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Béla Fleck Explains How 'The Beverly Hillbillies' Set Him on a Bluegrass Path
Artist of the MonthJul 1, 2021

Tim O'Brien is putting his best foot forward with He Walked On, a new collection of eight originals and five carefully chosen covers. Through his music he shares his worldview, by channeling significant figures like Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, Congressman John Lewis, and John Prine. The topics on this self-produced record may be heavy,…

Béla Fleck Explains How 'The Beverly Hillbillies' Set Him on a Bluegrass Path
Artist of the MonthJun 22, 2021

For a musician who has seemingly done it all and has the awards to prove it, Chris Thile found an excellent opportunity to create a solo record in the throes of the early pandemic. The project of that period of introspection and seclusion is one that has been, in some ways, a long time in…

Béla Fleck Explains How 'The Beverly Hillbillies' Set Him on a Bluegrass Path
Artist of the MonthJun 9, 2021

Chris Thile has always woven religious references into his songwriting, but never so much as on Laysongs. Recorded in solitude in an old church with just a mandolin and a sound engineer, the new album offers lyrics that question our impulses and references that span the Bible (“Ecclesiastes”), Hungarian composers (a take on Bartok’s “Sonata…

Béla Fleck Explains How 'The Beverly Hillbillies' Set Him on a Bluegrass Path
Artist of the MonthJun 8, 2021

For a while, Chris Thile might have been the busiest man in bluegrass. The former public radio host has snagged four Grammy awards and a prestigious MacArthur “Genius Grant,” all the while maintaining his status as a founding member of Punch Brothers, the Goat Rodeo Sessions, and Nickel Creek, collaborating with plenty of other Americana…

Béla Fleck Explains How 'The Beverly Hillbillies' Set Him on a Bluegrass Path
Artist of the MonthJun 1, 2021

Chris Thile found solace during the pandemic in a church -- more specifically, a remodeled one that now houses Future-Past recording studio in Hudson, New York, where he and his family were temporarily living in the summer of 2020. "I went in there to look at the space and instantly felt so at home," Thile…