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Intros & Introspections

MAWR Podcast #1

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

To kick off the MAWR Podcast series, I decided to take the time to talk to the two other people involved in this entire endeavor.  Brent, the boxed art media business manager and Kevin, our consulting engineer involved both in boxed art media and Musicians’ Access. 

I have been friends with these cats for more than 2 decades and could think of no better way to introduce the format to y’all. I hope you enjoy the journey along with us.


An interview with Geno Stroia

MAWR Podcast #2

An interview with Geno Stroia

Thursday, February 15, 2007

I sat down for an interview with Geno Stroia of the Gene Pool to discuss music and the passion that drives it.  Geno offers a great perspective on what it means to be a full time working musician in the Music Capitol of the World.

Our thanks to Geno for allowing us to invade his home and to pick his brain. 


The Wartime Social, Live @ Sherlock’s 2/18

MAWR Podcast #3

The Wartime Social, Live @ Sherlock’s 2/18

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Tonight we got the chance to interview The Wartime Social  before their gig at Sherlock’s Pub in Austin, Tx.  The band was gracious enough to sit down with me and discuss their progress from being extremely talented musicians in varied bands in and around Austin to forming The Wartime Social and recording their debut EP, “The World that never dies” (due out April 13th, 2007).

Thanks to the band for taking the time before playing and thanks to Sherlock’s for allowing us to do the interview in their establishment and to record the live show.

Thanks to Chris of DaCat Photography for providing the photos for the podcast track.  More can be seen on the DaCat photo page.


Nakia, live @ Mercury Hall, March 1, 2007

MAWR Podcast #4

Saturday, March 3, 2007

There is so much I can say about Nakia...

I met Nakia through Robert, a friend of mine of many years.  Robert played me a couple of ‘studio’ cuts of Nakia singing with the Kendall Marston Spiders and some stuff recorded from the mixing board at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA.  I heard “Weatherman” and a song written on the road on the way to the gig called “Broken Spoke”.  Both of these live cuts impressed me so much that I asked Robert for an introduction upon Nakia’s return to Austin.

I met Nakia in July of ’03 and we immediately began working on recording some demos of his songs for his press kit.  I had the pure pleasure of working with a musician who understood that to get a good sound in the ‘cans’ meant rehearsing his takes, listening to them and re-cutting as necessary.  Never a ‘rock star’, always an artist, always soulful and powerful on the mic.

We released some of them, along with two live cuts as “Double Entendre”  for distribution at SXSW in ’05.  Nakia worked hard playing solo shows and in bands such as “The Small Stars, as Vic Odin, an English “gentleman drinker” and band manager/singer.  As well as performing as Eddie, that leather jacket clad ne’er-do-well in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Zach Scott theater.  Hard work always pays off.

Nakia recently recorded his debut CD at Pedernales Studios and had his CD release party on February 17th, 2007 @ Lambert’s, 401 W. Second St. Austin.  His new record is a wonder from start to finish.

Thank you Nakia for allowing me to work with you on various projects and to interview you in support of your new CD.  You are amazing my friend.  I’ll continue to watch your star rise with admiration.



Before The Music Dies - Waterloo 03-01

MAWR Podcast #5

Monday, March 5, 2007

On Thursday, March 1, 2007, I was able to attend and record the in store performance by Doyle Bramhall ii, Charlie Sexton and Ephraim Owens to celebrate the DVD Release of “Before The Music Dies” ©2006, a film documenting the state of the music business and centering on the experiences of Doyle Bramhall ii.

Andrew Shapter, the director of the film allowed me to visit with him and Doyle in his home to ask them questions about the film and their take on music in our time today.

Thanks to Andrew and Doyle for agreeing to talk to me.   And also thank you Andrew and Joel for putting this film together.  A wonderful film that should be viewed and enjoyed by all music fans.



MAWR Artists in Rotation

MAWR Podcast #6

Friday, March 9, 2007

MAWR Artists in Rotation

This week I had an email from a listener from Dallas (wow, already outside of Austin...  Where else are y’all listening to this ‘cast?), JC, who requested a bit more music in the stream.

After thinking it over I realized it was a good idea (Thank You JC).  So, we are going to split the podcasts up into three different style segments (with unique artwork to set each apart from the other).

We’ll continue to do our interviews since hearing from artists about how they make this business work without compromising their art is definitely something we want to get out to our base.

We are adding two other segments beginning today.  The first is a “DJ” style showcase of artist who have music in the MAWR radio stream.  We’ll spin a couple of those tunes and give you some more information about who they are.

Lastly, we will be adding some “How To” segments which will focus on the ‘getting music onto your computer for distribution’ aspect.

