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The podcast for anyone and everyone who plays bluegrass. Free fiddle tune backing tracks and interviews with people from the world of bluegrass. For every tune we give you four brand new tracks: - Backup 4 times through (you play the tune or improvise breaks)- Tune 4 times through (you play backup)- ‘Jam Along’ (4 complete run throughs, alternating backup and tune)- Full performanceThey work with any instrument - guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, bass, banjo…even if you’re a bluegrass cellist (I have actually met one!). For more info and chord charts, visit https://bluegrassjamalong.com. Hope you find these tracks useful (and thanks for listening!) - Matt

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The podcast for anyone and everyone who plays bluegrass. Free fiddle tune backing tracks and interviews with people from the world of bluegrass. For every tune we give you four brand new tracks: - Backup 4 times through (you play the tune or improvise breaks)- Tune 4 times through (you play backup)- ‘Jam Along’ (4 complete run throughs, alternating backup and tune)- Full performanceThey work with any instrument - guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, bass, banjo…even if you’re a bluegrass cellist (I have actually met one!). For more info and chord charts, visit https://bluegrassjamalong.com. Hope you find these tracks useful (and thanks for listening!) - Matt

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    How to Coach a Band with Stephen Mougin (Sam Bush Band/Dark Shadow Recording)

    How to Coach a Band with Stephen Mougin (Sam Bush Band/Dark Shadow Recording)

    My guest this week is Stephen Mougin, guitarist in The Sam Bush Band and founder of Dark Shadow Recording.

    In this episode we talk about Stephen's work as a band coach. We chat about his training as a vocal teacher, what bands should be working on, including how they should be rehearsing, why preparing for the studio isn't really all that different from preparing to play live and how to listen to music in order to learn from it.

    There are so many fascinating insights that will be invaluable to bands and individual musicians, as well as to music fans who just want to understand more about the music they listen to.

    To find out more about Stephen's band coaching, check out the band coaching video on his website or visit www.stephenmougin.com

    There's also plenty of info on Stephen's studio and record label at
    www.darkshadowrecording.com

    Happy picking!
    Matt


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Bluegrass Briefing - April 22nd 2024

    Bluegrass Briefing - April 22nd 2024

    Welcome to this week’s Bluegrass Briefing, a weekly series of episodes taking a look at what’s going on in the world of bluegrass.
    Here are the links to stuff mentioned in this episode.
    News and announcements - Church Street News 
    Library of Congress listReleases (The Grass is New)
    The Grass is (mostly) New 2024 playlistScroll on Buddy


    Billy Strings a capella quertetJacob Jolliff Vera performanceOther bits
    Sign up for emails https://bluegrassjamalong.com/contact/The Grass is (mostly) New 2024 playlistFull list of interviewsPeghead NationUse the code ‘jamalong’ for a free month of any course

    Happy picking.
    Matt


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    - Free fiddle tune chord sheets

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    • 9 min
    Kristina R Gaddy on the Banjo’s Hidden History (part 2 - new interview)

    Kristina R Gaddy on the Banjo’s Hidden History (part 2 - new interview)

    Kristina R. Gaddy joins me again to celebrate the paperback release of her fascinating  book “Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo's Hidden History”.
    We chat about the reception to the book's publication in hardback, what information has come to light since publication, Kristina's hopes that her book will inspire others to pick up where she left off and dig deeper, plus how Beyonce's 'Cowboy Carter', featuring Rhiannon Giddens (who wrote the foreword to Kristina's book)  increased the attention on the themes the the book deals with.

    It was a treat getting to chat to Kristina again. If you missed the original episode,  I've reposted it as the episode before this (#380) so you can listen again.
    To buy the book, follow these links:
    US:
    https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393866803
    UK/Europe:
    https://wwnorton.co.uk/books/9780393866803-well-of-souls
    To find our more, visit Kristina’s website and Instagram
    The film mentioned at the end is The Librarian and the Banjo 
    Happy picking!
    Matt


    Support the show
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    - Sign up to get updates on new episodes

    - Free fiddle tune chord sheets

    - Here's a list of all the Bluegrass Jam Along interviews

    - Follow Bluegrass Jam Along for regular updates:
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    • 21 min
    Kristina R Gaddy on the Banjo’s Hidden History (part 1 - original interview re-post)

    Kristina R Gaddy on the Banjo’s Hidden History (part 1 - original interview re-post)

    **This interview was originally posted in September 2022**

    My guest this week is Kristina R. Gaddy, who joins us to discuss her fascinating  book “Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo's Hidden History”.


