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Listen to veteran and active-duty members of the armed forces highlight their original music and tell stories of their service, as they work to spread their message and their music, to new fans.Operation Encore is a non-profit veterans organization that provides opportunities for veteran and active duty singer-songwriters and musicians to take their music to the next level through artist development, professional recording, and industry-focused educational services. We seek out talent from across veteran communities to produce and highlight their original music, showcase their talents and advance their careers. Our podcast features powerful stories and original songs from our artists and artists across the veteran community.​

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United States

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Listen to veteran and active-duty members of the armed forces highlight their original music and tell stories of their service, as they work to spread their message and their music, to new fans.Operation Encore is a non-profit veterans organization that provides opportunities for veteran and active duty singer-songwriters and musicians to take their music to the next level through artist development, professional recording, and industry-focused educational services. We seek out talent from across veteran communities to produce and highlight their original music, showcase their talents and advance their careers. Our podcast features powerful stories and original songs from our artists and artists across the veteran community.​

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English

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Episodes

Episode #33: Army Pilot and Military Spouse Kate and Secily Anderson (Winter Grain)

11/2/2023
In this episode of “Soldiers, Stories & Songs”, Guy (Jaquier) and Adam (Rossi) spend time with retired Army helicopter pilot Kate Anderson and military spouse Secily Anderson. Together, they blend compelling lyrics, smooth harmonies and tasty guitar leads as a duet called “Winter Grain”. Learn about how Kate grew up around the Reno Rodeo, almost became a nun, then pivoted to 22 years of service in the Army, and how Secily grew up with music since she was 8 years old and has played in bands covering about every genre on the planet. During this podcast, they highlight three of their original songs, including: “Passenger Seat” “Fists” “A Better You” You can learn more about Winter Grain and follow Kate and Secily on your favorite streaming platforms or at: https://Wintergrain.com Support the show

Duration:00:56:34

Episode #32: Army Green Beret Derek Stoner

10/14/2023
In this episode of “Soldiers, Stories and Songs”, Guy (Jaquier) and Adam (Rossi) spend time with retired Army veteran and Green Beret Derek Stoner. After spending a childhood hunting, fishing and working as a farm laborer in small town Craig, Missouri (population 200), Derek joined the National Guard while still in High School and served in the Army after September 11th. Derek spent 20 years serving his country as an elite Green Beret, with over 16 deployments to the Middle East, including missions within Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Qatar. Following his retirement as a Master Sergeant, Derek moved near Nashville to pursue his music career. You can now find him regularly around Lower Broadway, playing the Honky-Tonk scene. During this podcast, Derek, Guy and Adam highlight three of his original songs: “Bad Decisions” “Break the Chain” “Bad Man Finder” You can learn more and follow Derek on all the streaming platforms or at derekstonermusic.com. Support the show

Duration:00:48:07

Episode #31: Army Veteran Stephen Wayne

6/29/2023
In this episode of “Soldiers, Stories and Songs”, Guy (Jaquier) and Adam (Rossi) spend some time with Stephen Wayne talking about his humble roots in rural Arkansas and his year long “adventure” at age 14, sneaking on Greyhound buses, living on the streets and playing his old Fender Squire guitar. Yes-Age 14! Of course, he later met an Army recruiter and signed up as a mechanic a few months before 9/11. He retired 21 years later, after a total of 5 years of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan-and getting his vehicle blown out from under him 6 times. Stephen’s music career consists of both solo acoustic projects and the new album with his band “Souls Worn Thin”. During this episode, Stephen highlights three of his songs, including: “Sideways” “Start A Band” “Treason” You can follow Stephen and “Souls Worn Thin” on all the streaming platforms or via their website: https://soulswornthin.com (https://soulswornthin.com) Support the show

