On Monday morning, Kohl appeared on Marty Riemer's podcast to discuss his culinary adventures. Also scheduled to appear was musician Shawn Smith, of Brad and Satchel fame. But due to a calendar mixup, Smith didn't make it. So it was a good thing Kohl brought his guitar.
A native Wisconsinite, Kohl explained that he acquired his South American accent from the many Latino servants who worked the grounds of his department-store tycoon family's estate. Throughout his interview with Riemer, Kohl was curt, deadpan and unintentionally hilarious, staring at Riemer with a face of stone when the KMTT disc jockey compared him physically to the ultra-serious, hirsute singer Ray LaMontagne.
But it turns out Kohl has more in common with LaMontagne than looks alone. Absent Smith, Kohl offered to play a pair of songs from his favorite band, NoRey. The results were as if the lead singer of NoRey were playing himself (which, in actuality, he was), further explaining his smoldering relationship with Grammy-winning jazz chanteuse Esperanza Spalding, of whom Kohl remarked: "She definitely knows how to use her fingers properly." Listen for yourself (start around the 23-minute mark to skip the chatter):