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Manny Blu

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Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • Manny Talks About Being Bilingual
  • What Gary’s French Teacher Told Him After He Bombed a French Oral Assignment
  • How Manny Got Into MMA and Overcoming The Fear of Fighting
  • Why People Who Write Three Songs a Day Are Fascinating
  • Manny Talks Music Videos and His 30lbs Jacket
  • The Backlash Manny Has Gotten For His Country Punk Sound
  • Being Authentic and Having More Fun

Quotations:

“…And the more I started doing it, the more people liked it and the more people liked it, the more enjoyable I felt not getting punched in the face twice.” – Manny Blu

“You know, I was told I’m too loud for Country, I’m Country for Rock, where do I fit in in all this bullshit?” – Manny Blu

“It’s about being unapologetically yourself, right, that’s what punk is.” – Manny Blue

“Everybody kinda lost their shit a little bit.” – Manny Blu

“There was one karaoke party and I just go, ‘Ah, fuck it.” – Manny Blu

“When we played it live for the first time, my girlfriend was there.” – Manny Blu

Guest’s Bio:

BEFORE MANNY BLU WAS KNOWN AS A NASHVILLE ARTIST WITH HIS OWN GENRE, THREE EPS, AND 1M+ STREAMS, HE WAS PLAYING TOURS THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA AND CANADA AS AN ACCLAIMED M.M.A. FIGHTER TURNED COUNTRY SINGER AND A TRUE ROAD WARRIOR. BLU STARTED HIS MUSIC CAREER PLAYING NIGHTLY SHOWS SUPPORTING HIS 2019 DEBUT ALBUM LEAVE IT LIKE IT IS WHILE ALSO SHARPENING THE LARGER-THAN-LIFE SOUND THAT WOULD LATER FILL HIS 2020 EP NEW INK AND HIS MOST RECENT 2021 EP, DEVIL. 

HOWEVER, BEFORE BLU TOOK THE STAGE, HE SPENT HIS DAYS IN THE GYM, TRAINING FOR A CAREER AS AN M.M.A. FIGHTER. WHEN A LEG INJURY LEFT HIM UNABLE TO COMPETE IN PROFESSIONAL MATCHES, BLU FOUND HIMSELF AT HOME IN MONTREAL, RECOVERING FROM A TORN QUADRICEP AND LOOKING FOR A NEW PASSION FOR PASSING THE TIME. WHAT HE FOUND WAS A RENEWED APPRECIATION FOR MUSIC. FIRST, HE WAS DRAWN TO THE GUITAR-DRIVEN BLUES OF B.B. KING, STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, AND JOHN MAYER. SECONDLY, HE DISCOVERED A CONNECTION WITH THE EASYGOING SWAGGER AND RELATABLE STORYTELLING OF MODERN COUNTRY.

ACCOMPANYING HIMSELF ON THE GUITAR AND SINGING IN AN EXPRESSIVE VOICE, BLU BEGAN TAKING REQUESTS FROM THE FRIENDS WHO’D COME OVER TO THE HOUSE TO VISIT. THOSE CASUAL PERFORMANCES MARKED HIS FIRST-TIME PLAYING MUSIC FOR ANYONE, AND THE EXPERIENCE LEFT A PERMANENT MARK. 

“THAT WAS HOW IT ALL STARTED,” BLU REMEMBERS. “ALL OF MY FRIENDS WERE LIVING IN OTHER TOWNS, PLAYING HOCKEY. THEY’D COME BACK TO MONTREAL DURING THE SUMMER, ONCE HOCKEY SEASON WAS OVER, AND THEY’D ASK ME TO PLAY THE COUNTRY SONGS THEY’D BEEN LISTENING TO. I LEARNED ALL THE HITS… AND I LEARNED THERE’S A CULTURE AND A VIBE TO COUNTRY MUSIC THAT’S LIKE NOTHING ELSE.” 

TODAY, BLU HAS RELOCATED TO NASHVILLE FULL-TIME AND CREATED A GENRE, COUNTRY PUNK, WHICH COMBINES THE LYRICAL STYLE OF COUNTRY MUSIC WITH THE HEAVY INFUSED BEATS AND SOUNDS OF PUNK ROCK. COUNTRY PUNK BRINGS BLU’S OWN VIBE TO COUNTRY MUSIC, CREATING AN ORIGINAL SOUND THAT MAKES ROOM FOR HIS BLUES AND ROCK & ROLL INFLUENCES. HE INTRODUCED THAT SOUND IN 2019 WITH LEAVE IT LIKE IT IS, A DEBUT RECORD THAT EARNED HIM THOUSANDS OF NEW FANS AND PRESENTED HIM WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIT THE ROAD. 

NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, HE HIT THE STAGE WITH A MISSION – AIMING TO WIN OVER THE CROWD WITH AN UNDENIABLE LIVE SHOW. THE GUITARS GOT LOUDER. THE DRUMS GREW EVEN MORE PUMMELING, AND THE SONGS BECAME EVEN MORE ANTHEMIC. OUT OF THAT ROAD EXPERIENCE, HE EMERGED WITH OMNISOUND STUDIOS EP NEW INK. THE EP WAS PRODUCED BY AARON ESHUIS AND HIT SONGWRITERS LIKE JOSH OSBORNE, RHETT ATKINS, AND ROSS COPPERMAN. FROM “BORN TO RIDE,” WHICH SURPASSED 1M STREAMS / 350K YT VIEWS IN 2020, TO “SINK,” THESE SONGS TOLD RELATABLE STORIES ABOUT LOVE, LOSS, BREAKUPS, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN, ROOTED IN AN AMPLIFIED MIX OF COUNTRY TWANG AND HEAVY ROCK & ROLL ATTITUDE.

BLU’S LATEST RELEASE, HIS THIRD EP, DEVIL, IS GAINING HIM EVEN MORE MOMENTUM IN HIS CAREER. A TRACKLIST THAT USES HIS COUNTRY-PUNK SOUND TO EXPRESS TESTAMENTS OF LOVE AND EXPLAIN WHERE HE IS AT IN HIS LIFE RIGHT NOW, THIS NEW EP TAKES BLU’S CREATED GENRE OF COUNTRY-PUNK TO THE NEXT LEVEL. THE EP FEATURES FIVE SONGS WRITTEN BY SEVERAL OF NASHVILLE’S MOST ESTEEMED WRITERS: MICHAEL HARDY, RYAN HURD, CRAIG WISEMAN, RYAN BEAVER, JESSI ALEXANDER, JT HARDING, AARON ESHUIS, AND MORE. THE EP ALSO FEATURES THE VOCALS OF BLAINE HOLCOMB ON “CIRCLE UP” AND BRITTANY KENNELL ON “VALET.”

BLU DESCRIBES HIS NEWEST EP AS “AN ENSEMBLE OF SONGS THAT HAVE A VARIETY OF SKILL SETS AND SIDES OF ME AS AN ARTIST THAT I HAVEN’T SHOWN BEFORE AND IS PROBABLY THE MOST COMPLETE PROJECT I’VE RELEASED TO DATE. I THINK DEVIL HAS ELEMENTS THAT CALL BACK TO WHAT I’VE RELEASED BEFORE AND WHAT I HAVE COMING NEXT.”

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://mannyblumusic.com/

Gary Scott Thomas

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Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • Gary Answers Your Questions
  • What Got Gary Into Podcasts
  • Growing Up Surrounded By Racism and the Moment the World Changed For Gary
  • The Politically Correct Movement
  • Making $1.00 an Hour
  • The Importance of Showing up and Being Able To Make Mistakes
  • Gary’s First Time Being Fired
  • The Difference Between Radio Now and When Gary Started
  • Why Gary Doesn’t Want To Do Visual Humor
  • COVID 19 and Vaccine Mandates

Quotations:

“What I thought was the lowest point in my professional career, when I got fired for the first time, simply was the best thing that ever happened to me.” – Gary Scott Thomas

“If I could’ve had that and gone back in time and told my 25/30-year-old self, ‘You know, one day you’ll cry on the air and it won’t bother you.’ I would’ve probably punched you in the face.” – Gary Scott Thomas

“I was surrounded by racism.” – Gary Scott Thomas 

“I’m a child of an alcoholic and I drank in college, but when I got out of college I wanted to prove to myself that I wasn’t my father, so I literally did not drink.” – Gary Scott Thomas

“When it’s time for you to find your faith, your faith will find you.” – Gary Scott Thomas

“I don’t think you should be forced to do it, if you wanna take your chances and possibly die, well the truth of it is, you have the right to do that.” – Gary Scott Thomas

Bio:

Gary is from the proverbial pin dot on a map, Florala, Alabama. He’s the fifth child, and as he likes to tell it, “By the time they got to me, my mother pretty much had the parenting game figured out, and she made it look simple. My own kids make me marvel at how far advanced she was.” He honed his skills at communicating and comedy by trying to entertain his own family. “I have such whip-smart family members; if you can’t say something quick and funny, well, you lose.”

