Songs That Saved Me

Songs That Saved Me

An in depth discussion with artists, entrepreneurs, and luminaries exploring some of the songs that shaped who they are. Hosted by Ross James.


Trevor Hall
Jul 31 • 36 min
I sit down with Trevor Hall and talk about the magic of CD players back in the day and how there was a period of time where all he listened to was Midnite.
Joe Funk (Kitchen Dwellers)
Jul 24 • 42 min
Joe and I caught up ahead of the Kitchen Dwellers shows with Dine From Out There here in Denver. We talked about three very different songs and how they all have been big for him.Make sure to check out our Spotify playlist that features every song…
Daniel Donato
Jul 17 • 62 min
Young guitar slinger Daniel Donato and I caught up about Cosmic Country, the Grateful Dead & three tunes that shaped his path.Make sure to check out our Spotify playlist that features every song discussed on the show:…
Chuck Prophet
Jul 10 • 39 min
Chuck and I catch up and talk about the days he spent grinding it out in Europe and what it’s like writing songs with a legend in Nashville.Make sure to check out our Spotify playlist that features every song discussed on the show:…
Chef Wylie Dufresne
Jul 3 • 62 min
Wylie was the man behind the legendary NY restaurant wd~50. He now runs the insanely delicious Du’s Donuts in Williamsburg and is also a huge music enthusiast with an encyclopedic knowledge of Grateful Dead lyrics. It was great to catch up with him and…
Marc Scibilia
Jun 26 • 42 min
Marc is a super talented multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and producer who’s been a part hit songs all over the world. We talk about his life and journey and what it was like to lose his father to terminal cancer at the same time he welcomed…
Matt Butler (Everyone Orchestra)
Jun 24 • 44 min
Matt is a dear friend and I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world with him. He helped push the directive of the past few episode to focus on the influence of black musicians and that’s what him and I do here.Make sure to check out our Spotify…
Jackie Greene
Jun 21 • 56 min
Jackie shares the influence black musicians have had on him and goes through a stack of records that shaped him musically. He also performs one of his favorite Bill Withers’ tunes.Make sure to check out our Spotify playlist that features every song…
Robert Randolph
Jun 18 • 59 min
Robert and I talk about his transition from playing sacred music in a predominantly black church to playing all over the world with his Family Band & some of the influences that got him there. We also discuss the systemic racism that is still an…
Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead)
Jun 11 • 37 min
Phil and I talk about the influence black musicians have had on him. He relives three incredible experiences that still leave him at a loss for words.* Here’s a link to the course at Stanford that Phil mentions on the show:…
Anders Osborne
May 28 • 52 min
Anders has overcome a lot in his life and has emerged as one of the most inspirational and positive people I’ve come across in this business. He shares some great stories about healing, continually growing, and the role music has played for him.Make…
Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars)
May 26 • 64 min
Luther and I trace his journey with the electric guitar going from Bo Diddley, to Black Flag, to the Allman Brothers. We talk about unlocking musical doors with psychedelics and the power music has when it comes to relationships.Make sure to check out…
Andy Frasco
May 21 • 70 min
I welcome fellow musician / podcaster / lover of life Andy Frasco to the program for an off the wall discussion. We get real & we cover it all…imposter syndrome, Van Morrison, ayahuasca, Phil Jackson, and more!Make sure to check out our Spotify…
John Scofield
May 18 • 36 min
I sat down with the legend John Scofield. He reveals the unlikely concert that led him to become a jazz musician. Make sure to check out our Spotify playlist that features every song discussed on the show:…
Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats)
May 14 • 48 min
As the man behind the Fruit Bats, Eric has written some of my favorite songs in the last 20 years. It’s great to hear some of the stories behind a few of the tunes that have been big in his life. Also includes a couple of stellar acoustic…
Marcus King
May 11 • 34 min
