The wildly successful group from Texas stops by the show to discuss their years on the road, handling the success of 4 Number One hits, and staying together as a group over time.
This legendary folk songwriter stops by the show to discuss her techniques for sculpting melody, structuring the bridge of a song, and navigating the ever-shifting sands of the music business.
This Texas native has spent much of his career in the liner notes of other artists' albums as a songwriter, having penned songs for Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert, Midland and many more. Now he's back with a renewed focus on his own career as an artist.
The namesake of this Mexo-Americana inspired outfit joins the show to talk about traveling to Mexico to learn about their folk music culture and building a touring and recording business over the last decade.
The St. Louis by way of Michigan troubadour talks about her time touring as a side-woman in other people's bands and how she stepped into the spotlight to front her own project.
Sean and Sara Watkins are a sibling musical duo who got their start on the national stage in the bluegrass group Nickel Creek, they stop by the show to talk about their writing with archetypes and their new album.
The Ohio native describes his journey from guitarist in Drivin' and Cryin' and the New York Dolls to finding success writing songs under his own name.
The renowned folk singer from Minneapolis, by way of Tennessee, discusses finding her voice, becoming a part of the cultural zeitgeist, and taking care of herself in order to create.
Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks flips the tables on Joe Pug and interviews him about his new album “The Flood In Color”. Interspersed are songs from that album.
The beloved troubadour from PA speaks his mind on managing personal expectations, embracing the fact that people might love older albums, and the profound sense of gratitude he has for music in his life.
The lead guitarist of MMJ is also a singer-songwriter in his own right, with three solo records to his name. He talks about signing to a major with his first band, auditioning for MMJ and then touring just as the band was breaking, and reconciling fatherhood with playing music on the road.
The Hold Steady frontman talks about making a life-changing move in his late 20s, the legendary Minneapolis music scene, and his daily writing process.
The "Music Modernization Act", which has enormous consequences for how songwriters and copyright holders will be compensated for streaming music, passed the US House of Reps unanimously but is now hamstrung in the Senate due to an eleventh hour change by SESAC. Both sides of the argument are presented on this episode, and then our resident expert Brendan Anthony from the Texas Music Office calls in to help explain the situation as it stands now.
The Colorado wordsmith remembers stuffing the cardboard sleeves of his first demo himself, putting off school on a lark to tour with Kelly Joe Phelps, and the joy of sharing the journey with his longtime band.
A linchpin in Chicago's vibrant folk and country for decades, Robbie reflects on the major label blues, recording techniques, and falling in love with music for the first time.
The Vermont-born songsmith reflects on signing to Righteous Babe, writing her celebrated folk opera "Hadestown", and parenthood as a working artist.
An hourlong conversation with celebrated songwriter, James McMurtry.