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Memphis Knights with Cheyenne Marrs and Neal Lathem (s p a c e r) + Harry Koniditsiotis (5 and Dime Recording)
August 16, 2022

Host J.D. Reager talks to new friends Cheyenne Marrs and Neal Lathem from the Memphis band s p a c e r and old friend Harry Koniditsiotis (5 and Dime Recording, 901 Toys, The Switchblade Kid) about making music, not "forcing it," recovery, and friendship.

Three Set-Ups and Magic with Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Footloose, Coming 2 America)
August 08, 2022

Host J.D. Reager talks to filmmaker Craig Brewer about his bi-monthly "Secret Screenings" at Crosstown Theater, his early attempts at making movies, breaking through with Hustle & Flow, the influence of John Singleton, the challenges of re-visiting be

Dueling Birthday Shows with Jeremy Scott (Scott August Night) and Brian "Skinny" McCabe (The Hi-Tone)
August 01, 2022

Host J.D. Reager talks with two friends - Jeremy Scott (Reigning Sound, The Toy Trucks, Jeremy & the Drip Edges) and Brian "Skinny" McCabe (The Hi-Tone) - throwing birthday shows on the same night in Memphis. First, Jeremy discusses his thought proces

Back to the Light Network Roundup with Brian Balough (Of Marks and Men) and Mike Anthony (Memphis Heritage Champion) + Anthony Siracusa and Marvin Stockwell (Memphis Hardwood)
July 18, 2022

Host J.D. Reager plugs the upcoming re-boot of The Shangri-La Records Podcast before digging in to 2 new podcasts on the Back to the Light Podcast Network with their creators. First, Brian Balough and J.D. explain the origins of their new show called Of M

Breakfast with Lamont Dozier, Barbara Dozier and Fred Mollin
July 11, 2022

Host J.D. Reager shares something truly special from his personal archives: a lo-fi "field recording" of his 2017 conversation over breakfast at the Peabody Hotel with music legend Lamont Dozier (Holland-Dozier-Holland, Motown Records, etc.), producer Fre

100th Episode Media Scrum with Marvin Stockwell, Chris Davis, Magpie Nonconnah and Graham Burks - LIVE from the Memphis Listening Lab
July 06, 2022

Host J.D. Reager reads a brief statement before taking questions from a small gathering of media members at the Memphis Listening Lab to celebrate 100 episodes of Back to the Light. J.D. also announces the long-awaited release date - October 14 - for both

Come Hither To Me with Alex Greene (Reigning Sound, The Rolling Head Orchestra)
June 27, 2022

Host J.D. Reager talks to musician and music writer Alex Greene about the end of his band Reigning Sound, upcoming Compulsive Gamblers gigs, and his recent Memphis Flyer cover story before deep diving on Alex's upcoming live film score performance at The

Reissue: New Beats, New Rhythms with Howard Grimes (Hi Rhythm, Al Green, Ann Peebles) - WYXR VERSION
June 21, 2022

Host J.D. Reager revisits his conversation with a Memphis music icon, the late Howard Grimes. They discuss Mr. Grimes' early career as a drummer in the '50s, his work with fellow legends such as Rufus & Carla Thomas, William Bell, Al Green, Ann Peeble

Lack of Direction LIVE from The Green Room with Jason Pulley (Tape Deck, Glorious Abhor, Fugitive Droids)
June 13, 2022

Host J.D. Reager and musician Jason Pulley attempt to provide context for the slightly abnormal (in a fun way) live performance that follows. Most of this episode was recorded live on March 17, 2022 in Memphis, TN at The Green Room in Crosstown Arts.&nbsp

Open Mind and Open Heart with Rico Fields and Ra'id (The Negro Terror)
June 06, 2022

Host J.D. Reager talks to musicians Rico Fields and Ra'id about their respective musical histories prior to Negro Terror, joining forces with the late Omar Higgins, making the documentary Negro Terror: The Voice of Memphis, Omar's unfortunate passing and