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Episode 29, Toad the Wet Sprocket Interview

“Being able to play these songs every night is the reward; I could play these songs forever.”

This was a special interview for me as Toad the Wet Sprocket’s songs were in constant rotation during my teenage years. In high school, songs like “Something is Always Wrong” and “Falls Down” were covered by my friends’ band, Japhy’s Peak. I was that kid tagging along to band practices and to every gig enthralled by the 90’s alternative rock sound. These songs in particular, have stuck with me to present day and still bring a sonic sense of comfort when I’m feeling nostalgic.

Fast forward to a few days ago when I had the opportunity to interview Glen Phillips and Dean Dinning of Toad the Wet Sprocket. Our conversation ranged from their first album purchases from The Muppet Movie soundtrack to The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and even their favorite breakfast spot in Charleston, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit.

A notable topic of discussion was their loyal fanbase and how they’ve continue to maintain it over the years. It all started as sending snail mail postcards with tour dates to fans and even sending physical copies of early demos including their 1991 hit, “Walk on the Ocean“. That mailing list quickly grew to 70,000 names including Darius Rucker’s mother’s home address and Counting Crows’ frontman, Adam Duritz, before the band existed.

Their latest release, All You Want, is a remastered greatest hits album featuring fan-favorite tunes and the new single, “Best of Me (2023)“. They’ll be making a stop in Charleston on June 11th so make sure to purchase your tickets so you can hear their classics along with the new single live at the Charleston Music Hall. As Dean stated in the quote above, this is a band that is excited to share their music and understand how lucky they are to have that opportunity.

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