Players with Lindsay Czarniak
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In an intimate one-on one setting, Lindsay Czarniak invites her guests, who also happen to be the biggest "players" in country music, to reflect on perhaps the only thing as important to them as music...sports! Join Lindsay as she leads her guests in conversation about the significance of sports in their lives and how that has impacted their personal journey, revealing more about the passions, motivations, and inspirations behind these artists.
||CleanCountry artist Chris Lane on former Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. - “It’s not everyday you get to see one of your favorite players ever just there... I’m wondering if he would get mad if I asked for a picture. I didn’t want to be that guy.||Country music star and die hard Panthers fan Chris Lane is such a big fan of NFL linebacker Thomas Davis he has to hit the picture he has hanging of Davis on his tour bus before he takes the stage. Thomas Davis is so into Chris Lane’s music, he has posted himself singing his songs on social media. Lane and Davis sit down with Lindsay to talk about their friendship and the similarities between their respective paths to stardom from injuries to pre show rituals to the realities of “making it”. They both get candid. Davis shares how depression turned into motivation following the end of his 14 year career with the Carolina Panthers in January while Lane talks about his next big step in music and life off stage.||3/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSara Evans - "I just wanted to move to Nashville and become Loretta lynn"||Sara Evans may have the best arm out of any female country artist. Just ask her husband and former Alabama football star Jay Barker. I’m this episode Sara sits down for a candid conversation about what it takes to make it to the top in country music. She talks sports and and family and also shares her thoughts on the sport of staying relevant and the frustrations facing many women in the country music industry.||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDarius Rucker - "For the rest of my life, when you mention me in country music, you might mention Charlie Pride. That's pretty awesome."||Lindsay sits down and talks to Darius Rucker about his love of golf, his career in country music and of course the highly anticipated Hootie and the Blowfish tour.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScotty McCreery - "You kinda have to go around things sometimes to get to the final destination"||Country artist and former American Idol winner Scotty McCreery still calls North Carolina home and he still has to constantly explain why he’s a New England sports fan. In this episode, McCreery shares his northeastern sports obsession and how just like a pro player, he had to battle unexpected challenges that he says have only made him stronger. That setback propelled him to take an unprecedented gamble in the industry that ended up changing the trajectory of his career.||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLee Brice - “I want the songs to wrap you up in a way that blows your mind.”||In this conversation, CMA award winning singer/songwriter Lee Brice opens up about his journey as walk on turned starter of one of the most prestigious college football programs in the country to one of the most respected talents in country music. He takes us behind the scenes of his daily life including the injury that ended his dreams on the field and the “backup” he brought in to help seal the deal the day he met his future wife.||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChris Young - "I could have run up and down the street without any clothes on”||“In this episode country star Chris Young opens up about his pre show superstition that he can’t do without and the one moment in his career he would have considered running down the streets without any clothes on. Oh yes and he dishes about his beloved Cowboys (even if Lindsay’s team is better)”||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCole Swindell - “If you’re gonna bet on somebody, you gotta bet on yourself”||In this episode, Cole Swindell talks about how his dreams of becoming a Major League Baseball player morphed into “playing” stadiums as a country music star. (Who knew it all started with karaoke!) Swindell shares his journey from athlete to artist and how the tragedy of unexpectedly losing his father along the way has shaped the career of one of country musics’ hottest young stars.||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroduction to Players with Lindsay Czarniak||Lindsay Czarniak invites her guests, who also happen to be the biggest "players" in country music, to reflect on perhaps the only thing as important to them as music...sports!||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Love the show!
Really enjoyed the interviews with Sara Evans and Darius Rucker!
I never listened to or thought much about country music, let alone the connection with sports until I stumbled across the podcast. I loved Lindsay’s work in Washington, DC and on ESPN, so I decided to listen. I was blown away by the experience. Lindsay is a great host and the info she elicits is so insightful and “human” that I became addicted. Great show, great host and wonderfully smart and interesting guests. Above all else, Lindsay knows how to ask a great question and then how to get out of the way while her guest answers. I hope others will give it a listen...even if you care not one whit about country music or sports. LCz is a wonder to behold.
Lindsay is a great interviewer and has great guest. Can’t wait to listen to more episodes.