The Aching Hearts Show
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Music, mortality and the pursuit of happiness. The Aching Hearts is a collaboration between two of St Louis, Missouri's leading figures in folk and roots music. Kelly Wells and Ryan Spearman process the dark and sunny sides of life by relating it all to their record collections and their set lists.
||CleanEpisode 24: Three Legged Stool||It’s a special show this week as the KelRy unit records live from their living room couch. The subjects today touch on all three of the pillars (music, mortality, and happiness) that are the foundation of the show. Listen in as our intrepid...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: Let Us Be Happy||Music is such an integral part of our everyday life that we hardly take the time to stop and notice the extent of its pervasiveness. Whether you’re plodding mindlessly through some mundane task or piously participating in a sacred act, chance are,...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: The Silver Screen||This week’s episode finds our desolate duo recently returned from a field trip to the local movie house where they went for a viewing of the recent release, “I Saw the LIght”. The film is a bio pic based on the turbulent life of country music...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Work Shirkin'||This week Kelly and Ryan took some time from their busy schedules to talk over the art, science, and lore of avoiding labor. From bum anthems to laziness manifestos, our tireless yet workadverse couple conversationally examine the prevalence,...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Fiddle Tunes||One part informational and one part editorial, this episode finds our capricious cohosts rapping about the folk phenomenon known as fiddle tunes. Listen in as Kelly and Ryan paint both an historical and a contemporary picture of this musical sub...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Of Balls and Chains||The Binary Babbling Consortium is at it again. In this week’s thrilling episode they flip last week’s script and have a frank chat about the legacy of patriarchal domination in our culture, marriage as a kind of house arrest, sexism, the Greek...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Single Girl, Married Girl||True to Aching Hearts form, our intrepid hosts take a good look at the age old tradition of melodious “man hating”. Find out what some songs in the folk tradition have to say about lazy, drunk, cheatin’, tobacco spittin’ husbands and the...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Folk State||Inspired by their recent attendance at the Folk Alliance International conference, Kelly and Ryan shine the spotlight on a handful of hardworking musicians you may or may not have heard of. The aim of this special episode is to champion a few fellow..||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Uncivil Disobedience||Our loquacious lovebirds take a look at the curious profusion of antiauthority narratives that exist in so many folk and roots songs. From lawbreaking to rebellion to no-holdsbarred militant libertarianism, there’s no shortage of plunky...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: C-H-I-C-K-E-N||No exploration of Americana/folk music is complete until one has seriously considered the chicken and all of its culturo-musical implications. Though this episode may lack some of the erudition and sophistication you’ve come to expect from...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Innuendo||The king and queen of myocarditis return to the studio to kick off the second round of The Aching Hearts Show. The season opener features an in depth and sometimes downright silly, conversational exploration of innuendo as a cornerstone of the...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Are You Washed in the Blood?||In this episode (the season finale!) our beloved dyad delves into the prevalence and role of Christian symbology in folk/roots music and post-colonial American culture in general. Pop in them there earbuds and soak up a bit of this seasonally-relevant..||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Who's Gonna Glove Your Hand?||It’s no secret to folk and roots music enthusiasts that there exist a phenomenon known as “the floating verse”. These floating verses, as they’re called, have a way of showing up again and again in many an otherwise disparate folk song....||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet?||It’s amazing how adaptive we humans can be and how, as a result of this condition, we can end up taking for granted so many of the miracles of our daily experience. These magical experiences are happening all the time, right under our noses...and...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Where Did You Come From? How Do You Go?||The listeners have spoken and The Aching Hearts have listened! Well, kind of. Actually, a listener suggested that our beloved duo do a show focusing on shoes and their symbology in folk & roots music. So, not quite getting the message, Kelly and...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Can We Ever Truly Understand?||Diverging a bit from the show’s standard format, this special episode has Kelly and Ryan turning their attentions to the lyrics of a single old song by the name of “I Truly Understand”. This reversal of the show’s usual process makes for some...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: How Many Whiskey's Can You Drink This Morning?||Today’s topic is whisky. A companion to last week’s coca-centric convo, this session contemplates the culturo-musical impact and importance of spiritus frumenti. So, raise a glass and gather round the ole’ virtual Philco for another exciting...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Dude, Where's My 8-ball?||If you’re a fan of older, American folk & roots music you’ve surely noticed that there are quite a few songs about cocaine. Kelly and Ryan dig into some reasons why cocaine has made so many cameos in the folk & popular music of yesterday...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: What Makes Your Hair So Red?||The Aching Hearts have a lively discussion about absurdity and the arts. Kelly and Ryanshare their own absurd musings as the chatter moves from muskrats to World War II nihilism to non lexical vocables. ‘Nuff said.||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: What's Your Story||Is there any better modality for the sharing of human experience than the story? Have a listen and decide for yourself as Kelly and Ryan explore the function of stories in history, music, and everyday life. As per usual, the conversation covers a lot...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Would You Marry a Guitar Picker?||Today’s repartee attempts to flip the script on all this rambler business. Thus far the show has defined, celebrated, and even deified the ramblin’ man in traditional song but what about the folks waiting at home? Listen in as our belovedly...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Have You Forsaken Your Hearth and Home?||Episode 003’s conversation takes a look at wanderers and wayfarers. Kelly and Ryan try to define just what it means to ‘ramble’ by exploring the meaning and impact of the rambler archetype in our traditional songs and stories. Is a vagrant a...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Do You Really Mean That?||In this episode, Kelly and Ryan explore the role of overstatement as an expressive tool. During the course of the discussion they cite the work of such broad-ranging artists as Prince and The Carter Family, reveal a few less-than-flattering truths...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Why Do Sad Songs Feel So Good?||In this inaugural episode, Ryan Spearman and Kelly Wells set up the series, talk about love, death, drinking, murder, David Bryne, Robert Johnson, and play their very own rendition of Rose Conlee.||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Aching Hearts Show Intro||We are proud to announce the debut of The Aching Hearts Show: Music, Mortality and the Pursuit of Happiness. Kelly and Ryan of the Aching Hearts come together to philosophize about folk music as it relates to the topics of life. Each episode concludes..||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
A downhome good time
With the thunderous roar of a mesmerizing incantation, the voices of folk legend Ryan Spearman and musician and industry mover-and-shaker Kelly Wells comes pouring from the ether like a tranquil waterfall to soak your earholes with wisdom! They bring so much heat that you could cook an omelet...but you better make sure that egg was bought from a local farmer, or better yet, your own chicken. Homespun philosophy discussion driven by wonderful music, this podcast is the cure for what ailes ya.'
Kelly and Ryan seem real and wholesome. It’s a fun show with some cool music. Definitely worth giving a listen to.