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In the Any Given Monday podcast, Fire Pit Collective’s Ryan French uncovers compelling and unheard stories from the world of golf with guests chasing their professional golf dreams. Join Ryan and rising stars in professional golf to discover what it takes to chase pro golf’s elite. Any Given Monday brings you inside the world of PGA Tour qualifying where dreams are shattered and realized every week.
 
Rhett Miller, musician and frontman for the Old 97s, hosts “Wheels Off” a show about the messy reality of the creative life. Conversations with musicians, writers, artists, actors, and comedians about the pivotal moments that shaped their work, what it means to create in a digital age and grapple with the challenges, and the joy, of living a creative life.
 
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Chris Shiflett joins Rhett from his home in LA to talk about his quarantine recording project, the conceptual differences between albums and singles in today’s music world, and holding grudges against your own songs. The two longtime friends also discuss the pros and cons of social media relevance, and what an audience truly wants in a live perform…
 
Episode One Hundred Forty Four Show Notes KEY: CW = Chris Wolak and EF = Emily Fine – Our Top Five ‘ish in the last Five Years – 2016: Shelter – Jung Yun (CW) Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi (CW) Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes (EF) Delicious Foods – James Hannaham (EF) 2017: Pachinko – Min Jin Lee (CW) Stone by Stone: The Magnificent History in New England’s St…
 
Legendary rock guitarist Robby Krieger of the Doors joins Rhett from his home in Los Angeles for a fascinating conversation about writing music with Jim Morrison, Robby’s upcoming instrumental reggae album, and why he’s glad that he never learned to read music. You’ll also hear the two discuss Robby’s new book, Set the Night on Fire, the power of m…
 
Singer-songwriter Neal Francis joins Rhett from Chicago to talk about his album, In Plain Sight, and why he had to step away from the album once it was finished in order to actualize the music he’d created. Neal tells Rhett about starting out as a sideman and how he learned to accept that a career in music could be possible. The two discuss the pow…
 
Episode One Hundred Forty Three Show Notes KEY: CW = Chris Wolak and EF = Emily Fine – Currently Reading – [1:58] I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou (CW)(audio) Black Cake – Charmaine Wilkerson (EF) release date 2/1/2022 The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream – Charles Spencer (CW) – Just Read – [5:29] Sta…
 
Jung Yun joins Rhett from Baltimore, MD to talk about the making of her recently-released second novel, O Beautiful, and actualizing her vision to live a creative life. Jung and Rhett also discuss the journey that led to her publishing her first book at age 43, growing up without the understanding that she could make art for a living, and why every…
 
The Kernal, also known as Joe Garner, joins Rhett from his home in Jackson, TN to talk about the making of his new record Listen To The Blood, why he enjoys writing short stories, and the importance of having fun while playing music. Joe tells Rhett the story behind the red suit that started The Kernal, and the songwriting process that brings his s…
 
Episode One Hundred Forty Two Show Notes KEY: CW = Chris Wolak and EF = Emily Fine Patreon Only Giveaway – Claire J. Griffin’s book A Rebellious Woman; become a Patreon sponsor by November 14th to be entered to win. – Currently Reading – [4:09] Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History: A Nautical History of the World – Ian Graham (CW) State o…
 
Callum Tarren has earned his PGA Tour card after a long journey that began in England, took him all over China and onto America. In this episode, Callum discusses crossing many time zones in search of achieving his dream, stories from the journey and what it means to be a new parent and PGA Tour card holder. Callum's fiancee is a pilates instructor…
 
Husband and wife creative duo Dan + Claudia Zanes join Rhett to talk about the making of their new record, Let Love Be Your Guide, which was created during the pandemic. They tell Rhett about the tension of working in a competitive society while sticking to their values, music as a unifying force, and what they would tell their 21-year old selves. …
 
Rosanne Cash, Rhett’s very first guest on Wheels Off, returns to the podcast to help celebrate episode 100. The two discuss what they’ve learned since episode 1 (in 2018), how the pandemic has affected her creatively, and what she’s looking forward to as she returns to performing live. Rosanne tells Rhett about the new music she’s written, includin…
 
