Bradley Laird’s Grass Talk Radio - Bluegrass
GTR-135 - Stewart Crawford

GTR-135 - Stewart Crawford

October 18, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 135

Guest Host: Stewart Crawford

 

This globe-spanning episode is our first listener hosted show. Stewart Crawford, banjoist in Australia, presents the story of bluegrass down under and outlines some excellent improvisation concepts.

 

If you enjoy my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Or, you can become a GrassTalkRadio Supporter here.

 

You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

 

Additional information about the podcast is always found here on the episode show notes page: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-135-show-notes.html

GTR-134 - Paradise and Paradox

GTR-134 - Paradise and Paradox

October 8, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 134

Paradise and Paradox

 

This episode covers a wide range of topics beginning with my recent return visit to Picker's Paradise. I talk about fried chicken, Col. Sander's Mandolin Band, the R.Q. Jones reso guitar, jamming, some good bands I heard and then I wind up with a little paradox I want you to think about.

 

If you enjoy my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Or, you can become a GrassTalkRadio Supporter here.

 

You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

 

Additional information about the podcast is always found here on the episode show notes page: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-134-show-notes.html

GTRB-07 - Strike While The Iron Is Hot

GTRB-07 - Strike While The Iron Is Hot

September 30, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com Bonus Episode 07

 

Strike While The Iron Is Hot

 

In this short bonus episode I am opening a door for you. Listen to the episode and don't wait around. You need to contact me soon.

 

Whether you are a beginning picker, an experienced performer, a teacher, or perhaps you build instruments or work at (or own) a company producing a product for the bluegrass world... this is your chance. Let's hear what you have to say.

 

You can be a "nobody" or be a really famous, big-time, hot shot. Both categories have something valuable to say. Podcasting is hot right now and this is a great chance for you to try your hand at it and the grasstalkradio.com audience will hear you.

 

Listen to this bonus episode and I'll explain and then contact me. Let's put YOU on the air. Contact me before October 15, 2019 if you want to be considered. It costs you nothing but your time and energy and you never know what doors it might open to your future. Besides that it will be fun and interesting!

 

The show notes for this episode are here: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/bonus-episode-07-show-notes.html

 

If you think the show is worth listening to then I hope you will consider becoming a Patreon supporter.

www.patreon.com/bradleylaird

 

 

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who play or are learning to play bluegrass.

GTR-133 - Your Questions

GTR-133 - Your Questions

September 23, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 133

Your Questions

 

This week I answer a pile of emails I have received from listeners. We talk banjo strings, what bass fiddle to buy, mandolin barre chords, how long do strings last and a lot more! Luckily, nobody asked "Hey, who cut your hair?" But, there is always next time.

 

If you enjoy my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Or, you can become a GrassTalkRadio Supporter here.

 

You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

 

Additional information about the podcast is always found here on the episode show notes page: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-133-show-notes.html

GTR-132 - Stage Patter and Talk

GTR-132 - Stage Patter and Talk

September 16, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 132

Stage Patter and Talk

 

A huge chunk of your on-stage persona is created when you step up to a microphone and say something. Something pithy. Something funny. Something poignant. Make it count. Listen to this episode where I play samples of the greatest bluegrass emcees at their finest. Introducing songs. Introducing the musicians. Yakkin' it up with the little people... the fans who make it all possible!

 

I have samples here from Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt (one of the best!), Jesse McReynolds, and plenty more to get you on the right path. Samples and ten tips to sharpen your image on stage.

 

If you enjoy my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Or, you can become a GrassTalkRadio Supporter here.

 

You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

 

Additional information about the podcast is always found here on the episode show notes page: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-132-show-notes.html

 

GTR-131 - Capo Talk

GTR-131 - Capo Talk

September 11, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 131

Capo Talk

 

Capos have been around for a very long time and are extremely useful in playing fretted instruments. It's funny that their use is almost required in bluegrass if you play banjo or guitar. But they are heavily frowned on with the mandolin. If you don't know how to use a capo you can learn here on my website.  

If you enjoy my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Or, you can become a GrassTalkRadio Supporter here.

 

You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

 

Additional information about the podcast is always found here on the episode show notes page: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-131-show-notes.html

GTR-130 - Recording Options

GTR-130 - Recording Options

September 3, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 130

Recording Options

 

This episode continues on the theme I started in Episode 129. In this show I talk more specifically about the options you have for recording. There are four levels beginning with the simple portable recorder, to the portable stereo digital recorder, to digital multi-track "porta-studios" and onwards to computer/software based recording.

 

I hope this information helps you choose where to begin when you want to record some bluegrass based upon the purposes you have in mind.

 

The Mandolin Treasure Chest which I spoke about at the beginning of the show is fully described here: http://www.bradleylaird.com/treasure

  

If you enjoy my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Or, you can become a GrassTalkRadio Supporter here.

 

You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

 

Additional information about the podcast is always found here on the episode show notes page: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-130-show-notes.html

GTR-129 - Recording Basics

GTR-129 - Recording Basics

August 26, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 129

Recording Basics

 

This episode is the first installment in a short series on home recording. In this introduction I discuss the difference between analog and digital, why we record, and talk some about older technologies such as the Edison cylinder and magnetic tape.

 

I think this background primer will help you even if all you want to do is record your banjo picking on an iPhone app. Do you know what an A/D converter is? If you talk on a cell phone you use them everyday! Do you know how to make your own record player with a sheet of paper and a pin? This fun stuff and more are contained within.

 

Technical note: I saved this audio file in a larger, less compressed format than I have been using. It should improve the audio quality just a bit but make it a tad slower to download. Let me know if you can hear any difference.

  

If you enjoy my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Or, you can become a GrassTalkRadio Supporter here.

 

You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

 

Additional information about the podcast is always found here on the episode show notes page: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-129-show-notes.html

GTR-128 - Should I Just Give Up?

GTR-128 - Should I Just Give Up?

August 16, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 128

Should I Just Give Up?

 

This episode has two topics. After giving you a rundown of the trials and tribulations of starting up my own bluegrass jam session--with four weeks under our belts-- I answer a listener's question about trying to decide whether to join a band or just sit around playing quietly at home after the kids go to sleep.

 

I hope that my direct and honest approach does not offend too many people, but by golly, you deserve to be happy too! It is a balancing act and I think I do a better job talking about in the podcast than trying to describe my thoughts here in this description. Just go listen and then let me know if you think I am all wet.

  

If you enjoy my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by becoming a GrassTalkRadio Supporter or by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page.

 

You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

 

Additional information about the podcast is always found here on the episode show notes page: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-128-show-notes.html

GTR-127 - Nobody Bats a Thousand

GTR-127 - Nobody Bats a Thousand

August 8, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 127

Nobody Bats a Thousand!

 

After two years of steady podcasting I have discovered a lot of similarities between the art of podcasting and the art of learning to make good music.

 

One of the ten similarities I discuss in this show is the fact that nobody gets a base hit every time they step up to the plate. In fact, everybody is going to strike out sometimes. That's all part of the bluegrass game. I hope you enjoy this episode and that it offers you some encouragement and food for thought.

  

If you enjoy my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by becoming a GrassTalkRadio Supporter or by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page.

 

You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

 

Additional information about the podcast is always found here on the episode show notes page: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-127-show-notes.html