Banjo Studio Podcast

Welcome to the 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!

David Grier | Banjo Studio Podcast Episode 16

February 14, 2021

David Grier is one of the greatest flatpicking guitarists of all time. Listen to his reflections on Tony Rice's influence, the direction of bluegrass today, his own influences, and more.

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David Immergluck | Banjo Studio Podcast Episode 15

August 21, 2020 1 Comment

David Immergluck is an American multi-instrumentalist who is best known as a guitarist in the alternative rock bands Counting Crows, Camper Van Beethoven and the Monks of Doom, as well as for his tenure with American singer songwriter John Hiatt. 

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Jens Kruger | Banjo Studio Podcast Episode 14

August 06, 2020 1 Comment

Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers is a modern master of the 5 string banjo who is taking the instrument to places it has never been. Born in Switzerland and now living in North Carolina, Jens' music bridges American folk music and European classical music styles. He has composed for a full symphony orchestra as well as a number of string quartets and more.

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Joe Henry | Banjo Studio Podcast Episode 13

July 24, 2020

This is a fascinating interview with one of the great creative forces in American music of our time. Listen to Joe Henry go into depth about his songwriting process, production process, and more. If you’re a fan of music of any kind you will enjoy and learn from this interview.

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Adam Levy | Banjo Studio Podcast Episode 12

July 09, 2020

Guitarist Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracey Chapman) is known for his tone and taste. Adam talks with host Jonathan Freilich about his concept on the guitar, how he looks at the guitar from a more compositional/pianistic approach as oppose to a cliche guitar licks approach, his studies with Ted Greene, his current online guitar lessons course, and more.

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Steve Khan | Banjo Studio Podcast Episode 11

June 27, 2020 1 Comment

In this episode, we talk with the legendary jazz guitarist Steve Khan. Steve has been listed as one of the top 22 jazz guitarists of all time and has an extensive recording career in many genres.
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Valerie June | Banjo Studio Podcast Episode 10

June 07, 2020

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.

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Riley Baugus | Banjo Studio Podcast Episode 9

May 31, 2020 2 Comments

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!

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Rob McCoury | Banjo Studio Podcast Episode 8

May 21, 2020 1 Comment

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.

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Chris "Critter" Eldridge - Banjo Studio Podcast Episode 7

May 09, 2020

Chris "Critter" Eldridge is a master of the dreadnought guitar and is the guitarist & sings with Punch Brothers, Live From Here, Julian Lage, and more. This is a great interview and host Jonathan Freilich talks with Chris about compositional form of the Punch Brothers tunes, Chris' training with legendary guitarist Tony Rice, how to get the best live sound and recorded sound for an acoustic guitar, and more!
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Alison Brown | Banjo Studio Podcast Episode 6

May 03, 2020 1 Comment

This week we talk with master 5 string banjoist and Compass Records founder Alison Brown. Is this interview we talk with Alison about the development of the Deering Julia Belle banjo, how she made the jump from the business world to becoming a full time professional musician, how she balances being an artist and CFO of a successful record company, and much more.
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Ketch Secor | Banjo Studio Podcast Episode 5

April 27, 2020

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.

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Mary Gauthier | Banjo Studio Podcast Episode 4

April 15, 2020 1 Comment

Mary Gauthier is one of the most articulate and poignant songwriters of our time. She grew up in southern Louisian, moved to the Boston area where she started her singer/songwriter career, and is now based in Nashville. Her most recent record, Rifles And Rosary Beads,  was nominated for a Grammy Award. This record consists of songs she co-wrote with U.S. military veterans and their families. Mary is currently working on a book about her life journey. 
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Kurt Rosenwinkel | Banjo Studio Podcast Episode 3

April 08, 2020

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.

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Danny Barnes | Banjo Studio Podcast Episode 2

April 04, 2020

Songwriter/banjoist Danny Barnes is always experimenting and trying to become a better musician. Host Jonathan Freilich talks with Danny on his path from traditional banjo styles to how he created his own sound.  Danny recently released his Man On Fire album which is killer.
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