Podcast 63: Brendan Wolfe

He works in Charlottesville now, but Brendan Wolfe is a native of Iowa. This year, he published a book on Davenport jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke. Brendan worked more than ten years on Finding Bix: The Life and Afterlife of a Jazz Legend. He talks with Colin about Bix’s short, brilliant, and controversial life, doing non-traditional biography, and dealing with nasty reviewers.
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Podcast 67: Arkansas

Colin is back in Arkansas to do research on the prisons and give a talk on Johnny Cash. Along the way, he reconnects with some friends, visits historic Dyess yet again for a concert featuring Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson, and discovers what it’s like to spend a night in a Cormac McCarthy novel. It’s fall in the South, where the country-rock bands are jumpin’ and the cotton is high. A very special Amerikan Rambler travelogue!

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Podcast 64: Las Vegas/Tom Petty/Johnny Cash

Las Vegas, Nevada
It was a horrible beginning of the week, but it got better, right? Colin discusses the tragedy that took place in Las Vegas and the sadness of Tom Petty’s unexpected passing. He also talks about a rare date night and seeing a Johnny Cash tribute band in Henrico. To quote from a “Boy Named Sue”: “this world is rough, and if a man’s gonna make, he’s gotta be tough.” Let’s hope next Monday isn’t as rough.
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Podcast 65: Patrick Carr

Patrick Carr knows music. A writer for the Village Voice and Country Music Magazine, Patrick collaborated with Johnny Cash on his second autobiography, which was published in 1997. Patrick talks with Colin about growing up in northern England and his early love of “the Hanks,” moving to New York City, and what it was like to know and work with the Man in Black at the height of his 1990s comeback.
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Podcast 62: Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor is one of the most accomplished historians working today. A two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and professor of history at the University of Virginia, his latest book is American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804. He talks with Colin about the craft of history, his time in California, moving to Virginia, being a loyal Red Sox fan, and, of course, the War of 1812.

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Podcast 61: Confederate Monuments in Richmond. Drive-By Truckers


Colin asks friend and fellow Civil War scholar Dr. Chris Graham to stop by to talk about two things that are often on their minds: Confederate monuments in Richmond and the Alabama band Drive-By Truckers. As it turns out, these seemingly unrelated topics have a lot in common: the currents of southern history that flow from the mid-19th century to the early 21st. Also, drumming great Ginger Baker stops by the studio to offer some words of wisdom.

Interested in more talks related to Drive-By Truckers? Check out Colin’s interview last year with Truckers artist, musician, and Richmond native Wes Freed.


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Podcast 60: The Battle of Charlottesville. Remembering Chad Vanderford.


Recorded the day after the deadly rally, Colin talks about the battle over the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, and what it might mean for the debate over Confederate monuments in Richmond. Also, Colin remembers Dr. Chad Vanderford, a friend from Louisiana State University and scholar of early America, who died suddenly last week.

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