Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner Speaks with WUFT’s Glenn Richards


WUFT Morning Edition host, Glenn Richards, recently spoke with Dave Pirner, the front man and creative force behind the multi-platinum selling Minneapolis alternative rock band, Soul Asylum.

Soul Asylum is returning to North Central Florida on Friday, November 17th at 7:30 PM at the Reilly Arts Center in Ocala with special guests Drivin’ n’ Cryin’.

Soul Asylum’s Grammy-award winning hit “Runaway Train” from their 1992 breakthrough album, Grave Dancers Union, featured a memorable music video which brought nearly two dozen missing and exploited children and teens around the world home to their families.

2020’s Hurry Up and Wait, their twelfth studio album, was the first release by the band since Pirner’s divorce and moving back to Minnesota after living in New Orleans for several years. Also in 2020, Pirner published Loud, Fast, Words, a book of his lyrics accompanied by commentary and essays about each Soul Asylum album and song.

Earlier this year, the band released their famous 1993 MTV Unplugged performance on vinyl for the first time ever as a 2023 Record Store Day exclusive and it was released digitally to streaming services just last week, Friday, November 10.

Soul Asylum is finalizing a brand new album for 2024. The album reunites the band with producer Steve Jordan (drummer for Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones) who produced their 1990 release, And the Horse They Rode In On.

Glenn caught up with Dave via phone on Wednesday while the band was in Baton Rouge and they talked about all of that and more. Enjoy!

Soul Asylum (L-R): Michael Bland, Dave Pirner, Ryan Smith & Winston Roye. Photo via Independent Music Media.

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About Glenn Richards

Glenn Richards is Operations Coordinator and local host for Morning Edition on WUFT-FM. His background includes 30+ years of radio in South Florida as an air personality, promotion director, and morning show producer (WSHE, WZTA, & WFLC). His previous education includes a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami where he was also general manager of WVUM-FM. Upon his arrival in Gainesville in 2006 to pursue a telecommunication master’s degree at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, he worked as an air personality at WRUF-FM (both Rock104 and Country 103.7 The Gator). One of Glenn’s passions is local music. Since 1990, he has produced and hosted local music programs in both South Florida and Gainesville, playing demos and independent releases from unsigned artists, many of whom went on to national prominence including: Marilyn Manson, Sister Hazel, For Squirrels, Matchbox 20, Saigon Kick, Mary Karlzen, Nil Lara, Hundred Waters, and more.

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