About Nashville Podcast

About Nashville Podcast Podcast

The Honkytonk Hitman, Mike Rodgers, a former professional boxer and country music singer hosts the About Nashville Podcast where he has casual conversations with the talented and interesting people that live in, around, or are just passing through Nashville.

Ep 37: Tyler Mahan Coe
Tyler Mahan Coe is the son of country music legend David Allan Coe.  Tyler hosts an incredibly entertaining and addictive podcast that's shaking up Music Row called, “Cocaine & Rhinestones".  We talked about him playing guitar in his father’s band, country music history, and his new podcast. The conversation heartfelt, candid, and raw in places; especially when we discussed his father. He tells a story involving Johnny Cash and his father that's almost too painful to hear....

Ep: 36: Top 18 in 2018 That Are Not Mainstream
The top 18 country music acts in 2018 you need to hear if you haven't already who are not mainstream....

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Previously, on About Nashville with Chris Hardwick, Tom Segura, Steve-O, Ray Scott, Jesse Case and Tommy Emmanuel....

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Ep 35: The Day After CMA's
CMA AWARDS/MOVIE REMAKES/THE WALKING DEAD Mike and Holly talk about the CMA awards, current movie remakes, the results of the presidential election, and then Mike makes another bold prediction about what's about to happen in 'The Walking Dead' television series....

Ep 34: Leon Everette
RCA RECORDING ARTIST/ACTOR/ENTREPRENEUR Leon Everette was a successful RCA country music recording artist when he walked away from the music business while still on the top on the charts. His music career peaked between 1977 and 1985. He recorded eight studio albums, including five for the RCA Nashville label. He charted several singles during this time. He reached the top 10 of the country music charts with the singles "Over", "Giving Up Easy", "Hurricane", "Midnight Rodeo", "Just Give Me What You Think Is...

Ep 33: Ray Rodgers
GOLDEN GLOVES/SILVER GLOVES/CUTMAN Ray Rodgers, who was born in Oklahoma but grew up in Conway, was inducted into the Silver Gloves Hall of Fame in 2001, the Golden Gloves Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. The late Billy Bock, a 1996 Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame inductee who was a well-known amateur boxer and later was among the pioneers of high school baseball in the state, told the Arkansas Democrat in 1990: “If it weren’t for Ray Rodgers, there would not be boxing left in...


Ep 32: Jimmy Adams (Part 2)
DON KING BUSINESS PARTNER/FORMER BOXING MANAGER Episode 32 of About Nashville with Mike Rodgers Today is part 2 of 2 with our guest, Jimmy Adams who is a business partner of Don King and former boxing manager of Ernie Shavers, Bert Cooper, Oliver McCall, Greg Page, Riddick Bowe, Tony Tucker, and many, many others. This was a completely exclusive interview for any fans of boxing who may wonder what goes on behind the scenes of big time boxing. He shared details that have never before been disclosed before to...

Ep 31: Jimmy Adams (Part 1)
BOXING MANAGER/PROMOTER/DON KING BUSINESS PARTNER Today’s guest is Jimmy Adams who is a Don King business partner and former boxing manager. Jimmy managed the boxing careers of Ernie Shavers, Bert Cooper, Oliver McCall, Greg Page, Riddick Bowe, Tony Tucker, and many, many others. Jimmy actually promoted several of my own pro bouts in the beginning of my boxing career with his “Mix Factory Boxing Series” in Nashville. The interview with Jimmy Adams was so good that I’m making it a two part series. This was a...

Ep 30: Reggie "Sweet" Johnson
MIDDLEWEIGHT & LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION Today’s guest on About Nashville is former world boxing champion Reggie Sweet Johnson who held both the WBA Middleweight and IBF Light-Heavyweight titles. His tie to Nashville is his boxing manager, Bob Jordan, who also managed me for a short time in my own boxing career. We talked about how he got into boxing, his winning two world championships, how he dealt with bad politics in the sport, his showdowns with legendary boxers like James Toney and Roy Jones Jr. and ...


