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Show #099: Jeff Randall and the Sunday Best

By: Darrin Snider (darrin at indyintune dot com)
Sunday, April 10, 2011 5:00:00 PM

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Having just recently re-edited and re-mixed Show #001, it's become glaringly obvious that the biggest difference between those early shows and these most-recent shows is that things have gotten a lot more relaxed around here.  Not to say that the early shows were bad, but though my stated desire was always to produce a very relaxed and organic show, there was much more of a reluctance to let go of the reigns of the conversation in those shows and let the topic veer off of the local music scene.  With the last 30 or 40 episodes, that's been less and less of an issue, and now with Show #099, I'm pretty much encouraging it.  Maybe it's because I had some great results early on with interviews by Shadyside All-Stars, The John Stockton Project, Borrow Tomorrow, and Precore, but mostly it's because, after five years of doing this, you can only ask the same stock questions over and over so many times before everything sort of jumbles together in your head and everyone starts losing their individuality.  While most bands have had the same experiences trying to make it in an under-appreciated, underrated niche like local, original music, they all have a unique voice and personality. Sometimes you can find this personality quickly; sometimes it doesn't seem to be there at all.

There is no problem pegging the personality for Jeff Randall and the Sunday Best.  This week's guests come to us courtesy of Mr. Cootie Crabtree (Show #064 and Show #094), who was scheduled to be my co-host this week, but backed out at the last minute because he was afraid his kids would be screaming and making a scene during the recording of the show.  (As it is, that's my "Lil' Q" attempting to conduct an interview and playing an impromptu piano concert of her own with the unheard audience members who traveled into town with Jeff and the boys.)  Fortunately, these seasoned rockers took everything in stride, and after a few beers we were off into uncharted realms of conversation.  In addition you'll hear four great tracks of kick-ass rock and roll played the way only veteran bands from the heartland seem to be playing it these days: raw and raunchy.  I'm not sure if the format of the next 100 shows will follow the natural progression that has led us here, or if I will rise to the challenge and attempt to make slightly more drastic changes to the podcast, but I think we're headed in the right direction, anyway.

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