Episode 9: Barry Waldrep – Smoke From The Kitchen

Take a member from the The Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, the Zac Brown Band, and let’s say… the David Grisman Quintet, as well as a few others who breathe rarefied musical air, and stick them in a recording studio for a couple weeks at the invitation of 5-String Banjo wizard Barry Waldrep and what we all receive is Continue reading

Episode 8: Larry Keel – What’s In A Jam Band?

To look at Larry Keel, well he is a study in opposites, sort of a mix of professorship with his working-man’s eyeglasses perched on the edge of his nose. He gives off that overworked college professor feel, all scruffed up with a swath of unruly hair and mustache. His necktie assortment would capture the eye of any Grateful Dead fan. But don’t allow that laid back feel of his fool you, because when he has guitar in hand, Larry Keel plays with a deliberative musical eloquence that his peers refer to as “Signature Keel.” Continue reading

Episode 7: Laurie Lewis – Be The Wind

If you are fortunate to live in a region where bluegrass music is tied to the local culture, you might be discovering that bluegrass music is treading water. Bluegrass music is a style that once was embedded in a rural, family centered culture … a culture that is slowly disappearing as suburban strip malls, Walmarts and Home Depots overtake our farms, and half-backers who are escaping the hurricanes of Florida build their gated community dream cabins in the last remaining hollers of our mountains, and YouTube is the music instructor for our young people. One thing that Laurie Lewis is not – she is not YouTube sameness. But what Laurie Lewis is – she’s an accurate reflection of the culture and uniqueness found in the music of our 1st-2nd generation musicians. Continue reading

Episode 6: Bill Evans – It’s Not You, It’s Them.

So this happens to all performing musicians. In fact, it's a constant for many. You are on stage for a show and it's one of those dreadful nights where you are getting in your own way. Your total focus is on the neck of your guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle, mandolin or perhaps the strings across you resonator guitar. You are staring so hard that you could drill a hole right through your instrument - concentrating on the rhythm, ready to deliver that scorching break. Look at photos of your band, other bands, solo acts - you'll see what I mean. Continue reading

Episode 5: John Cowan – The Choices You Make

If you are the type who regularly taps into your inner sheep and just follows along – or allows the winds of others’ desires to buffet your music direction from side to side – you will be eventually be obliterated by minor, if not nut-case, music industry challenges. As the decades roll along, every musician makes internal and external choices that build either a positive or negative foundation for their artistry. This foundation is what makes for soul-honoring decisions when faced with the dissenting expectations of others, whether they be self-serving promoters, less than reputable record labels, the highly opinionated *chair snappers* at a festival, and the like. Along with that foundation is having awareness of, and trusting in, your inner compass. That compass is what gives reverence to your artistry, as well as... Continue reading

Episode 4: Missy Raines – Dealing With The Jitters

As performers, we all get a case of the jitters every now and then. No matter your level of musicianship, a healthy dose of nerves on stage is a positive tip-off that you are leaning across the front edge of your craft and into the zone where art moves forward. And if you don't think the same is true for full-time, award winning, tour-slammed musicians -- then International Bluegrass Music Association award winning bass player Missy Raines will beg to differ. I interviewed Missy on stage, at doors open, at the beautiful Red Clay Theatre in Duluth, Georgia. It is a musician's dream of a venue with great audiences and wonderful professionals working behind the scenes to make every show the best. Missy shares her performance focusing strategy and why she studies, so closely, the craft of one of her idols, Marty Stuart. We get underway with a look back on her youth, and how a surprise purchase by her dad gave direction to her early musical passion. Continue reading

Episode 3: Larry Cordle – Why Writing Songs is a Job

Most Monday nights at the Station Inn in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, Larry Cordle brings together his musical friends such as Carl Jackson & Val Storey, along with others - to perform a couple long sets of original and classic songs.

Larry Cordle got his break in professional songwriting by way of his childhood friend Ricky Skaggs, and from that entry, he has carved out a many decades-long career by, as he describes, "hard work and showing up daily” - as you’ll learn in my talk with him in the dressing room backstage at the Station Inn.

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Episode 2: Ron Block – The Blood Life of Music

Music lovers who don't pay close attention to bluegrass may not know Ron Block by name, but they would recognize the sound of his banjo in the contemporary bluegrass music group Alison Krauss and Union Station.

I caught up with Ron on a warm, autumn evening at the Loveless Barn just south of Nashville, Tennessee U.S.A. We were there to enjoy the album release party of our friend, book author and songwriter, Sandra Boynton. Ron plays banjo on Sandra's album "Frog Trouble." Our time spent talking was nothing less than magical. He revealed some of his deepest held truths about life, a life that at times has been a struggle. Also, Ron shared some of the tools he uses in his quest for spiritual fulfillment and life excellence.

When it comes to musical artistry, Ron plays well beyond his bluegrass music upbringing, with an attention to musical excellence and beauty of prose that he shared with me in this revealing interview. Continue reading

Episode 1: Jamie Dailey – On Entertaining

Jamie Dailey is one half of the award winning bluegrass music group Dailey & Vincent. Individually he has been nominated numerous times and won Entertainer of the Year and Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year. I spoke with Jamie before a recent Dailey & Vincent show about his take on what makes for a great entertainer, his time traveling with the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland, and one of his passion projects that helps children. All this despite his band mates best attempts at doing whatever they were doing on stage in an effort to distract him. And you'll definitely want to watch the short video catching him off guard... Continue reading

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Upcoming publication dates of Artist2Arist with Lisa Jacobi columns in Bluegrass Today:
Nov 18, 2013 - Jamie Dailey
Dec 17, 2013 - Ron Block
Jan 15, 2014 - Larry Cordle
Feb 14, 2014 - Missy Raines
Mar 17, 2014 - John Cowan
April 15, 2014 - Bill Evans
May 14, 2014 - Laurie Lewis
June 16, 2014 - Larry Keel
July 12, 2014 - Barry Waldrep
September 9, 2014 - Byron Berline
October 8, 2014 - Robyn Taylor
November 6, 2014 - Frank Solivan
December 5, 2014 - Valerie Smith
January 5, 2015 - Dixie Hall