Fran Snyder Podcast: Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen – what if your studio burns down during Covid?

Dan and Laurel describe
how they prepare for fires each year
why it paid off this year
how they met via YouTube without a fire
when the fire between them developed
how Dan could sit in for Bob Dylan if he was fired
60s recordings were fire
Adding cello is hot
Livestreaming until it burns
Returning and rebuilding at Bonnie Dune.

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Fran Snyder Podcast: Mare Wakefield & Nomad – Berklee, Turkey, Ricky Martin, and The Carp Enters.

Mare (Mary) and Nomad share stories with Fran, 

livestreams and fan-sent applause buttons
cover tunes and jazz tunes on grand piano 
The Carp Enters show
Trivia questions turn into silly songs
remote sessions via
song commissions for fans
meeting at Berklee
music in Turkey – business school – Sony/Columbia
meeting Ricky Martin
mp3s destroys record company
facebook live LAG!
multi – video streaming via OBS

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Fran Snyder Podcast: KC Turner: singer-songwriter from heartland turns into SF’s top live promoter.

KC Turner describes his journey from open-mic host, to house concert host, to the acoustic and indie-scene’s most sought after promoter. Including: 
Moving from Missouri to SF Bay area
Creating open mic nights in various towns while working a day job
Discovering house concerts via Drew Pearce
Going pro… as in full-time promoter
Hustle hustle… doing whatever was need for musicians and clubs, including creating MySpace pages!
Growing mailing list as spring-board to public venue events.
Selling out Cafe du Nord as validation and jet fuel. 
Bigger and bigger shows til Covid. 
Massive adjustments… rescheduling shows multiple times.
Creating driveway shows experiment with Megan Slankard and others. 
Talk to Me podcast
Prepping for the other side of the pandemic. 

Check out his great work and upcoming events

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Fran Snyder Podcast: Pierce Crask – blues on the move… St. Louis, Chicago, and beyond.

Pierce tells us about his recent move to Chicago, guitar heroes, his first few house concert experiences, and the adjustment to livestreaming.


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Fran Snyder Podcast: Melissa Crispo on producing music and vegetables during pandemic.

Orlando-based singer-songwriter Melissa Crispo tells Fran about:
extreme-promo during cruise gig pays off
meeting Melissa Etheridge and having lunch with her
using downtime to learn music production
foray into gardening
co-writing with Crystal Bowersox

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Fran Snyder Podcast: Rod Abernethy on maximizing folk conferences, future touring, and robots.

In this episode, Rod Abernethy discusses:

early and humble beginnings in North Carolina

getting signed and dropped losing on Star Search

going “corporate” and finding success in sync music, especially video games.

returning to guitar and touring again

folk conferences as a launching pad

future of touring, especially via house concerts and Listening Room Network

building cool robots from found parts

his Kickstarter campaign for a new album. S


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photography and found object art:…


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Fran Snyder Podcast: Alan Williams of Birdsong at Morning. An odd and impactful path through music.

Alan Williams talks with Fran about: 
Asheville and amazing transformation  
Berklee vs New England Conservatory of Music
Thirst Stream Studies… Contemporary Improvisation (CI)
Learning classical music by ear
signed to Island Records
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Dropped by Polygram after sale
breaking up before Newport Festival appearance
selling 30,000 units without a label
blowing up in Boston/Maine
engineering/producing Lucy Kaplansky, Patty Larkin, Kris Delmhorst, The Nudes. 
Musical director for Dar Williams first band tour w Richard Shindell
PHD from Brown in ethnomusicology
Academic work… peer reviewed journals… Technostalgia?…
Birdsong at Morning – origin of the name
Evidence Unearthed – resurrecting an unfinished CD after 25 years!
Live from the Aviary… Livestreaming a band

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Fran Snyder Podcast: Host Dani Goodband: the journey into and the love for hosting house concerts.

LRN house concert host Dani Goodband talks about 
her love for house concerts
the impact she sees on eclectic audiences
working with regional hosting partners
and we explore a new direction for LRN bookings. 

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Fran Snyder Podcast: Mia Borders, New Orleans as home and heritage, and a wild house concert story.

Mia Borders tells Fran about:

growing up in New Orleans, 
playing and teaching music at Loyola,
a wild house concert story, 
joining Listening Room Network,
strict preparation for studio time, 
Escape from the Secret Lab,
and her love for reading (60 books per year!)

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Fran Snyder Podcast: The Rough & Tumble on supportive house concert community, and the Lullafrights!

Also discussed:
Meeting in Martha’s Vinyard
Upgrading the best man to the husband
Touring and living in a camper with two dogs.
Turning a canceled tour into residencies. 
Staying in the Deliverance town, in a cabin in the woods. 
2019 LRN Artists of the Year
2019 Americana Song of the Year
House Concert hosts to the rescue!
“Everything Goes Viral but my Band”
“The Rumbly Tummy”
spooky stories and the “Lullafrights”