Mar 2, 2009
This week's show is one that I've been looking forward to doing
for almost a year now, ever since I was first introduced to the
Indianapolis Songwriter's Cafe and the music of Cliff Snyder.
This week, rather than playing their own music and talking about
their approach to the creative process, Cliff and Cara Jean Wahlers
discuss their efforts to promote songwriter and roots-based music
in the Indianapolis market as well as the challenges that face
musicians who play the type of music whose audience is not the
normal bar-hopping party crowd that frequents the clubs and other
live-music venues. They also talk about the history and
future of the Indianapolis Songwriters Cafe, the Big Roots Show,
and the other special one-off shows they feature throughout the
In addition to a thoughtful and informative interview, Cliff and
Cara Jean bring along five tracks from five different artists, all
of whom feature prominently in the shows they manage and
Links referenced in the show:
- Cliff Snyder can be found here: MySpace.
- Cara Jean Wahlers can be found here: Myspace / Reverbnation.
- The Indianapolis Songwriter's Cafe can be found here: MySpace / Web
- The Big Roots Show can be found here: MySpace.
- Krista Detor, who performs the first track, "Steal Me a Car"
can be found here: Web Site / MySpace.
- Joe Pug, who peroforms the second track, "Hymn #101" can be
found here: MySpace / Web Site.
- The Big Roots Show is sponsored by Bulter Scion of
- The recently-reformed Sindacato, fronted by Frank Dean,
performs the third track, "Nothin' There," and can be found here:
Site. They also have several albums available on CD Baby.
- The fourth track, "It's Love," is performed by Cristabel and
the Jons, who can be found here: MySpace.
- 19Clark25, who performs our final track, "Anne Rice Sucks," can
be fond here: MySpace.
- Cliff Snyder mentions the Royal
Theater in Danville, IN as one of his favorite places to
play. The theater has a very interesting history which they
detail on their web site.
- Indianapolis Songwriter's Cafe and the Big Roots Show will soon
be featuring guests from such artists as: Stacey Earle,
Steepwater, Backyard Tire Fire, Deacon Sean and
the Bar Brawlers, and These United
- Special thanks to Locals Only, one of my favorite local music
venues, for allowing us to record there once again.
- Because I'm too lazy to unpack the studio gear this week, I've
reused last week's windy/pop-laden outro. However, fellow
Indianapolis podcaster Zack "The Mothman" Daggy and his many projects found
at Mothpod.com are well worth another mention, in my
My Podcast Alley feed!