On this episode of Comes a Time, Mike and Oteil talk with banjo virtuoso and 14-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck, who is best known for his innovative playing with New Grass Revival and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. In this conversation Béla, Oteil, and Mike talk about the creative and recording processes behind Béla’s upcoming album, the intricacies of playing music in a group setting, the origin of the banjo in Africa, and much more. You’ll also hear Mike tell a story about a time when Béla’s music saved him from a “horrible mind state” at the first ever Bonnaroo, and Béla imparts deep musical wisdom as the three dive deep on similarities between jazz and bluegrass music. Béla is an incredibly knowledgeable musician with experience playing alongside some of the greatest artists of the last century, and you won’t want to miss what he has to say in this discussion.
Béla Fleck is a wizard-like banjo player from New York City who is best known for his playing with New Grass Revival and with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Béla is widely acknowledged as a pioneer within his craft for fusing elements of bluegrass, jazz, and traditional African music. He has won 14 Grammy Awards and has been nominated 33 times, and in 2020 he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame as a member of New Grass Revival. In this episode you’ll get a glimpse inside of his incredible musical mind and find out how he perceives his craft and approaches his playing. When you hear what he has to say, it’s no wonder that he’s created such captivating music throughout his career.
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