Duration:00:59:34

Episode #30: Navy and Marine Corp Veteran Mike Ponder

4/18/2023
In this episode of "Soldiers, Stories, and Songs", Guy [Jaquier] and Adam [Rossi] catch up with Operation Encore artist Mike Ponder, a veteran of both the Navy and Marine Corps. Mike was introduced to music at an early age: He started touring at age three and was playing drums at age 6 on stage with his parents and their band "JL and the Country Squires". Mike deployed in support of the Gulf War in 1991, Kosovo in 1999, and Iraq in 2002. He was medically retired from the Navy in 2008 due to complications from a gunshot wound after 20 years of service. Mike currently tours with his band "The Steel Rail Express" and is the founder and CEO of SRE Jams, a full service music e-commerce store. He also operates a program for servicemen and women , teaching music and offering free guitars for graduates. During this episode, Mike highlights three of his original songs: "When the Stars Align" "Better Days" "Hard Road" You can find more information about Mike and his music on the Operation Encore website or by searching for "Mike Ponder Music" on your favorite social media or streaming platform. Support the show (http://www.operationencore.org) Support the show

Duration:00:48:36

Episode #29: Army Combat Engineer Schaefer Mueller

2/14/2023
In this episode of “Stories, Soldiers and Songs”, Guy [Jaquier] and Adam [Rossi] catch up with Operation Encore artist and Army veteran Schaefer Mueller after his recent OE recording session at AR Audio in San Francisco. During the podcast, they discuss Schaefer’s early music influences including his grandfather who played bass guitar for Funk and Jazz bands, and his parents who drove him to Jimmy Buffett concerts in a minivan decorated with shark fins. Following a period sleeping in his car parked outside a bar living off dry ramen noodles and Monster Energy drinks, he joined the Army as a combat engineer and deployed to Afghanistan. While there, he was stationed with the Green Berets at a forward outpost in Mohmand Valley, Nangarhar Province. Also included -- a bonus description of his wife’s roller derby career! Throughout the episode, Schaefer highlights three of his original songs: “Blocked” “Happy” “One Last Rodeo” You can find more information about Schaefer and his music on the Operation Encore website or by searching for “Schaefer Mueller Music” on your favorite social media or streaming platform. Support the show (http://www.operationencore.org) Support the show

Duration:01:01:50

Episode #28: Recon Marine and Scout Sniper Brandon Mills

11/28/2022
During this episode of “Stories, Soldiers and Songs”, Guy and Adam talk with USMC veteran Brandon Mills about growing up in Kentucky and his service as a Recon Marine and Scout Sniper during multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Brandon also describes his post-military life, which includes three years working with a non-profit in a Palestinian refugee camp, his appearance on the TV series “The Bachelor”, his work in the field of “executive and celebrity security” and, of course, the pursuit of his music career in Nashville. During the Podcast Brandon performs three of his original songs: “Understand My Love” “Front Lines” “My Hero Too” You can learn more about Brandon and follow him at: Brandonmillsmusic.com Support the show

Duration:00:50:09

Episode #27: Country Rocker and Marine JB Brown

10/8/2022
Meet JB Brown -- an up-and-coming artist and Marine with a humble background and a smooth county-rock sound. In this episode of “Stories, Soldiers and Songs”, Guy (Jaquier) and Adam (Rossi) discuss JB's journey from a young drummer at a county fair to the streets of Iraq and back again. During the podcast, they discuss JB’s service in a Marine recon unit and his close encounter with a roadside bomb that led to his retirement after 12 years of service. As JB opens up about that day and the impacts it had on his life and his music, listen to three of his most impactful songs: Church Pew You're Gone - A Song for Cleve Way Back You can find more information about JB and his website or by searching for “"JB Brown Music" on your favorite social media or streaming platform. https://www.jbbrownofficial.com/music Support the show

Duration:00:54:56

Episode #26: Navy Surface Warfare Officer Morgan Warneke (aka Fogg Warner)

5/17/2022
In this episode of “Stories, Soldiers and Songs”, Guy (Jaquier) and Adam (Rossi) catch up with Operation Encore artist and Navy veteran Morgan Warneke in Nashville, TN. During the podcast, they discuss Morgan’s journey from a cross country runner in an Arkansas high school to his time as a Naval Academy cadet, his service as a Surface Warfare Office on a mine sweeper in the Persian Gulf, and finally to his adventures as a singer/songwriter living in Nashville going by the stage name “Fogg Warner”. Throughout the episode, they play Morgan’s new recordings of three of his original songs: “Porch Boogie” “Malady” “Hookers and Blow” You can find more information about Morgan’s and his music on the Operation Encore website or by searching for “Fogg Warner Music” on your favorite social media or streaming platform. Support the show (http://www.operationencore.org) Support the show

