Fran Snyder Podcast: West My Friend on Recording with a Virtual Choir, and touring Canada in winter.

The band tells Fran about:

Finding new ways to connect with audiences
“Touring their home town” and Victoria BC area.
Playing a house concert at a nudist colony.

Career highlights: 

– Performing with a symphony orchestra 
– Touring Europe 
– Nomination for Canadian Folk Music Award 
– Nomination for Independent Music Award

West My Friend is:
Guitar, Vocals / Eden Oliver
Mandolin, Vocals / Alex Rempel
Accordion, Vocals / Jeff Poynter

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Fran Snyder Podcast: Paul Sprawl off grid and charting his own music path for decades.

Singer-songwriter Paul Sprawl tells Fran about:

Life in Terlingua TX

Eddies Attic shoot out

making up songs while tuning the guitar during a show

Cal Arts / UCSD training early career –

open mic tours being a lifelong weirdo 8^)

pancakes and a side of engagement

John Trudell, Quilt Man and indigenous peoples

driving a truck for Jimmy Cliff (early 90s)

Immokalee Coalition of Workers (FL)

slavery convictions win “Harvest of Shame” film

Lee Townsend, Berkeley Producer for Bill Frisell

Signing with German record label.

Touring Europe as a trio (w rhythm section from late Chris Whitley)

productivity and wages

building dance studio for artists in residence and launches around Thanksgiving 2020.


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Fran Snyder Podcast: Lipbone Redding on touring the world in a beautiful flying machine.

Singer-songwriter Lipbone Redding discusses his NC roots Greenville and Western Carolina University daring move to New York touring nationally then internationally 4-5 countries per year developing shows for yoga, swing dance, and more three types of livestream shows and a cool UFO sighting Fran Snyder Podcast is sponsored by: shoutout to

Fran Snyder Podcast: My One and Only – African Travels, and “going SNL” on livestream w skits/jokes

Kassie and Ben share with Fran about Alabama roots how they met in Antioch/Nashville backing each other first, then writing and touring School of Audio Engineering in Nashville releasing singles vs CDs or vinyl going to Rwanda and Uganda first with mission work and music sponsoring a child fun and spontaneous creativity in their livestreams incorporating skits and pre-recorded bits and the axe-throwing neighbor FSPod is Sponsored by: – house concerts and more – the best online music lessons

Fran Snyder Podcast: David G. Smith, from Field of Dreams to the Nashville scene. Write. Give Back.

David G. Smith tells fran about starting out in Iowa moving to Nashville to focus on writing pitching songs on music row early days of NSAI and The Bluebird Cafe writing with Mary Gauthier and Rissi Palmer origins of his “Mi Familia” song and video touring with a “Give Back” program/ethic fundraising for Byron’s place Sponsored by:

Fran Snyder Podcast: Stray Local innovates on touring with running clubs and breweries.

Hannah and Jamie discuss how they met, how they innovate to fill schedule gaps, moving from Wilmington NC to Raleigh, running trails, marathons and halfs, connecting with running clubs around the country playing at post-run meetups at breweries developing sports merch and branded gear for these shows. Check them out at Sponsored by: – the best online music lessons

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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