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Host J.D. Reager talks to filmmaker Craig Brewer about his bi-monthly "Secret Screenings" at Crosstown Theater, his early attempts at making movies, breaking through with Hustle & Flow, the influence of John Singleton, the challenges of re-visiting beloved source material, collaborating with Eddie Murphy, the making of $5 Cover, and much more.…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks with two friends - Jeremy Scott (Reigning Sound, The Toy Trucks, Jeremy & the Drip Edges) and Brian "Skinny" McCabe (The Hi-Tone) - throwing birthday shows on the same night in Memphis. First, Jeremy discusses his thought process behind Scott August Night, which takes place on Friday, August 5th at Black Lodge. Then Brian jum…
 
Host J.D. Reager plugs the upcoming re-boot of The Shangri-La Records Podcast before digging in to 2 new podcasts on the Back to the Light Podcast Network with their creators. First, Brian Balough and J.D. explain the origins of their new show called Of Marks and Men: A Wrestling Podcast and share a clip of their conversation with the "Genetic Nigh…
 
Host J.D. Reager shares something truly special from his personal archives: a lo-fi "field recording" of his 2017 conversation over breakfast at the Peabody Hotel with music legend Lamont Dozier (Holland-Dozier-Holland, Motown Records, etc.), producer Fred Mollin, and Lamont's late wife Barbara Dozier. They discuss the recording for what would beco…
 
Host J.D. Reager reads a brief statement before taking questions from a small gathering of media members at the Memphis Listening Lab to celebrate 100 episodes of Back to the Light. J.D. also announces the long-awaited release date - October 14 - for both his new album and the new album by The Subteens.…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to musician and music writer Alex Greene about the end of his band Reigning Sound, upcoming Compulsive Gamblers gigs, and his recent Memphis Flyer cover story before deep diving on Alex's upcoming live film score performance at The Grove at GPAC. Alex also performs a piece from the score called "Come Hither To Me."…
 
Host J.D. Reager revisits his conversation with a Memphis music icon, the late Howard Grimes. They discuss Mr. Grimes' early career as a drummer in the '50s, his work with fellow legends such as Rufus & Carla Thomas, William Bell, Al Green, Ann Peebles, O.V. Wright and Willie Mitchell, writing his autobiography Timekeeper, and how Memphis music has…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to musicians Rico Fields and Ra'id about their respective musical histories prior to Negro Terror, joining forces with the late Omar Higgins, making the documentary Negro Terror: The Voice of Memphis, Omar's unfortunate passing and its aftermath, re-forming the band as The Negro Terror, and more. J.D. also spins "We Need Supp…
 
In honor of the 25th anniversary of her debut album Eighteen Over Me, host J.D. Reager talks to musician and songwriter Garrison Starr about the making of that record and how having a breakthrough hit ("Superhero") changed her life, plus her escape from the evangelical South, how her sexual orientation lead to difficulty in both her personal life a…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to musician and radio host James Enck about his personal story of recovery, the intertwined nature of the music and alcohol industries, his predilection for musical "torture," doing a show for WYXR, and more. J.D. also spins "So Disappointing" by James' former band The Long Mynd.…
 
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Big Star's #1 Record, host J.D. Reager talks to surviving member Jody Stephens about the making of that album and how joining the band changed his life. They also discuss his work with Those Pretty Wrongs, Golden Smog, Matthew Sweet, The Lemon Twigs and more, and J.D. spins "It's About Love" by Those Pretty Wrong…
 
