April 30, 2020
In this rerun from 2018, Beth Ditto, former lead singer of the band Gossip, talks about how Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam” helped her grapple with complex feelings about her home state, Arkansas. She also talks about returning home after heartbreak and explores making her first record “Fake Sugar.”Listen
This Song started in 2015, a year and a half after producer and host Elizabeth McQueen stopped touring with the Western Swing band Asleep at the Wheel. The idea came from a conversation she had with Wheel road manager PJ Herrington. They dreamed up a show that would try to capture the post-gig bus conversations that musicians about music with each other on the road. They both knew that musicians are most beautiful when they’re talking about the music that changed them. You can actually hear PJ as a co-host in the first two episodes. He had to bow out, due to his travel schedule, but Elizabeth continued to make the podcast for five years.
Elizabeth currenting co-hosts and co-produces Pause/Play, a podcast about live music, a global pandemic and what comes next. She also helps produce The Breaks podcast.
Elizabeth McQueen is an audio producer and podcast host at KUTX 98.9, Austin’s NPR music station. McQueen is also the featured host of the podcast, “This Song,” and the producer of “The Breaks,” a hip-hop podcast. Prior to her career in radio and podcasting, Elizabeth was a professional musician who started and played for the band, “Elizabeth McQueen and the Firebrands,” and later joined the legendary Western Swing band, “Asleep at the Wheel.”