Hit The Bricks

Hit The Bricks is hosted with the duo of Justin Fortney and Chris Evans. Justin is the World’s Best Tourism Director of the Most Awesome Town on the Planet, while Chris brings the fun.

The show, which talks about “Everything interesting about Guthrie, Oklahoma” is produced by the City of Guthrie in partnership with Guthrie News Page.

All of the shows are also available on podcast and can be found wherever you find your favorite podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Anchor to name a few.

Week 41 — Hit The Bricks had a delightful chat with Jerome Stevenson and Gregory Hopkins from The Pollard Theatre. They’re finishing up preparations for Love Letters, “a funny and emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love.” The show opens Friday, February 14, and you can get your tickets now at thepollard.org. Subscribe to Hit The Bricks on your favorite podcast platform, and if you’d like to watch the video version of the episode click here.
Week 40 — Trey Woods from Hoboken Coffee Roasters and Clark Underwood from The Visual Brain chat with Justin and Chris about the Tiny Town Concert Series. The Tiny Town videos feature brilliant musicians playing tunes and chatting about their music inside the coffee shop here in Guthrie. The series is a collaboration between Hoboken, The Visual Brain, the City of Guthrie Tourism Office, and KOSU Radio. This HTB Episode includes the entirety of the newest Tiny Town video featuring The Bergamot, an original folk-rock band out of Brooklyn, New York. Check out all of the Tiny Town videos here!
Week 39 — The Hit The Bricks crew got all the details on the 50th (!!!) International Finals Rodeo coming to Lazy E Arena January 17-19. Thanks to IFR General Manager Dale Yerigan who took time out of his busy preperations to sit down with Chris & Justin. Welcome to Guthrie, IFR!
Week 38 — Hit The Bricks had so many fantastic musical guests in 2019. If you need a playlist for your holiday get-together, you can’t go wrong with hitting play on this year’s musical compilation. Happy holidays, friends! Hit The Bricks will see you in the new year!
Week 37 — The Hit The Bricks podcast stopped by this great new business to get all the details. In fact, the HTB crew is probably still there playing games right now.
Week 36 — The growth out at the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport is hard to imagine unless you see it first hand. The aircraft industry businesses, flying lessons, hangers for corporations and individuals, and community events have turned our airport into something special. Airport Director Schellon Stanley gives Chris & Justin a really fun glimpse into so many of the details of operating an airport. 
Week 35 — The Hit The Bricks crew had a right good time chatting with Jerry Gammill about this Saturday’s Kiwanis Auction. The annual auction is one of those classic events in Guthrie that’s a serious good time. Bidding starts at 10 a.m., and you can watch in person at Guthrie City Hall, Cox Cable ch. 20, or via facebook (Guthrie News Page or City of Guthrie). The list of items up for auction is wild. If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping, this is a really fun option to grab a few more gifts!
Week 34 — Stacey Frazier stopped by Hit The Bricks World Headquarters to chat about Christmas “Opening Night” in Guthrie (parade, ceremonies, etc), plus details on Victorian Walks, Pollard Shows, bluegrass Christmas shows, etc etc SO MUCH CHRISTMAS STUFF.
Week 33 — There’s a new business in downtown Guthrie! Matt Crumb with First Capital Games & Collectibles stopped by Hit The Bricks to talk about the huge number of board games and collectible action figures he has for sale. He also has game nights for Dungeons & Dragons and Magic, The Gathering, plus some snacks and beverages for sale.
Week 32 — Learn all about the whimsical artistic empire of Tiffany and Joe Bora, They own and operate the Tipsy Artist Paint PalaceUtopia Joe Surf Shop, and a couple bed & breakfasts on the 2nd floor of their brilliant downtown Guthrie location. Joe has an art show coming up on Friday, Nov 8. It’ll be fantastic. You should go.
