About

Rootabaga is a podcast featuring a bunch of interviews with some of the more creative and interesting expats I’ve met in my 23 years living abroad. Follow me as I quit my job in Hong Kong to go on the road to track down musicians, craftsmen, entrepreneurs, digital nomads, and assorted colorful characters who chose to call foreign countries home.

You’ll find out how Dave Sperling of Dave’s ESL Cafe fame became a pioneer in the world of digital nomads. Joe McPherson talks about Korean ghosts and working with Anthony Bourdain. Hear about an indie rock band of expats who landed a three-album record deal back home. And a bunch of other expats stories that may just inspire you to pack your bags and put down some roots abroad. You’ll also hear some great original music along the way.

Many thanks

Special thanks to Wendy Tennery for all her contributions, hard work, and ideas. Huge thanks to all the interviewees who gave their time and energy to help me out – and who are probably wondering “WTF was that about, did he rob me and then just disappear?” Thanks to all the friends and colleagues who supported and encouraged the idea.

Huge props to all the people who are letting me use their music in this podcast. In fact I get so much of a buzz editing the parts with their songs that it makes me want to do a podcast dedicated to the music I love. I’m lucky to know so many talented musicians and I got more music sent to me than I can actually use – for now.

And a big thanks to Light Organ Records, which is letting me use the music of We Need Surgery in each episode.

Your wandering host,

Brandon Butler

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