225 episodes

Get Up in the Cool features conversations and musical collaborations with some of Old Time music's heaviest hitters, like Ken Perlman, Adam Hurt, Spencer & Rains, and Jake Blount. As an interviewer, Cameron balances an effusive curiosity for the potential of traditional music with a dogged respect for its origins. Serving as audience surrogate, Cameron asks illuminating questions to Old Time's best and brightest while telling the larger story of the tradition's modern era.

Get Up in the Cool Cameron DeWhitt

    • Music Interviews
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Get Up in the Cool features conversations and musical collaborations with some of Old Time music's heaviest hitters, like Ken Perlman, Adam Hurt, Spencer & Rains, and Jake Blount. As an interviewer, Cameron balances an effusive curiosity for the potential of traditional music with a dogged respect for its origins. Serving as audience surrogate, Cameron asks illuminating questions to Old Time's best and brightest while telling the larger story of the tradition's modern era.

    Episode 221: Kaia Kater (Non-Consensual Mentors, The Death Knell of the CD Table, and Overeager Allies)

    Episode 221: Kaia Kater (Non-Consensual Mentors, The Death Knell of the CD Table, and Overeager Allies)

    Welcome to Get Up in the Cool: Old Time Music with Cameron DeWhitt and Friends! It’s the third week of Get Up in the Cool month; I saved some very special interviews hoping you’ll be moved to support the show. This week’s friend is songwriter, old time musician, and banjoist Kaia Kater. We recorded this last month over skype and I recorded my musical parts afterwards.


    Tunes in this episode:
    Little Pink
    Valley Forge
    Undone in Sorrow
    Skating on the Harbourfront (Chris Coole original)
    Nine Pin
    Bonus track: Salt River


    Visit Kaia Kater’s website and buy her albums: https://kaiakater.com/
    Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaiakatermusic/
    and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaiakater/
    Sign up for her mailing list: https://kaiakater.com/contact


    Support Get Up in the Cool on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/getupinthecool
    Buy Get Up in the Cool merch like t-shirts, phone cases, and masks! https://teespring.com/new-get-up-in-the-cool-swag
    Sign up at https://www.pitchforkbanjo.com/ for my clawhammer instructional series!
    Check out Cameron’s other podcast, Think Outside the Box Set: https://boxset.fireside.fm/
    Support Get Up in the Cool

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 220: Kim Johnson (Playing Banjo with the Great West Virginia Fiddlers)

    Episode 220: Kim Johnson (Playing Banjo with the Great West Virginia Fiddlers)

    Welcome to Get Up in the Cool: Old Time Music with Cameron DeWhitt and Friends! It’s the second week of Get Up in the Cool month; I’ve been saving some very special interviews in hopes that you’ll be moved to support the show. This week’s friend is Kim Johnson, banjo player for legendary West Virginia fiddlers such as Frank George, Lester McCumbers, and Wilson Douglas. Also joining us on the fiddle is Cody Jordan, her bandmate in The Modock Rounders. We recorded this last month over skype and I recorded some guitar and singing afterwards.


    Tunes in this episode:
    Barlow Knife
    Wilson Douglas’ Elzic’s Farewell
    Lester McCumbers’ Sally Ann
    Frank George’s Liza Jane
    Silvia O'Brien's Cherry River Line
    Lester McCumbers’ Sally Coming Through the Rye
    Bonus track: Uncloudy Day


    Buy The Modock Rounders’ albums: https://themodockrounders.bandcamp.com/
    Buy Keepers, a compilation of Kim Johnson and guest WV fiddlers: https://wilsondouglas.bandcamp.com/album/keepers


    Support Get Up in the Cool on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/getupinthecool
    Buy Get Up in the Cool merch like t-shirts, phone cases, and masks! https://teespring.com/new-get-up-in-the-cool-swag
    Sign up at https://www.pitchforkbanjo.com/ for my clawhammer instructional series!
    Check out Cameron’s other podcast, Think Outside the Box Set: https://boxset.fireside.fm/
    Support Get Up in the Cool

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 219: Elizabeth LaPrelle (Old Time Ballads)

    Episode 219: Elizabeth LaPrelle (Old Time Ballads)

    Welcome to Get Up in the Cool: Old Time Music with Cameron DeWhitt and Friends! It’s the first week Get Up in the Cool month; I’ve been saving up some very exciting interviews in hopes that you’ll be moved to support the show. Which is why this week’s friend is ballad singer and banjoist Elizabeth LaPrelle. We recorded this last month over skype and I recorded my musical parts afterwards.


    Songs in this episode:
    The Wagoner’s Lad
    The Hills of Mexico
    The House Carpenter
    Love Has Brought Me To Despair
    Low Low
    Bonus track: Cold Mountains


    Follow Elizabeth LaPrelle's personal page for her weekly live Tuesday night livestream with Brian Dolphin at 8:30pm EST: https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.laprelle
    The Mountain Minor: https://themountainminormovie.com/
    Follow Elizabeth on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elizabethlaprelle/
    Support Elizabeth on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/elizabethlaprelle
    Visit Elizabeth’s website: http://elizabethlaprelle.com/


    Support Get Up in the Cool on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/getupinthecool
    Buy Get Up in the Cool merch like t-shirts, phone cases, and masks! https://teespring.com/new-get-up-in-the-cool-swag
    Sign up at https://www.pitchforkbanjo.com/ for my clawhammer instructional series!
    Check out Cameron’s other podcast, Think Outside the Box Set: https://boxset.fireside.fm/
    Support Get Up in the Cool

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 218: The Vox Hunters (Filipin{x/a/o} Music)

    Episode 218: The Vox Hunters (Filipin{x/a/o} Music)

    Welcome to Get Up in the Cool: Old Time Music with Cameron DeWhitt and Friends! This week’s friends are Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi of The Vox Hunters! We recorded this last week over Skype and I recorded my musical parts afterwards.


