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Singer-songwriters Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer chat with Big Blend Radio hosts Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith about their new album MARITIME, their national and international tour, living in a cabin on an island in Washington State, kayaking with Orcas, and more. Drawing on the nature around them, McGraw and Fer recorded MARITIME in their cabin on an island nestled between Seattle, WA and Victoria, British Columbia. Instead of leaving to record in a bustling city, McGraw and Fer decided to stay isolated at their seaside home, calling on kindred musicians and their producer to share in the experience.
McGraw and Fer met in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2010 before relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 2012. McGraw spent a decade as a wildlife biologist, studying endangered birds in remote locales from the deserts of Mexico and the Grand Canyon to the mountainous rain forests of Washington. Fer's musical pulse led her to Spain, where she studied music, language and local culture.
This interview originally aired on April 20, 2015 on Big Blend Radio's Nature Connection show, which broadcasted live from Ridgemark Golf & Country Club in Hollister, California.
Call it Irish grit. “If you grew up where I grew up,” McGraw recalls, “you were automatically hyphenated either Irish, Polish, or Italian, and your dad worked in the mill, that was a given.” Hailing from a small steel industry town about 50 miles outside of Buffalo, New York, McGraw was raised on Hee-Haw (“We loved Conway Twitty, or at least his haircut”) and rough games of hockey and football. Small for his age and showing little athletic promise, he gravitated towards music, and good thing: “If I’d have stuck with the sports I liked any longer I might have ended up getting my head taken off. We never wore pads, let alone helmets.” Instead, McGraw grew out his hair, picked up a cheap Japanese guitar, and at 13 started a rock band with friends, playing in bars a couple of nights a week—with a note from his mother in hand, in case the cops asked any questions.
As soon as he finished high school, McGraw hightailed it to Los Angeles with rock star dreams and a country sensibility. Wearing out records by Dwight Yoakam and Steve Earle, and “digging through stacks of junk at the Pasadena flea market looking for old Buck Owens and Johnny Cash on vinyl,” he developed his own unique hard-core hillbilly sound.
It’s a crazy life, and McGraw looks upon it with bemused satisfaction in “My So Called Life,” reflecting, “Some days I own this town, other days it shoots me down/Always I’m still hanging round, holdin’ on to hope.” Expertly depicting the driving pace of his “Honky Tonk Life,” McGraw stubbornly continues to hope: “I could quit all this road stuff, go back to my real job, put in a straight 9 to 5/But I love the neon, I love the people, and I love the Honky Tonk Life.”
This Week My Guest Are Rob Rock Of Impellitteri,Joe Sims & Geoff McGraw Of Axemaster And Guitarist Tyler Morris
Tonights Show Is New But Was Pre-Recorded, Taking The Night Off For Easter.
Chat Is Closed Tonights Show Was Pre Recorded Chat Will Be Open Again Next Week. Happy Easter.
The Heavy Metal Mayhem Radio Show! Classic 80's Underground. 'Playing The Best Of All The Rest' Hosted By Mike 'The Big Cheese'
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Robert Winfree returns this week with a look at longtime character actor Tim Curry and the impressive list of villains he's portraye. The man has played everyone from a crazy transvetite to the Lord of Darkness, and gave an entire generation a fear of clowns. Everyone Loves a Bad Guy examines his prolific career and what makes him so successful.
Changing Minds Online Presents...1st Sunday Superstars!
These are people that changed their lives around for the better and became true inspirations!
The 1st Sunday Superstar for May is Tim Hurst, Karate Teacher and Marathon Runner. Tim was very active as a young man. He was an avid bicyclist, runner and all around sports enthusiast. His dream was to one day teach karate at my own studio and run the Boston marathon. At age 21 while riding his motorcycle to college early one morning in May of 1981 he was struck head on by a garbage truck that turned in front of him on the highway. He had broken almost every bone in my body and was in the hospital for a year before he was released. A year after being released from the hospital he made the conscious decision to have it amputated from mid calf down. After waiting the time he needed to heal, Tim became very active again.
Unable to run with the mostly wooden prosthetic leg he had started riding bikes, lifting weights and teaching karate again. He has taught hundreds of students over the years and still continue to teach karate to this day but he still secretly dreamed of one day running the Boston Marathon. As the years passed and technology caught up, he was able to obtain one of the new "running blades". With this blade he has ran 43 marathons total in 38 different states, including the Boston and New York Marathons. He is now on a quest to run 50 marathons in 50 states. We are excited to have him share his story with us Sunday, 5/3 at 9pm EST / 8pm CST. Call in at (949) 203-4763 and hear this wonderful story. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/changingmindsonline/2015/05/04/1st-sunday-superstars--tim-hurst
ESPN710's Tim Pigulski steps into the bin to talk Stanley Cup Playoffs, WHL labor, and Seattle Thunderbirds.
Nepal still rocking. We'll up date you on the missionary efforts. Jade Helm has the southwest shaken up. What if anything will be the responce once the exercise is going. Texas is out of the the drought. What about California? All is vanity as we continue our study in Ecclesiastes.
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Vince Tarquini - chaplain, Apologist.
This week's show brought to you by the book Hardcore [c]Loser my latest release. It's a book about the crazy life I've lived and the lessons learned from it. You can grab your copy here http://bitly.com/1K9TxeB
My guest this week is fellow friend and fellow Texan, Tim Caslteman. Tim is a kick ass, digital entrepreneur who'll shoot you straight, just like me. It must be a Texas thing! This week we are going to talk about the industry, the future of IM and why writing books is a skill few have, but many want.
I've been connected to Tim on facebook for years now. I originally was introduces to him because I clicked an affiliate link and wound up on his list. When I was a rookie marketer, his emails pissed me off. I'd unsubscribe then resubscribe. *sidenote: that must be how people feel about me now.
Funny how in the end, the bold, truthful, aggressive style of writing Tim uses, attracts exactly the type of entrepreneur he's looking for. Hence why I always resubscribed. Now, he's turned his writing skill into a badass biz. He's the ONLY guy who can sell notes on events (permission wise any way) His up front honestly got him that gig, I would imagine.
This is one of those shows you'll probably listen to more than once. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
What else is possible for you for the rest of this week? Would you like the second half of the week to turn out much better than the first half?
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