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The Road Taken with CT and Baio

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Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson and Chris Baio take an honest look at the life of a touring musician through conversations with their peers, idols, and rivals. The truth lies somewhere between the penthouse suite and a sleeping bag on the floor, between a private jet and a 2004 Honda Odyssey, between a sold-out Madison Square Garden and 10 paid attendees at Rubber Gloves in Denton, Texas. Tune in to find out!

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For the Season 1 finale of ‘The Road Taken,’ CT and Baio sit down with … each other!
CT and Baio sit down with country rock legend Chris Hillman to discuss playing in the Byrds in the 1960s while rubbing shoulders with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, partnering with Gram Parsons to originate the Flying Burrito Brothers, working with the late, great Tom Petty, and much more.
CT and Baio share their latest tour exploits from Amsterdam before sitting down with Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. to discuss crafting a tour persona, “hubbing,” the irony of tour finances, and much more.
CT and Baio share their experiences touring in the U.K. before sitting down with Malcolm Mooney, the legendary original singer of German experimental rock band Can, about his remarkable life and career.
CT and Baio share their experience resting at home in between tour legs before sitting down with iconic singer-songwriter Michelle Branch to discuss her early start in the music industry, how featuring on Santana’s ‘The Game of Love’ led to performing alongside Beyoncé at the Super Bowl XXXVII pregame show, how to navigate through the trappings of the music industry, and much more.
Childish Gambino. Lorde. The Killers. Passion Pit. The Flaming Lips. What do these artists have in common? They've all employed the services of “hired gun” multi-instrumentalist Ray Suen, a classically trained violinist whose oeuvre now spans a variety of genres. CT and Baio sit down with the San Diego native to discuss his unique and multifarious career.
CT and Baio sit down with legendary rapper/producer Havoc of Mobb Deep to discuss traveling abroad for the first time to tour, managing Prodigy’s health condition while on the road, and much more.
CT and Baio share their experiences “toilet touring” (1:05) before speaking with British folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling on touring as a teenager, writing songs on the road, and much more (12:08).
CT and Baio share their thoughts ahead of playing at the iconic Madison Square Garden (1:02) before sitting down with Mumford & Sons’ multi-instrumentalist Winston Marshall to discuss the types of touring vehicles, making mistakes onstage, and much more (15:05).
CT and Baio share their experiences of tour rehearsals throughout the years (0:33) before sitting down with legendary drummer Patrick Carney of the Black Keys to discuss the origins of the band, playing in front of bizarre audiences, and much more (11:53).
Coming on October 2: Join Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson and Chris Baio as they discuss the highs and lows of touring through conversations with friends, peers, idols, and rivals.
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