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www.patreon.com/banjopodcast This episode features Gena Britt, a longtime professional bluegrass musician who has contributed her fantastic banjo, upright bass, and vocal talents to such bands as Petticoat Junction, New Vintage, Lou Reid & Carolina, Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, and the Gena Britt Band. Her current gig is with the highly acclaimed all-f…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast In this episode, host Keith Billik is joined by a true modern banjo hero - Rob McCoury, of The Del McCoury Band and the Travelin' McCourys! Rob discusses his career and influences, including the magic of prewar Gibson banjos, and plenty of praise for Earl Scruggs, Sonny Osborne, J.D. Crowe, and... Phish? Sponsored by Pe…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast This episode features Bennett Sullivan, a terrific banjo player, composer, and educator. Bennett's musical journey has taken him to some pretty interesting places, such as playing for cruise ships, a broadway musical (performing the music of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (performing with …
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast Today's episode features an interview with George Guthrie, a talenteed Nashville-based banjo player (both 3-finger bluegrass and old time clawhammer style) and singer. He is best known for his touring and recording with The Wooks, but is also an in-demand sideman with various other bands and projects. Sponsored by Peghe…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast This Bonus episode gives you a sneak peek behind the scenes at the Bluegrass Trading Co., makers of the new Banjo All-Star Trading Cards! You can hear the story of this new project from its creator Colyn Brown. Visit www.bluegrasstradingco.com for more info! Contact the show: pickyfingersbanjopodcast@gmail.com…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast A Freshly-Picked episode featuring an interview with Brittany Haas about her new album "Impromptu Sessions No.1" The album features Brittany on banjo (she is typically the outstanding fiddler with Hawktail and others) and also features two bassists: Paul Kowert (of the Punch Borthers and Hawktail) and Mike Gaisbacher! S…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast This episode features an interview with Ricky Mier, an award-winning banjo player and composer, and the host of a popular series of instructional Youtube videos. Ricky attended Berklee College of Music, was a member of both Twisted Pine and Cat and the Moon, and has gone on to record his own solo albums in addition to h…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast Today's guest is Alex Genova, the flamethrowing banjo force for the band Fireside Collective! Alex is also a former student of the Berklee College of Music and East Tennessee State, where he now teaches. Sponsored by Peghead Nation, Elderly Instruments, and GHS Strings Alex on the web: www.firesidecollectiveband.com Con…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast In this episode, host Keith Billik interviews Eric Lindberg of Nefesh Mountain! Eric is a talented banjo & guitar player, singer, songwriter, composer, and arranger. Nefesh Mountain has gained national attention for their fresh and energetic music that blends traditional Americana and Bluegrass with musical messages inf…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast In this episode, host Keith Billik interviews Evie Ladin! Evie is a fantastic clawhammer banjo player, but is also a professional singer, songwriter, percussive dancer, and square dance caller. She is best known for her work performing and recording with Rhythm n' Shoes, the Stairwell Sisters, and the Evie Ladin Band. S…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast This episode features Kristin Scott Benson, the highly acclaimed banjoist best known for her many years performing and recording with The Grascals, as well as her own solo projects. KSB is one of the most respected players on the scene today, and has all sorts of great insight and wisdom on how to approach the instrumen…
 
