Episode 89: Klashing Black – Willit

I had a real fun talk with Kane and Kyle! Get into it, babes!

Please check out their merch page! Every $1 spent = 1 tree planted


Episode 83 – TGIL Series Ep. 21 – The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Being Stupid For Dummies: A Self Help Book


Are we talking about crushes again? Yes. Did Jordan write this song? Yeah, dawg.

Episode 78 – TGIL Series Ep. 16 – Franklin



This song is an absolute unit. It has been clanging and banging at the Iron Church. Beefed up for your ears. Get swole with us, fam.

Thanks for listening ❤

Watch a video of us making Bottle Rockets

Episode 77 – TGIL Series Ep. 15 – Driving Through The Mountains At Night (Tight)


Are you still with us? We survived the “weird period” and have arrived safely into the loving arms of the songs that really define The Ground Is Lava.

I hope you enjoy the episode!

Thank you so very very much ❤

Episode 76 – TGIL Series Ep. 14 – This Isn’t Flying; This Is Falling With Style

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We have reached the weirdest song that TGIL has written. I take full responsibility for this songs actions.

Thanks for listening ❤

Episode 75 – TGIL Series Ep. 13 – You’d Rather Ride Your Bike


Ya boi Jonny wrote this lil number. Song 4 in the “weird period.” We’re almost out, people!

Thanks for listening ❤

Episode 69 – TGIL Series Ep. 7 – Can You See The Star Next To The Moon From Where You Are?


Look up at the sky right now. Can you see the star next to the moon from where you are?

Tweet at me. @wsyidiot

Thanks, y’all! ❤


Episode 68 – TGIL Series Ep. 6 – Cry In Your Breakfast

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This episode is all about the song Cry In Your Breakfast.

Find ALL of The Ground Is Lava’s music on Apple Music, Spotify, Napster, Tidal, etc. Keep up with all the WSYI social media accounts too.

Thanks for listening!


Episode 67 – TGIL Series Ep. 5 – Well That Settles It; I Guess We’re In A Mutiny


This episode is all about the song Well, That Settles It; I Guess We’re In A Mutiny.

Find ALL of The Ground Is Lava’s music on Apple Music, Spotify, Napster, Tidal, etc. Keep up with all the WSYI social media accounts too.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 66 – TGIL Series Ep. 4 – Katie’s Truble

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Hey, y’all! This episode is all about our 4th song Katie’s Truble.

Find The Ground Is Lava’s music on our Bandcamp, Apple Music, and Spotify


Episode 65 – TGIL Series Ep. 3 – Are We Hip Yet?


TGIL Series Ep. 3 is all about the song Are We Hip Yet. I’m sure you gathered that from reading the title of this post.

Find The Ground Is Lava’s music on Apple Music and Spotify

Thanks for listening!

Episode 64 – TGIL Series Ep. 2 – Answer The Question, Claire


TGIL Series episode 2 keeps on rollin’ , baby, with a podcast all about their second song Answer the Question, Claire.

Find all of The Ground Is Lava’s music on Apple Music and Spotify

Thanks for listening!

Episode 63 – TGIL Series Ep. 1 – Origin / Baby Steps, Baby


Here is the first episode in my quest to give every singe one of The Ground Is Lava’s songs their own episode. This episode is all about the origin of TGIL and the first song we wrote.

The Ground Is Lava’s music is now available on Apple Music and Spotify

Thanks for listening!


Episode 62 – Brianna Snyder / Saltlick

Artist/ Band: Brianna Snyder / Saltlick

Song: Mint Green

Keep an eye on Brianna. She has an album coming out on 11/10. You can find more of her music at saltlickoh.bandcamp.com

Thanks again for listening!

Episode 60 – Lone Thunder

Band: Lone Thunder

Song: Sitting On The Edge

Wait until you hear what animal Greg thinks he can beat in a fight. Wow.

