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