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Fiddler Patrick McGonigle and music journalist Emma John uncover bluegrass music one iconic record at a time in The Breakdown, a new limited series from The Bluegrass Situation. Peeling back the layers of a sometimes under appreciated genre, The Breakdown reveals the bizarre, compelling, and often completely mad stories from bluegrass players past and present.

The Breakdown Emma John and Patrick McGonigle

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    • 4.9, 38 Ratings

Fiddler Patrick McGonigle and music journalist Emma John uncover bluegrass music one iconic record at a time in The Breakdown, a new limited series from The Bluegrass Situation. Peeling back the layers of a sometimes under appreciated genre, The Breakdown reveals the bizarre, compelling, and often completely mad stories from bluegrass players past and present.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

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Great Education on Pivotal Recordings

I’ve listened to all of the podcasts and learned something new on each one.

My major complaint as echoed by other reviewers is with the recording levels. I can barely hear Emma, except for the Punch Brothers where she’s had some cocktails prior to recording.

Fix that and it’s perfect.

Thanks Jerry Douglas for the recommendation!

GeorgeFiddle ,

Highly recommend

Fantastic and informative podcast, ideal for people new to bluegrass and seasoned bluegrass fans alike. Lots of cool tid-bits from the artists themselves and really well researched historic context!

Dbanjo ,

Great exploration of Bluegrass

This is a great podcast for someone who is new to the nuances of bluegrass music. There are some very meaningful and in-depth conversations about some of the genre’s most influential albums. The only reason I’m not giving it 5 stars is because the audio mixing leaves something to be desired. It seems to me that the music clips are mixed much louder than the speaking, which can be annoying sometimes. As far as content is concerned, I love it and can’t wait for the next season!

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