Keep up with LT on all their social media. Be on the look out for when they start playing shows too.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 58 – Nic Adkins (Returns)

Artist: Nic Adkins

Song: It Should Have Been Me

“Chipped ham sandwiches were my pb& j.”

Go see Nic play music

  • 7/19 @ Spider House in Pittsburg, PA
  • 7/31 @ Mahalls in Lakewood, OH
  • 8/25 (Los Ojos) @ Mahalls in Lakewood, OH

Thanks for listening  🙂

Episode 57 – Rayne Memphis Bug / Honey Club (RETURNS)

Artist: Honey Club

Song: Notes In My Pocket

Rayne is back, y’all! This one is definitely one of my favorites.

“Bitch, I be acting.”

Find her music at bugbugtapes.bandcamp.com, Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon.

Catch Rayne at a show

  • 7/28 @ Hive Mind in Akron, OH (her band Sap is playing this one)
  • 9/3 @ Oak Dale in Akron, OH

Thanks for listening!

Episode 55 – Jenna Fournier / Niights

I’ve known Jenna for a long time now. This was a fun podcast to record and learn more about my friend and her history with music.

Keep up with Niights on their bandcamp nights.bandcamp.com

Catch them at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH on 7/6/18

Thanks for listening 🙂

Episode 54 – Zach Butcher / COOP

Songs: Building Better Worlds / Happy To Disappoint

Band: COOP

Zach and I got real on this one. It was nice having this talk with him.

Keep up with COOP on their bandcamp coopohio.bandcamp.com

Catch a COOP show!

  • 6/14 @ Bless This Mess in Akron, OH
  • 6/22 @ The Foundry in Cleveland, OH

Thanks for listening!

Episode 53 – String Machine

Band: String Machine

Song: Go To Canada

This was a very fun episode. I had a great time meeting and becoming friends with all of them.

Sorry it doesn’t sound that great. I had three microphones and eleven people in the room.

Listen to String Machine on their bandcamp www.stringmachine.bandcamp.com

Thanks for listening!


Episode 52 – Talor Smith / Biitchseat

Yes! Yes! Yes! This episode was a lot of fun. Eric and I had a great talk with Talor. She is a great songwriter! Keep your eye on Biitchseat, y’all. Thanks again, T!

Keep up with Biitchseat by going to their shows on 5/11 and 5/18. Both are at Mahalls.

Listen to their music by checking out their bandcamp biitchseat.bandcamp.com. They just put out an EP.

Thanks for listening!



Episode 51 – Joshua Jesty

Artist: Joshua Jesty

Song: Car Crash Waltz

I met Josh for the first time this afternoon. We had a great conversation. He is a brilliant musician and a smart songwriter. He brought donuts!

Keep up with Josh and his music by going to his website thejoshuaweb.net

He has shows coming up too:

5/16 @ Happy Dog (West)

5/29 @ Beachland Tavern

6/2 @ Happy Dog (West)

Thanks for listening!

Episode 50 – Jon Rogers / Host of Write Songs, You Idiot

Artist: Jon Rogers

Song: Punch

This one is all about me.

You can find Mary’s music at kekic.bandcamp.com

Keep up with Eric’s bands! Heavenly Creatures heavenlycreaturesmusic.bandcamp.com and Curtail

Thanks for listening ❤

Episode 49 – Chris Petri / Witch Church

Band: Witch Church

Song: Cleveland Grey

I met Chris on a Wednesday and he came over the following Sunday. It was really nice having him over for a chat.

Find more Witch Church music at www.witchchurch.bandcamp.com

Thanks again, Chris

Episode 48 – Tyler Brown / Ghost Slime

This episode is full of conspiracies! Get into the weeds with us, people! Learn the TRUTH.

Check out Tyler’s band Ghost Slime www.ghostslime.bandcamp.com

Thanks again, Tyler! Love ya!


