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... Show More

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August 13, 2020 13 min
Seth Avett, along with his brother Scott, put The Avett Brothers together in Concord, North Carolina back in 2000. Bret and Seth chat about the philosophy behind the band's Gleam series (The Gleam III comes out Aug. 28th), what he's been up to during this down time, on turning 40, and he reveals what he's ready to get serious about (you probably feel the same way...).
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August 10, 2020 9 min
The Go-Go's rose out of LA's punk scene in the late 70's to the top of the charts (in 1981, their debut, "Beauty and the Beat" became the No. 1 album on the Billboard chart for six weeks, the first by a female band that wrote their own songs and played their own instruments). Meet Charlotte Caffey, guitarist and founding member. She and Bret talk about the Go-Go's new song, a just released documentary about ...
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July 31, 2020 10 min
Harry Shearer is a modern day renaissance man; he's a comedian, actor, musician, and author. His career spans the decades from the National Lampoon Radio Hour, Saturday Night Live, to the voices of Mr. Burns, Smithers, and Ned Flanders on The Simpsons. And he's also bassist Derek Smalls in Spinal Tap. Harry and Bret discuss satire in the 60's to the age of COVID, his new comedy album, 'The Many Moods Of Donald Trump...
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July 24, 2020 12 min
Lou Reed was a founding member of the massively influential group The Velvet Underground and masterminded an eclectic solo career that spanned five decades. In this interview from 2003, Lou talked with Bret about his new album at the time, “The Raven.” He also shared his insights on revisiting his catalog for a compilation project, and the state of the music business. And, oh yeah, Reed hated CD packaging. He had a hard time openi...
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This episode features two very different keyboard players.

First, Harry Connick Jr. talks about a road trip he and his daughter took to personally thank the essential workers who have kept our lives running during COVID and the new song it inspired. The song "Stars Still Shine" benefits the Ellis Marsalis Center in New Orleans. Harry talks about Ellis as a mentor, a teacher, and the impact he had on music.

Then it's Kyle ...
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July 10, 2020 10 min
When you need a funky bass, Bootsy Collins is the man you call. On this episode, Bootsy talks about his days with James Brown (you'll find out what the power of the one is...) and Parliament/Funkadelic. He also talks about his upcoming album and a new song for the MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund.
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July 2, 2020 16 min
This week, Bret talks with Mary Ellen Hudson and Tyler Benz - who had to forego the traditional wedding ceremony due to the COVID-19 crisis...so they decided to climb a Colorado 14er and get married at the top!
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June 25, 2020 12 min
Jesse Colin Young, along with his band the Youngbloods, sang the classic "Get Together". On this episode, Jesse explains the fortuitous way in which he discovered the song, the heady days of the folk scene in New York City, and why he's rerecorded "Get Together" with Steve Miller.
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Cindy Blackman Santana and husband Carlos join Bret to talk about her new album "Give The Drummer Some", which includes a cover of John Lennon's "Imagine". They both talk about why they chose that song and address social unrest ("It's very encouraging and empowering to see humanity all over the world stand up collectively against racism") plus advice for life during Covid-19 ("Remember your human...
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For this episode, 2 of our states' favorites who will be a part of Saturday's Banding Together, A Concert For The Colorado Music Relief Fund (5/30/20 at 6pm).

First, former Governor John Hickenlooper gives us a preview of his interview with his friend Bob Weir for the concert. He also talks about the therapeutic nature of music and the band he credits with the resurgence of the Colorado music scene.

Then Nathaniel Rateliff wh...
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May 22, 2020 16 min
Michael Franti has a lot of love for Colorado and Colorado has a lot of love for him, so it's no surprise that he's a part of Banding Together, A Concert For The Colorado Music Relief Fund, Saturday May 30th. Michael talks about the importance of helping the roadies, techs, light & sound people, also quarantining in Bali (binging Netflix, working out underwater?!?!) and what we can do for each other right now.
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May 15, 2020 17 min
Fresh from representing Colorado in front of the Supreme Court of the United States (remotely), meet Phil Weiser, Colorado's Attorney General. Mr. Weiser talks about arguing Colorado's case with the court on how we vote for President ("if we lose this case it will upend our system of Presidential Election...it takes votes away from the people"). He also addresses people's eroding trust in government, battling c...
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May 8, 2020 11 min
Stevie Nicks, always open. Always candid. In a pair of interviews from 2011, she talks about her special connection to Boulder, overcoming addiction, and letting South Park use one of her classics.
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April 30, 2020 16 min
Founded by Ron and Russell Mael, Sparks has been making creatively bold albums since 1971. For this episode, Russell Mael talks about Sparks being a visual band long before MTV, his stint as a catalog model, brotherly love in rock n' roll, plus their new album and a movie/musical he wrote with Ron, starring Adam Driver.
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April 23, 2020 7 min
For this episode, talking with a couple of musicians who pretty much lived on the road, until now.

First, long time friend G. Love talks about a virtual benefit for employees of the Fillmore in Denver. Plus giving quarantine guitar and harmonica lessons...and he has chickens!

Then it's our new friend Marcus King on hanging out with his dog, at Home Depot, coming to terms with not being on the road, and the loss of John Prine.
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April 18, 2020 10 min
Here's one from the archives, a 2010 conversation with Paul McCartney. The discussion covers meatless Mondays, climate change, current music he's listening to, and how his daughter inspires his music.
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April 10, 2020 9 min
Noah Lindsey Cyrus is a singer, songwriter, and actress. She discusses her hit, July, the real life inspiration behind it, getting Leon Bridges to duet, voicing the anime character Ponyo, and staying sane during self quarantine.
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March 30, 2020 7 min
Wesley Schultz from The Lumineers talks about the transition from touring to self-quarantine, negotiating the timing and process of having meals delivered and thinking more about the “we’ than the “I”.
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One of the world’s most popular 10ks, the BOLDERBoulder has been postponed, race director Cliff Bosley talks about the current situation and when you’ll get more info. Plus, how can you help those in need during the coronavirus? Janie Gen Osis from the Food Bank Of The Rockies tells you what and what not to do.
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March 13, 2020 10 min
Gordon Lightfoot was Canada's most successful contemporary folk artist, establishing himself as an important songwriter in the mid-'60s and going on to become a major international recording star in the following decade. Calling in from Toronto, Gordon talked about his new album, Solo, life without a cell phone, doing beer commercials, his friendship with Bob Dylan, and being a part of a scene that included Joni Mitchell, a...
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