Deeper Digs

Deeper Digs

Deeper Digs is the companion show to the Rock N Roll Archaeology Podcast. We conduct interviews, go on field trips, and comment on special topics with rockers, writers, academics, artists, photographers, producers, engineers, and more. It all ties in with our very big central theme: Rock N Roll History and how it created a feedback loop with the culture and grew into a global phenomenon. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

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April 1, 2022 4 min
American Prankster is a deep dive with the iconic Wavy Gravy, unfolding his fascinating,historic and hilarious lifestory as an original Beatnik, comedy pioneer, hippie icon and pioneering activist who uses humor as a weapon.   Sharing stories that even he’d forgotten with producer/host, Rainbow Valentine, of Disorganized Crime: Smuggler’s Daughter, Wavy gets down to the very nit of the grit and reminds us what it means to be human....
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“The Real Me,” a new production from Pantheon Podcasts premiering Tuesday, Oct. 5, follows the emotionally powerful stories of young songwriters and performers with cancer who found hope, healing and connection through music. Presented by Teen Cancer America (TCA), the national non-profit founded by rock icons Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, “The Real Me” highlights the moving experiences of cancer patients in TCA’s Pl...
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March 29, 2021 86 min
Sorry for the delay! Deeper Digs returns! After taking a three month break, the Rock N Roll Archaeologist is back with a new episode. But… as you'll hear this may not be a complete return to the weekly podcast. In fact, it is possible Deeper Digs may be retired or may become something that shows up every once in a while. Of course, it may all depend on you! This week, Christian is joined by Heather Jackson, the chairperson of R...
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December 24, 2020 128 min
The Rock N Roll Archaeologist’s fourth venture into the Immediate Family band! Today we feature the all around rock n roll Zelig character, the incomparable Waddy Wachtel. Waddy Wachtel is one of the most well-known and respected performers in the music industry. His career as a guitarist, producer and composer has spanned many decades. From his early beginnings in the L.A. music scene in the 1970's playing with such artists as...
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The Rock N Roll Archaeologist digs deep into the new art book, David Bowie: Icon - The Definitive Photographic Collection. Christian welcomes project editor, Carrie Kania to the show, where they talk about not only the book’s contents, but also how a book like this gets made. David Bowie: Icon gathers the greatest images of one of the greatest stars in history, into a single, luxurious volume. The result is the most important antho...
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November 27, 2020 118 min
Our final Jimi Hendrix special has Christian join three rock n rollers to discuss what the man means to them. First up is Bassist and perhaps oldest collaborator Billy cox, followed by percussionist Juma Sultan and finally with Hendrix re-creator Jimy Bleu, guitarist for Kiss the Sky. Billy Cox Billy Cox is best known for performing with Jimi Hendrix. Cox is the only surviving musician to have regularly played with Hendrix: first w...
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November 24, 2020 128 min
Episode three in our November salute to Jimi Hendrix. This time the Rock N Roll Archaeologist speaks to two very different legends with very different Hendrix ties. First up is the immensely talented blues guitarist John Hammond and then we dig deep on all sorts of topics that weave in and out of the Jimi orbit with Living Colour’s superb guitarist Vernon Reid. John P. Hammond John Hammond is one of the world's premier acoustic...
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November 20, 2020 107 min
Part 2 of Deeper Digs’ celebration of Jimi Hendrix! Christian this time sits down with two greats that worked with Jimi, drummer Carmine Appice and percussionist Gerardo Velez. CARMINE APPICE "Carmine Appice, the creator of heavy rock drumming as we know it" - Drummer Magazine, UK “Carmine Appice set the foundation for heavy drumming, before Bonham, before Ian Paice, before anyone else.” - Rick Van Horn, Modern Drummer One ...
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November 12, 2020 72 min
November is Jimi Hendrix month here on Deeper Digs! For the next few episodes we will be featuring several interviews with people who played with Hendrix, were inspired by Hendrix or have written extensively about Hendrix. All of this is in anticipation of the 78th birthday celebration of the man on November 27th, where the incredible recreation act “Kiss the Sky” will be performing their annual concert event virtually from the his...
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November 5, 2020 83 min
A real Immortal of the rock n roll pantheon joins Christian for a career breakdown, as well as a focus on new material including a rare political song. Jon Anderson the voice of Yes is the guest on this episode of Deeper Digs! Jon Anderson is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock as the lead vocalist and creative force behind Yes. Anderson was the author and a major creative influence behind the ground...