Episode One Hundred Forty One Show Notes KEY: CW = Chris Wolak and EF = Emily Fine – Currently Reading – [1:00] A Blizzard of Polar Bears – Alice Henderson (CW) release date 11/9/2021 The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love – Sonya Renee Taylor, foreword by Ijeoma Oluo (CW) Dracula – Bram Stoker (CW) (Audible Original) – Just Rea…
 
Actress and writer Mara Wilson joins Rhett to talk about why she enjoys writing dialogue, how her childhood pointed her in the direction of becoming a storyteller, and effective ways to overcome mental health struggles. Mara also dives deep on why she values social ties in the context of creation, and tells Rhett about how her work becomes more cle…
 
Daniela Iacobelli has won 3 times on the Symetra Tour, has graduated to the LPGA, lost her status and is now back on the Symetra Tour. More importantly, she has one of the most fun and interesting personalities in golf. Some have called her the female John Daly - a smoker, drinker, gambler and storyteller, Daniela shares some hilarious stories of l…
 
This week actor, comedian, and podcast host Paul Scheer joins Rhett to talk about creative ways to gain attention as a young artist and discusses some of the major shows he has worked on, including Veep and Parks and Recreation. Paul explains why new experiences validate his artistic growth, digs into some of his performance philosophies, and tells…
 
Episode One Hundred Forty Show Notes KEY: CW = Chris Wolak and EF = Emily Fine – Episode 140 Giveaway – Archer – Shruti Swamy Choose Me – Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver When All the Girls Are Sleeping – Emily Arsenault Fault Lines – Emily Itami To be entered in the giveaway, subscribe to our newsletter here. – Currently Reading – The Sundial – Shir…
 
Voice actor, comedian, and singer-songwriter Grey DeLisle joins Rhett from Glendale to discuss her accomplished career, how she maintains her positive and enthusiastic energy, and why songwriting is comparable to giving birth. You’ll also hear Grey provide a few incredible vocal imitations, and tell Rhett why she had no choice but to be an artist. …
 
Author Ben Greenman joins Rhett from his home in New Jersey to talk about the two books that Ben is releasing next month with Questlove and Steven Van Zandt, his approach to success, and why fear of failure can be a good thing. The two compare the process of writing books with the process of songwriting, and how creative output changes as you get o…
 
Episode One Hundred Thirty Nine Show Notes KEY: CW = Chris Wolak and EF = Emily Fine – Currently Reading – The Book of Form and Emptiness – Ruth Ozeki (EF) Shadow Life: When Death Comes Too Soon, Fight Dirty – Hiromi Goto, Ann Xu (Illustrator) (CW) Water I Won’t Touch – Kayleb Rae Candrilli (EF) Like Other Girls – Britta Lundin (CW) Read Until You …
 
In this special, double-whammy episode of Wheels Off, singer-songwriter and podcast host Joe Pug joins Rhett from Prince George's County, Maryland to talk about his creative pursuits as a musician, the importance of staying present as a young artist, and how to save the world through beauty. Joe tells Rhett about the inspiration for starting his po…
 
Actor, comedian, and podcast host John Ross Bowie joins Rhett from his home in Los Angeles to talk about his new podcast Household Faces, and his creative development over the course of his career. John shares the story about how improv changed his outlook on acting, the professional ups and downs he's experienced, and he and Rhett talk about why t…
 
Episode One Hundred Thirty Eight Show Notes KEY: CW = Chris Wolak and EF = Emily Fine – 18th Readalong discussion – The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine by Janice P. Nimura. The discussion will drop on September 28th via Episode 139, please get questions/comments to us by September 20th. …
 
Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally joins Rhett from Austin, Texas to talk about her life as a songwriter, and her recent collaboration with Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band. Shannon tells Rhett about her songwriting process, and the new methods of collaboration that she’s enjoyed through writing with a full band. You’ll also hear about a t…
 
Episode One Hundred Thirty Seven Show Notes KEY: CW = Chris Wolak and EF = Emily Fine Chris recited the poem “When Will I Be Home” by Li Shangyin. – 18th Readalong discussion – The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine by Janice P. Nimura. The discussion will drop on September 28th via Episode…
 
