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Inside the Musician’s Brain is a deep dive into everything that’s underneath the music and the artists that inspire us. Join Grammy Award winning artist and producer Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters, as he explores life as a musician, and sits down with other influential artists to discuss inspiration, creativity, and the many facets of bringing a musical vision to life.

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On today's episode, Chris is joined by Grammy winner and two-time IBMA fiddle player of the year, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes. Known mainly for her work as a member of Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Bronwyn is one of the best fiddle players on the acoustic scene. She does an amazing job of taking us inside her learning process, and her strategies for improving. This is really good stuff! Bronwyn also gives an in depth look at her excellent new solo album, 'I Built a World,' which features her as a singer for the first time, as well as her experience playing with Molly Tuttle and developing as a performer.  Inside the Musician's Brain is hosted and produced by Chris Pandolfi. Produced by Matt Dwyer and RJ Bee for Osiris Media. Production support by Matthew Fritz at Americana Vibes. Music by Chris Pandolfi. Art by Mark Dowd. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 41: Jerry Douglas

Episode 41: Jerry Douglas

2024-06-0401:23:46

Inside the Musician's Brain is back for Season 5, and joining Chris to kick things off is one of the titans of acoustic/roots music, Mr. Jerry Douglas. Now well established as the greatest dobro player ever, Jerry fought prejudices against the instrument in the early part of his career, ultimately establishing its place in bluegrass forever more. He takes us through his early collaborations with JD Crowe, Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs, and other bluegrass legends - a seminal time for the growth and evolution of the music. Jerry would go on to become a member of Strength in Numbers, and later Alison Krauss and Union Station feat. Jerry Douglas, cementing his place as one of the most influential acoustic musicians ever. His insights on performance and recording, not to mention his stories about the history of the music, are endless! This is a must listen for anyone interested in the history of bluegrass, as well as musicians looking to up their game with sage advice from one of the best to ever do it.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 40: Daniel Donato

Episode 40: Daniel Donato

2023-10-1001:06:15

On this week's episode, Chris chats with Nashville based guitar master Daniel Donato. After cutting his teeth at the honkytonks on lower Broadway, Donato is now out on his own and taking the world by storm with his new sound, 'Cosmic Country.' He takes us inside his world with an in depth look at his songwriting, his life and his vision for what's to come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On today's episode, Chris is joined by The Milk Carton Kids - a successful duo with a sound and energy that's all their own. Much of the conversation revolves around the making of their brilliant new album, I Only See the Moon. After completing an initial version of the album, the band made the decision to scrap much of what they had and dig deeper to create something more powerful. Kenneth and Joey describe how that journey unfolded - an inspiring story about what makes any form of expression truly meaningful.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 38: Mike Gordon

Episode 38: Mike Gordon

2023-08-0801:32:05

Today Chris is joined by the one and only Mike Gordon - bassist, singer & songwriter for the legendary rock band Phish. Mike goes deep into his musical journey, his peak experiences on and off stage and the making of his excellent new solo album, Flying Games. He also gives us an inside look at how Phish stays synchronous and continues to evolve after 40 years as one of the most influential bands in music history. This is an expansive interview that’s packed with inspiring experiences and advice for musicians and non musicians alike! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 37: Alison Brown

Episode 37: Alison Brown

2023-07-2501:05:09

Alison Brown is a world-class banjoist, record label owner, and all around trailblazer in the music industry. Her performing/recording career has produced numerous amazing albums, collaborations, appearances and accolades. She's also created a successful record label (Compass Records) and become a leader in the music industry. Alison's excellent new solo album 'On Banjo' features an all star cast of musicians including the legendary Steve Martin, and covers a wide range of musical styles with ease and conviction. She covers it all in this great talk! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 36: Sam Bush

Episode 36: Sam Bush

2023-07-1101:09:45

Sam Bush is one of the all-time legends of acoustic music. From his work with New Grass Revival, to Strength in Numbers and his prolific solo career, Sam has set the standard for mandolin in modern day roots music. He's also a gifted singer and writer as well, with a long and storied career that intersects with so many titans of music. Chris talks to Sam about the different phases of his career, his impressions of where acoustic music is headed, the key to an authentic performance and so much more in this episode of Inside the Musician's Brain.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 35: Lindsay Lou

Episode 35: Lindsay Lou

2023-06-1301:08:22

Lindsay Lou is one of the hottest up-and-comers on the roots music scene. She's a powerhouse singer who covers a wide range of styles and has performed with countless artists as a special guest in recent years. Her new album, Queen of Time, puts her in the spotlight as a singer and as a songwriter as well. The record has a beautiful concept, incorporating recordings of conversations with her grandmother, all of which Lindsay unpacks in detail during this conversation. She also discusses her development as an artist and producer, and the reality that stepping up in big moments is simply a decision you make, rather than some elusive magic that you don't control. Lots to learn here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 34: Chris Funk

