Testimonials

some thoughts and quotes from our listeners and former guests...


I’ve done a lot of interviews, but rarely have I had as much fun as with the Above the Basement crew! The conversation is spirited,
and the questions are thought-provoking and relevant. Any time these guys want to talk to me, I’ll be there in a heartbeat!
— BOSTON POPS CONDUCTOR KEITH LOCKHART
I do not remember having a better time in a hotel room!
— LEGENDARY BASSIST LELAND SKLAR (James Taylor, Phil Collins, Jackson Browne)
Easy company, nice chat, great editing.
— MORPHINE/VAPORS OF MORPHINE BARITONE SAXOPHONIST DANA COLLEY
I’ve never been a huge talker...but the guys at ATB make it EASY. The day I met them felt like we’d been longtime buddies. Great conversation, and even greater people. Check em’ out!
— HAMILTON DRUMMER VANCIL COOPER
ATB are clearly experts in interviewing; they know how to make you feel at home and are able to connect performer, music, and listener.
— DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AT BOSTON CHILDREN'S CHORUS Ben Hires
In a sea of shrinking print space and dwindling in-depth journalism, ATB is a rare island of smart, insightful conversation about music. Chuck and Ronnie do their homework, ask meaningful questions, and create a space where musicians can get into the nitty gritty of their work instead of just answering rote questions with rote answers... My favorite conversation of the year.
— Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter ALASTAIR MOOCK
I loved my ATB experience because it gave me an opportunity to have a great conversation with true music lovers. Everyone involved with them really seems to care deeply about the artist and creating a nice platform to highlight the great music scene we have here in Boston and New England.
— SINGER-SONGWRITER ALI MCGUIRK
I love that ATB has introduced me to a bunch of artists I never knew about previously. And Chuck and Ronnie’s friendly demeanor and thoughtful questions make me feel like I’m hanging out with close friends every time I listen.
— AVID LISTENER PAUL ALEXANDER
My Above the Basement session was the kind of conversation you’d more likely have on a porch (or in the bar) than sitting in front of microphones. It was a pleasure to have such a free-ranging exchange with people who know and love music in general, and the Boston scene in particular.
— SINGER-SONGWRITER KRIS DELMHORTST
Above The Basement unveils a new musical conversation that goes beyond the chords and to the human story behind them. Ron and Chuck have a special way of connecting with their guests and always making it a great listen. Big fan of ATB!
— Julie Helmes - Development Strategy Consultants
I really loved my experience with Above the Basement. Chuck and Ronnie are fun, inspiring, interested, and passionate about the Boston Music Scene. The format takes the “interview” aspect out and replaces it with a conversation - so where it all goes is unpredictable, impromptu and exciting. I had a blast chatting with them and have really enjoyed listening to the wide range of talent they have hosted.
— SINGER-SONGWRITER CARLA RYDER
The work that Chuck and Ronnie does with ATB is important for the Boston music community, helping to highlight the unexpected, sometimes quirky and wildly diverse ecosystem of musicians, music industry and music tech that makes this place unique.
— Founder and CEO of iZotope - Mark Ethier
Chuck and Ron know that behind every great artist and every great performance, there is a great story. As musicians themselves, Chuck and Ron know that a musical performance is the product of a lifetime of experience. When behind the microphones of Above the Basement, they and their guests create a narrative arc that helps us understand the inspiration behind musicians and their work.
— OCCASIONAL CO-HOST AND AVID LISTENER JONATHAN BEAKLEY
Above The Basement makes a concerted effort to focus on all aspects of the Boston music community, by inviting guests who are both diverse, and an integral part of the scene.
They thoroughly research their guests, making each episode unique, personal, and professional. I really appreciate what Chuck and Ron have created with
Above The Basement, and the positivity that it continues to promote.
— FOUNDER OF LYSTEN BOSTON ALYSSA SPECTOR
My BEST interview EVER! I never had such fun in an interview, there were moments I couldn’t stop laughing. Chuck and Ron put me so much at ease that my English even sounded pretty fine… These guys should host next Grammys!
— AWARD WINNING CLASSICAL PIANIST ROBERTO PLANO
ATB was a fabulous experience. The hosts were incredibly kind and had very thoughtful questions, were knowledgeable about their subjects and really made us feel at home on the show!
— PROGRESSIVE FOLK TRIO HONEYSUCKLE
Above the Basement should be your destination for finding out what’s going on in the Boston and New England music scene.
Chuck and Ronnie fill a vastly needed niche in the podcasting world with their entertaining and engaging blend of interviews and they lend charisma,
charm, and humor to each show. Whether you’re a musician or not, this is a show that’s easily accessible to anyone. You just have to love music!
— avid listener Bill Newsham
Chuck and Ike were such a great hang, it didn’t even feel like an interview!
Knowledgable hosts, thoughtful questions, great experience.
— SINGER-SONGWRITER Julie Rhodes
When I first met Chuck and Ron at Above the Basement I had no idea what to expect. They quickly made sure I was comfortable and asked me some really genuine and thoughtful questions. By the time I walked out of the interview I had forgotten it was being recorded and I felt like I just walked away from a great hang out with friends I hadn’t seen in a while!
— ROCKER CARISSA JOHNSON
If you’re looking for a great listen, search no further than the wonderful podcast, Above the Basement! I loved being a guest on this series, and it was fascinating listening to the other episodes to learn about other local art and music scenes. The format is relaxed, and the hosts are engaging and informed. Chuck and Ronnie made me feel right at home - it was just like sitting in my living room chatting with old friends. Download this podcast now!
— SINGER-SONGWRITER SUSAN CATTANEO
Chuck and Ron are hilarious, warm, insightful, intelligent musicians and music lovers. These factors result in some deep conversations with musicians. I had a great experience on the show and would happily talk about music and life with these guys anytime.
— JEN KEARNEY
ATB is one of the best podcasts in New England. They truly love music and had really listened and carefully considered my work before speaking with me. It was so refreshing and fun!
— Ruby Rose Fox
I had the privilege of talking with Chuck and Ron live from an art gallery in Boston as part of an ATB podcast. These guys were awesome!!
It was a refreshing experience to have thoughtful and funny conversation in a relaxed setting with two great guys who clearly love music!
I feel very honored to have been included in their amazing lineup of people from the Boston scene (and beyond!) and
highly recommend that everyone check out the ATB podcast.
— COUNTRY SINGER-SONGWRITER ASHLEY JORDAN
ATB sheds light on the inner world of the artist/ performer. Relaxed conversation mixed with intimate performance, create a unique experience for the listener and artist alike
— SINGER-SONGWRITER KATRIN ROUSH
ATB is always a great hang with great thinkers. Chuck and Ronnie are JUST serious enough. Haha. So glad to have ATB in our community shining a light on the full range of characters and happenings in the scene....Who will be on their pod next!?
— Founder & Executive Director of The Record Co. Matt McArthur