Duration:00:44:08

Episode #25: Navy Aviation Ordnanceman Adam Gaffney

3/20/2022
In this episode of “Stories, Soldiers and Songs”, Guy (Jaquier) and Adam (Rossi) catch up with Operation Encore artist and Navy veteran Adam Gaffney while he is recording his new EP (!) at AR Audio in San Francisco. During the podcast, they discuss Adam’s humble Midwest roots his adventures while shopping at Walmart, his military service loading weapons as a Navy Aviation Ordnanceman on aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf (including one particular moment almost having his arm torn off while casually leaning against an F-18), and his style of music that combines Neil Young and The Band with a touch of Tom Petty. Throughout the episode, they play Adam’s new recordings of his original songs: “My Dear Friend” “For Being Someone” “White Lines” You can find more information about Adam and his music on the Operation Encore website or by searching for “Adam Gaffney Music” on your favorite social media or streaming platform. Support the show (http://www.operationencore.org) Support the show

Duration:00:44:59

Episode #24: Army Veteran Scotty Hasting

1/1/2022
In this episode of "Stories, Soldiers and Songs", Guy and Adam interview a new 2021 addition to the Operation Encore family, Scotty Hasting. During the podcast, Scotty discusses his military service and the challenges of trying to become a household name in country music as a Nashville-based singer-songwriter. He also describes his "really bad day" in Afghanistan when he was shot 10 times and reveals how he adapted his guitar-playing by using a little bit of velcro and ingenuity to overcome his combat injuries. Throughout the episode, Scotty performs three of his original songs: "Truck it" "The Stories That They Tell" "Forever to Me' You can find more information about Scotty and his music on the Operation Encore website or by searching for "Scotty Hastings Music" on your favorite social media or streaming platform. Support the show

Duration:00:41:51

Episode 23: Army Special Operations Soldier Bob Deprato

12/12/2021
In this episode of the Operation Encore (OE) podcase, active-duty Army soldier Bob Deprato drops in the OE studio during his stateside leave and talks to Guy and Adam about his 18-year career in Special Operations. Bob describes his deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, his time in the Crisis Response Force providing security for overseas embassies, his efforts leading military support for overseas Presidential visits, and his experience acting as an Army security liaison for the Tokyo Olympics. Bob also discusses his recent attempts to reconnect with one of his Afghan interpreters and his work to deliver an SUV-load of kids' winter coats to the Afghan refugees housed at Marine Base Quantico as they await their resettlement to local communities. During the podcast, Bob plays and describes three of his original songs: "War Brewin' " "Fightin' Man" "Tennessee Mystery" To find out more about Bob, visit the Operation Encore website. Support the show

Duration:00:48:59

Episode #22 - Marine Landing Support Specialist and "Lioness" Barbara Sim

9/12/2021
In this episode of the Operation Encore podcast, Marine Landing Support Specialist Barbara Sim gives a fascinating, open and honest description of her time in her marines and her singer-songwriting journey. An upcoming country artist with a soaring voice, Barbara describes her time as part of the "Lioness Group" in Iraq, searching for dangerous contraband and explosives among the population (Preview: finding a grenade was "no big deal"). She also describes the feeling of loss and survivors guilt associated with combat loss and describes the stories behind three of her most memorable songs: "Silent Anthem" "Running From Goodbye" and "Freedom Isn't Free" If you want to learn more about Barbara, you can find her on the Operation Encore website and on her social media sites below. Send her a message and let her know that her music speaks to you. You can also find and book Barbara at local venues in the Greenville, SC area. Facebook (@barbarasimmusic) Instatram (@barbarasimmusic) Spotify (Barbara Sim) Support the show

