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Marty Smith & Wes Blankenship of Outsider interview some of the biggest personalities in country music, sports, entertainment and pop culture, sharing their stories. Marty and Wes also discuss the latest things in sports, entertainment and life as a husband and father. Outsider is a media and lifestyle company that celebrates American culture through the entertainment, sports and news we cover and the authentic goods we create. Outsider reaches more than 22 million monthly users and has over 8 million social followers. The lifestyle and media brand was created by former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, alongside the founders of, (acquired by Yahoo! in 2007), 247 Sports (acquired by CBS Sports in 2015), and Pop Culture Media (acquired by CBS Interactive in 2017)

Episode Date
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Marty & Wes recap weekend that had Marty searching high and low for a flight to get to Nashville for their live podcast that ended with Travis driving like Evil Knievel. Then, the guys chat about the NASCAR race on Sunday and how awesome the new Top Gun movie was. Finally, New Orleans Saints linebacker Peter Werner joins the podcast to discuss Jameis Winston, Urban Meyer, Ryan Day and more.
Jun 28, 2022
Working Man with Larry Fleet
Marty discusses his crazy week that had him going to concerts for four straight days. The guys discuss how beer cans can look like soda cans and you have to be careful and then Wes loses his contact. Next, country singer/songwriter Larry Fleet joins Marty and Wes to discuss touring with Morgan Wallen, singing on stage with Willie Nelson, Waffle House and more. Lastly, the guys try to close out the pod while Travis is distracted trying to get Ohio State tickets
Jun 21, 2022
Spray Painted Line
Marty, Wes & Travis discuss being hungover, dance recitals, the difficulty in being a ginger, skin care and more. Then, country singer/songwriter Ray Fulcher chats with the guys about the release of his debut album, writing with Luke Combs, the impact Eric Church has had on his career and more.
Jun 14, 2022
All Hail the Cheese Queen
Marty and Wes discuss the SEC Meetings and the beef between Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher. Then, they get into the best Southern Rock songs of all time and give their top 3. Plus, why is it so difficult to put camping chairs away. Then, Charles Kelley from Lady A joins the guys to discuss growing up in Augusta, GA and going to The Masters, how his career got started, drinking with Wayne Gretzky & more. Finally, Abby Lampe joins the podcast to discuss being the first American woman to win Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake contest in England.
Jun 06, 2022
Cold Milk & Cold Beer
Marty and Wes find out why Travis' face is so red. Marty chats about his time spent at the Indy 500 that included mimosas at 9am and a fast exit on Sunday. Wes spent Memorial Day at the lake which leads the guys to chat about Pizza Hut & Dairy Queen. Plus, does F1 need to make a change to Monaco?
May 31, 2022
Back Home Again In Indiana with Graham Rahal
Marty finally has a name for Wes' mustache. The guys then chat about the PGA Championship, the awesome bars in Tulsa and the viral moment that happened with Marty and his sweat rag. Then, Graham Rahal joins the the guys to discuss the Indy 500, asking John Force to marry his daughter, Ohio State football and a whole lot more.
May 24, 2022
John Force
Marty and Wes chat about the upset in the Kentucky Derby, the star studded Miami Grand Prix and the drama between Joey Lagano and William Byron at Darlington. Plus, the greatest drag racer ever, John Force stops by to chat with the guys about his career, retirement and a whole lot more
May 10, 2022
Pocket Knives & Air Jordans
Marty chats about having a dream that his hair was thinning and Wes tries to figure out what the dream means. F1 is taking over Miami this weekend, is the Cheesecake Factory's menu to large and the MLB logo looks like a duck. Then, comedian Dusty Slay joins the guys to discuss being on Netflix, being an Alabama fan, performing at the Opry and more. Finally, accidentally taking a pocket knife to the airport and Marty has an airport life hack.
