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The Sound Podcast with Ira Haberman

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Geared towards Deadheads, Phishheads and the jam band community, The Sound Podcast is a music discovery interview style podcast, hosted by Ira Haberman. Featuring Jam Bands and more... much more. Rooted in Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Funk, Jazz, Reggae, Rock, Soul but mostly Jam Band music.

New episodes of The Sound Podcast are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday (and more if we can). The Wednesday episode is exclusively a live music playlist called LIVEFIVE powered by

Here is a small sample of the guests that have been on The Sound Podcast to date: ALO, Anders Osborne, Antibalas, Aqueous, Band of Heathens, Barr Brothers, Blackberry Smoke, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Col. Bruce Hampton, Dark Star Orchestra, David Gans, Dennis McNally, Devon Allman, Dopapod, Duane Betts, Dwayne Gretzky, Eric Krasno, Everyone Orchestra, Fruition, G.Love, Ghost Light, Grateful Dead, Goose, Hard Working Americans, Hannah Wikclund, Hayley Jane and the Primates, Holly Bowling, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Infamous Stringdusters, Jackie Greene, Jason Crosby, Jazz is Phish, JD Simo, Jim Cuddy, John Kadlecik, Karina Rykman, Karl Denson, Kevin Kendrick, Leslie Mendelson, Lettuce, Living Colour, Lizards, Mapache, Marco Benevento, Marcus King, Mark Karan, Mars Hotel, Midnight North, The Mother Hips, Mungion, Natalie Cressman, Nicole Atkins, Organ Freeman, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Pink Talking Fish, Railroad Earth, Ratdog, Reed Mathis, Reid Genauer, Ross James, Sam Bush, Samantha Fish, Scott Sharrard, SOJA, Southern Avenue, Soulive, Spafford, Steve Kimock, Tauk, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lizards, the New Deal, The Sheep Dogs, Tom Hamilton Jr., Turkuaz, Twiddle, Umphrey’s McGee, Vulfpeck, Warren Haynes, Widespread Panic, Wood Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many many more.
332 Episodes
Song List: 00:17 - Bonediggers - Slip Slidin’ Away - 09-29-19 - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom - Denver, CO 11:52 - Turkuaz - Nightswimming - None's A Ton ( 17:00 - Marco Benevento - Stay in Line Live from Levon Helm’s Barn 23:30 - Greensky Bluegrass - Windshield - 02-01-20 - Anthem - Washington, DC ( 30:17 - Magic Beans - Evil Eye - Color Red ( 37:05 - Goose - Doobie Song - 03-27-20 - T’s House - Somewhere, CT (  44:34 - Trey Anastasio - Lotus 
Kyle Hollingsworth

Kyle Hollingsworth


I’ve been a fan of keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident for well over two decades, and he’s always been on my list as someone I wanted to talk with about not only his music but also that of String Cheese. With a new EP out for about a month now, I decided it was a good time to catch up and learn more about his solo working while pruning some insights on String Cheese as well. I can tell you, our conversation was very enlightening and he was very engaging for longer than I had anticipated.  First Song: 00:14 - Tufnel's Retreat Interview Begins: 06:05 Extro Song: 29:59 - Live Forever
For the uninitiated, The Garcia Project is the brainchild of Mik Bondy. The band, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary is a tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band and perform live versions of the JGB show from 1976 through 1995. They recently put out Spirit a collection of inspirational and spiritual songs the Jerry Garcia Band performed. We caught up with Mik to talk about the project and our conversation started when I asked what inspired the record and it’s packaging. For more visit First Song: 00:14 - Throw Out The Lifeline Interview Begins: 04:14    
Featured Songs: First Song: 00:38 - Greensky Bluegrass - Leap Year - 12-15-19 - Strings & Sol - Puerto Morelos, Mexico Second Song: 11:38 - Goose - I’m Writing a Novel - 03-21-20 - T’s House - Somewhere, CT Third Song: 18:45 - Widespread Panic - I Walk on Guilded Splinters - 05-02-19 - Jazz & Heritage Festival - New Orlean, LA Fourth Song: 26:09 - Tyler Childers - I Got Stoned - 04-11-19 - White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX  Fifth Song: 30:59 - Pigeons Playing Ping Pong - Down with Disease - 03-14-20 - Live From Out There - Somewhere Out There
Song List: 00:17 - Billy Strings - Guitar Peace ( 04:50 - Marcus King - Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You (Bob Dylan Cover) ( 07:58 - Trey Anastasio - Lost in the Pack ( 11:27 - Andrew "Red" Johnson - Leap Year (Greensky Bluegrass Cover) ( 17:44 - Brian Moss - Simple Mysteries ( 20:24 - Joe Russo's Almost Dead - So Many Roads ( 29:15 - Lettuce - NDUGU (   
John Papa Gros

