I'm thrilled to announce The Curiosity Habit, my new podcast exploring people, places, things, and ideas that I just can't help learning more about. Tune in every Wednesday (yes, #wertzwednesday) this summer & STAY CURIOUS!
CHECK OUT THE PODCAST HERE!
WEEK 8: Jamie Cunningham / Steadfast Coffee
What makes a great cup of coffee? How can you get better at tasting it? Jamie Cunningham of Steadfast Coffee in Nashville joins me to explore all the intricate details of my favorite daily drink. Check out our conversation HERE!
More info on how you can drink coffee like this at home? Here are links to some of the things we talked about.
While we do everything in our power to roast and serve the best coffee possible, coffee itself isn’t actually the core of our company. It’s our guests. We want to nurture a sense of wonder through your experience and interaction with what we do. Whether you buy a bag of coffee online, visit a cafe or just happen to live down the street from one, we hope you encounter our commitment to surprising hospitality, joy-rooted excellence, curious innovation and meaningful community. Lean more about Steadfast HERE.
WEEK 6 & 7: Dave Barnes Interviews Matt About New Album Gun SHy
I first learned about Dave Barnes as a senior at the University of Illinois. I stumbled on Dave’s name on the list of upcoming shows at a well known music venue in Knoxville I had recently discovered, clicked on it, and the rest is history.
Dave has been a consistent source of friendship and camaraderie over the years, as we’ve both soared and trudged through this career in music. I’m always amazed at how often we are going through similar things/thinking similar thoughts about life and music. Each pursuing our own independent careers, we’ve written, recorded, and toured together, in some capacity for the past 15 years.
I asked Dave to interview ME for The Curiosity Habit about the process of writing and recording my newest record, Gun Shy, and we talked so much it turned into 2 episodes. I think you’re gonna love being a fly on the wall to our conversation! Listen & enjoy HERE!
Dave Barnes is a singer-songwriter who is probably best known for his song “God Gave Me You” which Blake Shelton cut in 2011 and also earned him Grammy and CMA nominations. With over 50 cuts by other artists, Barnes has written hits including the #1 CCM hit "All I Need" (Bethany Dillon), "Until You" (Billy Currington), "Daughter of A Workin' Man" (Danielle Bradbery), and "Mary & Joseph" (Tim McGraw). Barnes is also a veteran artist with nine albums under his belt, including his latest, Carry On, San Vicente which released in March of this year. Lean more about Dave HERE.
WEEK 5: Thad COCKrell
My friend Thad Cockrell is one of the most bombastic, raw, real, talented people I know. I'm one of the many people he has inspired, not only through the music he makes but the way he lives. Check out our conversation HERE!
North Carolina-native Thad Cockrell deubted his first album in 2001. He has released three solo albums, along with a collaborative album with Caitlin Cary. Cockrell, who often writes emotional songs, is frequently associated with his goal to "put the hurt back in country.” More recently he’s one half of the duo Leagues, with Jeremy Lutito. They recently released their first single “Dance With Me” off their forthcoming album, Alone Together. Learn more about Thad HERE.
WEEK 4: Jeff Kaylor
I sat down with my new friend and magician, Jeff Kaylor. Check out our conversation HERE!
- Creator of multiple best selling utility devices including TKO 2.0 and The Ultimate Card Control Utility.
- Motivational Speaker for Fortune 50 Companies.
- Toured with Michael Ammar in over 220 cities in 13 countries.
- Member of the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood California.
- Lectured at the Magic Circle in London England.
- Co-Founder of The Magic Estate in Orlando, FL.
- Grew up in Beverly, MA, then graduated from Binghamton University in NY with a degree in Cinematography
Learn more about Jeff HERE.
WEEK 3: Tripp Crosby
Tripp Crosby is most widely known as the taller half of Tripp and Tyler, a world famous YouTube sketch comedy duo with over 40 million views. Their work has been featured on the Today Show, CNN Headline News, and multiple times on the homepage of YouTube.
