Until we can convince legendary live sound engineer Robert "Nitebob" Czaykowski to host his own podcast, we'll just keep inviting him back onto the Fretboard Journal Podcast. This time around, Nite Bob regales us with tales of early NAMM Shows, working with the New York Dolls, getting fired mid-concert, and more. We also hear more about his work for Walter Becker of Steely Dan, his advice for bands on the road, discover the one guitar brand he's not a fan of and much more.
1 hr 54 min
Johnny Sangster of Seattle's Crackle & Pop! studio joins us to walk musicians through some home and studio recording basics. Johnny is the host of our newest Fretboard Journal Podcast, the Truth About Recording & Mixing. This all-new podcast aims to demystify the world of recording and will feature Sangster and an array of world-class engineers, producers and mastering experts fielding your questions on recording gear, technique and more.
1 hr 4 min
Martin’s Custom Shop is a unique anomaly: Within their large Nazareth, Pennsylvania production facility, a small crew of luthiers builds completely custom, one-off guitars for discerning customers around the world. On this week’s podcast, we bring back one of our favorite guests, Fred Greene (Vice President of Product Management for C.F. Martin & Co.), to talk about the Custom Shop, the ordering process and what Martin will (and won’t) build.
Danny Barnes returns to the Fretboard Journal Podcast to talk about the making of his 2020 Grammy-nominated album, Man on Fire (ATO). The album is full of surprising twists, right down to the lineup: Bill Frisell, Dave Matthews and John Paul Jones all make appearances. We talk to Barnes about the making of the Man on Fire, how he met Jones, and learn a bit about his creative process (beyond banjo playing and songwriting, Barnes is a talented visual artist and cartoonist).
Dec 21, 2020
Jordan Tice and Kenneth Pattengale of the Milk Carton Kids join us on this week’s Fretboard Journal Podcast to talk about the making of Tice’s 2020 album, Motivational Speakeasy. The Pattengale-produced solo album is noteworthy not just for Tice’s playing and vocals, but also for its stripped-down beauty. It’s one of our favorite records of 2020.
Dec 12, 2020
Joachim Cooder joins us this week to talk about his new album, 'Over that Road I'm Bound: The Songs of Uncle Dave Macon.' It's a captivating collection of Macon songs performed on a rather unlikely instrument, the electric mbira. We hear about Joachim's first exposure to the music of Macon as a kid, his own daughter's infatuation with this material, the versatility of the electric mbira, and much more.
Dec 1, 2020
Nels Cline joins us on this week’s podcast to discuss his new double-album on Blue Note, Share the Wealth. Inspired by the cut-up recording methods of Os Mutantes and influenced at least a bit by Miles Davis' electric period, it's one of his wildest projects to date. During our chat, we also talk gear (including the guitar that is closest to his heart while he’s quarantining during the pandemic, his pedal board and more), collaborator Julian Lage, forthcoming Wilco recordings and more.
Nov 20, 2020
1 hr 9 min
Author and guitar collector John Stubbings joins us for a very special episode of the Fretboard Journal Podcast to read from his monumental book, 'The Devil Is In It: A Story of Love, Obsession, and the American Acoustic Guitar.' This hefty, slipbound-cased tome is equal parts history lesson, art book and memoir, showcasing John's love for the modern lutherie movement and all things acoustic guitar. It also features exquisite illustrations from FJ contributor Drew Christie.
Nov 10, 2020
Amazing Canadian guitar/slide/mandolin virtuoso Kevin Breit joins us to talk about two of his most recent projects: 'I Love You,' a 30-song collection of pop/folk/rock covers performed on mandolin family instruments, as well as 'Stella Bella Strada,' the slide guitar album he made to showcase his latest guitar from luthier Joe Yanuziello.
Nov 6, 2020
Guitarist and composer Jim Fox has backed dozens of vocal luminaries over the years, including Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Rosemary Clooney and Dean Martin. During this week's Fretboard Journal Podcast, we talk about his start in music, attending Berklee, his early stint backing Bobby Vinton, and the years he spent accompanying Frank Sinatra, Jr. ... plus a lot more.
Oct 29, 2020
1 hr 15 min