Above The Basement

Above The Basement

BOSTON MUSIC AND CONVERSATION













WITH

CHUCK CLOUGH & RONNIE HIRSCHBERG

Boston music, like its history, is unique


conversations about music and...



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Episode 125 - Peter Gammons

A conversation with Peter Gammons

A conversation with Peter Gammons

Recorded January 06, 2019

As a Boston Red Sox fan living in the NY/NJ area back in the 90’s and early 2000’s, life as a Sox fan was...well...difficult. Especially after Game 7 of the ALCS when the New York Yankees walked off the Sox in 2003.

But that was just the beginning of a Red Sox renaissance that eventually brought the city of Boston 4 World Series Trophies since - including the recent 2018 championship. With 11 championships since 2001 – Boston fans really have nothing to complain about when it comes to sports.

But during that painful time of losing before all the winning, there were a few people we turned to for our Red Sox fix. Peter Gammons was number one on that list.

So what is a world class sportswriter and analyst doing on a music podcast?

Peter is also a songwriter and guitarist and has played with the likes of Eddie Vedder, Will Dailey, Buffalo Tom and many others. He also started Hot Stove, Cool Music – which is the signature fundraiser for The Foundation To Be Named Later started by Paul and Theo Epstein.

But Peter is much more than just a sportswriter and musician, he is also a humanitarian who works hard for the kids in the city of Boston. We spoke with Peter at his scholarship dinner for the Peter Gammons College Scholarship in Boston and got to talk with Chief Cook and Bottle Washer, CEO and Executive Director of The Foundation to Be Named Later Allyce Najimy, Scholar Program Manager Lesly Suriel, the Foundation’s founder Paul Epstein and Boston musician Will Dailey.


The previous...

Episode 124 - Zina Ellis

A conversation with Zina Ellis

A conversation with Zina Ellis

recorded December 19, 2018 

Every so often we get the opportunity to catch a musical coming through Boston and then sit with the actors or musicians for a chat.  

We were especially lucky to have a conversation with the lovely Zina Ellis who plays the Fairy Godmother in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the beautifully restored Emerson Colonial Theatre.  

We saw the show the night before talking with Zina and had a fantastic time – the show is a fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess.

Hilarious and romantic Cinderella combines the story’s classic elements – glass slippers, a pumpkin and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists.

But we aren’t going to give anything more away – you’ll just have to catch the show before it moves on to another town.  


Coming soon...

Episode 126 - Oompa

A conversation with Oompa - coming soon!

A conversation with Oompa - coming soon!

 

Also coming...

Ari Hest

Billy Beard

Jared Bowen

Livingston Taylor

A Far Cry

Gordon Edes and special guests!

and others to be listed shortly…