Host J.D. Reager chats with returning guests Joshua McLane (HEELS, South Point Grocery) and Harry Koniditsiotis (The Switchblade Kid, 5 & Dime Recording) live on the scene of the inaugural Midtown Con! This episode was recorded on April 9, 2022 at Black Lodge in Memphis, TN.
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to professional wrestling legend Jeff Jarrett about his hardcore feud with The Moondogs in Memphis, transitioning from babyface to heel in WWE, his new persona "The Last Outlaw," the expansion of WrestleMania weekend, and the power of sobriety. Then wrestling expert Brian Balough returns to discuss Jarrett's legacy, WrestleMa…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to musician Mark Edgar Stuart about his journey from Arkansas to Memphis, the rise and fall of his band The Pawtuckets, playing bass behind Alvin Youngblood Hart, John Paul Keith and The Secret Service, finding solo success with Blues For Lou, the pitfalls of writing highly personal songs, making his new record Until We Meet …
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to comedian Andy Fleming about appearing in TV commercials for his family's furniture business as a child, coming up as a comedian in Memphis, leaving Memphis behind, adjusting to life as a Chicagoan, inhabiting characters on his podcast (30 Characters) and on stage at The Laugh Factory (Character Assassination Roasts), their…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to musician, filmmaker and comic book aficionado Harry Koniditsiotis about the recent reunion of his band The Angel Sluts, working on a new Switchblade Kid record, various 5 & Dime Recording projects, the making of Harry's film Who The Hell Is Alfred Medley?, the continued success of 901 Comics, and J.D.'s sordid past as a hi…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to musicians Jeremy Scott and Graham Burks about their upcoming release show for Jeremy's solo album Bear Grease, disappointing news for the Reigning Sound, collaborating with Alicja Trout and Harlan T. Bobo, working together in the studio, and more. J.D. also spins "What Am I Talking About" from Bear Grease, and Jeremy and G…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to music writer and author Stephen Deusner about his upbringing in Selmer, TN, moving on to Memphis and beyond, becoming a contributor to Pitchfork, Uncut, etc., writing his new book Where the Devil Don't Stay: Traveling the South With the Drive-By Truckers, their shared love of Centro-matic, and more.…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to musicians Mark Akin and Jay Hines about their longstanding friendship and creative partnership, the nearly 30-year history of their band The Subteens, how addiction almost destroyed the group, working together on a new full-length album, and more. J.D. also plays a clip of the new Subteens song "I Don't Think It's Worth It…
 
Host J.D. Reager resumes his conversation with producer, engineer and vinyl cutter Jeff Powell in front of a live crowd at the Memphis Listening Lab. They dig into the vinyl mastering process, the current vinyl manufacturing "crisis," and take questions from the audience.
 
Host J.D. Reager gears up for an imminent trip to Memphis by checking in with old friends Jay Hines (The Subteens) and Marvin Stockwell (Pezz, Champions of the Lost Causes). He also chats with musician, author, martial artist and the subject of the recent documentary In The Shed, Tyler Ransom, and spins the song "Never Gonna Happen" by The Subteens…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to musician Alicja Trout about her love of analog synthesizers, collaborating with her husband Severin in the new band Sharkteef, the volatility of the Lost Sounds, continuing the Lost Sounds legacy in Sweet Knives, touring Europe with River City Tanlines, her brief collaboration with Love's Arthur Lee, and the new Alicja-Pop…
 
Host J.D. Reager chats with guests Bailey Bigger, Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady, Bash & Pop), Elizabeth Cawein (Music Export Memphis), Andrew Geraci (Alicja-Pop, San Salida) and Chris Davenport (San Salida) on location at the Levitt Shell during The Tambourine Bash, an annual fundraiser for Music Export Memphis. J.D. also shares a live performanc…
 
Host J.D. Reager moderates a discussion with producer, engineer and vinyl cutter Jeff Powell in front of a live crowd at the Memphis Listening Lab. They have a long chat about the recent resurgence of vinyl sales, the ins and outs of vinyl mastering and production and Jeff's career cutting big-time records while taking questions from audience throu…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to musicians Michaela and Will Forrest about falling in love and founding Rosey (in that order), their individual musical pasts, and the band's imminent emergence from pandemic hibernation. Then J.D. spins the song "Tradition" from the new Rosey album I'd Move House if My House Moved Like Yours, and Michaela and Will perform …
 
Host J.D. Reager presents the third of a three-part series of episodes recorded live at Gonerfest 18 in Memphis, TN. This installment features conversations with Alex Greene (Reigning Sound, Rolling Head Orchestra, Memphis Flyer) and Ross Johnson (Panther Burns, Alex Chilton, Turnt).
 
Host J.D. Reager presents the second of a three-part series of episodes recorded live at Gonerfest 18 in Memphis, TN. This installment features conversations with the legendary Wreckless Eric, returning guest Jeremy Scott (Reigning Sound, Toy Trucks), and Young Avenue Sound owner and co-founder Cameron Mann.…
 
