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101 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Nicole Atkins - If Dice Could Kill
In Episode 1 (Season 2) I speak with singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, illustrator, and actress, Nicole Atkins. We discuss her pandemic release Italian Ice, and Sinatra-esque reimagining release Memphis Ice. We discuss Nicole’s youth, her family in Neptune City, New Jersey, and her path to now. We commiserate on the acceptance of obsolete technologies and changing vernacular, and our journeys in relapse and navigating sobriety. In this week’s wrap-up, Crystal and I talk a tiny about listening to Traffic…the band, Pocket Rocker’s, Belinda Carlisle vs. Brandi Carlisle, and we go deep on Nicole’s advice to “relax your butthole.” Please enjoy the kick-off to Season 2 and set your reminders. Episode Links: Nicole's Website Nicole Patreon - Natkins Funhouse Nicole's Music - Spotify Nicole's Instagram Live from Banjo Website Live from Banjo Instagram
88 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
Episode 34 - Jeffrey Martin - Story About A Coal Fire
In Episode 34, I speak with singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jeffrey Martin. We discuss his most recent single, “I Know What I Know,” Life as a PK in Eugene, Oregon. Jeffrey’s songwriting, the beat writer’s place in history, “Billy Burroughs,” I fanboy out a little too much on the majesty of Jeffrey’s song Coal Fire, and we discuss the value of a bit of self-reflection. In this week’s wrap-up, Crystal and I talk a tiny about John Prine, a whole hell of a lot about William Burroughs, and a little history of the Beat Generation. Please enjoy my conversation with the incredibly talented singer and songwriter Jeffrey Martin. SHOW LINKS:Jeffrey's Shows (Tour Dates)Jeffrey's Web PageJeffrey's InstagramLive from Banjo Patreon PageLive from Banjo Spotify PlaylistLive from Banjo InstagramLive from Banjo Website
94 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Episode 33 - Jason Pipkin - When The Dust Settles
In Episode 33, I speak with the singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Jason Pipkin, known as The Lone Bellow's keys and bass player, but has also produced one of the bands EPs and spent some time as the band's banjo player. Jason is also married to and has a child with Kanene Pipkin, the lead female vocalist in the Lone Bellow. We discuss Jason's journey into the life of a professional musician, his time in the church, and where he sees himself in music after the world's shift.Crystal and I discuss glossolalia, laughter pandemics, School of Rock, and douchebags in this week's wrap-up. Please enjoy Jason's conversation about life, love, and music.
66 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Episode 32 - Evan Westfall - A CAAMP Tale
In Episode 32, I speak with the multi-instrumentalist and Columbus, Ohio native Evan Westfall, known for and wide as the banjo player and co-founder of the folk powerhouse CAAMP. Evan and I chat about playing for humans, young and new love, his straightforward path to being a professional musician, and the brotherhood that keeps CAAMP heading in a storied trajectory. In this week's wrap-up, Crystal and I discuss the history of The Newport Folk Festival, Albert Grossman and Coen Brother's movies, T Bone Burnett and Marcus Mumford. Please enjoy Evan, and I's conversation discussing some of the critical factors that have gotten Ev to now. Caamp websiteCamp InstagramCaamp SpotifyEl Camino Acid SpotifySuper Sport Records websiteLive from Banjo Podcast websiteLive from Banjo Podcast PatreonLive from Banjo Instagram
70 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Episode 31 - Noah Engh - Uke In A Suit
In Episode 31, I talk with roots musician Noah Engh known for his distinct singing and ragtime and blues guitar and ukulele. We discuss both Noah’s and Uke’s journies in music; we reminisce about our time in Hollywood and discuss a portion of blues and roots music history. We also walk back through the pandemic and how Uke In A Suit came to exist, record a full-length album, and the pains of social media. Banjo, CO, also gets blessed with a live performance from “Uke In A Suit,” performing Blind Blake’s Too Time Blues. In this week’s wrap-up, Crystal and I discuss Hollywood decapitations, hot dogs, the Iowa State Fair, the difference between a square and gerrymandering. Now please enjoy as Noah and I “come correct” in our entertaining conversation. Noah Engh's Bandcamp Uke in A Suit's BandcampUke in A Suit's InstagramNoah Engh's InstagramKansas City Bankroll webpageLive from Banjo Podcast PatreonLive from Banjo Podcast InstagramLive from Banjo Podcast Webpage
65 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Episode 30 - Anna Tivel - The Answer
In Episode 30, I have a very open and vulnerable conversation with the incredibly talented singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Ana Tivel. We discuss Ana’s new album, “Blue World,” her life-long interest in observation, violin, the sea, touring with The Shook Twins, songwriting, relationships, dealing with the pandemic, and dealing with life back in the real world, mental health, live music and more. In this week’s wrap-up, Crystal and I discuss Nina Simone, idolize vs. idealize, ReverbNation vs. Bandcamp vs. Soundcloud vs. Myspace. Please enjoy my open and sincere conversation with Ms. Anna Tivel.Anna's WebsiteAnna's SpotifyLive from Banjo PatreonLive from Banjo Website
83 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Episode 29 - Joe Troop - This Machine
In Episode 29, Joe Troop and I sit down to discuss Joe's new album, Borrowed Time, co-produced with Jason Richmond (Avett Brothers, Branford Marsalis) We discuss working with legends Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn, Tim O'Brien, and Charlie Hunter, and ow his life working with along side activists changed his viewpoint and inspired his songwriting. We deep dive on "Rise of Dream Caldwell" and the Alamance Justice Choir. We talk about his work at the border, the border wall's symbolism to the world, and the tragic story of those trying to flee to America for a better life. Joe and I also discuss his changed life as result of the pandemic, moving forward after COVID-19 and Che Apalache, his multiple documentaries in the works, Pickin' for Progress, the state of the country, and cussin'. In this Episodes "Wrap-up," Crystal and I discuss the Delta Variant, Dreama Caldwell, rage painting pixies, Woody Guthrie, the history of US school shootings, and our own histories with "cussin." Please enjoy my conversation with the inspirational and always unpredictable Mr. Joe Troop.
