Something From Nothing

  • Local Host Justin Lewis

"Something from Nothing" is a local podcast about local makers for local listeners.

The show is about the creative process that many local artists employ when creating their works. You'll hear from musicians, potters, poets, print makers and more. Subscribe to our season. 

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Justin Lewis


This episode of Something from Nothing features artist Jerry Phillips. The son of two immigrants, one of which is retired military.


Jerry starts by telling the story of how his parents made it to Kentucky and describes what it is like for him to have grown up in a home influenced by the Pacific Islands.

Justin Lewis


Andy Wiggins--brewer of beer--is the guest on this week’s episode of Something from Nothing. The interview took place at Dry Ground Brewing Company where he brews. At the time of the interview he was brewing on a more regular basis, but he still does some beer making for Dry Ground.

In the show, Andy explains how he got into brewing and he talks about the learning process of beer making. He gave a specific example of a time when he made a beer lower than his expectations and then how he redeemed himself.


On Something from Nothing this week, we hear from published poet  Amelia Martens.  Amelia talks about publication from the perspective of an author. She gives insight on how being a poet was different after the success of having her first book published.


Amelia talks about her first recollection of using poetry. She describes this fascinating story about how she used writing a poem as a means of dealing with an emotionally overwhelming moment. This process of using poetry continues today.

Justin Lewis


The Savage Radley, a band composed of Shaina Goodman and Stephen Knox Montgomery are featured on this week’s edition of Something from Nothing.

The show covers the origin of the band as each member of the band gives their account. Shaina reflects on her pre-The Savage Radley musical career. The band talks about playing live and lessons learned about performing.

Stephen talks about all the different ways he is involved in the music business and points out which makes him most comfortable and is more enjoyable to him.

The inspiration of a song and the accompanying music video is covered in the episode.

The show ends with a song request by yours truly.

Justin Lewis


  Tommy Stewart, this week’s guest on Something from Nothing, is an up and coming photographer. He talks about his first foray into photography as a child and a very memorable moment that drew him towards his focus when photographing objects.

Stewart emphasizes the importance of light in capturing photos and this is a thread throughout the interview, and he shares his artistic journey to fit photography into his life including seclusion from the outside world.

Chris Black


This week on Something from Nothing we hear from local musician Chris Black.

In the episode Chris talks about performing live both what he enjoys and the challenges that go with it. The musician shares how he started his career and what is a motivating factor for him moving forward. He also recalls a humorous story that involves his first guitar.

Chris tells the story of a songwriting experience that he wishes happened more often.

Justin Lewis


This week on Something from Nothing we feature local art teacher John Romang from his home studio which also serves as a garage. In the episode John talks about the importance of variety in art. He practices what he preaches as two of his primary forms of art are completely different mediums.


A young, talented, “one woman band” is the focus of this week’s edition of Something from Nothing.

Leight July is a student at Murray State University studying music business during the day and on the weekends she is honing her musicianship.

It is quite early in her career so she still has vivid memories of her beginnings. She, in the episode, tells the story of how she got got started performing and the night when she considered giving up.

Justin Lewis


  This week on Something from Nothing Randall Griggs is the featured artist. During the show Randall talks about both his printmaking and robot building. Randall--a friend of the show thanks to his donation of a poster print to the live podcast--and I talked at his home where he builds robots and designs his prints.

Randall only fully pursued art when he experienced it as a necessity for livelihood; this story is explored in the show. Randall also shares how he became drawn to the unique style of creating robots.

He talks about inspirations and influences in his art. He talks specifically about the creative process when designing a poster print for a music concert. Randall shares a time when he thought the poster show was going to go really badly but it turned out to be one of his favorites.

Randall talks with joy about what enjoys about making robots and designing prints. He has certainly found his niche in the art community.

The show closed with Randall talking about how he hopes his art effects other people.


On the season premiere of Something From Nothing Kerri Bonner talks creativity from the perspective of social media. Her massive social media movement via instagram and “hashtag” #partakeinpaducah has made a huge impact on the community and truly was something that came from nothing.

In the episode Kerri recalls the story of how she started the city of Paducah account and the motivation behind it. She also describes her thought process behind the idea for the “hashtag” #partakeinpaducah.