Episode 47 – Liv Lombardi

I thought that I was going to be a bit rusty for this one, but nope. Ya boy pulled it off! This episode was a lot of fun. Liv is a great musician! It was so nice having her over.

Keep up with all of Liv’s music, tour dates, and social media at livlombardi.com

Thanks for listening!

Episode 45 – Julia & Wes Crow / The Fifth House

It was fun having Julia and Wes over to talk about their relationship to music. Listen to us become friends!

Keep up with The Fifth House at thefifthhouseband.com

Thanks for listening!

Episode 43 – Ben Selvey / Failed Astronauts

Ben has been my friend for a while now. It’s nice to hear how he has grown out of his party days and now focuses on being a hardworking family man. I’m happy for you, bud 🙂

Keep up with Failed Astronauts. They just put out a new album called Brick Thrower.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 42 – Dave Coughlin / Cobbles / The Scuzzballs

I have a new friend named Dave! He is a good musician and he and I have a lot in common. It was nice getting to know him and his music during our talk.

Keep with with Dave’s music on his bandcamp.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 41 – Jess and Brandon / Looming

Natural lulls are a beautiful yet funny thing. Keep track of how many times they occur 😉

This is a great episode! It was so fun and silly and we all laughed so much!

Keep up with all things Looming!

Thanks for listening 🙂

Episode 40 – Alisha / Punch Drunk Tagalongs

Alisha was one of the first people to reach out to me when I announced that Write Songs, You Idiot was going to be something. Over a year later, we made it happen.

Keep up with Punch Drunk Tagalongs. Please go to their album release show on 4/7/18 at the Grog Shop. Tickets are available!

Thanks for listening!

Episode 39 – Joe Maas / Zander One / ZOD1AC

Instrumental music is interesting. I’ve never had to talk about how it can make someone feel something. Joe, however, has all kinds of feelings wrapped up in his music.

Joe has a lot of music out there. Keep up with it here.

Thanks for listening!


Episode 38 – Julia and Dave / Ratboys

Handshake deals are a beautiful thing. Something so simple as a handshake can be so important. This podcast was recorded because of a handshake.

This episode is great! I’m very happy that it worked out because it almost didn’t. Thanks again Julia and Dave for being true night owls 🙂

Keep up with all things Ratboys on their website.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 37 – Jimmy Wilkens / Jimmy Lo-Fi


Take 2! James is here and he’s promoting his solo music Jimmy Lo Fi. It’s really good, you guys!

Keep up with Jimmy’s other bands: The Sonder Bombs and The Scuzzballs.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 36 – Nez Tha Princegod


Nez is such a smart song writer. You’ll hear what I’m talking about. This episode was a lot of fun to record. I’m very excited to hear what Nez and the rest of Misfit Life Records comes out with.

Listen to Nez’s music here. Don’t sleep on this guy!

Thanks for listening!

Episode 35 – Jack Johnson / Backtalk

I do this podcast to have conversations with my friends and to learn more about their music. Jack and I have a serious, but very silly conversation. I really liked this one. I know I say that a lot, but I always mean it.

Keep up with Backtalk’s music on their bandcamp.

Thanks for listening! 🙂

Episode 34 – Gage Volbert / Captain Redbeard and the S. S. Friendship

This episode took a physical and mental toll on me. I get worn down by the end. This one is definitely one of my favorites. Gage is a smart song writer. It was a real benefit having Nick Muffet sit in too.

Check out more of Gage’s music here.

Thanks for listening!


Episode 33 – Eddie Gancos / Alomar / City Cop

It was good getting to sit and just talk with Eddie for an hour. He and I have never had a long conversation before. You get to hear us become actual friends!

Please listen to Alomar and City Cop.

Thanks again, Eddie.

Episode 32 – Eamon / aol.ghost

I had a lot of fun recording this one.

Eamon is a great musician who is contributing to the scene with synths and drum machines rather than a guitars. It’s a good way of contributing while still standing out and being an individual.

