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Troubled Men Podcast

René Coman sits down with the original Troubled Man, Manny Chevrolet, over cocktails at the Ring Room, in the heart of an old-school New Orleans social haunt. Manny is an L.A. native who had been...more

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Episode 159

June 18, 2021

TMP159 Ross Johnson is the Baron of Love

The original drummer with Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, he had already appeared on Alex Chilton’s “Like Flies on Sherbert” performing “Baron of Love” and cemented his place in Southern fringe folklore. His memoir, ”Baron of Love: Moral Giant,” chronicles the long, strange trip, while his latest band, TURNT, with fresh offerings like “Methadone Takeout Party,” keeps the toes tapping and the tongues wagging. Treat yourself to a taste before this stuff coagulates. Topics include the heat, a geriatric intervention, insider dealing, the mayor’s race, a first gig, meeting Jim Dickinson, a first firing, band history, “Sugar Ditch Revisited,” a European tour, opening for the Clash, an infamous gig, married but dating, a solo record, interviewing Iggy and the Stooges, a birthday set, a Berlin trip, George the Max, and much more. Support the podcast here. Join the Patreon page here. Shop for Troubled Men’s Wear here. Subscribe, review, and rate (5 stars) on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or almost any podcast aggregator. Follow on social media, share with friends, and spread the Troubled Word. Intro music: Styler/Coman Break music: “Baron of Love Pt. II” by Ross Johnson and Alex Chilton from “Make It Stop! The Most of Ross Johnson” Outro music: “Methadone Takeout Party” by Ross Johnson and TURNT ...

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Episode 158

June 04, 2021

TMP158 Bill Kirchen: Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods

The Commander Cody cofounder burst into the Top 10 playing the hot guitar on “Hot Rod Lincoln.” Grammy nominations and collaborations with Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, and Gene Vincent followed in a celebrated career spanning over 50 years. As a teenager he hitchhiked to see Dylan debut “Mr. Tambourine Man” at the ’64 Newport Folk Festival, then returned in ’65 to witness Bob “go electric.” At Ann Arbor High he played the talent show opposite classmate Jim Osterberg (Iggy Pop). Bill is a master of his craft and one of the most decent guys you could ever meet. Quite a contrast to the Troubled Men. Topics include a graduation, fears, forced jury duty, vaccine incentives, the folk scare, the Ark, going to California, Jerry Garcia, liquid LSD, a hit record, John Sinclair, early Stooges gigs, the Moonlighters, the D.C. scene, Too Much Fun, a Jim Jarmusch guitar, the Sons of Lee Marvin, moving to Austin, the Ameripolitan Awards show, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, CSNY, band friendships, livestreams, and much more. Support the podcast here. Join the Patreon page here. Shop for Troubled Men’s Wear here. Subscribe, review, and rate (5 stars) on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or almost any podcast aggregator. Follow on social media, share with friends, and spread the Troubled Word. Intro music: Styler/Coman Break music: “Hot Rod Lincoln” by Bill Kirchen Outro music: “Word to the Wise” by Bill Kirchen (with Dan Hicks) ...

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Episode 157

May 28, 2021

TMP157 Lenny Zenith: How We Got Here

The pioneering transgender singer, composer, writer, and activist’s band RZA was among the earliest acts on the New Orleans punk rock scene, and his Pop Combo fine-tuned the melodic, angular approach with a fresh lineup. Following a move to NYC, he led several other successful bands including Jenifer Convertible, Tenterhooks, and Minor Planets. His latest single, “Quarantine,” was recorded in New Orleans and NYC and benefits the House of Tulip. After a lifetime navigating the challenges of being trans in the rock’n’roll world, Lenny must have developed a pretty thick skin. That could come in handy with the Troubled Men. Topics include a new tenant, a nose biter, a firing squad, early life, a California transition, KROQ, WTUL, the Normals, Becky Kury, Julian Garcia, Ed White, opening for Iggy and U2, a tragic loss, MTV airplay, Cuban roots, cocktails, new music, the Losers Lounge, Blue Velvet Studio, Leigh Harris, the Streisand effect, the “Almost Ready” doc, the elephants’ graveyard, Nicole Pavy, and much more. Support the podcast here. Join the Patreon page here. Shop for Troubled Men’s Wear here. Subscribe, review, and rate (5 stars) on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or almost any podcast aggregator. Follow on social media, share with friends, and spread the Troubled Word. Intro music: Styler/Coman Break music: "Daddy Don't" by Lenny Zenith and RZA Outro music: "Figment" by Lenny Zenith's Pop Combo ...

