120: Bluegrass Unlimited Podcast with Rickie Simpkins

This week we feature multi-instrumentalist Rickie Simpkins.  Rickie has played with many great bands over the years, including the Virginia Squires, The Tony Rice Unit, Continental Divide, the Lonesome River Band, the Seldom Scene, Carolina Star, Emmy Lou Harris, and more.  He has also been recorded on over one hundred albums during his long career and we talk about some of those projects.

112: Bluegrass Unlimited Podcast with Jim Mills

This week we feature banjo player Jim Mills.  We are calling December 2022 banjo month since Earl Scruggs is on our cover and we feel fortunate to have the opportunity to talk about Earl with some of the best Scruggs style players in the country this month.  We are going to kick it off this week talking with Jim about his career in bluegrass, Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, and his vintage Gibson banjo business.

111: Bluegrass Unlimited Podcast with Jon Stickley

This week we feature guitar player and band leader Jon Stickley.  Jon and banjo player Andy Thorn met in high school and performed in a number of bands together prior to Jon joining the Biscuit Burners and then later forming his own band the Jon Stickley Trio.  We talk to Jon about his career in music and you’ll hear a few cuts from the Jon Stickley Trio.

110: Bluegrass Unlimited Podcast with Joe K. Walsh

This week we feature mandolin player Joe K. Walsh.  Our November issue features an article about Darol Anger and Joe is currently in a band with Darol.  We’ll talk with Joe about that band, his early career performing with the Gibson Brothers, his teaching position at the Berklee College of Music and his new solo album.  You’ll also get a chance to hear some cuts off of that album.

109: Bluegrass Unlimited Podcast with John Carlini

This week we feature John Carlini.  John was involved with the original David Grisman Quintet, as its musical director, and from that time forward he continued a close relationship with Tony Rice.   Although known primarily as a guitar player, John is also a skilled banjo player and was close with legendary fiddler Tex Logan, who he considers his bluegrass mentor.  In this podcast we talk with John about his long, varied and vast career in music.