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Musician, teacher & producer Matt Brown chats with his clients, colleagues, mentors, and heroes in the music industry about their projects, their philosophy, how they "relax their grid," and what that even means. Brown has toured the nation, performed on the Grand Ole Opry twice, produced 10 albums, and was for 7 years a teaching artist at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. For the past 20 years, Matt has taught fiddle, banjo, and guitar to beginners & intermediate students of all ages, as well as professional musicians (including a GRAMMY nominee). In addition to teaching weekly, online lessons to students around the world, Matt also runs the free instructional website twofingerbanjo.com, makes YouTube and Patreon content, and works as a freelance studio musician and record producer.

Relax Your Grid Matt Brown

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Musician, teacher & producer Matt Brown chats with his clients, colleagues, mentors, and heroes in the music industry about their projects, their philosophy, how they "relax their grid," and what that even means. Brown has toured the nation, performed on the Grand Ole Opry twice, produced 10 albums, and was for 7 years a teaching artist at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. For the past 20 years, Matt has taught fiddle, banjo, and guitar to beginners & intermediate students of all ages, as well as professional musicians (including a GRAMMY nominee). In addition to teaching weekly, online lessons to students around the world, Matt also runs the free instructional website twofingerbanjo.com, makes YouTube and Patreon content, and works as a freelance studio musician and record producer.

    Olov Johansson: "And Then It Immediately Was Fun"

    Olov Johansson: "And Then It Immediately Was Fun"

    Many regard Olov Johannson as Sweden's greatest craftsman on the nyckelharpa. With his brilliant solo playing and as a member of the group Väsen, he has been largely responsible for the explosion of nyckelharpa playing that has been witnessed recently in Sweden.


    Olov grew up in Tärnsjö in northern Uppland and began to play the nyckelharpa at age 14. About a year later he began to study with Curt Tallroth, a well-known bearer of the tradition from Harbo. Through Curt, Olov has learned tunes that have been played in northern Uppland for centuries, passed on from musician to musician. Olov has also played with Eric Sahlström, the most prominent nyckelharpa player of the 20th century.


    Since 1989, Olov has worked exclusively as a musician, principally with Väsen. But he also plays with Anders Bromander, Nyckelharpsorkestern, Björn Ståbi, Mats Berglund, Kalle Almlöf and as a solo artist. The popularity of the folk-rock group Nordman has brought the sound of Olov's harpa to the ears of more than one million record buyers. In 1997 he was honored to be the first Swedish folk musician to work with the world renowned American ensemble, the Kronos Quartet. Olov has toured in the U.S.A., Canada, India, Libya, Slovenia, France, Ireland, Scotland, Luxembourg, Italy, Japan and elsewhere.


    Olov works actively to pass on his musical inheritance, and has become a role model for many young nyckelharpa players. He gives instruction both at The Eric Sahlström-Institute and through the Royal Music College in Stockholm.


    Olov has received many awards and scholarships for his achievements as a musician. In 1984 he was selected as a National Musician, in 1989 he was awarded the Viksta-Lasse Scholarship, and in 1990 he was chosen as World's Master of both the modern and older type of nyckelharpa. In 1992 he received the Ceylon Wallin Scholarship and in 1995 the Vuxenskolan's Artist Stipendium. 2013 he received the Zorn Medal in gold, possibly the finest reward a traditional musician can get in Sweden.
    Links:
    Olov's websiteVäsen's websiteListen to Garry Harrison play "Red Prairie Dawn"Support this show on Patreon for $2/monthRelax Your Playlist (Spotify)

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Joey Ryan: "This Is How Long The Applause Did Not Last"

    Joey Ryan: "This Is How Long The Applause Did Not Last"

    Joey Ryan is best known as the taller member of The Milk Carton Kids. The group has been nominated for three GRAMMY Awards: Best Folk Album in 2013 (The Ash & Clay); Best American Roots Performance in 2015 (“The City of Our Lady”); and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, in 2018 (All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do). In this episode, Matt talks to Joey about what touring feels like after 2 years of Covid-19, the band's Sad Songs Summer Camp, and what to do about the obligatory encore. They also reminisce about the time Matt gave Joey banjo lessons so he could accompany Robert Plant on tour.
    Links:
    The Milk Carton Kids - Live From Lincoln TheatreSad Songs Summer CampThe Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz - Halloween costume encoreMoanin' at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin' WolfSupport this show on Patreon for $2/monthRelax Your Playlist (Spotify)

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Bronwyn Keith-Hynes: “Morning Kitchen Jams”

    Bronwyn Keith-Hynes: “Morning Kitchen Jams”

