Toy Heart with Tom Power (A Podcast About Bluegrass)

Toy Heart is a podcast about Bluegrass, produced and hosted by Tom Power and brought to you by The Bluegrass Situation.

About the show

CBC radio host Tom Power ("q") and BGS (The Bluegrass Situation) bring you the most in-depth podcast about the origins of bluegrass ever created.

Power sits down with luminaries of the genre such as Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Alice Gerrard, Jesse McReynolds, Jerry Douglas and more for an intimate conversation about their origins within the world of bluegrass music.
Episodes will be released bi-weekly on TheBluegrassSituation.com and wherever you get your podcasts.

PRODUCED BY: Tom Power and Amy Reitnouer Jacobs / BGS
CO-PRODUCED AND EDITED BY: Stephanie Coleman
THEME MUSIC BY: Chris Eldridge and Kristin Andreassen

Episodes

  • The Bluegrass Breakdown Podcast - Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs - Second Generation Bluegrass

    November 5th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  53 mins 48 secs
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    In lieu of new episodes of Toy Heart, host Tom Power introduces an episode of "The Bluegrass Breakdown" podcast.

  • Jerry Douglas

    June 9th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 28 mins
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    For the final episode of season one of Toy Heart, we have host Tom Power’s 2019 sit down with legendary artist, musician, and sideman Jerry Douglas at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual business conference in Raleigh, NC.

  • Tony Trischka

    May 28th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  56 mins 32 secs
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    Host Tom Power speaks with progressive banjo legend Tony Trischka at the home of his friend and former student, Béla Fleck.

  • Jesse McReynolds

    May 14th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 6 mins
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    Host Tom Power talks to Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Jesse McReynolds of Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys about his career in bluegrass.

  • Alison Brown

    April 30th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 8 mins
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    Banjoist and record label head Alison Brown speaks with host Tom Power from her studio at Compass Records headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. They begin with her early records made with Stuart Duncan, "finding her people," and winning the Canadian National Banjo Championship (as an American).

  • Béla Fleck

    April 16th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 26 mins
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    On this episode of Toy Heart, Béla Fleck talks to host Tom Power from his home studio and for the first time, he tells his story in bluegrass.

  • Alice Gerrard

    April 2nd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 21 mins
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    Old-time legend and Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Alice Gerrard talks to host Tom Power at her kitchen table in North Carolina.

  • Ricky Skaggs

    March 19th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 5 mins
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    Bluegrass legend and Country Music Hall of Famer Ricky Skaggs talks to TOY HEART host Tom Power about what it was like to grow up as a child prodigy, the real story of how he got pulled on stage by Bill Monroe, how meeting Keith Whitley changed his life forever — and the last time they ever spoke. Plus, a never before told story of how Bill Monroe thought Ricky would make a “fine Blue Grass Boy.”

  • Del McCoury

    March 4th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 6 mins
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    Del McCoury talks to Tom backstage at the Opry about how he started playing banjo, his (interesting) time in the military, joining Bill Monroe's band, being replaced by Bill Keith, starting over, playing music with his sons, and how he found his way to becoming a legend of Bluegrass music - and to some, defining the whole thing.

  • Preview - Toy Heart: A Podcast About Bluegrass

    January 27th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 13 secs
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    CBC radio host Tom Power ("q") and BGS (The Bluegrass Situation) bring you the most in-depth podcast about the origins of bluegrass ever created. Premiering March 5, 2020, full episodes will be released bi-weekly on TheBluegrassSituation.com and wherever you get your podcasts.