Spring Comes and I’m Still Working

The project that started out as a simple touch up on my first book The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo wound up growing into a much more audacious project. I do not want to say much more than that for the moment, but I have to admit that I am pretty excited. After being so sick for so long it is nice to be back in a head space where I can write again. Pooka kitten curls up on my lap, a tall glass of unsweetened iced tea and I find myself talking through the keyboard again. Every batch of new pages goes to Dear Old Dad and he happily edits my work leaving notes like (“WTF? Clarify!”) on some pages and the work goes on. It is wonderful.

In other news, Dear Old Dad and I are podcasting again. Now that I am getting my strength back we can finally produce a show along the lines of what we wanted to do with Keys to the Highway. The new show did not have a name when we started and that lack of a name wound up becoming the name of the show. The Podcast That Needs A Name goes live every Thursday on Mixcloud. We really like the Mixcloud platform because it pays royalties to the artists and gives us the freedom to do pretty much whatever we want. Any given week you can expect to hear whatever we are listening to this week. We do not play a kind of music or a genre of music. We just play good music. We also read weird recipes, give music workshops and laugh at each other. I can’t tell you how much fun it is to be doing this with Dear Old Dad.

We are not hosting any workshops or retreats this year, but we are planning to attend Chester County Old Fiddler’s Picnic. Come out and jam with us. It’s a nice little festival.

My fiddle playing has been coming along a little bit at a time. I don’t practice as much as I would like, but I have been playing along with my old banjo workshops. I guess I really am teaching myself to play.

That is all for now. I am still working to wrap up the new book. I will post more information once we get to the printer. I will try to knock out a new Daily Frail video as time allows.

Keep on picking. I love each and every one of you.

God bless,

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.

The Podcast That Needs A Name – Episode Six

This week features Dear Old Dad’s Non-Negotiable Playlist. In other words, Dear Old Dad tossed the playlist Patrick had put together for the show and replaced it with a list of his favorite songs.

This episode also includes a little jam session where Patrick & Dear Old Dad break out their banjos and invite you to play along with them on the old string band standard, The Baltimore Fire.


  1. Secret Agent Man Johnny Rivers
  2. Sink The BismarckJohnny Horton
  3. Henry The ViiiHerman’s Hermits
  4. Little Old Lady from PasadenaJan & Dean
  5. Puff The Magic Dragon Peter Paul & Mary
  6. Unchained Melody The Righteous Brothers
  7. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Cindy Lauper
  8. I Want To Hold Your Hand The Beatles
  9. Running GunMarty Robbins
  10. Life To GoStonewall Jackson
  11. Ring of FireJohnny Cash
  12. Hawaii Five-OThe Ventures
  13. I’ll Go To My Grave Loving YouThe Statler Brothers
  14. Hot Rod LincolnJohnny Bond
  15. House of the Rising Sun The Animals
  16. Alabama Jubilee Ferko String Band
  17. Tell Him Linda Ronstadt
  18. Oh Pretty WomanRoy Orbison
  19. If You’re Going To San Francisco – Scott Mackenzie
  20. The Story of Bonnie & ClydeFlatt & Scruggs

Here is a picture of Dear Old Dad’s handwritten playlist:playlist

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 :)