Rusty Satellite 220 – Shadwick Wilde and Peggy Noe Stevens

‘Tis the season for football and festivals around here, and we’re fired up for a big one — the long-awaited Bourbon and Beyond down at Champions Park. There are talented chefs, experts in bourbon and of course a musical lineup of acts not seen around here since Forecastle.

Rusty is all in for seeing Jonny Lang and Trombone Shorty, but is fortunate enough to have persuaded Peggy Noe Stevens to come by the Louisville.am studios for a lesson in mixing bourbon and women. Stevens spent many years in high-profile corporate hospitality positions at Brown-Forman before going out on her own a decade ago. That decision was a rousing success, as today she counts distilleries as clients and operates the Bourbon Women Association.

Shadwick Wilde spends much of his time on the road, touring with his band Quiet Hollers, but is playing a rare local show in Old Louisville on Saturday. I talk with Shadwick after band practice about music, life and surviving. Quiet Hollers just released its third album, thanks to some support from SonaBlast Records.

I found some similarities in Wilde’s life to another fiercely independent and driven musician – Bruce Springsteen, whose biography I’m currently enthusiastically reading.

In the news, a planned athletic facility in West Louisville adds to the momentum already underway in the Russell neighborhood. And while the Louisville Cardinals failed in their big test against Clemson last week, they’ll be back at it at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Saturday, while UK takes on Florida in Lexington.

Fortyish 62 – Supporting Your Spouse In the Busy Season

If you listen to the show, you know that life has been a little….nuts for Dan. Stephanie agreed to bring in Megan Bayles Bartley, licensed family therapist, to talk about how to stay connected with your spouse when it seems like there’s 10 pounds of sugar and a 5 pound bag. This is a must listen if you feel like you’re living with a roommate, not a husband or wife.

Rusty Satellite 218 – Fred Minnick and John Stewart

Rusty is ready to party, so he welcomes in the region’s premier bourbon ambassador and the organizer of an event devoted to our favorite temptations – bourbon, beer and, yes, bacon.

We get started with Fred Minnick, making his second Rusty Satellite appearance, this time to talk about his role at the upcoming Bourbon and Beyond event Sept. 23-24. Fred, author of six books and an in-demand speaker, tells us about the bourbon focus at the event, starting with his own mini-bar. Like me, though, Fred’s a big fan of some of the musical acts, including Joe Bonnamassa, Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang. Find out more at BourbonAndBeyond.com.

First, though, get your tickets for Saturday’s Bacon, Bourbon and Beer Festival at Bowman Field. You know the name Stewart Promotions, which has been promoting flea markets and Christmas shows at the Fairgrounds for decades. John Stewart grew up in the business, but came up with the idea of a special event to benefit Kosair Charities. This is the third one, but the other two were held in January at the Mellwood Arts Center. Clear skies are forecast for Saturday. Get a $10 discount by getting your tickets at B3Fest.com and using the promo code “kosairkids.”

I did tell you that Jeff Brohm’s Purdue squad would give the Louisville Cardinals all they could handle in the football opener last week. Now the Cards have their hands full again, taking on North Carolina on the road in the ACC opener. Speaking of opening, the new Waylon’s Feed and Firewater is now open in St. Matthews. And we got word this week that Jeffersontown’s best-kept secret — the identity of the restaurant operator going in at Taylorsville and Watterson — is the city’s third Feast BBQ. It will open next year.

Don’t forget that on Tuesday, the Breakfast of Champions welcomes Passport Health Plan CEO Mark Carter. It starts at 7:30 a.m. at the University Club– please join us by bringing $20 for a hot buffet breakfast and some great networking.

Thanks for listening to the city’s most interesting podcast, and please contact me at rick@louisvilleky.com if you have ideas for the show.

Fortyish 61 – 20 Great Things About Being 40

If being 40 provides nothing else, it provides an appreciation for other peoples’ perspectives. Stephanie and Dan reconvene to discuss a blog post somebody put up on 40 Great Things About Being 40 – but only do 20 of them. Some make sense, others get a little…..uncomfortable. Take a listen and see where you fall. Plus they find a couple of things that make life better in “Whatcha Like This Week”.

Rusty Satellite 217 – Roscoe Goose and Barry Bernson

A juggernaut among podcasts, the Rusty Satellite Show checks in with Juggernaut Jug Band veteran Roscoe Goose (that’s his Jug Band name). Goose came to the Louisville.am studios from his home in Owen County to tell me about the Sept. 16 Jug Band Jubilee, a national event featuring nine bands from around the U.S. Come and bring the kids.
Barry Bernson is taking on a new role — movie star. He would call that an exaggeration, but he does have a part in an upcoming Nicole Kidman film made in Cincinnati. The former TV anchor is busy these days recording audio books. The man who once called me an “eminence grise” on the air is a true Kentucky treasure, though he lives across the River.
You’ll hear a big shout out to all my Facebook friends, 275 of whom wished me a Happy Birthday Monday. It’s the first weekend of college football, and the Cards are playing Purdue in Indy, and you could probably get a ticket cheap. It will be interesting to see what new Boilers coach Jeff Brohm has in store for his hometown team.
Other than the football, it’s Labor Day Weekend, highlighted by WorldFest at the Belvedere and, on Monday, the Hike, Bike and Paddle event with the Mayor.
Got a suggestion for the show? Email me at Rick@LouisvilleKY.com.

Fortyish 60 – Mansplaining

Stephanie had quite a week and wants to share! First off, there was the experience that she could only categorize as “mansplaining” and Dan gets a little bit of education there. Then, there was the great soccer referee incident of 2017 – don’t get her started (Dan does). Plus, it’s the time of year for GUY’S WEEKEND! Dan gives a very brief rundown of the Bourbon and Beyond Festival coming to Louisville on September 23 and 24th.

Fortyish 59 – The manic days of summer

Dan’s been so slammed the past few weeks with dog stuff, work stuff, and trying to work in research for his fantasy football draft that he admits to taking a MHW (mental health week) last week and starts the show WITHOUT Stephanie. This week is a stream of consciousness flow that underscores what life is like in your ’40s – and there is a LOT of wisdom peppered throughout for the masses to absorb.

Fortyish 58 – Five Things That Help Keep Us Sane

Stephanie is back! After vacations (and other vacations), the duo are together again in the studio to talk about Dan’s dog trauma (seriously, it’s a frickin’ heartbreaker) and Stephanie’s toilet woes (only in Kentucky). Then the two each discuss five things they use or do that help keep them sane in a world of overstimulation and nuttiness – and they’re VERY different lists!

Fortyish 57 – RDS took a trip to Africa and it changed her life

Dan is back from his vacation, Stephanie is out with a sick kid (it happens), and Robyn Davis Sekula pops in to talk about her life altering trip to Africa with the Send A Cow organization. Plus, Dan shares the thoughts of a 45 year old dude who sat on a beach and drank beer with his brother….and they’re big thoughts.