Duration:00:36:10

Episode #21 - Marine Combat Engineer Steve Harwood

6/27/2021
In this episode of the Operation Encore podcast, former Marine Combat Engineer Steve Harwood takes Guy and Adam on a journey of discovery, from a tumultuous youth to the battlefields of Fallujah. Born in Woodenville, WA, Steve tells the story of how his father bought him a 45-day Greyhound bus ticket after high school and how that eventually led him to join the Marines and drive Humvees across Iraq. After dodging incoming fire during his time in Operation Enduring Freedom, he returned to Washington and began taking his music career seriously and joined Operation Encore in 2019. During the podcast, he plays three songs from his recent EP that highlight his unique sound and rocker pedigree: "Tuesdays with You" "Shadowland" and "All That I Need" Find out more about Steve on the Operation Encore website and on his numerous social media sites below: Facebook (@steveharwoodmusic) Instatram (steveharwood_music) Spotify (Steve Harwood) Support the show

Duration:00:39:50

Episode #20 - Army Combat Medic John Evans - A Story of Recovery

5/29/2021
Army Combat Medic John Evans has a lot of stories to tell. Born in Houston, TX and raised in upstate New York, John idolized his WW2-veteran grandfather and decided to enter the Army immediately following 911. After hearing a slightly inaccurate portrayal of the "Health-Care Specialist" field from his local recruiter, John signed up and was trained as a combat-medic, then deployed multiple times in support of operation Iraqi Freedom. During the podcast, he tells Guy and Adam about one of the worst days in his life, when a suicide bomber detonated a vest-borne improvised explosive device in a crowd of civilians. This life-changing event changed his perspective and focused his life-efforts on supporting the humanity and fragility of every human being. Following his service, John describes his struggles with his transition out of the military, how he became sober (since July 2, 2007!) and how his life-journey led him full circle to help those struggling with addiction. During the podcast, John also describes the major influences to his music and performs three songs that capture the essence of his Americana style: "The Arrow of Time" "The Creek Don't Rise" and "Turn Me Back Into Stardust" If you enjoy John's music, look for his upcoming 3-song EP release on the OE website and social media channels soon! Support the show

Duration:00:50:26

Episode #19 - Missile Maintainer Angel Santiago - A Journey Back To Music

4/29/2021
Meet Angel "Nolo" Santiago -- the kind of man who sets his mind to a task and overcomes all obstacles to make it happen. A native of Puerto Rico , Angel had music in his life from a young age. He began playing a nylon-string guitar in grade school and steadily increased his skill through high school as he waited on weekly TV shows to pick up tips and tricks from the likes of Eddie Van Halen. One day after college as he was taking garbage out for a local restaurant, he decided he needed to adjust his vector in life and joined the Air Force, "one of the best decisions [he] ever made"...despite some slight misrepresentations of truth from the local recruiter. During his conversation with Guy and Adam, Angel describes his initial culture shock to middle America, how he had to send his pregnant wife back to Puerto Rico during training, and how music always has always had a heavy influence on his life. His guitar doesn't sit in a closet, but like him, is "always plugged in, ready to go." During the podcast, Angel performs three of his newest songs -- two that are exclusive to the podcast, and one that was recorded at Adam Rossi Studios and is available at your favorite streaming service. Ayer Insinto Animal Enloquecer You can find out more about Angel on Operation Encore website, or through his handle on Instagram and Facebook: @nolo.oficial Support the show

Duration:00:39:20

Episode #18 - The Lloyd Smith Project

3/10/2021
Meet Mr. Lloyd Smith -- a doctor, surgeon, chemistry professor, student of California Gold Rush lore, California native, singer/songwriter, and one of the most generous men you'll ever meet. He's also a self-taught luthier who has built over 80 beautiful, custom guitars which he has given away as gifts -- some of which have made their way into the hands of our artists. In partnership with Lloyd, Operation Encore is announcing the Lloyd Smith Project --- an album of Operation Encore artists covering Lloyd's songs on his custom guitars. During this Special Edition Podcast, Lloyd describes his family history in California, how he used music as a therapeutic stress reliever throughout his life, and how he discovered and developed his skills making guitars. You'll hear about his not-so-secret techniques for creating long-lasting pieces of art (HINT: Carbon-fiber is a key ingredient) and the story behind his infamous "bullet" guitar. Along the way, OE artists Andrew Wiscombe and Steve D. Wilson join Lloyd for performances of three of his impactful songs: "Big North Wind" (Steve D. Wilson) "Two Bad Men from Bodie" (Andrew Wiscombe - Upcoming Release) "Grandfather's Tool Chest" (Lloyd Smith) Support the show

