Episode 044: Somewhere In Middle America w/ Grayson Haver Currin

In Episode 044 we’re joined by one of our favorite music writers, Grayson Haver Currin (@currincy) for a wide-ranging conversation about music, travel, current festival trends, and how some of our formative songwriters can regain their past glory.

While Grayson’s work appears in a number of publications we admire: Pitchfork, NPR and Outside Magazine, among others, it was three of his essays he wrote over the last twelve months that convinced us we had to chat with him. The first, What I Learned Road-Tripping Across North America With One Of Those Giant CD Binders. Early this year, Grayson released a timely piece about the changing dynamics of music festivals called: How Musicians Are Fixing The Summer Music Scene With Their Own Festivals. And finally, in the early summer, he released an essay about one of his favorite bands, Dave Matthews Band, wondering what it would take for the band to make truly meaningful music again, titled: Dave Matthews Band And The Sound Of Settling.

Songs featured in this episode are: Sleep: "Mariuanat’s Theme," Dave Matthew’s Band: "The Dreaming Tree" & "Bartender," Neil Young: "C’mon Baby Let’s Go Downtown," Sonic Youth: "Total Trash," Tony Conrad: "Trance 2," Bon Iver: "Minnesota, WI," Mary Lattimore: "Baltic Birch," Damien Jurado: "Percy Faith," Zeal & Ardor: "Fire Of Motion," Tangents: "Terracotta," Bruce Springsteen: "Nebraska," The National: "Karen," Counting Crows: "Omaha."

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