Context: this is a podcast related to the Tokens Show (see TokensShow.com),
(1) include the Tokens logo in the slogan above (excluding the second line of our logo, the "Theology ~ Music ~ Books ~ Stories" part of the Tokens logo). Alternately, rather than using the slogan, simply try a design that has the TOKENS logo in the upper left hand corner, so that the branding is clear that way. However, we want to make it clear that “Dispatches from the Buckle” is related to “Tokens”
(2) First preference is earth tones, then perhaps gray-blues, but am not opposed to bolder color schemes, if they seem to fit the design.
(3) Use symbolism that depicts music and books
(4) Design must look good as in icon on the iTunes music store, as that will be where it is seen most -- as a 150 x 150 pixel design... But must also look good in larger format, as this will be used on website for the podcast.
Link to first episode: http://www.tokensshow.com/audio/dfb