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Episode 156

May 21, 2021

TMP156 Mark Mullins Goes Deep with Bonerama

The virtuoso trombonist, arranger, and cofounder of Bonerama and Mulebone has also recorded with a laundry list of stars, including Sheryl Crow, Maceo Parker, R.E.M., and Tori Amos. Having cut his teeth in the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band, he’s more recently served as an arranger/producer with his own Levee Horns. These productions have included concerts for Blackbird Presents such as the Last Waltz 40 tour, Mavis Staples, Merle Haggard, and Dr John, and featured the legendary Don Was as musical director. It seems like Mark can work with almost anyone. Tonight that’s put to the test when he joins the Troubled Men. Topics include cicadas, the oldest woman, the end of school, rental returns, Mother’s Day, prison listeners, a provocative name, high school, Richard Erb, Loyola U., Dave Ferrato, Rum Boogie, a termite swarm, Brian O’Neill, Charlie Brent, Luther Kent and Trick Bag, George Porter Jr., Jon Langford, OK GO, Eric Traub, live dates, and much more. Support the podcast here. Join the Patreon page here. Shop for Troubled Men’s Wear here. Subscribe, review, and rate (5 stars) on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or almost any podcast aggregator. Follow on social media, share with friends, and spread the Troubled Word. Intro music: Styler/Coman Break music: “Frankenstein” by Bonerama Outro music: “Charity” by Mulebone ...

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May 14, 2021

TMP155 Greg Schatz, Schatzy, and the Friggin' Geniuses

The songwriter, piano, accordion, and bass player is also the entertainment manager for the French Quarter Festival. His years of busking with Jeremy Lyons and club dates with his own bands have given him an intimate knowledge of the New Orleans music scene that proves invaluable in booking the world’s largest showcase of Louisiana music talent. His humanity and diligence have made him a universally loved figure. Tonight he presents a healthy counterbalance to the Troubled Men. Topics include a Cinco de Mayo gig, a crime spike, concealed carry laws, sex work, a retirement, stampedes, Truck Farm recordings, upstate New York, Cornell U., local weather, European street musicians, insect stings, musical influences, “Down by Law,” “The Big Easy,” Jerry Lewis, the Covid scramble, Satchmo Fest, virtual concerts, a fall festival schedule, live dates, the last Circle Bar gig with the Geraniums, and much more. Support the podcast here. Join the Patreon page here. Shop for Troubled Men’s Wear here. Subscribe, review, and rate (5 stars) on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or almost any podcast aggregator. Follow on social media, share with friends, and spread the Troubled Word. Intro music: Styler/Coman Break music: “Show Business” from “Where the River Meets the Railroad Tracks” by Greg Schatz Outro music: “I’m Building A Robot” from “Amoebotics” by Greg Schatz ...

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May 07, 2021

TMP154 Amy LaVere: Runaway's Diary

The critically-acclaimed Americana singer and bass player was a favorite of legendary producer Jim Dickinson, who hired her for his band and helmed her breakthrough solo record, “Anchors and Anvils.” Six other excellent solo releases, in addition to collaborative projects Motel Mirrors, and The Wandering and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon, with N. Miss. Allstar Luther Dickinson, round out her body of work. As former guest Will Sexton’s musical partner and better half, Amy knew what she was in for with the Troubled Men. It seems she’s up for anything. Topics include Jazz Fest season, porch concerts, a loss at sea, recording sessions, a 2nd dose, a TV favorite, the drive to Austin, wanderlust, a first band, learning the bass, Memphis, the White twins, Liberty Land, marrying Will, a woman on tour, “Painting Blue,” road dates, a food cart, “Walk the Line,” Jimbo Mathus, a pet rat, Joaquin Phoenix, “The Heartbreak Kid,” Pepé Le Pew, a St. Croix vaccination, new recordings, political strife, eyes wide shut/open, and much more. Support the podcast here. Join the Patreon page here. Shop for Troubled Men’s Wear here. Subscribe, review, and rate (5 stars) on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or almost any podcast aggregator. Follow on social media, share with friends, and spread the Troubled Word. Intro music: Styler/Coman Break music: “Last Rock ’n’ Roll Boy to Dance” from “Runaway’s Diary” by Amy LaVere Outro music: “Not in Memphis” from “Painting Blue” by Amy LaVere ...

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