Inside the Musician's Brain

Osiris Media / Chris Pandolfi

Inside the Musician’s Brain is a deep dive into everything that’s underneath the music and the artists that inspire us. Join Grammy Award winning artist and producer Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters, as he explores life as a musician, and s...

  • 1 hour 4 minutes
    Episode 40: Daniel Donato

    On this week's episode, Chris chats with Daniel Donato. The guitarist from Nashville is taking the world by storm with his Cosmic Country, and just released his latest single "Hi-Country," produced by Vance Powell. This is a fantastic conversation with an up and coming artist.

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    10 October 2023, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 9 minutes
    Episode 39: The Milk Carton Kids

    On today's episode, Chris is joined by The Milk Carton Kids - a successful duo with a sound and energy that's all their own. Much of the conversation revolves around the making of their brilliant new album, I Only See the Moon. After completing an initial version of the album, the band made the decision to scrap much of what they had and dig deeper to create something more powerful. Kenneth and Joey describe how that journey unfolded - an inspiring story about what makes any form of expression truly meaningful. 

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    22 August 2023, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 31 minutes
    Episode 38: Mike Gordon

    Today Chris is joined by the one and only Mike Gordon - bassist, singer & songwriter for the legendary rock band Phish. Mike goes deep into his musical journey, his peak experiences on and off stage and the making of his excellent new solo album, Flying Games. He also gives us an inside look at how Phish stays synchronous and continues to evolve after 40 years as one of the most influential bands in music history. This is an expansive interview that’s packed with inspiring experiences and advice for musicians and non musicians alike!

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    8 August 2023, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 4 minutes
    Episode 37: Alison Brown

    Alison Brown is a world-class banjoist, record label owner, and all around trailblazer in the music industry. Her performing/recording career has produced numerous amazing albums, collaborations, appearances and accolades. She's also created a successful record label (Compass Records) and become a leader in the music industry. Alison's excellent new solo album 'On Banjo' features an all star cast of musicians including the legendary Steve Martin, and covers a wide range of musical styles with ease and conviction. She covers it all in this great talk!

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    25 July 2023, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 9 minutes
    Episode 36: Sam Bush

    Sam Bush is one of the all-time legends of acoustic music. From his work with New Grass Revival, to Strength in Numbers and his prolific solo career, Sam has set the standard for mandolin in modern day roots music. He's also a gifted singer and writer as well, with a long and storied career that intersects with so many titans of music. Chris talks to Sam about the different phases of his career, his impressions of where acoustic music is headed, the key to an authentic performance and so much more in this episode of Inside the Musician's Brain. 

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    11 July 2023, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 8 minutes
    Episode 35: Lindsay Lou

    Lindsay Lou is one of the hottest up-and-comers on the roots music scene. She's a powerhouse singer who covers a wide range of styles and has performed with countless artists as a special guest in recent years. Her new album, Queen of Time, puts her in the spotlight as a singer and as a songwriter as well. The record has a beautiful concept, incorporating recordings of conversations with her grandmother, all of which Lindsay unpacks in detail during this conversation. She also discusses her development as an artist and producer, and the reality that stepping up in big moments is simply a decision you make, rather than some elusive magic that you don't control. Lots to learn here!

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    13 June 2023, 9:00 am
  • 57 minutes 49 seconds
    Episode 34: Chris Funk

    In their more than 20 years as a band, The Decemberists have established themselves as an influential indie-rock band with an expansive and eclectic catalog of excellent music. Chris Funk's multi-instrumental talents are at the center of their sound. Chris also works as a producer and has been a fixture on the Portland, OR music scene for years. He takes us through the seismic shifts in the music industry during their time as a band, as well as his philosophies on producing, songwriting and much more. 


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    30 May 2023, 9:32 am
  • 1 hour 23 minutes
    Episode 33: Chris Wood

    Chris Wood is a musical hero. In this talk he gets deep into his experience with music and all he's learned over his long, successful career playing everything from cutting edge jazz with MMW to some of today's best roots rock with The Wood Brothers. He unpacks the challenge of staying present, in music and life in general, and speaks very articulately about what he focuses on to stay in the moment, and stay connected to the truest version of himself. This interview contains some real gold! These are common topics here on ITMB, but Chris gives us more than just his thoughts, he gives us some real tools to find that presence in our own lives, which is really what it is all about. 

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    16 May 2023, 1:20 pm
  • 56 minutes 6 seconds
    Episode 32: Rachael Price

    Episode 32 features an interview with the amazing Rachael Price, who is already making her mark as one of the best singers of her generation. Known mainly for her work with Lake Street Dive, she takes us inside her retro side project, Rachael and Vilray, as well as discussing LSD's rise to success and their evolving process of writing and recording, and the myriad challenges and inspiration along the way. Chris also discusses the myth of 'overnight success,' and looks at the kind of perspective and perseverance needed to find your voice and stay committed to whatever you are chasing. 

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    3 May 2023, 2:22 pm
  • 1 hour 8 minutes
    Episode 31: MC Taylor

    Inside the Musician’s Brain is back for season 4!

    In this episode, Chris talks with MC Taylor, the man behind Hiss Golden Messenger. MC is a transcendent singer/songwriter, and Hiss has been gaining major notoriety in recent years for their blend of beautiful, timeless songs with vintage rock sounds. The conversation ranges from the process behind their records, to the challenges of staying inspired and the goal/meaning of a great song. MC is a prolific artist, and is incredibly thoughtful when it comes to his own progression, as a musician and as a human. Lots of great stuff here!

    Chris also breaks down the new Stringdusters release, ‘A tribute to Flatt & Scruggs.’

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    19 April 2023, 9:40 am
  • 1 hour 20 minutes
    Episode 30: Bryan Sutton

    This week on Inside the Musician's Brain, Chris is joined by guitar master Bryan Sutton. For years, Bryan has been one of the most sought after session musicians in Nashville, appearing on albums by Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Béla Fleck and many more. Eventually he stepped out as a solo artist, putting out a number of exceptional albums under his own name. In addition to being a guitar virtuoso, Bryan is also an incredibly deep thinker when it comes to music, learning, performance mindset overcoming obstacles and realizing your full potential as an artist/human. During this conversation, he shares much of that knowledge, proving that the most talented artists are often the hardest working as well. This episode is packed with unbelievable advice for aspiring musicians!

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    6 July 2022, 9:48 am
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