Arguably the most recognizable voice to ever appear on The Co-Write, Eric Nadel has been the warm welcome to baseball season we all wait through the dreary Texas winters to hear. After forty plus years in the radio booth for your Texas Rangers, Eric has imbedded himself and his calls into the memory of every Texas Rangers fan. As a Ford C. Frick award winner, Eric has been recognized throughout the baseball world as one of the best in his craft.
Aside from his distinguished baseball career, and his recognized bibliography, Eric has been an avid fan and promoter of the local D/FW music scene. From his support of Daphne Willis, to his massively successful birthday shows that support the Dallas charity Focus on Teens, Eric has used his position as one of the great broadcasters in America to place artists in front of large crowds on a regular basis.
On this episode …
Eric’s introduction to local music from a bit of a famous source (Off the top)
Eric talks about his experience as a talent buyer at some great Dallas venues (8:33)
Who were Eric’s earliest music god’s (14:34)
Will baseball come back in 2020, and if so, what does it mean for broadcasters? (19:55)
Dallas Diamonds, and Women’s Professional Basketball League, talk (30:00)
The patented Co-Write rapid fire (44:42)
We want to let you know that we have just released our first Patreon only podcast over at our Co-Write Patreon site. Donovan and I run down and play our 15 favorite songs of all time. These lists are always hard, and you’re sure to leave off a song here and there, but it was great fun, and I think you’ll get a lot out of it. $5 is all it takes to be a Patron. You get early access to podcasts as well as the video recordings from our Zoom calls. You will have the chance to submit questions to your favorite artists and get to the bottom of those things you answers to. Check it, and join us on Patreon, if you’re able.
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On this week's virtual Co-Write hang we have Kyle Nix, fiddle player extraordinaire of the Turnpike Troubadours. Kyle joins us to talk about his debut record "Lightning on the Mountain and Other Short Stories" which is set for release on June 26th. The 17 song compilation features 16 songs written by Nix himself along with an instrumental tune. Nix brought his friends along to help with this project including Wes Sharon in the production chair, while R.C. Edwards, Hank Early, Gabe Pearson & Ryan Engleman handle the lion's share of the instrumentation.
At the top of the episode Kyle touches on the intricacies of putting out a record during the quarantine.
8:00 - What kinds of books does Kyle read? hint...there are a lot
18:00 - Kyle's early history playing with Scott Evans and, of course, there is are Mike McClure stories
24:30 - the guys talk about the production of the record, players, singing harmonies to his own vocals and his songwriting process
30:00 - writing/pitching songs to an already successful group & a Bobby/Donovan/Walt Wilkins songwriting story
43:30 - the backstory of fiddling giant Byron Berline including his use of some historical instruments on Kyle's record
53:00 - the Co-Write's trademarked version of rapid fire which always takes 20 minutes
Check out kylenixmusic.com to pre-order the record!
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As a co-host of the very successful Dunham and Miller radio program, cohosted with Craig Miller and Gordon Keith, George Dunham has commanded the airwaves on Sports Radio 97.7 FM and 1310 AM the ticket for over 20 years. The show, which matches sports musings with their classic wit on segments such as the 8:40 bit, has become a staple to local, national, and even world wide audiences. (The Ticket is the most streamed radio station in the world.)
A past guest on The Co-Write (Episode 26), George rejoins Bobby and Donovan to talk about how our current quarantine status has affected the world of radio broadcasting. George is an accomplished songwriter as well with his band The Bird Dogs, and he hosts a hugely successful charity concert annual in Dallas called Jub Jam, and the group hits on the changes that hav needed to take place with those ventures during our uncertain times.
And, as always, there’s a bit of sports talk.
This episode was definitely a grab bag of sorts. As George says, we were just passing the ball around. It was a great hang with an old friend in strange times. We are always glad to spend time with our friends, and hope you get something out of the conversations.
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On this episode -
Radio life during a pandemic - (Off the top)
Dallas Cowboys, excuse me, Dallas Sooners draft talk - (7:42)
Edit* - The Cowboys signed former Sooner Gerald McCoy, not Jermaine Gresham as Bobby falsely reported in the podcast
How the Musers are uniquely qualified to navigate quarantine radio - (11:00)
George revisits the new Biggest Show Coming to Town - (14:30)
Bobby and George revisit what it's like always being the “And Friends” on festivals - (35:16)
What are you listening to - (51:00)
George’s streaming game - (55:00)
Mountain Lion talk - (1:07:00)
The Cody Jinks story is one we are all happy to be a part of. He is the definition of “doing it his way.” After several years of fronting a metal band in his hometown of Fort Worth, Cody reverted back to his roots of classic country music. Though he has a gruff exterior with a giant beard and covered in tattoos, he’s a pretty unassuming and easy to get along with ol’ boy at his core. The best way to describe Jinks’ music, live show and approach to his career is “genuine.” The songs are heartfelt and personal when they aren’t rollicking and jamming – and his live show is spirited and fun. Cody has been zigzagging across the United States building a passionate fanbase for many years while consistently putting out music. Since 2008 he has totalled 9 studio records including the last 4 which have all reached the top 40 on the Billboard chart. The grassroots movement which has built up over the last few years is still growing, and it’s easy to cheer for a guy who has done it his way.
How Cody and band and crew bugged out of New York when the shutdown began (5:45)
Cody and Bobby's friendship, and Cody's start in country music (9:30)
Cody's unconventional path to success in music. (18:00)
Cody's impressive work ethic, and what drives that. (32:20)
Navigation life at home now that the road has ben taken away. (53:00)
Cody talks about Scott Copeland. (1:02:00)
We talk Cody songs. (1:15:00)
Rapid Fire (1:20:00)
This week we caught up with our old pal, Wade Bowen. A force on the Texas Music Scene for nearly two decades, Wade has proven his ability to stand above the crowd again with his new streaming show, Wade's World. We discuss Wade's World right off the top. We talk about how social distancing has allowed us to appreciate the efforts of sound techs and engineers that much more (12:30). Wade discusses being at home for another extended period of time, and what that's been like (14:58). We talk about how long can a small business like band wait before the panic sets in, and Wade gets real about that at (21:53). We try to lighten the load with a little sports talk (38:30). Someone finally indulges Bobby with some Bruce Springsteen snd Springsteen on Broadway talk (43:20). A bit of major label game talk around (56:00). Rapid fire and a Zoom bomb of sorts at (1:10).
This was great fun, and we hope you enjoy it during your social distancing period.
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