What's the point?! Bill & James & The Scherm run amok diving deep down into The Sardine Run, in search of big answers, and instead devour everything in sight. They emerge not sated at all, finding themselves Starving In The Belly Of A Whale. Take THAT, Jonah! As you've come to expect, folks, they forthwith espouse upon the Hard Ground, mental illness, redemption, higher love, Sweeney Todd, and a little blessing from Bill's Bible: The Black Rider.. R.I.P. Daniel Johnston...long live King Kong!
Bill, James & Cheryl go all the way, folks! That's right: from anthologies to Aborigines, the Amazon to Moundsville, West Virginia, and Rickie Lee Jones to Vincent Price...this episode has more than even we could imagine. No ancient peoples were injured in the making of this podcast. Feel the high!
If you're ready for a foursome, folks...Bill & James, The Professor & Mary Ann (a.k.a. Da Scherm & Cheryl King) are teeing off from the blue tees. Inspired by the Tennessee mountains once again they uncover it all. We're talking apocalyptic physics, map theorems, and Noble Truths confessed around the Barbershop...all par for the course. Be the ball, and get a grip!
Bill & James are once again finally side by side on a Great Smoky Mountains stream speaking into the very same microphone. They cry, they laugh, they crawl on their bellies like reptiles. They're up the creek without a paddle, much less a kayak. Two genders die in songs, discover how insects breathe, the usual fare... Feel the reunion, folks!
Cheryl King and The Scherm join Bill & James to kick off Season 5! Cheryl’s mouth is all over her face, Scherm brings his high-falutin’ brain, and Bill & James talk too. If you’re looking for the big answers, down deep in the rabbit hole of Tom Waits, this is the episode for you, folks!
Bill and James end Season 4 with a bang, reuniting with their favorite folks to celebrate the occasion, and the amazing music of Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan. Love, laughter, and watching old movies in their underwear, that’s what it’s all come down to…need we say more? Except: feel the love, folks!
A true one-of-a-kind, Leon Redbone brought back songs from the vaudeville, tin pan alley, blues and jazz traditions, toured with Tom Waits in the 70's, and is credited for bringing Tom to the Austin City Limits Stage. With his recent passing, Bill and James pay tribute and dive into the crossroads where Tom and Leon meet. Feel the blues folks!
Third time’s the charm and Totally Tom III has it all, folks! From Hip Hop to Gospel, Progressive Rock to the origins of Jazz itself, it features a remarkable range of Tom Waits’ guest appearances. Once again, pushing off without a paddle, a map, or any idea of what either of us has brought to the journey, we fumble through the dangerous waters of musical genius without a wet suit and emerge dry as a bone. That's a lie. We're totally soaked! Feel the Flow.
Cheryl King is back in the house for a typical Mother's Day celebration filled with tales of fever, snake oil, black sheep, and of course wild west medicine shows. With a surprise Tom Waits cover and childhood story from down Mexico way that will have your spine all a tingle. Feel the Healing, folks!
Inspired by a very current article from Billboard magazine commemorating 20 years since its original release, Bill & James honor and expound upon their quintessential Tom Waits album: Mule Variations. Golly!
Dr. Tim Scherman joins Bill & James for a walk along the high wire without a net balancing Tom Waits' experimental side with big fifty cent words. We cover The Grand Canyon, gravity, Helium, William Burroughs, and all things Robert Wilson. Featuring Trouble's Braids, Crossroads, 'T'Ain't No Sin, and of course, Everything Goes to Hell. From acrophobia to arachnophobia: don't miss Spidey's Wild Ride, folks!
Cheryl King joins Bill and James to explore the divine performer as exemplified by Tom Waits in the form of some amazing covers of Green Grass, Blow Wind Blow, Temptation, and The Day After Tomorrow by extraordinary female artists. That's right folks, there's even a phone call from India, a tuba, and a shiksa goddess! What more could you want?