6 Music Podcasts to Keep You Company

March 14, 2020
6 Music Podcasts to Keep You Company

In a moment when folks increasingly are working from home and practicing social distancing we thought it was a fine time to suggest some music podcasts that offer company and counsel.

Before we get started we’d be remiss not to point out that we have a podcast of our own.  3 From The 7 is a weekly news podcast that looks back at three of the biggest news stories from the last seven days.  It’s hosted by Associate Editor Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta and longtime FOR (Friend of Relix) Karina Rykman, who also happens to be the bass player for Marco Benevento and her own project.

In addition, although not an official Relix podcast, if you’d like to hear more about the music and industry impact of Phish, check out Long May They Run, which is hosted by Editor-in-Chief Dean Budnick. LMTR was selected by the New York Times as a top podcast and offers 10 episodes, along with a bonus. Season two is slated for the fall.

As for another podcast that focuses on an individual artist, we point you to Dolly Parton’s America. This is a fascinating looks at Parton’s career and features extensive interviews with Dolly and her peers by Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad who offers a unique take on her music (which began when his father served as Parton’s physician).

Speaking of unique takes, Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio and Chris Tomson, share their perspectives as touring musicians on The Road Taken. Season one includes conversations with The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, Mumford & Sons’ Winston Marshall and Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes.

Another entertaining offering from a musician is Andy Frasco’s World Saving Podcast. While Frasco travels the globe, he speaks with some of the folks he encounters on the way, such as Oteil Burbridge, Jerry Joseph, G. Love and Umphrey’s McGee’s Brendan Bayliss and Ryan Stasik.

A captivating viewpoint also is provided by Broken Record, which offers interviews and insight from producer Rick Rubin, writer Malcolm Gladwell (who hosts his own riveting podcast Revisionist History), and the former New York Times editor Bruce Headlam. Run The Jewels, Justin Vernon and Brittany Howard are among the latest guests.

In the realm of the good ol’ Grateful Dead, another recent favorite is 36 From the Vault. Every two weeks journalists Steven Hyden and Rob Mitchum explore the Dick’s Picks series. They’re currently up to Dick’s Picks Vol. 5, from the Oakland Auditorium Arena in Oakland, CA on December 26, 1979.

Finally, if you want to dig into the mechanics and machinations of the music industry, we’d suggest The Bob Lefsetz Podcast. Lefsetz is the creator of celebrated “Lefsetz Letter” and also hosts a weekly call-in show on SiriusXM.