Erik Jensen


This week I talked with actor, producer, playwright, and Deadhead, Erik Jensen. Erik has co-written several plays with his wife Jessica Blank including “How To Be A Rock Critic” in which he portrayed famed critic Lester Bangs and this year’s “Coal Country” which featured songs and on-stage performance from Steve Earle. We talk about Erik’s history as a Deadhead, how their music helped him heal and guides him in his work today. Afterwards, we check out one of Earle’s songs from “Coal Country” followed by a healthy dose of Grateful Dead.

As mentioned in the interview, you can find a film version of Jensen & Blank’s play, “The Exonerated” on iTunes. This production stars Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, and Brian Dennehy. You can also find Steve Earle’s album of songs from “Coal Country” entitled, “Ghosts of West Virginia” on his bandcamp page. Both are highly recommended.

In the intro, I mention my favorite albums of 2020 list which is housed on my personal blog. you can find that and it’s wealth of bandcamp links over at I hope you find something new and interesting (and buy it)!

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