Walls of Time: Bluegrass Podcast

Field recorded interviews with the best in bluegrass. Hosted by Daniel Mullins.

S2 E5. Kitsy Kuykendall: The Rolling Stone of Bluegrass

June 30th, 2020

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Kitsy Kuykendall is one of bluegrass music's most beloved personalities. Her late husband, Pete Kuykendall founded Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, fondly referred to as "The Rolling Stone of Bluegrass." Kitsy and Pete dedicated their lives to promoting, supporting, and spreading the music of bluegrass throughout the world. For over 50 years, Bluegrass Unlimited has been the premier print resource for this music community, and Kitsy’s energy, personality, and knowledge have been factors in its success and longevity. Daniel sat down with Kitsy at the 2019 IBMA World of Bluegrass business conference, where Kitsy is referred to as "The Queen." They talked about the origins of the magazine, its current state, its lasting impact, and the legacy of her late husband, Pete Kuykendall. Enjoy this episode of Walls of Time: Bluegrass Podcast with the always engaging, Kisty Kuykendall.

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S2 E4. Johnny Warren: Back to Foggy Mountain

June 23rd, 2020

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Prolific fiddle player, golf professional and son of a Hall of Fame fiddler, Johnny Warren is a member of the bluegrass supergroup, the Earls of Leicester, whose mission is to promote the timeless sound of Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs and The Foggy Mountain Boys. With the Earls, Johnny helps preserve his father, Paul Warren’s, classic fiddle style. In this episode of Season 2 of Walls of Time, Daniel talks with Johnny backstage at Memorial Hall in Cincinnati, a mere blocks away from where Flatt & Scruggs recorded some of their earliest records, including “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.” They chat about Johnny’s time growing up around some the founding fathers of Bluegrass, as well as Johnny's journey of carrying on his father's traditional flavor of fiddling. Johnny also talks about his career in the golf industry as both a player and instructor. Today, we welcome the great fiddler, Johnny Warren to the Walls of Time: Bluegrass Podcast.

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S2 E3. Dudley Connell: Let The Whole World Talk

June 16th, 2020

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From The Johnson Mountain Boys, to Longview, and The Seldom Scene, Dudley Connell is one of the most identifiable and beloved voices in Bluegrass. Today, on the third episode of Walls of Time Season 2, Daniel Mullins sits down with this charismatic performer in an old camper parked backstage at the SamJam Bluegrass Festival in Piketon, OH. They talk about Dudley’s journey from first getting hooked on the traditional bluegrass sound, to how he helped develop and change the music through the years by bringing it to new listeners and making ­new songs classics of the genre. Dudley also talks about his important role in preserving historic roots music recordings in our nation’s capitol. Sit back and enjoy Episode 3 of the second season of the Walls of Time: Bluegrass Podcast.

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S2 E2. Doyle Lawson: Tennessee Dream (Part 2)

June 9th, 2020

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Today, on the second episode of season two of the Walls of Time: Bluegrass Podcast, Daniel Mullins continues his conversation with Doyle Lawson, a legendary figure in bluegrass and a Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame member. They talk extensively about the formation of his legendary band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, a band whose former members have included some of the biggest names in today's bluegrass scene. There are also some special moments that you may not expect, as Doyle speaks about his personal life and demons he has battled. 

So let’s get back on Doyle’s bus at the Bluegrass in the Bluegrass festival in Lexington, KY for part two of this in-depth interview with Doyle Lawson, on our second season of Walls of Time.

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S2 E1. Doyle Lawson: Tennessee Dream (Part 1)

June 1st, 2020

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Doyle Lawson. A legendary figure in Bluegrass and a Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame member. Today, on the first episode of Season 2 of the Walls of Time: Bluegrass Podcast, Daniel Mullins sits down on Doyle Lawson's bus before a Quicksilver reunion performance in Lexington, Kentucky, to hear an illustrated timeline of Doyle's rich career, including stories of his earnest beginnings in East Tennessee, through his time with Jimmy Martin, The Country Gentlemen, JD Crowe and his own band Quicksilver. Get ready for this epic kickoff to Season 2 of Walls of Time with bluegrass legend, Doyle Lawson. 

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S2 E0. Season 2 Preview

May 22nd, 2020

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Season 2 is almost here! Catch this exclusive sneak peek of the sophomore season of the Walls of Time: Bluegrass Podcast, returning June 2nd, 2020.

BONUS. Allen Mills: Love of the Mountains [Recorded Live at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC]

January 31st, 2020

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Allen Mills is the founder of the seminal bluegrass band, The Lost and Found. As a bandleader, songwriter and bass player for this important group, Allen has had a powerful and positive impact on friends and fans both through his music and his fun-loving personality. 

In this interview, recorded in front of a live audience at the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual conference in Raleigh, NC in 2019, host Daniel Mullins sits down with this living legend to talk about his musical history and legacy. The day before, Allen was honored by the IBMA with a Distinguished Achievement Award for his lifetime of work within the bluegrass music industry, and this episode spotlights why he was so deserving of this honor. 

Hear more about the journey of Allen Mills in this heartfelt exchange on this special bonus episode of Walls of Time: Bluegrass Podcast. 

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S1 E16. Sonny Osborne: Risks Worth Taking (Part 2)

November 22nd, 2019

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Few banjo players have impacted American music like Sonny Osborne has. The Osborne Brothers’ success includes multiple country radio hits, working with Merle Haggard, international tours, being members of the Grand Ole Opry, winning a CMA award, and induction into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Sonny’s banjo playing is some of the most influential in bluegrass music. In part two of this interview on Walls of Time, Sonny shares his thoughts on bluegrass and banjo playing, behind-the-scenes stories about the mighty Merle Haggard, and opens up about his struggles with addiction. Let’s re-join Daniel Mullins on Sonny Osborne’s backporch during a rainy afternoon, for the second half of our conversation with Bluegrass Hall of Famer, Sonny Osborne.

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S1 E15. Sonny Osborne: Risks Worth Taking (Part 1)

November 19th, 2019

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There is no bigger living legend in bluegrass than banjo great Sonny Osborne. Along with his brother Bobby, they formed the Osborne Brothers in the 1950’s and went on to become one of the most influential artists in the field. Huge hits like "Rocky Top" helped make them a household name. Sonny retired from music in 2003, but his legacy lives on as both a member of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Orpy. Daniel Mullins sat down with Sonny on his back porch for a two-part interview during a rainy Saturday afternoon at his home outside of Nashville, TN. Sonny shares his knowledge of the music industry, his business savy and his personal musical history with fellow legends like Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin and more. Let’s head to Sonny’s back porch for this episode of Walls of Time.

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S1 E14. Kristin Scott Benson: “It’s A God Thing”

November 1st, 2019

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Best known as the banjoist for the award-winning bluegrass group The Grascals, Kristin Scott Benson comes from a long line of musicians. A South Carolina native, she has been playing the banjo since the age thirteen. Her career has resulted in multiple International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year awards, critically acclaimed solo recordings and the 2018 Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo. Humble, grateful and super talented, Kristin credits points of her success as being a “God Thing”. On this episode of Walls of Time, host Daniel Mullins talks with Kristin outside of the world famous Station Inn in Nashville prior to a performance at the historic venue with The Grascals. Enjoy this field interview with Kristin Scott Benson, Bluegrass Banjo Trailblazer!

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