Backstory Sessions

If you ever wondered, “what’s the story behind that story” then Backstory Sessions is for you. We showcase fascinating people, from all walks of life. Each episode takes a behind the scenes look at their work and spotlights guests who have their own stories to tell.

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Guests On Backstory Sessions

We've been honored to tell so many fabulous backstories. Check out just a few of our guests.

 

Actors: Loretta Swit,  Michael Learned, Rick Cosnett, Max Casella and Vernon Wells

Singers: Rhonda Vincent, Artimus Pyle, Bev Bevin, Tess Frizell and Jeanie Seely

Songwriters: Steve Dorff, Bobby Tomberlin and Alex Miller

 

Episodes

5 days ago

Hey friends! Welcome to this special Father's Day edition of Backstory Sessions. Today, we are joined by some incredible young talents: Alexys Acob, Reed Elliotte, and Dalton Dailey.🎉
We kick things off by chatting about the unique experiences and insights these young actors bring to their roles in "Korporate Kindergarten." From Dalton's inspiring journey into acting to Reed's amazing story of meeting three U.S. Presidents, and Alexys’s musical and acting talents, this episode is packed with fun and heartwarming moments.
Also, we get into the nitty-gritty of what it's like for these kids to play adult roles, their dreams for the future, and their touching tributes to their dads on this special day. Trust me, you don't want to miss this one!
So sit back, relax, and let's dive into the world of young talent and heartfelt Father's Day memories. 💖

Catching Up: Will Wesley

Sunday Jun 09, 2024

Sunday Jun 09, 2024

Hey there! Welcome to another episode of Backstory Sessions. Today, we have the pleasure of catching up with the ever-talented Will Wesley, who’s back for his second visit.
Will’s been busy since we last chatted. He’s gone from spreading Christmas cheer with his version of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" to releasing his latest single, "Honky Tonk USA." We dive into the backstory of this country anthem, his inspirations, and the state of classic country music today.
But that’s not all. Will shares some heartwarming stories about his family’s involvement in his music videos, his nomination for three Josie Awards, and his upcoming European tour. We even get a sneak peek into his new, deeply personal project, "12 O'Clock in Texas," which touches on the emotional journey after the loss of his brother to addiction.
So, grab your headphones, settle in, and join us for a great conversation with Will Wesley. You won't want to miss this one!

Sunday Jun 02, 2024

Hey Backstory fans! In this episode, we dive into a truly inspiring story that will tug at your heartstrings. We sit down with the talented singer-songwriter Tiffany Woys, who shares her incredible journey from a dream beach wedding swept away by a hurricane to finding solace and strength in her music. We start with Tiffany's path into music and songwriting. Later, she opens up about her whirlwind romance, the heartbreak of a called-off engagement, and how she turned her pain into powerful songs that resonate with so many. This episode is packed with raw emotions, resilience, and the magic of music. You won't want to miss it! She offers great insight into how she dealt with the events that transpired with grace, and was able to move forward. Also, get a sneak peek into Tiffany's latest projects and her thoughts on the evolving music industry. Tune in and be inspired by this heartfelt conversation! 

Sunday May 26, 2024

Welcome to another amazing episode of Backstory Sessions! Join us as we continue Season 12 with an exciting conversation featuring the newest inductee into the Grand Ole Opry, the legendary T. Graham Brown.
Find out about T's remarkable journey, from his early days performing in college bars to his recent induction into the Opry. He shares stories from his illustrious career, including his start singing songwriter demos after moving to Nashville, and the emotional experience of being invited to join the Opry by fellow member Vince Gill. The episode also touches on his more unique ventures, such as singing advertising jingles and hosting a long running show on Sirius XM radio.  Additionally, we also chat about T.'s upcoming album, "From Memphis to Muscle Shoals," featuring collaborations with renowned artists like Dwight Yoakam, Wynonna Judd, and Sammy Hagar. T. offers insights into the inspiration behind the album and the exciting duets it includes. Also, find out about more upcoming projects from this amazing artist.

Sunday May 19, 2024

Join us for the second episode of Backstory Sessions' 12th season where we discuss the launch of the new website, BackstorySessions.com as well as future plans for it.  Listen to some interesting tales about our recent animal encounters too! 
Our awesome guest this week, singer/songwriter Paige King Johnson, shares the story of her journey from growing up in a small town and moving to Nashville to follow her dreams. Find out what made her put aside living in Nashville full time, and how she manages her writing, recording, and busy touring schedule. From the gift of her first guitar, the recent release of her latest single, "Somebody's Gotta Do It", Paige has an inspiring story you won't want to miss. Find out what her and Cat have in common in the business world, and what led to Paige starting that venture. She also shares her thoughts on co-writing and working with and opening for lots of mainstream artists. 
 

