211 – Simulating The Zone With Chris Pandolfi


We are extremely stoked this week to have Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters as our guest! We get right down to business with Chris discussing some of the deeper aspects of being a musician and also a human being, like not letting your mistakes become part of your identity, how practice and repetition open the door to ‘the zone’, ways to strive for success and be on top of your game, the rich oral tradition of Bluegrass music, and so much more!

Aside from the Dusters Chris has a few solo endeavors that keep him busy. TRAD+ is a banjo-centric exploration of a different sonic world, combining vinyl samples, drums, synths, strings, beats and much more. He released his first album, Interference, in the fall of 2015, and it’s been downloaded over 600,000 times internationally. TRAD+ continues to evolve and more new music is on the way. Before these experiments started, he wrote and produced two banjo-centric solo albums (Looking Glass and the Handoff), that feature a lot of original music and some of my favorite acoustic players. He’s also produced records for Trout Steak Revival (Brighter Every Day, and Spirit to the Sea) and Meadow Mountain, both great up and coming string bands. In addition to producing, session work and solo endeavors, he and Andy Hall front the Bluegrass Generals–a rotating cast of killer bluegrass pickers that come together for a weekend of music a few times a year. Past Generals include Sam Bush, Larry Keel, Sam Grisman, Billy Nershi, Billy Strings and more. 

His latest venture is his podcast, ‘Inside the Musician’s Brain.’ It’s a deep dive into everything that’s underneath the music and the artists that inspire us. He explores the Stringdusters world and sits down with other influential artists to discuss inspiration, creativity, and the many facets of bringing a musical vision to life. New episodes come out every two weeks. ITMB is part of the Osiris Media

SONG AT THE BEGINNING OF THE EPISODE: ‘My Sweet Blue Eyed Darling’ – off The The Infamous Stringdusters album ‘A Tribute To Bill Monroe’

SONG AT THE END OF THE EPISODE: ‘Astral Plane’ – off his new solo album ‘Trance Banjo’

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