December 02, 2021
The master drummer and percussionist with Anders Osborne, Karl Denson, and Pimps of Joytime cut his teeth in the Bay Area drum corps scene as a member of the World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drumline. That discipline and precision has served him over a career traveling the globe with rock gods, jazz legends, funk royalty, and punk revolutionaries. Eric has flourished in spite of life-threatening health challenges. Tonight he weathers a sit-down with the Troubled Men. Topics include a Christmas concert, a family gathering, pandemic envy, a carjacking, bow and arrow stick-ups, a gift idea, a female president, a musical family, the dot-com boom, an NYC relocation, the Bomb Squad, Radio Mundial, Theresa Andersson, fast food, Kirk Joseph, Bonerama, label nightmares, John Papa Gros, juggling bands, mystery symptoms, the N.O. Musicians Clinic, a shocking diagnosis, bus tours, dialysis, lost time, MusicCares, movie and TV work, “Belushi,” “Green Book,” and much more. Intro music: Styler/Coman Break music: “Azurcan Pa Tu Alma” from “Momento Eterno” by Radio Mundial Outro music: “My Old Heart” from “Coming Down” by Anders Osborne 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 any podcast source. Follow on social media, share with friends, and spread the Troubled Word. Troubled Men Podcast Facebook Troubled Men Podacst Instagram Eric Bolivar Homepage Eric Bolivar Facebook ...
October 25, 2019
The N.O. native has spent his career documenting life and street culture of the city. As a newspaper photographer and author he has an intimate understanding of local traditions and where they intersect with modern life. He follows up his book on jazz giant Kid Ory, “Creole Trombone,” with his latest edition, “Jockomo: The Native Roots of Mardi Gras Indians.” He joins the Troubled Men in the Safe House in the wake of a recent structural failure. Topics include a construction disaster, exhaustion, intangible rewards, Booker T, legal weed, the Jesuits, Edna Karr Jr. High School, Mike Murphy, a newspaper career, layoffs, Katrina, loss, a Loyola education, Frank Donze, writing talent, authenticity, tailgate trombone, Buddy Bolden, Muskrat Ramble, Woodland Plantation, the 1811 slave uprising, John Doe’s new book, Jane Wiedlin, Sparks, Irwin Allen, “Rollercoaster,” acting brothers, Dave Alvin, PiL, the Breeders, Debbie Gibson, a 911 call, police militarization, a senior fight club, a friend request, trivia, Beatles remixes, Mardi Gras Indians, neighborhood krewes, and much more. Subscribe, review, and rate on Apple Podcasts and all podcast platforms. Follow and share on social media and spread the Troubled Word. Music: Styler/Coman ...
January 07, 2021
From his work with the Continental Drifters, the Cowsills, and Terrance Simien to his playing with John Papa Gros, Grayson Capps, and the Covered in Vinyl series he founded with wife Susan Cowsill, the Opelousas native has a groovy, joyous approach to the drums that always shines through. While the classical training and pro-cycling career may come as a surprise, Russ’s purity of spirit and eternally youthful optimism are readily apparent. Tonight he joins the Troubled Men as a much needed mood elevator while they turn the page on a year to forget. Topics include the holidays, George “the Max” Reinecke R.I.P., a heinous crime, the vaccine, Big Freedia, the Nashville bombing, a family history, a first drum set, early bands, “Breaking Away,” a move to San Francisco, Queen Ida, the Bluerunners, ego death, rubboard, a golden age, reunion gigs, Katrina, a Cowsills resurgence, the Turtles, freelance work, ”Searching for Sugarman,” Leif Garrett, a book proposal, and much more. Support the podcast [here.](https://www.paypal.me/troubledmenpodcast) Shop for Troubled Men’s Wear [here.](https://www.bonfire.com/troubled-mens-wear/) 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: “I Know You Know” from “Just Believe It” by Susan Cowsill Outro music: “Gotta Get Up” from the forthcoming record “Rhythm of the World” by the Cowsills ...