Week 31 — This was a fantastic conversation with Alison & Dylan. They gave an inside look at what it takes to manage locations for film productions, and they gave a super interesting glimpse into film-making in Oklahoma and Guthrie. If you’re interested at all in how movies are made, you don’t want to miss this episode.
Week 30 — Evil Dead: The Musical opens this Friday at Guthrie’s Pollard Theatre, and Director Jaren Blount sat down with Chris and Justin on the Pollard stage to discuss the Evil Dead movies, the musical, the splatter zone, and how terrified Justin is of horror movies. Get your tickets to Evil Dead: The Musical before it sells out … it’s the perfect way to celebrate the Halloween season.
Week 29 — On this episode of Hit The Bricks we heard from Guthrie’s Territorial Christmas Foundation about all the incredible activities they have planned for the holidays this year. Thanks to volunteers Abigail Ropp, Kailyn Swonger and Verla Cline for being guests this week.
Week 28 — Had a real good time recapping Race 1 from the G3 Gravel Race Series. Ray, Jackson, and Barry stopped by to chat about this fantastic new event to Guthrie. Race 2 is October 5, and Race 3 is October 19, so go on over and register for some serious fun. 
Week 27 — Sealed With a Kiss has everything you need to knit and crochet. Keely’s shop has become a destination for folks from multiple states looking for fine yarn and supplies. Whether you’re an expert or just a beginner, SWAK in downtown Guthrie has what you need.
Week 26 — Got your tickets for Oklahoma’s International Bluegrass Festival yet? Byron Berline and Joel Parks stopped by the Hit The Bricks World Headquarters to chat about all the wonderfullness that is OIBF. They even played a couple tunes, and Chris & Justin probably won’t stop smiling for days! Enjoy the episode, and get your bluegrass fest tickets at oibf.com.
Week 25 — This was a fun conversation with John Pagonis, who owns and operates the Guthrie Haunts Scaregrounds and the Drexel Event Center in Guthrie. John is what you might call a chronic entrepreneur. Always has an idea. Always working on something. Now he’s developing one of the downtown Guthrie buildings too. 
Week 24 — The Hit The Bricks crew had a blast talking with Dr. Mike Simpson, Superintendent of Guthrie Public Schools. Incredible to see how far GPS has come, and their vision for the future is pretty contagious. Quality of life and quality of schools are inseparable, so thanks to Dr. Simpson for stopping by and chatting with Chris & Justin about how those things are moving Guthrie forward.
Week 23 — Erin Brown, Curator of Collections for the Oklahoma Territorial Museum, stopped by Hit The Bricks HQ to enlighten Justin & Chris about the top-shelf exhibit the museum has on the history of Woman’s Suffrage in the United States. It’s the 100 year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and the Territorial Museum has put some pretty cool stuff together to celebrate.
Week 22 — Jerome Stevenson, Artistic Director for the Pollard Theatre, talks about their upcoming season of shows (their 33rd season!), plus a great conversation about the impact of the Pollard on the Guthrie community. Jerome also has some wonderful thoughts on the importance of live theatre and its affect on audiences and culture.
Week 21 — The HTB crew had a real good time goofing off with Heady Coleman, talking about this weekends events in Guthrie. Red Brick Nights brings food, music, and all kinds of family fun to downtown Guthrie, and Guthrie Maker Days lets you take different art classes all day long at different shops and galleries. Make an entire day out of it, or even an entire weekend!
Week 20 — The Hit The Bricks crew stopped by Byron Berline’s brand new Double Stop Fiddle Shop and Music Hall to talk about the new place, the old place, and all kinds of great stories.
Week 19 — Lisa Sorrell makes some of the most amazing custom cowboy boots on the planet right here in Guthrie, Oklahoma. In this episode she talks about the amazing detail that goes into every pair, and how her business has expanded into selling supplies to custom boot and shoe makers all over the world.
Week 18 — Stacey Frazier with Guthrie Ghost Walks never disappoints. Great story teller. Hear all about her mysterious tours of Guthrie, and have a good chuckle while you’re at it.
