New full-length out in November! Get excited! (Or take a rest, as this song suggests.)
Host J.D. Reager talks to his friend, neighbor and Chicago musician/artist John Forbes about his many musical projects, including Phantom 309, Dirt, Mount Shasta and Tijuana Hercules. Along the way … Continue Reading New episode: Hands Down with John Forbes (Mount Shasta, Tijuana Hercules)
Host J.D. Reager briefly touches on some good things going on for Back to the Light before playing the title track off of Rev. John Wilkins’ new release for Goner … Continue Reading New episode: Gonerfest 17 Spectacular with Eric Friedl (Goner, Oblivians, True Sons of Thunder)
Back to the Light is proud to be producing two NEW podcasts in addition to the flagship show, please welcome them to the family. Host and Shangri-La Records alum J.D. … Continue Reading New podcasts: The Shangri-La Records Podcast and The Jack Alberson SongStory
Host J.D. Reager debuts “the Sunken Road,” a single by Heeliocopter – which is new band featuring himself and Chicago musician Sean Rowader. After the song, J.D. talks to Sean … Continue Reading New episode: The Heeliocopter Episode with Sean Rowader (Badge 212, General Joystick, F.A. Naes)
Host J.D. Reager debuts a previously unreleased recording of the Memphis and Los Angeles-based ’80s punk band the Modifiers featuring the rhythm section of the legendary L.A. new wave group … Continue Reading New episode: Modifiers Chronicles 2 with Chuck Roast (Suburban Lawns)
Host J.D. Reager speaks to one of his all-time favorite people, Mr. Ross Johnson, about his richly lived life in the music business. They discuss his work with Alex Chilton, … Continue Reading New episode: Horrible With Purpose with Ross Johnson (Panther Burns, Alex Chilton)
It’s true! Read the article at the Memphis Flyer website.
Host J.D. Reager chats with one of his musical heroes, the great Ken Stringfellow. They deep dive into the two projects Ken’s most known for, The Posies and Big Star, … Continue Reading New episode: The Sumeria of Rock ‘n’ Roll with Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star, R.E.M.)
Host J.D. Reager is joined by his friend, colleague and a big-time supporter of Memphis music and musicians, Elizabeth Cawein. Elizabeth talks about her inspiration for founding the non-profit organization … Continue Reading New episode: Foundations with Elizabeth Cawein (Music Export Memphis)
Host J.D. Reager acknowledges the birthday of his late friend, bandmate and mentor Bob Holmes before talking to guest David Catching (Rancho De La Luna, Eagles of Death Metal, earthling?, … Continue Reading New episode: Modifiers Chronicles with David Catching (Rancho De La Luna)
Host J.D. Reager talks to his friend, onetime co-worker and Chicago musician and “sound artist” Zachary Caputo (Ze’ev, ZJC) about a trio of recent projects: Ze’ev’s GTPurp, ZJC’s These Monsters … Continue Reading New episode: Artist Statement with Zachary Caputo (Ze’ev, ZJC)
A very special Lollapalooza-themed episode. Host J.D. Reager tells his story of attending Lollapalooza 1993 at age 14, guests Graham Burks (Perfect Vessels, Pezz, Sweet Knives, Loose Opinions) and his … Continue Reading New episode: Lollapalooza-palooza with Graham Burks, G3 and Jack Alberson
Host J.D. Reager unveils the finished version of his song, “Waking Life (I’m Wearing Out)” before talking to Memphis songwriter/musician Joshua Cosby from the band Star & Micey. Joshua tells … Continue Reading New episode: On the Bandwagon with Joshua Cosby (Star & Micey)
Host J.D. Reager talks to Memphis filmmaker and entrepreneur Chad Allen Barton, who happens to be J.D.’s ex-brother-in-law. Chad tells J.D. about how the pandemic has affected his creative life, … Continue Reading New episode: Cine-magic with Chad Allen Barton (Piano Man Pictures)
I wrote this both about the general feelings of isolation associated with the pandemic, and about a specific incident between myself and some old friends a couple of years ago … Continue Reading New song: “Waking Life (I’m Wearing Out)” out now!