The What

By Brad Steiner and Barry Courter

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Which Bands This Year That Matter. Journey through the stories that define the artists playing Bonnaroo.

Episode Date
Ken Weinstein

On Sunday, Brad & Barry had the honor to host Ken Weinstein from Big Hassle Media at Camp Nutbutter to chat all things Roo....from the early days and how it got started to what made this year a sell out...and Ken even drops a Cardi B-like "OKURR"....a very special moment in broadcast history.  

Jun 17, 2019
Live from Camp Nutbutter

Brad and Barry review day the first two days of Bonnaroo 2019, with Bryan Stone of StoneOnAir!

Jun 15, 2019
Live from Camp Reddaroo

Brad and Barry join the annual beer exchange with Camp Reddaroo, one of the largest camps in Groop camping. With special guests: Roo Bus, Bonnarovian, Bonnarooster, and more. It's like a live Reddit thread!


Special thanks to Nathan Gayle for the photos and Bryan Stone for recording this episode!

Jun 15, 2019
Odds and Ends

Last show before Bonnaroo! Brad & Barry tie up some loose ends before the festival and get in deep with Delacey and Patrick Droney...2 shows that have quickly become can't-miss for 2019.  

Clairo - Bags

Delacey - My Man

Patrick Droney - Brooklyn

Jun 09, 2019
Grand Ole Opry-Roo

The show we've been waiting for...The Grand Ole Opry!  The highlight of our Thursday will be the magic that comes from the group of artists playing the Grand Ole Opry.  This week, Brad & Barry chat with Ketch from Old Crow Medicine Show, who is the mastermind behind this year's show.  This is a MUST listen for all Bonnaroovians.  



Jun 02, 2019
Dos & Don'ts

This week Brad & Barry go through the lists of Do's and Don'ts for the festival.  After 15 years of Bonnaroos, they have compiled a very long list of advice for the newbie or maybe some ideas for a Roo vet!



May 26, 2019
Brad's Picks!

Today, we explore Brad's picks for Bonnaroo 2019 and get a special surprise phone call from Deva Mahal as she was announced as a SuperJam performer!  

This weeks playlist:

1 - The National - Oblivions
2 - Saba - LIFE
3 - Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Talking Straight
4 - Ida Mae - Reaching
5 - Cherry Glazerr - Had Ten Dollaz
6 - Parquet Courts - Tenderness
7 - Deva Mahal - God Damn
8 - Quinn XCII - Always Been You
9 - The National - Nobody Else Will Be Here
10 - Patrick Droney - High Hopes

May 19, 2019
Barry's Picks!

This week, we take a tour through Barry Courter's picks for Bonnaroo weekend. Send us your own suggestions too! Tweet us or send us comments on

Today's playlist:
The National - The System Sleeps in Total Darkness
Peach Pit - Seventeen
Donna Missal - Keep Lying
Rolling Coastal Blackout Fever - An Airconditioned Man
Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian At Best
Pinky Pinky - Ram Jam
Deva Mahal - Run Deep
John Prine - In Spite Of Ourselves
Kikagaku Moyo - Dripping Sun
Brandi Carlile - The Story
Balkan Bump - Can You Hear It?

May 13, 2019

Today on the show, Brad & Barry talk the unspoken hero of Bonnaroo life, the Vendors. First up, Michael from Spicy Pie (mmmm). Plus they clean up and clean water with Water Ways in Chattanooga and Phil from the non-profit world, Youth Making Ripples!



The National
Avett Brothers
Kacey Musgraves
Gucci Mane

Apr 30, 2019
Bonnaroo Gumbo

A little bit of everything in this week's episode.  Brad and Barry talk the Moon River festival with the founder (and excellent singer-songwriter) Drew Holcomb and puts Bonnaroo in perspective from the vantage point of a boutique festival.  Plus, Jake from Illiterate Light chats about their Roo show at the Who Stage and we give away a pair of tickets to ROO!!  



