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Author: Matt Hutchinson

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The podcast for anyone and everyone who plays bluegrass. Every week we feature a different fiddle tune and give you three brand new backing tracks: Backup 4 times through (you play the tune or improvise breaks), Tune 4 times through (you play backup) and ‘Jam Along’ (4 complete run throughs, alternating backup and tune). They work with any instrument - guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, bass, banjo…even if you’re a bluegrass cellist (I have actually met one!). For more info and chord charts, visit https://bluegrassjamalong.com. Hope you find these tracks useful (and thanks for listening!) - Matt
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Hi everyone. It's Friday, which means another Food For Thought episode. This week I've been listening to the excellent The String podcast, in particular the recent episode with Bela Fleck talking about his new album My Bluegrass Heart. In it, host Craig Havighurst says:"I really hope folks will sit with the booklet so they'll be conscious of who's playing on each track. Because personnel is personality - it is the art."I found that fascinating and it got me thinking about what different people bring to music and the profound effect the player has on a song. It also got me thinking about fantasy line-ups and pairings.Have a listen and see what my take is. Then head over to Bluegrass Jamalong's Instagram or Facebook and tell us what you think!Happy picking.
This  week we're jamming along to the classic tune Arkansas Traveler. This is a performance track, rather than a backing track. It's me playing both tune and backup so you've got a reference to listen to if you're new to the tune, or just want to be able to listen a few times to the whole thing.Don't forget to check out the other three episodes when you're done and jam along!If you want a chord chart (or just want to find out more or get in touch),  head to bluegrassjamalong.com
This week we're jamming along to Arkansas Traveler and I've got  three brand new backing track episodes for you. This is the jam along track where I play backup, followed by the melody then we keep swapping.  It's four times through in the key of D at 85 bpm.backing track starts at 00:49Don't forget to check out the other three episodes when you're done.If you want a chord chart (or just want to find out more or get in touch), just head to bluegrassjamalong.com
This week we're jamming along to Arkansas Traveler and I've got  three brand new backing track episodes for you. This is the you play lead track where I play backup so you can work on the tune.  It's four times through in the key of D at 85 bpm.backing track starts at 00:26Don't forget to check out the other three episodes when you're done.If you want a chord chart (or just want to find out more or get in touch), just head to bluegrassjamalong.com
This week we're jamming along to Arkansas Traveller and I've got  three brand new backing track episodes for you. This is the you play rhythm track where I play the melody so you can work on backup.  It's four times through in the key of D at 85 bpm.backing track starts at 00:29Don't forget to check out the other three episodes when you're done.If you want a chord chart (or just want to find out more or get in touch), just head to bluegrassjamalong.com
Hi everyone. Very quick Food For Thought episode this week!I spoke to Tristan Scroggins earlier this week (see episode #121 to check out the great interview he gave). He told me his dad used to practice banjo along to Tony Rice's Manzanita album because there was no banjo on it. I also read something from the wonderful Julian Lage on why playing along with recordings is so important.It got me to thinking about how other people find recordings to play along with, that either do or don't already have someone filling their role. What do you choose and why?Have a listen and see what my take is. Then head over to Bluegrass Jamalong's Instagram or Facebook and tell us what you think!Happy picking.
Tristan Scroggins interview