79 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Episode 28 - Lauren Morrow - Waiting In The Wings
In episode 28, Marcus talks with Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist Lauren Morrow. They discuss her upcoming solo debut LP, her and her husband Jason’s transition from Atlanta and The Whiskey Gentry, songwriting in Nashville, growing up as the child of an addict, writing with Sadler Vaden, alcohol vs. marijuana, micro-dosing, and aliens. In the wrap-up, Crystal and Marcus discuss being too PC, Gonzo Journalism, The Streets, the major scale and the psychedelics.Lauren Morrow WebpageLauren Morrow InstagramLauren Morrow FacebookLauren Morrow YouTubeLive from Banjo Podcast InstagramLive from Banjo Patreon Page
73 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Episode 27 - Keith Billik - Picky Fingers
In Episode 27, I sit down with Keith Billik, the podcast host for The Picky Fingers Banjo Podcast. This week’s episode discusses Keith’s introduction to music through his mom’s homemade La Bamba soundtrack bootleg. We chat about his time studying audio engineering at Michigan State University, his rise to floor manager at Elderly Instruments, and his eventual transition to becoming a lawyer. Keith also discusses putting family before music and not moving forward with Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys. We cover his whole journey from being a banjo-playing lawyer to a banjo-playing podcast host lawyer. Keith and I also discuss some of the things we have learned about life, music, and our personal speech deficiencies while producing podcasts.In this week’s wrap-up, Crystal and I discuss “The Day The Music Died,” Brazil the movie, Django Reinhardt’s candle injuries, and podcast stuff. Please enjoy my interview with Mr. Keith BillikPicky Fingers Website and PodcastPicky Fingers Patreon
83 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Episode 26 - Lowland Hum - Sonically Ironic
In Episode 26, I sit down with Lauren and Daniel Goans of Lowland Hum. Both members of the husband and wife duo split singing and songwriting duty for the band. During the pandemic, they brought a child into the world and have already had to learn how to navigate writing, recording, and producing with a newborn in tow. Their little guy also makes a few vocal appearances in the show. We review their process covering Peter Gabriel's SO from top to bottom and what it took to release by the album's 35th birthday. Daniel and Lauren walk us through their early roots in music and examine their "kind of" serious campaign to #supportquietmusic. While Daniel and I traverse our very coincidentally similar youth experiences as tall and lanky fellows in the South. Crystal and I cover Say Anything, James Taylor, Max Headroom vs. Rosey as A.I. frontiers-"people" and more.Please enjoy my honest, open, and quiet… not always quiet… conversation with Lauren and Daniel Goan's, a.k.a Lowland HumLowland Hum homeGolden Hour Lowland Hum PatreonLowland Hum Instagram
86 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Episode 25 - Mike Marsh - Avett Confessional
In episode 25, I gained the ear of Mike Marsh. Mike is a drummer and a producer the currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Mike has been the drummer for The Avett Brothers since 2012. Mike grew up in Florida, raised by his brother, and started playing the drums in middle school. Through the support of Mike's brother and mother, he was able to follow his passion and become a touring musician. In his late teens, he was in a Boca Raton punk band, The Agency. However, one of his bandmates, Chris Carrabba, started a new band and asked Mike to join. Mike remained the drummer for Dashboard Confessional for over a decade and discussed some of the ups and downs of the band. Mike also discusses his entry into The Avett Brothers and producing his most recent album in Papermill Studios. Crystal and I discuss Sunny Day Real Estate, MTV late-night programs, a little Avett Brothers, and going down in a blaze of glory in this week's wrap-up. Please enjoy my fast-paced and meandering conversation with Mr. Mike Marsh.
