The JamBase Podcast Episode 18: Fruition’s Mimi Naja & Spafford
Episode 18 of The JamBase Podcast is now live and available for your listening pleasure. The new installment can be streamed below or through your favorite podcast provider. As usual, the episode begins with “The Rundown” of recent new stories. Then, Mimi Naja of Fruition shares a handful of “Tour Stories.” Finally, all four members of Spafford sit for a “Quit My Day Job” segment.
Hosts Scott Bernstein and Andy Kahn start “The Rundown” by discussing some of the trends that have developed over the first three weeks of Phish Summer Tour. Scotty then talks about Bob Weir‘s upcoming tour with Wolf Bros featuring drummer Jay Lane and bassist Don Was. AK concludes “The Rundown” with a recap of some of the tours that have been announced over the past few weeks.
ScottyB interviewed Mimi Naja at last month’s High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, California. The Fruition multi-instrumentalist kicks off the “Tour Stories” segment by describing the band’s experience opening a series of dates for Jack Johnson. Mimi then talks about singer-songwriter Daniel Rodriguez (Elephant Revival) hopping in the van with the band this spring. Naja also discusses Fruition’s friendship with Greensky Bluegrass, the group’s decision to honor Tom Petty and additional topics.
Episode 18 ends with a “Quit My Day Job” segment hosted by Andy featuring the members of Spafford and recorded at this year’s Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, Illinois. First, keyboardist Andrew “Red” Johnson takes us back to 2016 to describe his experience working at a medical facility that didn’t end well. Then, guitarist Brian Moss details the band’s salad days and a gig at an E-Cigarette company. Next, bassist Jordan Fairless discusses a job he held down as a stagehand in Flagstaff. Last, drummer Cameron Laforest recalls his time as an employee at a various horse shows leading up to receiving a call to join Spafford.