DC – Photo: Copyright © 2017 Jim Shannon

It all began in an effort to help a friend promote his downtown Grapevine, Texas barbecue joint and bar, AJ’s on Main. Within a few days of the two retired cops initial conversation over beers and shots of AJ’s favorite bourbon and DC’s favorite tequila at AJ’s bar, DC came up with the idea of the duo hosting a talk show. “Over two years later I still remember the look on AJ’s face when I mentioned the idea,” DC says with a laugh. “There were many things we had in common but then there was music, he was so country and I was very rock & roll.” After a couple of days of thought, DC came up with a name, Barside Jive, since the show would take place while they literally sat at a bar.

“We just started recording and after about the first year, AJ actually started talking” according to DC. “We didn’t know what the hell we were doing but we were laser focused on a goal to get Grapevine fired up about AJ’s cool ass place. Our mission was to attract more customers to the downtown business when tourist traffic was low through the week. “So, we began interviewing local tribute/cover musicians, artists, writers and such. Soon thereafter the pre-recorded weekly show DC posted on YouTube transitioned to a Facebook LIVE broadcast DC called Barside Jive LIVE.
“Then one day, a year later I kinda just ventured out on my own doing interviews of original artists just for the hun of it,” said DC. “I thought it would be cool to see if I could sit down for a recorded chat with my own personal rock and roll heroes. I sent out 5 emails or so and Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick was the first to respond. So, I flew up to Chicago, rented a car and drove into Rockford, Illinois. We had an hour scheduled and 2.5 hours later he is still talking. And that made me feel much better seeing how I didn’t even turn the camera on before we started and missed 20 minutes of our conversation. I was so afraid he would walk out after he realized that we were not recording. But he was such a great guy and so cool about it.” Roger Earl of Foghat, Buddy Whittington of John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Jim Suhler of George Thororgood & The Destroyers, Share Ross of Vixen and Jimmie Vaughan were DC’s next guests.


Bun E. Carlos, is the original drummer for American rock band Cheap Trick. He was the band’s chief set lister and archivist, and maintained recordings of all the band’s shows, some of which have been released under the title ‘Bun E’s Bootlegs’.

Catch DC on his rock & roll show, “Barside Jive” on the Vokal Media platform at alongside “The Zoo” at He’s got some great content coming to you as he sits down for a chat in his thirty-minute weekly show, with some of rock & roll’s greatest musicians. You can also follow DC and sign-up for exclusive behind the scenes stuff at

COMING UP IN OCTOBER – DC Chats to Hula Haze

Hula Haze (Richard Hula Allen) is a Singer Song writer who has performed locally and regionally. Well known and respected as one of the top entertainers, performers in north central Texas. Performing: Restaurants, Theaters, Private parties, Country clubs, Weddings, Festivals, Benefits, Casinos, etc. A prolific song writer. Hula Haze creates a atmosphere of enchantment with a large repertoire of well rehearsed covers and originals. Known for his soulful voice and Celebrated guitar work.


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