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Lîìstëèn àálóöng àás lëègëèndàáry Tëèxàán àánd fly fîìshîìng gùûîìdëè JT Vàán Zàándt drîìfts thróöùûgh thëè îìmpóörtàánt thîìngs îìn lîìfëè wîìth îìcóönîìc gùûëèsts. Mùûch lîìkëè thëè náâtùûrëè õòf áâ gùûîìdëè áând clîìëènt páâssîìng tîìmëè õòn áâ drîìft bõòáât, cõònvëèrsáâtîìõòns hëèrëè mëèáândëèr thrõòùûgh lîìfëè, thëè wîìld, pëèrsõònáâl phîìlõòsõòphîìëès, háârdshîìps áând trîìùûmphs, áând õòf cõòùûrsëè sõòmëè fîìshîìng tõòõò.

Originally from Northern Alabama, Jason Isbell is an acclaimed writer and musician now living in Nashville – a place for which he and JT share a common connection. His current success as a solo artist is hard-earned, and comes after some time spent as the guitarist for Drive-By Truckers. In this conversation, JT and Jason discuss the current state of the music industry in the midst of a global pandemic, the ghosts and mythology of Nashville, misconceptions of The South, talk about Jason’s equally talented wife - Amanda Shires.

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Billy Durney is no stranger to adversity. Built during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Billy’s beloved Hometown Bar-B-Que restaurant is not only everyone’s favorite BBQ spot in the Northeast – it’s also a symbol of hope and perseverance. Now with Covid-19 threatening not only Hometown Bar-B-Que, but the restaurant industry as a whole, Billy discusses with JT the current state of the industry and how people can navigate getting back on their feet.

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JT catches up with the legendary Conrad Anker, discussing the global impact of the Coronavirus, the role of empathy, and what it means to be human.

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There are several world-famous guitar players hailing from Austin, TX, but perhaps none more consistent and versatile than Charlie Sexton. From his solo success in the 80s, to his affiliation with everyone from Joe Ely, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan - Charlie discusses his rich history full of colorful characters and musical highs and lows.

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A few old fishing pals get together on this episode of Drifting. JT is joined by Carter Andrews in Vero Beach, FL and Cpt. Moe Newman in Venice, Louisiana, with her husband Eric. Tune in for their discussion of the issues impacting their respective environments and the importance of education and preservation for the next generation.

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JT and Grahame connect for a good conversation discussing their shared passion for Texas conservation, looking back on some of Grahame’s proudest career moments before he retires, and the importance of getting kids outside.

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JT heads down to Hawaii to meet Shane and Mark –two local, big wave surfers –to talk...hunting. While most people, JT included, picture Hawaii as beaches and waves, it’s the axis deer and opportunities on public lands that dominate this conversation. After a day in pursuit of those axis deer, the guys talk about life on Lanai and bow hunting.

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Big wave surfer, Shane Dorian came up in the simpler days of surfing. One of a group of kids on the North Shore just after the fun of surfing big waves, right when board design and surfing itself was evolving. JT and Shane catch up with a new perspective as parents and on being part of a generation unencumbered by agents, brands, coaches, and fame –just out there for the pure love of catching waves.

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According to him, Dave accomplished the single greatest achievement of his life on a surfboard at just eight years old. He won his first surfing competition at 18 because it would earn him a party. Dave’s broken his back and nearly lost his life surfing, on separate occasions. He’s now a lifeguard by trade, but despite his ocean proficiency doesn’t consider himself a waterman. Dave’s one piece of surf advice? Check in with the lifeguards.

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It was Flip’s show, Walker’s Cay Chronicles, that first turned JT on to fly fishing. Now, JT gets some quality time with a personal hero, talking with Flip about keeping traditional hunting and fly fishing alive, basic shallow-water etiquette, and the first time he saw someone catch a bonefish with a fly rod back in ’56 or ’57.

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“Professional snowboarder” and “third-generation cattle rancher” aren’t two lives lived by one person — unless you’re Mark Carter. In this episode, he thinks back to the days of playing outdoors till the darkness brought him in, getting roped into snowboarding, and how being kind and workin’ hard have gotten him farther than anything.

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Professional surfer Chris Malloy, the oldest of the Malloy brothers, spent 10 fulfilling years living as a nomad, spinning the globe every two months to decide where to live. In this episode, Chris sets back the clock with JT to relive the days of seeking solace in the ocean, using humor to overcome adversity, and hanging with his old friend Jack Johnson, who, at the time, was just writing songs “for fun”.

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By his own estimate, professional fisherman and photographer David Mangum spends every hour of his waking life thinking about tarpon fishing — and for good reason. In thisepisode, David dives deep into the tale of his 3-hour fight to catch his first tarpon, the cult following of this elusive beast, and what it was like to have a 200 + lb. fish on the other end of the line.

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All he wanted to do was ride bulls, and be a cowboy, and work on the ranch. But music wouldn’t leave him alone. Ryan talks about the complicated relationship of the best and the worst times in his life coinciding, and how his journey through darkness led him to the liberating realization that he could survive simply by playing music for people who wanted to hear his songs.

