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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Something From Nothing returns for a fourth season this week with an episode that features three guests.

Amber and Peter Barnett who started Pipers Tea & Coffee join Bobby Dowell, the head roaster, to discuss the early days of Pipers and the creative process behind bringing coffee and tea to life.

The episode also includes the personal journey that brought the British owners to Kentucky and how Peter recruited Bobby into the coffee business.

Season three concludes with the story of Something From Nothing. Taylor Inman takes over the host mic and Justin plays the role of guest. 

Have a listen to hear the origin of the podcast. Justin also talks about how he puts it together. 

This may be the end of season three but fear not...season 4 is already in the works.

Samuel Hawkins--also known as Snacks--talks about his inspiration in writing his first poem and how that motivation has matured into finding the voice he speaks with today. 

The spoken word poet ends the episode performing a work from his recently released book, "The Greatest Story Ever Sold."

This week on the show Sara Bradley talks about the origin of Freight House and her passion for cooking. Tune in to hear how Sara has created Freight House...from nothing.

Something From Nothing: Folk Musician Fate McAfee

May 30, 2018

This week on Something From Nothing is the story of a local folk musician. Topics include songwriting, performing, and a discussion of his upcoming album.

Fate closes the show talking over a new track off his upcoming album. Before that he shares the time he played a show for a steak. 

This week Something From Nothing explores the story behind Ian Berry's unique form of art. 

Ian reveals how his idea for this style came to be and shares the role one tweet played in progressing his career.

The episode was recorded at the recent National Quilt Show in Paducah. Stay tuned until the end to hear a somewhat surprising comment from a quilter. 

Something From Nothing: Comedian Jesse Barfield

May 16, 2018

This week on Something From Nothing is comedian Jesse Barfield. The show includes his journey to practicing comedian; starting with the first moment he had the desire to make a crowd laugh.

Jesse shares insight on both stand up and improv comedy types and how each have made him better at the other.

The show closes with Jesse telling one of his favorite jokes.


This week's bonus episode previews music coming to Paducah's Lowertown Arts and Music Festival. Two of the guests (Shanden SImmons and Melanie Davis) are musicians and they add insight into performing in different settings. Librarian Becca Halbmaier gives some helpful information about access to the music that will be heard at the festival. 

The festival is May 18th, 19th. 

This week’s edition of Something from Nothing explores how Monica Bilak contributed to the formation of Sprocket and what it is about her that has prepared her for the task.


The episode explores elements of her background that add up to give her the experience needed to take on a key role in moving Sprocket forward---a name that is explained during the episode.

Monica lays out the story of how Sprocket has turned into something...from nothing.




This bonus episode of Something from Nothing has music previews and discussions of local musicians who will be playing at the Lowertown Arts and Music Festival. Pictured are (from left to right) Becca Halbmier, Shanden Simmons, host Justin Lewis, and Melanie Davis. The festival is May 18th, 19th. Check out for a schedule.