Podcast, Episode 10: Wes Freed

southern rock opera

You may know Wes Freed for the inspired artwork he has done for the Alabama southern rock band Drive-By Truckers. But Wes is a Virginia native, who has lived in Richmond for decades, where he’s played with the bands Mudd Helmet, Dirtball, and the Shiners. His latest outfit is Mag Bats, who you can see in August at Bandito’s in the Museum District.

On this episode, Wes talks with Colin about growing up in the Shenandoah Valley, his college days at Virginia Commonwealth University, Gwar, and how Southern Rock Opera changed his life.

It’s a long talk, recorded on Wes’s front porch in Richmond. This guy is the real deal. Check it out!

About amerikanrambler

Amerikan Rambler is a Virginia-based blog and podcast hosted by Colin Woodward. Colin is a historian, author, and amateur musician, who works in the archives full-time. Author of Marching Masters: Slavery, Race, and the Confederate Army during the Civil War, he is now writing a book on the historical, family, and musical roots of Johnny Cash.
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4 Responses to Podcast, Episode 10: Wes Freed

  1. mrgrem says:

    Enjoyed the interview. Big fan of Wes’ art and DBT.

  2. Glad you liked it. Thanks for listening!

  3. Dave Powers says:

    Good to hear from my ole Friend! Thanks for the interview! – Dave Powers

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