Bradley Laird’s Grass Talk Radio - Bluegrass
GTR-190 - Matt Hutchinson Interview

GTR-190 - Matt Hutchinson Interview

June 18, 2021

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 190

 

Matt Hutchinson Interview

 

Here's a guy who loves bluegrass. So much that he is willing to create a podcast so you have someone to pick with! What's not to love? In this episode I strike up a conversation with Matt to learn about his Bluegrass Jam Along podcast and find out how a guy in the UK became interested in bluegrass and to share what he is doing with all of you.

 

Enjoy the episode, check out his podcast and I'll talk to you soon.

 

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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! Without you I would have quit a long time ago!

 

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.

GTR-189 - Life Is Good

GTR-189 - Life Is Good

June 9, 2021

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 189

 

Life Is Good

 

In this episode I talk about how you can dive in to your solo, play like dog squeeze, feel totally humiliated and still get a round of applause. It's one of the hidden benefits of playing live. (They aren't usually paying that much attention!)

 

Before I get to that, I talk about a big storm, the first post-pandemic session at Pat's Place, my "Brad's Barn Jam", and some other gobblety-gook that you might enjoy.

 

Enjoy the episode and talk to you soon. Better yet, I hope to pick with you soon!

 

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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! Without you I would have quit a long time ago!

 

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.

GTR-188 - A Man’s Entitled To His Opinion

GTR-188 - A Man’s Entitled To His Opinion

May 22, 2021

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 188

 

A Man's Entitled To His Opinion

 

200 episodes and over 100,000 downloads. Not bad!

 

This short episode is just to let you know I am still kicking. I have taken a little, well deserved break from the GTR Podcast and in this episode I fill you in a bit.

 

I have completed work on the F5 mandolin which I have been building and you can hear it in this episode. School's out, a light fixture in the kitchen tried to burn the house down, bluegrass has once again assured that I am officially below the poverty line, and life is good.

 

Enjoy the show and I'll talk to you in the next episode. I bet you can hardly wait! 

 

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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.

GTR-187 Beach Balls & Train Wrecks

GTR-187 Beach Balls & Train Wrecks

April 30, 2021

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 187

 

Beach Balls & Train Wrecks

In this episode I talk a bit about the "Beach Ball Effect", I get interrupted by a friendly sales call, give you a short garden update, and then dig in to the topic of Train Wrecks and how they may be avoided. Have fun!

 

Talk to ya next week.

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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.

GTR-186 - Edumacation

GTR-186 - Edumacation

April 16, 2021

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 186

 

Edumacation Are Fun!

 

In this show I respond to a couple of emails I received and discuss education and how we learn.

 

Have fun and I trust you take this "in the spirit in which it is intended."

 

In the episode I referenced this episode with the Self-Analysis Worksheet PDF:

http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-3-show-notes.html

 

And this blog post concerning self-directed learning:

http://www.bradleylaird.com/blog-articles/blog-36-guide.html

Talk to ya next week.

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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.

GTR-185 - Cancel This!

GTR-185 - Cancel This!

April 9, 2021

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 185

 

Cancel This!

 

All I am saying is listen and make up your own minds. Cancel me if you must. Or, stick with me and the bluegrass way. Enough already!

 

I have heard so much sub-par bluegrass singing over the years--not from the pros like IIIrd Tyme Out and Doyle Lawson--but just in general. Some pretty lame singing is often the norm with bluegrass jams and SOME bands I have heard.

 

All I have to say is "tighten up" and take a hint from my closing outro music by Jackson, my son, and the Voices of the Valley Choir. The takeaway "pull quote" is at exactly 34:10. Shame on those who think otherwise.

 

I want to quote two verses in case you have trouble understanding the lyrics in the recording:

 

"We are pilgrims on the journey

We are travelers on the road

We are here to help each other

Walk the mile and bear the load"

 

"I will weep when you are weeping

When you laugh, I'll laugh with you

I will share you joy and sorrow

Till we've seen this journey through."

 

See ya next week.

 

This podcast is dedicated to my friend Bob Putnam. I love you Bob. God be with you, my friend.

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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.

 

Nobody actually reads this stuff anyway so I am telling you that my cross-eyed sister once rode a bull moose across the Yukon Territory while playing a ukulele and singing My Old Kentucky Home. (Told ya! Nobody reads this crap!)

 

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.

GTR-184 - The Art of Quitting

GTR-184 - The Art of Quitting

April 1, 2021

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 184

 

The Art of Quitting

 

I have spent much airtime here discussing the starting of things. Jams, bands, lessons, etc. But there comes a time in the natural curve of things that we must give it up and say "I quit!" When and how do you do this? And why?

I hope you enjoy this early morning sermon and I hope that when or if you are driven to quit that you do it in the best way possible. You may be doing everyone a favor! Yourself and others. Could be!

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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.

GTR-183 - First, Tune That Thang!

GTR-183 - First, Tune That Thang!

March 23, 2021

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 183

 

First, Tune That Thang!

 

After a wandering diatribe I eventually get to the topic of the day and discuss tuning. Real solid tuning! I talk about how to get an instrument in tune so it will withstand a severe beating and stay in tune. I talk about beats and the importance of clean unisons. I talk about string segments and "equalization of tension". I talk about sending Tony Fauci an invoice. I talk about potatoes, growing shitake mushrooms, chestnut trees, tending donkeys, and lots of other fun stuff. 

Note: You will discover as you listen to my tale of Dixon's mandolin woes that (in this episode) I never revealed what what happening with his mandolin. We cured the tuning issue and that was a big part of it. The rest was the jangling strings between the bridge and his cast tailpiece. We cured that pretty quickly. See my eBook "The Mandolin Handbook"

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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.

GTR-182 That Ain’t Bluegrass

GTR-182 That Ain’t Bluegrass

March 1, 2021

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 182

 

That Ain't Bluegrass

 

In today's episode I discuss that most difficult topic of deciding just what is and what is not bluegrass. After a bit about what I think IS bluegrass, I take the easier route and play for you ten samples of what I think IS NOT bluegrass. Enjoy!

 

For all of you bass players or wannabee bass players, please take advantage of this 20% discount off my Complete Bluegrass Bass Learning System. Use coupon code "bass20" before March 7, 2021 and save a pile of bucks!

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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.

GTR-181 Bob Knysz Interview

GTR-181 Bob Knysz Interview

February 12, 2021

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 181

 

Bob Knysz Interview

 

This episode will introduce you to one of the movers and shakers in the mandolin world. Bob Knysz is an accomplished bluegrass musician and is also a founder of the Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra.

We discuss his introduction to the mandolin, his experiences in the Chicago area, taking lessons from the great Jethro Burns, attending Bean Blossom, his relocation to Georgia, the beginnings of the South Eastern Bluegrass Association, the Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra, The Classical Mandolin Society of America, and his involvement with a number of bluegrass groups. I know you will enjoy meeting Bob Knysz.

LINKS:

For information about Bob and the Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra: http://www.atlantamandolins.com/

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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.

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