John Papa Gros


The forthcoming, Central City is John Papa Gros' third solo record after fronting Papa Grows Funk in the early part of the century. With some heavy hitters from the New Orleans scene joining him on the record, it's a conversation I have been looking forward to for quite a long time. John Papa Gros is amongst probably the next line of musicians coming out of New Orleans that really pay close attention to the heritage of New Orleans music scene. Like other musicians from that town, few hesitate to be ambassadors for the city. Our conversation started when I asked John what it is about New Orleans that makes everyone want to be an ambassador for the city. Sadly, with the Covid19 action hitting everyone, The New Orleans Jazz Festival has been rescheduled for the fall. The good news though, is that Central City is still scheduled for release April 17th, so you can listen to the record and soak up New Orleans then. For more info visit  First Song: 01:01 - Mardi Gras Interview Begins: 04:24 Extro Song: 31:29 - You Do It  
Featured Songs: First Song: 00:38 - Kitchen Dwellers - Maze - 03-03-20 - Meow Wolf - Sante Fe, NM  Second Song: 08:17 - Railroad Earth - When the Sun Gets in Your Blood - 03-06-20 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN  Third Song: 15:36 - Greensky Bluegrass - On the Road Again - 03-08-20 - M3F Fest - Phoenix, AZ  Fourth Song: 19:13 - The Infamous Stringdusters - Deep Elem Blues - 03-10-20 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO Fifth Song: 25:46 - Leftover Salmon - Willin' - 03-12-20 - Community Concert Hall - Durango, CO   
Song List: 00:17 - Jerry Garcia Band - They Love Each Other ( 09:26 - Jerry Garcia Project - Throw Out a Lifeline ( 14:03 - Katie & Andrea - Candyman ( 21:19 - The Coffis Brothers - In My Imagination ( 24:55 - Andy Frasco - Feel it in Our Bones ( 28:09 - Goose - Escape (The Pina Colada Song) (  34:56 - Phil Lesh & Friends - Unbroken Chain (    
Jim Lauderdale

Jim Lauderdale


Carolina has always been home for Jim Lauderdale. While he makes his residency in Nashville, this prolific singer-songwriter who’s resume speaks for itself still has a vast network of friends and family back all over the Carolinas and more specifically in North Carolina. His latest release, When Carolina Comes Home Again, his 33rd, draws on songs, stories, and indeed musicians who are now part of the scene in Carolina, most notably Ashville, North Carolina. It’s a record chalk full of amazing songs and performances. Our conversation took many twists and turns, as we spoke about the new record, John Oates, Robert Hunter and much more. When Carolina Comes Home Again is due out March 27th on Yep Roc records, and you’ll want to listen to it, over and over again.  Heck, you may even want to move to North Carolina. For more on Jim a Lauderdale visit  First Song: 01:01 - When Carolina Comes Home Again Interview Begins: 04:28 Extro Song: 52:15 - As a Sign  
Featured Songs: First Song: 00:38 - Ghost Light - The Less I Know The Better - 02-29-20 - Ogden Theater - Denver, CO  Second Song: 12:48 - Yonder Mountain - Brown Eyed Women - 03-06-20 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL Third Song: 20:05 - Spafford - Sweet - 03-06-20 - 10 Mile Music Hall - Frisco, CO  Fourth Song: 30:59 - moe. - Happy Hour Hero - 03-07-20 - Observatory North Park - San Diego, CA Fifth Song: 40:43 - Infamous Stringdusters - Big Sandy River - 03-07-20 - Sheridan Opera House - Telluride, CO 
Song List: 00:17 - Bela Fleck with Toumani Diabaté - Kauondig Sissoko ( 06:53 - Greg Loiacano - Animal Clouds ( 11:03 - Jonathan Wilson - '69 Corvette ( 15:56 - Tauk - Come on Now (    5 & 6. 22:32 - JRAD - Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain     (   7.  39:35 - The Allman Brothers Band - Trouble No More  
We were sent some new music from a publicist who is very supportive of our show and often connects with great bands so we can bring them to you. A few weeks ago, she sent along a link to check out Crowd Company's latest release "Lowdon". Initially heard this band was based in the UK. Having said that they are immensely talented and have some true funk chops but also a few friends who helped make this record. In fact, the record was produced by Alan Evans, a member of Soulive in his studio in the Boston area. Also, you may not instantly recognize the horns, but they are in fact, Lettuce's Ryan Zoidis and Eric "Benny" Bloom. They are absolutely outstanding. So obviously we wanted to learn more about this band and got in touch with Rob Fleming, the lead vocalist and guitar in the band and for all intents and purposes, the band's leader. You can learn more about Crowd Company by visiting  First Song: 01:01 - Express 76  Interview Begins: 03:53 Extro Song: 22:09 - Lowdon  
It’s an interesting time for Circles Around the Sun having tragically lost one of the founding members Neal Casal this past summer. I was curious how the band and long time friend Adam MacDougall was coping with what must be a series of emotions ahead of the release of this third record, which naturally has guitar player Casal’s work all over it. We caught up with Adam just before the Circles Around the Sun gig at the Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While our heart felt conversation covered several different topics including the release of this very peppy record, it started sadly with Casal’s passing. You can pre-order the record and check out more tour dates at First Song: 01:01 - Money Is No Option Interview Begins: 06:07 Extro Song: 56:08 - Leaving (Rouge Lemon)
Featured Songs: First Song: 00:38 - Goose - Flowdown - 02-21-2020 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR Second Song: 10:15 - moe. - Crab Eyes - 02-28-2020 - Revolution Hall - Portland, OR Third Song: 16:57 - Umphrey's McGee - Life During Exodus - 02-29-2020 - Showbox SODO - Seattle, WA Fourth Song: 27:56 - Spafford - Catfish John - 02-29-2020 - Ullrs Tavern - Winter Park, CO  Fifth Song: 35:33 - Widespread Panic - Pigeons - 03-02-2020 - Beacon Theatre - New York, NY 
7 Things - March 2, 2020.

