Fiddler Patrick McGonigle and music journalist Emma John uncover bluegrass music one iconic record at a time in The Breakdown, a new limited series from The Bluegrass Situation. Peeling back the layers of a sometimes under appreciated genre, The Breakdown reveals the bizarre, compelling, and often completely mad stories from bluegrass players past and present.
December 20th, 2018 | Season 1 | 56 mins 45 secs
antifogmatic, bluegrass, chris thile, music podcasts, podcasts, punch brothers, the breakdown
It’s a festively boozy week on The Breakdown – Emma’s been at the drinks cabinet and so, it seems, have the Punch Brothers. Is their wild and woozy Antifogmatic even a bluegrass record? We join Noam, Gabe and Critter in London to find the answer – then track down Chris Thile in New York to steal his cocktail recipes.
December 13th, 2018 | Season 1 | 51 mins 51 secs
bluegrass, keith whitley, ricky skaggs, second generation bluegrass, the breakdown
Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley were only 17 years old when they recorded Second Generation Bluegrass. Ricky Skaggs joins The Breakdown to talk about this iconic album.
December 6th, 2018 | Season 1 | 34 mins 35 secs
aereo plain, bluegrass, jam grass, jamgrass, john hartford
Aereo-Plain is probably the greatest album John Hartford ever made - but when it came out in 1971, even his record label didn’t know what to make of it. We’re still not quite sure - is it a genuine nostalgiafest, or was hippie Hartford pulling bluegrass’s leg? And can producer David Bromberg and Vassar Clements superfan Alex Hargreaves help us solve the mystery?
November 29th, 2018 | Season 1 | 43 mins 59 secs
banjo, bela fleck, bluegrass, dobro, drive, jerry douglas, mandolin, sam bush
Béla Fleck's virtuostic 1988 instrumental album "Drive" is a touchstone of modern acoustic music.
November 15th, 2018 | Season 1 | 43 mins 28 secs
alice gerrard, bluegrass, hazel and alice, hazel dickens
Emma and Patrick dissect the 1976 album Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard (not to be confused with their earlier recording Hazel and Alice), a release that came out after the unlikely duo already broke up.
November 15th, 2018 | Season 1 | 52 mins 30 secs
bluegrass, carnegie hall, earl scruggs, flatt & scruggs, lester flatt
Released in 1963 by Columbia Records, the historic performance from Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and The Foggy Mountain Boys records the first time a bluegrass artist headlined the venerable New York concert hall.
November 12th, 2018 | Season 1 | 2 mins 25 secs
An introduction to The Breakdown - a new podcast from BGS that uncovers Bluegrass music one iconic record at a time.