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The new podcast is here! The Village Night Owl is available on ITunes, Spotify, Stitcher, I Heart Radio, and more! The first two episodes are up and feature Slide Guitar master Sonny Landreth and Country star Kelsey Waldon! More to come, including Art-folk duo Lowland Hum and Award winning bluesman Eric Bibb!
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My feature story for okra magazine issue 10 is about two long-time friends who have created a travel show that will debut on PBS this April. But it is no ordinary travel show. It is filmed in a style reminiscent of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. But while Bourdain used food as his entry point to immerse into other cultures, Craig Martin and Earl Bridges take another route. They are self-described philanthropolgists. That is, they study and document the work of people doing charitable, or philanthropic, work. The show shines a light on those who work to help their fellow man, often in dangerous places. WETA is giving this show a big push, so, come April be on the lookout for it. In the meantime, here is the trailer for the show...
the Good Road trailer...
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So you may have noticed I took a lot of time off in 2019. I was working on other projects and some personal goals, but I am happy to say I am back! Watch for some news on the official launch of the podcast in the next week. And keep an eye out for okra magazine issue 10. It should land on the shelves at Books-a-Million and Barnes & Noble sometime in the next week or so. Issue 10 contains three stories of mine, including a profile on rising country star Kelsey Waldon, and my feature story on an excellent and exciting new PBS show called The Good Road. More on that in a moment...
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J.M. McSpadden III is a writer and a roots music enthusiast who believes that every life needs to find its own soundtrack, and every road trip is an opportunity to full tilt boogie. Let's face it, people, a car ain't nothin' but a stereo on wheels.