Mulligan Stew Podcast

EP 114 | Eric Burton of Black Pumas


Nov 20  2019 reporter Christie Carras wrote in the LA Times..


“The best new artist category at the Grammys is always expected to introduce some unfamiliar names. But this year’s ticket, announced Wednesday morning, features one that’s nearly unheard of, prompting the question (and inevitable Google search): Who are Black Pumas?”


Who indeed?

For example, I’m sitting in my son Sean’s kitchen on Salt Spring Island and he plays this amazing voice and band. What’s that?

“Black Pumas,” says Sean.

I made a  note and couldn’t wait to discover a band I’d completely missed.

Black Pumas are a soul-funk duo from Austin, Texas.  Guitarist-producer Adrian Quesada and singer/songwriter Eric Burton.

Eric needed to find his voice and Adrian had lots of music he’d created and produced but they needed a great singer to make magic.

On this Mulligan Stew Podcast, we welcome Eric Burton who spent years busking on the streets.  For a small change.   First in the Southwest of the US, then on the Santa Monica Pier in LA and finally on the streets of Austin Texas. (where he got busted for no permit)

Austin is where it all came together and those are the stories Eric brings to this Podcast.

Eric Burton, from busking in the streets to a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.

What you hear in Eric’s voice is the pride in having done what he set out to do

“..make people respect you and have value for yourself”


EP 113 | Corb Lund – Agricultural Tragic


“The songs on Agricultural Tragic sparkle with a kind of authenticity that only someone who lives that life can project.”  –  American Songwriter

“Canada’s finest outlaw songsmith returns to the clever humor that made him a star… one of 2020’s most well rounded and re-playable releases.”  –  Exclaim Magazine

“Do yourself a favor and get your freshly sanitized hands on a copy of the new (album)… Pre-empting any hype or hyperbole, Agricultural Tragic is a record with instantly detectable depth and energy.”  –  Edmonton Journal


“Eloquent and plainspoken, the excellent Agricultural Tragic finds the affable country rocker exploring his roots as a rancher and rodeo rider while striving to adapt this traditional identity to the challenging modern world… Corb Lund radiates authenticity from first note to last.”  –  No Depression

The reviews are just starting to come in.

Album released Friday, June 26..and our conversation aired on Mulligan Stew CKUA Radio Saturday, June 27th.

Here’s the complete interview.

You hear me ask Corb about tour dates and he can’t really answer because they haven’t all been confirmed but we can give you these just released by Warner Music

Plus one BIG date

Corb Lund will make his long-awaited debut at the legendary Grand Ole’ Opry in Nashville, TN on August 29 th, 2020.


Tour dates

November 8, 2020 – Cranbrook, BC – Key City Theatre

November 10, 2020 – Duncan, BC – Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

November 13, 2020 – Victoria, BC – Alix Goolden Performance Hall

November 16, 2020 – Penticton, BC – Cleland Community Theatre

November 17, 2020 – Williams Lake, BC – Cariboo Memorial Centre

November 18, 2020 – Quesnel, BC – Quesnel and District Seniors Center

November 19, 2020 – Prince George, BC – Vanier Hall

November 20, 2020 – Vernon, BC – Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre

November 21, 2020 – Trail, BC – Charles Bailey Theatre

November 22, 2020 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

November 24, 2020 – Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

November 25, 2020 – Lloydminster, AB – Vic Juba Community Theatre

November 26, 2020 – Regina, SK – Casino Regina

November 27, 2020 – Saskatoon, SK – Coors Event Centre

November 28, 2020 – Cadillac, SK – Cadillac Community Hall

November 30, 2020 – Calgary, AB – Jack Singer Concert Hall

December 1, 2020 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre

December 4, 2020 – Sudbury, ON – The Townehouse

December 5, 2020 – St. Catherine’s, ON – Warehouse Concert Hall

December 6, 2020 – London, ON – London Music Hall

December 7, 2020 – Toronto, ON – The Great Hall

December 8, 2020 – Peterborough, ON – Market Hall Performing Arts Centre

December 9, 2020 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre

December 10, 2020 – Montreal, QC – Le Belmont


EP 112 | Jim Cuddy and Barney Bentall on Fathers Day


Hello all.

I hope you are safe and well and happy.

Welcome to The Mulligan Stew Podcast. We’re over 100 shows now…

OK. Its Fathers Day weekend.

It’s also Summer Solstice

I always hear a phrase…. “I’m in the family business”

Now, that works if your family are Store Owners, or Office Workers, Doctors. Nurses. Teachers. Farmers etc.

We have two guests today who are friends and fathers.

Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo and The Jim Cuddy Band.

Barney Bentall. Leader of Cariboo Express. High Bar Gang. BYU and his own solo career.


How has the family dynamic changed when their sons and daughters follow them in the music business.

Share the stage. Maybe even write songs together. (maybe being the keyword)

And how do family members like being the subject of songs they hear on the radio?

I was excited to get these two pals together and exchange life experiences.

We connected on Zoom and you can find the complete conversation below:

EP 111 | Dan Magnan Co-Founder Side Door Access


Has the Side Door become the Front Door?


Singer/Songwriter Dan Mangan shared a “movement – an idea” with me on Mulligan Stew Radio.   Jan 6, the first show of  2018.


