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The DragChamp Show

Gary Don Free, Jake Hodge, Ryan Gleghorn

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The DragChamp Show is a weekly bench racing style conversation with the biggest names in sportsman drag racing. You'll hear from NHRA Lucas Oil series racers, big money bracket racers, local bracket racers, and some of the top names in sportsman drag racing. The DragChamp Show covers NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series classes like Super Stock and Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster, Top Bulb and Bottom Bulb bracket racing, Box and No Box classes, and ...
 
Welcome to Idiotville - Erie, PA’s Liberal Conscience: We want you to be better, Erie. But you just keep screwing it up. Every time someone opens their mouth with a good idea, someone has to have a reason why not. That reason usually isn’t very well thought out, it usually involves thinly (or not so thinly) veiled racism. This town can move forward, but until we confront the demons that lurk here, we aren’t going anywhere. If you don’t like what we’ve got to say, come at us with a good take. ...
 
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Rivers Of Nihil have been taking the progressive death metal world by storm for the last few years after the release of 2018's revered “Where Owls Know My Name." The highly-anticipated follow-up “The Work” raises the bar even higher for not only themselves, but the genre as a whole. We are joined by frontman Jake Dieffenbach as he takes us through …
 
Pantychrist. Got your attention? Good, because here we have Dana Dentata - a musician and visionary like no other. We welcome the Toronto-born, LA-based immersive artist onto IUF to discuss her notable and storied career. From growing up listening to pop, rap, and nu-metal - to modeling, to dancing, and to rocking the guitar in her own punk band – …
 
Dill Spears, Brent Liberty, and our Manchurian Candidate, Jake News are the crew this week! This week! We’re joined by Brent’s cousin Jessica Steinberg, who’s starting her own podcast, the aptly named “Jessica Show” – A lifestyle show concentrating on astrology, witchcraft, and healthy living. Before we dive into that, we talk about our second-favo…
 
Mastiff are a UK based blackened sludge outfit who bring the pain. And by pain,we mean the monstrous and crushing riffs, earth-shattering vocals, and an atmospheric background which are all brought to the surface on their latest offering, “Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth.” Vocalist Jim Hodge joins us today to talk about the origins of the band and …
 
It’s Dill Spears, Brent N Liberty, and Anna Hartvigson! We’re joined by our favorite guest, Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party, Jim Wertz! Immediately, he clears up a non-issue, as Dr. Tyler Titus is, in fact, a doctor, regardless of what local Republican trolls might tell you. He has an important message as well: If you’re a “Democrat” w…
 
Season 10 starts with a bang! We welcome the talented frontwoman Kimi Shelter of the majestic Atlanta-based quartet, Starbenders. Along with bandmates Aaron, Emily, and Kriss, the four have put together a certain musicianship and sound that no one else is creating. Well, not the way they are. Mixing in punk, rock n roll, and pop with 70s glitter an…
 
Guitarist Mikey Page from THECITYISOURS has been on quite the journey up to this point. The UK based musician joins IUF today to talk about his band's new highly-anticipated album “COMA.” A lot to dissect about the creation of this record as it began before the pandemic took place. In the birth stages of the process, their previous vocalist stepped…
 
These are strange, strange times. We welcome the talented bassist Nicolas Dumont from the Australian rock quartet, The Ugly Kings. The new sophomore album “Strange, Strange Times” could not have a more fitting title. Within the last 18 months or so, it's been the state of the world we all have been living in - and now with it seemingly having a lig…
 
This episode begins with a brief moment of silence for the late great Joey Jordison. RIP Joey. It's been 25 years since Belgian death metal masters Aborted have entered this world of creating headbanging chaos, and they have shown no signs of letting up within that storied timeline. Their 11th album, “Maniacult,” is set to unleash soon and we get t…
 
It’s Dill Spears, Brent N Liberty, and Anna Hartvigson! We’re joined by local entrepreneur, podcast host, and owner of (among other things) Gisele Littrell! This show is an absolute whirlwind! Gisele brings the level to about a 13! She’s got such a story! She’s the owner of Tipsy Bean (2425 Peach St, Erie), but that’s just the tip of the iceberg! G…
 
A Victim A Target – Commonly pronounced as AVAT in short. We are joined by vocalist Roly Velazquez of the South Florida-based metalcore outfit. Since their inception in 2015, this 5-piece band have dropped a few heavy hitting standalone singles that have caught the eyes of many throughout the underground world of heavy music. Unleashing scorching t…
 
