185 episodes

Bradley Laird's GrassTalkRadio is about learning to play bluegrass music. Show notes for each episode are found at: http://www.grasstalkradio.com Whether you have been playing 5 minutes or 5 years we all want to become better players. Bradley will help you stay on the path, avoid discouragement, make real progress and enjoy participation in this game we call bluegrass.

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Bradley Laird's GrassTalkRadio is about learning to play bluegrass music. Show notes for each episode are found at: http://www.grasstalkradio.com Whether you have been playing 5 minutes or 5 years we all want to become better players. Bradley will help you stay on the path, avoid discouragement, make real progress and enjoy participation in this game we call bluegrass.

    GTR-173 Mike Bub Interview

    GTR-173 Mike Bub Interview

    GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 173
     
    The Mike Bub Interview
     
    Mike Bub, familiar to bluegrass fans for his long stint with The Del McCoury Band, sat down for a marathon chat about how he got started, gigging in the Nashville scene, gear talk about the bass, amps, mics, monitors, and before we knew it we had clocked nearly two hours!
     
    Mike has a a great sense of humor, a thousand stories and lots of good insights about life as a sideman. I know you will enjoy this conversation as much as I did!
     
    Mike's extensive discography: https://www.discogs.com/artist/709369-Mike-Bub
     
    If you like my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Thank you, patrons!
     
    You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird. If you want to be the next Mike Bub, check out my Bluegrass Bass Instruction Course and get busy practicing!
     
    My full website is located at http://www.bradleylaird.com. There you will find free lessons, free videos, jam tracks, full descriptions of all of my books, video lessons and courses... plenty to keep you busy.

    • 1 hr 58 min
    GTR-172 - Andy Leftwich Interview

    GTR-172 - Andy Leftwich Interview

    GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 172
     
    The Andy Leftwich Interview
     
    I had the honor and pleasure of a nice long conversation with Andy Leftwich and I know you will enjoy hearing it. Andy earned his "creds" by playing for over 15 years with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. That is no small feat and one he should be rightly proud of.
     
    Andy is a humble guy and also an amazing musician. We could all learn a few things by emulating his musical process and his way of looking at life. Enjoy!
     
    Here are links to the various things we talked about:
    Andy's website: www.andyleftwich.com
     
    If you like my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Thank you, patrons!
     
    You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.
     
    My full website is located at http://www.bradleylaird.com. There you will find free lessons, free videos, jam tracks, full descriptions of all of my books, video lessons and courses... plenty to keep you busy.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    GTR-171 - Ranger Brad's Crystal Ball

    GTR-171 - Ranger Brad's Crystal Ball

    GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 171
     
    Ranger Brad's Crystal Ball
     
    The advantage of doing a lot of teaching is that the teacher gets to observe many, many students. I have learned a lot from my students. In this episode I share some of what I have learned and I present you my theory, and an interesting method, to predict just how far you may go in your musical quest. Follow along, do a little self-analysis, and calculate your potential. The scale runs all the way from No Talent Bum all the way up to Most Exalted Master. Have fun!
     
    If you want the PDF file that shows the chart and questions you can download it free here. Ranger Brad's Crystal Ball PDF --It certainly is helpful to have at hand as you listen to this episode.
     
    If you like my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Thank you, patrons!
     
    You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.
     
    My full website is located at http://www.bradleylaird.com. There you will find free lessons, free videos, jam tracks, full descriptions of all of my books, video lessons and courses... plenty to keep you busy.

    • 59 min
    GTR-170 - Rob Ickes Interview

    GTR-170 - Rob Ickes Interview

    GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 170
     
    The Rob Ickes Interview
     
    In this episode I share a recorded chat that I had with the masterful dobro player and musician Rob Ickes. We go from how a kid in California got into the dobro all the way to playing with... well, rather than spoil it for you... you will just have to listen to the episode.
     
    Here are links to the various things we talked about:
    Rob's website: robickes.com
    Rob's dobro instructional site: bigmusictent.com
    Rob Reso Summit information: resosummit.com
     
    Rob also mentioned:
    byrlguitars.com (his current favorite reso guitar)
     
    If you like my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Thank you, patrons!
     
    You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.
     
    My full website is located at http://www.bradleylaird.com. There you will find free lessons, free videos, jam tracks, full descriptions of all of my books, video lessons and courses... plenty to keep you busy.

    • 49 min
    GTR-169 - The Life Blood of Bluegrass

    GTR-169 - The Life Blood of Bluegrass

    GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 169
     
    The Life Blood of Bluegrass
     
    This episode is a discussion of a topic near and dear to my heart. I am talking about jam sessions! Not taking anything away from the pros and the heroes; I just want to remind you that there are more of us than there are of them. We need them and they need us. I hope this episode encourages you to go to a jam or start a jam.
     
    For those of you who want my sweet potato pie recipe go the show notes page here. If you are looking for The Ten Jammandments Discussed, it is here.
     
    If you like my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Thank you, patrons!
     
