Susan Lola

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It’s time to get back to traveling! If you’re planning to travel in the near future, definitely listen to this episode before you book anything. In this episode, Gary Scott Thomas is joined by travel agent Susan Lola. She shares the benefits of using a travel agent and talks about some of the opulent trips available. Did you know it doesn’t cost you to use a travel agent like Susan, and can actually save you money? Amazing! 

Also in this episode:

  • The different requirements one must meet for entering different countries
  • Bouncing back after COVID
  • The chances of catching COVID on a cruise
  • How river cruises differ from ocean cruises
  • The most expensive cruises someone can take
  • How to get special packages
  • When to look for non-swimmable beaches
  • Why you should choose an all-inclusive package for your honeymoon


“Travel is still more complicated, even with the internet.” ~Susan Lola

“It doesn’t cost more to use a travel agent.” ~Susan Lola

“You have to know what’s going on in each country and stay on top of all the protocols.” ~Susan Lola

“You’re spending all this money, and you want to get what you pay for.” ~Susan Lola


Susan is an experienced travel advisor with top-notch customer service who will always be there for you – Before, During, and After travel. She helps create lifetime memories and can assist with tours in Europe, Asia, Australia, and more. She invites you to relax on an ocean cruise to Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and more, or float on a river cruise in Europe, Asia, Africa, USA.

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André Darlington

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He had Gary at Booze and Vinyl!! This is probably unlike any other episode you’ve ever heard. André Darlington has written two books where he pairs great music with a craft cocktail recipe! And he’s really done his research on the music so he pairs just the right drink.

In this episode:

  • How to “slut up” a boring beer
  • How to make a GREAT martini
  • Staples you should have in your at-home bar
  • “Naked & Famous”
  • Liquors you probably didn’t know about from around the world
  • The place you probably didn’t think about getting liquor from, but should be
  • The drink that “devastated” Gary
  • Finding dead animals in moonshine
  • The “unicorn beer”
  • The research behind the book


“Make sure your ice is fresh. If your ice has been sitting next to a bag of shrimp, the chances are, it’s going to have taken on some of the flavors, and you don’t want that.” ~André Darlington

“The other thing, specifically with martinis, is that vermouth is low proof. So you want to have that stored in the refrigerator.” ~André Darlington

“You don’t want the bottom of the shelf–just good level, you know, middle-shelf kind of liquor is what you’re looking for.” ~André Darlington

“Nowadays it could be Paper Planes; it could be Naked and Famous.” ~André Darlington

“What’s interesting is all cocktails come from India in a way. When the British were stationed there, they started making what they called “punch,” which the word for “punch” was originally a Hindu word, meaning “five things.” ~André Darlington

“India is really a fascinating place for cocktails.” ~André Darlington

“You’d be surprised at how many bartenders sneak away and Google it.” ~André Darlington

“You can kind of take a can of beer, especially a not great kind of commercial beer, and just slut it up with all kinds of stuff.” ~André Darlington


André Darlington is the author of Booze Cruise: A Tour of the World’s Essential Mixed Drinks and Gotham City Cocktails: Official Handcrafted Food & Drinks From the World of Batman, as well as The Official John Wayne Cocktail Book (Sept 20, “22) and Bar Menu (Oct 18, ‘22). He is co-author of Booze & Vinyl, Booze & Vinyl Vol. 2, The New Cocktail Hour, and TCM’s Movie Night Menus.

In addition to food and beverage writing, André has published two books of poetry. The Prettiest Star was a finalist for INDIES Book of the Year in 2018. Kirkus Reviews called the debut work “breathtaking.” China Bus was an IndieNext Recommended book of 2018 and a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award in 2019. 

André has been a columnist for Organic Life magazine, a contributor to Mandarin Quarterly, as well as the alt-weekly, Isthmus, where he was an award-winning food critic and wine columnist. In 2016 he opened the lauded farm-to-table restaurant and natural wine bar, Field Table, designed by JBF award-winning architects, Heliotrope.

André has been a Napa Valley Vintners’ Association Fellow and a judge for the international wine competition, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, as well as for the American Craft Distillers Association. He is a frequent guest speaker for companies, non-profits, and clubs such as Google, The Smithsonian, ThinkCompany, and Park House Dallas.

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Aaron Siuda

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In this episode, Aaron Siuda with Live Nation Concerts pulls back the curtain and shows us what it’s really like to put on a show. He talks about what venues are best suited for which acts, what it’s like for the tour crew, and more.

In this episode:

  • Going from Finance to Sr. VP of Marketing
  • Behind the scenes of how tickets are sold
  • The evolution of the purpose of a live event
  • How cell phones changed live events
  • The costs of stadium shows


“It’s a really fun job.” ~Aaron Siuda

“Being kind matters.” ~Aaron Siuda

“It comes down to relationships between the promoters and the artists.” ~Aaron Siuda

“When you get known as a great performer, that’s the best thing you can do.” ~Aaron Siuda


– Over 20 years of experience in entertainment marketing focused on social media, strategic planning, event marketing, promotional strategy, and interactive campaigns.

– Clients range from boutique agencies to high-profile artists.

– Well-versed in traditional media marketing (radio, print, tv) as well as interactive, mobile, and direct marketing.

– Very accustomed to extremely high paced, deadline-driven environments

– Exceptional negotiation skills


* Social Media Strategy
* Strategic Partnerships
* Media Negotiations
* Press Negotiations
* Interactive Project Management
* Media buying/planning
* Branding
* Event management

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Thompson Square

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Shawna and Keifer Thompson of country duo Thompson Square join Gary Scott Thomas this week and let me tell you. This is a juicy conversation!

In this episode:

  • Why they moved so far out of Nashville
  • Their song “Are You Going to Kiss Me or Not?”
  • Their new song “Country in My Soul”
  • The peaks and valleys of being an artist
  • The odds of “making it”
  • Losing family & friends along their journey to the top
  • Their new team
  • Parenting in the music industry
  • Parents’ responsibilities to teach equality
  • Racism in America
  • How to judge someone
  • Defining what success looks like to them
  • Why they’ll never play 270 shows in a year again
  • The root of Country Music
  • The problem with appealing to the masses
  • The evolution of award shows
  • Why a show got canceled
  • Championing people who show value
  • Comedy and Country
  • Being divided as a country

I told you it was a juicy one! Dive in!


“I don’t feel famous.” ~Shawna Thompson

“We don’t feel like we exude the ‘famosity.'” ~Keifer Thompson

“You always feel like you’re clawing and scratching.” ~Keifer Thompson

“The crazy ride continues.” ~Shawna Thompson

“In the eyes of God, we’re all equal.” ~Keifer Thompson

“Anytime you force something, it’s not real.” ~Keifer Thompson

“People seem to be more open now.” ~Keifer Thompson

“There are some great artists you’re never going to hear, just because that’s the nature of the industry.” ~Keifer Thompson

“We have to continue to check ourselves and say, ‘I’m not better than anyone.'” ~Keifer Thompson

“I hate social media for all the hate it spreads.” ~Keifer Thompson

“He’ll pull a Will Smith real quick.” ~Shawna Thompson


Thompson Square is an American country music duo composed of husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson, both of whom alternate as vocalists. They’ve won awards such as the Academy of Country Music Award for Duo of the Year and the Country Music Association Award for Vocal Duo of the Year. Their new single is “Country in My Soul.”

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