It’s Dill Spears, Brent N Liberty, Anna Hartvigson, and Jake News! We’re joined by the host of Buddycast, Nick Sorensen! Before the interview, Brent tells us how he tapped the Rockies, and Dill talks about his adventures in the dirty South! Nick goes into great detail about how Buddycast came to be, his favorite guests, what Buddyaid is and how it …
 
From performing in different heavy metal acts like Brujeria, Pentagram Chile, and Lock Up – there is no stopping the creativity and passion for seasoned Chilean musician, Anton Reisenegger. We are joined by the frontman/guitarist of the Chile-based death metal quartet, Criminal. Here they are with the 9th studio album, “Sacrificio,” and after 3 dec…
 
Live streaming has been the norm for the last 18 months, and we are no strangers to it. Having said that, there are live streaming concerts, and then there are Tesseract live-streaming concerts. The progressive-metal U.K. based band are on the verge of dropping a groundbreaking cinematic experience titled “Portals.” Performed back in December of 20…
 
True crime. Serial killers. Human nature. When it comes to themes and songwriting, this is as real as it gets. We are joined by one of the more unique artists IUF has ever had the privilege to speak with – the mesmerizing and stirring SKYND. Donned inside the dark elements, there is no filter within her, and there is no act. Everything you see is w…
 
It’s Dill Spears, Anna Hartvigson, and Ted Brogan! We’re joined this week by Rebecca Styn and Rob Mahrt from Blind Tiger Spirit-Free Cocktails and Room 33 Speakeasy! Why a speakeasy? We touch on all sorts of great topics: Rob’s obsession with first-edition books, how did Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdown effect their business? What pivots did they …
 
We are joined by frontman Scott Ian Lewis of San Diego based deathcore outfit, Carnifex. In this episode, we get the opportunity to talk about their upcoming 8th album “Graveside Confessions” and how the live concert experience is always something Scott took to heart. Now in the middle of touring cycles, this is right where they belong; What makes …
 
Michigan experimental metalcore outfit Spirit Breaker are not only raising the bar for themselves musically, but they are giving the genre as a whole a breath of fresh air within their musicianship. We get the opportunity to speak with vocalist Tre Turner and drummer Alex Mitchell as they take us through the origins and growth that the band have en…
 
It’s Dill Spears, Brent Liberty, Anna Hartvigson, and Ted Brogan! Erie's own Wonder Woman, Kristy Gnibus, makes her return to Idiotville! So, Brent got called for Jury duty. This has ruined his whole day. We soldier through, and talk Erie Gives Day! It was a huge day for area non-profits: We get into number of donors Vs. amount of money donated Why…
 
“The Fire Itself” is the upcoming 5th album from Los Angeles-based metalcore outfit, Phinehas. We are joined by frontman Sean McCulloch about the makings and influences that went behind this record. It's been a long road for Sean and company, as he takes plenty of personal experiences that were transformed into this record. Their fan base grew and …
 
The critically-acclaimed 2007 album “Colors” from progressive-metal giants Between The Buried And Me serves as a staple record and a stepping stone for many contemporary musicians. Fast forward 6 albums and a decade and a half later – we get “Colors II.” Bassist Dan Briggs joins IUF today to talk about this highly-anticipated record filled with eve…
 
It’s Dill Spears, Brent Liberty, Anna Hartvigson, and Ted Brogan! Ted had some adventures with his wife in Buffalo last week, and we segue this into a discussion about which city has the best and worst nightlife, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, or Buffalo? Is Gentrification happening if you’re replacing blight with greenspace? Asking for a friend. Our inter…
 
Four decades in - the run for the heavy metal giants, Sepultura, never ceases to amaze. 15 albums within that timespan and still wow-ing their worldwide fanbase in the process; We sit with frontman Derrick Green as we look back on the countless amounts of ventures this band has been through. In this jam-packed episode, we talk to Derrick about thei…
 
We welcome The Wandering Hearts – who are made up of the wondrous talented trio of AJ Dean-Revington, Chess Whiffin, and Tara Wilcox, onto IUF. This London-based group are coming out the gates running with their highly-anticipated self-titled 2nd studio album. Mixed with pop and acoustic sounds that remind you of Greta Van Fleet, The Well Pennies, …
 