    You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.
     
    My full website is located at http://www.bradleylaird.com. There you will find free lessons, free videos, jam tracks, full descriptions of all of my books, video lessons and courses... plenty to keep you busy.

    • 57 min
    GTR-168 - Mandolin Super Heroes

    GTR-168 - Mandolin Super Heroes

    GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 168
     
    Mandolin Super Heroes
     
    This episode is an introduction to the great mandolin players. This episode took a while to formulate since, quite frankly, there are so many very good mandolinists. I couldn't possibly include every mandolin player "of note" so I decided to focus on the people who influenced me strongly.
     
    I hope you enjoy this episode and will take my advice and purchase recordings of the players you enjoy. This episode is part of a series discussing the major players of each bluegrass instrument. I have already released similar episodes regarding pioneering Dobro and banjo players.
     
    If you like my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Thank you, patrons!
     
    You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.
     
    My full website is located at http://www.bradleylaird.com. There you will find free lessons, free videos, jam tracks, full descriptions of all of my books, video lessons and courses... plenty to keep you busy.

    • 1 hr 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Mando Newbie ,

Wow

I wanted to provide perusers of this podcast a review, but after the previous two, not much left to say. So I’ll say “yah, what they said, for sure.”

Rexlf ,

A great way to spend a little time!

Great time spent! I’m 60 years old and got my first guitar when I was in the 4th grade. I’ve played in several bands over the years including one I joined in the early 1990’s and still play with. I’ve heard Brad say this podcast is for beginners and advanced beginners but I’ve been getting paid for close to 30 years for playing music and I really have been enjoying him and the podcasts. They’re interesting, fun and uplifting not to mention educational. I’m working hard to catch up by listening from the first to the current podcast. If you’re into Bluegrass music and want an occasional chuckle get on board and subscribe now! Hang in there Brad! Great job, thanks for your efforts! Rex, Winfield Kansas.

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My Favorite Music Podcast

I discovered your podcast a few weeks ago and have really enjoyed diving in. I have listened to around 40 episodes so far and must thank you for putting it all together. Here are the highlights of what I have gained thus far:

Inspired to form a band. I love jams, and have found a regular one that I enjoy weekly in Brevard, NC. However, I find myself to be one of the more advanced soloists there, (and I am not amazing) and can easily foresee a time when I am no longer challenged by the material and skill level. To make it more challenging and fun, I play my secondary instruments there, dobro and tenor cello(my primary is fingerstyle guitar). Still, there are natural limitations in the complexity of songs that we can play in a 15 person circle with no shared charts or rehearsals. Your band talks have helped me realize the answer is to form a group and work up material in a more organized way. I also had never considered the form of a bluegrass band to be integral to the genre. This makes sense to me though. A symphony played by a quartet is not a symphony, it's a string quartet.

Partner in Crime. Inspired by your talk on this, I have a picking session planned with my favorite player from the jam, a fiddler. We are at similar skill levels and my hope is that after we get some songs down, we can go to other jams, possibly form a band, and even go to festivals or fiddle camps together.

Microphones and PA Levels. I appreciated your insight on proper sound checking behavior, and running sound in a loud bar. I hadn't tried just turning our volume down to quiet the audience, even though I have known we were too loud before. I also am interested in the AKG 1000s you mentioned.

Documenting Progress. I have also started documenting my progress on the cello and even in a few weeks I can hear clear improvement. This is great motivation. Thank you.

Focused Practice Goals. I enjoyed your Pete Martin Interview. I checked out his Youtube and found a great one on setting Long, Medium, Short term and daily practice goals. Since implementing this in a journal, I have had much more effective practices. I combined that with your advice on focusing on really mastering something before moving on. I have really limited the number of tunes I am working and am just fine tuning those before moving on.

Monarchy Versus Democracy. This one was very helpful for me. My wife and I run a wedding DJ business together. I am the DJ/MC, Sound/Lighting Tech, and Ceremony Guitarist. We also book other instrumentalists to join me. When we do this, it is a boss/employee type thing. I have gotten so used to this that the democratic band is a challenge for me. I am just used to being in charge. It is simple and easy, but it only works when there are gigs that pay well enough to justify this dynamic. It doesn't lead to any more practice than is necessary for the gigs coming up. In my next group, outside of work, I will try to be democratic. Though I imagine once we get good enough to book for weddings, the dynamic will get confusing.

Go to a Bluegrass Fesitval. I have a goal to attend one this year. Thanks

Fringe Instruments. Your talk on bluegrass being defined by instrumentation helped me understand comments and resistance I have gotten about playing my cello in bluegrass or old-time jams. I of course still want to play bluegrassy music on cello, but will be more understanding when folks don't agree. Yet another reason to form a band. (Fortunately, the folks at my regular jam are welcoming of my cello.)

Overall Inspiration about Bluegrass. It's great to hear from someone who has dedicated their life to this music. It keeps me excited about the music between jams, and helps me feel like I am getting closer to understanding the scene.

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