Please check out aol.ghost along with all the other projects that were named.

Thanks again, Eamon

Episode 31 – Ben Hendricks / Annabel / Curtail

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while now. Ben was one of the first people that I had in mind for this podcast. Thirty-one episodes later, it finally happened.

Annabel is an amazing band. They have meant so much to me over the years.

Please do yourself a favor and listen to Annabel if you haven’t heard them before. Even if you have heard them before, go ahead and listen to them right now.

Love you, Ben. Thanks again ❤



Episode 30 – Josh Jones / Ghost Slime / Low Men In Yellow Coats

This episode was a lot of fun! Josh is a smart songwriter. He is a straight up wizard on the guitar too.

His song is about old memories, loss of innocence, and realizing what he doesn’t want to be in life. It’s a very good song.

Please check out the bands that Josh is in. Find Ghost Slime on bandcamp and keep up with Low Men In Yellow Coats on their facebook.

Thanks again, Josh


Episode 29 – Eric Vaught / Posture

Eric is very talented songwriter. It was very nice meeting him and then immediately start talking about his music.

He has definitely inspired me to start playing music more.

You can find Eric’s music on his bandcamp.

Thanks for listening!


Episode 28 – Nick Muffet / Penny Arcade RETURNS


Nick Muffet is back and better than ever. He is armed with new jams and he’s feeling inspired. He tries out a new tune on Eric and I. He’s just real good at music!

Find Nick’s music on his bandcamp and please please please support his label Small Mammal Records.

Thanks for listening! 🙂



Episode 27 – Mary Kekic Returns

MARY IS BACK! This one is silly! It was so nice having Mary back to #friendchat!

Find more of her music on her bandcamp!

Thanks for listening 🙂

P.S. Sorry for the weird reverb on Mary’s voice near the end. That is a weird Garageband hiccup that I can’t fix.



Episode 26 – Christian Evans / An Ongoing Story

Another great #friendchat with my new friend Christian. He’s here to help! His song is very good and I’m excited for you to hear it. Please keep an eye on this guy. He’s got a lot of things planned 😉

Find more of his music on Spotify and on his bandcamp.

Thank you for listening! New episodes are coming up.

Stay tuned 🙂


Episode 25 – Nick Wilkinson

Here it is! This is a fantastic #friendchat with my pal Nick. He’s got a great voice and his music is real nice too. We talk about all kinds of things in this one. He even brings up ASMR and Bowling For Soup! I really liked this one.

Keep up with all things Nick by going to www.nickwilkmusic.com.

Please find WSYI on all the social media things too!

Thanks for listening 🙂


Episode 24 – Willow Hawks / The Sonder Bombs

YO! This #friendchat was great! It starts kind of light, gets real heavy, and then get way lighter.

Thanks again Willow and Jimmy for coming over and hanging out with me.

Please check out The Sonder Bombs on Spotify. Apple Music, and Bandcamp. Find them on all the social media platforms too.

Thanks again, Willow!


Episode 23 – Evan Loritsch / Mother Evergreen


📸: Eric Sandt


This was a great #friendchat. Evan is a very smart songwriter. He randomly starts talking about a bridge at some point during the interview and magically relates it to his lyrics! Wow. You’ll hear what I’m talking about. The boy is a genius.

Please listen to Mother Evergreen! Find them on Bandcamp, Instagram, and Twitter.

Love you, Evan. I wish I could see you and my Chi-town crew more often.


Episode 22 – Jonathan Cooney / No Stranger 

Jonathan is straight up one of the best guitar players that I know. He’s got a set of pipes on him too! This guy can PLAY. I was floored by his performance. Hopefully you will be too.

Find more of his music on his bandcamp!

Good luck recording, Jonathan!