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October 30, 2020 118 min
Christian gets to add another photographer to the list when he spends time with the great Neal Preston, one of the best to ever point the lens rock n roll’s way! Neal Preston is one of the most highly respected photographers in the history of the music business. His career in photography,which started in high school and continues to the present, has spanned well over 4 decades. Through his body of work Preston has made a significan...
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October 22, 2020 107 min
This episode the Rock N Roll Archaeologist (of the podcast world) sits down for a deep dig into radio executive and consultant Lee Abrams! Lee Abrams with decades in the trenches reinventing radio, tv news and print. Passionate about the past but focused on reimagining the future. Consultant to over 1,000 radio stations, 12 major print publications and numerous tv stations and cable networks, several consumer products and the desig...
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October 8, 2020 117 min
The Rock N Roll Archaeologist digs deep with one of the most sought after guitarist/songwriter/producer in the business, Mr. Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar! Yes, it is number three in our Immediate Family series. Danny joins Russ Kunkel and Leland Sklar and we still have Waddy Wachtel and Steve Postell waiting in the wings. Oh and yes, he is another to have a role in Spinal Tap! Daniel Kortchmar (born April 6, 1946) is an American guitar...
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The Rock n Roll Archaeologist does some actual digging with the help of two veteran journalists, Bryan Reesman and Jeff Slate, as they discuss two recent re-releases from the rock n roll golden age, 1965’s POP GEAR and 1973’s That’ll Be the Day. Without a doubt one of the most ambitious pop group films ever produced, POP GEAR features Britain's top 16 groups and solo acts of the day, from The Beatles to The Animals to Herman...
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The Rock N Roll Archaeologist goes back to the Beatles well with author Ken McNab, who’s new book examines the last days of the Fab Four. It’s called ‘And in the End: The Last Days of the Beatles’. Ken and Christian go through the details and the aftermath of demise of perhaps the single greatest cultural phenomenon of the 20th Century. Ken McNab's in-depth look at The Beatles' acrimonious final year is a detailed account o...
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August 26, 2020 148 min
Christian sits down with Pantheon Podcast’s newest host, the incredibly talented Jesse Colin Young! He does have a new show to share with the world, called Tripping On My Roots and that is exactly what he does. Part travelogue, part interview, part personal journey, this podcast follows Jesse as he visits people and places that all had something to do with him becoming the artist that he is. Jesse Colin Young, is an American singer...
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August 19, 2020 107 min
Christian and Russ Kunkel sit down to go over a long illustrious career as first call session drummer, road dog and being the heartbeat of the Immediate Family Band! Famous drummer Russell Kunkel, better known as Russ, has been a part of the music world for more than two memorable decades. Serving as drummer, and sometimes even as producer, Kunkel has appeared and performed with top musical artists in almost every genre and style k...
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August 11, 2020 147 min
Christian gets the immense pleasure of a long interview with one of the greatest managers in all of rock n roll history, Shep Gordon, the Supermensch himself!. The very man who has helped guide Alice Cooper's career for over fifty years. He also dives into the movies he made, along with his help in creating the celebrity chef, which Emril Legasse says is the first of its kind! Shep Gordon is known in the entertainment industry ...
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July 29, 2020 84 min
The Rock N Roll Archaeologist finds a new band to love! Join Christian as he interviews Josh Kennedy, lead guitarist of The Black Moods. Straight ahead rock n roll that reminds the Archaeologist of the fictional band from Almost Famous, 'Stillwater'! The Black Moods play raw, amplified rock & roll. Born in the Arizona desert and reared on stages across North America, the band delivers a modern update of a timeless sound...
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July 17, 2020 113 min
This week the Rock N Roll Archaeologist goes Weird!! Well Christian sits down with Lily Hirsch, author of the new book Weird Al: Seriously. From his love of accordions and Hawaiian print shirts to his popular puns and trademark dance moves, "Weird Al" Yankovic has made a career out of making us laugh. Funny music is often dismissed as light and irrelevant, but Yankovic’s fourteen successful studio albums prove there is more...
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