100 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Episode 24 - Erin Rae - Flying Towards The Mirror
In episode 24, I sit down with Erin Rae. Erin is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist based in Nashville, Tennessee. Erin and I discuss her life, growing up in Jackson, TN, and Bellevue, a neighboring community of Nashville. Erin discusses her journey in music, which started at home, with both her mother and father performing as local musicians and bringing her up in a house steeped in music. However, Erin didn’t really begin to focus on music until later than most musicians.Though she had always sung as a hobby, she didn’t learn to play the guitar until after high school and didn’t begin to focus on music until she was nearly 20 years old. We discuss her inspirations, musical career, and detachment from persona and labels as she moves into a new phase of life and recent progression in her musical career. We also discuss sobriety, recovery, and the fear and excitement that result from living life in the present and releasing the reigns of our own experience to something new. In this week’s wrap-up, Crystal and I discuss the history of Red Rock’s Amphitheatre, Jonathan Wilson of Topanga Canyon, Laurel Canyon heroes, Scott Walker, Slim Pickens, origins of heavy metal, Jerry Seinfeld and transcendental meditation, Marcus Gillis, and mindful meditation, and The Coal Miner’s Daughters Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gale, my wife, and wrap-up co-host’s namesakes. Please enjoy my honest and vulnerable conversation with Ms. Erin Rae.Erin Rae - GemsONVHS Erin Rae - InstagramErin Rae - Tour
81 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Episode 23 - Jon Stickley - More Punk Than Punk
In Episode 23, The Live from Banjo Podcast hit the road and headed to Lafayette, GA. With heavy rains just coming to an end and the crowd in full party mode, ready for a series of incredibly acts to take the stage, Jon Stickley and I sat down for a live recording at Forward Festival in May of 2021.Jon is the guitarist and frontman for Jon Stickley Trio. Jon and I discuss his life as a punk rock drummer, his introduction to bluegrass and the mandolin by his best friend, Leftover Salmon banjo player Andy Thorn.We discuss the many bands, instruments, and inspirational musicians that help cultivate Jon’s unique songwriting and playing. We walk through Jon’s childhood, marriage, and newly acquired fatherhood. We also take a look at the serendipitous series of events, including a pandemic, that allowed Jon, a nearly non-stop touring musician, to take a year and a half off to be with his wife. Jon remained home for Julianne’s entire pregnancy, and Jon was also home to welcome his son Callum into the world. It has now been seven months since his son was born, and Jon is finally hitting the road.He discusses his plans to navigate getting back on the road, with the extreme changes to his life over the past year. In this week’s wrap-up, Crystal and I discuss legendary guitarists Doc Watson and Tony Rice. We look at the history of legendary indie-punk record labels Lookout Records and Fat Wreck Chords. Crystal discusses her distaste for Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life), and I give a little background on Durham’s own. Merge Records. Crystal and I also look forward to our retirement plan as honorary park rangers, utilizing my bear-fighting cyborg appendages. Walter, per usual, likes to make himself known to the listeners. I hope you enjoy this week’s chat with Mr. Jon Stickley.
84 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Episode 22 - Daniel Rodriguez - We Are Water
In episode 22, I sit down at the kitchen table of Daniel Rodriguez. He is a singer and songwriter who has spent the last few years recording and performing as a solo act. He has released one EP and one full-length album as Daniel Rodriguez. He was a founding member of the transcendental indie folk-rock group Elephant Revival and toured with the band for 14 years prior to the Elephant’s hiatus in 2018. He recently released an album with his hip-hop folk side-project, 21st Ancient. We discuss bourbon, Daniel’s childhood, his introduction to Bonnie Paine and the other members of Elephant Revival, a harrowing bus fire, and Daniel’s upcoming projects and plans. In the wrap-up, we discuss the incredible life-long success of Fugee’s album “The Score,” The Pharcyde’s, Spike Jonze directed, music video for “Drop,” 19th Century Whaling in New London, Connecticut, and enjoying every sandwich. Walter makes a couple of guest appearances too. Now please enjoy my honest conversation with Mr. Daniel Rodriguez.
