Live in WSHU’s Studio A: Old-Time Musician Matt Brown

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

I was privileged to have Matt Brown, multi-instrumentalist, singer and “walking encyclopedia” of old-time music join me in WSHU’s studio for the entire two-hour program. Matt, only 25 years old, has already established himself as an authentic and highly creative fiddler of old-time music and is developing into an equally fine guitarist, banjo player and singer. He’s recorded two critically-praised albums (Lone Prairie and Falls Of Richmond) for 5-String Productions, a recording studio and record label owned by his father Tim, a banjo player.

Matt tours the country performing at major festivals and coffeehouses and teaches music privately as well as being on the staff at major teaching conclaves such as The Swannanoa Gathering and the Blue Ridge Old-Time Music Week.

Matt performed live in the studios, we programmed selections from a wide variety of albums (including his own releases) and we enjoyed a free-flowing discussion about his playing, his influences and “heroes”, his career and old-time music’s place in the panoply of America’s musical heritage. The show concluded with a lovely live duet from Matt and his friend, Emily Gnatt of New York City.

Unfortunately, due to technical problems we do not have an archive recording of this show.

Matt Brown Live In WSHU’s Studio A

Matt Brown, “Grub Springs”, Lone Prairie, 5-String Productions
Live: “Flowers of Edinburgh” (on fiddle)
Matt Brown, “Say Old Man Can You Play the Fiddle”, Falls Of Richmond, 5-String Productions
Brad Leftwich, “Are You Getting There Rabbit”, Say Old Man, County Records
Live: “Ida Red” (on banjo)
Paul Brown, “Lazy John”, Red Clay County, 5-String Productions
Carol Elizabeth Jones with Matt Brown, “Cataloochee”, Cataloochee, 5-String Productions
Live: “Hesitation Blues” (on guitar with vocal)
Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz, “Won’t You Come And Sing For Me”, Deep Hollows And High Ridges, Marimac Records
Live: “Texas Quick Step” (on fiddle)
Carol Elizabeth Jones, “West Virginia Mine Disaster”, Cataloochee, 5-String Productions
Cannon’s Jug Stompers, “Going To Germany”, Best of Cannon’s Jug Stompers, Yazoo
Craig Johnson, “New Harmony”, Away Down The Road, 5-String Productions
Live: Matt Brown & Emily Gnatt, “I’ve Got Shoes” (vocal duet