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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jamie Green

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Green.

Jamie, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
As a part-time musician, I kept running into and seeing fabulous musicians that I didn’t think we’re getting enough attention. I decided to start my own podcast, called ‘Trading Fours’, to interview musicians about their craft.

The interviews at first were all local musicians, but while we were all sidelined with the Covid quarantine, I realized every musician on the planet was probably sitting at home, so I started reaching out to musicians around the world I admired- Jason Falkner and Roger Joseph Manning Jr. in LA, Hadrien Feraud in Paris, Ian Moore in Seattle, Matthew Sweet in Omaha and Neil Giraldo in Malibu.

All those individuals said yes, so I decided to make my podcast both local and national acts – basically anyone I found interesting. Ty Tabor, the guitarist extraordinaire even came to my house for his interview (if you had told me that when I was 21 years old and first discovered Kings X, I’d never have believed you).

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I don’t think there are smooth roads in many facets of life. The podcast started out slow, I had people leery at first about who I was and what my motives were. I found my audience also took a while to grow. But over time, I really felt the podcast hit its stride. I’m close to 100 episodes now.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I think being a part-time working musician, who has played countless gigs has a better understanding of what full-time musicians are going through. I try to ask them questions that are well thought out and aren’t obvious.

I’m not interested in their worst gig, or band drama, or their romances. I am solely fascinated by their creative process – how do they write music, find their point of view? How are they holding up with Covid? I know it decimated the live music venues- how are they coping?

I tell everyone I am schmo as a musician -pretty ordinary. But I do feel I’m a good interviewer and really put thought and effort into the podcast.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I love the people of Kansas City, the ease of pace, the beautiful boulevards and fountains. The amazing music history, which is STILL being written. We honor the jazz greats of the past best by supporting live music today. I also love the seasons here, it truly is home.

Violent crime is by far my least favorite thing about Kansas City. It absolutely breaks my heart.


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