In Episode 1 (Season 2) I speak with singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, illustrator, and actress, Nicole Atkins. We discuss her pandemic release Italian Ice, and Sinatra-esque reimagining release Memphis Ice. We discuss Nicole’s youth, her family in Neptune City, New Jersey, and her path to now. We commiserate on the acceptance of obsolete …
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast Host Keith Billik interviews the multi-faceted Brad Kolodner! Brad is a fantastic clawhammer player, who records and performs with Charm City Junction, his father Ken Kolodner, and as a solo artist. He is also a festival producer, Radio DJ, and an IBMA board member. Sponsored by Peghead Nation, GHS Strings, and Elderly …
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast Eli Gilbert is a talented banjoist who has performed with Dale Ann Bradley, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, Alan Bibey, and others. Through his skills at playing, transcribing, teaching, and videography, he has found himself at the cutting edge of online banjo instructional resources, and has one of the most popular ba…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast In this Freshly Picked episode, Keith Billik welcomes back Chris Pandolfi, the banjoist from the Infamous Stringdusters, to discuss their upcoming release titled "Toward the Fray" - available February 18, 2022 on Americana Vibes! Sponsored by Peghead Nation, GHS Strings, and Elderly Instruments Chris Pandolfi & Stringdu…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast Happy New Year! This episode features Trajan "Tray" Wellington of the Tray Wellington Band, formerly of Cane Mill Road. Tray is a recent graduate of ETSU's bluegrass studies program, and has already made quite a name for himself, having won the 2019 IBMA Momentum award for instrumentalist of the year, and releasing an E…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast This episode features an interview with banjo phenom Cory Walker, one of the most in-demand players in the banjo world! Cory has performed with heavy hitters like Jim Lauderdale, Mountain Heart, Sierra Hull, David Grier, and many more. He currently plays regularly with his Nashville-based bluegrass group East Nash Grass…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast Enjoy these informal, unedited chats with random banjo players who were cornered at IBMA by the highly trained covert Picky Fingers tactical interviewer: Grace Van't Hof! Features interviews with: Brian Alley Colton Powers Cory Walker George Jackson Greg Cahill Henry Strid Hubby Jenkins James Kee Joe Newberry Mark Delan…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast This episode features Cameron DeWhitt, pioneer of their own style of "pitchfork banjo," member of the Tall Poppy String Band, and host of the Get Up in the Cool podcast! We took this opportunity to interview each other for a true crossover episode, with several performances of double banjo tunes. Sponsored by Peghead Na…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast This Freshly Picked episode dives deep into the recently released album "Borrowed Time" by Joe Troop, formerly of Che Apalache. As with much of Joe's music, this album is a cornucopia of musical styles and textures, with Joe's amazing banjo playing, vocals, and important social messages at the center of it all. Sponsore…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast This episode features Chris Elliott, banjo player with Chain Station and formerly of Spring Creek, who won both the Telluride and Rockygrass band contests. Chris discusses learning banjo from the great Alan Munde, the secrets of contest playing, and previews his own teaching method for the Elliott Banjo School. Sponsore…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast This episode features Jeremy Stephens, the fantastic Reno-style banjo picker from the band High Fidelity! Keith even gets to participate in some of the twin banjo fun that Jeremy and his band is known for, you don't want to miss it! Sponsored by Peghead Nation, Elderly Instruments, and GHS Strings Jeremy Stephens on the…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast Host Keith Billik welcomes Alison Brown to the podcast, a stunningly talented and creative banjo player who also happens to be a prolific composer, record producer, and co-founder of Compass Records. Alison is a winner of many awards, including multiple IBMA and Grammys, and is best known for her work with Alison Krauss…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast Michael Grace is the Co-Founder of Grace Design, the company that makes some of the finest quality acoustic preamps/DI's used by today's performers, such as the Felix, Bix, and Alix. Michael does a fantastic job breaking down a lot of common FAQ's, such as: Why do I need a DI box? Why do I need a preamp? What is High im…
 
www.patreon.com Frank Evans is one of the few banjoists who is equally adept at playing amazing clawhammer style, in addition to his virtuosic 3-finger playing. He is best know as the banjo player for Canadian bluegrass band The Slocan Ramblers, and recently released a duo album with the great fiddler Ben Plotnick titled "Madison Archives" Sponsore…
 
In Episode 34, I speak with singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jeffrey Martin. We discuss his most recent single, “I Know What I Know,” Life as a PK in Eugene, Oregon. Jeffrey’s songwriting, the beat writer’s place in history, “Billy Burroughs,” I fanboy out a little too much on the majesty of Jeffrey’s song Coal Fire, and we discuss the value of a …
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast Part 2 of the interview with Steve Huber, the great banjo player, builder, and prewar Gibson expert! In this episode, we get into the literal nuts & bolts of prewar tone and banjo setup in general. The perfect episode for the true banjo nerd! Sponsored by Peghead Nation, Elderly Instruments, and GHS Strings Check out th…
 
In Episode 33, I speak with the singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Jason Pipkin, known as The Lone Bellow's keys and bass player, but has also produced one of the bands EPs and spent some time as the band's banjo player. Jason is also married to and has a child with Kanene Pipkin, the lead female vocalist in the Lone Bellow. We…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast Part 1 of host Keith Billik's interview with acclaimed banjo player, luthier, and historian Steve Huber! This episode features Steve's background learning the banjo and getting into bands, including his stint with Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass. We also begin to talk about the evolution of the Huber tone rings and ban…
 
In Episode 32, I speak with the multi-instrumentalist and Columbus, Ohio native Evan Westfall, known for and wide as the banjo player and co-founder of the folk powerhouse CAAMP. Evan and I chat about playing for humans, young and new love, his straightforward path to being a professional musician, and the brotherhood that keeps CAAMP heading in a …
 
In Episode 31, I talk with roots musician Noah Engh known for his distinct singing and ragtime and blues guitar and ukulele. We discuss both Noah’s and Uke’s journies in music; we reminisce about our time in Hollywood and discuss a portion of blues and roots music history. We also walk back through the pandemic and how Uke In A Suit came to exist, …
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast Keith chats with Michigan's own Lloyd Douglas of Full Cord Bluegrass. Lloyd is a veteran bluegrasser, having performed and toured with Jim & Jesse, Michael Cleveland, and Detour before joining forces with Full Cord. Recorded at Otus Supply Company in Ferndale, MI - thanks Thom and Scott! Sponsored by Peghead Nation, Eld…
 
In Episode 30, I have a very open and vulnerable conversation with the incredibly talented singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Ana Tivel. We discuss Ana’s new album, “Blue World,” her life-long interest in observation, violin, the sea, touring with The Shook Twins, songwriting, relationships, dealing with the pandemic, and dealing with li…
 
