Songs and Stories #106: Greg Kitchel: Live from Baja

Click to hear episode #106 (time = 38:17, size = 17.6 mb)

Greg Kitchel and didn’t really talk in Baja, but since he spends most of his time down there and that’s how he signs his emails to me, I figured it was an appropriate title for this podcast. This chat actually takes place last fall at the American River Music Festival in Lotus, CA. Greg and I were running on fumes after a fun night at the Friday Songwriter Showcase (he was one of the performers – I was the host), a late-evening camp jam, and a full day of watching the music on the main stage.

Greg’s a storyteller as much as a songwriter, as you’ll immediately find out after you click the Play link above. We met several years ago at the Wooden Nickel Open Mic (he was playing – I was hosting…do you see a pattern here?) We’ve since had a great time watching each other’s music paths grow and more than occasionally coincide. Greg also made an appearance here, also from this same festival, in Songs and Stories #47.

In this particular episode, Greg and I talk about the pros/cons of literal songs compared to more open-to-interpretation types of writing, as well as a recap of the great festival were taking part in that weekend. This episode ends with a preview from me of what you can expect at this year’s American River Festival to be held September 16-18. (Spoiler: Headliners include James McMurtry, Blame Sally, and The Band of Heathens.)

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