Collective Soul on Soundtracking Varsity Blues and Finding Magic at Woodstock ’94

Singer E Roland also goes deep into the themes behind their new album Blood

Kyle Meredith With... Collective Soul
Kyle Meredith With… Collective Soul

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    Collective Soul singer-songwriter E Roland calls up Kyle Meredith to discuss Blood, the first of two albums with socially conscious themes. The release lines up with the band’s 25th anniversary, so it’s back to 1994, where they revisit Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid. Roland reveals how the tracks on the album were meant to be demos and yet shot the band to stardom, even landing them on the Woodstock ’94 stage. They also chat about 1999’s Dosage, which turns 20 this year and features a pair of classics that ended up on famous soundtracks for Varsity Blues and Twilight.

    Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Each episode, Meredith digs deep into an artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty. Check back Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for new episodes. Rate the series now via Apple Podcasts.

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