Where Wasn't I?, The Subteens' Vol. 4: Dashed Hopes and Good Intentions - which both come out on October 14 on Back to the Light Records. They also discuss high school arts participation, recovery, "daddy issues," and more, and J.D. spins "Hard To Be Lonely Tonight" by The Subteens and "Hammer Mannequin" by himself. backtothelight.net

Duration:00:57:06

Radio Row with Robby Grant and Jared "Jay B." Boyd (WYXR) + John Michael (96X)

10/4/2022
Host J.D. Reager checks in with three key players in the Memphis radio community on location at Crosstown Concourse. First, Robby Grant and Jared "Jay B." Boyd discuss the second anniversary of WYXR, then John Michael gives an update on 96X. backtothelight.net wyxr.org 96xmemphis.com

You Look Like A Gonerfest 19 Preview with Katrina Coleman (You Look Like A Comedy Show) and Eric Friedl (Goner Records, Oblivians)

9/17/2022
Host J.D. Reager has a quick chat with comedian Katrina Coleman about the upcoming You Look Like A Comedy Show re-boot before doing a Gonerfest 19 deep-dive with Goner Records co-owner Eric Friedl, AKA Eric Oblivian. backtothelight.net

Duration:00:28:32

Getting Results with Jeff Hulett (Snowglobe) and Ra'id (Seize and Desist, Audionautz)

9/13/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to two musicians - solo artist and Snowglobe member Jeff Hulett, and Ra'id of Seize and Desist (formerly Negro Terror) and Audionautz - on location at the Memphis Listening Lab/WYXR Record Swap in Crosstown Concourse. backtothelight.net

Very Loud, Very Fast, Very Colorful with Christopher Rubano (Trash Goblin)

9/6/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to musician Christopher Rubano on location at the Memphis Listening Lab/WYXR Record Swap in Crosstown Concourse about his journey from Chicago to Memphis, getting sober, starting a rock band later in life, and recording Trash Goblin's new album Bad Vibes. J.D. also spins the album's first single, "This Is Your Life Now." backtothelight.net

Elvis and the Mid-South Coliseum with Mike McCarthy and Marvin Stockwell - LIVE at the Memphis Listening Lab

8/29/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to two cornerstones of the Coliseum Coalition - filmmaker, musician and activist Mike McCarthy (Teenage Tupelo, Guerilla Monster Films) and musician, activist and podcast host Marvin Stockwell (Pezz, Champions of the Lost Causes) - about Elvis Presley and the live album he recorded in 1974 at the Mid-South Coliseum, Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis. Along the way they also discuss Baz Luhrmann's recent biopic Elvis and efforts to revitalize the Coliseum, and take...

Memphis Knights with Cheyenne Marrs and Neal Lathem (s p a c e r) + Harry Koniditsiotis (5 and Dime Recording)

8/16/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to new friends Cheyenne Marrs and Neal Lathem from the Memphis band s p a c e r and old friend Harry Koniditsiotis (5 and Dime Recording, 901 Toys, The Switchblade Kid) about making music, not "forcing it," recovery, and friendship. J.D. also spins "L.A." from s p a c e r's new EP. This episode was recorded at 5 and Dime Recording. backtothelight.net

Three Set-Ups and Magic with Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Footloose, Coming 2 America)

8/8/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to filmmaker Craig Brewer about his bi-monthly "Secret Screenings" at Crosstown Theater, his early attempts at making movies, breaking through with Hustle & Flow, the influence of John Singleton, the challenges of re-visiting beloved source material, collaborating with Eddie Murphy, the making of $5 Cover, and much more. This episode is dedicated to Max.

Dueling Birthday Shows with Jeremy Scott (Scott August Night) and Brian "Skinny" McCabe (The Hi-Tone)

8/1/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks with two friends - Jeremy Scott (Reigning Sound, The Toy Trucks, Jeremy & the Drip Edges) and Brian "Skinny" McCabe (The Hi-Tone) - throwing birthday shows on the same night in Memphis. First, Jeremy discusses his thought process behind Scott August Night, which takes place on Friday, August 5th at Black Lodge. Then Brian jumps on to discuss his recent foray into the visual arts and his annual birthday show at The Hi-Tone, also on Friday, August 5th.

Back to the Light Network Roundup with Brian Balough (Of Marks and Men) and Mike Anthony (Memphis Heritage Champion) + Anthony Siracusa and Marvin Stockwell (Memphis Hardwood)

7/18/2022
Host J.D. Reager plugs the upcoming re-boot of The Shangri-La Records Podcast before digging in to 2 new podcasts on the Back to the Light Podcast Network with their creators. First, Brian Balough and J.D. explain the origins of their new show called Of Marks and Men: A Wrestling Podcast and share a clip of their conversation with the "Genetic Nightmare" and reigning Memphis Heritage Champion Mike Anthony. Then Anthony Siracusa and Marvin Stockwell grab the rock and discuss their excellent...

Breakfast with Lamont Dozier, Barbara Dozier and Fred Mollin

7/12/2022
Host J.D. Reager shares something truly special from his personal archives: a lo-fi "field recording" of his 2017 conversation over breakfast at the Peabody Hotel with music legend Lamont Dozier (Holland-Dozier-Holland, Motown Records, etc.), producer Fred Mollin, and Lamont's late wife Barbara Dozier. They discuss the recording for what would become Lamont's 2018 solo album Reimagination, the singular inspiration behind several Motown classics, how Lamont's solo work has been reinterpreted...

Duration:00:52:20

100th Episode Media Scrum with Marvin Stockwell, Chris Davis, Magpie Nonconnah and Graham Burks - LIVE from the Memphis Listening Lab

7/6/2022
Host J.D. Reager reads a brief statement before taking questions from a small gathering of media members at the Memphis Listening Lab to celebrate 100 episodes of Back to the Light. J.D. also announces the long-awaited release date - October 14 - for both his new album and the new album by The Subteens.

Duration:00:29:06

Come Hither To Me with Alex Greene (Reigning Sound, The Rolling Head Orchestra)

6/27/2022
Host J.D. Reager talks to musician and music writer Alex Greene about the end of his band Reigning Sound, upcoming Compulsive Gamblers gigs, and his recent Memphis Flyer cover story before deep diving on Alex's upcoming live film score performance at The Grove at GPAC. Alex also performs a piece from the score called "Come Hither To Me."

Duration:00:50:06