Episode 34: Chris Funk

2023-05-3057:13

In their more than 20 years as a band, The Decemberists have established themselves as an influential indie-rock band with an expansive and eclectic catalog of excellent music. Chris Funk's multi-instrumental talents are at the center of their sound. Chris also works as a producer and has been a fixture on the Portland, OR music scene for years. He takes us through the seismic shifts in the music industry during their time as a band, as well as his philosophies on producing, songwriting and much more.  AX77vtjt9z1QLjGlQDD0 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 33: Chris Wood

Episode 33: Chris Wood

2023-05-1601:22:48

Chris Wood is a musical hero. In this talk he gets deep into his experience with music and all he's learned over his long, successful career playing everything from cutting edge jazz with MMW to some of today's best roots rock with The Wood Brothers. He unpacks the challenge of staying present, in music and life in general, and speaks very articulately about what he focuses on to stay in the moment, and stay connected to the truest version of himself. This interview contains some real gold! These are common topics here on ITMB, but Chris gives us more than just his thoughts, he gives us some real tools to find that presence in our own lives, which is really what it is all about.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 32 features an interview with the amazing Rachael Price, who is already making her mark as one of the best singers of her generation. Known mainly for her work with Lake Street Dive, she takes us inside her retro side project, Rachael and Vilray, as well as discussing LSD's rise to success and their evolving process of writing and recording, and the myriad challenges and inspiration along the way. Chris also discusses the myth of 'overnight success,' and looks at the kind of perspective and perseverance needed to find your voice and stay committed to whatever you are chasing.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 31: MC Taylor

Episode 31: MC Taylor

2023-04-1901:08:08

Inside the Musician’s Brain is back for season 4! In this episode, Chris talks with MC Taylor, the man behind Hiss Golden Messenger. MC is a transcendent singer/songwriter, and Hiss has been gaining major notoriety in recent years for their blend of beautiful, timeless songs with vintage rock sounds. The conversation ranges from the process behind their records, to the challenges of staying inspired and the goal/meaning of a great song. MC is a prolific artist, and is incredibly thoughtful when it comes to his own progression, as a musician and as a human. Lots of great stuff here! Chris also breaks down the new Stringdusters release, ‘A tribute to Flatt & Scruggs.’ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 30: Bryan Sutton

Episode 30: Bryan Sutton

2022-07-0601:21:30

This week on Inside the Musician's Brain, Chris is joined by guitar master Bryan Sutton. For years, Bryan has been one of the most sought after session musicians in Nashville, appearing on albums by Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Béla Fleck and many more. Eventually he stepped out as a solo artist, putting out a number of exceptional albums under his own name. In addition to being a guitar virtuoso, Bryan is also an incredibly deep thinker when it comes to music, learning, performance mindset overcoming obstacles and realizing your full potential as an artist/human. During this conversation, he shares much of that knowledge, proving that the most talented artists are often the hardest working as well. This episode is packed with unbelievable advice for aspiring musicians! Distributed by Osiris Media Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 29 of Inside the Musician's Brain features rising musical star Madison Cunningham. Madison has quickly been making a name for herself as an exceptional singer, songwriter and guitar player. She takes us through her unique introduction to music at an early age, her influences, her process, and how she dealt with the untimely shut down of 2020. Now Madison is back with a vengeance, and her second album, Revealer, is on the way this fall. She breaks down the inspiration behind this new record, as well as her experience opening for Harry Styles at Madison Square Garden. Madison Cunningham is an important name to watch in the coming years. Distributed by Osiris Media Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 28: Maggie Rose

Episode 28: Maggie Rose

2022-05-1701:08:09

On this episode of Inside the Musician's Brain, Chris' guest is rock and soul powerhouse Maggie Rose. Maggie is an inspiration in so many ways, with an amazing story of perseverance and evolution through the different phases of her career. She discusses the obstacles that country music presented early on, and her transformation as an artist in the wake of those obstacles. Maggie also breaks down her latest album, Have A Seat, and the inspiration that world famous Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama brought to the table. Distributed by Osiris Media Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 27: Cory Wong

