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Recommendation: Get Up in the Cool

Sorry for the monthlong gap between this and my previous post. I do have some upcoming stories in the works that should prevent a similar hiatus in the next couple weeks. I've also written some reviews for The Old-Time Herald, which should appear in the next issue. For now, though, I'm here to steer you to a wonderful old-time music podcast I've recently discovered.

Get Up in the Cool is a weekly podcast hosted by banjo-player Cameron DeWhitt, who I believe is an Oregon native but now is based in the Washington, D.C., area. That's just what I've gathered from my listening to past episodes.

The podcast typically revolves around an interview and jam session between DeWhitt and his guests. Recent participants have included banjo builder Brooks Masten, melodic clawhammer master Ken Perlman, fiddler Chirps Smith and many more. He's also interviewed a few musicians with Ohio ties, which certainly caught my attention, including David Bass, Nikos Pappas, Hilarie Burhans and her son Ryland Burhans.

DeWhitt started the podcast back in July 2016. He often mentions that he is new to old-time music, but you wouldn't know it judging by the way he plays banjo. Furthermore, DeWhitt is affable and earnest in his interview style. You can hear the passion he has for the music in his voice.

There is also a YouTube channel associated with the Get Up in the Cool, where DeWhitt has posted videos recorded during the podcast and at least one full episode.

I highly recommend you check out Get Up in the Cool. There are almost 100 episodes, so there's bound to be something of interest for readers of this site. It's great to play in the background while working or whatever. Happy listening!

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