News September 17, 2021

Mark Howard launches artist interview series on LiSTNR, kicking off with Paul Kelly

Mark Howard launches artist interview series on LiSTNR, kicking off with Paul Kelly

Sporting podcaster Mark Howard has launched a spin-off series of his The Howie Games program which will feature in-depth discussions with artists and creatives.

The Howie Games Artist Series kicks off with an interview with Paul Kelly, and in the coming weeks will feature conversations with artists who also have a passion for sport.

SCA’s LiSTNR said the podcast will give audiences an insights into some of their favourite artists, who they may have been unaware also have a keen interest in sport.

Kelly’s interview delves into his song ‘Every Step Of The Way’ which is about the racism experienced by AFL player Eddie Betts.

Howard said chatting to Kelly was the best two hours he’d spent in a long time.

“It’s hard to tell what Paul loves more: sport or music,” he said. “To hear him break down some of his most famous songs and explain how they came to be, shaped by his own experiences at the footy, the Boxing Day Test or life on the road, was captivating. His brand-new song will seep into your bones and leave you with a myriad of questions.”

Kelly and Betts, meanwhile, were full of praise and admiration for each other.

“Eddie Betts has brought joy to me and so many others with the amazing feats he’s performed on the field for 17 years,” Kelly said. “But he’s shown even more class and courage off the field in talking about the deep hurt of everyday racism. Eddie keeps educating.”

Betts added: “I was so honoured when Paul reached out to me with a song that he had written from his heart. He has always empowered us mob with his music, and his authentic and heartfelt collaborations have always been enjoyed by myself and all my family for many years.

“I feel proud to have this song written for me by someone so respected here in Australia and someone who has always stood in solidarity with us mob. This song means a lot to me.”

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