Accordions, Spurs, That Old Fart Bruce Springsteen, and Political Apathy-Turned-Activism with Jason Kutchma | The Buddy Ruski Show (Ep. 23)
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Accordions, Spurs, That Old Fart Bruce Springsteen, and Political Apathy-Turned-Activism with Jason Kutchma | The Buddy Ruski Show (Ep. 23)

Justin Laidlaw
Justin Laidlaw

My guest is Jason Kutchma.

Jay is a musician from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He and I met back in 2013. His band, the Five Fifths, used to practice at our house. My roommate Tom was in the band. It’s something I appreciated about living with musicians. When I first started writing, I had this inside scoop, not just to Jay’s band, but to a lot of other musicians and artists.

Jay is a legend. If you’ve lived in Durham the last decade, I suspect you’ve encountered Jay even if you don’t know who he is. He is notorious for the spurs on his golden cowboy boots that ring out wherever he appears.

Since 2016, Jay has lived in Idaho where he recently ran for state House of Representatives. He said he was apathetic towards politics for most of his life, but the results of the 2016 election prompted him to become more involved. I hope you find this part of the podcast as inspiring as I did.

You can check out Jay’s music on his Bandcamp page.

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