Episodes

What Happened To The First Act Custom Shop? w/ Kelly Butler of K. Butler Guitars

Jan. 30, 2023

First Act is a brand that almost nobody associates with a high quality instrument. We are used to seeing them in the Walmart toy section, not in the hands of professional touring musicians. But at some point in the mid-2000s…

With Our Powers Combined! w/ Scott from Stringjoy & Sean from Gunstreet

Jan. 23, 2023

This episode is definitely something different! On this one you are getting something a little different. Today Sean Arbow of Gunstreet and Scott Marquart of Stringjoy are on the podcast to announce that Stringjoy and Gunstr…

Quitting The Fender Custom Shop w/ Carlos Lopez of Castedosa Guitars

Jan. 16, 2023

Carlos Lopez has a fascinating story. On this episode we explore how his extreme level of focus have guided him through his career. From his early days in East LA as a boxer, to attending Musician's Institute, getting a job …

Journey Through Gear w/ Steve Pedulla of Thursday

Jan. 9, 2023

Thursday is an absolutely incredible and influential band so you can imagine how excited I was to sit down and talk with guitarist Steve Pedulla for this very special episode of the podcast. On this episode we dive into Stev…

"I Thought I Was Dying" w/ Jo Braga of Pedal Playhouse

Jan. 2, 2023

Jo Braga is the insanely talented and very hard working creator behind the YouTube channel Pedal Playhouse. It is one of the most entertaining and unique viewing experiences in the guitar gear content world. What started out…

You Can't Poop On A Tour Bus?! (Dewey of The Peer Pleasure Podcast)

Dec. 28, 2022

On this very special video episode of the podcast I invited my friend Dewey Halpaus of The Peer Pleasure Podcast to the Shred Shed for a TWO HOUR conversation of epic proportions. We intended on this being a recap of our pod…

You Want To Listen To This One (Blake & KO Talk To Eddie Martinez)

Dec. 20, 2022

This episode is absolutely insane! Big KO and I sit down with the guitar legend Eddie Martinez for one of the most epic chats in the history of this show. Whether you know it or not, you have almost certainly heard Eddies gu…

Music Heals w/ Mo Tedder

Dec. 12, 2022

Mo Tedder is a songwriter from Nashville, TN who has an extremely interesting story! I met her on one of my plane rides back home from Nashville, and we talked for basically the entire flight. Once she told me about her work…

Chris Gill (Guitar World Magazine)

Dec. 5, 2022

Chris Gill has worked in the music industry in many different capacities over the years, but is most well known for his long tenures at Guitar Player & Guitar World Magazines. He has interviewed the most famous guitarists on…

A Different Kind Of Music Job w/ Dan & Krystal (Warm Audio & Audio-Technica)

Nov. 28, 2022

Today I am talking to Dan and Krystal from a company called Online Marketing. (No it isn't necessarily THAT kind of online marketing). They hold a rather unique position in the musical instruments market that I do not think …

Street Mosh Pits w/ Jon Orc of Hemorage

Nov. 21, 2022

Hemorage are a San Francisco based band who have made a name for themselves by performing heavy thrash metal out of their van. They just pull up outside of a venue (oftentimes venues that refused to book them) and rip a fant…

Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters

Nov. 14, 2022

This is definitely one of those "pinch me" moments. Chris Shiflett is not only a member of one of the raddest bands of all time, but he also is the host of a podcast that I love called Walking The Floor which you definitely …

Mr. Robert Keeley!!!

Nov. 7, 2022

This is a long overdue episode! I am bringing back one of my favorite people, Bob Keeley himself. When Rob agreed to come on the podcast way back in 2015, I was not only flabergasted that he agreed to it, but it was one of t…

Caving In w/ Ryan of Fuzzrocious Pedals

Oct. 31, 2022

On this glorious episode, Ryan Ratajski from Fuzzrocious Pedals returns to the podcast to nerd out with Blake about Thrice's Alchemy Index, talk about his new collaboration with the band Cave In, and just generally hag out f…

Video Games Started It All w/ Ayla Tesler-Mabe

Oct. 24, 2022

Lots of people have theorized that the video game "Rock Band" may have kick started a whole generation of guitarists. Ayla proves that that might just be true. We had a great conversation about bringing just what the song ne…

Protesting... Music? w/ Pat Finnerty

Oct. 17, 2022

WHAT MAKES THIS SONG STINK? That is the question that launched Pat's YouTube career. In the depths of lockdown, Pat Finnerty, a lifetime musician from Scranton, PA started making videos critiquing songs. I found him via a vi…

Dumble Drama w/ Taylor of Amplified Nation

Oct. 11, 2022

What is the deal with Dumble Amplifiers? What is it about these guitar amplifiers that cause so much of a stir amongst us guitar geeks? Is the Overdrive Special really magical? Is a Steel String Singer deserving of it's lege…

Mark Agnesi of Gibson Guitars

Oct. 3, 2022

Mark Agnesi first popped up in internet guitarland as the host of Guitar of The Day and other such content for the legendary Norman's Rare Guitars in Los Angeles, California. Eventually he became the Director of Brand Experi…

PIZZA. PEDALS. PODCAST. w/ Scott's Pizza Tours

Sept. 26, 2022

It was bound to happen eventually... I am very excited to welcome to the podcast Scott Wiener of Scott's Pizza Tours! In another life, Scott was a touring musician who had a breakthrough while sampling various famous pizzeri…

What Is A Guitar Pedal? w/ Addison from The JHS Show

Sept. 19, 2022

On this week's episode, I am stoked to be talking to Addison Sauvan from JHS Pedals/The JHS Show! We had a brilliant chat about his career and how it has lead him to a spot on one of the most popular gear channels on YouTube…

Working For Free w/ Ian Martin Allison Main

Sept. 12, 2022

Ian Martin Allison is a bassist. And not just any bassist, this dude is an absolute MONSTER on the instrument. Ever since he was first "forced" into the roll of commanding the low end, he developed a true passion for the ins…

Know Your Worth w/ Corey Congilio

Sept. 5, 2022

Welcome to today's episode! Today I'm talking to Corey Congilio. Corey has made his living as a professional guitarist for many years, and has done session work/toured with a ton of different artists. The dude has a ton of i…

The Origin of Origin Effects w/ John Dines

Aug. 29, 2022

Here we go! This week I have John Dines from Origin Effects on the show this week to discuss his musical history, how he got into messing with electronics, and the history of Origin Effects. Everything from Digitech Pod ripo…

Everything Is Pro-Wrestling w/ Exel

Aug. 22, 2022

Is the whole entertainment industry kafabe? The rules are made up and the points don't matter? Maybe... On this episode I'm talking with Exel. The dude is a lifelong musician based in the big ole state of Texas. On this epis…