Author Nick Hornby joins Rhett from Islington, North London to talk about the book that he’s currently working on, which happens to be about Charles Dickens (the writer) and Prince (the artist). Nick and Rhett discuss Nick’s evolution as a writer, his unique ability to write about music in a realistic way, and why the secret to success is doing the…
 
This week, Kelly McCartney joins Rhett from Upstate New York to talk about her multifaceted career as a journalist and broadcaster, her show Record Bin Radio and why it’s “the dreamiest gig ever,” and why she thinks it’s important to trust your gut, while still trusting in the universe. You’ll also hear Kelly discuss her time as a personal assistan…
 
Mark Baldwin successfully Monday Qualified for the Barracuda Championship with Any Given Monday host, Ryan French caddying for him. After making the cut and finishing 34th, Ryan and Mark recount the week from the anatomy of the Monday Qualifier, to a dream week on the PGA Tour. Part 2 in this series focuses on intensity of the tournament days and t…
 
Episode One Hundred Thirty Six Show Notes KEY: CW = Chris Wolak and EF = Emily Fine Emily read a poem by Maggie Smith titled “Good Bones” – A Big Book Summer Reading Challenge – Please let us know what you are reading this summer! Call 860-391-6674 or email bookcougars@gmail.com to let us know what big book (over 400 pages) you are going to read th…
 
Mark Baldwin successfully Monday Qualified for the Barracuda Championship with Any Given Monday host, Ryan French caddying for him. After making the cut and finishing 34th, Ryan and Mark break down the week from the anatomy of the Monday qualifier to a dream week on the PGA Tour. Part I of 2 in this series focuses on the first half of the week lead…
 
One of the most renowned songwriters and producers in the music industry, Sam Hollander joins Rhett to talk about “failing his way up the charts” and the intense creative process that’s led to his success. Sam tells Rhett why a conversation between his parents and Nile Rogers led to his career path, and shares a life lesson from basketball’s Steve …
 
Episode One Hundred Thirty Five Show Notes KEY: CW = Chris Wolak and EF = Emily Fine – A Big Book Summer Reading Challenge – Please let us know what you are reading this summer! Call 860-391-6674 or email bookcougars@gmail.com to let us know what big book (over 400 pages) you are going to read this summer. Bleak House – Charles Dickens (check out t…
 
Erika Wennerstrom joins Rhett from Mount Hood, Oregon to talk about the latest Heartless Bastards record, the intricacies of her creative process, and the concept of “music as medicine”. They discuss the importance of self-awareness and challenging oneself, and Erika shares the details of writing the epic, powerfully soulful song “Revolution”. Erik…
 
On this week's Any Given Monday, Ryan talks with Korn Ferry Tour pro, Justin Lower. With 2 events left in the regular season, Justin is battling to lock up his PGA Tour card. He's on the razor's edge of the coveted top 25 on the season-long points race - a position he's found himself in previously. They speak about the tragedy that struck Justin's …
 
Author Sarah Hepola joins Rhett from her home in Dallas, Texas to talk about her writing career, which began unofficially when she wrote a Shawshank Redemption-inspired story in 7th grade and sold a copy to a fellow classmate. Sarah tells Rhett about the importance of freeing her mind in order to be creative, and what she does to achieve the medita…
 
In this episode of Wheels Off, illustrator and author Nidhi Chanani joins Rhett from her home in San Francisco to talk about the creative projects that she’s currently working on, and her career as an artist. You’ll hear Nidhi talk about the inspiration behind her new graphic novel Jukebox, why freelance work suits her artistic style and allows her…
 
Episode One Hundred Thirty Four Show Notes KEY: CW = Chris Wolak and EF = Emily Fine – A Big Book Summer Reading Challenge – Please let us know what you are reading this summer! Call 860-391-6674 or email bookcougars@gmail.com to let us know what big book (over 400 pages) you are going to read this summer. Bleak House – Charles Dickens (check out t…
 
This week, musicians Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean of the Delta-blues inspired duo Ida Mae join Rhett to talk about their upcoming album, Click Click Domino. Phoning in from the English countryside, you’ll hear them talk about touring in America, the duality behind their songwriting process, and why Chris thinks that their latest album contains s…
 
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