The Picky Fingers Banjo Podcast show

The Picky Fingers Banjo Podcast

Summary: A podcast made for banjo players, fans, and enthusiasts! Everything from interviews with professional players to playing tips and equipment discussions. Contact for all correspondence.


 #23 - Billy Failing and Andy Lytle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:16 Billy Failing is a fantastic banjo playe, best known for his playing with Billy Strings. Billy talks with host Keith Billik about his early days learning the banjo, the important things he has learned over the years, and his instrument and gear of choice. Andy Lytle is the sound engineer for Billy Strings. He shares his background, tips, and philosophy about how to achieve the best sounding performance. Contact the show:

 #22 - Aaron Jonah Lewis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:08:22 Host Keith Billik is joined by talented multi-instrumentalist and dynamic performer Aaron Jonah Lewis! Aaron talks about and demonstrates many different styles that many banjo fans may not have heard before! Aaron Jonah Lewis on the web: Contact the show: Thanks for listening!

 Bonus - Who is AJL? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 07:22 This show is a quick introduction to the guest of upcoming episode #22, along with a special announcement regarding future episodes. Contact the show:

 #21 - Chris Pandolfi | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:15:31 In this episode, host Keith Billik is joined by Chris Pandolfi, the banjo player for the Grammy award-winning Infamous Stringdusters! Chris discusses his playing style, influences, and gives great advice for banjo players of all levels on how to practice new ideas and improve your playing. Chris Pandolfi on the web: Contact the show:

 #20 - Bradley Laird | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:09 In this episode, Keith chats with multi-instrumentalist and fellow bluegrass podcaster Bradley Laird, the host of Grass Talk Radio. We chat about musical backgrounds, why we started our podcasts, and the challenges and goals of hosting our own shows. Bradley Laird on the web: Contact the show! Thanks for listening!

 #19 - Bill Evans | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:07:09 Keith Billik interviews a true banjo renaissance man! Bill Evans has made a prolific career out of everything related to the banjo: he performs, teaches, and writes about the instrument to a huge audience of listeners and students. He is an historian who has also studied personally with such greats as J.D. Crowe and Sonny Osborne. Bill Evans on the web: Contact the Show! Thanks for listening.

 #18 - Kyle Tuttle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:54   Host Keith Billik chats with Kyle Tuttle, one of the hottest young banjo players on the scene. Kyle tours primarily with the Jeff Austin Band, but is also a sideman for numerous other groups.   Kyle is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and has won multiple banjo contests, including the National Banjo Championship in Winfield, KS.   Kyle on the web:   Contact the show:

 #17 - Basic Passing Chords | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:39 Host Keith Billik teaches you the basics of using passing chords to transition between the typical G/C/D chords that get played in most bluegrass songs. This lesson is for advanced beginner/lower intermediate skill level players. Thanks for listening! Contact the show:

 #16 - Mike Munford | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:09:45 Host Keith Billik interviews banjo great Mike Munford, banjoist with Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, and the 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year. Mike is one of the most admired and respected players on the scene, and is also an expert setup technician and pre-war Gibson banjo expert. Mike Munford on the web: Contact the Show! Thanks for listening!

 #15 - Ira Gitlin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:44 In this episode, host Keith Billik talks to former National Banjo Champion Ira Gitlin. Ira is a fixture in the bluegrass and banjo community, and is well known for his abilities on banjo, guitar, and bass, and is a prolific teacher as well.

 #14 - Tom Nechville | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:03 Host Keith Billik talks to banjo designer and builder Tom Nechville, the man behind Nechville banjos. Nechville banjos are known for their futuristic designs, sleek simplicity, and new approaches to a traditional instrument. This podcast contains an excerpt from "Gum Tree Canoe" performed by John Hartford. Tom Nechville on the web: Contact the show:

 #13 - Ned Luberecki | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:01

Support the Podcast! Ned Luberecki is a wrecking ball of banjo enthusiasm! He is currently the banjo player with the Becky Buller Band, and is also well known for his playing with Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, various solo projects, and hosting a variety of programs on Sirius XM.

 #12 - How to Figure Out Harmony Parts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:34

Being able to play (or sing?) harmony parts is one of the most useful skills to have as a banjo player, especially when playing with other musicians. In this episode, Keith teaches you how to find basic harmony parts using a system of finding the proper interval with the major scale. Get the tab sheet for this episode! Go to, or email the show at Support the show!

 #11 - Ryan Cavanaugh, part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:16

Ryan Cavanaugh is best known for his innovative approach to playing jazz on the 5-string banjo, his tenure with legendary saxophonist Bill Evans's band Soulgrass, and his current group the Songs From the Road Band. In Part 2 of 2, Keith talks to Ryan Cavanaugh about his experience touring the world in Bill Evans's band, the details of his instruments and gear, and his new project, the Songs From the Road Band.

 #10 - Ryan Cavanaugh, part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:31

In Part 1 of 2, Keith talks to Ryan Cavanaugh about his early days learning banjo, playing (and winning!) banjo contests, his influences (especially John McLaughlin), and pursuit of ways to play jazz on 3-finger banjo!


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