In a somewhat unusual occurrence, he found his life’s career at the age of 13 when he got his first radio job.

“I loved radio. I loved the theater of the mind. I loved sharing thoughts and ideas, making people laugh or think, and, honestly, not finding out if you did until much later. You really don’t get to experience the moment with the audience, as a comedian on stage does. You get it as a memory from the audience, and that’s awesome because it meant something to them; they carry it with them, and then honor you by sharing it with you. It then becomes ‘a moment’ for both of us.”

Gary has worked in Alabama, Louisiana, Colorado, New Mexico, but mostly in California, the state he considers home. “I have lived here longer than anywhere else. It’s where I met my wife. It’s where my kids are from.”

He has interviewed actors, athletes, politicians, scientists, authors, and a lot of singers. “It would be easier to tell you who I haven’t interviewed in the world of country music than who I have. And when I worked in pop radio, I had a wide variety of artists in studio with me, ranging from Michael Bolton to RunDMC to Rick Springfield to Public Enemy.”

Gary also has hosted many live events and has a side job as an auctioneer, but he freely admits it’s done more in an improv comedy style than what you would consider a traditional mode. Gary is married to Heather, and they are doing their best not to wreck the lives of their sons, Luke and Jackson. He is also the morning host at KRTY-FM in San Jose, California, waking folks up in Northern California since 1991.

Guest’s Contact Info:

Instagram @garyscottthomas

FB: @GaryScottThomasKRTY

Jeff Kurkjian

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Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • Why Jeff Avoids Controversial Topics
  • What’s Viral in Vegas
  • Gary’s Twenty Two Minute Live Interview With Walker Hayes
  • How Jeff Met His Finacée on Tinder
  • The Story Jeff Told Ashley McBryde
  • Why Anybody Can Do A Podcast
  • Jeff Was Born With a Cleft Palate, The Struggles He Faces Because Of It
  • Problems With Health Insurance

Quotations:

“Well, I think the reality of the situation is that he was fired and that there were investigations coming down.” ~Jeff Kurkjian

“She was my first ever match on a dating app and now we’re engaged.”~Jeff Kurkjian

“If I have four minutes with Kelsea Ballerini before her new song comes out that’s ‘cause she’s doing four minutes with every radio station across the country.”~Jeff Kurkjian

“An insurance company told him, ‘Well, we don’t know if you’re sick enough yet to be getting this certain treatment.’”~Jeff Kurkjian

Guest’s Bio:

Jeff hosts “Jeff & Aimee In The Morning” on 102.7 Coyote Country in Las Vegas! Born in Dallas, raised in Maryland and a proud Syracuse University graduate, Jeff has dedicated his life to radio.

Guest’s Contact Info:

Instagram @jpkurkjian

https://1027coyotecountry.com/shows/jeff-and-aimee/

Julie Stevens

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Main Topics:

  • Why Julie Thinks Morgan Wallen Should Not Be Excluded From the CMA Awards
  • Julie’s Personal Experience With How the Media Twists the Truth and the Problem With Anonymous Quotations
  • Why Taylor Swift’s Management Called Julie
  • Tearing People Down For Money, The Dark Side of Hollywood
  • Why Julie Threatened To Sue Her Son’s School
  • The Significance of Choice
  • Indoctrination, Domestic Terrorists, and Hating the Government

Quotations:

“I hate the government with everything I’m about and I think everybody should.” – Julie Stevens

“The principal was so mad that they sent him out of the class and put him in the place where the janitor stored the old paint cans, that’s where he sat while the rest of the class watched the movie.” – Julie Stevens

“A guy made a mistake, he apologized for the mistake, he put his money where his mouth was, he gave $500,000 to the ACLU, and still they won’t let him be a part of things. I’m sorry, but I am so sick of this.” – Julie Stevens

“Taylor’s camp thinks that it was a hit piece…that the hedge fund somehow convinced billboard magazine to do a hit piece on Taylor Swift so that it would sort of tank the remakes.” – Julie Stevens

“My faith is that nothing matters more to God than your ability to choose.” – Julie Stevens

Guest’s Bio:

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

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://www.krty.com