The Fretboard Journal magazine's weekly podcast, where we interview legendary guitarists, luthiers, and much more.
Richard Thompson joins us this week for a very special talk about the making of his new memoir, Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975. The book chronicles the first chapter of RT's music career - including his time in the Fairport Convention, playing with Sandy Denny and his first solo albums - and is a must-read for fans of the famed singer-songwriter.
Bonus Episode: Mini Wall of Sound Builder Anthony Coscia
A very special bonus episode: We're sharing a recent interview Jason and Skip Simmons from the Truth about Vintage Amps Podcast just did with Anthony Coscia. Coscia just completed one of the wildest passion projects ever: a working, 1/6 scale model of the Grateful Dead's Wall of Sound, the audiophile-grade PA system the band employed during their concerts in 1974.
In the span of just three years (1970-1973), woodworker Steve Kalb took up guitarmaking and ended up selling his creations to Leo Kottke, David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Robbie Robertson and Paul Simon. And then, with fewer than 30 guitars under his belt, he threw in the towel, sold off his tools and tonewoods, and enrolled in law school.
On this very special Fretboard Journal Podcast, we re-connect with this lost guitarmaking legend.
Andy Powers (Taylor Guitars)
Taylor Guitars' Andy Powers returns once again to the Fretboard Journal Podcast for an enlightening talk about some of the latest additions to the Taylor lineup. We talk the new GT (Grand Theater) Taylor models, hear about how he goes about exploring new bracing patterns, and learn how domestic woods like “Urban Ash” have helped buoy Taylor’s output during COVID. Andy also tells us about the music that’s inspiring him right now (including two very familiar names to FJ readers), talks magnets and a l
Anthony da Costa
This week, Jason reaches out to singer-songwriter Anthony da Costa, who is quarantining in a Nashville apartment with an ever-growing array of rack mounted gear, guitars, synths and (possibly) a spinet piano. Da Costa goes in-depth on the art of co-writing songs remotely via Zoom and talks about his recently-released What Plans? album on Bandcamp, a sprawling project that featured over 20 special guests (including Madison Cunningham and Molly Tuttle).
Bonus Episode: Luthier Linda Manzer on Sweep the Floor
Bonus Episode: Jason launched a new podcast where he celebrates the makers of the world (not just guitarmakers). It's called Sweep the Floor. Every two weeks, he'll talk to an artisan, a craftsperson or a maker of some sort, doing fascinating work. For his first episode, he talks to guitarmaker Linda Manzer.
A must-listen for stringed instrument nerds. Jason is a wonderful interviewer and keeps things moving along at a great pace. Everything FBJ does is top shelf.
Fretboard Journal is a remarkable magazine; beautiful photos, thoughtful articles, great presentation. I have subscribed for years and I’m living the podcasts. Thanks, Jason!
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The best gear talking podcast by a long shot! Food recipes are great too.