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A.K. Frailey

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Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • Being a widowed mother of 8 children
  • Her time in the Peace Corp
  • Where she got her passion for missions
  • Responding with hope and love
  • Learning to see people as human beings
  • Finding faith and living in it
  • Focusing on what is good
  • Her writing process
  • Being a compassionate listener
  • What she loves about living in a small town

Quotations:

“Everything that’s ever happened to us has happened in a bigger theatre than we can imagine.” @AK Frailey

“We must be connected as human souls.” @AK Frailey

“I’m not going to pretend to know the mind of God.” @AK Frailey

“It’s very good to step back sometimes and say ‘What is God doing with this child.’” @AK Frailey

“It’s imperative to get in touch with who we are and our heritage.” @AK Frailey

Guest’s Bio:

I’m A. K. Frailey, a published author of 15 books. The majority are historical sci-fi where people of ancient times struggle to find meaning in a world dominated by evil choices. While managing their own conflicts, aliens fight for their place in human events. Movie director and producer Cary Solomon endorsed me with the summary, “Ann’s work ranks among the best.” I’ve been writing for over a decade and host podcasts of my short stories and life reflections. Since I was widowed 8 years ago, I have raised my 8 kids and discovered that epic trials forge epic heroes.

Guest’s Contact Info:

Townsend

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Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • Juggling jobs, getting her masters, and music
  • Not sitting still well
  • Being able to be completely herself
  • Why she cut her hair
  • Living life today
  • How her brain works
  • Her project “You’re Not Alone”
  • Word vomit
  • Importance of mental health
  • Putting music on the backburner and what brought her back

Quotations:

“It’s OK to not be OK.” @Townsendtmusic

“I’m riding the waves as they come.” @Townsendtmusic

“Grief is cyclical.” @Townsendtmusic

“I was never really alone. It was me making myself feel that way.” @Townsendtmusic

“If you lose hope, you lose the light.” @Townsendtmusic
“My goal is to make somebody feel a little less alone.” @Townsendtmusic

Guest’s Bio:

My name is Townsend. I am a singer/songwriter and mental health advocate from Arkansas. My music sounds like Tracy Chapman and Colbie Caillat met in an elevator, on the way to a Brandi Carlile concert. I am not only a professional musician, I have also founded the “You’re Not Alone” project, in which I strive to use my platform to help spread hope, love, and the understanding that no one is alone in their struggles! If you’re interested in this platform, feel free to follow along with my bi-monthly live streams on Instagram! You might just change a life.

Guest’s Contact Info:

  • Instagram: Townsendtmusic
  • Website: www.townsendtmusic.com

Kristopher Rowberry

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Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • How his fascination with rollercoasters began out of terror
  • Why he thinks he is still single
  • Tricks rides do to make you feel like you’re going faster than you are
  • His documentary
  • The Phoenix
  • What made Gary yell, “You psychotic bastards!”
  • The tallest roller coaster
  • How he got into selling roller coasters
  • The longest portable ride

Quotations:

“I help sell roller coasters for a living.” ~Kristopher Rowberry

“We have forgotten to have fun.” ~Kristopher Rowberry

“The more rides you go on, the happier you’ll be.” ~Kristopher Rowberry

Guest’s Bio:

He’s a self-described roller coaster nerd following his passion as his career.

Guest’s Contact Info:

  • Twitter & Instagram Usernames
    @krowberry

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/