AJ Babcock is probably one of the most talented songwriters I know. He was the bassist/lyricist for House Of Heroes, writes country songs in Nashville and has a new band called Secret Club. AJ came to my house recently and we just started talking...and talking. We discuss his beginnings in music with the upright bass, country songwriting, awkward christian t-shirts and what he's up to now with his band, Secret Club.
...and we're back! My guest this week is Bones Owens. He's a talented singer/songwriter, living in White's Creek, TN. He's done a lot of cool musical projects including The Becoming, Yelawolf and his own solo music. Bones has a new record out called 'Make Me No King' and you can get it on iTunes right now. We had a great time catching up at his house in White's Creek. We talk music, homeownership, guitars, band shirts and much more.
I've taken a long break. So, why not bring you up to speed with a 6 minute explanation...
My guest this week is Paul Moak. He's a producer, songwriter, motorcycle enthusiast, great family man and owner of Smoakstack studios in Nashville, TN. Paul and I sat down to discuss Nirvana, learning guitar while eating Krystal, old school MTV, building a studio...just to name a few things. I've had the pleasure of working with Paul in the studio and calling him a friend for a while now. He's the kind of person you get inspired by every time you're around him. I'm honored to have him as my guest for episode 16! Disclaimer: In the episode, I tell Paul that his episode is the longest. I should've done my homework. Episode 2 with Jack O'Shea still barely beats him out. Sorry, Paul!
Mindy White (States/Lydia) and I sit down in her Nashville apartment and discuss everything from collecting and naming plants, her love of ICP, growing up and hiding her singing voice from her Y2K prepping dad to her current status as a singer. Mindy is a long time friend of my Wife and I's and I was so happy to have her on the podcast. Make sure to look up her music with States and look forward to her future musical projects. I know I can't wait to hear her beautiful voice on something soon!
Trevor and I have been friends for quite a while now. We met a long time ago when his old band (The Wedding) was opening for my old band, The Supertones. Since the Wedding stopped touring, Trevor has since started 2 companies and a new musical project. Tramps is his new band where he's taken the reigns as lead singer. Their first EP comes out this friday (11/18). In this episode, we discuss vaping (yep!), LaCroix, bands printing on bad shirts, his new project and how tour pranks were put to an end by his old band.
Sorry for the 2 week delay! We're back with episode 13! My guest this week is Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory. Jordan has been in Nashville, recording his 9th record with New Found Glory and crashed at my house to talk about all sorts of stuff. Green Day tours, Mark Hoppus calling his band, popcorn, coffee, tattooing, how we met and all sorts of other topics. Jordan has to come back for a follow up because there is so much we didn't cover. Keep your eyes peeled for album number 9, by New Found Glory! Photos below by Jered Scott
Alex Garcia (Mayday Parade) and I sit down to discuss aliens, the iPhone 7, flight attendants, guitar playing, lithium ion batteries, recording and a bunch of other stuff. We didn't even get into anything about his band! That's why I love the format I've chosen. You often get a good glimpse into the life of someone, outside of what they do for a living. I've known Alex for a few years now and he's quickly become a good friend to my Wife and I. For such a mellow guy, he can really open up once you start recording. I will definitely be having Alex back for a pt. 2!
My guest this week is Clint Wells. Clint is a very talented studio/touring musician, here in Nashville. He's toured with Bob Schneider, Mindy Smith, Jessie Baylin and currently on tour with Rodney Atkins. Clint has a love of all things rock n roll metal and...Freddy Krueger. We get into all of this stuff and much more, including Clint unboxing one of my toys. Check out Clint's own music at soundcloud.com/clintwells.
Number 10! My guest this week is tattoo artist and Safehouse Tattoo owner, Ian White. Ian has a great story about coming up in the tattoo world, in Ohio, to ending up a shop owner in Nashville. Ian is a very gifted artist in tattooing as well as painting. I hope you enjoy the episode and go get a tattoo!
My guest this week is instrumental artist and piano player, Patrick Copeland. Patrick is an independent artist who you may haven't heard of. That's the point of this podcast! To introduce you to new music and artists of all kind. Patrick and I sat down to discuss his beginnings in music, scoring a graphic novel, instrumental music and even got some Breaking Bad in there. Enjoy!
This week, I sit down with Billy Dead & Daisy Dead of The Dead Deads! I went to their rehearsal space in Nashville to chat about their new record, getting your own dead name, old school fliers, touring with bush and much more. The Dead Deads are a great all female band from Nashville. They're a special gem in a city filled with so much country garbage. Thanks again to Billy & Daisy for talking with me and being so incredibly nice! Go pick up their new album, 'For Your Obliteration' now!
Matty Mullins (Memphis May Fire) and I relax in his new chairs (dubbed "The Monroe") to discuss his history with the band, how he auditioned, his solo work, faith, his pomade company and so much more. Memphis May Fire's new album, 'The Light I Hold,' comes out October 28th and it's so great! I have not known Matty long, but it truly feels like we've been friends for so many years. I can't thank him enough for his friendship and taking the time to chat with me for this episode.
John Davis (The Lees Of Memory/Superdrag) and I sit down in his reverb filled dining room to chat about an array of topics. The recording and writing process for 'Head Trip In Every Key,' the power of a 20 year old Yamaha cassette 4-track, independently releasing music, the success of Nick Raskulinecz and so much more. John and I have been friends for a long time now. I've played in his solo band and with The Lees Of Memory (His newest project). We could've talked for hours and hours, so I think it's in order to bring him back for a pt. 2 at some point.
My guest this week is Amanda Valentine (Designer/Project Runway). We sit down in her Nashville studio to discuss the fashion world, behind the scenes of project runway, growing up in a mormon family, Tim Gunn's favorite wine and why she needs to take up the bass again. There's plenty more we talked about and I had such a blast making this episode. Amanda is a true artist with great talent. She does things her way and that is a great quality in any form of art.
I traveled a whole 12 minuets to chat with my good friend, Tim Skipper (House Of Heroes). We sat down and I got a good bit of info on his musical background, early bands names, growing up in Columbus, opening for Avenged Sevenfold and so much more. Check out the new House Of Heroes album, 'Colors', as soon as possible. I cannot back it enough and I'm not saying that because we're friends. It's a truly great album.
Shane Tutmarc and I sit down (in my garage) to discuss a buffet of topics including...Growing up in Seattle, Nirvana, Cobain conspiracies, his great grandfather and how he deserves all the credit for inventing the pickup and so much more! Shane has made his mark here in Nashville and is even beginning to experiment with electronic music. Yes, it's true. It's very different for him, but I think it will be nothing short of great. Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe!
Oh, Man. What an episode this is. This will probably end up as my longest episode. Once Jack and I get going, it really doesn't stop. We cover a wide variety of topics from classic comedies, trump, tv guitars, fatherhood and eventually, the new Bayside record. It's coming out August 19th, by the way! Make sure and catch Bayside on their upcoming tour, supporting the new record, 'Vacancy.'
Here we are! Episode 1! I have been wanting to get this off the ground for some time now and it's finally happening. My first guest is my friend and singer/songwriter, Matthew Mayfield. I traveled down to Birmingham, AL and spent a ton of time with Matthew. We ate, drank and sat down to chat about everything from Guns 'N Roses to his unique approach at recording vocals for a song off his upcoming record, 'Recoil.' Make sure to keep up with Matthew via social media (Instagram & Twitter - matthewmayfield). also, check out matthewmayfield.com to see when he's coming to your city. You do not want to miss a live perfomance by him, trust me.