1 - Parquet Courts - Tenderness

2 - Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors - Ring The Bells

3 - Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors - Tennessee

4 - Illiterate Light - Better Than I Used To

Apr 22, 2019
Schedule Day

This week Brad & Barry dive into the schedule and the many, many conflicts for 2019.  Along the way to help are listeners Dortha and April and even a surprise appearance from Camp Nutbutter fellow camper and podcast host himself, Bryan Stone (@stoneonair)



Childish Gambino - This is America
Peach Pit - Seventeen
AJR - Burn the House Down

Apr 14, 2019
The Who Stage

This week, in honor of the additions to the 2019 lineup, Brad & Barry dive in to the artists playing the often forgotten Who Stage!  So excited because there are LOTS of discoveries this week! Plus, the guys talk to Matt from Drax Project, another Who Stage addition for this year.



I Don't Know How They Found Me - Do It All The Time
Patrick Droney - High Hope
Republican Hair - F**k the Bomb
Sego - Shame
Drax Project - Woke Up Late
Drax Project - Toto
SOAK - B a noBody
The New Respects - Trouble
King Nun - Chinese Medicine
Friday Pilot Club - End of It
Delacey - My Man
Bulow - Sweet Little Lies
Ida Mae - Feel The Earth
Pinky Pinky - Ram Jam

Apr 06, 2019
Rap & Hip Hop

Stepping out of their box, Brad & Barry dive into the rap & hip hop artists on this year's lineup. No, it's not their normal lane, but thanks to The What listeners' suggestions, they navigate the ones not to miss this year. 


1 - Childish Gambino - Riot
2 - Childish Gambino - Boogieman
3 - Post Malone - Wow
4 - Lil' Dickey - Professional Rapper
5 - Tyla Yaweh - She Bad
6 - Saba - Photosynthesis
7 - BROCKHAMPTON - 1999 Wildfire
8 - Hobo Johnson - Romeo & Juliet

Mar 31, 2019
Bonnaroo First Timers 2019

This week, Brad & Barry dive into some of the first timers playing Bonnaroo!  The guys chat about their first year and even chat with Bonnaroo First Timer, Adam from AJR.  Plus, listener Dustin calls in to talk about his first year at Roo last year and 2 special surprise guests to give us tips for first time roo-ers!



AJR - Weak
Monsieur Perine - Bailar Contigo
Cherry Glazerr - Daddi
AJR - Sober Up
Anoushka Shankar - Traces of You
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - French Press
Deva Mahal - Run Deep
Maren Morris - My Church



Mar 17, 2019
*repeat repeat

For the first time in What Podcast history, we have a return guest...and ironically the first repeat guest we have are the kids from *repeat repeat. 

Jared and Kristyn talked how Bonnaroo changed their band and career, their new album, and what it was like working with Patrick Carney.

Then, we chat with podcast listener Brandon for our listener spotlight this week!  Thanks for listening!



1- Everybody's Falling In Love
2- Hi, I'm Waiting
3- Ghost
4- Mostly

Mar 09, 2019
Walk The Moon

Today, Brad & Barry talk to Nicholas from Walk The Moon and previews their latest trip to the farm.  Plus, updates from the site and a chat with listeners, podcasters, and fellow festival-junkies, David and Trevin!



Walk The Moon - One Foot
Walk The Moon - All Night
Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance With Me
RL Grime - Light Me Up
Girl Talk - No Pause
Kacey Musgraves - Butterflies


Next week: Bonnaroo First Timers!

Mar 03, 2019
2019 Bonnaroo-Lette

To whet our Bonnaroo appetite, Brad & Barry brought back a favorite from season 1, Bonnaroo-Lette!  They spin the wheel of songs and whoever they land on they play.  It's how they discovered Davie, Repeat Repeat and so many others from 2018...who will they find this year?  Then, the guys talk to fellow Bonnaroovian and podcast listener, Monica! 

Drop them a line and get in for tickets with camping passes for 2019!



