Lonesome Banjo Chronicles
By Brian Paul Swenk
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Conversation with artists and musicians about life, art, culture and current events
||ExplicitEp. 14 Calvin Ballenger||Imagine getting a text from a friend saying "You're internet famous." Then imagine finding out that it's from a viral meme that you didn't create, know nothing about, and claims that you're a Trump supporter....when you're not. That's what...||10/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 13 Kyle Travers from Travers Brothership||In this episode, I catch up with Kyle Travers, one of the twin brothers that leads the Asheville based band Travers Brothership. This is a band you're almost guaranteed to love from the moment you hear the first song. A funky, soulful,...||8/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 12 Jeff Jackson, NC State Senate District 37||In this episode we talk with Senator Jeff Jackson of NC Senate District 37. Jeff talks about the realities of being a Democratic Senator in a state government that's beholden to far right interests, and how he's fighting for an independent commission...||8/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 11 Lee Crumpton of Home Grown Music Network||In this episode we talk to Lee Crumpton, the owner of Home Grown Music Network. Lee has been one of the most influential people in the southeastern music scene for the last 20 years. He talks about chasing down his passion for music by becoming a DJ...||8/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 10 Sam Calhoun of FloydFest||In this episode we talk to Sam Calhoun about being one of five full time, year-around employees of FloydFest. From being a stage actor in NYC, putting on hippy music festivals in Boone, NC, and trying to single-handedly change the mission of a small...||7/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 9 Nick McDaniels of Big Something and The Big What? Festival||In this week's episode we talk with Nick McDaniels, singer and guitarist from the Burlington, NC band Big Something Nick talks about what it takes to balance the growth of a band as well as running their festival, The Big What?. He describes how the...||7/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 8 Nikki Talley||In this episode I talk with Nikki Talley, a singer/songwriter that has spent the last four years living in a van with her husband Jason Sharp. Most musicians say they live in a van or bus, but Nikki and Jason gave up a good job and their house to...||7/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 7 Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw from Hank, Pattie, and The Current||In the 7th episode of the Lonesome Banjo Chronicles podcast I talk with Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw, the fiddler for the up-and-coming band Hank, Pattie, and The Current We talk about her passion for both learning and teaching music, how the...||6/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 6 Jonathan Scales from the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra||In this episode I talk with Jonathan Scales, an amazingly talented steel pans player and all around great guy, about building his career and realizing his dreams. We also talk about the state of jazz music in America and Europe and how Victor...||6/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 5 Chris Prutting from Front Porch Fest||In this episode I talk with Chris Prutting, the owner of the Front Porch Festival about his experience of putting on a music festival for 8 years. We talk about how the festival got started, why he's been successful, and what kind of...||6/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 4 Blake Christiana from Yarn||I talk with Blake from the Americana band Yarn about their new release "This Is The Year." We also talk about what it takes to make it in the music industry, our mutual pessimism/optimism, his experiences playing country music in New York City,...||6/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 3 Josh Boyd from Medicated Sunfish||Up and coming band from Wilmington, NC release their first EP||6/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 2 Robert Greer of Town Mountain||Conversation with Robert Greer of Town Mountain||5/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp.1 Amanda Platt of The Honeycutters --May 3 2016||I talk with Amanda Platt of the Asheville, NC band The Honeycutters about their newest album On The Ropes, songwriting, her love of showtunes, the death of Prince, and living in Asheville, NC||5/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
I'll take it
Pretty good for a banjo player from the sticks.
This podcast spans way more than just bluegrass. Music, life on the road, recording, social issues, and even politics. If your a music fan with a conscience, it's a good listen.