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Episode 64: Karl Denson

You've likely heard of Karl Denson, the flutist and saxophonist who began his career with Lenny Kravitz, was involved in the Greyboy All-Stars and has guested with several other musicians both in a live and studio setting. He continues to expand his horizons with his own group, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and the Karl Denson 3. He is currently experimenting with a project he calls "Eat a Bunch of Peaches" where Karl Denson's Tiny Universe sprinkle their own versions of Allman Brothers songs...

Duration: 00:41:16

Episode 63: Mapache

Once in a while, we get thrown music our way, we play it, and sometimes are absolutely stunned about the great music that is being made everywhere. Once you hear Mapache, I think you'll agree that their debut Spiritual Pajamas is that kind of band. The whole record is a throwback to that acoustic, harmonizing California sound made so popular in 60s by bands like Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Grateful Dead, Flying Burrito Brothers amongst others. Now if I tell you, the two guys in the band,...

Duration: 00:20:18

Episode 62: Karina Rykman

Fresh off of three shows with Everyone Orchestra and a Fall tour with Marco Benevento I recently had the chance to sit down with bassist Karina Rykman. While she isn't yet a household name, this up and comer is taking the scene by storm. When she isn't playing, you can catch her spinning records at bars, or hanging out at many of the shows we all go to, or wish we were at. When we did sit down, I started by asking how she got involved with Marco in the first place. We'll be keeping an eye on...

Duration: 00:58:06

Episode 61: Bob Minkin

While we have the memories and the music, the fact that so many great moments in our scene's history have been captured on film in photos is another added bonus. More to the point, those that continue to document the ebbs and flows of the scene in photographs are doing incredible work. Thats the case for Bob Minkin who has spent decades following and photographing all of our beloved musicians and their fans. For him, it was a dream to move out to Marin County in northern California, to live...

Duration: 00:32:47

Episode 60: Matt Butler of Everyone Orchestra

For many of us who have been fans of the music of this scene, it comes down to three very basic things; the community, the musicianship and the improvisation. So it’s a no brained that a project like Everyone Orchestra exists. It combines all three of those elements, so crucial to the jam band scene. I recently discussed the Everyone Orchestra concept with Matt Butler and our conversation started when I asked him to take us back to how the whole project began.... Learn more about Everyone...

Duration: 00:46:18

Episode 59: Dave and Jake of Yonder Mountain String Band

You've heard all of the different terms for the new bluegrass music that's popular amongst the Jam Band community, whether it's new grass, progressive bluegrass, or jamgrass. Each of the bands in the re-emergence of this genre all bring a different flair to the table. The Yonder Mountain String Band, who have been at their craft since the late 90s have remained true to their original sound, though currently electrified. With Yonder Mountain String Band in town recently, I thought it only...

Duration: 00:37:27

Episode 58: Joel Cummins of Umphrey's Mcgee

When you do anything for 20 years with a group of people you spend a great amount of time travelling, sleeping, eating and working with, you begin to build not only a strong bond, but also a connection to whatever it is you are doing. Such is the case for Umphrey's Mcgee one of the most talked about bands in the jamband scene. With their 11th studio album due out in January, I had the opportunity to sit down with Joel Cummins to talk about about that record "It's Not Us", and their 20th...

Duration: 00:53:51

Episode 57 - Brad Barr of The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers, are a pair of brothers originally from Rhode Island, who now make Montreal home. While they have been at this new construct for about 6 years, you may remember their former group, The Slip. I first met the Barr Brothers almost 6 years to the day, and have watched, rather listened to the growth in the music ever since. You can learn more about to The Barr Brothers here! You can listen to this episode below, or by connecting and subscribing to one of the podcast platforms...

Duration: 00:37:03

Episode 56: Mark Karan

Had the opportunity to sit down with Mark Karan recently. For those of you who don't know, Mark rose to prominence in the Deadhead community after stints with The Other Ones and Ratdog. A Bay area musician, Karan currently keeps busy with many very cool projects. including LiveDead69, a solo record and generally jamming with cool individuals around the Bay area.

Duration: 00:36:25

Episode 55: Andy Falco of The Infamous Stringdusters

There's busy, and then there is the Infamous Stringdusters who have already played 110 shows this year and have at least twenty more to go as they run up to a New Years Eve gig in Aspen Colorado. Amidst this torrid pace, they are set to release a collection of songs, a follow up EP to their first Undercover EP. This one, is slightly more eclectic than the first, covering songs by Marvin Gaye, Daft Punk, The Allman Brothers Band, My Morning Jacket and... the Cure. While they are a band...

