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.
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.
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.
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.
1 hr 15 min
Steve McCreary is the GM of Collings Guitars and Mandolins and one of the most respected members of the musical instrument industry. Since joining Collings in 1992, he's helped helm the Austin, Texas-based company's growth into mandolins, electric guitars, and – most recently – their more affordable Waterloo line of instruments.
1 hr 40 min
Robert "Nitebob" Czaykowski is a legendary rock & roll sound engineer. For nearly 50 years, he's done front-of-house mixing for musicians both famous and infamous, consulted with musical instrument companies (there's a "Nitebob" setting on Fender Cyber-Twins), worked as a gear tech, and even served as Walter Becker's de facto "guitar pimp."
2 hr 24 min
For our 300th episode, we're mixing things up with an informal conversation with two of our favorite people, jazz guitarists Bill Frisell and Anthony Wilson. During this hour-plus chat, these two friends riff on influences, the Los Angeles jazz scene, Dennis Budimir, Gerald Wilson (Anthony's dad), Gabor Szabo, and so much more.
1 hr 9 min
Guitar great Adam Miller joins us once again to talk about the making of his fantastic new electric album, Unify. Miller has had quite an interesting year: He and his wife were all set to relocate to Los Angeles full-time when COVID hit and sent him back home to Australia. He recounts how Unify came together, the influence his California time had on the album, plus a lot more.
1 hr 13 min
With Beginners, Christian Lee Hutson released one of our favorite records of 2020, so it only felt fitting to invite this Los Angeles-based musician back on the Fretboard Journal Podcast. During our chat, Hutson talks about the making of this album; overcoming self-doubt; working alongside Phoebe Bridgers (who ended up producing Beginners and appearing on it); future plans; taking up the clarinet and flute in the pandemic and much more.
On this week's Fretboard Journal Podcast, Jason checks in with luthier and fellow podcaster, Michael Bashkin. It's an unfiltered and fun chat about the boutique guitar industry at large, the annual output of an independent solo maker, Michael's Luthier on Luthier Podcast and a lot more.
1 hr 24 min