Songs That Saved Me

Songs That Saved Me

An in depth discussion with artists, entrepreneurs, and luminaries exploring some of the songs that shaped who they are. Hosted by Ross James.... Show More

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July 31, 2020 36 min

I sit down with Trevor Hall and talk about the magic of CD players back in the day and how there was a period of time where all he listened to was Midnite.

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July 24, 2020 42 min

Joe and I caught up ahead of the Kitchen Dwellers shows with Dine From Out There here in Denver.  We talked about three very different songs and how they all have been big for him.

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July 17, 2020 62 min

Young guitar slinger Daniel Donato and I caught up about Cosmic Country, the Grateful Dead & three tunes that shaped his path.

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July 10, 2020 39 min

Chuck and I catch up and talk about the days he spent grinding it out in Europe and what it's like writing songs with a legend in Nashville.

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July 2, 2020 62 min

Wylie was the man behind the legendary NY restaurant wd~50. He now runs the insanely delicious Du's Donuts in Williamsburg and is also a huge music enthusiast with an encyclopedic knowledge of Grateful Dead lyrics. It was great to catch up with him and hear about some of the tunes that have impacted him.

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June 25, 2020 42 min

Marc is a super talented multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and producer who's been a part hit songs all over the world. We talk about his life and journey and what it was like to lose his father to terminal cancer at the same time he welcomed his first child.

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June 23, 2020 44 min

Matt is a dear friend and I've been lucky enough to travel the world with him.  He helped push the directive of the past few episode to focus on the influence of black musicians and that's what him and I do here.

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June 21, 2020 56 min

Jackie shares the influence black musicians have had on him and goes through a stack of records that shaped him musically. He also performs one of his favorite Bill Withers' tunes.

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June 18, 2020 59 min

Robert and I talk about his transition from playing sacred music in a predominantly black church to playing all over the world with his Family Band & some of the influences that got him there. We also discuss the systemic racism that is still an issue in our country.

* Robert mentions the first time he played with Phil. It was at Xmas Jam in 2001 and he sat in for "Lovelight".  You can hear it here: https://archive.org/d...

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June 11, 2020 37 min

Phil and I talk about the influence black musicians have had on him. He relives three incredible experiences that still leave him at a loss for words.

* Here's a link to the course at Stanford that Phil mentions on the show: https://online.stanford.edu/courses/sohs-music0001-online-jamming-and-concert-technology

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May 28, 2020 52 min

Anders has overcome a lot in his life and has emerged as one of the most inspirational and positive people I've come across in this business.  He shares some great stories about healing, continually growing, and the role music has played for him.

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Luther and I trace his journey with the electric guitar going from Bo Diddley, to Black Flag, to the Allman Brothers.  We talk about unlocking musical doors with psychedelics and the power music has when it comes to relationships.

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May 21, 2020 70 min

I welcome fellow musician / podcaster / lover of life Andy Frasco to the program for an off the wall discussion.  We get real & we cover it all...imposter syndrome, Van Morrison, ayahuasca, Phil Jackson, and more!

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May 18, 2020 36 min

I sat down with the legend John Scofield.  He reveals the unlikely concert that led him to become a jazz musician.  

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May 14, 2020 48 min

As the man behind the Fruit Bats, Eric has written some of my favorite songs in the last 20 years.  It's great to hear some of the stories behind a few of the tunes that have been big in his life.  Also includes a couple of stellar acoustic performances.

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May 11, 2020 34 min

Marcus has been gigging regularly since the 7th grade. He talks about a few challenges that presented growing up and how he overcame them. We also get to hear two first time performances of Songs That Saved him. 

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May 7, 2020 37 min

Victoria spoke with me from her home in Mexico City. We talk about what it was like growing up with with her dad being a member of Bob Seger's band, how a song can help you through especially dark & challenging times and how truly powerful the songwriting process can be. She also delivers a beautiful performance of a track off of her new record "Aquamadre" that features her husband, Erik Deutsch.

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May 4, 2020 47 min

Dave is one of the most die-hard record collectors that I know.  Needless to say, I was really looking forward to talking to him about a few of the most impactful songs in his life & our conversation did not disappoint.

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April 30, 2020 42 min

Between being a founding member of The Mother Hips and his solo career, Greg has written or co-written more great songs than anyone could ever hope to in one lifetime.  In this episode he talks about (and plays killer versions of) three very diverse songs that had a big influence on him.

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April 27, 2020 49 min

I caught up with Anders about a super cool, uncool song and how much it can mean to you throughout your life.  He also goes deep talking about the power of writing a song with a friend.  

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