The Breakdown

By Emma John and Patrick McGonigle

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Fiddler Patrick McGonigle and music journalist Emma John uncover bluegrass music one iconic record at a time in The Breakdown, a new limited series from The Bluegrass Situation. Peeling back the layers of a sometimes under appreciated genre, The Breakdown reveals the bizarre, compelling, and often completely mad stories from bluegrass players past and present.

Episode Date
Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs - Second Generation Bluegrass
51:51
Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley were only 17 years old when they recorded Second Generation Bluegrass. Both went on to be country megastars – until Whitley died of alcohol poisoning at 34. Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs joins us to explain how two teenagers managed to perfectly replicate the bygone sound of the Stanley Brothers – and share his final moments with Keith.
Dec 13, 2018
John Hartford - "Aereo-Plain"
34:35
Aereo-Plain is probably the greatest album John Hartford ever made - but when it came out in 1971, even his record label didn’t know what to make of it. We’re still not quite sure - is it a genuine nostalgiafest, or was hippie Hartford pulling bluegrass’s leg? And can producer David Bromberg and Vassar Clements superfan Alex Hargreaves help us solve the mystery?
Dec 06, 2018
Béla Fleck - Drive
43:59
Béla Fleck’s virtuosic 1988 instrumental album "Drive" is a touchstone of modern acoustic music, and has influenced every bluegrasser looking to break new ground since. Featuing new interviews with Béla, Jerry Douglas, and Mark Schatz, this episode reveals the untold stories of its studio recording – including how Bela got tough with Tony Rice, and why Jerry was often found in tears out in the studio hallway.
Nov 29, 2018
Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard
43:28
The 1976 album Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard (not to be confused with their earlier recording Hazel and Alice) is dissected, a release that came out after the unlikely duo already broke up. Hazel and Alice have become one of the most influential artists in the history of bluegrass, tackling subjects that range from racial injustice to the hardships of being a working woman in their music.
Nov 15, 2018
Flatt & Scruggs - At Carnegie Hall!
52:30
Released in 1963 by Columbia Records, the historic performance from Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and The Foggy Mountain Boys records the first time a bluegrass artist headlined the venerable New York concert hall. Emma and Patrick dissect the record and pull up archive interviews and recordings that take you behind the scenes of this classic live recording.
Nov 15, 2018
The Breakdown Introduction
2:25
Fiddler Patrick McGonigle and music journalist Emma John uncover bluegrass music one iconic record at a time in The Breakdown, a new limited series from The Bluegrass Situation. Peeling back the layers of a sometimes under appreciated genre, The Breakdown reveals the bizarre, compelling, and often completely mad stories from bluegrass players past and present.
Nov 13, 2018