“We are building a platform where artists can earn a living by trimming the overhead of touring. We help you find magical small spaces with dedicated hosts and attentive audiences.

We want to help create human, tactile experiences offline. Music, Speakers, Dance, Theatre, Comedy – you name it.”


It was called Side Door Access.

Two years later and thanks, in part to a worldwide pandemic,  it has become a sensation.

Yes, artists can still play barns, basements, backyards, stores, coffee shops, libraries, etc

But now they can broadcast from HOME…and feel/see the audience

And best of all make a living

Here’s the latest from Dan Mangan…on the Side Door Story, his career, family, COVID 19, and the moment when he realized that his life was about to change.


EP 110 | Dawn Pemberton



It’s like the storyline out of a bestselling book.

In the middle of a political battle for the life of a nation and a virus that takes the lives of 1000’s of its citizens,  a  black man dies at the hands of a police offer while his squad looks on.

The truth is caught on a phone camera and shown to The World.

Days later..citizens all over America and The World are walking, shouting and rioting in protest and a slogan from 2013 reappears,  Black Lives Matter and THIS TIME

It appears the message is actually getting through.

Dawn Pemberton is a wonderful singer, songwriter, and educator who shows up on albums all the time plus her own release  “Sayin’ Something”

She leads The Roots and Wings with The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, sits in with the Good Noise Choir, and tries to lead by example.

Her father was born in St Kitts.  Her Mother in Barbados.

They moved to Canada and restarted their lives. Dawn has lived in Canada all her life and still has to deal with racism.

Who better to share her feelings on Black Lives Matter and the movement on the streets than Dawn Pemberton.

My thanks to The Shouting Hour last Sunday who showed the way.

EP 109 | Susana Trilling-Chef. Educator. Oaxaca, Mexico


Susana Trilling is a chef, teacher, caterer, author, TV hostess, food consultant, and director of Seasons of My Heart Cooking School and Sazon de Mi Corazon S.A. de C.V., producing gourmet Mexican products.  She’s from Philly.

She owned 2 NYC restaurants, a restaurant in Fremantle, Western Australia, and has lived in Oaxaca since 1988, where her two sons were born and raised on her ranch outside of the city.

She wrote My Search for the Seventh Mole and Seasons of My Heart; A Culinary Journey through Oaxaca, Mexico to accompany her 13 part PBS series, that ran for 6 years.

 Susana was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Oaxacan International Food and Wine Festival in 2002 and in 2012 was presented with the Espiga de Oro Award for her work promoting Oaxacan cuisine internationally. She has been featured at many Food and Wine and Cacao Festivals and been a celebrity chef at CIA San Antonio’s annual Paella Challenge.

 Please enjoy this mid-afternoon chat with Susana Trilling. If you get a chance Google her complete history. It’s fascinating.

EP 108 | Julius Makarewicz-Nude Beverages Founder


It’s 2013.
In Vancouver, 23-year-old Julius Markarewicz is at a trade show featuring entrepreneurs who have “new ideas”. He’s one of many.
His idea is putting vodka and soda TOGETHER in a can so all we have to do is pour it.
Nude Beverages are now approaching 44 Million cans sold.
This is the story we tell today.

EP 107 | Jeffrey Katzenberg


Mid-April I was lucky enough to be invited to interview Meg Whitman, the CEO of Quibi.

Quibi is new entertainment art form.  A short form mobile video company. Content is  intended for viewing on smart phones.

Nothing longer than 10 minutes.  News, series, films, documentaries. You name it.

Quibi stands for Quick Bites. It also stands for “ambitious”

Meg’s partner and our guest  is Jeffrey Katzenberg,

Former Disney Chair  (Little Mermaid – Lion King)

led Disney animation (Beauty and The Beast -Roger Rabbit)

and DreamWorks (Shrek)

It’s fair to say, this is a tough sell..they’re already planning on expanding to TV capability.

Lots of competition. Many choices. As Jeffrey says in our interview… “this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. Check back in a year”


For your information and convenience, we’ve put both interviews together here.

Here’s Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg. The Team behind Quibi

EP 106 | Jason Priestley


Welcome to the pandemic

This week’s podcast is with two very fine friends.

Jason and Naomi Priestley in their house in North Hollywood.

You know Jason from 90210.

Private Eyes. A Roy Orbison video, Hollywood and Vines TV, and a bag full of films and tv series.

He acts, directs, and writes.

He’s also the luckiest guys in the World because he wed Naomi  Lowde-Priestley.

They have two children who act like adults.

Years ago One of them bit me in the nether region.

We’re talking wines, politics, Hollywood and Vines and life in the USA



EP 105 | Ron Sexsmith


Our Podcast guest is one of the best songwriters that Canada has ever given The World.

Wait a minute. Better than Cohen. Joni. Neil. Lightfoot etc?

They are all peers. The originals who paved the way.

RON SEXSMITH has just released his new album Hermitage.

Ron triggers emotions and memories.

I love talking to Ron.  We have the same sense of humor and history.

And we both love our coffee in the morning,  wine at night and the music of Richard Manuel, Kinks, Zevon, The Who et al.

Enjoy the conversation and the Zoom video that comes with it.