Sunday May 12, 2024

Welcome to the start of Season 12 of Backstory Sessions! We are happy to be back and bring you our awesome fans, more great interviews this season!
We start the episode with a few updates on things we talked about in recent episodes: The Pitch, the Backstory Sessions website, and talk about the Northern Lights, along with a few other random items. Our guest this week is actress Kami Cotler, who played Elizabeth Walton on the much-loved series, Kami talks about how she landed the role at such a young age and navigating being an actor while trying to have a semi normal life during those early years. We chat about what she has been doing since, and her feelings about the series after so many years. Her many years spent in education are a sharp contrast to acting, but she still finds time to attend fan events and continue her connection with other actors from the series, as well as fans of the show. It's an interesting conversation that shows acting may have a strong alure for many but for some, there may be other passions that pull them in other directions.  She also shares a funny story about getting recognized by some fans as an adult during a date with her then boyfriend/ now husband. We hope you enjoy our chat with Kami as much as we did.

Sunday Apr 14, 2024

Hello Backstory fans! Welcome to the Season 11 finale. Join us as we share our reflections and excitement as we close out the season and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the classic TV series, Little House on the Prairie. What sets this episode apart is none other than the special guest, Karen Grassle, popularly known as Ma Ingalls. We look deep into her journey in the industry and her amazing contributions to the prairie's endless tales, among her other pursuits. The discussion touches on the series' unforgettable final episode – a classic that still sparks curiosity decades later, and also peels back the layers of Karen's path – from her love for performing to her interest in writing and storytelling. As we dig into her amazing career, Karen shares her humble persona, creative drive, and the process of writing her memoir. Her resilience, curiosity, and love of lifelong learning give you a profound insight into her life in and beyond the screen.
This episode also serves as a big thank you to our dedicated listeners who have supported us in creating a platform showcasing the stories behind memorable TV series, actors and actresses, amazing musicians, authors, with the occasional random crazy episode by us, and is a perfect endcap to a great Season 11.

Sunday Apr 07, 2024

Hello Backstory fans! join us for a fun chat where we reminisce about our own hitchhiking tales and have a discussion on life’s unexpected risks.
The episode features our first-ever four-time guest, author Jeff Rasley, a seasoned storyteller whose life mirrors his narratives, sharing captivating details about his hitchhiking experiences.
Experience a thrilling ride through America in winter of 1972 with Jeff in his latest narrative, "Adventure Unleashed: A Hitchhiker’s Big Journey". From encounters with diverse spectrum of characters to learning invaluable life lessons, this episode provides a look into the American hitchhiking culture of the 70s.
Jeff also relives his remarkable journey meeting fascinating characters across America. From the 'Jesus in a Ferrari’ to the fanciful crime gang inviting him to join their ranks, this episode paves the path to intriguing storytelling leading to stirring self-introspection and spiritual growth.
Another highlight of this Backstory Sessions includes a riveting detour into the counterculture scene. Jeff talks about his unexpected stops at secretive cult compounds, his adventures at Mardi Gras, and how these diverse cultural exposures have shaped his life. Tune in to take part in this journey, which promises a great mix of humor, nostalgia, and transformative life events. 

Sunday Mar 31, 2024

Hello Backstory fans! In this special episode we first jump into some of the traditions and trivia regarding Easter. From egg hunts and sugar-loaded candies to family meals, we reflect on diverse Easter traditions. Matt talks about Easter facts, exploring the origin of the Easter Bunny and the production of the iconic candy, Peeps. Tune in for this fun Easter special garnished with laughter, nostalgia, and a dash of heated debates. 
We also welcome the return of Rick Cosnett  to the podcast, who starred as Eddie in 'The Flash,' where he discusses the evolution of his character, challenges faced on the set, and memorable experiences during the series run. Rick talks about Eddie's transformation from a supervillain to a superhero, the emotional ending of the series, and how these reflected his own personal growth. We also discuss navigating the unpredictable landscape of industry interviews and performing dangerous stunts. Explore Rick's journey across contrasting roles, varying projects, surreal surroundings, and his unwavering love for acting that led him from Australia to the US.
 We uncover Rick's dream of portraying many diverse characters, his passion for the theater, and his ambitious web series project 'The Vacluse Daily.’ Experience his star-struck moments, expectations for future projects, and excitement for upcoming seasons of 'Palm Royale' and "911". The episode is filled with laughter, vivid storytelling, and reflections.

Lots of Updates and Plans

Sunday Mar 24, 2024

Sunday Mar 24, 2024

Hello Backstory fans! In this entertaining episode of Backstory Sessions, we have a discussion about Cat's social media adventures, the exciting venue and timing updates of her murder mystery event 'Murder on the Mountain' and an update on the upcoming pitch event for the unique mobile dinner theatre, 'Mystery Meets'. We also reveal some details about our upcoming Easter episode, which includes a special guest  Rick Cosnett.
We also have a discussion about the interesting phenomenon of the upcoming solar eclipse, with the odd decision of school closures during the event, eclipse viewing practices, and whether eclipse glasses have an expiration date.
As the episode winds down, we share some exciting future plans, including launching the new Backstory Sessions website, (finally) with an online store,  new merch coming, and expanding our social media presence. We also share a sneak peek into Cat's upcoming drama play "Boxes", an exploration of Matt's SubStack writings plans, as well as the  idea for a new podcast.
We celebrate our milestone of five years working on Backstory Sessions, and for this achievement, we express our gratitude for the support of you, our loyal listeners. 

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