Relax Your Grid

Matt Brown chats with his fellow creators in the music industry

About the show

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, makes YouTube and Patreon content, and works as a freelance studio musician and record producer.

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  • Olov Johansson: "And Then It Immediately Was Fun"

    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.

  • Joey Ryan: "This Is How Long The Applause Did Not Last"

    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.

  • Bronwyn Keith-Hynes: “Morning Kitchen Jams”

    March 2nd, 2022  |  53 mins 43 secs
    bluegrass, fiddle

    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.

  • Jake Schepps: “You Hear All That, Too‽”

    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.

  • Gregory Block: "I Start With A Grid"

    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.

  • Natalie Haas: "That’s Where My Heart Belongs"

    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.

  • Adam Hurt: "The Intense Banjo Geek Level"

    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.

  • Max Allard: "It Played Itself Out Of Me"

    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.

  • Bruce Molsky: “The Best Way I Know To Connect With People”

    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.

  • Jayme Stone: “I Always Wanted To Pause The World”

    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.

  • Bonnie & Taylor Sims: "Nobody Had Ever Done That Before"

    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.

  • Mark Harris: “It Scratches A Completely Different Itch”

    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.

  • Greg Reish: “A Rubber Band And A Popsicle Stick”

    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.

  • Michelle Billingsley: “Specifically Unspecific”

    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.

  • Patrik Ahlberg: “The Un-Techno”

    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)