Week 17 — Chris and Justin had a delightful afternoon talking with Stacy Smith of Stacy’s Place restaurant. Stacy talked about her experience in the restaurant industry, the four years of owning and operating Stacy’s Place in Guthrie, and her plans for the future.
Week 16 — This week Chris and Justin took the show on the road once again to Rick’s Chocolates & Coffee’s.
Week 15 — In this weeks episode, Justin & Chris sit down with the CEO of Prairie Wolf Spirits, located in Guthrie, America.
Week 14 — Jim Garling stopped by for a good conversation and a song. Jim, Chris, and Justin had fun talking about the history of movies shot in Guthrie, and how new legislation at the state level will bring more film projects to Guthrie and Oklahoma.
Week 13 —  In this episode, Justin & Chris sit down with musical couple Ry Dalee & Evangeline. Justin also sits down with the Director of the new play at the Pollard, Disaster starting June 7th.
Week 12 — Llamas, floods, an unidentified body from 1907. There’s some serious drama in this episode. Thanks to Oklahoma Mini Mill for letting the HTB gang post up at their 1st rate spot.
Week 11 — If you enjoy Oklahoma history and good music, this episode is right up your alley. Thanks again to Nathan Turner from the Oklahoma Territorial Museum for sharing great stories and to Tanner Fields for sharing a fantastic song!
Week 10 — Chris and Justin stopped by G Gallery & Glass Studio this week to chat with Glenda Radigonda about her shop and the glass blowing classes she offers. They also recap the incredible concert at the Masonic Temple that featured Vince Gill, Turnpike Troubadours, Larry Gatlin, and the Byron Berline Band. Plus we have a brilliant song from Keathley recorded live Red Brick Nights. Thanks to Glenda, and thanks to Keathley for taking the time share a song with us.
Week 9 — Megan stopped by to talk with Chris and Heady about the 1,000s of Jeep enthusiasts who’ll be in Guthrie this weekend, and Clark let us know about how the Guthrie Police Department will be at world famous Missy’s Bakery this Saturday morning raising $ for Special Olympics.
Week 8 — Heady Coleman stops by Hit The Bricks world headquarters to talk with Chris and Justin about Red Brick Nights, all the art classes available in downtown Guthrie, motorcycle rallies, pancakes & airplane rides, JeepFest, Guthrie Duathlon, and everything else that’s crammed into the weekend of May 4. Holy smokes it’s a busy weekend. 
Week 7 — Trey and Julie Ayers from the Dominion House talk about their hotel, restaurant, & event center (and their bocce ball court), plus singer/songwriter Joel Mosman catches us up on all his goings on (and he sings a song). 
Week 6 — Tracy, Carissa, and Kailyn tell you everything you need to know about Guthrie’s annual 89er Celebration. This was also our first episode to record somewhere other than the Hit The Bricks HQ. Thanks to Kailyn at The Boarding House for hosting!
Week 5 — LindseyJustin, & Chris chat about the Strong Town competition, the recent school bond election, the Guthrie YMCA, odd Oklahoma school mascots, and the interesting characters you meet on trains. 
Week 4 — Trey and Mallory Woods own Hoboken Coffee Roasters in Guthrie. Trey stopped by and chatted with us about Guthrie Bike Night and the Tiny Town Concert Series. We also got a sneak peak at the newest Tiny Town song featuring Levi Parham.
Week 3 — Chris and Justin break down the Strong Town Contest matchup between Guthrie and Westwood, Kansas, plus Justin talks with Timothy and Stef from the Pollard Theatre about their upcoming production of Beehive: The 60’s Musical.  .
Week 2 — Chris waxes poetic about the dream of having a beautiful sports complex in Guthrie, then listen to a special performance by Irish music trio Open The Door for Three.
Week 1 — Michael Williams, curator at Oklahoma Territorial Museum, stops by and shares some of Guthrie’s most intriguing history with Chris and Justin.