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Jason Nix

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You know his music, you just might not know you know his music. If you love Lainey Wilson’s “Things a Man Oughta Know,” you’ll love this episode. Jason wrote that song and many other hits. He joined Gary in this week’s episode to share stories behind his songs, stories from when he was growing up, and much more.

In this episode:

  • “Things a Man Oughta Know”
  • The song idea that came up during the interview
  • His new song Mary Wanna
  • Pushing through fear
  • Jobs he had on the way up
  • Sleeping in his car
  • What songs with minor chords do
  • Why he never looks at the charts
  • The best kind of sad song

Quotations:

“It’s good to see somebody win.” ~Jason NIx

“I think you should tell people if somebody asked you where you grow up, it should be the place where you got your heart broken for the first time. And it was Mississippi for me.” ~Jason Nix

“I think everything has got an expiration date, you know; we have an expiration date. My career has an expiration date, but man, I’m having a really great time doing it right now.” ~Jason Nix

“You gotta tell a story with the music. My goal was when we were doing this and writing these songs, I’m thinking, ‘okay, If I can, if I could play this song without singing the words, would it still make somebody feel the same thing that the words were saying?’” ~Jason Nix

“Minor chords do open an entire world of like melodic possibilities.” ~Jason Nix

“Laney is unapologetically herself.” ~Jason Nix

“We’re gonna say the same thing that’s already been said before. So how do we do that in a different way?” ~Jason Nix

Guest’s Bio:

Born in Nashville and raised in South Mississippi, Jason Nix grew up on a blend of his musical father’s Bluegrass and his mother’s love of Motown while introducing his own passion for Classic Rock into the mix. It’s no surprise then that his return to Music City just after high school led to the creation of a sound all his own, driven by his strengths as both a guitar player and a lyricist. 17 years later, having established himself as an award-winning, in-demand songwriter and earning cuts from artists ranging from Keb’ Mo’ to Lainey Wilson (including the recent ACM Song of the Year “Things A Man Oughta Know”), Nix now presents himself as a must-hear artist with the brand-new release “Mary Wanna.” Written by Nix together with Driver Williams as the first in a series of concept songs coming soon, the song introduces the free-spirited character of Mary while also introducing Nix himself. 

“I had ‘Mary Wanna’ written down as a title for a long time before I pitched it in a write because I wanted to save it to write with Driver Williams,” notes Nix. “From the word ‘go,’ or in this case, ‘Mary,’ I never wanted the song to be about marijuana. I remember how fast the song fell out, and as I started working on the demo, I didn’t want to stop. We wound up using most of the parts I recorded in that 12×12 guest bedroom on the actual record.”

“‘Mary Wanna’ is the song that got my wheels turning again on releasing music as a solo artist. I love the way it makes me feel,” he adds. “I’ve always wanted to a concept album, and ‘Mary Wanna’ paints a very clear picture of what Mary’s role will be in this story. She’s a rebel who feels trapped by her parents’ idea of who she should be; she feels smothered by her community’s expectations of how a young woman should act. She is desperately looking for the freedom to find out who she is, even if it means breaking some hearts along the way. This song is the cornerstone for a project I didn’t realize I was starting at the time and was born from a personal experience that I never intended to write about. Mary gave me the opportunity to write about the things I’ve been holding onto for years.”

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://www.jasonnixmusic.com

Julie Stevens

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Julie’s back! In this episode, Gary and Julie introduce you to some new artists you’ll love and talk about what’s changing for women in Country Music.

In this episode:

  • Why Julie gets mad when she deep dives on music
  • What Julie is excited about for women in Country Music
  • What made Shania Twain such a big star
  • Chris Stapleton’s anger at the industry
  • The Chris Stapleton interview Gary had to throw out
  • Why they love Hailey Whitters
  • Laney Wilson’s style
  • William Beckman
  • Hunter Girl
  • Bailey Zimmerman
  • Walker Hayes
  • Drake Milligan
  • Colter Wall
  • Morgan Wade
  • How Covid helped the music industry
  • The last Country artist to be able to make all their money off record sales

Quotations:

“I think the women in country music have had trouble defining who they are.” ~Julie Stevens

“I really don’t think it has anything at all to do with how well you can sing.” ~Julie Stevens

“It was Covid…the fact that they had a chance to be home and just sit down and really think things out is the reason we’re getting such great music right now.” ~Julie Stevens

“I can’t quit you. [Gary]” ~Julie Stevens

“We are becoming more and more stylized. That’s why a Walker Hayes can exist now.” ~Gary Scott Thomas

Guest’s Bio:

Mom, Program Director of 95.3 KRTY, Co-Host of KRTY Morning Show

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://www.krty.com

“Paco” Chierici

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If you loved Top Gun, you’re going to love this episode! F-14 Fighter Pilot Francesco “Paco” Chierici joins Gary Scott Thomas to get our adrenaline going by taking us through the excitement of a “dog fight.” Oh, and did we mention he’s an author, trainer, and video game script writer? He’s lived quite a life so far!