Episode 21 – Jordan Valentine

Wow. Two back-to-back laugh fest podcasts in a row. I really like that 🙂

Jordan is one of my oldest friends and I think that shows in the interview. He doesn’t really play music anymore, but he was going to be in town so I forced him to do a podcast.

Love you, Jordan ❤


Episode 20 – Josh Voland / The House of Wills

This might have been the podcast where I laughed the most. Josh is such a good person! They are a fantastic musician and a brilliant songwriter. I was honored that they stopped by to share some music and a chat with me.


Love you, Josh ❤



Episode 19 – Jacob Lee / Runaway Brother

I FINALLY got Jacob over here for a podcast. He is a fantastic musician and a very good songwriter. I have been seeing Runaway Brother for a very long time now. Seeing and hearing this band grow as people and musicians is an incredible thing. They are all so talented! If you’re not hip to this band… I don’t even have the words. Just listen to them ASAP.

Love you Jakey ❤

Episode 18 – Amy Shoff / Heavenly Creatures

I’ve only seen Heavenly Creatures a handful of times, but each time has been great. HC puts on a good show. Amy’s songs are all really good! Based off of the one song we talked about, you can tell that she works really hard on them.

I had a lot of fun talking to her!

Heavenly Creatures have a lot of upcoming shows. Go to one if you can. Tell’em Ol’ Jonny sent ya.

Thanks, Amy 🙂



Episode 16 – Cape Farewell 

Cape Farewell is a trill band. I have known DJ (pictured) and Erich (not pictured) for a long time now. It’s great seeing them and hearing their band get better!

DJ is the soft spoken wordsmith of CF. He writes about interesting things and spins it to relate to his life. Imagine that! #duh

I had a lot of fun recording this one. It was very cool seeing how an old friend writes his songs.

Thanks for listening! Episode 17 will be up soon!


Episode 15 – Rayne / Human Petting Zoo

Annnnnnd I’m back with a BRAND NEW episode! Wow! This one was a lot of fun to record. Rayne is a very smart musician. She gets to the point with her songwriting. Her songs are very take it or leave it. …You’re going to want to take them. They are all great songs. #youth

You can find more of her songs on her bandcamp. She says that googling Human Petting Zoo will take you right to her music and Facebook. Give it a try!

Thanks again, Rayne!

Thanks for listening and keeping up with WSYI. More episodes are coming up soon!

Episode 04 – Kevin Has A Drug Problem / Alex Couts

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Episode 04 is the last of the old YouTube videos. From here on out, it’s all new stuff! It’s my pal Alex from the band Kevin Has A Drug Problem. I’m not sure who Kevin is though. Maybe Kevin doesn’t exist? Who knows? Alex might… You should ask him. I hope you like this episode. It might feel a little rushed because Alex had to get home because a snowstorm was on its way.

You can listen to more of Alex’s music riiiiiight here!

We’ll be back on track with episode 15 soon. It feels good to have all of these episodes in one place.

Thanks for listening  ❤


Episode 03 – Nic “The Pure Boy” Adkins

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The sweet baby boy has arrived! It’s episode 03 with Nic! His song is called Texting and Driving and it’s about how he doesn’t do that anymore. Good for you, Nic! It IS dangerous.

Please go listen to Nic’s music! It would mean a lot to the Pure Boy.

Thank you for listening and episode 04 will be up next week! 🙂



Episode 02 – Mary Kekic


Episode 02 is here! Please listen and let Mary know what you think about her episode. It’s been a real treat watching her grow as a musician. Her songs are already so good and now they’re getting better! I don’t even know what to call that next level.

Find more of her music on her bandcamp.

Thanks for listening! 🙂 Episode 03 will be up next week!


Episode 01 – Sean Anderson / Lilt & Bloom


Yeah, you read that right! THIS is episode 01! That picture is of one of my tallest friends Sean Anderson. He’s fantastic! He is a very good song writer!

Please enjoy this episode! It was the first one and I do things differently now. See if you can spot the difference.