Ep 29: Jesse Case
COMEDIAN & PODCAST HOST Jesse Case is a popular comedian from the Nashville area who was featured on the television show The last Comic Standing. Jesse is also one of the hosts for the popular podcast Probably Science and hosts his own podcast Jesse vs. Cancer. A show that documented his winning battle with Stage 4 cancer and return to the comedy stage. Jesse and Mike talk about cancer, comedy and incompetence. They worked through a few technical difficulties, but not before some monkeys were humped....

Ep 28: Bubba Bradley #2
COMEDIAN/ACTOR/PODCAST HOST Bubba Bradley talks about launching his new podcast next week called 'All Things Country', his new movie 'Shark Exorcist', and his recent comedy tour. They also discuss 'The Walking Dead', 'The Howling', dating apps, and how little they really know about topics like politics and religion....

Ep 27: Phyllis Bennett & Denise Bennett-Burks
MUSIC MANAGER/FILM PRODUCER/CEO Phyllis Bennett is the CEO of Take Three Entertainment and has been instrumental in the success of many people in the country music industry. Mike talks with Phyllis Bennett and her daughter Denise Bennett-Burks about how she managed Doug Stone and led him to several #1 hits on the radio, obstacles they faced along the way, an artist that decided they didn't want it after they got their record deal, another artist that failed to deliver in the studio, and another artist she w...


Ep 26: Too Big Too Fast
HostSesh How do you take your podcast to the next level? You get a producer! We've brought on audio engineer WhiteCastle as our producer to improve the sound quality of the show. In the very first HostSesh for About Nashville, Mike & Holly talk about what the show has already accomplished in its first 6 months, where its headed now they have a producer and, oh yeah - big dicks. Please welcome WhiteCastle to the About Nashville family....

Ep 25: Steve-O
COMEDIAN/STUNTMAN/JACKASS STAR Steve-O:(a.k.a. Stephen Glover)is a household name and it all started when he began producing homemade videos of dangerous stunts mixed with comical behavior. Steve-O graduated from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College in 1997, and had a career as a circus clown before achieving fame on Jackass and Wildboyz. Since then, he has become a New York Times bestselling author, standup comedian, and actor. His first hour-long comedy special recently premiered on Showtime a...

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Ep 24: Wix Wichman
COMEDIAN/RECORD PROMOTER/TV HOST Wix Wichmann is a comedian, former country music record promoter, Nashville Star, He’s now at Average Joe’s, and he’s the host of a videocast on youtube called “Wix in the Mix”. He actually interviewed me for his show as I was interviewing him so you can hear that process as it happened on their end too. We talked about his years as a touring comedian, his stint as a country music promoter, Colt Ford & Average Joes Entertainment, Larry the Cable Guy, Kid Rock, Pamela Anderso...


Ep 23: Tommy Emmanuel
GUITAR VIRTUOSO/CMA WINNER/GRAMMY NOMINEE Tommy Emmanuel is a guitar virtuoso, recording artist, CMA winner, Grammy nominee, and international star.     We talked about how he learned to play guitar in Australia, how Chet Akins became his mentor, and how he mentored Keith Urban. We also talked about Johnny Cash’s mystical “IT” factor and Paul McCartney recruiting him to teach at his musical school in Liverpool....

Ep 22: David Hudson
AUTHOR/ATTORNEY/BOXING JUDGE David Hudson talks about how he became a boxing judge, writing 40 published books, being an attorney in Nashville, and how they met almost 20 years ago....

Ep 21: John Stone
SINGER/SONGWRITER/TOOTSIE’S AMBASSADOR John Stones talks about how he got into country music, being an ambassador for Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, advice he would give singers and songwriters coming to Nashville, how much lower Broadway has changed in the last few years, and tells several stories about celebrities that have come through the doors of Tootsie’s over the years....


Ep 20: Guy Gilchrist
CARTOONIST/MUSICIAN/TELEVISION HOST Guy Gilchrist talks about how he started drawing comics, his television show, The Muppets, The Muppet Babies, Nancy & Sluggo, and how he almost missed out creating the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comic books....

Ep 19: Tom Segura
COMEDIAN/ACTOR/PODCAST HOST Tom Segura talks bout comedy, his podcast Your Mom’s House, Mike Tyson, who wins between Floyd Mayweather Jr.  and Connor McGregor, Professional Boxing, UFC, and who would win a fight between Mike and Joe Rogan....

