The Podcast That Needs A Name – Episode 8

Patrick and Dear Old Dad pay a visit to the lovely town of Nilbog. Also in this episode Patrick shares a ukulele workshop on Make Me A Pallet on the Floor, Dear Old Dad shares another Recipe of the Stars, two decks of cards, a song about Scotland Yard and the usual blend of good music, laughs and chaos.

Will The Circle Be Unbroken?

Stephan in Germany writes:

Dear Patrick ,

I just want to take the time and thank you and your Dad for teaching me the clawhammer Banjo style over the past 4 Years.

I followed your lessons from 1 to …. and had so many fun with it and the style you are teaching!

You changed my musical life forever! I play the guitar for over 30 Years but when I heard the first song from you on youtube,the foggy mountain breakdown, I was completely flashed. And i asked myself : How can that be so cool? So I bought a very cheap banjo, about 80€ and practiced every day . One year later I bought a better one, an epiphone, that I still play nearly every day.

People always get a wide open mouth when I play some tunes for them. You know, a Banjo isnt very often heard in my region. I believe I am the only banjo artist in my hometown.

Some people even know what a Banjo is. lol

Whenever they ask me how to learn playing on it, I say to them: Watch the Costello’s on youtube and listen carefully to them, then you will get an idea.
Again , thank you so much !

I have attached a little tune that I arranged these days with cubase. So drums, Piano and also the fiddle is played by myself with the keyboard. But my banjo is of course real and very inspired by you! The female voice is from my matey Stephanie ( I also do Rockabilly/Western with her and her husband Stephan(drums) ) the male voice is from a Chris (playing in another Band called RockShitHot).

Hope you enjoy it!

Love and peace from Germany!
Stephan

PS:It is funny to play in a band with Stephan, Stephan and Stephanie,lol

Will The Circle Be Unbroken MP3

Sliding Nebraska

John in Scotland writes:

Hi Patrick,

Here’s another video from me :) This is the stripped down version of Nebraska that I’ve been playing around with. The sliding is basically what I’ve learned since tinkering around with your slide blues video. Having LOADS of fun exploring the great sounds I can get with a bit of glass :)

The song is a version of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska – one of the American Gothic / Country Death Songs that I love so much. As a Scot who’s never had the chance to visit the US, this sound defines America for me. The song’s really easy, once you twig that it leaps into D7 right from the off, then visits C and G. The melody notes just drop straight out of the chords.

As usual, many many thanks for putting me on this road :)

The Podcast That Needs A Name – Episode Seven


This week we have some great music, a guitar lesson on Mississippi John Hurt’s Louis Collins, A discussion on bad movies,more Recipes of the Stars and a song about pencil neck geeks.

We are always happy to introduce you to new music we discover. This week we play a song by a really good banjo player and singer named Donna Lynn Caskey.

Wreck on the Highway

John in Scotland writes:

Recorded on a custom Shackleton with a pickup. I’m not playing left-handed – I used photo-booth to do the video and it flipped me :)

Brian Carver Banjo Kit

Some basic frailing practice and a sound bite of the cool kit banjo being offered by Brian Carver.

I am really impressed with the design of this instrument. I think we are all lucky to meet Brian Carver at this early stage of his career. I believe that, years from now, he will be remembered alongside mountain style banjo makers of the past like Stanley Hicks.

This kit banjo is something that you can easily assemble, string up and play. This is not a banjo for cutting through jam sessions. This is a banjo that you can take with you anywhere and always have it handy. I think it is wonderful.

You can learn more about Brian Carver banjos at his web site: http://carverbanjos.com/

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