Any and all feedback is welcomed.  Use the Contact Us link at the top of the page to let us know what you think.  Or provide direct comments to the podcast either here on on the iTunes Music Store.

I truly hope you enjoy the new segments.



An Interview with David Newbould

MAWR Podcast #7

Monday, March 12, 2007

An Interview with David Newbould

We got to sit down and talk with local artist, David Newbould about his latest CD release “Big Red Sun”.  David not only wrote and performed the songs on the CD, but also produced it as well.

The results are amazing.  And based upon the quality of his song writing and storytelling from both the latest CD and his previous EP, “Everyone Has Their Own 10”, we have a lot to look forward to from David.

Check him out at Opal Divines on March 15th, The Hideout on March 17th and Flipnotics on March 19th.

More information about David is available at his MySpace page.

(reposted 03/21/2007 due to sound file problems)


MAWR Artists in Rotation - Take 2

MAWR Podcast #8

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

MAWR Artists in Rotation - Take 2

Based upon the listener feedback from the first DJ style episode I have dubbed “MAWR-AIR”, (Artists In Rotation), I figured it would be perfect timing to get second set out there.

This one features Plaid Joe, The Waller Creek Boys, Pedestrian Folklore and David Newbould.  A good mix of good music.

Check it out!



Live Set #1... Alpine, Texas

MAWR Podcast #9

Friday, March 16, 2007

Live Set #1...  Alpine, Texas

I got the chance to catch the Gene Pool live in Alpine Texas at The Railroad Blues, a great bar on Highway 90 just west of Downtown Alpine.  A cool bar with an awesome vibe.  Owners Richard and R.C. both were gracious hosts providing all the requisites for a good time and a good live audio capture.

It was a great show and I am proud to have it listed as our inaugural Live Set! MAWR Podcast.

We got three in all over the weekend, so check out #10 and 11, also recorded live at The Railroad Blues.



Live Set! #2, The John Deery Band

MAWR Podcast #10

Friday, March 16, 2007

Live Set! #2, The John Deery Band

The Second of our Live Set recordings occurred 30 minutes after the first with Geno, Jorge and Travis of The Gene Pool sitting in with John Deery and Dave Dilling of The John Deery Band to play some music, both covers and originals off of John’s latest CD, “Insignificant Other”©2007.

A good example of roadhouse country and blues.



An Interview: Geno, Jorge, Travis & Richard.

MAWR Podcast #11

Saturday, March 17, 2007

An Interview: Geno, Jorge, Travis & Richard.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Richard Fallon, co-owner of the Railroad Blues in Alpine Texas wtih RC Toler, and members of The Gene Pool (Geno, Jorge & Travis) to talk about what makes the music scene in Alpine so appealing. 

While I was in town I met various musicians and music fans.  Mark Pollock, who migrated from Dallas, owns Trans-Pecos Guitars.  Richard relocated from Austin to Alpine to run a music club.  As mentioned in the interview, Doyle Bramhall Sr. also lives out in Alpine Texas.

What is it that draws people out to the high alpine desert to make music a primary part of their life and what drives bands to make the trek from the Live Music Capitol of The World 400+ miles west?  If you’ve been there, then the question is moot.  If you haven’t, check out the answers we got in this interview.



Porn On The Bayou... The first Vodcast.

M.A.W.R Podcast #12

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Porn On The Bayou... The first Vodcast.

The Porn On The Bayou show was wonderful, full of energy and driving the crowd the whole way through. Porn On The Bayou, a Creedance cover band, consists of Geno, Jorge and Travis of The Gene Pool sitting in with John Deery and Dave Dilling of The John Deery Band. 

We have 4 other Podcasts coming up, but this CCR tribute by P.O.T.B. is special, both because we were able to capture the band on a Holiday Weekend in a great establishment, and since we had the chance to capture some live video it is also our first Vodcast. 

Hope you enjoy both the audio and visual impact of this show.  

Again, we want to thank Richard and R.C. of the Railroad Blues in Alpine for letting us into their business and showing us real hospitality, West Texas style.  Also to the Gene Pool and The John Deery Band as Porn On The Bayou for letting us record their set and check out some good fun and good music in a great location.


Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses

M.A.W.R Podcast #13

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses

Part 1:

Having the chance to attend the Lonestar Custom Hot Round show at the Travis County Expo Center was incredible.  Brian of the Kontinentals, one of the sponsors for the show, hooked me up with a day pass to see some of the coolest rides and hear some great music at the same time.

I was able to capture two live sets while on the grounds.  There were way too many cars to miss to sit in the sun the whole day with headphones.  Makes for a wicked tan line.

The Ryan Bingham band, Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses, starts us off for today...  One more coming up afterwards...  Voted best guitarist in Austin by the Chronicle Readers Poll.  Pretty good braggin’ rights in this town.


