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Episode 73: Tyler Kyte of Dwayne Gretzky

Something slightly different today. We’ve talked to members of bands like Pink Talking Fish, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and even Dark Stark Orchestra, who by all accounts are tribute or cover acts that stick for the most part to one bands catalogue or in the case of PTF three bands. In Toronto and the surrounding area, there has been a ground swell of support over the last few years for a collective called Dwayne Gretzky, an ensemble that features a wide variety of covers in their shows....

Duration: 00:30:13

Episode 72: Ryan Gullen of The Sheepdogs

The Sheepdogs' sound is a familiar one, and this is a band that wears their influence on their sleeves, and don't care. I've been following the career of The Sheepdogs for quite some time and we've shared many laughs along the way. Thats why I was excited to get bassist Ryan Gullen on phone to talk about their 6th studio album, and everything going on with them. Definitely blue collar types that love the music they write and play, and that genuine approach comes through in everything they...

Duration: 00:34:17

Episode 71: Ed Jurdi of Band of Heathens

When I sit down each week to compile The Sound Podcast's Weekly Mix-Tape playlist, the goal is always to find artists and songs that fit the general philosophy of music that we love. Meaningful, inspirational tunes, that are genuine in their creation, and authentic in their sound. Obviously the playlist is compiled from songs and artists that we already know and love, but sometimes, I come across a new artist that is new to me, that may in fact may not be new to anyone else. Such...

Duration: 00:34:03

Episode 70: Grayson Capps

I enjoy talking to solo performers, the singer-songwriter type, because there isn't anything more genuine, than a performer and their guitar. When you peel the layers of any song, ultimately it's that individuals ability to connect with their audience through their words, and the way they play their instrument that makes a lasting impact. I'm often in awe of the process, as much as the performance. So it was a treat to connect with Grayson Capps a man who you will soon hear doesn't take...

Duration: 00:29:36

Episode 69: Samantha Fish

Samantha Fish launched her career in 2009 and hasn't looked back. She has cemented her place amongst up and comers in the blues world, and has begun branching out, playing other genres quite capably. That's the thing these days, its hard to pigeon hole artists in one spot, and quite frankly as you'll soon hear, they don't necessarily want to placed in one specific bucket. She is a go getter, on the road, gigging and making a name for herself, as an original artist. When we caught up with...

Duration: 00:24:42

Episode 68: Red Roses, Green Gold with Director Rachel Klein

You've been listening to parts of Touch of Grey, Truckin', and Ripple taken from the musical Red Roses, Green Gold which features the music and lyrics of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. The musical has been getting rave reviews from both Deadheads and typical theatre goers alike, and so we thought, we'd sit down with Rachel Klein, the musical's director to get her take on the Michael Norman Mann book adaptation, the show, and how things are going down in New York. The conversation started...

Duration: 00:30:17

Episode 67: The White Buffalo

You may not know the name, and if you do, you already know that this mysterious singer songwriter cloaks himself in an alias to stay as secretive as possible. Ironic, when you consider his songs are written and sung with such a genuine and authentic tone and mood. He is a modern day poet of the american landscape, and when we sat down to talk, I asked about just that, the potential political nature of his music, and the the reality with which he paints it. Visit the for...

Duration: 00:23:18

Episode 66: Neal Casal

One of our favourites around these parts is Neal Casal. You know him as the ace guitar player with Chris Robinson's Brotherhood, but he's also the brains behind the Circles around the Sun project. We've had him on the show before and enjoyed our chat, so when news broke that there were new Circles Around the Sun dates coming, we tracked him down to talk about those dates, a potential new Circles record and of course his full time job with the CRB. Our conversation started when I asked Neal...

Duration: 00:31:50

Episode 65: Devon Allman

I remember watching the tribute to Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks and Col. Bruce Hampton put on at the Peach Festival last summer, thinking that this one event didn't do those three gentlemen especially Gregg and all he had done for us enough justice. Don't get me wrong, I thought the jam was magnificent, but I wanted more. We all did. So it was so great to hear that Gregg's son, Devon was organizing his own sort of tribute, as part of his new project with Duane Betts (yes, Duane, son of...

Duration: 00:31:14

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...

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...

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...

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

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