Duration: 00:45:56

Episode 54: Eric "Benny" Bloom of Lettuce

Lettuce a funk collective known for their infectious live performances, took a sonic turn last year at the Catskill Chill in Lakewood Pennsylvania and completed a set of music, a tribute to the late great Miles Davis one of their most beloved influences. Seven tracks from that performance will be released on October 13th, as part of a hand-picked live record called Witches Stew. During a break in Lettuce's tour schedule I had the chance to catch up with trumpeter Eric Bloom to discuss the...

Duration: 00:37:04

Episode 53: Jackie Greene

Jackie Greene is one of those artists who you hear and think, "hey this guys sounds great, who is it"? And then when you find out who it is you say to yourself, “oh yeah, that guy, he’s awesome”. There is no question that Jackie has a knack for writing songs with a story. His talent as a storyteller is only surpassed by his ability to play and sing those genuine songs he creates. If you know his work, you know I’m right, if you’ve never heard him, have a listen to our conversation, and...

Duration: 00:41:56

Episode 52: Greg of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong are all about raw, emotional fun. I really dig their sound and you will to. Like most jam bands today, they blend all kind of kinds of genres but they are rooted in a very sassy funk groove. We recently sat down with front man Greg Ormont to talk about their upcoming release Pizzaz and a whole lot more. The conversation started just after I watched their Lockn' set, and I asked Greg to recall how awesome that set was...... You can listen to this episode below, or...

Duration: 00:48:25

Episode 51: Jay Blakesberg

Something a little different today as we sit down with rock n' roll photographer Jay Blakesberg. If you're a fan of The Grateful Dead, The Jam Band scene or frankly rock music since the 80s, you have no doubt scene Jay's work in Relix and Rolling Stone Magazine, never mind the dozens of album covers and books he has done. He is an absolute treasure and a man full of many incredible stories. With a book, Eyes of the World: a compendium of Grateful Dead photographs from 65 - 95 on its way,...

Duration: 01:03:10

Episode 50: Dopapod

If you like you like the Jam Bands that rock hard, but are indescribable in terms of one true sound, you're already well aware of Dopapod. Blending deep grooves, with hard hitting percussion and catchy guitar licks, creative keyboard playing, wild song structure and interesting lyrics. The genre actually doesn't matter these guys are totally cool and really fascinating. Don't forget to check them out at for news about Megagem and their tour schedule. You definitely want to see...

Duration: 00:34:55

Episode 49: Jason Crosby

If you don’t know the name, you should, because he’s played with just about everyone in the Jam band community, and the bigger community. From Eric Clapton to Robert Randolph, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir amongst others. Crosby’s resume looks like a who’s who of rock hall of famers and potential ones. A multi-instrumentalist who has done his duty both on the road and in the studio, we sat down with Jason Crosby to learn more about his latest release Cryptologic. You can listen to this episode...

Duration: 00:40:45

Episode 48: Trevor Steer of Organ Freeman

This band's name in and of itself should evoke fun and frivolity, but giving Organ Freeman a listen will no doubt get you up and dancing. The three piece organ based trio brings a frenzied soul and funk attack that I'm sure you'll appreciate. We recently had the chance to sit down with Trevor Steer the chief protagonist given that he's the keys and organ player in Organ Freeman recently, to get his take on the project and their new album Respect My Art. We started by asking him how their...

Duration: 00:34:38

Episode 47: John Kadlecik

When I sat down with John Kadlecik, I wasn't entirely sure how the conversation would go, and certainly wasn't sure how he'd respond to some of the questions I had. There is no doubt he is an extremely talented guitar player and vocalist, but stepping into the shoes or at least performing the work of Jerry Garcia on a regular basis is no easy feat. Couple that with the ferocious tour schedule and constant playing, I suspected John was going to be a touch ornery. Turns out, he was awesome,...

Duration: 00:55:54

Episode 46: Andrew Altman of Railroad Earth

We recently caught up with Andrew Altman the bass player for Railroad Earth to talk about the misconceptions about the band, the new grass revival, recording a record with Warren Haynes and much more. It was a robust conversation that started when I asked Andrew about the rigours of being on the road A LOT..... You can listen to this episode below, or by connecting and subscribing to one of the podcast platforms here or search your favorite podcast platform for "The Sound Podcast"; Itunes:...

Duration: 00:47:08

Episode 45: Michael Lehman

The day Gregg Allman left us, I was personally rocked, having grown up listening to the Allman Brothers Band, meeting Gregg on a couple of occasions and seeing not only the "Brothers" live but also The Gregg Allman Band. His legacy and work will live on, as one of the finest blues vocalists and musicians we will ever know. We sat down with Michael Lehman Gregg's manager to learn more about the posthumous release of Southern Blood and Gregg Allman. You can listen to this episode below, or...

Duration: 00:38:45

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