A Dirtbag's Guide To Life On The Road

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This week, we have Julian Carr.
In this episode of A Dirtbag's Guide, I interview Bob Fleming and Dawn Williams of the hard-hitting Americana-rock operation, Bob Fleming & the Cambria Iron Company, which has been touring for almost 5 years.Their second album, "Mother Mary", was released a little over a year ago - an album which had its tour process cut short by the pandemic and leaving Bob holed up at home writing the next one. The three of us talk a lot about how COVID has affected the music industry and the silver linings of having more time for writing and recording while touring is at a standstill.We also chat about the creative process, celebrating your friends' successes, and the hard work it takes to "make it big." While I've never met them in person, I think this conversation really speaks to how those of us in the business of music and touring have these shared experiences and are part of a bigger, supportive community.Give it a listen at the link in my bio for a PSA on moose safety and don't sleep on their music! Everything they've put out to date is great and they've also got a new album in the chamber!
Hey friends! After a short break, A Dirtbag's Guide is back with a new episode. A while back, my friend Seth decided to buy a camper with plans to live out of it for roughly 6 months to a year. Nearly 2 years later, he's still at it. We recently sat down and talked about the road, fishing, and his own podcast run from his camper! Give our conversation a listen and be sure to check out Season 1 of Under The Awning Podcast!
This episode is with my friend and extraordinarily talented musician/singer-songwriter, Lesley Barth. Lesley grew up the daughter of creatives and was traveling internationally from a very young age. She's always been musical, but officially made the jump to full-time musician a few years ago (and it's paid off - her album "Big Time Baby" is absolutely killer! Be sure to check it out!)Our conversation covers everything from current day issues like coping through the pandemic as a person and musician, vices, and embracing therapy; as well as our very different paths to becoming musicians and how our messy lives and upbringings have affected how we live and tour.We talk about how it feels to realize the things you always thought you wanted aren't actually it -- and once you realize that, making the brave choice to change paths. Lesley's story is pretty great and I think you'll find a lot of inspiration in it.
My sweet little hobbit, Genevieve Smith, is a Der friend and music weirdo from back in my Salt Lake City days. Once upon a time, we used to play music together...until she up and quit everything to not only pursue a new path, but blaze an entirely new trail by creating a field that she's now thriving in. We talk about her unlikely journey -- starting as a quiet observer of Gypsy Jazz bands during childhood, to her crusty days hopping trains, to her life now, where she spends her days yelling at executives in boardrooms.While I don't want to give too much away, I do want to say that Genevieve and I's relationship has taught me a whole lot about what it means to be vulnerable. It's helped me to learn how you can have stronger relationships by sitting down and having the hard conversations that might be uncomfortable. We've seen every part of the communication spectrum in our friendship and now sit comfortably in the vulnerability pocket. Tangents in our conversation aside, I think this episode is a great listen for anyone with a goal or a dream they are intimidated to say out loud. Please enjoy my conversation with my wildly talented, intelligent and badass friend, Genevieve Smith!
This episode is with friend and professional ultra-marathon runner, Dakota Jones. Dakota and I met at a wedding in the Bay Area a few years ago and very quickly developed a rapport. Finding out that this dude not only runs 100-mile races through the mountains, but also makes a living doing it, blew my mind. So, I'd just ask him constant questions: "How do you run that far? What you eat during the day before a race like that?" I was so intrigued by him and rightfully so. I've always been inspired by and interested in people who push themselves beyond any sort of limit they thought possible. Those who not only exist outside of their comfort zones, but also seem to thrive outside of it. Since that wedding, our paths have crossed a couple times and we're always picking right up where we left off.I loved speaking with Dakota and picking his brain about his life as an ultra-marathon runner. It's a completely different type of "Dirtbag," and I think this is a really special episode because of it. It's also been really cool for me to be reminded of how quickly Dakota and I became friends, and to remember that even though my social media is filled with constant reminders of a terrible and unjust world and that we have so much work to do to fix it, human connection through an understanding of passion is one of many ways we can build the types of relationships that give us the gumption to step back into the ring and keep swinging for a better world.
In this one, I interview friend and former roommate, Casey Kawaguchi - a Denver-based muralist whose work is inspired by his Japanese heritage. Since day one, Casey and I have connected through art on a level that seems to leave the numbers and figures of a resource-based economy behind and I think a lot of that can be heard in this conversation.I believe anyone doing creative work will really like being a fly on the wall here and identify with this one. We talk about how we met in the early days of our careers and how far we've come since -- covering things like struggling with artist's block, perseverance and "doing the work", as well as taking the leap to pursue your craft full time.
In this episode, I interview friend and fellow musicianBryan McPherson. Bryan is a genuinely good dude who does nearly everything (music, video production, photography, and more) and has been doing some pretty cool stuff to stay busy in the time of COVID-19.In the episode, we talk about pivotal moments of musical inspiration, as well as our personal experiences with addiction and recovery and how they've shaped us as people and musicians. It really digs into self-awareness, self-confrontation and acceptance, and also explores the tendency for those living the touring lifestyle to run from their problems.
I interviewed my longtime friend, roommate, and fellow traveler Jericho Davidson about his experiences in life and on the road. Jericho is a comedian, musician and damn fine human being who might have enough great stories to fill 10 podcast episodes, so we cover a lot of ground.From how he got into touring, to what drives us to still be doing this after all these years, as well as the juicy details of sleeping on floors and nearly getting kicked out of Canada.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Charles Ellsworth
Podcast Status
Jul 16th, 2020
Latest Episode
Sep 25th, 2020
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
About 2 hours

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