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.... Show More

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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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February 18, 2021 15 min
Here's a chat with Jack Antonoff, guitarist in Fun, founding member of Bleachers, and an in-demand songwriter/producer whose credits include Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, St. Vincent, and more. Jack talks about his new Bleacher's song, 'Chinatown' (featuring Bruce Springsteen), the cultural importance of the Holland Tunnel, the melody and mystery of the band Sparks, and is he the Leonardo DiCaprio of music?
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February 12, 2021 10 min
Nathaniel Rateliff gives Bret an exclusive preview of his appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Nathaniel also tells the story behind his new song 'Redemption' (from the movie "Palmer") and his curated sandwich created to fight hunger in Denver.
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February 11, 2021 15 min
Robin Pecknold from Fleet Foxes joins us for this episode. Robin tells Bret how a brush with mortality while surfing inspired the mood of the new album "Shore." He fondly recalls the inspiration of producer Richard Swift (Swift was also close friend of Nathaniel Rateliff) and the majesty of Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.
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February 4, 2021 9 min
Ringo Starr is one of the most famous living musicians the world. Bret talks with the former Beatle drummer about his Red Rocks memories (oxygen!), his latest song, album, and book. Ringo also shares the joy of playing with his All Starr band and tips for living in lockdown.
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January 28, 2021 9 min
Let's take a dive into the archives for a 2011 conversation with Rev. Al Green. During their talk, Al recalls the vibe in Memphis during his prolific '70s run, reflects on what his songs have meant to people over the years, and getting into trouble for listening to Jackie Wilson.
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January 22, 2021 15 min
Jon Batiste is the bandleader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and part of the legendary New Orleans Baptiste family of music. Bret and Jon talk about his new album "We Are," his involvement with the Pixar movie "Soul," and their mutual admiration of Herbie Hancock.
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January 14, 2021 7 min
As the singer, songwriter, and guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty created a timeless collection of music. In this episode, John talks about a 30 year old song title that inspired his new release, “Weeping In The Promised Land.” And, he gives his opinion on why the outgoing President insisted on playing the classic “Fortunate Son” at his rallies.
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January 7, 2021 13 min
Either on her own or with the Nocturnals, Grace Potter has long been a Colorado favorite. Her latest, “Daylight,” is Grammy nominated. She talks about being a working musician in the age of COVID, her foray into filmmaking, and sharing big love for Red Rocks.
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December 16, 2020 13 min
Along with Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites helped create the Lumineers. In January, Jeremiah will release his first solo album, Piano Piano. Jeremiah talks about writing for himself and for the Lumineers, learning AC/DC on the drums, communicating with instrumental music, and when he thinks the band will get back on the road.
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December 10, 2020 9 min
Ahmet Zappa is the son of Frank Zappa. He's also a musician, writer, and executor of the Zappa Family Trust. Ahmet has produced a new documentary about his father titled, 'Zappa'. It's a film that not only documents his life as a musician of extraordinary talent, but as a culture warrior as well. Bret and Ahmet talk about how Frank's early film making influenced the movie, one of his hopes people will take away ...
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December 4, 2020 18 min
Songwriting couple Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell address a woman's right to choose in a new song 'The Problem" and talk about why they wanted to put it out now ("I understand people who have different beliefs"... but, "if what your neighbors doing isn't affecting you, then you really don't have the right to tell'em to stop doing it"). Bret asks about Jason's appearance in the movie Dead...
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November 20, 2020 17 min
Adam Granduciel fronts the Grammy-Award winning band The War On Drugs, and they've just released a concert album, "Live Drugs". Adam discusses raising a newborn during COVID and how technology has made it easier to record a show (and eliminate a soundcheck.) He also talks about how classic live albums by The Band and The Allman Brothers influenced their new record, and what it’s like a singing a Warren Zevon song while...
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November 13, 2020 13 min
Sheryl Crow is a longtime friend of KBCO. Listen in to this passionate conversation about her new song, helping each other, the challenges of being a mother these days, and Burt Reynolds. Yes, Burt Reynolds.
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October 30, 2020 9 min
Wesley Schultz from the Lumineers has just released "Vignettes", a collection of 10 intimately recorded covers ranging from Tom Waits and Bob Dylan to Sheryl Crow and Coldplay. Wesley talks about how the songs and artists inspired him, the influence of James Taylor, and what he hopes people will take away from the album.
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October 23, 2020 11 min
Lots of laughs here. In 2003, David Bowie rang us up to talk about his new album, Reality. Listen in as Bret and David talk about hurricanes, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Jonathon Richman, Talking Heads, and aftershave.
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October 16, 2020 11 min
Folk singer Loudon Wainwright III is best known for his humorous and nakedly honest autobiographical songs. On his latest, "I'd Rather Lead A Band", he reaches back to the 20' and 30's and covers jazz standards written by some of the great composers like Hoagy Carmichael, Fats Waller, Irving Berlin and others. Loudon tells Bret why he chose to interpret these classics and why they have stood the test of time. P...
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October 9, 2020 8 min
Stone Gossard is a founding member and guitarist in Pearl Jam. While the pandemic put Pearl Jam's tour plans on hold, Stone went back to a project he started 6 years ago, Painted Shield. It includes singer-songwriter Mason Jennings, former Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain, and keyboardist/singer Brittany Davis. Stone describes the sound of the band ('messy American rock'), the impact of John Lennon, whether artists sh...
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October 2, 2020 12 min
Sometimes a conversation a few years ago is still relevant today, even more so. Such is the case with Randy Newman. The occasion for this interview from 2017 was the release of his album Dark Matter, a collection of songs that dealt with Vladamir Putin, the role of science and faith, climate change, global politics...subjects that are still very front and center today. Randy also looks back on his amazing work composing music for f...
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