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10/10 >> DANIEL ROMANO

by  |  July 15, 2016

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This month, Quick Before It Melts celebrates 10 years of music blogging and writing by honouring 10 Canadian artists who’ve had the greatest impact and influence on Quick Before It Melts over the last 10 years, and each in their own way have left their mark on our website and our soul. We’re calling this special series of posts 10/10.

Back in 2011 I learned two lessons: 1. Podcasting is hard work, and 2. You’ll never know if they’ll say yes unless you ask.

After an ill-fated attempt to get a regular QBIM podcast off the ground, I reached out to Daniel Romano about writing a list of favourite songs or artists (something like what would eventually become The Guest List) that I could use to put together a podcast episode around, and he did me one better: he recorded his own episode. “How awesome is that?” indeed.

Over 41 minutes, and with the help of Mike Ridley, a former on-air personality from Niagara’s CHOW 1470 AM radio station, Romano not only plays some of his 10 all-time favourite country songs, he offers up live covers of songs by Lefty Frizzell, the Louvin Brothers, and George Jones. It’s been ages since the link to the podcast in the original post actually worked, so what better time than now as part of our 10th anniversary celebrations to dust that ol’ MP3 off and share it once again? You can stream it from the player below, and download for listening later here.

There’s countless examples where I and Mac have sung Romano’s musical praises throughout these pages, so it goes without saying that he’d be counted among the 10 most influential artists of our decade, but there’s one thing I left unsaid when first posting this podcast that needs to be said now:

Daniel, thank you so much for doing that. You truly went above and beyond my initial request, and I sincerely appreciate all the time and effort that took. I understood correctly, that the podcast was recorded with old equipment from the CHOW studios. CHOW in the 70s and 80s is woven into the fabric of my childhood; thank you for helping to make it a part of Quick Before It Melts, too.

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