A look inside the world of Pat Monahan of the band Train
Al Anderson, the genius guitar virtuoso behind the great NRBQ, joins me on this week’s Patcast. Hear Al talk about his 3+ decades on the road without a setlist, and his current career as a successful Nashville songwriter. We talk about his tiny guitar that he bought for 45 bucks, and wouldn’t sell for a hundred grand, and he plays the first song he ever wrote with NRBQ. Check it out!
Richard Marx is one sarcastic bastard, and if you’ve been listening to the Patcast for a while, you know that’s my all time favorite kind of bastard. He also happens to be a genius songwriter and an amazing singer. This week on the Patcast, Richard Marx talks songwriting, sings, and lays the sarcasm on thick. Listen here.
This week—it’s an honor to bring you one of the greatest singers of all time and one of the greatest guitar players of all time. And we are just talking about one guy! It’s Country Music Hall-of-Famer and 20-time Grammy winner Vince Gill. This guy’s got one hell of a resume, and he’s got loads of stories. He shares some of those with us, and plays live on the Patcast. Listen here.
Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Hawaiian ukulele sensation Aidan James! At just 12 years old, he is one of the most talented kids I know, and we are so excited to introduce you to him here on the Patcast. I first saw him covering “Hey Soul Sister” on Youtube a couple years ago. Now he sits down for a conversation about how he got started as a musician at such a young age, and how he’s already racked up 20 million youtube views! And he plays a few songs for us! Listen here.
This week, the best harmonica player on the planet stops by for a chat and performance. It’s John Popper of Blues Traveler and he tells us all about his 2 plus decades of touring, his crazy days of partying and his journey back to being healthy. Also he explains how he once locked Bill Murray in the trunk of his car. It’s all on this week’s Patcast. They also sing “You Don’t Have To Love Me.” Listen here.
No one should ever feel bad for me no matter how bitchy I get. Tired, working too hard, not feeling good, who cares?
Tom Arnold told me he wasn’t arrogant enough to be upset all the time. That would mean that he didn’t look around to see real problems. Smart fella.
I haven’t spent much time on twitter and all that stuff because I figure what you REALLY want from me is good music.
So, I’m working on that. We all need good music plus it doesn’t hurt to have your favorite band do hood work! Validating for all of us.
Anyway, I’ve been writing for a long ass time now. It’s miserable. It’s raw and weird and it sucks but ya know what? It’s right. It takes times like these to mean something. I preach this shit in the classroom all the time. Hurt. Feel. Songs will come. It’s true and now I’m living it.
So, that’s what I’ve been doing. If you miss me, go to Patcast.com and if you don’t miss me then you’re fine.
I’m getting tired of reaching for the starts but the starts don’t seem to tire of reaching for me.
Phil Solem—one half of the band The Rembrandts—is this week’s Patcast. You might remember the Rembrandts from the FRIENDS theme song, “I’ll Be There for You,” but after you hear this interview, you’ll never be able to forget Phil Solem. It’s live music, bad jokes, and the story of what it’s like to write the biggest theme song in the history of television, on this week’s Patcast. Listen here.
On this week’s Patcast, former The Voice contestant Vicci Martinez comes home to the Seattle area to sit down and talk with us at my home studio. She tells us all about what she’s been up to since her stellar performance on The Voice, and about her close relationship with her family, how they became completely estranged from her, and how they found each other again. Listen here.
On the last Patcast of the year, we sit down with country legend Martina McBride and her husband, sound engineer and studio guru John McBride for a conversation and some live music. Also, Jimmy Stafford from my band Train joins us on the Patcast for the first time ever to help us play “Marry Me”. It’s all live from Blackbird Studios in Nashville! Listen here.