Episodes
The greatest hard rock bassist of ALL TIME joins the show to celebrate five years of The Great Song Podcast! Billy Sheehan's cred is unquantifiable, and his work with David Lee Roth, Steve Vai, Mr. Big and SO many others proves it without a doubt. Billy sits down with us to talk about the new project from Talas, his career and style, and much more. Get ready for a wild ride! Thanks for listening, and here's to the next five years! Plus: - Pat Boone Does Dio  - “This song already has a hand...
Published 10/05/22
Episode 10.08 ’70s September closes with one of the greatest hits of the decade, “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl),” and we’ve got writer/singer/guitarist Elliot Lurie here to tell us about the true Brandy, the massive integration of the song into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and much more! Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Visit greatsongpodcast.com for...
Published 09/28/22
Published 09/28/22
It's time for an XL episode, because we couldn't choose just one song to help us chronicle the 50+ year career of the band that created the Americana genre. Founding Dirt Band member John McEuen joins us as we talk about a handful of our favorites from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Also: Rob’s terrible Norm Macdonald impression Sparsely-worded choruses galore! “And we wondered what took so long.” “He was a nice, drunk guy.” Working in the Disneyland magic shop with Steve Martin -- Get...
Published 09/21/22
An all-time rock monster of a song, and a perfect '70s rock gem, Mountain's "Mississippi Queen" stands tall as a peak (pardon the pun) example of what American rock music could be. And there's a great story to the song, which we'll learn courtesy of Mountain's own Corky Laing, who brought the song to the band. Plus: “When I play Mississippi Queen, I think of Jesus Christ” Guitar pickup ash trays! “If you need to beat up a tornado, you throw on Mississippi Queen.” Mountain’s Corky Laing...
Published 09/14/22
It's '70s September, and we're rocking out with one of the all-time "dark metal" classics--the über-famous, über-controversial, ümlaut-loving Blue Oyster cult and their signature hit, "Don't Fear the Reaper." Rolling Stone's Song of the Year for 1976 gives us plenty to chew on, especially with BOC's Joe Bouchard to walk us through some history, including: - Ghost stories, seances and haunted hotels - The Barry Manilows of Heavy Metal - The Genesis of the Ümlaut in rock - Being covered by...
Published 09/07/22
"Come On Eileen" is one of the most beloved and enduring UK hits of the '80s, and former Dexys Midnight Runners musical director and violinist Helen O'Hara is here to tell us all about it! '80s August wraps up with a 4th straight #1 hit as we kick off Season 10. Also: - How this song is twice-stolen - The original lyrics and topics of “Come On Eileen” - An arsenal of fiddles! - Helen being “more about listening than looking” - Helen’s gas station snack food of choice Join us on PATREON...
Published 08/31/22
Just who is MC Skat Kat, and what's he hiding? Well it's a complicated answer, but part of it involves a lot of awesome Prince stories, a lesson in helpful premature confidence, and some rotoscoping animation. Paula Abdul's debut album "Forever Your Girl" remains one of the landmark debut albums, and we're digging into the smash hit duet "Opposites Attract" this week with the singing voice of MC Skat Kat, OneGunn. Enjoy! -- Become a Producer and get bonus episodes and other goodies...
Published 08/24/22
'80s August and Season 10 slam forward with another #1 hit! "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" (Tonight?) is one of the '80s most enduring rock hits, and Cutting Crew frontman and writer Nick Van Eede is with us to discuss the legendary track, along with a surprising number of revelations, including, and we kid you not--how the tragic death of Kobe Bryant almost saved the life of an American brand icon, and how Cutting Crew was directly connected. Seriously. Also: - Elon Musk and Oprah? - Private...
Published 08/17/22
We're kicking off Season 10 with '80s August, and with one of the HUGEST bands of that decade, and really, of all time. One of Australia's greatest exports, INXS, delivered one of the ultimate '80s albums with Kick, and Andrew Farriss was half of the duo that wrote the whole shebang. He joins us to recall his favorite sentiments from the iconic video shoot, fighting with the record company over Kick's release, and more. Plus: - The Mount Rushmore of Aussie artists - The Riff Sherriff -...
Published 08/10/22
Jacob Yoffee and Roahn Hylton are making it happen in LA. This powerhouse duo of composer/producers are nominated for an Emmy for their main title song for ABC's "The Wonder Years," and their diverse body of work continues to grow and impress. Their production credits to this point include names no less impressive than Lebron James, Kevin Hart, and oh yeah, a little Nicki Minaj ditty called "Superbass." You may have heard it. We'll chat with Jacob and Roahn about scoring for film and TV in...
Published 08/03/22
Our postseason tour of the music industry continues with a guy living our dream life--rubbing elbows with music stars and legends as both an editor for Premier Guitar magazine, and as a podcaster and podcast producer. You'll love Jason's candor, and there might be more SNDPM (sweet name drops per minute) here than any other episode ever. Also: - Podcasting tips and hard knocks! - The incredible attitude, output, and work ethic of Cory Wong - The mind-blowing timing and roster of the Van...
Published 07/27/22
Guitar god Martin Miller is one of the new-school virtuosos of the instrument, and his YouTube channel is absolutely chock full of incredible music, not the least of which are his mind-blowing medleys. As our music industry bonus tour continues, Martin talks with us about rehearsing meticulous music with a studio band, getting surprised with his signature model Ibanez, and much more. Enjoy! martinmillerguitar.com greatsongpodcast.com --- Send in a voice message:...
