Recent columns for the Free Press, Herald Journal, Times-News and Davidson Dispatch

Kinston Free Press:

Cat escapes vending machine

Two locals narrowly escape Canada

Santa issues warning on snacks

NewSong comes to Kinston

A Tax Deduction looks at 12

Christmas trees and Aqua Velva

Pigs invade local residence


Spartan Herald Journal:

Two locals narrowly escape Canada

Cat freed from vending machine


Hendersonville Times-News:

A Tax Deduction looks at 12

Christmas trees and Aqua Velva


Davidson County Dispatch:

Two locals narrowly escape Canada



Podcast: Adrianne Tolsch

A few years ago legendary comedian Adrianne Tolsch was gracious enough to appear on our podcast. She shared stories of her early days in stand-up, the kindness of Rodney Dangerfield and the genius of Bill Hicks.

Adrianne Tolsch died on Dec. 7 of esophageal cancer. She was 78.

CLICK HERE to stream or download the show.

CLICK HERE for thoughts on Adrianne from her husband Bill Scheft.




Podcast: Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull

During a recent dig through the JonDawsonHQ vault, I turned up this lost podcast with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.

At the time of the interview, Anderson was promoting his solo album “Homo Erracticus”. Further topics covered include Jethro Tull, immigration, Pete Townshend and whimsy.

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The Grip Weeds preview concert film

Kristin Pinell and Kurt Reil of The Grip Weeds discuss the band’s new concert DVD (with audio samples). Kurt and Kristen also recount recent collaborations with Mark Lindsay, Mickey Dolenz, The Smithereens and Buzzed Meg. To order the DVD, visit

CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast.

Jon Dawson: Musician, Writer, Trophy Husband