Episode 19 – Jason Crosby & Roger McNamee

Rob and Seth sit down with Jason Crosby and discuss how he went from a classically trained violin and piano prodigy, to working with artists like Solar Circus, God Street Wine, Oteil and The Peacemakers, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph and The Bind Boys of Alabama all at a young age. Also explored are his musical and other interactions with Prince, Eric Clapton, Trey Anastasio and Bruce Springsteen – and how his life changed when he moved from New York to California, where he met and worked with folks like Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Roger McNamee. Then Roger himself joins to chat how the seeds for his love of rock sprouted out of being born in the “Year of Elvis,” and how his work with T. Bone Burnett inspired him to start Moonallice. Roger is not just a musician. He is also one of the most insightful businessmen of our generation, and this interview reveals how he has used the fruits of the resulting success from this insight to help empower (and employ) musicians and visual artists. He also discusses his decision to provide high quality streaming video of every Moonalice and Doobie Decimal System performance (and many others including a variety of performances from California’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival). This has proven to be not just a benefit to music-lovers, but also seems to be a key part of the popularity growth of Roger’s bands Moonalice and Doobie Decimal System.