Published 07/20/22
An absolutely legendary engineer, mixer and producer, Bill Schnee's credits are almost innumerable, and his influence can't really be overstated. They don't come more respected than "The Chairman at the Board" himself, and we're thrilled to have Bill as our next guest in our tour of the music industry. He's got stories you won't believe--goosebumps stuff for both of us, including: We’ll find out what precedes this sentence: “There’s a very good chance if that wasn’t the case, there might...
Published 07/13/22
Friend of the show “Soni” Sonefeld, drummer of Hootie and the Blowfish, has been around the universe and back as a writing, touring, and recording musician. He’s seen and done it all, and been at the absolute peaks and lowest lows. He’s faced down personal demons and lived to tell the tale, and he does it with great aptitude in his new memoir, “Swimming with the Blowfish: Hootie, Healing, and One Hell of a Ride.” We chat with Soni about tour life, some stories from the book, and we get real...
Published 07/06/22
STANK FACE WARNING. Philip Lassiter is one of the most sought-after arrangers in all of pop music, and his work speaks for itself. An accomplished trumpet player, pianist and funk master, his work has graced the music of top artists of all genres worldwide. He led the biggest, baddest horn section Prince ever toured with, and he puts out record after record of the highest-quality funk. Our music industry tour continues with Philthy Phil. More at www.philthyfunk.com --- Send in a voice...
Published 06/29/22
Our between-season tour of the music industry begins with writer and artist Rosi Golan, fantastic craftswoman of the art and beloved by movie and TV productions of all kinds, from Vampire Diaries to Mulan, and, oh right, that Pantene ad. We'll talk with Rosie about her craft, co-writing, and the massive Coca-Cola campaign that almost was. Enjoy! For more: rosigolan.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
Published 06/22/22
Our Season 9 finale finds us in deep conversation with Spin Doctors frontman Chris Barron, as part of our loving coverage of 1991's firecracker album "Pocket Full of Kryptonite," an album we both dearly love. And the hits, oh the hits! From "Two Princes," "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong," and our favorite jukebox jam "Shinbone Alley/Hard to Exist," we'll squeeze the juice out of every delicious track. We'll get into our usual shenanigans and excited musings, and we'll talk with Chris about...
Published 06/15/22
The time has come in which once per season we agree to disagree, and season 9 has led us to The Great Rob Thomas Showdown. One of us loves the Matchbox 20 era, one the Rob Thomas solo era, and we will make our cases for and against each as we bring our arguments before you.  Also: - “I like Rob Thomas with some money.” - Rob’s shameful secret ---- Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show!...
Published 06/08/22
Our 200th episode comes with a very special guest, guitar and jam band icon Warren Haynes! We're talking about a song that somehow it feels like everyone knows from birth, the Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule classic, "Soulshine," hitting our usual shenanigans, and more, like: - Jam chemistry - Tradition vs invention - Magic with Dave Matthews Thanks so much for listening! Here's to 200 more! --- The Great Song Podcast is a Tiger Leap Production. Check out the other fine Tiger Leap...
Published 06/01/22
Ladies' Month concludes with a tough track from punk-spirited Scottish rocker KT Tunstall, from her debut album "Eye to the Telescope." We'll discuss why this album was immediately re-released, the power of early American Idol, and of course KT's favorite gas station snack. Plus: - The Power of early American Idol - Automatic writing and connecting to your subconscious - “Punk Spirit” - When the mix doesn’t sound like what was in your head --- Join us on PATREON for early access,...
Published 05/25/22
You surely know big brother James, but have ya met Sister Kate? As unpredictable a career as you could imagine, and as sweet a soul as you could meet, Kate Taylor reunited with an amazing who's who crew in 2021 to release her latest record "Why Wait!" But Kate also was the first to record several well-known favorites, and we're going to dig into a couple on this week's episode. Gilmore Girls, anyone? --- Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes,...
Published 05/18/22
Tracy Bonham is the woman who broke the algorithm. After "Mother Mother" in 1996, no other female solo artist topped the modern rock charts until Lorde in 2013(!). In this week's episode we break down her breakout single and lament, once more, the industry politics that kept her next album on the shelf for 4 years before its release. Plus we talk to Tracy about her passion for music education, her song "Devil's Got Your Boyfriend" becoming the theme song for Dirty John, and much more,...
Published 05/11/22
"Kiss Me" is one of the biggest hits of the '90s, and the self-titled Sixpence None the Richer album is an enduring classic full of rich songs and complex emotions, a real standout in the CCM genre, and a major pop crossover that *should* have won the band a couple of Grammys--but we'll get into that. Lead singer Leigh Nash joins us to talk about her Sixpence days, her latest project "The Tide," and more. Plus: - A really wack year for “Song of the Year” Grammys - Listening to a guitar part...
Published 05/04/22
Cardinal Black are so new they don't even have an album out yet. But when we heard them, we couldn't wait to talk to you about them. One of the smoothest, most interesting groups to come along in a while is bound to be one of your new favorites, and they're a perfect way to close out Modern Men of Pop month. Enjoy meeting Cardinal Black! Also: The “Clue” of pop/rock bands One of the literal Best New Guitarists in the World What rock legend did the band try to charge to get into an early...
Published 04/27/22