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Get Into the Van with Alt Country musician Mike West as he sits down with guests from all walks of life to see what makes them tick, discuss their craft and inspirations and all else in between.

Recorded in the back of Mike’s Mazda Bongo that he tours in, Mike chats to musicians, poets, promoters, artists and anyone else passionate about what they do to inspire listeners to follow their creative outlets.

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Join me on Episode 16 with the legendary Danny Vaughn. The powerhouse vocalist behind Tyketto, Waysted, one half of Snake Oil & Harmony with Dan Reed and an excellent solo artist with the release of his latest record "Myths, Legends and Lies".
 
We talk songwriting, touring, longevity and an impressive career in the music game! This is a great talk so make sure you listen!
 
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On Episode 15, I sit down with Robert Henry! Robert Henry is an authentic Honky-Tonk and Traditional Country singer fusing modern sensibilities with that classic sound. We had a chat about songwriting sessions in Nashville, his metal roots, touring during the pandemic and so much more!

 

https://www.roberthenrymusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/RobertHenryBand

 

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On episode 14 of Into the Van, I sit down with down to earth and all around interesting guy Beans on Toast! I chat with the "Drunk Folk Singer" about writing songs full of social commentary, how he started as a musician and how he currently operates as a successful, indepedent musician! 

 

https://beansontoastmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/beansontoastmusic

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For episode 13, I sit down with Nashville based singer-songwriter duo The Danberrys to talk their new album "Shine", writing and working as a duo, touring, spirituality and lyrics and so much more!  The Danberrys are somehow both charmingly old-world and very much of this moment. The married couple’s rich pastoral blues and muscly folk evoke the big-hearted storytelling of pioneering giants like the Carter Family but could only come now, as a mixed offshoot of roots music’s ever-growing family tree.

 

https://www.thedanberrys.com/

https://www.facebook.com/thedanberrys/

 

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On this weeks Into the Van, I have the pleasure of talking to West Virginian native Charles Wesley Godwin. Charles released one of my favourite records last year Seneca, and I sit down with him to talk touring, writing and recording, opening for acts like Ward Davis and Charles' recent Scandinavian tour and so much more!

https://www.facebook.com/charlesgodwinmusic/
http://www.charleswgodwin.com/

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On episode 11 I sit down with Americana renegade Emilia Quinn! Known for energetic live performances, honest songwriting and weaving together blues, rock and country, we chat about the UK Country Scene, recording during lockdown, open mics and so much more!

https://www.facebook.com/emiliaquinnmusic/
https://www.emiliaquinnmusic.com/

Find your preferred platform to listen to here - https://linktr.ee/mike333west

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I had the absolute pleasure to sit down with Southern Gothic, Blues Rock powerhouse Drew Dixon and talk songwriting, touring as an independent artist and booking shows, opening for the one and only Lynryd Skynryd and so much more! 

 

http://www.iamdrewdixon.com/

https://www.facebook.com/iamdrewdixon/

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This episode I sit down with the brilliant Anthony Simpkins of GemsOnVHS to discuss Country and Folk music, starting a YouTube channel and recording musicians and we have surprise song by the wonderful Josh OKeefe!

https://www.youtube.com/user/GemsOnVHS

https://www.facebook.com/GemsOnVHS/

https://www.facebook.com/joshokeefeofficial/

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This week I (virtually) get Into the Van with Pet Patsilivas of the Caged In Podcast! A weekly podcast breaking down Nic Cage films with his guests, this conversation is NOT just about how great Nicolas Cage and his movies are! We talk about starting a podcast and building a fanbase, approaching guests and a goldmine of information for all you podders and casters!

 

https://linktr.ee/Petrospatsilivas

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This week, I sit down with the powerhouse front man of The Plott Hounds, Noah Alexander and their trusted tour manager Patrick Adas.

The Plott Hounds are a Southern Rock/Country Blues band from Anoka, Minnesota and have been blazing a trail across the USA and even two stops over to the UK including a blistering set at Ramblin' Man Fair.

We get into the ins and outs of touring, nationally and internationally, song writing as a band, tour manager top tips and so much more. I have nothing but love and respect for these guys and this was a conversation I've been itching to have!

 

https://www.facebook.com/theplotthounds

https://www.theplotthounds.com/

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