Creative Memphis Podcast
Episode #018: Andrew & Billy | Outtakes 2014

This week's episode is laid back. Relaxed. Chill, like your ever freezing extremities. We southerners may not do well in the cold, so let Andrew and Billy serve you up some warm cheer. A retrospective on Creative Memphis in 2014, some 2015 tease, goofy laughs, IndieMemphis retrospective, a spot on David Lynch impression, yelling, singing, whistling, and some truly average beat boxing.

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode018_Outtakes2014.mp3
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Episode #017: Dana James Mwangi | Cheers Creative

Dana made the jump from in-house designer to rouge freelance designer for hire and Cheers Creative has been soaring ever since. Dana's unique approach includes educating the client in design, the process being a team effort between designer and client, and finding the right fit for both client and designer. In this episode there is some bad clients chat, design shop talk, critique's in design classes, praising and shaming Adobe, doing work that makes sense, and working with the right people.

Cheers Creative
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Linkedin | Pintrest

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode017_DanaMwangi.mp3
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Episode #016: Ben Smith, chef

A one week introductory in Asian cuisine was enough to spark an intense interest that would later drive Ben Smith to open his own restaurant in the heart of Cooper-Young. The conversation with Ben ranged from his experience teaching at L'ecole Culinaire, his own learning experience, what it's like to live and work in Hawaii, and how he came to open a restaurant in Memphis. The people who make your food are not who you think they are.

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode016_BenSmith.mp3
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Episode #015: Josh Horton | Creative Works

With a setup 10 years in the making Josh Horton, home grown designer from Memphis, brought massive talent from across the country to Memphis and dubbed the event Creative Works. Josh came to design through stages of exploration including medical practice, business development, and sound engineering. It was through sound engineering that he kept fueling the possibility for design, learned it was possible, left Memphis, and later came back to champion the celebration of Memphis and the catalyst that is creativity.

Twitter - @hieroglyph_co

Creative Works
Twitter - @cworksco

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode015_JoshHorton.mp3
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Episode #014: Todd Richardson | Crosstown Arts

Ground breaking for Crosstown Arts is coming up and Todd Richardson came onto the podcast to discuss. We learn about the past five years of development, future plans, some floor plans, and how it all came together. Surprising to hear just how well things went during planning phases from great reception, to partners with similar plans, and how having art history background worked in Todd's favor. Crosstown wants you to know that you too can be a part of this historic building, they will be looking for residents to help occupy what looks to be a premier culture center in Memphis.
Crosstown Events Calendar

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode014_ToddRichardson.mp3
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Episode #013: Erik Jambor | Indie Memphis

Erik Jambor is executive director of Indie Memphis. One of the city's core arts institutions, Indie Memphis connects and inspires indie filmmakers and film-lovers through the unique creative landscape that is the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll. In this episode Erik takes us behind the scenes, shares his passion for film creation, how he started a festival in Birmingham that continues today, the selection process for films, and how he became involved with Indie Memphis back in 1998. You'll hear previews for films coming to this year's festival, get the low down on other film initiatives that Indie Memphis takes part in, and why Erik's first films had Jawas in them. This year Indie Memphis will take place at Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, Hattiloo Theater, and Malco Studio on the Square. Indie Memphis is presented by Duncan-Williams.

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode013_ErikJambor.mp3
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Virginia Murphy explains the soul mending experience that is Playback Memphis. Playback Theatre is a unique collaboration — the audience shares a personal story or moment, then watches as Playback recreates that story with artistic shape and coherence. Playback brings stories to life and life to communities. Creative, heal thyself.

Playback Memphis

Playback Facebook

Playback Youtube

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode012_VirginiaMurphy.mp3
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Episode #011: Dr. Zandria Robinson, author and ethnographer

Zandria Robinson takes being a sociologist to a whole new level. She continues her conversation on the South by appearing on CMP and broadening horizons. Subjects include black southern heritage, the Ferguson riots, the southernization of America, commodetization of ideas, culture creators, and so much more. A podcast so heavy it's worthy of enjoying with some honey butter biscuits and crunchy potato tacos.

Dr. Robinson's book:
This Ain't Chicago: Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South (New Directions in Southern Studies)

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode011_ZandriaRobinson.mp3
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Episode #010: Billy Bicket, Blur | Memphis Punch

The benevolent Billy B came onto the podcast and we learned about how he's trying to change the world through creativity and setup a creative technologists conference, Blur. We also cover #venturecapital, the patron scene in Memphis, social movements, and we go in depth to see how a creative social activist develops over time.


Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode010_BillyBicket.mp3
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Episode #009: Shannon Cable | Shove It Designs

Awesome person and just a well rounded human being, Shannon Cable came onto the podcast and blew our minds with Buddhism, growing up in contrasting cultures, invention through necessity, the generation behind Shove It Designs, and skater culture in Memphis. Plus, we managed to once again debate the finer points of Basquiat, can't be tired of that yet.

Shove It Designs
Shove It Designs - Facebook
Shove It Designs - Twitter
Shove It Designs - Instagram

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode009_ShannonCable.mp3
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Episode #008: Leandra Urrutia, sculptor | MCA

Leandra Urrutia, accomplished drafter, sculptor, teacher, eternal student, and Memphis Roller Derby girl. All kinds of nuggets and recurring themes. Market yourself, no one else will. Never stop learning, constantly push to progress more. Respect those who teach or else we'll be without them. Also, being an artist, it takes a toll on the body, so be careful.
Saturday, August 9 at 6:00pm - 940 Early Maxwell Blvd, Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Leandra's website -

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode008_LeandraUrrutia.mp3
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Episode #007: Matt Ladner, developer | AIGA

Matt Ladner! Three designers get together and shockingly they talk design! Memphis design people, the changing scene and life of Memphis, water in video games, running in Memphis, Matt's time at Lockheed Martin, 'Millenials' turning around and producing the culture, and about just how different GEN NET(!) is.

Matt Ladner is Literally a Taco Salad
AIGA Tenn Show 2014

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode007_MattLadner.mp3
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Episode #006: Elizabeth Lemmonds, Forge | entrepreneur

Forge will be a uniquely Memphis mashup of arts space and fabrication shop. Part incubator, part gallery, part playground. A space for creation… and for inspiration. For collaboration and interdisciplinary innovation. Quite simply put, [they] plan to be our city’s most unique resource, fueling both economic and community growth.

What is Forge? - Maker space/art space meets fabrication shop where artists, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, engineers, all kinds of skills and talents can “Connect, Collaborate, and Create.",,

Photo credit: Lesley Young -

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode006_ElizabethLemmonds.mp3
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Episode #005: Marco Pavé, hip hop artist

Marco Pavé comes onto the podcast for in depth conversations about Memphis issues involving poverty, change, racism, social preservation, Gil Scott, and Churches+Beer. Born and raised in North Memphis where his life was affected by the culture and city around him Marco is responding in his own way towards the standards of Memphis today. Chasing his dreams and practicing for years on end have lead him to the current precipice where he's working hard to make something for himself in the city he loves. |

Marco Pavé - leading the new wave in Memphis Hip Hop.

"There is a rebirth brewing on the Memphis Hip Hop scene and Marco Pavé, is poised to lead the revival. This born and bred Memphis native is an amazing lyricist with a distinct style and charisma that appeals to the triple crown of rap enthusiasts: the purists, the radio lovers and the eclectic hipster. With a laid back demeanor that contradicts his energetic music and performance style."

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode005_MarcoPave.mp3
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Josh Campbell, Storyteller of Spillit Memphis talks about his history and growth towards storytelling, Memphis cultural growth, Memphis history, and the unnecessary divide between East Memphis and Midtown. You'll also get to hear about his controversial view on This American Life *gasp*.

  • Spillit is true, unscripted stories told in front of a live audience in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Spillit events are held quarterly and each event has a theme.
  • Stories last ten minutes and must have a beginning, a middle, an end, and some sort of moral to tie it together.
  • Some are hilarious, others contemplative, heartbreaking, suspenseful, and some reflective.
  • Anyone can tell a story! Themes are announced months in advance.
Heroes June 13th -
Identity Crisis June 20th -
Facebook -
Twitter -
iTunes -

Crosstown Arts -
Ryan Azada -
Leah Keys -
Spillit 2013 successfully Kickstarted campaign -
To Submit stories for Spillit EMAIL HERE -

The Moth -
George Dawes Green -

Spillit by Wendy Trenthem :You’ve Got Mail” -

Josh Campbell, storyteller -
...And Thar You Got Wax, A Drama Boy Encore.
Free Admission
Saturday, July 19 at 7:00pm - 8:40pm
Broad Ave Arts District - Water Pavillion

Maria Montesorri Memphis -
Maria Montesorri wikipedia -
This American Life -

Nashville TV show -
East Memphis -,_Memphis,_Tennessee

Our headphones -

Hog and hominy -
Second Line -
Restaurant Iris -
Bari -
Hattilo Theater -
Texas de Brazil -