    Bronwyn Keith-Hynes is an acclaimed bluegrass fiddler originally from Charlottesville, VA who now makes her home in Nashville, TN. She currently divides her time between touring with Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway and being a session musician in Nashville. In 2021 Bronwyn won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Fiddler Player of the Year Award. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. During her time in Boston she co-founded and toured all over the world with progressive bluegrass band Mile Twelve and won the IBMA New Artist of the Year with them in 2020. Bronwyn has performed and recorded with Molly Tuttle, The Milk Carton Kids, Dailey and Vincent, Sierra Hull, Sarah Jarosz, Tim O’Brien, Chris Eldridge, Peter Rowan, Darol Anger, Tony Trischka, Michael Daves, Vince Herman and more. In this episode, she talks to host Matt Brown about her debut solo album Fiddler's Pastime, those years with Mile Twelve, and her path to bluegrass.
    Links:
    stream Fiddler's PastimeBronwyn's websiteBronwyn's plays along with John HartfordMolly Tuttle & Golden Highway - "She'll Change"Support this show on Patreon for $2/monthRelax Your Playlist (Spotify)

    • 53 min
    Jake Schepps: “You Hear All That, Too‽”

    Jake Schepps: “You Hear All That, Too‽”

    Jake Schepps is an uncommon banjoist & composer creating music for the traditional American string band that is anything but traditional. In this episode, he speaks with host Matt Brown in his capacity as director of the Banjo Summit, a progressive 3-finger banjo workshop for intermediate, advanced, and professional musicians. The next Banjo Summit will be held February 11-13, 2022 on Zoom. It features an extraordinary cast of banjoists including Kristin Scott Benson, Noam Pikelny, Bill Evans, Wes Corbett, and Jayme Stone. Jake also describes his recent online camp featuring the band Hawktail, and forthcoming banjo transcription books he will publish featuring the original music of Béla Fleck, Wes Corbett, Adam Larrabee, and Max Allard. Jake has taught at NimbleFingers, Berklee College of Music, Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp, British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, University of Northern Colorado, and produced an instructional DVD entitled Modern Banjo Ideas & Techniques.
    Links:
    Väsen DuoYouTube interview with Edgar MeyerEdgar Meyer in shorts and a t-shirtHawktail performing "Annbjørg"
    Banjo Summitdocumentary about The Jake Schepps Quintet Support this show on Patreon for $2/monthRelax Your Playlist (Spotify)

    • 55 min
    Gregory Block: "I Start With A Grid"

    Gregory Block: "I Start With A Grid"

    Visual artist Gregory Block was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1986 and moved to Colorado at an early age. During his childhood, he attended a Waldorf school where he discovered a love of painting, sculpture, music, and the natural world. He continued to develop his skills as an artist and musician throughout high school, and painted whenever he could while earning his BA in biology at Colorado College. As a student, he made a conscious decision not to take any painting courses or adopt a mentor, opting instead to learn through experimentation and close scrutiny of paintings by artists he admired. After graduating in 2009, he devoted his studies to painting and has since gained recognition as “one of the most promising young artists in the representational art world” (Fine Art Today). He lives in Denver, Colorado.
    Links:
    Watch this episode on YouTubeGregory Block's artworkGregory Block at Gallery 1261Daniel Sprick at Gallery 1261Michael Lynch at Gallery 1261Support this show on Patreon for $2/month

    • 58 min
    Natalie Haas: "That’s Where My Heart Belongs"

    Natalie Haas: "That’s Where My Heart Belongs"

    Juilliard grad Natalie Haas is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for twenty years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound. In this episode, Matt asks her about a number of their albums, including the latest, Syzygy. Natalie has also toured with Mark O'Connor as a member of his Appalachia Waltz Trio. As a studio musician, Natalie has been a guest artist on over 50 albums, including those of Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster, Irish greats Altan, Solas, and Liz Carroll, and Americana icon Dirk Powell. She is an associate professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and an instructor at music camps all around the globe.
    Links:
    Natalie's websiteNatalie & Brittany Haas performing togetherPatreon exclusive: Natalie shares 3 recipesRelax Your Playlist (Spotify)Support this show on Patreon for $2/month

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Larry from OTS ,

Relax your grid

I loved the podcast. Good insights on what goes into making an album. Also some hints on how to write a good song. Lots of great music from this weeks guest- Michelle Billingsley

Lauren Vogel ,

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Everything Matt Brown touches turns into gold. Including banjos. If you are a musician, you should subscribe. If you want to be a musician, you should subscribe. If you want gold, you should subscribe.

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