May 04, 2022
Aidan Hutchinson
Marty and Wes chat about mustaches, ultimate frisbee, beard oil, bourbons and restaurants in the SEC. Then, potential first overall draft pick in the NFL draft, Aidan Hutchinson joins the guys to chat about the idea of being drafted first, has he reached his potential, wearing the number 97 in the NFL, playing for Jim Harbaugh and the impact of beating Ohio State. Lastly, Marty and Wes talk a little college ball and what rivalries do for the sport
Apr 26, 2022
Fair To Midland
Marty and Wes chat about Easter Sunday and why it's easy for kids to paint eggs these days. Plus, the joy that is leftover food from a Holiday, reaction to the NASCAR race at Bristol, chores they are bad at and more. Then, country group Midland joins the guys to discuss their new tequila "Insolito", how they got their name, their new album and a whole lot more. Finally, Marty tells a story about how the fire department got called to his house when he was drunk
Apr 20, 2022
86th Masters Recap
Marty, Wes and Travis discuss Scottie Scheffler winning the 86th Masters and how impressed they were with him. Plus, Marty has amazing stories from his time at Augusta National. Travis has an offer for Luke Combs. Wes takes a shot at Georgia Tech. Another carpool question, but this time for Marty's daughter Mia, and a whole lot more.
Apr 12, 2022
No Jacket Required...Live from Augusta
Marty and Wes are live from Savannah River Brewing Company to preview the 2022 Masters and go on random tangents. Plus, ESPN's Matt Barrie joined the guys to chat about whether Tiger will compete this year and who the favorite is to win
Apr 04, 2022
A Little Dive Bar with Ashley McBryde
Marty and Wes chat about the passing of Taylor Hawkins and the impact the Foo Fighters' music has had. Marty talks about being a judge in a BBQ contest, Coach K gets one more shot at UNC and the guys go down a Friday Night Lights rabbit hole. Plus, Marty and Wes chat with Ashley McBryde about writing "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega", what her motivation is, performing on stage with Eric Church, her scary accident and more. Finally, Wes has a poem for Matt Ryan and Marty attempts to write a Haiku poem
Mar 29, 2022
Hurricane or Cyclone?
Marty and Wes chat about parenting when your wife is away, should coaches wear suits or go with the casual look on the sideline and are adults allowed to wear jerseys. Then, Marty chats with singer/songwriter Brandon Davis to discuss being asked by Tim McGraw to tour with him, the power of social media, taking a chance on his dream and more. Finally, Vivian's Carpool Question of the Week.
Mar 22, 2022
March Madness with Jimmy Dykes
Marty and Wes are joined by ESPN College Basketball Analyst Jimmy Dykes as they react to NCAA Tournament Bracket being released. Texas A&M gets left out, did the committee miss-seed Tennessee, how will Auburn do away from home and more. Plus, thoughts on Dick Vitale and Chase Briscoe winning his first NASCAR race. And, Vivian's Carpool Question of the Week
Mar 15, 2022
Fellowshipping with Frank Caliendo
Marty and Wes chat about John Madden, vanity license plates, commonwealth vs. states, telemarketers and the NFL combine. Plus, comedian Frank Caliendo joins the guys to chat about how he got his career started, what makes a good impersonation and what he wants to do next in his career and a whole lot more. Plus, Wes receives high praises from Frank and gets a little coaching
Mar 08, 2022
Still Hungover
Marty and Wes chat about Hawaii, hangovers, cures for hangovers and songs you workout to that you don't want your friends to know about. Plus, Marty chats with country singer/songwriter Drake White about the music that influenced him growing up, gumbo, suffering a brain bleed while on stage, overcoming that and the view it's given him on life and a whole lot more.
Mar 01, 2022
Live from Daytona International Speedway
Marty and Wes made their way to Daytona International Speedway to sit down with some of the biggest names in NASCAR. On this episode, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Corey LaJoie, Ryan Blaney, Ben Kennedy & Steve Phelps will chat with the guys about the Daytona 500, Next Gen cars, hunting, country music, partying with Gronk, Michael Jordan, Days of Thunder & a whole lot more.