In Episode 29, Joe Troop and I sit down to discuss Joe's new album, Borrowed Time, co-produced with Jason Richmond (Avett Brothers, Branford Marsalis) We discuss working with legends Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn, Tim O'Brien, and Charlie Hunter, and ow his life working with along side activists changed his viewpoint and inspired his songwriting. We…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast This episode features Cristina Vane, a singer-songwriter who has embraced the roots of fingerstyle/blues/slide guitar, as well as clawhammer banjo, and made her own sound combining those and many other influences. Her recent album "Nowhere Sounds Lovely" is available in the usual places! Sponsored by Peghead Nation, GHS…
 
In episode 28, Marcus talks with Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist Lauren Morrow. They discuss her upcoming solo debut LP, her and her husband Jason’s transition from Atlanta and The Whiskey Gentry, songwriting in Nashville, growing up as the child of an addict, writing with Sadler Vaden, alcohol vs. marijuana, micro-dosing, and aliens. In the wrap-…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast Host Keith Billik interviews Mike Bub, the legendary bassist formerly of the Del McCoury Band. Many fans don't know that Mike was a serious banjo player growing up! Mike is also one of the best storytellers, and he doesn't hold back in this episode! Sponsored by Elderly Instruments, Peghead Nation, and GHS Strings Keith…
 
In Episode 27, I sit down with Keith Billik, the podcast host for The Picky Fingers Banjo Podcast. This week’s episode discusses Keith’s introduction to music through his mom’s homemade La Bamba soundtrack bootleg. We chat about his time studying audio engineering at Michigan State University, his rise to floor manager at Elderly Instruments, and h…
 
In Episode 26, I sit down with Lauren and Daniel Goans of Lowland Hum. Both members of the husband and wife duo split singing and songwriting duty for the band. During the pandemic, they brought a child into the world and have already had to learn how to navigate writing, recording, and producing with a newborn in tow. Their little guy also makes a…
 
In episode 25, I gained the ear of Mike Marsh. Mike is a drummer and a producer the currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Mike has been the drummer for The Avett Brothers since 2012. Mike grew up in Florida, raised by his brother, and started playing the drums in middle school. Through the support of Mike's brother and mother, he was able to f…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast This episode features Silvio Ferretti, the longtime banjo player for Italian bluegrass band Red Wine. Silvio is also one of the world's top makers of banjo bridges with his Scorpion line of products. Silvio discusses how he came to find the banjo and bluegrass while growin up in Italy, and takes us through a fascinating…
 
In episode 24, I sit down with Erin Rae. Erin is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist based in Nashville, Tennessee. Erin and I discuss her life, growing up in Jackson, TN, and Bellevue, a neighboring community of Nashville. Erin discusses her journey in music, which started at home, with both her mother and father performing as local musicians and …
 
In Episode 23, The Live from Banjo Podcast hit the road and headed to Lafayette, GA. With heavy rains just coming to an end and the crowd in full party mode, ready for a series of incredibly acts to take the stage, Jon Stickley and I sat down for a live recording at Forward Festival in May of 2021.Jon is the guitarist and frontman for Jon Stickley …
 
Support This Show! Today, Keith interviews a banjo player that may be less known to American audiences, but that you are guaranteed to enjoy. Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, Takumi Kodera is best known for placing 2nd in the 2018 Winfield Banjo contest, his solo album "Sunset Glow," and recordings with his contemporary ragtime group Thompson the Fox. Sp…
 
In episode 22, I sit down at the kitchen table of Daniel Rodriguez. He is a singer and songwriter who has spent the last few years recording and performing as a solo act. He has released one EP and one full-length album as Daniel Rodriguez. He was a founding member of the transcendental indie folk-rock group Elephant Revival and toured with the ban…
 
In episode 21, I sit down with Joshua Rilko, founding member of Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys and current touring mandolinist for Sierra Ferrell. Joshua grew up in Saginaw, Michigan. While a teenager and going to folk circles with his father, he discovered bluegrass and the mandolin. While in college, he fell in love with bluegrass jams, eventuall…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast This episode features the one and only Dr. Banjo, Pete Wernick! Pete is best known as the banjo player for Hot Rize, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers, and for authoring vast amounts of instructional resources for banjo players and bluegrassers. Sponsored by Peghead Nation, GHS Strings, and Elderly Instruments Pete Wern…
 
In this week's episode, I talk with Cristina Vane, a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist solo artist that recently released her first full length solo album, "Nowhere Sounds Lovely." Cristina is of Italian-American and Guatemalan descent. I ask her about food from home. We discuss coming to America to go to Princeton, and how her music br…
 
www.patreon.com/banjopodcast Join Patreon to win a giveaway prize, courtesy of Banjolit! Listen to episode for details. Keith talks to Tony Trischka about his new album "Shall We Hope," an ambitious musical project based around Civil War-era characters and their experiences. The album features a star-studded cast, including Michael Daves, Maura O'C…
 
In this week's interview, I sit down with Taylor Meier. Taylor is the singer, songwriter, and co-founder of CAAMP. In today's episode, we look back at Taylor's start in music and the multiple influences driving CAAMP's sound. We cover their meteoric rise on Spotify and the subsequent tour with Rainbow Kitten Surprise. CAAMP recently celebrated thei…
 
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