We are joined by a prolific drummer in Austin Archey from the New Jersey deathcore quartet, Lorna Shore. Here we are in a new chapter for the band a decade after their birth – but not without the adversity which was faced in that timeframe. Austin sits with us to talk about the band's eventful journey filled with the high and lows that have molded …
 
It’s Dill Spears, Brent Liberty, Anna Hartvigson, and Ted Brogan! We don’t have a guest this week, so we talk about a myriad of topics: Brent and Dill talk of their mental health issues as kids, which does segue into some serious talk about something at the forefront of the national dialogue, Simone Biles withdrawing from competition at the Olympic…
 
WHAT IS THIS SORCERY?! That's right, we are talking about the debut album from the majestic metal supergroup, Wizardthrone. Guitarist Mike Barber sits with us today as we talk about the origins of this newest collaboration. Mike, coming from bands like Gloryhammer and Death Code Society, joined forces with members of Aether Realm, Alestorm, Nekrogo…
 
“I put pressure on myself every single day.” Veiga Sanchez, commonly known as the captivating Salt Ashes, holds nothing back. The London-based singer-songwriter chats with IUF about her journey up to this point in her career. Her latest single, “Too Many Times” just dropped, and tackling tender subjects like anxiety and insecurity are important the…
 
It’s Dill Spears, Brent Liberty, and the newest member of the team, Anna Hartvigson! Welcome to Anna, as she officially joins the crew! We can’t wait to see what her viewpoint brings to the show… Owner and Founder of Revox Social, Chris Norris is our guest this week. Chris talks all about his history, from his start as a star baseball player in hig…
 
On the verge of releasing her debut album at 19 years old – New York based singer-songwriter Ameliarose is feeling the nervousness settling in, but ready take on the world. Not an easy thing to do having self-produced your own album at this age, but here she is doing what she does best, and she's doing it well. Amelia has seen through the ins and o…
 
Revered music publications like Guitar World and Loudwire have praised the work of renowned artist Bobby Keller, and for good reason. The Colorado-born & Orlando-based axe shredder has been influenced by the likes of Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, and Dimebag Darrell. Now being lauded by many as one the top guitarists in the USA – it's time the baton is …
 
It’s Dill, Brent, & Ryan! Our studio guest is the coordinator of the Erie Free Store, Breanna Adams! Ascend Climbing is coming to Erie, thanks to the efforts of the EDDC! The "Forensic Audit" is a fiasco. Imagine. Dill has a great story about “Psycho Santa” from his days working at a truck stop when he was 20. Our guest, Breanna Adams, talks all ab…
 
We welcome the talented drummer Niklas Kahl from German gothic metal outfit Lord Of The Lost. Talk about a return to normality, because releasing a double album after a worldwide pandemic is how it's done! We jump right into the fray with Niklas about “Judas,” the new album that features two sides named “Damnation” and “Salvation," culminating a to…
 
We begin the 9th season of IUF with a remarkable talent in Dutch singer-songwriter Charlotte Wessels. It's been a wild ride for Charlotte in the last 15 months – from the onset of the pandemic and to parting ways with her band, Delain, she's now unlocked a side of her that she never saw coming, and for the better. Within this last year, she has cre…
 
Jennifer Folk of the Million Dollar Drag Race fame and Dave Connolly are our guests on the DragChamp Show this week. We got into a mix of big dollar bracket racing and Pro Stock racing as we discussed Dave's racing career and running the Million with Jennifer. We kicked off the show diving into Dave's career driving and tuning the Factory Hot Rods …
 
It’s Dill Spears, Ryan Seabreast, Ted Brogan, and Joe Brogan this week! How’d we all spend our 4th of July? Joe and Ted spent theirs making sure that there were no serious injuries on trampolines! Dill, well, he spent his watching fireworks like a real American should! What’s happening in Erie? There were a lot of things going on this week, post-4t…
 
The Peep Show, Peeps Pennington is our guest this week on the DragChamp Show podcast. The Texas based big money bracket racer was an entertaining interview as we peppered him with questions and he kept us laughing throughout the show. Of course we discussed the history of the unique and rare Pennington roadsters, the challenges of running a used ca…
 
It's time to wake up, because the Michigan-based heavy metal band Sleep Waker have returned with their 2nd studio album, “Alias.” Drummer and songwriter Frankie Mish joins IUF as we close the chapter here on Season 8. Sleep Waker got their start in 2017 along with the idea of the band name serving as a constant theme throughout the lyricism. The cr…
 
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