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Latest Episodes

WiMM Fest 2023 with Alice Hasen, Liz Lane and Miz Stefani
July 10, 2023

Host J.D. Reager talks to performer Alice Hasen and Women in Memphis Music (WiMM) organizers Liz Lane and Miz Stefani on location at the Hi Tone during the inaugural WiMM Fest. For more episodes, music and other fine podcasts visitbacktothelight.net!F

Raised Up Right with Dale Naron (Creation Press, Owlbear)
June 27, 2023

Host J.D. Reager talks to Dale Naron about his complete musical history - including bands such as Bicycle Thief, Bottom of the Bottle, Oracle and the Mountain, and The Great Depression, which J.D. was a member of. They also discuss Dale's latest proje

Fellow Champions with Marvin Stockwell (Champions of the Lost Causes) and Abe White (Laundry Bats)
June 20, 2023

Host J.D. Reager talks to musician, activist and podcast host Marvin Stockwell about his latest project, the Champions of the Lost Causes Summer Road Trip, which is currently underway. Then J.D. talks to musician Abe White about his new band Laundry Bats

The Steamroller with Rachel Maxann and Doug Walker (Dream Crusher Hope Smasher)
June 05, 2023

Host J.D. Reager talks to musicians Rachel Maxann and Doug Walker (Dream Crusher Hope Smasher) at Doug's home studio in Memphis. They discuss Rachel's new album Black Fae (which Doug produced), Rachel's journey as a musician, J.D. and Doug&#39

Love Has Gone Away with Harry Koniditsiotis (The Switchblade Kid, 901 Toys) and Dustin Heath (Duddy's ur Buddy, Maurice the Strong)
June 01, 2023

Host J.D. Reager talks to Harry Koniditsiotis about the success of Midtown Con and 901 Toys, the life of a "collector," and the new album by The Switchblade Kid, 3 - Love Has Gone Away. Then Dustin Heath joins the show to discuss his recent in-r

Fresh with Jeff Hulett (Snowglobe, Me & Leah) and Jeff Pruitt (The Smokin' Jays, The Heavy Pour)
May 23, 2023

Host J.D. Reager talks to musicians Jeff Hulett (Snowglobe, Me & Leah, Restless Townies) and Jeff Pruitt (The Smokin' Jays, The Heavy Pour) on location at the Back to the Light Spring Turnout at Crosstown Brewing. For more episodes, music and ot

No More Jesus Boys with Caroline Allen
May 15, 2023

Host J.D. Reager talks to longtime friend and comedian Caroline Allen about their shared alma mater (Harding Academy), and how a religious upbringing influenced her early life choices. They also discuss the gender dynamics of the Church of Christ, Carolin

Trophy Guest with Chris Davis (Papa Top's West Coast Turnaround)
May 03, 2023

Host J.D. Reager chats with musician and writer Chris Davis on location at Midtown Con. They discuss Chris' career as a journalist for The Memphis Flyer, his work as a musician with Papa Top's West Coast Turnaround, his ambition as a fiction write

A Worthy Fight with Trent Williamson (Harding Academy of Memphis)
April 24, 2023

Host J.D. Reager talks to his favorite teacher from high school (Harding Academy of Memphis), Trent Williamson. They discuss Trent's unbelievable journey from being fired by Harding in 1995 to his current role as Head of School, how things have change

Not Too Late Night Talk Show - Holiday Spectacular! with Josh Shaw (Blvck Hippie), Steve Selvidge (the Hold Steady), Mark Edgar Stuart, Trace Lee Hunt, Joshua McLane, Jason Pulley and S p a c e r
December 14, 2022

J.D. Reager hosts a star-studded show in front of a live audience at the Green Room in Crosstown Arts alongside Jason Pulley at the piano. Solo musicians Josh Shaw (Blvck Hippie), Steve Selvidge (the Hold Steady, MEM_MODS, Big Ass Truck), and Mark Edgar S

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