The Bret Saunders Podcast

The Bret Saunders Podcast

Bret Saunders of the KBCO Morning Show interviews musicians, actors, media members and more about their craft, culture and other topics. Brought to you by Heuberger Subaru.

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July 23, 2021 14 min
Sebastian Maniscalco, he's the guy Jerry Seinfeld calls “my favorite comedian.” His upcoming Red Rocks show sold out in 18 minutes, causing a second show in Vail to be added. Sebastian and Bret joke about what it was like to be raised in the 70s and 80s and his appearance in The Irishman with Pesci and De Niro. Sebastian also talks about a movie he's written that will star De Niro as his father and a food show called Well D...
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Jamie Lee Curtis has already had a successful career on the silver screen, famous for her roles in Halloween, Trading Places, A Fish Called Wanda, and her Golden Globe winning performance in True Lies. She is now hosting a new podcast, "Good Friend." As she explains here, it's a podcast that explores the value of friendships, what the key is to being a good friend, and when to walk away from a friendship.
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July 8, 2021 16 min
Stay Nervous. Stay Vigilant.

That's the advice Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser has concerning some of the legal issues facing us today. On this episode Phil cuts through the noise and explains what's at stake with reproductive and voting rights on the federal level. Phil also talks about how he helped steer millions of dollars from the United Health Care Group to help Coloradans. And oh yeah, what's up with that D...
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June 29, 2021 11 min
Lewis Black, The King Of The Rant, returns to the podcast. Lewis talks about how he handled the pandemic ("Zoom to me was like Hollywood Squares") and performing for Denver audiences ("They get it.”) Lewis also tells Bret how politics over the last few years has influenced comedy and gives details on his upcoming dates at the Paramount.
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June 17, 2021 14 min
Joining us via Zoom from Barcelona, it’s Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy. Vance tells Bret about busking around Melbourne during the pandemic and the pressures of playing Red Rocks for the first time. Vance also talks about the inspiration behind his new song 'Missing Piece' and gives the podcast its very first live radio performance!
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June 10, 2021 11 min
When Widespread Panic returns to Red Rocks later this month, the band will play the first full capacity shows at the venue since the arrival of COVID. So we thought it would be a good time to check in with WSP founding member John Bell. He fills us in on what he's been doing the past year (chasing squirrels, adopting dogs) and the unique relationship the band has with Red Rocks. Plus, Bret gets the lowdown on the special Missio...
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June 3, 2021 10 min
It's been almost a decade since the last Wallflowers album, but that will change the release of "Exit Wounds", July 9th. Jakob Dylan explains the album title, the art of observational storytelling, and birthday gift ideas from a guy who's had to buy them for one of the most famous musicians in the world.
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May 27, 2021 16 min
Hiss Golden Messenger is the vehicle for singer/songwriter Mike M.C. Taylor, whose new album is "Quietly Blowing it." Mike talks about how the pandemic affected his work ("A very prolific year") and why the new album isn't just an almanac of the lockdown. He also explains the North Carolina aesthetic when it comes to music, looking for truth in chaos, and who he thought said things in song the perfect way they n...
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May 20, 2021 32 min
It's a pair on conversations on this episode. First, it's Rag 'n' Bone Man whose new album is "Life by Misadventure." He explains the inspiration for the title and the origins of his name. He also shares his concerns for his son in these strange times, life without social media, and why he loves Nashville.

Then it's Pete Yorn, whose debut, "musicforthemorningafter" just turned 20. Pete not only r...
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May 13, 2021 23 min
Michael Franti rang up the podcast from his home in Bali ahead of his June Red Rocks shows. He talks about dealing with a year of lockdown, getting over his bout with COVID (herbs and hoops), the magic of Red Rocks, and looking forward to smelling people again...he'll explain. Michael even previews a new song!
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May 6, 2021 23 min
The Counting Crows are back with new music. "Butter Miracle, Suite One" comes out May 21. Singer Adam Duritz talks about the first song, “Elevator Boots,” an ode to life on the road inspired by the glam rock of David Bowie and Mott The Hoople. He also fondly recalls his life in Denver when he was a child, and what led to him shaving off his trademark dreadlocks.
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This episode is a double feature!. First up, Paula Fuga and Jack Johnson join Bret via Zoom from Hawaii. Fuga’s new song is a duet with Johnson, “If Ever.” They talk about how they first met (at a kickball tournament) and why she thinks her new album, “Rain On Sunday” is the best music she’s ever made. Next, it’s Steve Cropper. He’s an ace guitarist, founding member of Booker T & the MGs, Stax record producer, songwriter, and w...
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April 23, 2021 9 min
With a new album on the way, Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds gave us a call to talk about it. He told Bret that half the album is a bit chaotic while the other is a little more put together. Also, what it was like working and quarantining with producer Rick Rubin, dealing with depression, and how 'Follow You' commemorates the salvation of his marriage.
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April 15, 2021 8 min
Norah Jones' new record is her first live album, "’Til We Meet Again." It features songs from her two decades of songwriting, including a cover of Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun.' For this occasion, the podcast dives into the archives for a 2012 conversation with Jones, whose new album at the time was “Little Broken Hearts.” She talked about working with Danger Mouse, turning drama into songs, the influence o...
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April 8, 2021 8 min
Richard Thompson is a founding member of Fairport Convention, one of the best British folk-rock bands of the '60s, before starting an esteemed solo career. It's those early years of his musical life that are captured in his new memoir, "Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975." Richard talks about growing up in London surrounded by the Kinks, Beatles, Stones, and the Yardbirds and recalls a time when ...
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Another mass shooting in Colorado. 10 dead, including a Boulder Police Officer. What can be done? Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser talks about the anger and frustration we are all feeling. Bret and Phil share information on where you can get help and the conversations we’ll need to have about gun violence going forward.
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March 19, 2021 14 min
“We’ll be sort of nostalgic in a weird way for this time because it’s been so unusual and so intense and we’ve all shared versions of it…”. On this episode David Gray shares his thoughts on how we might remember these times we’re living in. He also talked about his new album “Skellig,” a record whose influence dates back to monks living 1400 years ago, his solitary style of songwriting and his love for Red Rocks.
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March 12, 2021 9 min
The 50th anniversary edition of the Kinks’ "Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Pt. One" has just been released. Founding member Dave Davies phoned in to talk about the making of the 1970 album, opening up about the pressure the band was feeling at the time and how they avoided controversy with the classic 'Lola.’ He also told Bret how coming from a big family always kept the music of the Kinks real and the prosp...
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March 4, 2021 15 min
Freshman US Senator John Hickenlooper joined Bret this week to discuss the pending COVID relief package, raising the minimum wage and whether he's too busy to listen to music.
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February 25, 2021 9 min
Cannons has quickly endeared themselves to KBCO listeners with their song 'Fire for You.’ In this conversation with Bret, the trio discusses meeting on Craigslist, along with capturing the visual vibe in their heads, then translating it to their music. Plus, what's up with the popcorn and urination in the 'Fire for You' video?
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