Musician, teacher & producer Matt Brown chats with his clients, colleagues, mentors, and heroes in the music industry about their projects, their philosophy, how they "relax their grid," and what that even means. Brown has toured the nation, performed on the Grand Ole Opry twice, produced 10 albums, and was for 7 years a teaching artist at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. For the past 20 years, Matt has taught fiddle, banjo, and guitar to beginners & intermediate students of all ages, as well as professional musicians (including a GRAMMY nominee). In addition to teaching weekly, online lessons to students around the world, Matt also runs the free instructional website twofingerbanjo.com, makes YouTube and Patreon content, and works as a freelance studio musician and record producer.
May 1st, 2022 | 1 hr 2 mins
nyckelharpa, polskas, swedish music, väsen
Matt talks to Olov Johansson of the Swedish supergroup Väsen about the band's brilliant originals, including those on their newest album Duo.
April 1st, 2022 | 1 hr 10 mins
banjo, camps, encores, laughter
Matt talks to GRAMMY-nominee Joey Ryan of The Milk Carton Kids about touring life, obligatory encores, and the two weeks that Joey spent as Robert Plant's banjoist.
March 2nd, 2022 | 53 mins 43 secs
Matt interviews bluegrass fiddler Bronwyn Keith-Hynes about her debut solo album Fiddler's Pastime, her years with Mile Twelve, and what it's like to be the reigning IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year.
February 1st, 2022 | 55 mins 25 secs
banjo, banjo summit, béla fleck
Banjoist, composer & educator Jake Schepps joins to talk about the Banjo Summit, a progressive 3-finger banjo workshop he leads for intermediate, advanced, and professional musicians.
January 1st, 2022 | 58 mins 8 secs
painting, piano, scorched aluminum
Matt Brown talks to visual artist Gregory Block about the connection between music and art, the creative addiction that drives him, and the absolute best time to listen to Trent Reznor.
December 1st, 2021 | 56 mins 51 secs
cello, scottish music
Cellist Natalie Haas joins Matt to discuss her acclaimed duo with Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser, a handful of their albums, and their beloved music camps around the world.
November 1st, 2021 | 1 hr 5 mins
banjo, clawhammer, old-time, round peak
Deemed a "banjo virtuoso" by the Washington Post, Adam Hurt has fused several traditional old-time idioms to create his own elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo style. In this episode, Adam talks to Matt about that oft-emulated approach and four of his albums.
October 1st, 2021 | 56 mins 46 secs
banjo, banjo summit, guitar, piano
Matt talks to banjoist, guitarist, pianist, and composer Max Allard about his forthcoming instrumental album Odes/Codes.
September 1st, 2021 | 1 hr 1 min
africa, banjo, fiddle, guitar, old-time
Matt catches up with old-time music icon Bruce Molsky. They talk about their shared history and Bruce's collaborations, teaching philosophy, and forthcoming guitar album.
August 1st, 2021 | 1 hr 8 mins
africa, banjo, ditches, grief, songwriting
Matt talks to Jayme Stone about a number of his projects, including his latest album aWake and Compose Your Career, a forthcoming course for independent musicians.
July 1st, 2021 | 53 mins 34 secs
365 days, dark country, everybody loves an outlaw, netflix, spotify
Matt Brown talks to Bonnie & Taylor Sims of the band Everybody Loves An Outlaw about how their hit song "I See Red" was made, went viral, and what happened next.
June 1st, 2021 | 51 mins 48 secs
guitar, modern dance-pop, old-time
Matt talks to Mark Harris about his groundbreaking debut album Old Time Guitar.
April 27th, 2021 | 1 hr 36 mins
bluegrass, old-time, tejano music
Greg Reish talks to Matt about how they met, their duo album, the Center for Popular Music, and his label Spring Fed Records.
April 1st, 2021 | 1 hr 1 min
country music, folk music, guitar, songwriting
Matt talks to Chicago-based country folk singer and musician Michelle Billingsley about her debut album which he produced.
March 1st, 2021 | 50 mins 18 secs
fiddle tunes, folk music, guitar, polskas, swedish, techno
Matt talks to Swedish musician Patrik Ahlberg about his album Gitarrlåtar (guitar tunes)