7 Things - March 2, 2020.


Song List: 00:17 - The Higgs - Late Night ( 07:46 - Reid Genauer and Folks - Cluttered ( 15:13 - Kyle Hollingsworth - Tufnel's Retreat ( 21:18 - Dopapod - Dracula's Monk ( 28:00 - Lettuce - Checker Wrecker ( 34:18 - Mungion - I Know What I Know ( 48:21 - Circles Around The Sun - One for Chuck (  



We've been big fans of Mapache since their debut record a few years back and have been excited to get our hands on "From Liberty Street", a new record due out March 20th. The duo, Sam Blassuci and Clay Finch as you'll soon hear, share a creative brain, and they deliver a beautifully crafted pan California sound, that will have you intrigued and wanting more.  Their sound is unique, as it blends inspiration from growing up in Southern California and spending time in Mexico. They say that it takes a lifetime to put out your first record and Mapache did that not too long ago, so I wondered what sparked From Liberty Street's birth so quickly... First Song: 01:01 - Life on Fire Interview Begins: 04:16 Extro Song: 25:25 - Me Voy Pa I Pueblo
The Green Leaf Rustlers are an all-star group of musicians fronted by Chris Robinson that includes Barry Sless on pedal steel, Greg Loiacono on guitar, Pete Sears on bass and John Molo on drums. These should all be household names and together in the Rustlers they make this hippified country music, that needs to be heard. Typically the band plays covers of outlaw and classic country plus music thats been influenced by that scene. With a double live record coming out March 6th, From within Marin, we wanted to catch up with someone involved in the project, and were giddy with anticipation when we heard we'd get to chat with Barry Sless.  First Song: 01:01 - That's Alright Interview Begins: 04:11 Extro Song: 25:25 - No Expectations (cover)
Antibalas has been making music now for some 20 years. Their Afrobeat sound, which has continuously expanded beyond its origin is influenced in large part by Fela Kuti, but that’s certainly not where their sound ends. On Fu Chronicles, the Antibalas ensemble explores even more sounds, with the aid of Amayo’s lyrical borage this album becomes an interesting melange or even more sounds and ideas. Martin Perna is the baritone sax player amongst on other instruments in Antibalas and is one of the band’s ring leaders with Amayo. We caught up with Martin who has been on tour with Antibalas. Our conversation started when I asked Martin about the unusual blending of Kung Fu and Afrobeat together to make this record. For more on Antibalas including tour dates visit First Song: 01:01 - Amenawon Interview Begins: 09:06 Extro Song: 36:22 - Fist of Flowers
Featured Songs: First Song: 00:38 - Voodoo Dead - Look Ka Py Py - The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY - 02-06-20 Second Song: 07:39 - The Infamous Stringdusters - Jessica - Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL - 02-07-20 Third Song: 14:51 - Railroad Earth - Lonesome LA Cowboy - The Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY - 02-08-20 Fourth Song: 19:42 - Billy Strings - Dust in a Baggie - Arena - Asheville, NC - 02-15-20 Fifth Song: 24:52 - Umphrey’s McGee (with Billy Strings) - Voodoo Child - Arena - Asheville, NC - 02-15-20
Song List: 00:17 - Michigan Rattlers - Desert Heat ( 04:15 - John “Papa” Gros - You Do It ( 08:22 - Star Kitchen - September 13 ( 14:38 - Nicole Atkins - Captain ( 17:55 - Umphrey's McGee - Great American - with Billy Strings - 02-14-20 ( 28:40 - Turkuaz - The Ballad of Castor Troy - 01-25-20 ( 36:15 - Joe Russo’s Almost Dead - Here Comes Sunshine - The Capitol Theatre - 01-20-19 (  
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Thomas Griffith

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