    Tunes in this episode:
    Magtanim ay di Biro (Planting Rice is No Joke)
    Chotis Vintarina
    Prelude Etnika
    The Violin Maker’s Alphabet
    Have You Got a Girlfriend Yet?
    Jesusita en Chihuahua (Palo-sebo)
    Bonus track: Cariñosa


    The Vox Hunters’ website: https://thevoxhunters.com/
    and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thevoxhunters/
    Aromin Violins’ website: http://www.arominviolins.com/
    and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arominviolins/


    Support Get Up in the Cool on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/getupinthecool
    Buy Get Up in the Cool merch like t-shirts, phone cases, and masks! https://teespring.com/new-get-up-in-the-cool-swag
    Sign up at https://www.pitchforkbanjo.com/ for my clawhammer instructional series!
    Check out Cameron’s other podcast, Think Outside the Box Set: https://boxset.fireside.fm/
    Support Get Up in the Cool

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 217: Linda Danielson (Oregon Old-Time Fiddling)

    Episode 217: Linda Danielson (Oregon Old-Time Fiddling)

    Welcome to Get Up in the Cool: Old Time Music with Cameron DeWhitt and Friends! This week’s friend is Linda Danielson! We recorded this last weekend in person, socially distanced, in her carport in Eugene, Oregon.


    Tunes in this episode:
    Spruce Topper’s Polka
    Soldier’s Joy
    My Dad’s Polish Wedding Waltz
    Little Burnt Potato
    Sacramento Mountain Rag
    Bonus track: Paddy on the Handcar


    “Live and Kickin’” from the Slow Ponies, can be purchased at bandcamp.com or on the Ponies’ website: https://www.slowponies.com/our_music


    Support Get Up in the Cool on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/getupinthecool
    Buy Get Up in the Cool merch like t-shirts, phone cases, and masks! https://teespring.com/new-get-up-in-the-cool-swag
    Sign up at https://www.pitchforkbanjo.com/ for my clawhammer instructional series!
    Check out Cameron’s other podcast, Think Outside the Box Set: https://boxset.fireside.fm/
    Support Get Up in the Cool

    • 49 min
    Episode 216: Karen Celia Heil (Dork Demographics, Visiting the Geezers, and The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention)

    Episode 216: Karen Celia Heil (Dork Demographics, Visiting the Geezers, and The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention)

    Welcome to Get Up in the Cool: Old Time Music with Cameron DeWhitt and Friends! This week’s friend is Karen Celia Heil! We recorded this last week over Skype and I recorded my musical parts afterwards.


    Tunes in this episode:
    Possum Up a Gum Stump
    Clyde Davenport’s Blackberry Blossom
    The Kimble Family Bill Cheatham
    Marion Reece’s Jimmy Sutton
    Angeline the Baker
    Bonus track: Jim Bowles’ Calico


    Visit Karen Celia Heil’s website for lessons and to learn more about her projects: https://www.karenceliaheil.com/
    Visit The Bucking Mules' website: http://buckingmules.com/
    Watch Plaid Strangers’ Berkeley Old Time Music Convention set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJOCYVfi8NU


    Support Get Up in the Cool on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/getupinthecool
    Buy Get Up in the Cool merch like t-shirts, phone cases, and masks! https://teespring.com/new-get-up-in-the-cool-swag
    Sign up at https://www.pitchforkbanjo.com/ for my clawhammer instructional series!
    Check out Cameron’s other podcast, Think Outside the Box Set: https://boxset.fireside.fm/
    Support Get Up in the Cool

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Mischa of Oz ,

A very cool podcast

A lovely man talks to beautiful people about wonderful music, all in exceptional sound quality with masterful production. An audio ‘bible’ and treasure chest for anyone deep into old time, or just testing the waters of traditional American folk music.

Gazza of Barkers Vale ,

Best Old Time Podcast on the airwaves

Cameron’s relaxed demeanour and amazing musicianship make this an always engaging and entertaining hours listening.
Thanks Cameron!

MrMix76 ,

A fantastic collection of recordings.

The great thing (from my perspective) is that there is a significant, but not dauntingly huge, back catalogue to dive into already available. Even after listening to just several episodes I felt I was getting a far greater understanding not just of Old Time Music and its history but of the nomenclature and other key aspects I was so far only vaguely clued into.

I've regularly listened to several podcasts on other topics in the past. Some make you feel like you are being spoken too and others (the best of them) make you feel like you are sitting in the room following along with a great conversation. Get Up in the Cool is up there with the best of them for the fly on the wall experience. For someone without access to an Old Time scene it is a godsend.

The mix of talking about the music and playing the music makes the podcast all the more useful because the discussion is not theoretical but intrinsically linked to the lived experience of the music in that moment. Its exactly what a podcast about any folk tradition should be - an extension of that folk tradition itself. This music is meant to be a small group of people sitting together and sharing songs and stories and that is exactly what Cameron has created with this podcast.

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