1 - Unknown Mortal Orchestra - So Good At Being In Trouble
2 - GRiZ - Good Times Roll
3 - Chelsea Cutler - Your Shirt
4 - Hippo Campus - Way It Goes
5 - Jim James - Just A Fool
6 - Parquet Courts - Wide Awake
7 - Gojira - Stranded
8 - Catfish and the Bottlemen - Kathleen
9 - Magic City Hippies - Limestone

Feb 24, 2019
Jeff Cuellar of AC Entertainment

Brad & Barry are back!  To start season 2 we pull the curtain back with one of the top guys at AC Entertainment to explain some of the missing pieces of the 2019 Bonnaroo puzzle...Jeff Cuellar, The VP of Strategic Operations for AC Entertainment.  We talk lineup, infrastructure, secrets of the trade and so much more.  It truly was one of the most enlightening conversations about Bonnaroo-life we have had and full of so many nuggets.  Also, join us at and drop us a line...if so, we will enter you for a pair of tickets to ROO 19!


This weeks playlist:

1 - Parquet Courts - Wide Awake

2 - The Lemon Twigs - Go To School

3 - Post Malone - Wow

4 - Girl Talk - Like This


@thewhat_podcast on twitter!

Jan 27, 2019
Lineup Day!

It's finally here! By now, you've (hopefully) seen the Bonnaroo 2019 lineup. Now listen as Brad and Barry begin a deep dive into each day's headliners. Some big surprises here, but this lineup still feels like home. Also, you might notice something a little...nutbuttery on that poster? Plus in this episode, we break a little news that nobody else can give you about the schedule!

Childish Gambino - Feels Like Summer

Courtney Barnett - Nameless, Faceless

Girl Talk - Set It Off

Cardi B - Best Life (with Chance the Rapper)

Lil Dicky - Pillow Talking

Kacey Musgraves - High Horse

Jan 08, 2019
The Roo Tang Clan

As lineup day draws near, Brad & Barry chat with Dan & Richard from The Roo Tang Clan (@rootangclan) and hear the origin story of one of the biggest Groop camping experiences of Bonnaroo.  Plus, they share who they want to see on the farm this year!



Dec 04, 2018
Wish List & Roo Bus

Welcome back! Brad & Barry are back to talk Roo News with Daniel from @TheRealRooBus + we make our Bonnaroo wish list to pass the time as we await June 2019.  

Oct 01, 2018
Bonnaroo Recap

Brad and Barry recap their amazing 2018 Bonnaroo Experience.  What worked....what didn't?  What is the future of the podcast? 

Jun 17, 2018
The War And Treaty

After creating one of the great moments in Bonnaroo history, Michael and Tonya Trotter sit down with Brad and Barry to discuss life, love and changing lives.  This one will set your soul on fire. 

Jun 17, 2018
Repeat Repeat / Live from Camp Nutbutter

Repeat Repeat joined us live at StoneOnAir remote Podcast studio at Camp Nutbutter!

Jun 08, 2018
Live From Camp Nutbutter!

Welcome to Bonnaroo 2018! Brad and Barry are joined by campmate Bryan Stone to talk the additions to the grounds, Brad's ridiculous theory, and who to expect to hear on the podcast this year!  

Jun 07, 2018
First Aid Kit

On the final podcast before Bonnaroo, Brad and Barry are joined by a surprise guest - First Aid Kit!  Plus we talk to Brandon from @Bonnaroo365, Kyle from @thebonnaroovian and listener Parker to get their Roo picks!



First Aid Kit - Fireworks

First Aid Kit - Dancing Barefoot

First Aid Kit - Stay Gold

Alex Lahey - Wes Anderson

Tyler Childers - Universal Sound

Paramore - Hard Times

STS9 - Golden Gate

Thundercat - Friend Zone

May 27, 2018
Barry's Picks

This week we take a tour through Barry's picks for Bonnaroo weekend!  Send us your suggestions and we will feature them next week on the show!  @thewhat_podcast or


This weeks playlist:

1 - Bassnectar - Cozza Frenzy

2 - Blank Range - 86 My Mind

3 - Ron Gallo - Put The Kids To Bed

4 - Flor - hold on

5 - Clozee - Koto

6 - Clozee - Red Forest

7 - Okey Dokey - Low Rent / Blue Skies

8 - Mavis Staples - Take Us Back

9 - First Aid Kit - Fireworks

10 - Brothers Osborne - Weed, Whiskey, and Willie

11 - Jungle - Happy Man

12 - *repeat repeat - Girlfriend


May 20, 2018
Brad's Picks

Less than 3 weeks away from Bonnaroo!  This week we explore Brad's picks for the festival.  Who are his must-see shows?  Who are yours?  Submit your list to us at and we will feature them in 2 weeks.


This weeks playlist:

1 - Bon Iver - 00000 Million

2 - Durand Jones and the Indications - Make A Change

3 - Jade Bird - Lottery

4 - Pigeons Playing Ping Pong - Melting Lights

5 - Ron Gallo - Young Lady, You're Scaring Me

6 - Low Cut Connie - Rio

7 - Zeshan B - At The Breaking Point

8 - Sturgill Simpson - Call To Arms

9 - Khalid - Shot Down

10 - Muse - Supermassive Black Hole

11 - Japanese Breakfast - Road Head

12 - The War And Treaty - Hi Ho

13 - Knox Fortune - Help Myself

14 - Sylvan Esso - PARAD(w/m)E

15 - Anderson .Paak - 'Til It's Over

16 - 29 #Strafford APTS

17 - Davie - Testify

18 - Sir Sly - Altar

19 - Jungle - The Heat

20 - St. Paul & The Broken Bones - I'll Be Your Woman

21 - alt-J - Something Good

22 - Ikebe Shakedown - Last Stand

May 13, 2018
The Bonnaroo Beacon

This week Brad and Barry get insight from Relix editor (and the brains behind the Bonnaroo Beacon) Mike Greenhaus!  Plus, as we get closer to Roo the guys have a request for you, the listener.  Cool?  



May 06, 2018
Bonnaroo Vets

This week we have the honor of talking to the Senior VP of Promotion Operation of Columbia Records, Jim Burruss on the air with us.  Jim's extensive knowledge of the industry and his deep passion for music and Bonnaroo make him the perfect guest to talk about what it means to be a Bonnaroo vet. 

Plus, we invited some of our camp mates from Camp Nutbutter to the show...welcome Bryan Stone and Nick Turner!




Apr 27, 2018
Bon Iver

This week, Brad and Barry jump into the show that has most people scratching their heads - Bon Iver.  How their sound has changed over 3 albums and what will the 2 sets be like at Bonnaroo?  Plus, they talk the schedule release, shorter set times and more!



1 - 22 (OVER S∞∞N)

2 - For Emma

3 - Calgary

4 - Holocene

5 - 33 "GOD"

6 - 10 d E A T h b R E a s t ⚄ ⚄


Apr 22, 2018

Switching it up this week on The What Podcast with Brad Steiner and Barry Courter....join them as they spin the Bonnaroo-lette wheel.  Hitting shuffle on the Bonnaroo playlist and playing artists that it lands on, whether they know them or not.  Plus, the guys go through all the Roo news from the past week!



1- Tom Petty - The Waiting

2 - Larkin Poe - Trouble In Mind

3 - Post Animal - Special Moment

4 -Zeshan B - At The Breaking Point

5 - Chromeo - Jealous

6 - Davie - Testify

7 - T-Pain - Buy You A Drank

8 - Lissie - Go Your Own Way

9 - Sheryl Crow - If It Makes You Happy

10 - A R I Z O N A - Oceans Away

Apr 15, 2018
St. Paul and the Broken Bones Part 2

Part 2 with Paul Janeway from St. Paul and the Broken Bones includes breaking news about the new album(s) and the worst show they have ever played as a band.  Plus, Brad and Barry chat with podcast listeners about Bonnaroo!


