When “Phantly Roy Bean” heard about an opportunity to become a Justice Of The Peace, he volunteered immediately. Perhaps it wasn’t as altruistic a move as it seemed. He was already in his 50’s. If nothing else, Judge Roy Bean was a savvy businessman and shameless self-promoter. But soon, his cantankerous courtroom antics were the talk of the town. The living legend became known for his special kind of “law west of the Pecos.” In this episode, we’ll trace the origins of this surly Judge from his early days as a ladies man – on the opposite side of the law, to his odd fascination with a British actress. Best of all, we’ll have the cast from Audioblivious Productions help bring the story of Judge Roy Bean to life.
With Halloween upon us, there is no better topic than Fear for this latest episode. Four different stories appear in this creepy episode: Fear the Coyote. Fear the unknown. The Ghost of El Barracho and the mysterious Civil War legend of Angels Glow from the battle of Shiloh. This episode may be too graphic for some listens. Listener discretion is advised.
In EP 9, we get ready for Halloween with two gruesome stories: The Wendigo and Big Nose George… First Nation and Algonquin speaking peoples had a legend of a powerful, shape-shifting creature, born out of greed, who appeared with bitter cold with an insatiable hunger for human flesh. The “Wendigo” was documented as early as 1661 but eventually assigned to a medical diagnosis called “Wendigo Psychosis.” Was this an acknowledgement that Wendigos actually do exist? And could this be what happened to the Donner Party? Then we learn about the strange true tale of outlaw Big Nose George. Perhaps the best way to get to know him would be to walk a mile in his shoes…
Perhaps best of all are our special guests; Austin Beach, Drew Profit and Danielle Reis from Audioblivious Productions! These fine voice actors are the some of the cast from the hilarious Audio Drama Wynabego Warrior, The Tale Of John Waynnabe and many other great shows.
Just Released! Episode 8: Whiskey Talkin’ with Reid Mitenbuler – Author of “Bourbon Empire, The Past & Future of America’s Whiskey.” Reid takes us through the history of American Whiskey from it’s earliest forms into it’s current state – and there are plenty of surprises along the way. Reid also offers some personal reflections on enjoying bourbon and dispels some myths about whiskey, too. Even if you don’t imbibe, you’ll still find plenty to enjoy about the story of American Whiskey and it’s role in the Frontier economy.
Just Released! Episode 7: All That Glitters: Part 3 of 3 – In this episode, we continue our look at Virginia City with a look at the gunfighter as Mark Twain’s recollections of “desperadoism” in the old west. We learn about Nevada’s worst mining disaster, visit the graveyard and end with a look at one of the many saloons still in operation in this once vastly important center of national pride and commerce. Then we flash forward 100 years to the 1960s to witness the birth of the psychedelic music scene at the Red Dog Saloon – which launched many previously unknown bands into rock stardom. It all starts with the discovery of gold and silver and ends with gold records in our final segment in this 3 part series. We want to thank journalist Andrew Lau and the folks at Perfect Sound Forever.com for the use of the great article Andrew wrote about The Red Dog Saloon and we also want to thank Banjo Master Bill Knopf for his amazing rendition of the William Tell Overture / Bonanza Theme used in this episode.
Episode 6: All That Glitters – Part 2 of 3: In this episode we find out if the Grosh Brothers struck it rich with their promising Gold and Silver find near what is now Virginia City. We’ll also meet a young Samuel Clemens, who comes to town with no specific vocation but leaves as Mark Twain. We hear from a mining expert and a local historian about the silver mine swindles and stock market manipulation and we have special guests Finnius and Bill from the Tattooed Bananas Podcast who play the rolls of Mark Twain and Johnson Simmons respectively.
Episode 5 : All That Glitters – In part one of this three part series, we meet the Grosh Brothers and follow them from through their adventures from the peak of the Gold Rush through the discovery of America’s richest Silver strike. Their incredible story is detailed through a series of 82 letters preserved by the families. You’ll be amazed at the stories of these two young men and their adventures as they give us first hand accounts of the journey and hardships they faced during the trip to California during 1849 Gold Rush and Beyond. Do the boys strike it rich? Have a listen and find out! Their story leads us into what was then called the Utah Territory. (It would soon become Nevada) and Virginia City, the site of the discovery of the incredible Comstock Lode.
Marc Hershon reviews Drift & Ramble Podcast For Huffington Post
Imagine our surprise when we started seeing tweets about a podcast review that mentions The Drift & Ramble Podcast? We realized, albeit a bit late, that Marc Hershon,
Drift & Ramble – S1E4: Bodie Ghost Town
I’m not quite sure where you classify new podcast Drift & Ramble: True Stories & American Legends, but it’s an interesting listen for sure. Hosted by Steve Blizin, its focus is on just what the subtitle suggests: Stories and legends that, at least in Season One, seem to be circled around the American West.
This latest drop is all about Bodie, an Old West ghost town in the Sierras. Blizin and wife Cheryl do some deep homework (with the help of an assistant ranger in Bodie who really knows his stuff) to breathe life into the history of a place that time has pretty much forgotten.
Inhospitable terrain above the treeline in the Sierra makes Bodie an unlikely spot for a town but the lure of gold on the heels of the Gold Rush at Sutter’s Mill 10 years earlier drew prospectors and opportunists like moth to the flame. Blizin spins out a history that seems like episodes of HBO’s Deadwood strung together, plus the tantalizing promise of real dead ghosts.
In what I can only label as a podcasting first (any ghost-hunting EVP tracks not withstanding), we’re treated to an audio recording made by Blizin in the local Bodie graveyard in the sane light of day…and one can clearly hear the sound of a child’s voice in the mix of wind and other sounds.
Except there were no children in view as far as the Blizins, who were both on hand, could see. (Cue the theremin…)
Blizin’s delivery is laidback and engaging, similar to the comfortable tones of Rex Allen, late Western actor and narrator of the old Disney nature films. This is a great podcast to enjoy with the kids, old radio style, if you can pull them away from Pokémon Go long enough.
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There’s a story often told about a young girl’s quote upon learning her family was moving from Aroura to the nearby town of Bodie. She’s said to exclaim “Goodbye God. We’re going to Bodie!” It was printed in the newspapers this way which only added to Bodie’s outrageous reputation for lawlessness, debauchery and mayhem. Many have speculated this was actually a typographical error and what she actually said was “Good. Bye God, we’re going to Bodie! Regardless of her intent, the Drift & Ramble Podcast team is headed off to Bodie, too. We’re going to learn about the people and stories from this well preserved Ghost Town. Bodie has it all: Colorful characters, rich gold strikes …and a curse! Find out why Bodie was one of the wildest towns of the wild west on the next episode of the Drift & Ramble Podcast.