Jeff Woods Radio, Records & Rockstars Podcast

Jeff Woods

Jeff Woods, “Canada’s voice of classic rock,” is back behind the microphone with a brand-new weekly podcast. Long having created content and context around music through his radio programs and series such as World Album Premiere and The Legends of Classic Rock, Jeff drew an audience of more than a million listeners a week. He’s had behind-the-scenes access to hundreds of rock stars and has spoken with them on and off the air for decades. He has the stories you want to hear. And now you can, join Jeff once a week for conversations about the most legendary bands to ones attempting to make their mark today, the music industry, collecting vinyl, strange stories in rock, the influencers and the influenced, rock family trees, the dearly departed and more—all delivered in that distinctive voice Canadian classic rock fans know and trust.

  • 43 minutes 54 seconds
    231: Run The Plank Interview and Performance

    A heaping helping of country punk/alt folk complete with stand-up bass, banjo, acoustic guitar, and drums, Run the Plank (formerly Murky Waters) makes a stop at Wild Woods Blue Studio on the eastern leg of their Thrasberta Tour, as these wandering spirits from Calgary with roots in Ontario, perform three songs live in Jeff's attic, and tell tales about being a working band, road-testing songs, making the best of break-ups, and co-writing music. Runs 44 minutes.


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    20 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 18 minutes 37 seconds
    230: Classic Albums of 1974 Part 2

    We're back into into the recurring four-parter featuring long-players out April, May and June of '74, and this "Second Helping" gives you a diverse playlist that'll take you to the Bridge of Sighs, with Diamond Dogs, in an Endless Summer of Good Vibrations, with solid weirdo bands from Budgie to Sparks, and a bit of my conversation with Paul Rodgers on the formation of the band who were the first to come with an album on Led Zeppelin's Swan Song label.

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    16 June 2024, 4:25 pm
  • 19 minutes 19 seconds
    229: Performances: Bernadette Connors

    Another special session in the recurring “Performances” series featuring past guests chatting with Jeff and delivering song set-ups and stories, and live acoustic performances from Wild Woods Blue. This time, fresh from an evening gig on the shore of Georgian Bay, Bernadette Connors delivers two outstanding original song performances, pulled from the 46 minute original session of episode #148, including “Georgina” (and where that is), and “All the Way to Nashville”, plus what it was like growing up in a music store, the value of curiosity, and more.


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    16 June 2024, 4:07 pm
  • 23 minutes 5 seconds
    228: 1994 The Year in Rock

    Compared to MOST years since the seventies, 1994 gave us so much more than most -- a year of some of the finest albums in rock, and one of the most impacting years in music. This is the podcast version of Jeff's weekly music radio show, charting around the world and enjoyed by music fans who love to hear what made artists tick, plus the stories behind the songs. This episode features an excerpt from Jeff's conversation with Jeff Buckley's mother, about her working with Chris Cornell to preserve the legacy of Buckley's music, plus we're hitting on all the heavy records of '94 from Grace to Superunknown, Vitalogy,The Division Bell, Wildflowers, Definitely Maybe, and so much more.

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    7 June 2024, 2:00 pm
  • 37 minutes 56 seconds
    227: Performances: Glenn Milchem

    Another special session in the recurring “Performances” series featuring past guests chatting with Jeff and delivering song set-ups and stories, and live acoustic performances from Wild Woods Blue. This time, lotsa laughs and talent too, pulled from the 56 minute session of episode #163, wherein the update features highlights from one of the finest and most diverse rock drummers around, showing his other side as a singer/songwriter and how that feels versus drumming, as Glenn Milchem performs two of his own songs, and tells of his feelings around stepping out from behind the kit to sing, of his tenure with Blue Rodeo and of their induction to Canada's Music Hall of Fame, and of giving life advice to his kids in the words to one of the two songs he does here. We also find out that we share in our love of what we're happy to call the finest live band around, and they're Canadian too. Here comes 38 minutes of pure music talk and performance, from Glenn Milchem.  

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    6 June 2024, 5:06 pm
  • 9 minutes 59 seconds
    226: Performances: Justin Rutledge

    One of the most intimate and moving performances yet, it's another special episode in the recurring “Performances” series featuring past guests chatting with Jeff and delivering song set-ups and stories, and live acoustic performances from Wild Woods Blue. This time, pulled from the full 90 minute album premiere special (Episode 182 May 2023), we “head for the hills” with an excerpt from it, featuring an outstanding acoustic performance of a stand-out cut from “Something Easy”, Justin Rutledge's tenth record. His story finds Rutledge having negotiated major life changes as he overcome numerous obstacles on his path to better ways forward. And his growth as a recording artist, engineer and producer has been immense, too. His 10th album “Something Easy” is a profound work, and you get a taste of it performed live right here. 