84 minutes | May 26, 2021
Episode 21 - Joshua Rilko - Separate But Together
In episode 21, I sit down with Joshua Rilko, founding member of Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys and current touring mandolinist for Sierra Ferrell. Joshua grew up in Saginaw, Michigan. While a teenager and going to folk circles with his father, he discovered bluegrass and the mandolin. While in college, he fell in love with bluegrass jams, eventually formed The Flatbellys, and met Lindsay Lou. Quickly a personal and musical partnership burgeoned, and Joshua and Lindsay spent over a decade touring and recording with a small group of other members. Joshua and Lindsay recorded four full-length Eps together in this time. Joshua is a talented multi-instrumentalist, hacky sacker, and footbagger and spent a portion of his touring years as a “veggie-bus mechanic.Joshua has spent the pandemic transcribing many of his favorite mandolin tunes and passing this info on to other mandolinists. Joshua recently recorded his first solo full-length EP and, currently, has a Kickstarter in place to help get the album finalized and out into the world. Joshua has played and recorded with many of the stars of the bluegrass and Americana scene. He is currently on tour with fellow Nashville artist Sierra Ferrell. In this week’s wrap-up, Crystal and I discuss the origins of ska music, the inner workings of a veggie-bus symptom, and a moment of weakness.Please enjoy episode 21 and Joshua Rilko’s solo podcast interview debut.
88 minutes | May 11, 2021
Episode 20 - Cristina Vane - Nowhere Sounds Lovely
In this week's episode, I talk with Cristina Vane, a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist solo artist that recently released her first full length solo album, "Nowhere Sounds Lovely." Cristina is of Italian-American and Guatemalan descent. I ask her about food from home. We discuss coming to America to go to Princeton, and how her music brought her to LA and more recently Nashville We also talk about her inspiration for the bottle neck slide, and how a summer tour that involved camping in and around some of America's most beautiful national parks and places inspired the songs on her new album. We discuss the inspiration for one of my favorite songs off the album, "Prayer for the Blind," and then she delights me with an impromptu live performance of the song. Crystal and I deep dive into Italian cuisine history, Michael Keaton movies, national parks, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Please enjoy my conversation with the inspirational cross-genre queen, Sister Cristina Vane.
67 minutes | May 4, 2021
Episode 19 - Taylor Meier - CAAMP
In this week's interview, I sit down with Taylor Meier. Taylor is the singer, songwriter, and co-founder of CAAMP. In today's episode, we look back at Taylor's start in music and the multiple influences driving CAAMP's sound. We cover their meteoric rise on Spotify and the subsequent tour with Rainbow Kitten Surprise. CAAMP recently celebrated their 5-year anniversary as a band and recently got in the studio to record their fourth full-length album. Taylor also has a side project Sumbuck, which released an album in 2020. As the world and concert venues open back up, CAAMP will surely be back on the road in full force, and at five years in, this band seems to be at the beginning of its journey. Please enjoy my interview with Mr. Taylor Meier
88 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Episode 18 - David Wax - Euphoric Ouroboric - Part Two
In this week's interview, I sit down with David Wax. David is the singer, songwriter, and founder of the incredible "David Wax Museum." In today's episode, we discuss life at the smallest college on earth, living with intention, bringing Mexican folk music to Boston, and making music and conversations that are inclusive. We get back into David Wax Museum's new album, "Euphoric Ouroboric." David and Suz also currently have a fundraiser right now for building a music studio in their backyard. Please enjoy part deux of my interview with David Wax, and please remember to stick around after the interview to hear Me and Crystal's weekly post-interview wrap-up. She had a headache.
69 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Episode 17 - David Wax - Euphoric Ouroboric - Part One
In this week's interview, I chat with David Wax. David is the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and founder of the incredible, “David Wax Museum.” In today’s episode we discuss their first big TV sync, with the use of "Big Sur" on the Netflix show, “Firefly Lane.” We chat about "Guesthouse," Bike Injuries, ankle injuries, and getting the whole town of Charlottesville in on the making of the music video for Guesthouse. We also discuss David’s growth and new role of a music engineer over the last year during the pandemic, and how David Wax Museum’s 8th full length album, Euphoric Ouroboric, released on April 16th came to be. David and Suz also currently have a fundraiser right now for building a music studio in their backyard. I’m excited to share this first half of my interview with David Wax, and please remember to stick around after the interview to hear Crystal and I’s weekly post interview wrap-up.
80 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Episode 16 - Mat Davidson - Legend of Twain
Today I talk with Mat Davidson, the singer and songwriting powerhouse behind the incredible band Twain. We discuss Mat's life growing up in multiple areas around the country, his time at Berklee College of Music, and time on the road with a number of incredible musician including, but not limited to, Low Anthem, Spirit Family Reunion, Big Thief, and Langhorne Slim. I believe Mat is someone that will be talked about for years to come. His essence seems to come out in his music, but his soul comes out when he sings. Mat soft spoken and thoughtful approach to conversation and song is apparent immediately. Please enjoy my conversation with Mat Davidson. *EDIT 5/14 Follow link to purchase tickets to livestream benefit Abolition 2021. Twain's performance will be included on the 4/16 show.
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