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7 Musicians’ Podcasts You Need to Hear

From Questlove’s funky deep dives to the Osbourne clan revisiting their peak TV moments

7 Musicians' Podcasts You Need to Hear

From Questlove's funky deep dives to the Osbourne clan revisiting their peak TV moments, here are seven musician podcasts you need to hear.

With Cocaine and Rhinestones offering up so many incredible stories about some country-music legends, we also decided to spotlight some excellent podcasts made by the artists themselves. Some like to recall moments from their own storied pasts, others like to conduct interviews with musicians they find interesting in an effort to learn everything they can about them. Here are seven of the best, from Questlove’s funky interview odysseys to Henry Rollins’ accounts of some of his most incredible stories.

Rick Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Broken Record’

Format: Rubin and guests discuss how songs are made. Gladwell narrates.

Schedule: Whenever they feel like it

Why They Do It: “It’s as important to hear artists talk as it is to hear them play,” Gladwell says.

Best Guest: Eminem, who broke down the influences behind his single “Walk on Water,” for an easy-to-digest 15-minute installment. It’s also the only episode: “More are coming by the end of the year,” Rubin promises.

Link: Apple

Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘The Osbournes Podcast’

Format: Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly and Jack sit down and reflect on their hit MTV show and go on crude tangents. “I hope people have a laugh,” Ozzy says. “We all have had our share while recording. We really are having a lot fun with these episodes and just saying whatever is on our minds.”

Schedule: Every week.

Why They Do It: “Jack first came to us with the idea last year and we all sat down and discussed it,” Ozzy says. “Surprisingly we loved the idea of getting together and reliving some of our memories about The Osbournes.”

Best Moment: They recalled Bill Cosby blasting their show’s sign language. “Hey, Bill Cosby, how you doin’, motherfucker?” Jack said in the episode. Added Sharon, “What a fucking joke!”

Best Guest: Big Dave the Manny, who talks about getting hired to watch the kids while Ozzy was on tour. “I was gonna do it even if I didn’t know how to do it, because that’s the role I’ve played with you guys,” he said of being a “manny.” “Like, ‘Oh, we can’t figure somebody to do it, we’ll just get Dave to do it.'” When Kelly asks who the most difficult kid was, he says, “Jack was in the beginning because he never wanted to go to school … but then I got ‘older Kelly’ going out on tour and that whole thing. I think you were equally as bad and as annoying.”

Link: Homepage

Chris Shiflett’s ‘Walking the Floor’

Format: Shiflett sounds both homey and warm while talking with his guests about guitar, country music and touring.

Schedule: Biweekly

Why They’re Doing It: “The initial idea was to interview was many older musicians connected with the Bakersfield sound but now it’s just people I’m a huge fan of,” he says. “The problem was there just weren’t a whole lot of those folks around anymore. So I started cold-calling people. My podcast is obviously about Americana, country and roots-based music. Now I just pick people I’m a huge fan of.”

Best Moments: Steve Earle talking about fishing with locals while on tour with Jackson Browne, and Chris Stapleton talking guitar while his road crew thuds around his stage before soundcheck. “Is Snoop opening for you today?” Shiflett asks when a particularly bassy sound bleeds into their interview as Stapleton laughs.

Best Guests: “I got to interview Merle Haggard not long before he passed away, and that was a really big one for me just from a fan’s point of view,” he says. “I was so nervous going into it, because he had a reputation of being kind of a hard-ass with journalists. But he was so nice and so welcoming and hospitable and talked to me for a really long time – it couldn’t have gone better. From, like, Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell to Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell and Marty Stuart, it’s just people I’m a fan of. We’ve been lucky.”

Link: Homepage

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