Riley Baugus | Banjo Studio Podcast Episode 9

2 comments May 31, 2020

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 has recorded with Robert Plant, Willie Nelson, Allison Kraus, and more. He also sang on the Academy Award Nominated soundtrack for the movie Cold Mountain. 

Riley plays and sings a few tunes! Take a listen!


  • Web Puddin August 6, 2020 at 1:02 am

    Loved listening to the interview with Riley Baugus! I have liked hearing him play over the years, but I really like hearing him talk about the music. I’ve been confronted with the “No, that’s not the way it’s played” and “That’s an illegal tune!” … But I love his philosophy. I have fun playing banjo, fiddle, – especially old time. Have always wondered what distinguished Round Peak style. Nice explanation. Good songs, good banjo, good man. My time is very scarce, but when I heard him talking I knew I had to make room to hear him. Thanks to both of you!=

  • Scott Pethtel August 6, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Good stuff

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