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.
March 26th, 2020 | Season 2 | 49 mins 29 secs
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The Seldom Scene's classic 1975 release "Live at the Cellar Door" is featured, and if ever there was a party of a bluegrass album, "Live at the Cellar Door" is it.
March 17th, 2020 | Season 2 | 46 mins 56 secs
alison krauss, bgs podcast network, bluegrass breakdown podcast, bluegrass podcasts, chris thomas king, classic bluegrass, classic bluegrass albums, coen brothers, dan tyminski, emma john, emmylou harris, george clooney, gillian welch, grammy album of the year 2002, o brother where art thou, patrick mgonicle, roots culture redefined, t bone burnett, the bluegrass situation, the breakdown podcast
This week, Patrick and Emma dissect the soundtrack to O Brother Where Art Thou, with a little help from their friends Chris Thomas King and Dan Tyminski.
March 10th, 2020 | Season 2 | 46 mins 54 secs
bgs podcast network, bill monroe, bluegrass breakdown podcast, bluegrass podcasts, classic bluegrass, classic bluegrass albums, emma john, patrick mgonicle, roots culture redefined, the bluegrass situation, the breakdown podcast, the high lonesome sound, the high lonesome sound of bill monroe
It's high, it's lonesome – it's The High Lonesome Sound of Bill Monroe.
March 3rd, 2020 | Season 2 | 46 mins 36 secs
90s bluegrass, alison krauss, alison krauss and union station, bgs podcast network, bluegrass breakdown podcast, bluegrass podcasts, classic bluegrass albums, emma john, patrick mgonicle, roots culture redefined, so long so wrong, the bluegrass situation, the breakdown podcast
Alison Krauss and Union Station's 1997 album "So Long, So Wrong", is highlighted.
February 25th, 2020 | Season 2 | 36 mins 42 secs
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Jim & Jesse's 1975 live album "The Jim & Jesse Show", recorded in Japan, is highlighted.
February 18th, 2020 | Season 2 | 41 mins 17 secs
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Season 2 of The Breakdown Podcast has arrived! Dolly Parton's Grammy Award-winning Bluegrass album "The Grass Is Blue" is highlighted.
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 | 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 15th, 2018 | Season 1 | 43 mins 28 secs
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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 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.