Tripp is also a film director and was recently selected as part of the Saatchi & Saatchi New Director Showcase at the Cannes International Film Festival. He is also the founder of Green Tricycle Studios, in Atlanta, GA, anaward-winning commercial, music video, and branded entertainment production company. Their work has been seen on multiple television networks and by millions on the world wide web.
When he's not producing new sketches with Tyler or leading his team at Green Tricycle, Tripp can be seen performing at comedy clubs and corporate events around the globe. Learn more about Tyler HERE.
WEEK 2 : DREW HOLCOMB & PAUL STEELE
I talked with my friends Drew Holcomb (singer-songwriter) and his manager Paul Steele. Listen to our conversation HERE!
For Nashville based, Memphis born Drew Holcomb, “music is medicine” and it seems only fitting that along with his band The Neighbors - wife Ellie (vocals, guitar), Nathan Dugger (guitar, keys) and Rich Brinsfield (bass) - the group celebrated a decade long career with the release of their new full-length studio album Medicine on January 27, 2016 via his own imprint Magnolia Music. Holcomb has sold over 100,000 albums over the course of his career, played 2,000 concert dates in 7 countries and had over 40 placements on TV/Film/Commercials. Learn more about Drew HERE. Drew alongside his manager Paul have created Moon River Music Festival in Memphis, TN. This year will mark their third year with a lineup that includes Wade Bowen, The Oh Hellos, Colony House, Green River Ordinance, Dave Barnes, as well as Drew & his band. Learn more about Moon River HERE.
Paul Steele is the head of Good Time Inc, a boutique specializing in management, marketing and label services. His clientele at Good Time Inc, which launched in 2011, includes Musicbed, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, Judah & the Lion, Ellie Holcomb, Penny & Sparrow, Kris Allen, Ingrid Michelson, Hanson, Matt Wertz, Dave Barnes, Robert Earl Keen, The Lumineers, Moon River Music Festival, and many others. Paul’s work in the independent music scene extends back 15 years and includes the discovery and development of acts such as Ben Rector and Green River Ordinance. Learn more about Good Time on their website.
WEEK 1: STEPHEN ROSE OF THE PEACH TRUCK
I talked with my friend Stephen Rose of The Peach Truck. Check out our time HERE!
About Stephen & The Peach Truck:
When Stephen Rose moved to Nashville in the summer of 2010, he made a disheartening discovery many before him already had: no one was selling fresh, flavorful peaches like the kind he’d grown up with.
Stephen had spent most of his childhood summers at a peach farm in his hometown of Fort Valley, Georgia. And to his surprise, no markets and grocers around Nashville were supplying true Georgia peaches, the heirloom he’d craved while he was out west and now considered a non-negotiable staple of southern summers. What he found instead was often a poorly handled, less juicy, and bland imposter. Even worse, no one around him seemed to know what they were missing.
Soon after, Stephen and his wife Jessica took a trip back to his hometown farm and confirmed two of their suspicions: 1) Nashville indeed had a peach problem and 2) they were holding the only viable solution. It was then that Stephen and Jessica began dreaming of a way to partner with his hometown farm to bring these prized peaches to not only Nashvillians, but households nationwide.
That dream began to unfold in summer 2012, when the couple bought a 64' Jeep Truck and started selling big, beautiful, juicy Georgia peaches out of their cab in Nashville. Within five weeks, the city had consumed over 10 tons of their infamous brown-bagged peaches. Needless to say, Nashville no longer had a peach problem.
Since then, Jessica and Stephen have remained passionate about providing both their neighbors and far-flung fruit enthusiasts with the best peaches possible. During the summer season, you can find The Peach Truck on corners across Nashville, on tour in various states, or in packages delivered right to your porch. So now, no matter where you reside, you can indulge is the magic of fresh-picked Georgia peaches all summer long.
Visit the Peach Truck's website to learn more!