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The Breakdown

Emma John and Patrick McGonigle

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Fiddler Patrick McGonigle and music journalist Emma John uncover bluegrass music one iconic record at a time in The Breakdown, a new limited series from The Bluegrass Situation. Peeling back the layers of a sometimes under appreciated genre, The Brea...Show More
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56:45 | Dec 20th, 2018

It’s a festively boozy week on The Breakdown – Emma’s been at the drinks cabinet and so, it seems, have the Punch Brothers. Is their wild and woozy Antifogmatic even a bluegrass record? We join Noam, Gabe and Critter in London to find the answer – th...Show More

51:51 | Dec 13th, 2018

Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley were only 17 years old when they recorded Second Generation Bluegrass. Both went on to be country megastars – until Whitley died of alcohol poisoning at 34. Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs joins us to explain how two teen...Show More

34:35 | Dec 6th, 2018

Aereo-Plain is probably the greatest album John Hartford ever made - but when it came out in 1971, even his record label didn’t know what to make of it. We’re still not quite sure - is it a genuine nostalgiafest, or was hippie Hartford pulling bluegr...Show More

43:59 | Nov 29th, 2018

Béla Fleck’s virtuosic 1988 instrumental album "Drive" is a touchstone of modern acoustic music, and has influenced every bluegrasser looking to break new ground since. Featuing new interviews with Béla, Jerry Douglas, and Mark Schatz, this episode r...Show More

43:28 | Nov 15th, 2018

The 1976 album Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard (not to be confused with their earlier recording Hazel and Alice) is dissected, a release that came out after the unlikely duo already broke up. Hazel and Alice have become one of the most influential ar...Show More

52:30 | Nov 15th, 2018

Released in 1963 by Columbia Records, the historic performance from Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and The Foggy Mountain Boys records the first time a bluegrass artist headlined the venerable New York concert hall. Emma and Patrick dissect the record an...Show More

02:25 | Nov 13th, 2018

Fiddler Patrick McGonigle and music journalist Emma John uncover bluegrass music one iconic record at a time in The Breakdown, a new limited series from The Bluegrass Situation. Peeling back the layers of a sometimes under appreciated genre, The Brea...Show More