Ohioana guests take over Writers Talk!

We’ll be featuring Ohioana Book Festival authors for our next several YouTube videos and radio broadcasts, so if you missed the Ohioana Book Festival, you can check their guests out now. Authors at Ohioana have to have an Ohio connection, and you’ll be impressed at the job that the great Ohioana staff does in getting representation from all kinds of genres, from supernatural mysteries (Casey Daniels) to history (Christopher Busta-Peck and Mike Olszewski) to fantasy (Cinda Williams Chima). I’ve interviewed authors at Ohioana for several years now and have always enjoyed talking to these authors about their books and writing processes. And where else can you learn interesting factoids like the Ohio Historical Marker for the Cleveland home of John Heisman is misplaced by about half a mile?

Christopher Busta-Peck with Writers Talk at the 2012 Ohioana Book Festival

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From “Forget the Storm,” here’s Tyler Hilton!

A few weeks ago we sat down with Tyler Hilton as he was on his way through Columbus for his solo acoustic tour with Dion Roy. Tyler explained the process and reasons as to why he left Warner Brothers Records to release his long-awaited album, “Forget the Storm,” independently on Hooptie Tune Records.

Forget the Storm Album Cover

(Hint: it has something to do with embarrassing honesty.)

Tyler also tells us why he hates thinking about marketing, but has managed to master it over the years. Tyler has employed the idea that doing what you want is the best way to market yourself, because being disingenuous won’t cut it in this business. And good or bad, opinions have a shelf-life:

“I had to get over my own stigma with that so that I could do some of the things that I want to do” – Tyler Hilton

Watch our time with Tyler to hear how this lent itself to his casting as Elvis, how he wants to approach his future albums, what went into writing this album, and how he chose the songs that make up “Forget the Storm”.

We have a second video on the way with Tyler’s stories behind a few of the tracks on the album – so watch for that to be released very soon!

In the meantime, you can find “Forget the Storm” on iTunes, or buy a physical copy here. And visit his website for summer tour dates, and other news and updates!

Lydia Loveless Concert Tonight!

We had a great discussion with local singer/songwriter Lydia Loveless at Kildare’s pub just off the OSU campus this week.

Indestructible Machine Album Art

Here are some of the things OSU alumnus Leslie Goodwin talked to Lydia about:

  • – How she became a musician
  • – What she likes about being a lyricist
  • – And what she means by drinking gasoline.

We’ll post the video soon, but first, we’ll collect some footage of her rockin’ set at the Rhumba Cafe (2507 Summit St., Columbus, OH 43202) tonight, April 20th. Lydia will also be performing at Lost Weekend Records tomorrow at 1:00 as a part of National Record Store Day!

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Lydia Loveless makes a point during her Writers Talk interview with Leslie Goodwin

Rob Delaney Interview

We sat down with comedian Rob Delaney before his tour stop at Woodlands Tavern in Columbus. Between his sold out tour dates in cities like Washington D.C. and New York City and a Twitter following of more than 300,000, Rob is well on his way to becoming a household name!

Listen the full interview here to find out more about:

  • His upcoming book
  • His self proclaimed excessive tweeting
  • How he went from an office in a skyscraper to the life of a comedian
  • And when he is a substitute for Josh Groban

For a preview of the whole interview, and an exclusive on what happened with his pilot for Comedy Central, check out these excerpts:

Tune in to  WCRS Monday (4/23) at 7pm and WCBE at 8pm on Wednesday (4/25) to hear Rob’s view on everything from impersonating Mitt Romney to how his experiences getting sober led to some of his funniest material!

Follow Rob on Twitter @robdelaney for 140 characters of laughter and check out his website, complete with a How To “Make It” in Comedy tutorial.

Former Writers Talk Guest Amy Schumer On Jimmy Kimmel Live!

From Writers Talk to Jimmy Kimmel!

Actress and comedienne Amy Schumer was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night! She showcased some new jokes, and was called over to the couch afterwards. So if Mr. Kimmel’s forecast holds, Amy will be in a whole new hemisphere of fame today. See her performance here.

We interviewed Amy last fall while she was in town for a couple of stand-up shows at Woodland’s Tavern. We spoke about her unique delivery, and her original approach to all of the topics you hear in every comic’s routine. She shared stories about herself as a child and auditioning for roles, as well as cleared the record on her joke towards Steve-O on the Roast of Charlie Sheen that aired on Comedy Central last year.

“My side’s half totally true, and half just ridiculous. A lot of people, they’ll joke about stuff like race and sex with their close friends. I joke like I’m with my close friends, in public.”                                – Amy, on her comedic approach

You can listen to our interview here. Beware of the tinniness of the audio! The green room we were in was like a garbage can; a garbage can containing a parlor-esque piano, a Pac-Man arcade machine, a couple of couches, a chair, and us. You will also notice the background noise increase as the crowd arrives, but Amy was a great interview and made even the routine questions entertaining, so check it out. Or watch a few excerpts below first.

Amy released a great compilation of her material on the live stand-up album, Cutting, on Comedy Central Records last year. You can find it on iTunes here. Head over to her website for tour dates, and check her out on Twitter @amyschumer.

The Front Bottoms Interview

We recently met up with Brian Sella and Matt Uychich of The Front Bottoms before their show at The Basement. The interview was filmed in their van because here at Writers Talk we are all about participatory journalism!

The Front Bottoms are an indie-pop-punk-rock-dance duo from New Jersey, and yes, dropping their music into a single genre “bin” is exactly that challenging. The band released their self-titled album last September on Bar/None Records, and are currently on tour with Say Anything, Kevin Devine and Fake Problems.

The full interview can be heard here; we talk about Tom DeLonge, maturing out of releasing garbage, and how they classify their music. Plus, Brian and Matt tell us the story behind their song “Rhode Island”, which I’m not sure you could make up,

“‘Do you guys know the best way to bike through NYC?’…He had this backpack full of just prescription pills and drugs.”

For the whole story, watch this excerpt of our in-van interview with Brian and Matt in which they also talk about their budget for music videos, album art, and more.

Tune in to WCRS on Monday (4/9) at 7 pm, and WCBE on Wednesday (4/11) at 8 pm to hear more of our conversation. In the meantime, check out The Front Bottoms’ video for “Maps”:

3/31 – The Steel Wheels Headline Six String Concert

On Saturday, March 31st, The Steel Wheels will come to Columbus, Ohio for the first time, and headline a Six String concert to boot.

The Steel Wheels are truly an Americana band, rooted in musical styles that explore the territories between blues and bluegrass, old-time sing-alongs and foot-stompin’ fiddle tunes. They are subtle innovators who respect the past but whistle their own tunes, layering in rich textures and decidedly modern energy to forge a new sound.

Writers Talk spoke with Trent Wagler (vocals, songs, guitar, banjo) about recording and writing their new album, “Lay Down, Law Low”, filming the video for “Rain In The Valley”, their annual bicycle tour, and how it affects the booking of the tour, their lyrics, and their lifestyle. The full interview is posted here!

Listen to the live broadcast of the interview tonight (3/28) at 8 pm on WCBE (90.5 FM).

Check out some of The Steel Wheels’ music by watching their video for “Rain In The Vally” off of “Lay Down, Lay Low”. The video was premiered on AmericanSongwriter.com in January.

For more information on the show, or to buy tickets visit SixString.org

Update: The Steel Wheels have posted a retrospective video for their 2011 bike tour!