SlapperCast Episode 78: Rabbit Hole Central

This week on #SlapperCast:

  • Eric’s memories of 1978
  • Blaggards on Sessions LIVE on Thursday, August 13 at 5 PM Central
  • Drive-in concerts?
  • Blaggards FACE MASKS will soon be available
  • When Eric got “cut off” with the Derailers at Applebee’s in Santa Fe, NM
  • How people’s opinions tend to fly out of control on social media
  • More new BLAGGARDS songs brewing the studio
  • Liberty DeVitto’s biography (former Billy Joel drummer)
  • Our dream interview subjects (alive or dead)
  • The importance of interviewing family members as a historical document
  • Realistic interview subjects
  • The art of conducting a good interview


SlapperCast Episode 77: Longtime Listener, First-time Caller

This week on #SlapperCast, we welcome our longtime “auxiliary” fiddler, the brilliant Jeff Duncan!

Jeff has been performing and recording with Blaggards since 2008, and will be prominently featured on our forthcoming new album.

Topics include:

  • How we first met Jeff
  • The influence Jeff’s parents had on his musicianship
  • Jeff’s talent for playing songs he’s never heard before
  • What music we’re listening to in our cars right now
  • What bands would we like to play in given the opportunity
  • Sight-reading or play by ear?
  • Audience members trying to insert themselve into your gig
  • How did Jeff choose fiddle as an instrument?
  • The importance of teaching music to kids
  • Challenges in teaching music remotely during the pandemic
  • Current Blaggards projects in rehearsal and the recording studio
  • The value of arrangement skills (including praise for our original fiddler Turi Hoiseth)

Listen to the podcast or watch on YouTube.

SlapperCast Episode 76: Spaghetti Western

This week on #SlapperCast: 

  • Recapping our recent live stream show
  • Memories of Super Bowls past
  • New songs we’ve been working on in the recording studio
  • Patrick has started intermittent fasting
  • High praise for Houston’s Star Pizza and Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.
  • How our sleeping habits have (or haven’t) changed since we’ve stopped gigging
  • Difficulties we’ve had getting decent sleep while on tour
  • Stories of the excruciatingly long drive from here to West Texas
  • Memories of visiting Big Bend National Park
  • Patrick’s habit of wandering off into desert landscapes with no phone connectivity 
  • The far-reaching influences of Sergio Leone’s “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”
  • The excellent storytelling of Joel & Ethan Coen’s “No Country for Old Men”
  • Remembering SCTV