**A dogfight, or dog fight, is a form of engagement between fighter aircraft

In This Episode:

Key Takeaways:

  • How he got the name Paco
  • Being the FNG 
  • What Gforce feels like
  • Dog fights*
  • How to prevent the air from getting the air sucked out of his lungs
  • If there’s a fear 
  • The violence in the cockpit
  • The artistry involved in an aerial dog fight
  • How many people it takes to carry out the mission
  • The real legacy of the first female fighter pilot in the U.S. military to die in a crash
  • How he navigated the geopolitical aspects of the book
  • His thoughts on drones’ effects on pilots
  • One of the coolest moments he experienced
  • Being a fighter pilot trainer
  • Writing a script for a video game
  • His book Lions of the Sky

Quotations:

“I’m one of the very few people in the Navy who never actually got a call sign. I just used my nickname the whole time. So I, they tried. I even crashed an airplane. They couldn’t come up with a call sign.” ~Paco Chierici

“I don’t know why I write. I don’t know why; I just can’t not write.” ~Paco Chierici

“I started when I was 21. I didn’t have any fear. I mean, not really. I had a fear of failure more than anything, but I wasn’t afraid of crashing an airplane.” ~Paco Chierici

“It is so fun. It just washes everything else away. There’s nothing like the feeling of going like 700 miles an hour, a hundred feet off the ground, weaving through a canyon to make you feel Bulletproof.” ~Paco Chierici

“Some famous athlete said, you know, an athlete dies twice, right.” ~Paco Chierici

“You die when you stop playing your sport, and you die when you die, obviously. And that’s the same for a fighter pilot. If you’re lucky, you die twice. If you don’t die flying an airplane, you have to hang up your boots. And that sucks because you feel like you’re giving up something that you’ve dedicated your entire life to.” ~Paco Chierici

“The way I write and the way I tell stories is that I want the reader or the viewer, like with the documentary, to feel like they’re involved in the story.” ~Paco Chierici

Guest’s Bio:

During his active duty career in the U.S. Navy, Francesco “Paco” Chierici flew A-6E Intruders and F-14A Tomcats, deployed to conflict zones from Somalia to Iraq, and was stationed aboard carriers including the USS Ranger, Nimitz, and Kitty Hawk. Throughout his military career, Paco accumulated 3,000 tactical hours, 400 carrier landings, a Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star, and three Strike/Flight Air Medals. Unable to give up dogfighting, he flew the F-5 Tiger II for a further ten years as a Bandit.

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://www.lionsofthesky.com

Dylan White

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You know how big of an audiobook fan I am, and I know many of y’all are, too. So, I had to bring Dylan White on my podcast! He’s an author, actor, comedian, and even played the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin musical! Plus, I’m sure you’ve heard his voice on national commercials.

We talked about a variety of things, including Will Smith and aliens. This conversation was so interesting, it flew by! If you’re a fan of Sci-Fi, be sure to listen!

Also in this episode:

  • Being an odd kid
  • Knowing your audience
  • How he came up with the idea for his first book The Orion Abduction.
  • The art of narration (where he would project his voice from to change the sound for each character)
  • Why he didn’t watch the version of Aladdin with Will Smith in it
  • Aliens
  • His writing process
  • Having a teenage girl’s insight
  • The biggest secret skill a man can use when arguing with a woman
  • The technicality of comedy
  • Offending people during comedy shows
  • Looking at the universe from our limited perspective

Quotations:

“I wasn’t like a normal kid.” ~Dylan White

“You gotta know your audience.” ~Dylan White

“The technicality of comedy; you wanna get more laughs per minute or per set as you can. And if it takes you too long to get to your next punch or your next laugh line, you’ll lose an audience.” ~Dylan White

“I didn’t see it [Will Smith’s Aladdin].” ~Dylan White

“I’ve always been fascinated with aliens and UFOs and abductions.” ~Dylan White

“What if we’re the weird ones [instead of aliens]” ~Dylan White

Bio:

After over 10 years of playing the Genie in Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular at Disney California Adventure, Dylan is “out of the blue”—but only in terms of the costume and makeup. Dylan has been on the standup scene for quite some time and uses his snarky Gen-X sensibility to share his unique perspective on divorce, dating after fifty, depression, and everything in between. He is also a successful author and voiceover artist so be sure to follow him on his social media. But not on the street. That’s creepy.

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://www.dylanwhite.com/

Instagram username
@itsdylanwhite

Amazon page