The Redd Volkaert Band

M.A.W.R Podcast #14

Saturday, April 7, 2007

The Redd Volkaert Band

Well, after Ryan and the band tore up the stage with some gritty country influenced rock, roll and blues, Redd Volkaert came on stage to show exactly why Austin Chronicle Readers selected him as the best guitarist in town ( and best dressed guitarist in Austin as well).

The live show, with Redd’s and the band’s energy behind it blows away any reproduction of it.  Period.

Next time Redd is out playing, wherever that may be, go out and see him. He’ll rock it like your back ain’t got no bone.



Espira Rock La Ruta Maya In San Antonio.

M.A.W.R Podcast #15

Friday, April 27, 2007

Espira Rock La Ruta Maya In San Antonio.

On a Friday night in San Antonio, there are lots of things to do.  On a Friday night during Fiesta in San Antonio, there are 10x that number...

Omahar and I got to head down to Ruta Maya on the Riverwalk and check out a couple of bands.  Angel, the owner of La Ruta Maya S.A. gave us a green light on recording a new incarnation of a band that has been rocking the M.A.W.R radio stream for the last couple of years.

Espira, three of the original members of Broken Down, are out making some incredible music on the Texas Indie scene.  Their sound is a blend of heavy, melodic rock and Tejano roots flavor.  The combination is great.  Some tasty traditional licks and some inventive use of effects to carry on that vibe carry one tune so that the rock guitar can rock above it.  Supported by a tight and grooving rhythm section, the band finds some new ground and explores it well.

espira is:

daniel - bass guitar / back up vox
roland - drums / percussion
noe - lead vox / rhythm guitar

We were able to record a live set of their headlining show and then sit down for an interview afterwards with the hospitality of La Ruta Maya staff (who were all ready to go home after a long Fiesta Friday Night).

Thanks to Angel and Matt for helping us out and allowing us to take over their space to record both the live set and the interview.


M.A.W.R - A.I.R (Artists In Rotation)

M.A.W.R Podcast #16

Sunday, July 15, 2007

M.A.W.R - A.I.R (Artists In Rotation)

Well way too long of a break from podcasting.   Here is a new Artist In Rotation ‘cast to fix that lag time.

This round we are spotlighting some soulful tunes from a variety of artists.  

First up is Darren Watson from Wellington, New Zealand. Darren has a bluesy guitar and a soulful voice which blend very nicely together on his songs.  He is a wonderful musician and we need to get him stateside for some US shows.

Then we have Laura Freeman, an Austin local whose style is as varied as her songs.  Everything from kids sing-alongs to country to cabaret and everything in between.  A really nice woman and gifted artist.

Next is Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel out of Kokomo, IN.  These guys can rock yer socks off!  Some really nice Chicago Blues with some steamin’ guitar and chunky rhythm to give it a nice edge.

Finally Scott Ramsay of Duckbutter is our spotlight artists on this p’cast.  This is a tight band and Scott’s songwriting really shines in this setting.  Scott is a professional photographer as well and has as equally a good an eye for the lens as he does an ear for a well crafted song.

Hope everyone enjoys these artists.



M.A.W.R Podcast #17

Monday, August 13, 2007

Alex Henley

M.A.W.R Podcast #17

Alex sat down with me at Genuine Joe’s Coffee house in Austin to discuss being a musician, touring, inspiration, recording and just feeling it.

I was able to spend some time with Alex picking his brain.  And I was able to put some of his music, from both his last album “Coming Around” (©2006) and also a live track and two unreleased tracks from an upcoming album.

Sit back, relax and get ready to hear some really good music from a really genuine individual.



M.A.W.R Podcast #18

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Scott Ramsay

M.A.W.R Podcast #18

I had the opportunity to sit down with Scott Ramsay for an in depth and intriguing interview.  Amazing depth in the topics and Scott's approach to music and song writing.  Anyone who is looking for new music that makes you want to listen to it again and again, this guy is one to listen to and to keep an eye on.

Thanks go out to Scott for taking the time to sit down and for his generosity of spirit for giving not only his time, but opening his mind, heart and soul through the interview process and especially through his music.


M.A.W.R Podcast #19

Friday, February 8, 2008

Devyl Kat

M.A.W.R Podcast #19

Devyl Kat, a Dallas Texas based musician and music promoter drove down I-35 to sit down and discuss the benefit concerts she has already organized and promoted as well as some ones coming up in the near future. 

She also gave us a chance to spin some music from the bands she promotes.  A great mix of some heavier Big D vibes.

Sit back and enjoy!  If you’ve like the heavier grooves we played in the past, you’ll really dig these.  And, I think you’ll enjoy Kat’s humor along the way as well.