Thanks for listening. Episode 2 will be up next week 🙂


Episode 14 – James Pequignot / The Singular 

Wow! THIS one was fun! Not that the others haven’t been, but you get it. I’ve known James for over 10 years now. He’s a beautiful person and a fantastic musician. If you like the song he played or just music in general, please check out his band The Singular  for more awesome songs 🙂

James, Eric, and I talked about a lot of things. I really hope you like the interview. Sadly, we don’t touch on how much James looks like John Hodgman or Paul F. Tompkins. I’m sorry.

Thanks for keeping up with WSYI! The first four episodes are going to be up soon.

I miss Algernon ❤

Episode 13 – Danny / My Mouth Is The Speaker

Watching Danny grow as a song writer and musician over the 8+ years we have been friends has been a dream. He’s a very exciting performer and watching his band play always puts the biggest smile on my face.

This episode was special to me. I was excited to have him come over and talk with me.

Please check out My Mouth Is The Speaker if you like really good music!

Episode 12 – Jack Smith

Jack is off the grid and that is awesome! He’s a free spirit simply living his life in these crazy times.

It was nice to hear him play music again. I’ve only gotten the chance to see him play a few times before we did this episode.

Thanks again, Jack 🙂


Episode 11 – Chris / The Superweaks


Chris is the Donatello of The Superweaks. The other teenage mutant ninja turtles would be ok without him, but you would definitely 100% miss the cool gadgets and skills that he brings to the table. He is amazing and I love him. Please check out The Superweaks!

Did you know that Borat references are STILL cool?!

Thanks for keeping up with WSYI! More fun episodes are on the way!

We get lightweight political next week 😉

Episode 10 – Nick / Brave Face

I had a lot of fun talking to Nick. Philly has something in the water. All of the musicians are on this other level. His riffs are so noodly and tender.

Nick episode is 4 of 5 in the Philly Block.

Thanks for keeping up with WSYI 💜  More exciting episodes are coming up!



Episode 09 – Kaytee / No Thank You

Kaytee of the band No Thank You


Kaytee performs and talks about her song, Serenity Song. The story behind it will hit you in the feels.

PLEASE check out her band: No Thank You. They are very good!

Stay tuned! More great episodes are coming up!

Thanks for listening ❤

Episode 08 – Evan Bernard / The Superweaks


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“Better Heavens” The Superweaks

It could take all damn day to cheer me up
Gear me up for the race and wish good luck
Footprints in the snow left by small shoes
That was the last I’d see of you

Your finger’s on the trigger
Won’t you pull it?
Everything is bright and sharp like an arrow
Your small hands, quiet fingers
Won’t you force it?
Watch it fall apart as fast as you know it

It could take all damn day to cheer me up
It’s like I’m stuck in a daze and I gave up
You could be the wave to make me move
I could only feel this way with you

You call me, “I need you”
I promise you I still do
I reach out to see you
But you don’t leave or pull through
The seasons remind you
We’re too depressed to stay true
The games been beneath you
Only to go through the cycles again and again

I had a lot of fun talking with Evan! He makes a mean french press.

Please enjoy this episode ❤

Episode 07 – Mike Bell

-Philadelphia Girls (Winter Edition)-

The girls in this town all have the saddest eyes
It never gets easier watching so many smiles die
Let’s get away for the summer, babe, run as far as we can go
Her face crinkles up, “it’s over”, drops away my hand

I’m not saying I didn’t see this coming
Just wish we’d had more time
I was hoping you’d let the winter die

The anger in the air some days now is too heavy not to breathe
Your awkward stares and new hair cut, the snow falling on the leaves
My hearts hand has been replaced, for another her’s now beats
A message from her in the middle of the night begging me not to leave

This was a real fun one! Mike is a funny guy with a lot to say. I had a blast interviewing him. He makes some predictions for the next four episodes. Stay tuned 🙂

Thanks for listening ❤