About The Host

Mike Hilburn is stay at home dad and a passionate sourdough home baker. He lives in the town of Turlock, in California’s Central Valley, with his wife and two young children. His obsession with sourdough started back in 2012 when he and his wife briefly lived in Santa Barbara, California. After discovering fresh made sourdough at a local cafe, he went home and began the process of creating his own starter from scratch. Self-taught from blogs, books, and YouTube - he's been on a constant quest to make his own “perfect loaf.” 

In 2017 he started documenting his sourdough journey on Instagram. He was surprised to find a vibrant and encouraging community of home bakers, professionals, authors, bloggers, growers, millers, artists, etc. - all with the same passion for sourdough. After connecting with so many from this community via Instagram, in 2018, he decided to start a podcast to tell the stories he wanted to hear (but couldn't find) from the community he found so inspiring. 


About The Music

All music on The Sourdough Podcast is composed, performed, and used with permission, by Weston Perry. 

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Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Weston Perry learned at an early age to play old time country tunes, bluegrass, and blues from his grand-dad, "Papa" Wolfe. Now his passion is soul music. He occasionally spends time jamming with Seth Webster in the hills of Sparta, Tennessee, putting their own spin on their favorite folk tunes. Weston currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his lovely and talented wife Daley Hilburn Perry, and beautiful daughters Magnolia and Rooney, where you can catch him playing solo around town.

Praise for the Sourdough Podcast from around the Instagram Sourdough Community

Thank you to everyone who has been sending me encouraging messages lately about the podcast. It make me so happy to know that people are resonating with and enjoying what I've been working hard to put out there. Here are some inspiring words from our Instagram Sourdough Community about the podcast.

Finally a podcast by sourdough enthusiasts, for sourdough enthusiasts! Loved it - thank you so much. Makes my work commute in the UK bearable!
— Dan @traveldan87

Jeff McCarthy @breadservice

Hello! I just wanted to reach out to you and thank you for the podcast. I just listened to what you’ve done so far on a ten hour car ride. It seems something that the bread community needed. I was particularly inspired by your interviews with Don Guerra and Bonnie Ohara. The ideas they have planted about growing my small business and continuing to integrate it into my family’s lives I’m sure will prove fruitful … Anyway, keep it up! … All the best, see you on Insta!

Nicole @nmuvu Butcher|baker

Good afternoon! Just wanted to pop in to say thank you for your podcast! I just recently started listening to it (found it via Jim Challenger being on it - we are bread buddies) and am thoroughly enjoying hearing the back stories on so many bakers from our Instagram sourdough community. Just wanted to let you know it is very appreciated!

[The Sourdough Podcast] fills the void connecting the community, talking with people [...] about the bread we’re making. Thank you for doing this Mike. It’s a really good thing. 
— Daniel Larsson @danlarn