This week we provide you with the second part of an interview that Dan Miller conducted with Jimmy Martin at his home in 2003. In this segment of the interview, Jimmy will get out his guitar and demonstrate some of his rhythm guitar technique and singing. He and Mary Ann Garrison will also talk about the documentary film that was released about Jimmy’s life in music back in 2003.
This week Dan Miller digs into his interview archives and present the first part of an interview conducted with Jimmy Martin at his home in 2003. Jimmy will talk about his early life in bluegrass, his time spent with Bill Monroe and some of his own early bands. Plus, Jimmy will give some of his opinions about early bluegrass music and the bluegrass of the day. We hope you enjoy part one of the Jimmy Martin interview.
This week we are presenting the second part of the interviews that were conducted with Charles Sawtelle in 1997. At the beginning we continue to ask Charles questions about his background and work with Hot Rize. Then, for the remainder of the interview we will get into more technical questions about sound reinforcement and guitar playing.
This week we are presenting part one of a two part series of archived interviews with Hot Rize guitarist Charles Sawtelle. These interviews were conducted in 1997 in preparation for the writing and publishing of a book titled The Bluegrass Guitar Style of Charles Sawtelle. Sadly, Charles lost his battle with leukemia in March of 1999.
This week we feature multi-instrumentalist Darren Beachley, who was a member of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver for four or five years starting in about 2005. He has also played with many other great bluegrass bands over the years, including Legends of the Potomac. We talk with Darren about his career in bluegrass, his time with Doyle and his latest bluegrass album on Turnberry Records.
This week we feature multi-instrumentalist Lou Reid. Our April 2022 issue features Doyle Lawson on the cover and Lou was a member of Doyle’s original Quicksilver. We talk with Lou about his early days in bluegrass and continue the conversation through his time with Doyle Lawson, his own band Carolina, and all the way to his present gig as a member of the Seldom Scene.
This week we feature the Duke of Drive, banjo master Terry Baucom. Our April 2022 issue features Doyle Lawson on the cover and, starting in 1979, Terry was a member of Doyle Lawson’s original Quicksilver. Since that time has performed with a number of top-tier bluegrass bands and now fronts his own band Terry Baucom and his Dukes of Drive. We talk with Terry about his work with Doyle Lawson and the many other bands his has performed with over the years.
The legendary bluegrass mandolin and guitar player Roland White passed away late last week (April 1st, 2022). After Roland’s passing, a radio host from Kansas, Orin Friesen, generously sent us a recording of an interview that he conducted with Roland White in September of 1982 when Roland was a member of Country Gazette. We thank Orin for sharing this wonderful archival interview.
Saddly, last week the bluegrass world lost one its true legends—Roland White. Recently bluegrass banjo player, and former Blue Grass Boy, Bob Black wrote a book about Roland White’s life, which will soon be released by the University of Illinois Press. In this podcast we will talk with Bob about his career in bluegrass and then we will discuss his writing of the Roland White biographical book.
This week we feature banjo master Butch Robins. Butch has had a very long and distinguished career in bluegrass music and was famously a member of Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys. Butch will share with us his always insightful perspective about Bill Monroe and bluegrass music.
This week we feature the extremely talented multi-instrumentalist Ron Stewart. Our March 2022 issue features J.D. Crowe on the cover and Ron spent a number of years performing with J.D. Crowe and the New South. We talk with Ron about how he got his start in bluegrass, his days working with J.D. Crowe, his work with Tony Rice, and his current job as a member of the Seldom Scene.
This week we talk with guitarist Richard Bennett. Our March 2022 issue features J.D. Crowe on the cover and Richard spent a number of years performing with J.D. We talk with Richard about his early career, his days with J.D., his friendship with Tony Rice and work with Tony’s brother Wyatt, and Richard will also tell us about what he has been doing musically in recent years.