One of my absolute favourite podcasts is Bruce Springsteen Sings the Alphabet. It’s a podcast where the hosts, Rob Carmack and JB Clark, explore every Bruce Springsteen song (officially released) alphabetically, from “30” to “Z”, one song per episode (368 episodes). Well, that’s what they did the first season at least.
The second season they talked about the albums up to 2014’s High Hopes, in chronological order.
Apart from the fact that the episodes usually are around 30 min (perfect for my commute to work), what I like is that Rob and JB don’t shy away from being personal in between the lyrical analysis and contextualising of the songs. It makes a good mix. Their insightful elaborations and skilful delivery of basic facts have made me even more aware of the lyrics of the songs than I was before and have also made me rediscover songs I forgot about.
Just last week the third season started. The third season will change things up with a mini-series where the focus is redirected, towards singer Jason Isbell and his catalogue.
Jason Isbell has been a favourite of mine since I heard him live on June 17, 2018. Last year I wrote a review of his latest album, but I don’t really know much about him and his career. I’m very much looking forward to hearing Rob and JB discuss his music. Already in the first episode I learned that one of my favourite songs Declaration Day is also one of Isbell’s earliest (from his time in the band Drive-By Truckers).
In its fourth season the podcast will return to the topic of Bruce Springsteen and his three latest albums; Chapters and Verse (companion to Springsteen’s autobiography Born to Run), Western Stars and Letter to You.