The Big Boo Cast, Episode 315

Melanie and I are so happy that our friend Travis Cottrell (aka FryDaddy) is joining us on this week’s episode. Travis is a gifted worship leader, singer, musician, and songwriter who just so happens to love the Christmas season a lot. Like, A LOT A LOT. So when Mel and I talked about recording an episode that functions almost like a Christmas special (an extravaganza, if you will), asking Travis to join us was a no-brainer. His Neil Diamond impression alone is worth the (super free) price of admission.

So. We’re going to talk about the latest with Travis’ family, we’re going to talk about Christmas memories, we’re going to talk about Christmas food, and we’re going to talk about Christmas music. Plus, it’s Melanie’s turn for Five Favorites.


Hope y’all enjoy!

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Show Notes:

Travis Cottrell

“Hear My Dear” – Tedeschi Trucks Band

“Summer, Highland Falls – Billy Joel

“How Sweet It Is” (Live) – James Taylor

“No Love Dying” – Gregory Porter

“Music for a Sushi Restaurant” – Harry Styles

“Feathered Indians” – Tyler Childers

“Something in the Orange” – Zach Bryan

“All Your’n” – Tyler Childers

“All I See is You” – Shane Smith & the Saints

“Gratitude” – Hillside Recording

“Clouds” – Luke Faulkner

“The Age of Worry” – Yebba


“Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison

“Ventura Highway” – America

“The Carnival of the Animals”

At Christmas by James Taylor

A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio

Christmas by Michael Bublé

Christmas Portrait by the Carpenters

Simply Christmas by Leslie Odom, Jr.

A Ben Rector Christmas by Ben Rector

Glory in the Highest by Chris Tomlin

Wintersong by Sarah McLachlan

My “River” playlist (also on Spotify)

The Thill of Hope by Christy Nockels

Christmas Music: The Complete Collection by Cody Fry

The Song in Our Hearts by Gary Fry

Christmas Songs by Mel Tormé

Pioneer Woman’s Chex Mix

Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls

Granite Steps blueberry coffee cake

– Rose’s cheesecake recipe (put a pin in this one…I’m out of town as I’m publishing this episode, but as soon as I get home I’ll post the recipe on IG)

The Holiday


Die Hard

A Christmas Story

Little Women

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

The Family Stone

– flannel shirt jacket with hood

UGG cozy knit slippers

oversized Eddie Bauer down throw

Kelly Minter’s Cultivate podcast

Hanes Comfort Evolution wirefree bra


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  1. The Carpenters are my all time favorite along with The Nutcracker. My new favorite that sounds nostalgic is Lauren Daigle’s Behold.

  2. Sheila M Pace says:

    My heart goes out to you and your entire football community. I have loved Mike Leach since his days at OU, loved his interview on your podcast and your passion! He will be missed.