A mini-cast about Colin's recent trip to Montpelier, the home of James Madison, which had some interesting artwork. The Rambler also talks briefly about finding the gravesite for Stonewall Jackson's left arm.
Colin talks about the 2015 Star Wars sequel and the impact the Star Wars franchise has had on him and his entire generation. He also gets nostalgic for video stores and discusses the misery of "Red Box Purgatory."
Colin talks about two great Christmas stories: Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol and the 1940s movie It's a Wonderful Life, both of which say something important about the class struggle. It's a Wonderful Life, especially, resonates with people in the 21st century struggling to get by.
This episode was sponsored by Colonial Beach, Virginia, featuring No Trespassing signs, annoying dogs, camouflage, dollar stores, hunting knives, and the Confederate flag (official and battle).
The Rambler finally does a music show. For his first music podcast, Colin talks about Johnny Cash. Colin is writing a book about J.R. (aka the Man in Black, aka Johnny), Country Boy: The Roots of Johnny Cash, which began as a research project while he was living in Arkansas.
Colin also discusses his musical tastes growing up, his memories of Iron Maiden t-shirts, and his recent success getting out of a speeding ticket during a trip through Port Royal.
A few words about what happened last weekend. Stay safe, everybody.
In this episode, Colin talks about the recent efforts to remove statues of Confederate leaders, including one of Robert E. Lee, in New Orleans. Is this a good idea? And if so, by what criteria do we measure historical figures?
Colin's discussion takes him from Robert E. Lee and Huey Long, to Andrew Jackson and Johnny Cash, discussing how we remember people--whether soldiers, authors, politicians, or musicians.
With no guests available, Colin opts to take matters into his own hands in the garage. In “Bill Hicks wanna-be” mode, he discusses his first visit to a geek show, why he’s not especially afraid of clowns, wikipedia rabbit holes, and his “beef” with Steven Spielberg. Speaking of clowns, Colin says what he really thinks of Donald Trump. Also, he mentions the new album by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, the Aussie band whose name he can’t get quite right.
It’s stream of consciousness/meets open mic night/ meets Noam Chomsky on this one, folks!
It’s the inaugural episode of Amerikan Rambler! Colin answers such burning questions as “Who am I?” and “Why am I doing this?” Also, he talks about the recent James Bond movie, Spectre, and the Bond films in general.
Wes Freed does the brilliant artwork for the Alabama southern rock band Drive-By Truckers. He is also a musician and Virginia native, who has lived in Richmond for decades. He’s played with the bands Mudd Helmet, Dirtball, and the Shiners. His latest outfit is Mag Bats, who you can see in August at Bandito’s in Richmond's Museum District.
On this episode, Wes talks with Colin about growing up in the Shenandoah Valley, his college days at Virginia Commonwealth University, Gwar, and how Southern Rock Opera changed his life.
It’s a long talk, recorded on Wes’s front porch in Richmond. This guy is the real deal. Check it out!