Feb 19, 2022
Bacon Bouquet, Ashley Cooke & Justin Simmons
Marty and Wes chat about Valentine's Day, grilling, Matt Stafford and the Rams winning the Super Bowl and what the best commercials were. Plus, they chat with Denver Broncos' Justin Simmons about his foundation, Denver's new coach and more, And, country singer/songwriter Ashley Cooke joins the podcast to discuss how she got her career started, shotgunning beers, TikTok and Cole Swindell
Feb 15, 2022
Top of the World with Lauren Alaina
Marty and Wes discuss the crazy weather going on right now. Why Wes thinks he got food poisoning from Charcuterie and what is the correct way to pronounce it. Vivian's Question of the Week. Why NASCAR hit a home run this weekend and why you shouldn't bet against Joe Burrow. Plus, Marty chats with country singer/songwriter Lauren Alaina about singing the National Anthem, depression, becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry and she shares stories about Garth Brooks and Jon Pardi
Feb 08, 2022
Inky Johnson
Marty and Wes chat about Joe Burrow on the verge of another championship and what makes him so special. Thanks to Marty's daughter, the pod has a new feature..."Vivian's Carpool Question of the Week". Plus, how many waffles could you eat in 24 hours? And, former Tennessee Volunteer and motivational speaker Inky Johnson joins Marty to discuss his injury, the idea of hope, NIL, the transfer portal and more.
Feb 01, 2022
Drinks Some Damn Beers
Marty and Wes chat about Waffle House, Jordan shoes and Dale Earnhardt Jr being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Then, Marty chats with 2x PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood about growing up on ranch, his worst injury, meeting Shania Twain and more.
Jan 25, 2022
Mario Andretti
Marty, Wes and Travis chat about fishing, bottle rockets, people dressing like John Dutton and more. Plus, Mario Andretti joins the podcast talks about which NASCAR drivers reminds him of himself, possibility of racing in 2022, the finish to the 2021 F1 season and a whole lot more
Jan 18, 2022
Go Dawgs & Hardy
Marty and Wes chat with college football hall of famer Matt Stinchcomb about Georgia winning the National Championship Monday night against Alabama and what the meant. Plus, Wes now has to get a tattoo. And, Marty talks with country singer/songwriter Hardy about his career path, FGL, Morgan Wallen and much more.
Jan 12, 2022
Dawgs vs Tide & Willie Robertson
Marty, Travis and Wes break down Georgia's big win against Michigan and preview the National Championship rematch between Georgia and Alabama. And, Marty got a surprise Christmas gift from a friend. Plus, Marty chats with Willie Robertson about Duck Dynasty, a prank gone wrong, Brian Kelly's accent, and a whole lot more.
Jan 04, 2022
Is ”Harkening” A Word?
Marty, Travis and Wes discuss the greatness that is the Krispy Kreme donut, the different Reese Cups, Broadway plays and more. Then, Ryan McGee joins the guys to discuss calling the Myrtle Beach Bowl with Marty. Plus, senior superlatives, Friday Night Lights, meteorologist and more.
Dec 21, 2021
Marty chats with country singer/songwriter Elvie Shane about his path to Nashville, his new record, the highs and lows in his life and a whole lot more.
Dec 14, 2021
Christmas Tree Allergy
Marty, Travis and Wes discuss fake and real Christmas trees. Can you be allergic to Christmas trees? Marty thinks he has the greatest ornament ever. His wife doesn't think so. Plus, how Coffeetown was created and the power of high school football
Dec 07, 2021
College Football is Drunk
Marty, Wes and Travis discuss the wild weekend that was in college football. Lincoln Riley headed to USC, Michigan upsetting Ohio State and can Georgia finally knock off Alabama. Plus, Marty chats with Washington Post writer about his book "Across the River". In 2019, Babb followed a high school football team from New Orleans for the entire season and he talks about the team on the field but also the things going on off the field.
Nov 30, 2021
Thaw The Bird
Marty, Travis and Wes discuss Georgia and can Stetson Bennett lead them to a national championship. Does Marty look like Lyle Lovett? What it was like when your hometown got their first Wal-Mart. Favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. Drinking Pappy Van Winkle and more. Plus, part 2 of Marty's interview with Toby Keith
Nov 23, 2021
Milking the Teat
Marty, Travis and Wes discuss voting for the CMA's and Luke Combs' new song. Should Georgia's Jordan Davis get an invite to the Heisman Ceremony and who else is in the running? OU and Texas had a rough weekend. Travis defends Boomer Sooner against Marty and Wes. Marty shaved his beard. The guys have a complaint about grocery stores which leads into a discussion on milking cows. Plus, part 1 of Marty's conversation with Toby Keith, talking about Willie, Merle, his mullett and more.