Tristan Scroggins interview

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It's interview time on the podcast again and I've got a great conversation with Tristan Scroggins for you.  This one was such a joy to record.We chat about Tristan's recent IBMA Writer of the Year Award as well as his research into the background of fiddle tunes and what makes something 'authentic.'For more on Tristan's music and writing, check out - www.tristanscroggins.comTo hear more on Tristan's route into bluegrass and his journey so far check out the great interviews he gave to the Bluegrass Unlimited Podcast and also Mandolins and BeerThe book Tristan mentioned is The Bluegrass Reader and the podcast is Toy Heart (which I can highly recommend too!)Enjoy and happy picking!Matt
This week we're jamming along to the classic tune Turkey in the Straw. This is a performance track, rather than a backing track. It's me playing both tune and backup so you've got a reference to listen to if you're new to the tune, or just want to be able to listen a few times to the whole thing.Don't forget to check out the other three episodes when you're done and jam along!If you want a chord chart (or just want to find out more or get in touch),  head to bluegrassjamalong.com
This week we're jamming along to Turkey in the Straw and I've got  three brand new backing track episodes for you. This is the jam along track where I play backup, followed by the melody then we keep swapping.  It's four times through in the key of G at 85 bpm.backing track starts at 00:50Don't forget to check out the other three episodes when you're done.If you want a chord chart (or just want to find out more or get in touch), just head to bluegrassjamalong.com
This week we're jamming along to Turkey in the Straw and I've got  three brand new backing track episodes for you. This is the you play lead track where I play backup so you can work on the tune.  It's four times through in the key of G at 85 bpm.backing track starts at 00:24Don't forget to check out the other three episodes when you're done.If you want a chord chart (or just want to find out more or get in touch), just head to bluegrassjamalong.com
This week we're jamming along to Turkey in the Straw and I've got  three brand new backing track episodes for you. This is the you play rhythm track where I play the melody so you can work on backup.  It's four times through in the key of G at 85 bpm.backing track starts at 00:28Don't forget to check out the other three episodes when you're done.If you want a chord chart (or just want to find out more or get in touch), just head to bluegrassjamalong.com
This week's Food For Thought episode was inspired by Punch Brothers' new cover of Tony Rice's 'Church St Blues' (well, their cover of Tony's cover of Norman Blake's original!)As always with Punch Brothers and Chris Thile, opinions have been divided. Some people really take offence at a song they love being covered in a way they don't like. So I started thinking about covers in general and, in particular, the idea of whether it's actually possible to ruin a song.Have a listen and see what my take is. Then head over to Bluegrass Jamalong's Instagram or Facebook and tell me what you think!Happy picking.
This week's food for thought centres around the question 'should we stop calling people 'gifted'?'I've been thinking a lot (and talking to other people) about the notion of 'gifted' vs 'hard working' and wanted to share some thoughts on it with you.In the episode I mention a great documentary called 'Flamekeeper - The Michael Cleveland Story'. I highly recommend it. If you're interested you can buy or rent it via Amazon.I'd love to know what you think about this topic. Have a listen, then head over to Bluegrass Jamalong's Instagram or Facebook to join in the conversation.Happy picking!Matt
This week we're jamming along to the classic tune Angeline the Baker. This is a performance track, rather than a backing track. It's me playing both tune and backup so you've got a reference to listen to if you're new to the tune, or just want to be able to listen a few times to the whole thing.Don't forget to check out the other three episodes when you're done and jam along!If you want a chord chart (or just want to find out more or get in touch),  head to bluegrassjamalong.com
This week we're jamming along to Angeline the Baker and I've got  three brand new backing track episodes for you. This is the jam along track where I play backup, followed by the melody then we keep swapping.  It's four times through in the key of D at 95 bpm.backing track starts at 00:43Don't forget to check out the other three episodes when you're done.If you want a chord chart (or just want to find out more or get in touch), just head to bluegrassjamalong.com
This week we're jamming along to Angeline the Baker and I've got  three brand new backing track episodes for you. This is the you play lead track where I play backup so you can work on the tune.  It's four times through in the key of D at 95 bpm.backing track starts at 00:29Don't forget to check out the other three episodes when you're done.If you want a chord chart (or just want to find out more or get in touch), just head to bluegrassjamalong.com
This week we're jamming along to Angeline the Baker and I've got  three brand new backing track episodes for you. This is the you play rhythm track where I play the melody so you can work on backup.  It's four times through in the key of D at 95 bpm.backing track starts at 00:27Don't forget to check out the other three episodes when you're done.If you want a chord chart (or just want to find out more or get in touch), just head to bluegrassjamalong.com
This week's food for thought centres around the question 'what is the actual tune?'We all know Whiskey Before Breakfast, right? But we also probably all know slightly different versions. So, how does Whiskey Before Breakfast actually go?I've included a snippet from the interview I did with Bryan Sutton for episode #100, which addresses this, but I'd love to know how you decide how you're going to play a tune. Is it from a book, a recording, an online source? Did you learn it from someone else? Have a listen, then head over to Bluegrass Jamalong's Instagram or Facebook to tell us what you think.Happy picking!Matt
This week we're jamming along to the Black Mountain Rag. This is a performance track, rather than a backing track. It's me playing both tune and backup so you've got a reference to listen to if you're new to the tune, or just want to be able to listen a few times to the whole thing.Don't forget to check out the other three episodes when you're done and jam along!If you want a chord chart (or just want to find out more or get in touch),  head to bluegrassjamalong.com
This week we're jamming along to the classic tune Black Mountain Rag and I've got  three brand new backing track episodes for you. This is the jam along track where I play backup, then the tune and we swap over.  It's four times through in the key of D at 75 bpm.backing track starts at 0:45Don't forget to check out the other two episodes when you're done.If you want a chord chart (or just want to find out more or get in touch), just head to bluegrassjamalong.com
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