A Three-Way With Chad Davenport, Simon McDonald and Gavin Mulloy of The Local Yokel Show: "We're Not Curing Cancer Here."
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Smile Smile on the Local Yokel Show
The Local Yokel Show podcast was meant to be a fun gathering of friends who play local music, but it ended up providing a perk to those artists: in-studio video. It's a great social media tool for a local band, and the sound quality tends to be miles better than a live, plugged-in stage recording.
At its root, the Local Yokel Show is drinking buddies Gavin Mulloy (marketing gunslinger at the Granada Theater), Chad Davenport (a builder and tech for ESPN Radio) and Simon McDonald (helps keep the Libertine Bar humming). There are others not included in this interview, such as ESPN camera guy Jason Raney and Tomcast Studios owner Tom Bridwell, but you can't interview less than three of the Yokels if you're going to capture the essence of the show.
Is there imbibing during the podcast?
Gavin Mulloy: Drinking at Tom's studio has never been the problem. Drinking before the show is. We prepare terribly, someone runs late, and I start pointing out the lack of preparation in jokes during the show. Chad asks the band their favorite local taco stand and they play some tunes. We usually laugh a lot and then head to One Nostalgia Place and see if the band will come. Usually a good sign of how the show went. We're not curing cancer here.
Chad Davenport: Someone always brings beer for the us and the band. Ninety-nine percent of the time its Simon. There's been some McCormick's Orange and Sunkist sitting on the table on numerous occasions. Sounds gross but try it. The drinking has calmed way down since the early day. Just give a few of the early shows a listen.
Simon McDonald: It's our poker night with the buddies and a live band. I have two small kids and a wife, so any excuse to be as far away from that is awesome. That's a joke. I love my wife, just hate our kids.
If not booze, what is the poison of choice for the podcast?
CD: Oh, it's booze.
GM: One Sunday morning show with RTB2 we had Bloody Marys.That's not booze, right?
Is there quarreling? Often there is between friends, cocktails and music discussions.
CD: We all fight so often because some days we take it serious and then sometimes we just like to let loose and get ripped with the band. That's one thing we have started to let them dictate. Some bands like to hang out and drink and others are more "wham bam thank you ma'am." Also, with the success of Tomcast studio lately, we don't have more than 45 minutes to an hour to record due to the studio being booked up.
SM: We fought for hours after the "Dinner With Friends" show and Chad
ended up drawing a Venn diagram that was so drunkenly confusing and insane, it was obvious we had drank too much. We've all quit the show 40 times. I've quit 400. Gavin is hard to work with.
GM: I came in after like five or so shows because it was fun, even with the constant arguing, which is mostly me and Chad or Simon telling his wife he'll be home.
What shows -- podcast, radio, whatever -- act as inspiration to the Local Yokel Show?
SM: I really love everything from You Look Nice Today to This American Life. Nardwuar is crazy insane and awesome.
CD: Honestly, if there was a show out there playing local music we loved it, but there were only a few. We just thought it would be cool to do a show dedicated to DFW and Denton music. Hell, we knew most of the bands and wanted to do something different and funny. Inspirations to the show have to be the venues and musicians. A lot of the bands I was seeing live, whether it be at Lee Harvey's or the AAC, never received enough airplay, if any. So we simply wanted to start promoting the bands we thought were cool. Didn't hurt that we were getting a private performance in my apartment.