Jimmy Carter of The Blind Boys of Alabama joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early life connecting with his classmates to form The Blind Boys of Alabama, early memories of touring and recording, memories of contemporaries like Sam Cooke and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, experiencing the Civil Rights movement and the diversification of the Blind Boys’ audiences in the 80s, their appeal in the secular world, touring with Peter Gabriel, what it was like performing at The White House for Obama, memories of his final performance with longtime friend and partner Clarence Fountain, learning that their recording of Way Down In The Hole was used for the TV show The Wire, what his plans are for a new recording spanning the group’s 80 year career, what he plans to do in the second half of his life and much more!
Ryan Leonardo reunites with Craig for the first time in a long time to discuss what many consider Iron Maiden’s albums recorded during their best years: The Number Of The Beast, Piece Of Mind, Powerslave, Somewhere In Time, and Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son. Weaved around these appreciations for the band and their music are stories about discovering these albums together as kids, the quest to find all of the Eddie artwork possible and some more childhood memories. Recorded in front of an audience as one as Ryan’s girlfriend Karen joins in here and there to try to keep things above board (things are not kept above board).
SmishSmashCast returns to welcome the authors of the forthcoming book MIXING LINKS: THE MONKEES ON DISC (check out the first installment to hear all about the book)! In the conclusion, Craig and Derek go up against Megan for a few rounds of Monkees trivia with our venerable host Eric!
Jeff Harris (Behind The Grooves) joins us for an in depth look at the year 1988 in our continuing series of 80s-centric episodes. In this episode, we look at the top ten Billboard singles of the year and follow up with some favorites from the year as honorable mentions.
Tom Bailey of The Thompson Twins joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early life discovering music and growing up with a musical family, how he got into discovering the keyboards via The Beatles, what the working structure was within The Thompson Twins in terms of creativity, are there any songs hidden in their vault, what it’s been like returning to the stage after 20+ years, was he nervous that the audience would still be there, the journey back to pop music in recent years, inspiration behind his song Come So Far, his first self-title debut solo album Science Fiction, will it be another 20 years before his next album, and much more!
Megan and Eric are back together to welcome the authors of the forthcoming book MIXING LINKS: THE MONKEES ON DISC – Derek Miner and Craig Smith. In this first installment, we learn about how they discovered The Monkees, the birth of MONKEESMIXOGRAPHY, how it became a book (and what to expect when it is released) and much more!