Dennis Quaid has lengthy been each an actor and a musician, however now he’s discovered a approach to mix his love of storytelling and his love of rock and roll together with his new podcast, Bear and a Banjo.
The fictional anthology sequence follows the story of two associates, Bear (performed by up to date music producer “Poo Bear”) and Banjo (performed by music producer “Jingle Jared”) who simply occur to be in the neighborhood the place main musical or historic milestones happen via American historical past.
In the present’s first episode, they discover themselves on a midnight prepare proper with Sonny Liston, the mob and Muddy Waters — Bear and Banjo unwittingly affect and outline occasions that formed America between the 1930s and 1970s.
“It has a really Forrest Gump feeling about it,” Quaid, who’s an govt producer in addition to the present’s narrator “Dr. Q,” tells PEOPLE on this week’s situation. He provides, “It’s very funny.”
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The present additionally has a number of visitor characters, together with two performed by Rosanna Arquette, one performed by Timbaland, and one by singer-songwriter Zac Brown, who performs a personality in the present’s fifth episode and can launch a remix of the present’s authentic tune “Can You Hear Me Now” (out Nov. 7).
The most attention-grabbing side is that every episode will function a brand new, authentic tune (produced by legends like T. Bone Burnett, with lyrics to one tune written by Bob Dylan) and at the finish of the sequence, an 8-song album will likely be produced and made accessible for buy.
“A podcast has never been used before to launch original music,” says Quaid, 65, noting that they launch a brand new tune with each episode out on Thursdays. “The audience reaction to it has been amazing.”
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Quaid, who lately acquired engaged to his girlfriend Laura Savoie, says he’s additionally enthusiastic about the podcast sphere basically, which has quickly been gaining traction in Hollywood.
“I think right now, no one can tell you where it’s going,” he says. “It’s really like when TV came out or Sirius radio came on, no one could tell you what it’s going to be. So it’s exciting to be in the center of it.”
He likens listening to scripted podcasts to days of yore when households would collect round to hear to fictional exhibits on the radio. “It’s amazing how old ideas keep coming around to renew themselves,” he says.
Listen to Bear and a Banjo at iHeart Radio or wherever you get your podcasts
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