Bradley Laird’s Grass Talk Radio - Bluegrass
GTR-173 Mike Bub Interview

GTR-173 Mike Bub Interview

November 24, 2020

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.

GTR-172 - Andy Leftwich Interview

GTR-172 - Andy Leftwich Interview

November 16, 2020

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.

GTR-171 - Ranger Brad’s Crystal Ball

GTR-171 - Ranger Brad’s Crystal Ball

November 11, 2020

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.

GTR-170 - Rob Ickes Interview

GTR-170 - Rob Ickes Interview

November 2, 2020

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.

GTR-169 - The Life Blood of Bluegrass

GTR-169 - The Life Blood of Bluegrass

October 22, 2020

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.

GTR-168 - Mandolin Super Heroes

GTR-168 - Mandolin Super Heroes

October 8, 2020

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.

GTR-167 - Report From The Barn

GTR-167 - Report From The Barn

September 30, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 167

 

Report From The Barn

 

In this episode I talk about a recent jam session, two new mandolin video lessons in my store (Stealing Jazz Licks 1 and Stealing Jazz Licks 2), my son Jackson's new 6 song EP "Beacon" which you can get for free, and then I discuss the value of doing the same old thing over and over and over.

 

The intro music is "Prison Walls" written by Randy Godwin and played by Pony Express. The outro music is a bit of Dixon County Breakdown played by the jammers at the barn featuring Mike Estes on fiddle.

 

If you enjoy 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-166 - Rattles, Buzzes & Twangs

GTR-166 - Rattles, Buzzes & Twangs

September 15, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 166

 

Rattles, Buzzes & Twangs

 

It happens to everybody! You are blissfully playing along and suddenly (or slowly) your instrument begins to sound like crap! Buzzing, rattles, twangs, tinny sound! What the H.E. double hockey sticks is going on?

 

Listen to this episode where I walk you through the myriad of possible causes for these annoying sounds. We start with the most likely and work our way all the way through the rarest possibilities.

 

Don't worry. It happens. And the solution is usually very simple. You just have to find the cause.

 

The intro music is "Prison Walls" written by Randy Godwin and played by Pony Express. The outro music is the tail end of a long jam (not sure what tune it was) played by our band "The Pluck Tones".

 

If you enjoy 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-165 - “Jason” Meets The Inquisitor

GTR-165 - “Jason” Meets The Inquisitor

September 9, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 165

 

"Jason" Meets The Inquisitor

 

In this episode you will meet "Jason" (boo hiss!) who has been accused of multiple infractions against civil society and, in particular, reckless destruction of the good character of untold numbers of bluegrass musicians. 

 

As the self-appointed inquisitor, I brought the guilty, I mean "the accused", before the court of public opinion. Members of the jury, listen to the proceedings and draw your own conclusions. Lest I be accused of attempting to sway the jury let me only say, respectfully, to the supposed Mr. "Jason": "May The Most High have mercy on your soul. Bailiff! Take him away! The executioner awaits!"

 

If you enjoy his degrading insinuations, deliberate attacks on innocent women and children, scurrilous lies regarding persons of unquestioned integrity and good character, then I encourage you to witness this vile scoundrel for yourself (If you can stomach it.) by visiting themonrover.com.

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this podcast and by the guest do not represent the views of anyone. All rights reserved. No purchase necessary. Must be over 18 to enter. No refunds. We reserve the right to change our minds without notice. Not responsible for dental damage due to the consumption of steel objects. This podcast is for entertainment purposes only and similarities between any fictional character and any real person was strictly coincidental.

 

If you enjoy 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-164 - Western Red Interview

GTR-164 - Western Red Interview

August 26, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 164

 

Western Red Interview

 

Think you don't like country music? Well, considering what I hear on "country" radio today, I tend to agree. But, if you dig back just a bit you will find that bluegrass is country music!

 

Today I present something a little different. It has long been my contention that bluegrass, honky-tonk, western swing, and old-time country are all branches of the same tree. Think: back stage at the temple. I mean The Grand Ole Opry!

 

You know, that alley-way where Melissa slugged Bessie Lee. That alley Jimmy Martin strutted across to Tootsie's Orchid Lounge to douse his disappointment in another PBR. All those folks were hanging out in the same place. Musically and culturally.

 

To discuss these concepts, I invited a fellow podcaster and radio personality, Western Red of the If That Ain't County podcast, on to the show. I trust that you will enjoy our chat.

 

Your interest in bluegrass will be enhanced by listening and supporting what Red is doing. You may even go out and buy an Emmons 8 string, 4 pedal steel guitar--with a '66 Fender Twin Reverb amp-- like I did in 1978! Wish I never sold that thing! (I was young and stupid. Now I am just old and stupid. If you have a pedal steel laying around I would appreciate you packing it up and sending it to me.)

 

If you enjoy 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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