The Breakdown

Emma John and Patrick McGonigle

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

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, ...Show More

jspinelle recommended:

One of my favorite albums - it was great to hear the band talk about it!

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 le...Show More
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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 no...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 Bé...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 an...Show More
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