Ep 18: Emily Brooke
2X AMERICAN IDOL FINALIST Emily Brooke is a young up-and-coming country music star that has been a finalist on American Idol twice now. Mike and Emily talk about songwriting, American Idol, CMA Fest, and a mystery boy....


Ep 17: Ray Scott
COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER/SONGWRITER Mike talks to Ray Scott about breaking into music business, getting his first publishing deal, having his songs recorded by other artists, signing his first record deal, and his favorite TV shows. Mike makes a bad joke about his wife’s dog dying, and then then the dog really does die....

Ep 16: Scott Reeves (Part 2)
THE MUSIC CAREER OF SCOTT REEVES This is part two of a two part series. Part one was focused more on Scott’s successful acting career in soap operas like General Hospital, The Young & the Restless, and Days of Our Lives. Part 2 of this interview is focused more on his music career as half of the popular country music duo called Blue County. Mike talks to Scott in detail about how he broke into the music business, how he got a record deal, life on the road, returning to acting in the TV series Nashville, and...

Ep 15: Scott Reeves (Part 1)
THE ACTING CAREER OF SCOTT REEVES Mike talks with Scott Reeves in part 1 of a 2 part series. Scott Reeves is a successful Actor, Singer and Songwriter. You may know Scott from the TV series Nashville or one of three soap operas he has been on like General Hospital, The Young & the Restless, and Days of Our Lives’\. He was also in the popular country music duo called Blue County. Mike talks to Scott about breaking into the acting business, competing for roles against Brad Pitt, Jason Priestly, and Luke Perry...


Ep 14: Dean Miller
SINGER/SONGWRITER/ACTOR/PRODUCER/DOG WHISPERER - In this episode Mike talks to Dean Miller about persevering for the love of the art, his High school prom date that went from good to breaking bad, acting with James Gandolfini & Robert Redford, the crimes of Michael Vick, and producing legends like Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard....

Ep 13: Chad Riden
CHAD RIDEN INTRODUCED MARC MARON TO PRINCE’S HOT CHICKEN Have you ever wondered who held the title of ambassador to comedy for the up and coming comedian in Nashville? It would be comedian Chad Riden. Chad Riden has appeared on “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, the Late Show with David Letterman’s “Tony Mendez Show”, ABC’s “Nashville,” and is featured on an episode of CMT-Canada’s “Mississippi Snake Grabbers.” Riden’s comedy is about his chaotic reality. Chad has weathered bankruptcy, divorce and foreclos...

Ep 12: Casey Ray/Grace Trippodo: Zanie’s Nashville Comedy Club
ZANIE'S NASHVILLE COMEDY CLUB MANAGEMENT TEAM Have you ever wondered what it would be like to Manage a Comedy Club? Casey Ray is the Manager & Grace Trippodo is the Assistant Manager of the legendary Zanie's Nashville Comedy Club. Mike talks with them about what a week might look like running the comedy club as they sit in the famous green room to the stars of funny....


Ep 11: Adrian Michaels
WARNER BROTHERS RECORDS RADIO PROMOTER Have you ever wondered how to start a career in Nashville on the business side of the music business? Adrian Michaels is the current Director of National Promotion at Warner Brothers Records and the CEO of the Adrian Michaels Agency in Nashville. He started from the bottom, now he’s here. In the early 90’s he sold off everything he owned to move to Nashville for a position that never really existed. Adrian was lucky enough to have been gifted with a natural born abilit...

Ep 10: GENERAL HOSPITAL cast members: Christopher Tyler/Laura Wright/Finola Hughes/Michelle Stafford/Ryan Paevey
GENERAL HOSPITAL CAST Have you ever wondered what it would be like to talk to the cast of General Hospital? This week’s episode is with several cast members of the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital. Tyler Christopher, Laura Wright, Finola Hughes, Michelle Stafford and Ryan Paevey talk with Mike about comedy, podcasts, southern roots, bad auditions, hidden talents, and their Native American Heritage....

Ep 9: Corey Frizzell
NEPHEW OF DAVID & LEFTY FRIZZELL AND SON OF ALLEN FRIZZELL Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be born into country music royalty? Award winning Artist, Corey Frizzell was born in Country Music Royalty, as the nephew of Country Stars, David & Lefty Frizzell and the son of Nashville Recording Artist, Allen Frizzell, Corey is carrying on the family name while blazing a path of his own.  The Frizzell family, most famous for its prominence on the Country Music charts, is now witnessing the artistic ...