Duration:00:50:08

Episode #17- Army Veteran Tyree Woods - Don't Curse the Darkness, Light a Candle

2/18/2021
You can't have a conversation with Tyree Woods without leaving with a smile on your face. The man with the infectious smile and positive attitude has had his share of trials and tribulations. During this episode of the OE podcast, Tyree describes growing up in Muskegon Heights, MI as a biracial kid, and how foster care helped him forge the resiliency necessary to adapt to a Army life. A veteran of two combat tours in Afghanistan, Tyree describes the bonds formed through combat and why the loss of that brotherhood after leaving the Army led him to create his current band, Buffalo Commons. Along the way, Tyree gives us a taste of his "Soulgrass" style with songs that are "just poems put to music": Cannonball Jones: A song about an urban Robin Hood Monday : A song about a life-changing event in Afghanistan in 2012 Tangled: A song about living life in the moment If you enjoy Tyree's music, you can find him in the Steamboat Springs, CO area. Become part of the Buffalo Commons "Herd" at BuffaloCommansBand.com Support the show

Duration:00:46:55

Episode #16 - OE Artist Brian Boland: Half Redneck, Half Surfer, All American

1/19/2021
Meet Brian Boland - Half Redneck, Half Surfer, and all-American active-duty C-130 pilot. During episode #16 of the OE podcast, Brian tells about his adventures in the Coast Guard, from "Flying back from Gitmo yesterday", to conducting iceberg reconnaissance, surfing while watchin 50 caliber machine guns, and conducting 11-ton cocaine drug busts. In his off time from helping stabilize the geo-political scene off our nation's coasts, Brian has written three military fictional books and released two albums, "RTB" (Return to Base) and "Oceans". During the podcast, Brian sings three songs in his unique "Red Dirt Country" style: Searchin': A song about survivor's guilt Stripes : A song about the tension between family and duty Oceans: A song about friendship and living in the moment Check out Brian's Novels on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Brian-Boland/e/B01LXK14M9/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1 Search for "Oceans" and "RTB" and more of Brian's music in your favorite music app. Support the show

Duration:00:47:02

Episode #15 - Operation Encore Co-Founder Erik Brine - The Story Behind the Stories

11/24/2020
In this episode of the OE podcast, Guy Jaquier and Adam Rossi interview Operation Encore Co-Founder Erik Brine. Erik describes the history of OE and how it grew from an idea between friends into a successful non-profit that serves over 25 veteran musicians and performs at events throughout the county. An Air Force Reserve pilot Colonel and former , Erik describes why he tells people he's been involved in multiple military affairs (legislative, public, and international) and describes his struggle with a rare eye condition which almost ended his military career. Instead, it taught him how to overcome adversary and gave him a path to three advanced degrees, two professional certifications, a White House Presidential Management Fellowship, and recently, the opportunity to serve in elected office. During the interview, Erik highlights three songs from Operation Encore artists that had a profound impact on him: Sandhills to Sandals by Stephen Covell Another Trip Around the Sun by Rachel Harvey Hill We Are - Jerry Maniscalco Support the show

Duration:00:54:34

Episode #14 - Marine Heavy Vehicle Operator Dani Figueroa - Rewind and Valor

10/16/2020
During this episode of Soldiers, Stories, and Songs, Dani Figueroa describes how 9/11 altered her life and led her from pursuing a professional soccer career to becoming a Heavy Vehicle Operator and a veteran of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. A former member of both the Army Reserves and the Marine Corps, Dani describes returning home with significant combat injuries and PTSD and how music sustained her over the following years. Recently united with her new best friend and companion Valor through the This Able Veteran program, Dani previews three songs from her upcoming EP while talking openly and honestly about her life's journey and her plans for the future. Learn more about This Able Veteran: Thisableveteran.org https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=1_xbOg5n1Uk Support the show

Duration:00:41:38