Bradley Laird’s Grass Talk Radio - Bluegrass
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!

Special GTR Episode 2 - Jam Tracks #3

Special GTR Episode 2 - Jam Tracks #3

August 24, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Special Episode 2

 

Special Episode - Jam Tracks 3

 

This short episode is to announce the release of new material on my site. As promised, I have completed Bluegrass Jam Tracks #3. It is a collection of 68 MP3 tracks covering 10 songs/tunes at multiple tempos. I had a number of requests from folks who have collection #1 and #2 asking for specific tunes. I have answered those requests in this edition.

 

As a listener to GrassTalkRadio you can get a discount if you decided to download the collection. It's all explained in this micro-episode. Save some bucks and, in these strange times, have someone to pick with!

 

Note: The special listener discount coupon code is only valid through August 31, 2020 so don't fiddle around too long!

 

If you want to download those 9 free tracks I mentioned in the episode, read the full descriptions of all of my jam tracks, or just start downloading, point yer little browser here:

 

http://www.bradleylaird.com/tracks/index.html

Ya'll take care, be well, and get to picking!

GTR-163 - Dobro Pioneers

GTR-163 - Dobro Pioneers

August 19, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 163

 

The Dobro Pioneers

 

Bill Monroe said that a Dobro sounds like an old tin bucket! That's one thing Bill and I disagree on. I think he was just sore because Lester and Earl left him, dropped the mandolin and added Josh Graves. (In later years, Bill and Josh were good friends and I think the tin bucket comment was dropped.) 

 

Dobro is a big part of bluegrass music and in this episode we listen to samples of some of the pioneers who brought "that old hub cap guitar" into the bluegrass world, including Josh Graves, Mike Auldridge, Tut Taylor, Curtis Burch, Jerry Douglas and a few more.

 

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-162 - Dog Days of Summer

GTR-162 - Dog Days of Summer

August 12, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 162

 

Dog Days of Summer

 

The dog days of summer are upon us. In this episode I catch you up on the bluegrass happenings around the Kingdom of Lairdonia and tell you a little story from my first real job. Then I get to the heart of the episode: "Lessons From The Dawg". Not him. Real dogs! You'd be surprised what you can learn from watching a couple of dogs. And, amazingly, how it relates to pickin' bluegrass.

 

In this episode I mentioned the book "Mandolin Song Book" which is here.

 

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-161 - Lizzy Long Interview

GTR-161 - Lizzy Long Interview

July 29, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 161

 

Lizzy Long Interview

 

Today I had a chance to catch up with Lizzy Long and discuss how she learned to play, what it's like to play with Little Roy Lewis, her new album on Vine Records "Dreaming Again", and her stories of time spent with Earl and Louise Scruggs.

 

Be sure to scope out her new album here:

https://117group.com/award-winning-roots-artist-lizzy-long-releases-her-sophomore-album-dreaming-again/

 

You can find Lizzy's schedule and bio here:

lizzylong.com

 

 

Here is a video from the 2006 Earl Scruggs Tribute that Lizzy and I talked about. You can see Lizzy at 8:54! You would be amazed at some of the names of banjo players in that crowd that you would recognize!

 

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!

Special GTR Episode - Treasure Hunt

Special GTR Episode - Treasure Hunt

July 24, 2020

This episode describes the Treasure Hunt. Find a gold coin by digging around on www.bradleylaird.com and get a massive discount off any instructional material in the store. Listen to the episode, find a gold coin on my site, and cash in with an insanely huge discount before July 31, 2020. Happy hunting!

GTR-160 - Make Hay While The Sun Shines

GTR-160 - Make Hay While The Sun Shines

July 22, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 160

Make Hay While The Sun Shines

 

Today, for perhaps the first time I really get into grass! Real grass--the kind my donkeys eat-- and talk about hay making, baling and why you will not be able to play your bass fiddle for two days due to sore hands if you spend the day totin' hay bales by the string!

 

This episode also includes information about my brand new checkout process system which should eliminate some of the problems folks have reported attempting to make a purchase using PayPal. The new system is up and running and humming right along. You can give it a "dry fire test" by visiting my online store at www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

 

I also give you a mini-report on the jam session I held here at the barn, grumble a bit about the state of the bluegrass world, and try to offer up some encouragement.

 

 

In the last episode I talked about: Bluegrass Jam Tracks #2. You can hear some free sample tracks here. And, as I said in today's episode, I am working on Volume #3 so if you have a particular tune you'd like to see included be sure to send me an email and let me know!

 

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-159 - Tab Vs Standard Et Al

GTR-159 - Tab Vs Standard Et Al

July 7, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 159

Tab Vs Standard, Et Al

Today, after the usual introductory baloney, I discuss the merits of tablature versus standard notation. Then I take the topic further by discussing 3 more ways to learn to play music. I hope you enjoy the episode. Have fun!

 

In today's episode I also talked about a cool page on the internet you should check out with a directory of the top bluegrass podcasts. You will find it here on blog.feedspot.com.

 

I also make another brief mention of my newest creation: Bluegrass Jam Tracks #2. Try them out. You can hear some free sample tracks here.

 

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!

Play this podcast on Podbean App