Memphis Culture (50+ Initiatives) -
Metal Museum -
Memphis College of Art -

Yolo -
Tamp & Tap -
Chiwawa -

The Rainforest -

Hyphen Marketing -
Mayor’s Innovation Team -

An American Plague -

Ignite Memphis -
Spillit @ Ignite -
Undercurrent -
Emerge Memphis -
Forge -
Co-work -
Start Co. -
Dixon Gallery -
Food Truck Fridays -
Shelby Farms -
History -
Greenline -

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode004_JoshCampbell.mp3
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Holly Whitfield came on to the show to talk Memphis, blogging, her creative history, and as an added bonus this also happened to be the inaugural launch day of Creative Memphis Podcast so we talk podcast shop a bit as well. I Love Memphis Blog [operated by Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau:] has done so much for our city by becoming a space where Memphians and Memphis visitors can go check out what's ahead for the weekend, restaurant buzz, social media photos from locals, contests that benefit various local non-profits, interviews with prominent Memphians, and of course where to get brunch in Memphis on a lazy Sunday. They also have their own podcast too! So to entertain you on your Memorial Day weekend while bouncing from fun event to fun event, won't you please tune in to hear a couple of podcasters talk Memphis and then digress, a lot.

*I Love Memphis stuff:*
Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau:

Commercial Appeal:


Gary- meow

“I just saw Gaarrryy…”

Choose 901:

Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau:

*Local Beer:*
High Cotton:
Memphis Made:
Cooper Young Growler:

*Yay Memphis Podcasts!:*
I Love Memphis:
Poser Podcast:
Spillit Memphis:
Bottom Line:
The Prompt -

Memphis Roller Derby:

Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Podcast:

Overton Square Traffic:

*New York Restaurant Trip: *
The Chefs:
The Menu:

Rise of the Creative Class:
The Rainforest:

*Localeur: *

Judgmental Map of Memphis:

The No-Frills Guide to Brunch in Midtown Memphis -
The No-Frills Guide to Brunch in Downtown Memphis -

Blog posting tips

  • Take out the -ing & -ly / passive voice
  • Turn being verbs (was, is, be) find a way to turn it into an action verb. | Ex: "I was eating" -> "He ate"
  • Vary sentence length. A mix of short and long sentences. | Ex: "This morning i woke up and I wasn't really sure I was gonna have eggs, milk, or coffee. I thought about making some yougurt, but I was out of granola. I went with the coffee." - have contrast
  • Let your personal voice show, don't be stale. Don't write like you think you're supposed to sound.
  • Stand up and read your story outloud to analyze quality.


Josh Campbell

*Mark Twain Critique of Writing:*
“I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief
sentences. That is the way to write English – it is the modern way and the
best way. Stick to it; don’t let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in.
When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don’t mean utterly, but kill
most of them – then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are
close together. They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective
habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is
as hard to get rid of as any other vice.”

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode003_HollyWhitfield.mp3
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Episode #002: Joey Miller, freelance photographer

Joey Miller came on the podcast and we talked photography, don't do free work, famous photographers, Malcom Gladwell, beards, bacon, & Memphis. Tune in and learn about freelance photography, how to keep progressing in your work, and how equipment does not and does affect photographic skill.




Comics & Collectibles

Crazy People


Woody Allen news

“can you separate art from the artist”

Gregory Crewdson

porn indst going down

Terry Richardson

Yurgen Teller

Miko lim - olivia munn photos

Basquiat - Joey likes him. AL likes him as a marketer, not an artist.


Jimmy Tightpants

Lubitel 166 U

Nikon D3

Nikon D4

Nikon DF

Canon 1DX

Benton’s bacon


Home made bacon

bacon sauce

Epic Meal Time TurBaconEpic

The great maple heist

Malcom Gladwell’s book Outliers -  10K hours - “A thoughtful driven 10,000 hours.”

Road to Seeing by Dan Winters

The Golden Egg creative syndrome

Josh malahy

Don’t work for free

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode002_JoeyMiller.mp3
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Creative Memphis Podcast is an every other week talk-podcast with hosts Billy Nation and Andrew Lebowitz, featuring a guest from the Memphis creative scene. It's an hour-long conversation where the hosts explore the featured guest's history, body of work, and perspectives on creativity, all in relation to Memphis. Guests are varied and typically relate to the design field, culinary industry, photography, art or Memphis culture. For more information, go to or visit

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode001.mp3
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