Host J.D. Reager presents the first of a three-part series of episodes recorded live at Gonerfest 18 in Memphis, TN. This installment features lively conversations with Alicja Trout (Lost Sounds, River City Tanlines, Sweet Knives, Alicja-Pop, Sharkteef), Mike McCarthy (Guerrilla Monster Films, Time Warp Drive-In, Teenage Tupelo), Graham Burks (Loos…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to Goner Records co-owner Eric Friedl - A.K.A. Eric Oblivian - about the success of last year's virtual Gonerfest and the many challenges of putting together this year's festival. J.D. also spins recent music by five bands appearing at Gonerfest 18: Reigning Sound, The Archaeas, Big Clown, Optic Sink and The Exbats.…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks with author, social worker, record label owner, and record store legend Bela Koe-Krompecher. They dig into Bela's time behind the counter (most notably at Used Kids Records in Columbus, OH), founding the Anyway Records label, finding sobriety and a new career in social work, and writing the autobiographical book Love, Death &…
 
Host J.D. Reager digs in to the new Blindcopy song "Hard Times," which he sang and co-wrote. First, Blindcopy founder J.Robot discusses the song's musical origins and J.D. shares his inspiration for the lyrics. Then musician/comedian Joshua McLane performs a dramatic reading of Dusty Rhodes' legendary "hard times" promo and Brian Balough chats with…
 
Host J.D. Reager chats with two close friends - musician Graham Burks (Loose Opinions) and fellow podcast host Marvin Stockwell (Champions of the Lost Causes) - in front of a live audience at The Memphis Listening Lab. J.D. also spins his new single, "Back Off."
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to his friend, frequent collaborator and Loose Opinions bandleader Graham Burks about the night they met over 20 years ago, how Graham developed an interest in music early on, and his rich and eclectic musical history. J.D. also spins the extended version of the title track from the new Loose Opinions album Shadow of a Shadow…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to musician, songwriter and visual artist Hannah Sandoz about their early life in Louisiana, the creative benefits of a formal education from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, moving to Chicago, and finding the inspiration to release two records in one year. J.D. also spins two tracks from Hannah's new EP To Love and Loss!…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to Lucero guitarist Brian Venable about his early days in the Memphis punk scene, picking up guitar and co-founding Lucero, the highs and lows of life on the road, the decision to get sober, balancing fatherhood with being a working musician, and his many side pursuits. J.D. also spins two songs by Brian's new electronic/danc…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to recording engineer and producer Jeff Powell about his early career at Ardent Studios, working with The Afghan Whigs and Alex Chilton (both solo and in Big Star), learning to cut music vinyl, the move from Ardent to Sam Phillips, and starting his own business, Take Out Vinyl.…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to Aquarian Blood singer and guitarist J.B. Horrell about their history together recording J.B.'s previous band Noise Choir, the time his band Reginald performed both for and with inmates at a Shelby County correction facility, finding unexpected success with Ex-Cult, the healing power of music in the midst of personal traged…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to Sherman Willmott about the newly opened Memphis Listening Lab and the vast collection of music it houses, the journey from selling Stax bricks at Shangri-La Records to the creation of the Stax Museum, making the professional wrestling documentary Memphis Heat, and the entrepreneurial spirit that drives him. J.D. also makes…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to Chicago musician Mike Fox about the origin of the two-H spelling of "Arthhur," migrating from Ohio to Chicago, the evolution of Arthhur from an indie solo project to a disco-punk trio, the band's love of Microsoft Excel, making the new album Occult Fractures, returning to live performance, and more. J.D. also spins "Ripped…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to legendary Memphis soul musician Howard Grimes about coming up as a drummer in the '50s, working with fellow legends such as Rufus & Carla Thomas, William Bell, Al Green, Ann Peebles, O.V. Wright and Willie Mitchell, writing his new autobiography Timekeeper, and how Memphis music has evolved over the years. J.D. also spins …
 
Host J.D. Reager gives a quick update on his first week in Memphis and upcoming shows at B-Side and Black Lodge before turning over the podcast to Graham Burks and Neil Bartlett from the band Loose Opinions. Then J.D. plays a cover song that he recorded during the pandemic and makes an exciting announcement about the Chicago band Arthhur.…
 
Host J.D. Reager previews part one of a two-week, action-packed trip to Memphis. First he talks to musician and purveyor of fine collectibles Harry Koniditsiotis about the 5th anniversary celebration for 901 Comics, which J.D. will be a part of on June 5th. Then J.D. presents the world premiere of a new song called "Philanderer," which features gue…
 
Host J.D. Reager talks to musician and Back to the Light Records recording artist Joshua C. Travis about their shared history in the Memphis/Jonesboro band Sal Si Puedes, Josh's various experimental music projects in Jonesboro, how drug addiction derailed and nearly ended his life, and why his path to recovery and return to creativity are intertwin…
 
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