Welcome to the new Banjo Studio podcast. Host Jonathan Freilich will be talking with musicians and instrument makers about their journeys and where they are going. Sit back and enjoy!
This week we talk with the mesmerizing singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, ukulele) Valerie June. Valerie hails from Tennessee and has a unique sound that blends blues, country, and Appalachia. She has an amazingly effervescent, positive spirit and this comes across in her music.
In this episode we talk with master old time Appalachian musician and banjo builder Riley Baugus. Riley plays in the Round Peak style which comes from the area of Surry County, North Carolina. Host Jonathan Freilich talks with Riley about the Round Peak style, what is old time music, his musical path, and more.
Riley plays and sings a few tunes! Take a listen!
Host Jonathan Freilich talks with 5 string banjoist Rob McCoury of the Del McCoury Band and the Travelin' McCourys. Jonathan talks with Rob about what he is currently working on, how he is getting on during the Covid lockdown, and what it was like growing up around the music of his father Del McCoury.
In this episode we talk with Ketch Secor, a founding member and frontman of the band Old Crow Medicine Show. Take a listen to stories of how the band came to be, what brought Ketch down this path, and more.
Kurt Rosenwinkel is one the top jazz guitarists performing today. Kurt has been a Verve recording artist as a leader, has started his own record company Heartcore Records, and as a sideman has recorded with artists as diverse as Q-Tip, Eric Clapton, Gary Burton, Joshua Redman, Brian Blade, and many, many more.