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Now displaying: January, 2022
Jan 26, 2022

Guitarist Chris Eldridge joins us on this week's podcast to talk about Punch Brothers' new album, 'Hell on Church Street.' This project is like nothing else you've heard: a track-by-track reimagining of Tony Rice's essential 'Church Street Blues' solo album.

During the course of our talk, Chris talks to us about the music - and life - lessons he learned from his time with Tony and why the band decided to tackle his influential album now. He also walks us through some of the arranging strategies they used on various tracks. It's a unique glimpse into how one of the world's most innovative acoustic ensembles ticks and we think you'll love it. 

This episode is sponsored by Retrofret Vintage Guitars; Izotope (use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase); and the FJ's newest sponsor, Bed-Stu shoes (save 20% off with the code FRETXBS for a limited time). 
 
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Jan 12, 2022
On this week's Fretboard Journal Podcast, we pay tribute to banjo and bluegrass legend J. D. Crowe with his friend, student, and collaborator, Bill Evans. Crowe passed away on Christmas Eve, 2021, nearly a year, exactly, after the death of his friend and former bandmate, Tony Rice.  
 
Evans is a natural storyteller and educator and was slated to begin filming instruction videos with Crowe for Peghead Nation later this year. He talks about Crowe's impact on bluegrass, his unique style of banjo playing (and how it differed from that of Earl Scruggs), the unique interplay Crowe had with guitarist Tony Rice, and the importance of the 1975 album, 'J. D. Crowe and New South' album (Rounder Records 0044), featuring Crowe, Rice, Jerry Douglas, Ricky Skaggs, and Bobby Slone.
 
It's an hour-long deep dive into what made one of the world's best banjo player's tick... and a great primer on the subtleties of bluegrass. 
 
Evans has graciously shared one of his Crowe lessons on Peghead Nation: https://www.pegheadnation.com/news-reviews/breaking-news/j-d-crowes-enduring-influence/
 
This episode is sponsored by BED|STÜ (use the discount code FRETXBS to save 20% off for a limited time), Izotope (use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% on their amazing software), and Retrofret Vintage Guitars.
 
Our 49th issue of the Fretboard Journal is now mailing, featuring John Reischman, John Sebastian, Dr. Molly Miller and more. Click here to learn more

Don't forget, beyond the magazine, the FJ now has an entire network of podcasts, about everything from lutherie to home recording (and tube amps!): Luthier on Luthier; The Truth About Vintage Amps; The Truth About Recording & Mixing; Acoustic Voices; and Sweep the Floor.

Jan 1, 2022

*** Sorry for the occasional Zoom audio lag, but this interview was too good not to share. *** 

All the way in Valencia, Spain, we're talking to the one-and-only Nacho Baños. Baños is the guy behind Nacho Guitars, 'The Blackguard Book,' and the new 'Pinecaster Book.'  
 
 
If you've ever watched Julian Lage perform on his "Nachcaster" and wondered just who made it, this episode is for you. We hear about Nacho's early infatuation with American music; how he began buying and selling instruments while attending college in Boston; and why, in 2003, he started writing what would become 'The Blackguard Book.'
 
We learn about the production team behind Nacho Guitars and how he almost retired from guitarmaking when he (temporarily) couldn't source decent swamp ash. He also explains the reasoning behind 'The Pinecaster Book,' his most ambitious publishing project to date. The four-volume set goes beyond the printed page, with all new photographs and multimedia video showcasing the guitars mentioned in the book. 
 
This episode is sponsored by Izotope (use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% on their amazing software) and Retrofret Vintage Guitars.

Don't forget, beyond the magazine, the FJ now has an entire network of podcasts, about everything from lutherie to home recording (and tube amps!): Luthier on Luthier; The Truth About Vintage Amps; The Truth About Recording & Mixing; Acoustic Voices; and Sweep the Floor.

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