Nov 16, 2021
Fellowshipping with Idiots
Marty along with Travis and Wes Blankenship discuss the Braves winning the World Series and what that means for the state of Georgia. What it's like going to an American Girl store, playing with G.I Joes and collecting Starting Lineups. Plus, when should you go to the grocery store to avoid crowds and who will win CMA Entertainer of the Year. Lastly, part two of Marty's conversation with Breland
Nov 09, 2021
In Service To The Song
Marty and Travis discuss the showdown between Denny Hamlin and Alex Bowman at Martinsville and why this is the best thing to happen for NASCAR heading into the final race of the season. Plus, was it ok for Ohio State to storm the field after beating Penn State, is Alabama like Mike Tyson and Georgia's Jordan Davis for Heisman. Lastly, singer/songwriter Breland discusses writing for others, being a Philly sports fan and more. 
Nov 03, 2021
The Marty Smith Podcast #18 - Casey Beathard
Marty sits down with songwriter Casey Beathard to chat about some of his unforgettable tunes, his relationships with legendary artists, and his journey through heartbreaking loss.
Oct 05, 2021
The Marty Smith Podcast #17 - Chase Rice
Marty sits down with Chase Rice in the Outsider Studios in Nashville. Chase describes how his early success caused him to lose himself and become someone he didn't necessarily want to be, how living a "normal life" during COVID affected him, and about difficulties living a life as a public figure. Chase also talks about life during the pandemic and his recent trip to Montana to write his new record. Marty and Chase may even have the next big country hit on their hands!
Sep 23, 2021
The Marty Smith Podcast #16 - Lee Brice
Marty sits down at Outsider Studios to chat with Lee Brice about his football days, what made him put the ball down and head for Nashville and his amazing path to becoming one of the greats in country music.
Sep 13, 2021
The Marty Smith Podcast #15 - Rhett Akins
Marty sits down with legend Rhett Akins to talk about transitioning from one of the biggest country music artists to one of the biggest country music writers, his relationship with the wildly famous Thomas Rhett (his son, by the way) and his hangout moments with Hank Williams, Jr., Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. It got real hazy on Willie's bus, folks. 
Sep 01, 2021
The Marty Smith Podcast #14 - John Crist
Comedian John Crist joins Marty in a very special episode. We laugh. We cry. We get real. John talks about his experience growing up in a family of 8 children, his first time on stage, and how Marty's intuition helped him get through some hard times.
Aug 20, 2021
The Marty Smith Podcast #13 - Luke Combs
Marty welcomes country superstar Luke Combs in Outsider Studios to talk about his journey to success, spending years playing in bars before his big break, his thoughts on not being a “hot” musician, meeting his wife Nicole, and his goal of being the GOAT of country music.
Aug 10, 2021
The Marty Smith Podcast #12 - Tracy Lawrence
Marty welcomes country legend Tracy Lawrence into the Outsider Studios to discuss life on the road with George Jones, growing up in Arkansas and how to survive in the country music industry. In April, Tracy released "Volume 1: Stairway To Heaven Highway To Hell", the first in a trilogy of "Hindsight 2020" albums.
Aug 02, 2021
The Marty Smith Podcast #11 - Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins drops by the Outsider Studios with a brand 25th Anniversary album, “The Way I Wanna Go”. Marty and Trace discuss Trace's path to his 25th year in the business, and Trace looks back in the rear view mirror on lessons learned and blessings received. Trace discusses his life as a roughneck on an oil rig, his voice talent, and other fun stories.
Jul 21, 2021
The Marty Smith Podcast #10 - Cole Swindell
In this episode of the Marty Smith Podcast, the first interview recorded at the brand new Outsider Studios, Marty Smith sits down with Cole Swindell for a lengthy conversation about a very unique path to country music stardom. How does a guy go from meeting a country music star at his frat house, to selling t-shirts for that superstar (Luke Bryan), to writing #1 songs not only for other artists in Nashville, but for himself? And what's it like to stick to your guns when one of those superstars (Jason Aldean) desperately begs you for a song that you wrote, but you know that you're the one that should cut it? Enjoy this and much more on this episode of the Marty Smith Podcast from the Outsider Studios. 