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Mark Healey is a big wave surfer and spear fisherman from Hawaii, born without traditional fear mechanisms.

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Terry Allen created a compendium of work that’s expansive and can’t be categorized as anything but “Terry.” But his legendary status is still only recognized and revered by few. Terry shares about his melancholy nights with music, his artistic influences, and growing up in the days when you couldn’t find a bad song on the radio.

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They say Roy is the idea man and Ryan is the outdoor consumer, but both brothers share a “never settle” attitude passed down from their entrepreneur dad and hardworking mom. It’s that relentless mindset that made them lose sleep over what the ultimate cooler might look like, and finally, grab the tiger by the tail and build one the world had never seen.

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Where do you go after “national champion”? Kimi talks with JT about her shift away from her successful competitive spearfishing career towards where she is now – in a position to shine a light on being in harmony with the ecosystem as both a conservationist and a hunter.

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Shep Gordon is a humble Hollywood agent, producer, and talent agent who describes his life as “knee-jerk reactions”. But as the creator of celebrity chef and manager of household names like Alice Cooper and Blondie, we’d say his judgment calls are one to trust. Tune in as Shep shares his intriguing life journey — from getting punched by Janis Joplin to Elvis’ unexpected inspiration to his incredibly honest take on love.

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De Guyana à Jackson Hole et de la pêche aux finances, I’histoire unique d’Oliver White illustre le dilemme entre le mode de vie sédentaire et le mode de vie nomade, un enjeu propre à la vie d’un père de famille. Depuis l’enregistrement de cet épisode, l’ouragan Dorian a ravagé une partie des Bahamas. Aucune autre île n’a été aussi ravagée qu’Abaco et le gîte construit et géré par Oliver. Les histoires racontées dans cette conversation concernent Abaco avant la catastrophe.

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Rèëmíí íís áä hüüntèër áänd cõõnsèërváätííõõnííst whõõ’s spèënt “áän áässlõõáäd õõf tíímèë íín thèë wõõõõds.” Wïîth JT, hëè dïîscúùssëès súùrvïîvïîng äá Köódïîäák bëèäár äáttäáck äánd thëè vïîrtúùëès öóf sëèlf-rëèlïîäáncëè, whïîch äárëè, ïîncïîdëèntäálly, úùnrëèläátëèd töópïîcs.

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Êååt. Slèéèép. Búùll ríìdíìng. Èvêèry däãy. Hôôst JT dîígs îíntôô thèè wîísdôôm thææt JB’s glèèæænèèd ôôvèèr thèè yèèæærs ææs ææ sèèææsôônèèd (æænd tèèndèèrîízèèd) büùll rîídèèr, ôôn rææîísîíng ææ tôôüùgh-ææs-hèèll dææüùghtèèr, plüùs ææn îínjüùry rèèpôôrt thææt shôôüùld côômèè wîíth ææ lîístèènèèr wæærnîíng.

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Hìîläæry ìîsn’t äæpôòlôògëëtìîc äæbôòúüt múüch – nôòt fôòr hìîgh-fìîvëës äænd räæúücôòúüsnëëss ôòn thëë wäætëër, ôòr fôòr rëëmëëmbëërìîng thëë fìîsh hëër clìîëënts cäætch búüt nôòt hëër ôòwn. Shêë æånd JT drïìft fròöm hêër êëæårly yêëæårs æås æå kïìd æåt-læårgêë, tòö bêëcòömïìng æå bêëttêër æånglêër, æånd hêër plæåns fòör thêë êënd òöf thêë wòörld.

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Jîìmmy îìs ãàn óöüùtrãàgèëóöüùsly ãàccóömplîìshèëd clîìmbèër ãànd fîìlmmãàkèër whóö góöt whèërèë hèë îìs by trüùstîìng hîìs îìnstîìncts. JT ãànd Jíímmy cóõvêèr thêè trãànsíítííóõn fróõm Yóõsêèmíítêè skíí büûm tóõ próõ phóõtóõgrãàphêèr ãànd fíílmmãàkêèr, ãànd thêè ríísk cãàlcüûlüûs thãàt cóõmêès wííth bêèííng ãà dãàd.

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Dàæn îìs nóò stràængèêr tóò àæn îìntèêrvîìèêw-stylèê cóònvèêrsàætîìóòn. Büût thïìs tïìméë ïìt’s dïìfféëréënt. Héé åánd JT åáréé böôth Tééxåáns, åánd méééét åágåáïîn ïîn théé grééåát ståátéé – thééïîr fïîrst tïîméé wåás öôn åá båáss fïîshïîng trïîp döôwn théé Cöôlöôråádöô – töô tåálk cåáréééér möôtïîvåátïîöôn åánd ståáyïîng öôptïîmïîstïîc dééspïîtéé lïîvïîng ïîn cöôncéérnïîng tïîméés.

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