Todays guest is Country Hits presenter and The Long Road Festival Creative Director Baylen Leonard. We spoke about Country Music in the UK, Living in Tennessee, New York and London and everything else in between!
Focus People! Episode 34 - Baylen Leonard & Elf Lyons
Episode 34: David Mills is joined by Radio Host, DJ and organiser of The Long Road Festival Baylen Leonard and Comedian, Clown and Table Tennis "coach" Elf Lyons for Focus People! A look back at the week and a look ahead to a more dynamite future. Recorded weekly at the Bill Murray Pub in Islington, London. Contact the show via email: FocusPeoplePodcast@gmail.com Contact the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FocusPeoplePod Focus People Theme by Danny Calvi Accounts:https://twitter.com/DavidMillsDept https://twitter.com/HeyBaylen https://twitter.com/elf_lyons Recorded and Edited by Matthew Sanders
13. Baylen Leonard; Tennessee Trailer Parks, Changing Times in New York and Spreading the Country Music Love Around the World
The Big Travel Podcast
Not making it big on Broadway might have been frustrating for Baylen Leonard at the time but it was the UK’s gain as, despite having grown up in relative poverty in the Tennessee foothills, he’s now a well known radio presenter, DJ and broadcaster based in London, well known for having been an integral part of the popular Danny Baker’s team on BBC Radio London, and spreading the country music love around the world. He’s also on first name terms with Dolly Parton, now that to anyone is better than any Broadway part. On this episode we cover: His hybrid accent East Tennessee The great Smokey Mountains The Appalachian Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains Bristol Tennessee The town that lies between two states State Street Extreme wealth and poverty The coal industry Growing up in a trailer park Whether it is okay to use the term ‘hill billy’ Wearing the hill billy badge with pride Farming communities ‘the worst kind of American poverty’ Having a great childhood The trailer park community Moving away age 18 Standing out at school School bullies Not learning to swim Life lessons from poverty High school Virginia High Being at the ‘really poor rural high school’ How his life was changed by local community theatre Being accepted to theatre school in New York Working in a factory to save money Making drill bits on a production line The sisters who would drive from Tennessee to Vegas How they inspired him to leave Arriving in New York at the age of 18 The craziness of New York in the 90s Mayor Giuliani Stealing books from the library Bad guide book advice The unexpected noise of the city Not liking silence Loving sky scrapers Leaving New York for London Wondering why the hell he had moved Not becoming a Broadway star A fascination with the UK A lucky encounter with a radio producer at a party Voice overs at BBC Radio 1 Blagging his way into BBC Radio London Working with Danny Baker Becoming a big part of the Danny Baker show Amy Lamee Americans on the radio Giving back by helping other people out Class divide Badly paid work Danny Baker’s last show flouncing What it’s like living as an American in London George W Bush A surprise anti-American vibe Differences between Britain and America You say tomato, Baylen still stays tomato London v New York The Tube v the Subway London as a ‘big churning animal’ Cracking the London code Loving to travel Returning to Nashville Not having been to Australia or the Far East Amsterdam, Prague, love of Spain Plans to visit Mexico Meeting Dolly Parton Family vacations at Dollywood Not liking country music growing up Now focusing his career on country music The festival, Nashville Meets London The Long Road festival Being thankful for where he is from