Songwriter Sanctuary


Episode 15 - Jack & The Bear

In this episode we talk with Jack & The Bear about their Halloween themed release, Gruesome Gruesome Volume Twosome, which is a follow up to last year's EP titled, Gruesome Gruesome. Topics include the creative process, the Grammys, surviving in a niche market and creating as much as you can before your time is up.


Episode 14 - Dave Buker & The Historians

On this episode, Dave and Leanna Buker joined us in Studio B to talk about their newest release, vinyls, singles versus albums, worst gigs, and somehow we end up relating the Cleveland Browns to music careers. Just after we recorded this podcast they performed at our Songwriter Showcase. Check the links below to view their performance!

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Episode 13 - Alex Meixner

World class musician and polka artist, Alex Meixner talks about how he thrives in a niche market landing a gig as a one-man-band in a series of commercials for Hormel Pepperoni and working with Jack Black on the soundtrack for the Netflix Original, The Polka King.

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Episode 12 - Larry Meyer

Larry Meyer is an attorney and board member of The Arts Commission in Toledo, Ohio who loves to nerd out on aspects of the music business. In this episode we discuss copyright and how it can be used to protect your creative works. Joel Trzcinski also joins the conversation and touches on Spotify and streaming topics.


Episode 11 - On Cue

A group of Ohio based theater kids and their parents join us to share how they formed "On Cue" to provide learning experiences for individuals passionate about creative arts. We also get to hear some great "Worst Gig" stories from the stage.


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Episode 10 - Eric Oblander

In this episode, Eric Oblander joins us in Studio B to talk about life as a touring musician and how it led to becoming a television producer in Toledo, Ohio.


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Episode 9 - Dean Tartaglia

We cover a range of topics with Dean Tartaglia and Joel Trzcinski including the launch of Dean's new PR company, touring with Tenacious D, getting sued by a band with the same name, celebrity sightings, and more!

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Episode 8 - Randy Chertkow

We talk with Chicago based author, musician, and speaker, Randy Chertkow about a range of topics from crowdfunding to royalties.

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Randy's books are Making Money with Music, The DIY Music Manual, The Indie Band Survival Guide, and The Indie Band Survival Guide 2nd Edition.

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