On this Six-Pack episode, Lee McCormack of the Tramps Like Us Podcast and friend of the show Kurt Runyon join Eric Miller of Pods & Sods to teach him on the solo catalog of E-Street guitarist and star of the Sopranos teeleee-vision show. We’re donning our babushkas, throwing on our overcoats, and talking some politically charged rock and roll. From his earliest solo work with the Disciples of Soul through flights of fancy with reggae, big band, eighties power-rock, and much more. We’re also getting into Steve’s unique position to bring to bear musical influences in his unyielding struggle for justice.
So throw your defiant fist in the air and discover or rediscover the soul-infused protest rock of Little Steven!
Nils Lofgren, Dwight Twilley, Amy Helm, Keller Williams, and Mike Portnoy join Eric in conversation to share memories and pay tribute to the life and work of Tom Petty. Hear Nils Lofgren share memories of bringing Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on their first UK tour in 1977, Dwight Twilley shares memories of the early days at Shelter Records and appearing on each other’s early recordings, Amy Helm talks about how Tom’s music has been a real soundtrack to her life, Keller Williams shares details of his Pettygrass bluegrass tribute to Tom Petty, and Mike Portnoy’s high school memories of competing with the Tom Petty poster on his girlfriend’s wall. Lots of funny stories, behind the scenes memories, praise, kind words, laughter and tears in homage to one of the world’s greatest, gone too soon. Part 2 of 3.
Perhaps no work of art has such a powerful connection to the horrific and shocking events of September 11th as Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising album. Powerful, beautiful, painful, heroic, cathartic, vengeful, unifying, inspiring, brave, vulnerable, fearful, loving… it’s all fertile territory and Bruce covers every bit as he responds to the events of September 11th as only the truly great artists can – through his timeless and brilliant work.
In this debut of a new sidecast series entitled The Chronicles of This and That, Eric welcomes Lee McCormack of the Tramps Like Us podcast, Kimberly Blatz, and Pods & Sods regular Mr Brian Jacobs for this wonderful conversation about this landmark album, it’s meanings, significance and impacts.
Gary US Bonds joins Eric in conversation. We talk about the early days growing up in Norfolk, singing on corners and eventually ending up with LaGrand Records and recording Quarter To Three, New Orleans and some of his early hits. We talk about some of the early touring packages he was part of with such legends as Sam Cooke, BB King, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles and more. How did he first connect with Bruce Springsteen in the late 70s, how did they end up in the studio and memories around some of those songs. Are there unreleased songs he recorded with Bruce from that era? Also, what was it like trying to capture his loooong career into his autobiography By US Bonds, That’s My Story and what’s next, mai tais!
You asked for it, and here it is! Brian Jacobs comes on dahn dahn dahn dahn and joins Pods & Sods for a very controversial look at Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 LP Born In The USA, which is considered a masterpiece in some circles.