    We chat about how she came to write the book and some of the key discoveries she made along the way, in particular the banjo’s unknown history as an instrument of ritual and rebellion.


    Kristina’s research in diaries, letters, archives, and art, traces the banjo’s beginnings from the seventeenth century, when enslaved people of African descent created and carried this unique instrument as they were transported and sold by slaveowners throughout the Americas, to Suriname, the Caribbean, and the colonies that became U.S. states.


    It’s a fascinating book and, I hope you’ll agree, makes for a fascinating conversation.


    To buy the book, follow these links:


    US:


    https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393866803


    UK/Europe:


    https://wwnorton.co.uk/books/9780393866803-well-of-souls


    To find our more, visit Kristina’s website and Instagram


    The film mentioned at the end is The Librarian and the Banjo 


    Happy picking!
    Matt




    Support the show
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    - Sign up to get updates on new episodes

    - Free fiddle tune chord sheets

    - Here's a list of all the Bluegrass Jam Along interviews

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Bluegrass Briefing - April 15th 2024 (Church Street Blues re-issue, John McEuen, Jake Eddy)

    Bluegrass Briefing - April 15th 2024 (Church Street Blues re-issue, John McEuen, Jake Eddy)

    Welcome to this week’s Bluegrass Briefing, a weekly series of episodes taking a look at what’s going on in the world of bluegrass.
    Here are the links to stuff mentioned in this episode.
    News and announcements - Church Street News 
    Church Street Blues reissueReleases (The Grass is New)
    The Grass is (mostly) New 2024 playlist

    Other bits
    Sign up for emails https://bluegrassjamalong.com/contact/The Grass is (mostly) New 2024 playlistFull list of interviewsPeghead NationUse the code ‘jamalong’ for a free month of any course

    Happy picking.
    Matt




    Support the show
    ===

    - Sign up to get updates on new episodes

    - Free fiddle tune chord sheets

    - Here's a list of all the Bluegrass Jam Along interviews

    - Follow Bluegrass Jam Along for regular updates:
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    • 10 min
    Matt Glaser - Celebrating 15 Years of Berklee's American Roots Music Program

    Matt Glaser - Celebrating 15 Years of Berklee's American Roots Music Program

    My guest this week is Matt Glaser, Artistic Director of Berklee's Center for American Roots Music.

    Matt joins me to celebrate 15 years of the program, but also to delve into some of the themes of his superb Keynote  Speech at IBMA 2023. In the speech, Matt sets out the idea that American music can be seen as one thing, rather than simply a series of genres,  and goes on to give countless examples of early musical connections between styles.

    We chat about his approach, how music education differs in the UK and US and why being curious is more important than being right.

    There's a link to his IMBA speech below and I strongly recommend you go and check it out if you haven't seen it. It's wonderful.

    I loved this conversation and hope you do too.

    You can find out more about Berklee and the Roots Music Program  at https://college.berklee.edu/focused/roots

    Here's Matt's 2023 IBMA keynote speech

    Happy picking!
    Matt


    Support the show
    ===

    - Sign up to get updates on new episodes

    - Free fiddle tune chord sheets

    - Here's a list of all the Bluegrass Jam Along interviews

    - Follow Bluegrass Jam Along for regular updates:
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

Team_Hank12 ,

Wow!

I can’t believe I’m just finding this. What an awesome, professional, quality, entertaining podcast. This is filling a void in my world of bluegrass

S&LPerkins ,

An Outstanding Find

I’m new to guitar and bluegrass and recently joined a weekly hour-and-a-half jam session, which always goes by way too fast and ends way too soon, it’s so much fun.

This podcast — designed so well with three versions and two tempos for each tune — is a fantastic way to not only prepare myself to play better for the next session, but also to satisfy my hunger for playing with other musicians between my local jam sessions.

I greatly appreciate Matt’s creativity, generosity, and friendliness in putting this podcast together and making it available free of charge.

I've just shared it with all my new bluegrass friends and set up a monthly donation on Patreon, with hopes it enables Matt to add more songs.

Thank you, Matt — you personify the friendly and welcoming community I’m so happy to have become a part of, and you have provided a way for me to develop my skill for playing along to it!

GeezerRock ,

Great way to get involved.

I’ve just started with Bryan Sutton, and come from playing bass in a blues/rock background. (I’ve played in dozens of bands, since 1964). Therefore, I’m not very familiar with the bluegrass tunes; and can’t thank you enough for starting this podcast, which presents those songs for us to familiarize ourselves with.

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