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    30 May 2024, 7:36 pm
  • 29 minutes 34 seconds
    225: Performances: Eamon McGrath

    It's another special episode in the recurring “Performances” series featuring past guests chatting with Jeff and delivering song set-ups and stories, and live acoustic performances from Wild Woods Blue. This time, pulled from the original Feb 2022 full 51 minute episode #123, from Toronto, it's the incomparable Eamon McGrath, sharing songs from the accliamed album “Bells of Hope”, and more. Eamon, on his Martin guitar, gives you two exceptional renditions of original songs, and tells of playing in a band backing Daniel Johnston (RIP), and covering his poignant and everlasting “True Love Will Find You in the End”, which is also included! Episode run time: 29 minutes.  

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    23 May 2024, 6:06 pm
  • 38 minutes 11 seconds
    224: Performances - Dani Strong

    Here's the fourth in a recurring series we call “Performances”, featuring past guests, and how it works is we go back to those sessions, and pull out a bit of the introduction, along with the artists song set-ups and stories, followed by the live performances they delivered at Wild Woods Blue, this time featuring multi-award-winning artist and songwriter Dani Strong, who brings her guitar and her smile and her stories to Wild Woods Blue Studio. Her songs have landed in television and movies, and on record, and here with her Martin guitar in hand, she performs two gems: “Slow Down”, and “Loved” and her voice and playing are PERFECT. Plus, as Dani Strong is both a teacher and manager of other artists, for anyone thinking of creating and releasing music, hear Dani's Dos and Don'ts. Runs 32 minutes. (For more, hear the full episode #191, runs 88 minutes).


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    16 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 22 minutes 52 seconds
    223: My Special Guests: Angus Young of AC/DC

    I remember this day vividly. November 1997, when I was still recording artist interviews to quarter inch tape, and using a razor blade to move stuff around and add in the perfect songs, to get the special ready for radio. In walked Angus Young. He wasn't alone. In fact, he was dwarfed by the presence of two people, sitting on either side of him, across the recording console. Their presence seemed to fade from my view as Angus and I got into his memories of the great Bon Scott, to whom AC/DC was paying tribute with the then forthcoming box set Bonfire, titled, in a way, by the former front man himself. Angus tells that story, and so many more about his and Bon's bond, and their rise together on the long way to the top.  

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    9 May 2024, 3:14 pm
  • 22 minutes 21 seconds
    222: My Special Guests: Carlos Santana

    Somehow, I had never been to Las Vegas. Then along came the opportunity to talk to Carlos Santana, September 3, 2010,when I got to the Hard Rock Hotel with guitar in hand—a black Gibson SG, knowing that the SG was the model of guitar Carlos had long ago played, and it’s truly one of the classic models (also associated with Angus Young of AC/DC and Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath). Carlos happily autographed it for use in an auction event I would later stage to benefit music therapy services in Canada. I thanked Carlos for coming and congratulated him on the imminent release of Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, featuring guest performances by everyone from Joe Cocker to Chris Cornell, Scott Weiland and more. This is that.

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    2 May 2024, 2:55 pm
  • 30 minutes 21 seconds
    221: Performances - Eric Schenkman

    Is that a pocket full of kryptonite or are you just happy to see me? This time, the third in a recurring series we call “Performances”, and what a performer he is! A guitarist whose talents and hits would land him on the cover of Rolling Stone (Jan 1993), and on stages all over North America to this day. Joining Jeff Woods in-studio, solo, for a chat and impassioned acoustic performances, it's Spin Doctors guitarist Eric Schenkman. We're going back to a select session from March 2019 at Wild Woods Blue Studio, from which we've pulled out set-ups and stories, preceding three killer performances including two spirited originals: Who Shot John, and Agent Orange Blues (guess who that's about!?), and one classic cover: Statesboro Blues, in a loving nod to the Allman Brothers and the Blind Willie McTell song of 1928.  Runtime: 3 minutes. (For more, the original episode #33 runs 66 minutes)

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    25 April 2024, 4:00 am
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