‘WTTS In Conversation’ is a bi-weekly podcast delivering decades of WTTS interviews with music legends and emerging artists.
For Episode #42, Drummer Bryan Devendorf of The National talks with morning host Matt Pelsor about their most recent album, I Am Easy to Find, and the complimentary film made by producer Mike Mills (no relation to the REM bassist). They also talk about forthcoming music, and their connections to Cincinnati, where Bryan still lives.
I’ll just come out and say it right now – I had my single coolest Bonnaroo moment ever last night. I think the picture says it all.
Maybe the Greatest Moment of Brad's Life
Yep, I know what you’re thinking – there are two wild and crazy guys…
Steve has a wonderful project called Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers and the band put on a wonderful performance last night. I wandered backstage about a half hour before they were supposed to go on, and there they are, just warming up. Steve Martin was an absolute gentleman. He seemed a bit shy and reserved, but again, a total gentleman to any jerk (no pun intended) who came up asking for a photo. One of those magical Bonnaroo moments that will last a lifetime.
Other musical highlights from the evening: checking out Black Keys and Tori Amos from backstage, a high-energy performance from Michael Franti & Spearhead, and seeing The National perform.
We’ve made it and we’re still alive. And boy, is it hot… But that’s Bonnaroo for ya! Laura and I arrived late last night into Manchester, TN. WTTS is back for our 7th Bonnaroo (only missing the first two festivals). In between the huge mud puddles, we caught some great live music from Temper Trap and Joshua James on night one.
Joshua James Interview
We’re expecting temperatures well into the 90s today with chances of thunderstorms through the day (otherwise, a par-for-the-course Bonnaroo forecast). Some of the live performances we’re looking forward to today: Kings Of Leon, The National, Flaming Lips, and Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin) & The Steep Canyon Rangers.
Laura and I will broadcast live this afternoon from 3-7pm from the Bonnaroo backstage studios. We’ll have artist interviews, live performances and all the behind-the-scenes secrets that make Bonnaroo the festival it is. Hope you tune in. You’ll find cool Bonnaroo photos, artist interviews and more here on the Blogaroo. Keep checking back over the weekend!