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Russell Mark of The Nextdoors

The Tom Petty Project

08-12-2023 • 1 hr 9 mins

Today's episode is a conversation I had with the wonderful Russell Mark, of the Pasadena-based husband and wife duo, The Nextdoors. Russell is also a long time performer, composer, sound engineer, producer, music camp director and was a very easy person to sit and talk to for just over an hour and a half!

I sat down with Russell on November 13 of this year and we talked about how to craft songs around a cello instead of a bass, how inspiration can often come from unexpected places, the sights and sounds of Pasadena, and whether or not Steve Ferrone is the nicest guy on the planet (spoiler: he is!). We also, of couse, talked about Tom Petty (a lot!) and his influence on Russell's music.

Please check out The Nextdoor's website here: You can find out his brilliant project The Title Trackers here: and make sure you check out the fabulous "Awaken", which we talked a fair bit about during the episode: and don't forget to go check all the social media places where you can find The Nextdoors. They're lovely people making really good music!

NOTE: There is a very small amount of profanity in this episode but it is not gratuitous.

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All music, including the theme song, provided by my very best friend Randy Woods. Check him out at

Logo provided Ed Booth, who you can find here:

The Tom Petty Project is not affiliated with the Tom Petty estate in any way and when you’re looking for Tom’s music, please visit the official YouTube channel first and go to for official merchandise.

A last very special thanks to Paul Zollo. Without his book, Conversations with Tom Petty, this podcast wouldn't be nearly as much fun to research.

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