Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Opinion, Podcast, Q & A |

Music lovers, rejoice! In this podcast, we talk with J.D. Ryznar and Hunter Stair, the pioneers of Yacht Rock. Not the music itself, but the naming of the genre, first through their cult favorite web series from a decade or so ago, construction jobs
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and now with their podcast.

For the uninitiated, Yacht Rock is a subset of sophisticated soft rock — think Steely Dan, Toto, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins — that was sophisticated, musically, and (letting Wikipedia take if from here…) “existing between the late 1970s and early 1980s. Drawing on sources such as smooth soul, smooth jazz, R&B, funk, and disco, common stylistic traits include high-quality production, clean vocals, and a focus on light, catchy melodies. Initially used pejoratively, its name was derived from its association with the popular Southern Californian leisure.”

It’s a fun conversation, and if you’re a fan of the show/podcast, or just the music of the period, worth a listen.