Host Nate Wilcox welcomes author Steven Blush to discuss his book “American Hardcore: A Tribal History.” Nate and Steven talk about the angry, loud and disaffected scene of the early 1980s which managed to change the course of American culture despite the active opposition of the music industry.
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes fellow podcasters Gurdip Ladhar and Justin Gausman of TCBCast to discuss Peter Guralnick’s classic “Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley.” Nate, Gurdip and Justin talk about Sam and Dewey Phillips, Vernon and Gladys, Scotty and Bill and the infamous Col. Tom Parker and the amazing rise of a share-cropper’s son to stardom.
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes author James Kaplan to discuss his book “Irving Berlin: New York Genius.” James tells Nate about the legendary song-writer’s 50 year career from “Alexander’s Rag-Time Band” to "Annie Get Your Gun."
Today host Nate Wilcox welcomes author David Cantwell to discuss Merle Haggard and his book “The Running Kind.” Nate and David grapple with the factors that made Haggard one of the great country superstars but prevented him from crossing over to a broader audience the way Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson or Dolly Parton did.
Host Nate Wilcox talks to Bing Crosby biographer Gary Giddins about Bing Crosby's jazz credentials, his rise to fame with Paul Whiteman, his conquest of radio, early days in Hollywood, the tragic death of his guitarist and best friend Eddie Lang, and Crosby's mastery of the microphone.
This interview touches on both of Giddins' biographies of Bing but with an emphasis on Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams-the Early Years, 1903-1940.
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes back Jeff Feuerzeig the director of “The Devil and Daniel Johnston”, to discuss the late singer-songwriter and Austin, Texas legend, the line between genius and madness, the lo-fi movement and the making of one of the all-time great rock documentaries.
Host Nate Wilcox interviews Randy Poe, the co-author of Buck 'Em!: The Autobiography of Buck Owens. They discuss Buck's golden run of great country hits in the 1960s, his incredible business acumen, his place in the Okie diaspora and more.
Nate and Justin interview James Brown biographer R.J. Smith about his involvement in the creation of Mike Judge's Tales from the Tour Bus.
Let It Roll is a series of in-depth interviews with music writers like Ed Ward, Robert Gordon, Paul Trynka, Peter Doggett, Elijah Wald and more.