Podcast 464: Tony Trischka

Bluegrass banjo legend Tony Trischka joins us this week to discuss the making of his new album, ‘Earl Jam.’ He also gives us a mini-masterclass into the world of Earl Scruggs.

The story behind ‘Earl Jam’ is truly remarkable: Upon receiving a USB drive full of never-before-released Earl Scruggs home recordings from the ’80s and ’90s, Trischka decided to transcribe his favorite moments and solos, note-for-note. His playing of these transcriptions became the foundation for the album, which also features guest spots by Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Brittany Haas, Stuart Duncan and others. It’s like hearing a completely new Earl Scruggs record in 2024.

Just as memorable as the album are some Trischka’s stories about Scruggs and his influence. Somehow, King Curtis Ravi Shankar, Petticoat Junction, Steve Martin, and KFC all get mentioned…and a lot more!


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