Episode 27: Cory Wong

2022-05-0301:07:16

Chris' guest for Episode 27 is the talented and prolific Cory Wong. Some of you may know Cory as a member of the trendsetting funk/soul collective Vulfpeck. But in recent years he has also struck out on his own, releasing a staggering amount of music (11 albums in 2 years!) as well as some of the highest quality music video content out there. The man is a machine, and the music is stellar! Chris and Cory talk about the keys to staying productive, the process behind Cory's expansive video/audio sessions, the rise of the mythical Vulfpeck, the difference between success and fulfillment and much more in this episode of Inside the Musician's Brain. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 26: Karina Rykman

Episode 26: Karina Rykman

2022-04-1901:12:56

One this episode of Inside the Musician's Brain, Chris talks to up-and-coming bass badass Karina Rykman. Karina has been playing bass with Marco Benevento's band in recent years, but is poised to strike out under her own name, with a highly anticipated debut album on the way. She breaks down the vision and process behind her new music, as well as the story behind her musical journey that got her to where she is now. Karina also takes us inside her experience jamming with Phish on stage at MSG leading up to one of their legendary NYE shows. Not many people have gotten to do that! At the top of the episode, Chris recaps the Stringdusters recent trip to the Grammys, where they were nominated for the third time, and where Mike Tyson sat right behind the band for the televised broadcast. People watching at its finest, and of course a musical highlight for any and every artist to be nominated. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On this episode of 'Inside the Musician's Brain,' Chris sits down with Greensky Bluegrass to take an in depth look at their new album, 'Stress Dreams.' Learn what these songs are about and how they came to life as each member of the band breaks down one of the songs on their album. It's a fascinating look inside the creative process and the experiences that drive the songwriting for one of the most successful modern string bands on the scene today. Chris also talks about the Stringdusters recent Grammy nomination for their 'Tribute to Bill Monroe,' and why it carries so much significance for the band. Inside the Musician’s Brain is brought to you by Osiris Media. Hosted and Produced by Chris Pandolfi. Production, Editing and Mixing by Chris Pandolfi. Mastered by Matt Dwyer. Executive Producers are Christina Collins and RJ Bee. Art by Mark Dowd. Theme music by Chris Pandolfi. To discover more podcasts that connect you more deeply to the music you love, check out osirispod.com Visit SunsetLakeCBD.Com and use the promo code ITMB for 20% off premium CBD products. Visit www.musicmasterscollective.org/inside to learn more about unique music summer camps and events. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 24: Nate Hilts

Episode 24: Nate Hilts

2022-03-2256:42

On this week's episode, Chris is joined by Nate Hilts, a member of The Dead South, a four-piece acoustic band from Saskatchewan. The band's unique take on bluegrass has made them a live act not to be missed. Nate and Chris talk about the band's 4th album, "Easy Listening for Jerks, Parts I & II," which has been described as "Carter Family meets Addams Family." They also discuss Nate's musical background and journey, and the touring and live shows of The Dead South. Inside the Musician’s Brain is brought to you by Osiris Media. Hosted and Produced by Chris Pandolfi. Production, Editing and Mixing by Chris Pandolfi. Mastered by Justin Thomas and Revoice Media. Executive Producers are Christina Collins and RJ Bee. Art by Mark Dowd. Theme music by Chris Pandolfi. To discover more podcasts that connect you more deeply to the music you love, check out osirispod.com Visit SunsetLakeCBD.Com and use the promo code ITMB for 20% off premium CBD products. Visit www.musicmasterscollective.org/inside to learn more about unique music summer camps and events. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week on Inside The Musician’s Brain, you get the opportunity to take a leap into not one, not two, but five musician’s brains! That’s right, today’s episode features Chris talking with the other members of The Infamous Stringdusters to introduce their new album, Toward the Fray. During their conversations, Chris and the band take us through the album track by track and give us a behind the scenes look at their songwriting process, sometimes even writing over Zoom, and what it was like to record an album smack dab in the middle of a pandemic. No matter if you’re a hardcore fan of the Dusters or just a lover of great music, you won’t want to miss this one, folks! Toward the Fray is out now on all platforms! Find more information about the album and the Infamous Stringdusters at https://www.thestringdusters.com/home  This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Please leave us a rating or review on iTunes and Spotify! Inside the Musician’s Brain is brought to you by Osiris Media. Hosted and Produced by Chris Pandolfi. Production, Editing and Mixing by Chris Pandolfi. Mastered by Justin Thomas and Revoice Media. Executive Producers are Christina Collins and RJ Bee. Producer is Zach Brogan. Art by Mark Dowd. Theme music by Chris Pandolfi. To discover more podcasts that connect you more deeply to the music you love, check out osirispod.com Visit SunsetLakeCBD.Com and use the promo code ITMB for 20% off premium CBD products. Visit www.musicmasterscollective.org/inside to learn more about unique music summer camps and events. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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