The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 114

Kevin Godbee
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We broadcast weekly, every Tuesday at 8 pm eastern USA time and are available on nearly all podcast sites and apps. Listen on your computer, tablet, phone and even in the car! Our Featured Interview tonight is with Grammy-award winning pipe smoking musician Dom Flemons. Dom is billed as the “American Songster,” and is a multi-instrumentalist, playing banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills, in addition to singing. He plays fun, up-beat, old-time folk music. In “Pipe Parts”, Brian will tell us about his new pipe maintenance routine. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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4 Responses

  • HI Brian,
    Simple solution, get Lucite stems. Seriously, I just keep the alcohol inside the pipe and never on the outside, stem or bowl.
    Dom Flemons is a name I know from reading journals such as “Acoustic Guitar” and others music related materials while learning Banjo and guitar. I was also aware of the Chocolate Drops. Only after his music was played on this show did I realize that he was a pipe smoker. I have yet to smoke a pipe while practicing banjo or guitar. His 6 string guitar is beautiful.
    “Hot Chicken” definitely sounds like an older piece.
    Rant – two guys in a room is sometimes tooo much, four is definitely overcrowding. I agree with your rant.
    Great show.

  • The easiest and safest way to refurb a pipe or stem is giving it to someone who really knows how. And saying he knows how doesn’t count. Seeing is believing. Buffing wheels are the banes of buyers/collectors of old pipe. They are terribly hard on markings.
    I Loved the interview with Dom Flemons. His eclectic interest in old time music is very refreshing. I saw the Chocolate Drops in KC when they appeared on the American Prairie Home Companion. They were sensational. I lived in Phoenix in the 60’s and you wouldn’t call it a hot bed of old-time music but it had great western music. The western music of Marty Robbins is top drawer stuff.
    The music piece was very amusing.
    Rant: Some people are just stupid cheap. If you really needed to save $25 a person you should just stay home. The guy that complained about the lack of sleep was probably the guy who insisted on that cockamamie idea.

  • I enjoyed this show immensely! Dom is amazing, not only a terrific musician, but an absolute font of musical lore. I’ve been a fan for quite a while. I loved his work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and his new solo recording is just as fine. The photo with Dom smokin’ and pickin’ is fabulous.
    You gotta see Dom and Rhiannon do “Old Corn Likker,” you’ll tap the soles right off of your shoes:
    The rant was hilarious and spot-on.

  • Hey Brian,
    Been a while since I have been able to get caught up on the weekly show. This weeks show was a great way to jump back in.
    Good advice on getting some practice pipes before you tie into your prized Pipes. Also make sure that there is no one else around when practicing. Don’t want anyone to see you make the mistakes or be around when you turn the air blue. If you do have someone around make sure they are wearing a suit of armor lest they get a pipe embedded in their head.
    Don was great to hear from, it was fun to hear his stories of all of the histories of how he became the great musician he is today. As well it was wonderful to hear about his six string banjo and the appreciation he has for the old ways.
    Got a few past shows to get caught up on now.
    Two people in one room is even tough enough unless you are related or very close freinds. I for sure would not do 4 to a room that would be horrific.