This week’s podcast features Akira Otsuka, the mandolin player for the Japanese bluegrass band Bluegrass 45. Last week we completed a sixteen article website series about Bluegrass 45’s 1971 tour of the United States. Today we talk to Akira briefly about that tour, but then go on to discuss what he and the other band members have been doing since that historic tour fifty years ago.
This week we feature Marty Lanham of the Nashville Guitar Company. Since Wilma Lee Cooper is featured in our September 2021 print issue, we first talk with Marty about his days playing music with bluegrass legends Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper and then we discuss acoustic instrument maintenance, restoration, repair, and building.
This week we feature Ken Hooper of Hooper Guitars. Our September 2021 issue features an article about Zack Arnold, Rhonda Vincent’s new guitar player, and Zack is just one of the guitar players in bluegrass who plays a Hooper guitar. You will hear Ken talk about all aspects of his guitar building process as well as the models and custom features that he offers.
This week we feature Mark Freeman of Rebel Records. Mark talks about Rebel’s long history in bluegrass music starting with his father Dave’s involvement with County Records and County Sales dating back to the mid-1960s. We also talk about some of the new artists Rebel is working with today. Plus, you will get to hear several cuts from some of Rebels new releases.
This week our podcast features Jon Weisberger. Jon has not only had a long career as a bass player in bluegrass music, but he has also been a journalist, writer of liner notes, writer of songs, radio personality, record producer, and also currently works in artist development and repertoire for Organic Records and Mountain Home Music.
This week’s podcast features Missy Raines the nine-time IBMA “Bass Player of the Year.” We talk with Missy about her background in bluegrass music, her recording, songwriting, producing, and her role as a band leader. We will also talk about her new band Missy Raines and Allegheny and you will hear a couple of cuts off of her Grammy-nominated CD Royal Traveller.
This week’s podcast features Bill Nowlin. Bill is one of the three founders of Rounder Records and has recently released a new book titled Vinyl Ventures: My Fifty Years at Rounder Records. We will talk with Bill about this book, about other books that he has published over the years, and about his five decades working at Rounder.
This week our podcast features Jerry Salley. Jerry has a long history as an award-winning songwriter in bluegrass, country, and gospel music. He is also a record producer and one of the founders of Billy Blue Records. Additionally, he is a talented performing and recording artist. We will be talking with Jerry Salley about his songwriting, his work at Billy Blue Records, and his new album.
This week were feature mandolin and bass player Sharon Gilchrist and talk with her about her early days learning bluegrass in Texas, her time studying mandolin at Belmont University in Nashville, her work with Tony Rice and Peter Rowan, and the Harmonic Tone Revealers album she recorded with John Reischman and Scott Nygaard.
This podcast is a special podcast that we are adding this week because the legendary bluegrass fiddler Byron Berline passed away a couple of weeks ago. After Byron’s passing a radio host from Kansas, Orin Friesen sent us an interview that he conducted with Byron at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, in 1981. In this podcast you will hear Byron talk about his pre-1981 life in bluegrass music.
This week’s podcast features longtime bluegrass writer, educator, performer, and recording artist Jack Tottle. Today we talk with Jack about his early life in bluegrass, his work founding the bluegrass music program at ETSU and some of the things that keep him busy these days, including the new CD release that features material he and Tim Stafford recorded in the late 1980s.
This week we are talking with Frank Solivan of Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen. Today we talk with Frank about his time spent in the Navy as a member of the Navy bluegrass band Country Current, what kept him busy during the pandemic, and what we can look forward to from the band in the near future.