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The podcast for anyone and everyone who plays bluegrass. Every week we feature a different fiddle tune and give you three brand new backing tracks: Backup 4 times through (you play the tune or improvise breaks), Tune 4 times through (you play backup) and ‘Jam Along’ (4 complete run throughs, alternating backup and tune). They 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

Bluegrass Jam Along Bluegrass Jam Along

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    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

The podcast for anyone and everyone who plays bluegrass. Every week we feature a different fiddle tune and give you three brand new backing tracks: Backup 4 times through (you play the tune or improvise breaks), Tune 4 times through (you play backup) and ‘Jam Along’ (4 complete run throughs, alternating backup and tune). They 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

    Bronwyn Keith-Hynes interview

    Bronwyn Keith-Hynes interview

    My guest this week is current IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year Bronwyn Keith-Hynes.

    We chatted about her fantastic record Fiddler's Pastime, which features guest performances from Sierra Hull, Tim O'Brien and Sarah Jarosz. Check it out - it's great! We also talked about Bronwyn's current gig as fiddle player for Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway.

    You can order Fiddler's Pastime from Bronwyn's website and get updates on what's going on via her Instagram 

    Here's where you'll find Molly Tuttle tour dates

    Bronwyn recommended we all listen to Bella White, so I'll definitely be doing that!

    Back soon with more.
    Happy picking!
    Matt

    • 43 min
    Jake Eddy returns

    Jake Eddy returns

    My guest (again) this week is Jake Eddy.

    Jake was my first ever guest on Bluegrass Jam Along. If you want to check out that episode it's here

    Jake came back to chat to me about his latest project, 'Nor' Easter', a new collaboration with mandolin legend Andy Statman. Jake explains how the project came about (very quickly!), what the process was and talks about some of the amazing instruments used in the sessions.

    As always it was great chatting to Jake - hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

    If you want to find out more about Jake, or get lessons from him, you can check out his Instagram and Facebook. You can also find tour dates on Becky Buller's website. You can pre-order Nor' Easter here

    Happy picking!
    Matt

    • 31 min
    Tony Trischka interview

    Tony Trischka interview

    My guest this week is Tony Trischka, who the New York Times called 'the father of modern bluegrass'. 

    Tony has been at the forefront of the folk and bluegrass worlds since the 1960s. Our conversation focusses on his 2021 album Shall We Hope, described on Tony's website as "a dramatized listening experience. It invites its audience into the lives of characters from America’s past as they grapple with the hard realities of war and death, and the meaning of freedom". We also chat about his teaching, both online with ArtistWorks' and over several decades in person, and via books, CDs, DVDs and video.

    You can find out more at Tony's website and Tony's ArtistWorks banjo course

    You can watch the documentary Give Me the Banjo on iTunes and Amazon Prime Video

    Here's the ArtistWorks podcast with Tony I mentioned at the start of the episode.

    Happy picking!
    Matt

    • 51 min
    Wes Corbett interview

    Wes Corbett interview

    My guest this week is Wes Corbett.

    Wes is the current banjo player in the Sam Bush Band and has previously played with Molly Tuttle, Joy Kills Sorrow, The Bee Eaters and hammered dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman.

    I chatted to Wes about his recent instrumental record Cascade,  co-produced by Punch Brothers' Chris Eldridge and featuring Sierra Hull, Paul Kowert, Simon Chrisman, Alex Hargraves and Casey Campbell. We also talked about the book of transcriptions from Cascade, which is released today.

    You can find out more about Wes, and order your copy of the book at - wescorbett.com

    Wes also posts regular updates on his Instagram page

    For Sam Bush tour dates check out Sam's website 

    • 59 min
    Blackberry Blossom (G 85 bpm) - Performance

    Blackberry Blossom (G 85 bpm) - Performance

    This  week we're jamming along to the classic tune Blackberry Blossom. This is a performance track, rather than a backing track. It's me playing both tune and backup so you've got a reference to listen to if you're new to the tune, or just want to be able to listen a few times to the whole thing.
    Don't forget to check out the other three episodes when you're done and jam along!
    If you want a chord chart (or just want to find out more or get in touch),  head to bluegrassjamalong.com

    • 3 min
    Blackberry Blossom (G 85 bpm) - Jam Along

    Blackberry Blossom (G 85 bpm) - Jam Along

    This week we're jamming along to Blackberry Blossom and I've got  three brand new backing track episodes for you. This is the jam along track where I play backup, followed by the melody then we keep swapping.  It's four times through in the key of G at 85 bpm.
    backing track starts at 00:25Don't forget to check out the other three episodes when you're done.
    If you want a chord chart (or just want to find out more or get in touch),  just head to bluegrassjamalong.com

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

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.

Dave S. ,

Outstanding!

Such a great way to develop your playing. Thank you!!!

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