The Artist and The Athlete with Lindsay Czarniak

The Artist and The Athlete with Lindsay Czarniak

Lindsay Czarniak has spent her career covering the biggest stories in sports for networks including ESPN and Fox Sports. Along the way she has become fascinated by the intersection of sports and music. As the saying goes, “athletes want to be rock stars, rock stars want to be athletes.” For both, the climb to the biggest stage is similar. What drives them and the challenges they overcome are not. Each episode of The Artist and The Athlete pairs an iconic sports figure alongside a renowned musician for an intimate, wide-ranging conversation that explores their path to success, their process, and their passions when away from the big stage. Join Lindsay each week as she goes behind-the-scenes with some of the biggest names in sports and music like Eddie Vedder, Anthony Rizzo, Alanis Morissette, Danica Patrick, Brad Paisley, Clayton Kershaw, and more.. New episodes drop every Tuesday!


May 25, 2021 56 min
This week's episode features arguably the most dominant big man to ever play the game, 4-time NBA Champion, MVP, and 15-time NBA All-Star, Shaquille O'Neal aka DJ Diesel alongside his friends and fellow DJs, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers. The Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter/DJ duo joined Shaq aka DJ Diesel for a chat about the keys to success, life as DJs, entrepreneurs, & investors, and how th...
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Lindsay sits down with NASCAR Hall of Fame driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Hootie and the Blowfish frontman and hit Country artist and songwriter, Darius Rucker, as they get into their favorite race tracks and venues, Dale’s 15 consecutive most popular driver awards, Darius’s 10 #1 hits, how fatherhood changed them, Hootie wanting to beat Nirvana, and how Dale misses NASCAR and Darius misses playing with his band at the Wind Jammer ...
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In this week's episode Lindsay sits down with 3-time NBA Champion and Grammy nominated producer, Denver Nuggets center, JaVale McGee; 4-time Grammy award-winning songwriter & producer to the stars, Poo Bear; and prolific composer for film, television, and now podcasts, Jared Gutstadt aka Jingle Jared, as they discuss collaborating on Justin Bieber's hit "Available," working with 2 Chains, Bob Dylan and Steven Ty...
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May 4, 2021 58 min
In this week's episode, two extraordinary young women and rising stars of music and sport: singer-songwriter and the 2020 ACM New Woman of Country Tenille Townes and Vanderbilt University goalkeeper AND the first woman to ever score points in a Power Five conference game as a place kicker, Sarah Fuller. Mutual admirers from afar, they dish about Sarah's big moment starting for the Commodores Football team, her excitement fo...
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April 27, 2021 48 min
In this week’s episode Lindsay hosts country music superstar Kane Brown alongside Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler for a spirited conversation about a shared love of country music and hoops, the pressures of fame, Kane's forthcoming NBA Arena tour, Miami Heat culture, slinging coffee in the bubble, drag racing on the hometown strip, and their little girls (who share a birth month). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastcho...
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April 20, 2021 65 min
This week Lindsay spends 4/20 with B-Real, frontman for the legendary multiplatinum hip-hop group Cypress Hill, and former NFL Pro Bowl running back and Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams who ends up doing a little horoscope reading for B. The three discuss their paths to fame, how hip-hop became their refuge, and the story behind how Ricky Williams made the decision - and the phone call - to end his NFL career early. As advocate...
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April 13, 2021 48 min
In this week's episode Lindsay talks to the ultimate “Miami Hustlers”: multi-platinum hip-hop artist and Maybach Music Group CEO “ROZAY” Rick Ross and 17-year NBA veteran and 3-time champion Heat forward Udonis Haslem about their favorite Miami championship teams, growing up in Dade County as star athletes, Scarface, cigarette boats, Heat culture, and what it really means to be a BOSS. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit po...
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April 6, 2021 63 min
Today's episode features the extraordinary and heartbreaking story of one of the greatest songwriters in Country Music today - Casey Beathard - in conversation w/ two of his sons: C.J. an NFL QB for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tucker a hit songwriter in Nashville. Casey grew up in a football family. His father, Bobby Beathard was the HoF architect for the undefeated 72 Dolphins and Joe Gibbs Redskins championship teams. He li...
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March 30, 2021 52 min
Arguably two of the most badass women on the planet, multi-platinum recording artist Becky G and two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion Abby Wambach join Lindsay this week for a conversation about female empowerment, "leveling up" to become your best you, their new chapter together as co-owners of Los Angeles' NWSL team Angel City FC, what it's like to get a DM from Natalie Portman, how Becky is ...
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March 23, 2021 61 min
Luke and Luke aka country music superstar Luke Combs and former Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly join Lindsay this week for an action-packed conversation about Panthers fandom, the power of music, Kuechly's decision to retire at 28, Combs' "baller move" writing and suprising his now wife with "Beautiful Crazy", and why both guys agree even a bad day of hunting or fishing beats just about anything.  ...
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March 16, 2021 61 min
NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis and gospel superstar and 16-time Grammy Winner Kirk Franklin join Lindsay this week for an inspirational conversation about the meaning of faith in 2021, overcoming your past, where Ray Lewis got his name and iconic number 52, and why there's nothing like a black funeral. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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March 9, 2021 58 min
This week North Carolina’s own Scott and Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers sit down with NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson for a conversation about overcoming adversity, the timeless Tom Brady, the influence of Doc Watson, Jimmie’s new chapter racing against teenagers preparing for IndyCar, and why you should never let Scott pick out a movie for the kids. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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March 2, 2021 50 min
There's "magic in the ivy" this week as Lindsay talks to Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and the Chicago Cubs' 4-time Gold Glove winner Anthony Rizzo. Ed and Anthony reminisce on the Cubs' historic run-up to winning the 2016 World Series, Anthony reenacts catching the final out of their epic Game 7 victory, and Ed reveals the incredible story of how Cubs' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks came into possession of Ed&...
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February 23, 2021 72 min
This week Lindsay is joined by 7-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette and NASCAR/Indy Cup driver Danica Patrick for an intimate conversation about childhood, stardom, superstitions, and why good relationships sometimes go bad. Danica pours her new rosé, Alanis talks about where she found the courage to share her most intimate lyrics with the world, and everyone spills their guts about the challenges of success and the quest f...
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February 16, 2021 69 min
Lindsay sits down with two friends, Brad Paisley and Clayton Kershaw, for a wide-ranging conversation about the L.A. Dodgers 2020 World Series Championship, vacation mishaps, ping pong, Peyton Manning, and the one thing Clayton is changing when he takes the mound in 2021. One of Country Music’s biggest stars and hit songwriters, Brad Paisley is a 14-time CMA and 3-time Grammy award winning artist. He has had 24 number one hits, sol...
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Lindsay Czarniak has spent her career covering the biggest stories in sports for networks including ESPN and Fox Sports. Along the way she has become fascinated by the intersection of sports and music. As the saying goes, “athletes want to be rock stars, rock stars want to be athletes.” For both, the climb to the biggest stage is similar. What drives them and the challenges they overcome are not.  Each episode of The Artist and ...
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