Ep 8: Billy "Thunder" Mason
TIM MCGRAW'S FORMER DRUMMER FOR THE DANCEHALL DOCTORS Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play in a band with country music superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill? Billy "Thunder" Mason was a member of Tim McGraw's touring band The Dancehall Doctors. He has toured or recorded with artists such as Tobin Sprout, Faith Hill, Bill Anderson, Paulette Carlson, among others. The Former Dancehall Doctor's drummer, Billy 'Thunder" Mason, talks with Mike about how he became a member of the Dancehall Doctors...

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Ep 7: Rick Monroe
POPULAR COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER & OPENING ACT Have you ever wondered what it would be like to open the show for country music stars Eric Church and Lee Brice? Country music singer, Rick Monroe, is a road warrior who has released several independent country music records to garner a very large fan base. In episode 7 of About Nashville, Rick Monroe provides a deeper look about himself as a man and a country music artist....

Ep 7: Casey Bond
BIG SCREEN ACTOR IN MONEYBALL & I SAW THE LIGHT Have you ever wondered what it would be like to do scenes in a movie with Brad Pitt and Tom Hiddleston? Mike talks with film actor Casey Bond who is also a former professional baseball player for the San Francisco Giants about working in the movies 'Moneyball' and 'I saw the Light', his transition from sports to acting, the Oscars, his family, and doing scenes with Tom Hiddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill, Chris Pratt, and Brad Pitt. Casey Bond playe...


Ep 5: Bubba Bradley
TOURING COMEDIAN FROM THE LAST COMIC STANDING Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a touring stand-up comedian? Mike talks to comedian Bubba Bradley about his family, traditional country music, Aziz Ansari, Netflix, Zanie's, the Nashville comedy scene, and how he became a stand up comic. Bubba Bradley is a touring comedian best known for appearing on the television shows "Master of None" and  "The Last Comic Standing", while also featuring in the Tara Thompson country music video, "Someone to ...

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Ep 4: Kevin Collier
COUNTRY SINGER CHRIS YOUNG'S LEAD GUITAR PLAYER Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a band with country music singer Chris Young and play for thousands of fans? Mike talks to Chris Young's lead guitarist, Kevin Collier, about his influences on the guitar, Ronda Rousey, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). They also reminisce about playing in a band together called "3 Doors Down" back in the 90's. Kevin Collier is the lead guitarist for RCA recording artist Chris Young. He...

Ep 3: Buddy Jewell
COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER & SEASON ONE NASHVILLE STAR WINNER Have you ever wondered what it would be like to win a televised singing competition and become a 20 year overnight success in country music? Mike and Jeff talk to country music singer Buddy Jewell about growing up in Arkansas, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Miranda Lambert, and Nashville Star. Buddy Jewell won the first season of the singing competition television show Nashville Star which earned him the record deal that promoted his radio hit songs “He...


Ep 2: Robert Ellis Orrall
TAYLOR SWIFT PRODUCER & HIT SONGWRITER Have you ever wondered what it would be like to write a #1 hit song or produce a multi-platinum selling record for international superstar Taylor Swift? Mike sits down with acclaimed record producer and hit songwriter Robert Ellis Orrall at the 'infinity Cat' house where they discuss painting, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Jessica Simpson and Taylor Swift. Robert Ellis Orrall is an accomplished painter, singer/songwriter, producer, and still somehow finds the time...

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Ep 1: Chris Hardwick & April Richardson
TALKING DEAD HOST & NERDIST PODCAST FOUNDER WITH GO BAYSIDE PODCAST HOST Have you ever wondered what it would be like to host the after show for the fan favorite television series 'The Walking Dead' or to turn your podcast into a electronic content empire? Mike talks to the 'Talking Dead' host Chris Hardwick and comedian April Richardson about the 'Nerdist' podcast, the Oscars, movie remakes, Sylvester Stallone, Bob Odenkirk, and having kids at an older age. Chris Hardwick is the creator of the 'Nerdist' po...

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