Podcasts

94: Bluegrass Unlimited Podcast with Mark “Brink” Brinkman

     This week we feature songwriter Mark “Brink” Brinkman.  In our August 2022 issue we feature some of the behind-the-scenes folks in bluegrass music, including songwriters.  Brink is one of the most prolific songwriters in bluegrass music.  We talk about his background in music and songwriting and he lends some great advice to budding songwriters in bluegrass.

93: Bluegrass Unlimited Podcast with Blake Williams

This week we feature banjo player Blake Williams.  As most bluegrass fans know, Blake played banjo with Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys for about a decade and before that he also performed for a year or two with Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass.  He has some wonderful stories to tell us about being on the road with both Lester Flatt and then Bill Monroe.

92: Bluegrass Unlimited Podcast with Wes Corbett

This week we talk with Wes Corbett, the banjo player in the Sam Bush Band.  Wes had a solo project titled “Cascade” released a year or two ago and he has since come out with an instructional book for banjo players that includes transcriptions from that album.  We talk with Wes about the album and the new book and you’ll hear a couple of cuts from the album.

91: Bluegrass Unlimited Podcast with Scott Napier

This week we feature mandolin player Scott Napier.  In our July 2022 issue we a few of the many college-level programs that include instruction in bluegrass music. We talk with Scott a program that he is involved with called the Hazard Community College’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music.  We also talk about Scott’s career in bluegrass and some other interesting projects that he is involved with these days.

90: Bluegrass Unlimited Podcast with John McEuen

This week we feature bluegrass banjo legend John McEuen, who along with his brother, William, and his bandmates in the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was responsible for the landmark 1972 record album “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”.  John has just published a new book that celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” album release and in this podcast we talk with John about the recording of that historical project and the contents of his new book.

88: Bluegrass Unlimited Podcast with Richard Greene

This week we are featuring fiddler Richard Greene.  Richard grew up in Los Angeles and was part of the early bluegrass scene in Southern California.  Most bluegrass fans are aware that he later went on to play with Bill Monroe, Seatrain, Muleskinner, Old and in the Way, The Grass is Greener and many more.  He has had a very long and distinguished career in bluegrass and acoustic music.

87: Bluegrass Unlimited Podcast with Neil Rosenberg

This week we feature writer, author, performer and historian Neil Rosenberg.  Our June issue focuses on early California bluegrass and one of the earliest bluegrass bands in northern California was a band Neil was in called the Redwood Canyon Ramblers.  We talk with Neil today about the time he spent with that band and his history as a performer and writer in the world of bluegrass music.

86: Bluegrass Unlimited Podcast with LeRoy McNees

This week we feature Dobro player LeRoy McNees, who is also known as LeRoy Mack.  Our June issue focuses on early California bluegrass and and one of the earliest bluegrass bands in southern California was the Country Boys, who later changed their name to the Kentucky Colonels.  LeRoy was the Dobro player in that band and then went on to have a career playing gospel music and recording several solo albums.

85: Bluegrass Unlimited Podcast with Rodney Dillard

This week we feature Rodney Dillard.  Our June issue focuses on early California bluegrass and the Dillards were right in the middle of what was happening in the Los Angeles music scene starting when they moved out there from Missouri in the early 1960s.  Rodney talks about the early years of the Dillards in Los Angeles and the thriving music scene at the time.