Monthly Archives: December 2014

#126 – Jimmy Stafford



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 126 - Jimmy Stafford

This week Tommy Riles and Art Eddy wrap up 2014 on The Life of Dad Show. They talk New Year’s resolutions and they bring on lead guitarist of TrainJimmy Stafford.

On the heels of their seventh studio album and first new album in two years, Train will be headlining a free show in New Orleans on December 31st prior to the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Train has a rich musical legacy including the hits “Meet Virginia”, “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and “Hey, Soul Sister”.

We were able to chat with Jimmy Stafford on the free concert where he and Train band mates are performing on New Year’s Eve courtesy of Allstate. We also talk about his band, coming up with songs, football, fatherhood, and more.


#125 – Jimmie Johnson



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 125 - Jimmie Johnson

The Life of Dad Christmas Show with 6-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson

This week on the Life of Dad Show, Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about their plans for Christmas, favorite holiday films, and traditions. They also bring on NASCAR driver, Jimmie Johnson.

Jimmie Johnson is a 6-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion. He is the only driver in NASCAR’s history to earn five consecutive Sprint Cup titles. He is a 4-time ESPY winner for Driver of the Year. He was the 2009 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. Jimmie has been the driver of the Lowe’s No. 48 car since 2001. Still with all that he has accomplished I am guessing that he is most proud of being a husband to his wife Chandra and a father to his two lovely daughters, Genevieve and Lydia.

Even with the long hours each year that Johnson and the rest of Team 48 puts in to win another championship, Jimmie helps those in need. He has done this by creating the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. His foundation looks to assist children, families and communities in need. The Foundation currently focuses on supporting K-12 public education. They currently support the Champions Grant Program in partnership with Lowe’s Toolbox for Education, the Hendrick Marrow Program, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Project L.I.F.T. as their partner programs.

A leader both on and off the racetrack we had the fantastic opportunity to chat with Jimmie about racing, his foundation, and fatherhood. We want to thank Hendrick Motorsports for setting this interview up!

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Check out his foundation HERE!

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#124 – Victor Cruz



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 124 - Victor Cruz

Tom Riles and Art Eddy talk about Christmas traditions, football, and bring on New York Giants wide receiver and Super Bowl Champion, Victor Cruz.

A few seasons ago I remember watching some of the New York Giants preseason football games. One guy caught my attention. That guy was Victor Cruz. He was a fast wide receiver with great hands. I drafted him in the late rounds of my fantasy football draft. I remember one of my friends joking with me about selecting a guy no one has ever heard of and why waste a draft pick.

Well people soon started to know who Victor Cruz was. Fans of the New York Giants were happy to have a player of his ability and skill on the team they cheer for on Sundays. Not only did the fans take notice, but the team did too. Cruz started climbing the depth chart and became a key player in their offense. Needless to say Giants QB Eli Manning is happy to have a reliable target on his team. Cruz helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI and aided many fantasy football owners to win their championships as well.

Victor Cruz does a lot off the field too. He has dedicated his time to several causes and is always giving back to the community. He created the Victor Cruz Foundation in 2012 to help aid kids achieve success in the workforce and in life. He and the foundations looks to focus on the “STEAM” education method. That is where science, technology, engineering, art and math all come together to help these kids get ready for college, have financial literacy and live a healthy lifestyle.

We had the great honor to chat with Victor about his foundation, playing in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl, sneakers, music, and fatherhood.

Follow Victor on Twitter.

Check out The Victor Cruz Foundation here!


#123 – Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 123 - Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels

The Life of Dad Show hosts, Tommy Riles and Art Eddy, bring on Life of Dad co-founder Ryan Hamilton to chat about the interview we had with a true legend in the music and entertainment industry, and the self-proclaimed “King of Rock”.

This week, the guys bring on Darryl “DMC” McDaniels from RUN-DMC.

Hip-Hop legend. Artist. Musician. Innovator. Father. There are many facets that make up Darryl McDaniels or as we know him as “DMC” from the beloved Rap group RUN-DMC. For over 30 years he, Run, and Jay’s music has influenced so many people. From “Rock Box” to “Walk This Way” and countless other hits DMC help shape the music industry.

Not only making a name in the music and entertainment industry Darryl works on an even more important cause. It is to help foster kids. He is the co-founder of the nonprofit, Felix Organization. DMC has been invited to the White House by President Obama to address youth groups on responsibility and he’s appeared before Congress in support of adoptees and foster children. In my interview with DMC you will understand why President Obama sought out Darryl’s help.

Recently, Darryl’s long love for comic books has come to the forefront in the entertainment industry. Working alongside his partner and collaborator Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, “DMC #1”, the first full length graphic novel made its way to comic book shelves this past October. DMC received an impressive response when he debuted his book at the New York Comic Con.

We were honored to have the opportunity to talk with a true Rap legend about creating his own comic book, his influence in the world of Hip-Hop, helping out foster kids, and fatherhood.

Follow Darryl @TheKingDMC on Twitter and check out his comic book website — Darryl Makes Comics!