Podcast 66: Johnny and Ray Cash

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Johnny Cash with his aunt Mabel and father Ray in Rison, Arkansas, 1970

This is a rehearsal for the talk Colin gave in Dyess, Arkansas, in October on the relationship between Johnny Cash and his father Ray, which is part of his book, Country Boy: The Roots of Johnny Cash. In the outro, he discusses a recent, belated purchase of two classic rock albums, the horrors of getting a hair cut, and the arrival of fall.
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Podcast 68: Stan James

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Stan James plays drums for two bands: the southern metal group Iron Tongue and the alt-country outfit Jeff Coleman and the Feeders. Stan talks about playing music from an early age, his days with Cry Havoc, the Little Rock music scene in the 1990s, and what it’s like to teach high school kids. Stan also remembers his first tattoo, discusses his Kiss worship, and recounts the decline and fall of 80s hair band Warrant.

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Podcast 63: Brendan Wolfe

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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