Laurel Canyon Sign

EPISODE 2 - 'LAUREL CANYON LEGEND' TOMMY BINA

This week BD welcomes LAUREL CANYON LEGEND and proprietor of the WORLD FAMOUS CANYON COUNTRY STORE... TOMMY BINA!

The canyon country mainstay talks about his eventful life, comedy, and the music history of the famous LAUREL CANYON community in Los Angeles, known for producing some of the most influential musicians of the century including JIM MORRISON, MAMA CASS, CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG and more!

He dishes about regular celebrity customers who come to the store for treats from home, like special European cereal and candy for DAVID BOWIE!

The electric raconteur talks about moving from Tehran, Iran to Birmingham, AL after the Iranian Revolution, the subsequent culture shock, being a comedian, and experiencing his first earthquake

Situated in the hills between the famous SUNSET STRIP and VENTURA BLVD, the LAUREL CANYON COUNTRY STORE is an oasis in the canyon, offering fresh groceries, delicious sandwiches, and more to its local celebrity residents and traffic-savvy Angelenos cutting through the hills.

The store is a character of its own. MAMA CASS even lived in the store's basement. The Doors' JIM MORRISON famously lived behind the store for years, and even wrote several songs including "LOVE STREET" there. In the song, he immortalized it as the "store where the creatures meet."

In the 1960s, the building's patio would often host informal jam sessions with local legends and neighbors FRANK ZAPPA and JONI MITCHELL, and lots of bands were formed through the connections formed here, including the introduction of DAVID CROSBY and GRAHAM NASH!

The hilarious TOMMY BINA then goes off on a tangent of comedic material including an (AL PACINO impression for then wife BEVERLY D'ANGELO), completely confusing the host, and the interview COMPLETELY goes off the rails!

We also unveil our new surreal short "BOLOGNA SANDWICH" complete with cooking tips.

Tune in for a hilarious interview full of history and local folklore and celebrity gossip, this week on THE BD FREEMAN SHOW!

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