Jul 15, 2021
The Marty Smith Podcast #9 - Dustin Lynch
Marty talks with Dustin Lynch about his path to success, his current single “Thinking ‘Bout You” with MacKenzie Porter, the artists that affected his life, his sports career, and more.
Jul 07, 2021
Marty Smith - The Road You Leave Behind #8 - Craig Morgan
On the eighth installment of "The Road You Leave Behind," Outsider's Marty Smith sits down to speak with Craig Morgan in an exclusive interview. Like many country music stars, Morgan's path to fame started from humble beginnings. He joined the United States Army as a young man where he served for 16 years. Upon his return home to Tennessee, Morgan worked multiple jobs to support his family, including as a construction worker and an employee at Wal-Mart. The "Redneck Yacht Club" singer is the definition of a blue collar worker, and Craig's blue collar attitude didn't change once he found musical success. Feel Craig's honest and heartfelt emotion discussing "The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost", which he wrote after the tragic loss of his son, Jerry. An inspiring interview with an inspiring singer and songwriter.
Jun 01, 2021
Marty Smith - The Road You Leave Behind #7 - Travis Tritt
Marty visits with country music icon Travis Tritt, who has a brand new album coming out May 7, “Set In Stone”. Marty visits with Travis at his ranch in Georgia and talks about his path to Nashville. Tritt talks about obstacles he faced and what it was like when he faced criticism and the individuals (speaking of icons) who helped him through that uncertain time, when he felt like he was doing the right thing because it was true to him and who he wanted to be, but it wasn’t especially well received in Nashville.
May 07, 2021
Marty Smith - The Road You Leave Behind #6 - John Rich
John Rich of Big & Rich talks to Marty about what it was like growing up the son of a preacher in Texas and Tennessee, family relationships, details on his career in Lonestar, Big & Rich and in between, the personal challenges of the excesses of success, his reality TV career, including raising $1.4 million for St. Jude on The Celebrity Apprentice, and more.
Apr 29, 2021
Marty Smith - The Road You Leave Behind #5 - Luke Laird
Luke Laird has written over 20 number one Billboard singles, including hits for Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, and many more. Marty and Luke discuss Luke's songwriting career, his new album "Music Row" and the meaning of some of it's songs, how growing up in small town Pennsylvania influenced his life and music, and much more.
Apr 05, 2021
Marty Smith - The Road You Leave Behind #4 - Clay Walker
Clay Walker knows exactly what kind of grit it takes to travel the road of a small town country singer dreaming of becoming a chart-topping superstar. Marty Smith sits down with the “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” crooner to take country fans along for his journey from playing bars in his hometown to playing over 200 massive concerts across the country. Walker relives moments such as listening to a candid conversation between George Jones and Merle Haggard at a bar to the moment he learned of his MS diagnosis. Listen to Outsider’s exclusive conversation between Marty Smith and Clay Walker here.
Mar 01, 2021
Marty Smith - The Road You Leave Behind #3 - Kip Moore
Before Kip Moore became the award-winning artist he is today, he had to maintain his passion - or as he puts it, “a little bit of crazy” - for 8 years. Marty Smith sits down with the “Beer Money” singer to talk about his fierce dedication to country music, sports’ influence on his music career, and his love for all things surfing. He released his double album this spring and opens up about how factors like the pandemic and “the awakening of a country” adjusted the album’s success. Listen to ‘The Road You Leave Behind’ as Kip Moore talks regrets, motivations, and faith.
Feb 18, 2021
Marty Smith - The Road You Leave Behind #2 - Kix Brooks
Marty Smith of Outsider interviews Kix Brooks, known for his 90s country legendary band Brooks & Dunn. Brooks talks everything from the band’s breakup in 2009 to duck hunting with Ronnie Dunn and even his conversations he had with Merle Haggard. Listen to Outsider’s exclusive conversation between Marty Smith and Kix Brooks.
Jan 22, 2021
Marty Smith - The Road You Leave Behind #1 - Mark Miller
Marty Smith interviews Mark Miller, lead singer for Sawyer Brown.
Jan 10, 2021