Interview with Ashley Rindsberg on the ‘Burning Castle’ Podcast

Just a quick personal note here. I don’t conduct many interviews these days, and grant even less of them. But recently, novelist and media commentator Ashley Rindsberg reached out through a mutual friend and said he wanted to speak for his Burning Castle podcast. Having recently heard of Rindsberg from a book he published called The Gray Lady Winked: How the New York Times’s Misreporting, Distortions and Fabrications Radically Alter History, I was honored he reached out, and was happy to speak with him.

In the hour-long interview, Rindsberg asks me some personal questions, picks my brain about the origins of Saving Country Music and my perspective on the country genre, and my favorite part of the discussion comes near the end when we talk about the importance of diversity in country music, but how an obsession with identity can impinge on country music’s ability to bridge differences through the music medium.

Ashley Rindsberg comes to country music from the outside looking in, which actually made for a very stimulating conversation, and helped illustrate that no matter the industry or discipline, the same set of dilemmas and challenges seem to present themselves, while a similar set of solutions can also help address them.

Apologies that since the conversation happened across continents, my voice is a little robotic sounding at times, but it clears up as the conversation transpires.

Anyway, I just wanted to publicly thank Ashley Rindsberg for having me on his podcast, and Jason Ressler, who is the manager of singer and songwriter Daniel Antopolsky for helping to set the conversation up.

You can find the Burning Castle podcast episode just about anywhere podcasts are available, and folks who have a Spotify or Apple Podcasts account can find players for the episode below.

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