15 episodes

Bear and a Banjo is a new musical podcast that tells the incredibly tall tale of a band that time forgot. Although history may have left them behind, Bear and Banjo rubbed shoulders with some of the greatest musical icons in history—from Leadbelly and Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Little Richard and Bob Dylan— unwittingly influencing the course of 20th century Americana. All their adventures are meticulously archived and presented by Dr. Q, played by Dennis Quaid. Bear and a Banjo features an original soundtrack, produced by Oscar-winner T-Bone Burnett (O’ Brother Where Art Thou, True Detective), written and performed by series creator Jingle Jared & Grammy-winning songwriter Jason "Poo Bear” Boyd with original lyrics by Bob Dylan.

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    • 3.7, 266 Ratings

Bear and a Banjo is a new musical podcast that tells the incredibly tall tale of a band that time forgot. Although history may have left them behind, Bear and Banjo rubbed shoulders with some of the greatest musical icons in history—from Leadbelly and Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Little Richard and Bob Dylan— unwittingly influencing the course of 20th century Americana. All their adventures are meticulously archived and presented by Dr. Q, played by Dennis Quaid. Bear and a Banjo features an original soundtrack, produced by Oscar-winner T-Bone Burnett (O’ Brother Where Art Thou, True Detective), written and performed by series creator Jingle Jared & Grammy-winning songwriter Jason "Poo Bear” Boyd with original lyrics by Bob Dylan.

    "Bear and a Banjo" Webby Nominations

    "Bear and a Banjo" Webby Nominations

    "Bear and a Banjo" received two nominations, Best Writing and Best Original Music/Sound Design in a Podcast respectively.
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    • 1 min
    Bear and a Banjo: Live from Winston House

    Bear and a Banjo: Live from Winston House

    Bear and a Banjo was listed as one of the best music podcasts of 2019 by Variety. This bonus episode features an intimate performance from the Winston House in Los Angeles. Hear the first ever live performance of the music from the podcast plus a Q and A with series creator Jared Gutstadt and his musical partner / imaginary bandmate Poo Bear, moderated by Winston House founder Corey McGuire.
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    • 47 min
    "Broken Record"

    "Broken Record"

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    • 12 min
    Gone But Not Forgotten

    Gone But Not Forgotten

    The song (co-written by Bob Dylan w Poo Bear and Jingle Jared) stitches together the entire series in the form of a lyrical puzzle.
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    • 36 min
    Behind The Scenes: Part 2 - Gone But Not Forgotten

    Behind The Scenes: Part 2 - Gone But Not Forgotten

    In this behind the scenes episode, we have a conversation with Rosanna Arquette about her involvement in season one of Bear and a Banjo and talk with host Zach Selwyn about how Jingle Jared got Bob Dylan, TBone Burnett, Dennis Quaid, Rosanna Arquette and Poo Bear to collaborate on this first of its kind musical and fictional series. We also do a full track preview of the Bob Dylan's collaboration for the series finale.
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    • 45 min
    We Ain't Going Nowhere

    We Ain't Going Nowhere

    A raucous rock n' roll tour becomes a journey into the heart of darkness, for Bear and Banjo, as they seek the roots of a new sound.
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
266 Ratings

266 Ratings

Flying-monkey-12 ,

Not sure what everyone else is talking about

It tells you it’s a fictional story? I quite enjoy it. It reminds me of old radio shows from when you would listen to a new episode. I like the music, and I like how they acknowledge mental illness as well. So far I quite enjoy it. But I’m a fan of this style.

AagaardFam ,

Great show!

This show is like the quantum leap of rock ‘n’ roll. These two characters pop in whenever and wherever something’s about to happen, influence the right person and... history happens!
The characters are a little over the top but, they’re so enjoyable I can’t wait for season 2.
Dennis Quaid is terrific as usual and the music is awesome. Never thought I’d be looking forward to hearing more from the guy who writes for Justin Bieber ( he’s not the genre I like) but, Poo Bear can really rock in any style!
I look forward to hearing more from Bear and Banjo!

Snallygaster ,

Sadly misses the mark for me

I really wanted to like this, given the talent and premise. Unfortunately the storylines are disjointed and overly wrought. The music just doesn’t fit the genre or timeframe. Characters never develop fully or even really become likable. Season finale was a letdown. My takeaway is that it’s more of an ego project for Jingle Jared and Pooh Bear than a truly inspired drama. Production on some epis is fantastic and I really liked the live performance bonus. Strip away the overproduction and those songs are pretty good.

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