Podcast 435: Richard D. Walter of the Musical Instrument Museum

Richard D. Walter, the Senior Curator of Phoenix’s incredible Musical Instrument Museum, joins us to talk about MIM’s new exhibition, Acoustic America: Iconic Guitars, Mandolins, and Banjos.

This exhibit, running from November 10, 2023 – September 15, 2024, features a staggering array of legendary instruments owned by the likes of David Grisman, Elizabeth Cotten, Mississippi John Hurt, Earl Scruggs and others.

Read all about it here: https://mim.org/special-exhibitions/acoustic-america/

Rich tells us about how he landed his position at MIM, how he and his team care for these priceless instruments, the guitars that are closest to his heart, and so much more.

The Fretboard Journal is planning on having a meetup at MIM sometime in early 2024. Reach out to us at podcast@fretboardjournal.com if you’d like to join us.

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