Track list:

1 - I'll Be Your Woman

2 - Broken Bones and Pocket Change

3 - A Change Is Gonna Come (live Spotify Sessions)

4 - Grass Is Greener

5 - GoGo Penguin - Hopopono

6 - Virtual Self - ENO BRAKE

Apr 06, 2018
St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Over the course of 45 spectacular minutes, Brad and Barry talk to one of their favorite artists, Paul Janeway from St. Paul and The Broken Bones.  In part 1 Paul tells one of the best Bonnaroo stories ever told, talks transitioning from the first album to the second, and talks about the time he almost quit music. 


Part 2 coming next week!  This one was truly special....we hope you enjoy it!



1 - Sugar Dyed

2 - Call Me (courtesy of the Late Show with David Letterman)

3 - Like A Mighty River

4 - Sanctify

5 - Half The City

6 - Flow With It (You Got Me Feeling Like)

7 - Is It Me

Apr 01, 2018
Moon Taxi

Could there be a more "Bonnaroo Band" than Moon Taxi? This week, Brad and Barry talk to Trevor from Moon Taxi about their history with the festival, what it means to them, and what to expect from their show from the farm this year! 


This weeks playlist:

1 - Southern Trance

2 - Cabaret (live at Bonnaroo)

3 - All Day All Night (live at Bonnaroo)

4 - Gunflower (live at Bonnaroo)

5 - All The Rage (live at Bonnaroo)

6 - The Bonnaroo Song


**Thanks to Bonnaroo365 for the live clips

Mar 25, 2018
Bonnaroo First Timers

This week on The What Brad & Barry explore the artists playing The Farm for the first time.  Along the way they give some advice to first time attendees and get to chat with Roo First Timer, Bazzi! 



1 - The Killers - All These Things I've Done

2 - The Killers - Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town

3 - Low Cut Connie - Rio

4 - Bazzi - Mine

5 - Khalid - Shot Down

6 - Future - Selfish

7 - Knox Fortune - Lil' Thing

8 - Japanese Breakfast - Road Head

9 - Sir Sly - Alter

Mar 18, 2018
The Revivalists

This week Brad Steiner and Barry Courter welcome Rob and Dave from The Revivalists!  They chat about how it all started, the first time they ever played Bonnaroo, progress on the new album, and maybe some surprises along the way!  Plus, details on how you can win Bonnaroo tickets with camping passes!

Mar 11, 2018
Ashley Capps

This week, Brad Steiner and Barry Courter dive into the past, present and future of Bonnaroo with the kingmaker himself, Ashley Capps from AC Entertainment.  Ashley breaks down the evolution of the festival and gives us some news about this years Bonnaroo....AND details on our special guest for next week's podcast. 


This weeks playlist:

1 - Radiohead - Paranoid Android

2 - Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still

3 - My Morning Jacket - I'm Amazed

4 - Angelique Kidjo - Womba Lombo

5 - Kaskade - Sweet Memories

6 - MGMT - Weekend Wars

Mar 04, 2018
Sturgill Simpson

This week, Brad Steiner and Barry Courter dive into the stories that make up the Sturgill Simpson catalogue as we prepare for his return to Bonnaroo.  Interact / Enter to win tickets to Bonnaroo and more at


The Tracklist:

Bill Monroe - Wayfairing Stranger

Some Days

Turtles All The Way Down

Welcome To Earth (Pollywog)

All Around You

In Bloom

Just Let Go

Feb 25, 2018
Anderson .Paak

This week on The What Podcast - Brad Steiner and Barry Courter dive into Anderson .Paak's musical career and highlight his work as Bonnaroo 2018 approaches.  Join as they follow the journey from a troubled childhood to multiple Grammy nominations...Anderson .Paak is the focus of this week's The What Podcast!


Track list:

1 - Come Down

2 - The Bird

3 - Suede

4 - The Season/Carry Me

5 - Put Me Thru

6 - Luh Me

7 - Heard Don't Stand A Chance

8 - Milk & Honey


Interview credit: Ebro in the Morning - Hot 97 NYC

Feb 16, 2018