Marcus has been gigging regularly since the 7th grade. He talks about a few challenges that presented growing up and how he overcame them. We also get to hear two first time performances of Songs That Saved him. Make sure to check out our Spotify…
Victoria Reed
May 7 • 37 min
Victoria spoke with me from her home in Mexico City. We talk about what it was like growing up with with her dad being a member of Bob Seger’s band, how a song can help you through especially dark & challenging times and how truly powerful the…
Dave Schools (Widespread Panic)
May 4 • 47 min
Dave is one of the most die-hard record collectors that I know. Needless to say, I was really looking forward to talking to him about a few of the most impactful songs in his life & our conversation did not disappoint.Make sure to check out our…
Greg Loiacono (Mother Hips)
Apr 30 • 42 min
Between being a founding member of The Mother Hips and his solo career, Greg has written or co-written more great songs than anyone could ever hope to in one lifetime. In this episode he talks about (and plays killer versions of) three very diverse…
Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass)
Apr 27 • 49 min
I caught up with Anders about a super cool, uncool song and how much it can mean to you throughout your life. He also goes deep talking about the power of writing a song with a friend. Make sure to check out our Spotify playlist that features every…
Karl Denson (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Greyboy Allstars, The Rolling Stones)
Apr 23 • 50 min
Karl takes us through some of the biggest moments in his life and shares the soundtrack with us. He gets real talking about everything from politics to religion and describes how the power of music helped him navigate both. This one’s a bit of a…
Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman, Little Feat)
Apr 22 • 40 min
Best known for his musical partnership with Gregg Allman, Scott has also led a very impressive solo career. We talk about how music has followed him around his whole life and how he ended up playing in one of his all time favorite bands, Little Feat. A…
Chris Pandolfi (Infamous Stringdusters)
Apr 16 • 43 min
Chris shares an experience that first brought him to the banjo and ultimately shaped the path of his life. We talk about what it’s like to get to share the stage with your heroes and also discuss a song that’s practically become part of the human DNA. …
Grahame Lesh (Midnight North, Terrapin Family Band, Capitol Sun Rays)
Apr 13 • 29 min
Grahame talks about being in the car with his parents as a 6 year old and hearing the Grateful Dead for the first time. His mom pointed out that the low notes were his dad. He shares how he learned the music of his father’s band and how he’s carved his…
Mihali (Twiddle)
Apr 10 • 42 min
Mihali and I get the chance to connect while he’s at his home studio in Vermont. As one of the founding members of Twiddle, we begin our conversation many years beforehand with a performance of Mr. Jones…a song that made him smile at a time mired in…
Alan Forbes
Apr 7 • 30 min
Alan Forbes is one of the most respected rock & roll artists of our generation. He opened up to me in a rare interview about a song that has followed him throughout his life, gotten him through some seriously dark times, and continues to take on…
Nicki Bluhm
Apr 3 • 38 min
Nicki and I discuss the moment she found music on her own and her personal journey with it over the last 30 years. We touch on love, the beauty of it and also the pain. She opens up about how music has helped her through difficult relationships and been…
Eric Krasno (Soulive)
Mar 31 • 28 min
Kraz and I caught up just after his show in Denver, Colorado. We talk about everything from Zeppelin to Dylan and how his father and grandfather’s love of music carried down to him. He even plays one of his favorite songs for the first time on my…
Pete Shapiro (Relix, Brooklyn Bowl, Capitol Theatre, Lockn’, Headcount)
Mar 26 • 26 min
I spoke with Pete from his home in New York about three songs that played a big role in his life. We also traced how he went from making a student documentary film about the Grateful Dead parking lot scene in 1993, to being the man behind the band’s…
Scott Metzger (JRAD, Wolf, Circles Around The Sun)
Mar 22 • 46 min
I spoke with Scott from his Brooklyn apartment about some of the songs that made him want to be in a band and that also saved him from going down a dark road. We talk about everything from The Ramones, to George Jones, to Richard Thompson & he…