Podcast 454: Craig Korth

Craig Korth is a bluegrass musician, instrument collector, and luthier based in British Columbia.

Over the years, Craig performed at countless festivals, ran a music camp, and amassed a world-class collection of vintage instruments. As he recounted at the end of his appearance on episode 271 of the Fretboard Journal Podcast, he’s also struggled with focal dystonia, a neurological condition that can wreak havoc on high-level musicians.

For this week’s episode, Craig candidly shares some of the steps he’s taken to heal his focal dystonia and play at a high level again. From exercises like taking up the upright bass to emotional support groups and mind-altering psychedelic therapy sessions, it’s a journey unlike any we’ve ever shared.

Some links mentioned:

Craig Korth on Fretboard Journal Podcast 271:

Michael Pollan’s ‘How to Change Your Mind’:

Musicians With Focal Dystonia Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/395945924186868

Author Ruth Chiles:

Dr. Joaquin Farias’ lecture on focal dystonia:

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