Jody and Kate have been invited by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress to participate in the video series “Homegrown At Home” . 

On Wednesday June 16th at Noon east coast time the premier of our video performances will be shown both at the Center’s website and on Facebook. Thereafter it will be stored and available for viewing on the Center’s website *and* on the Folklife Center’s Youtube channel. 

 During the premier showing Kate and I will be taking questions and replying via Facebook. Those who avoid Facebook can watch at the other options, but not make comments or ask questions. 

The concert will be pre-recorded, leaving us able to respond to questions and comments. The repertoire is all traditional music, old and new favorites, sung and played in old and new ways. 

Admission is FREE 

The URL for the concert will be : 

At (east coast) noon on concert day,  the video will appear in a player right on that page.  But to get to the Facebook premiere where you can see your comments and ask questions, people should follow the link to "Facebook" in the gray box labeled "How to watch.” 

But THAT’s NOT ALL: immediately after our concert (about 12.40 east coast time) there will be a video concert by Martin Carthy. Wow. Double Bill.

Feb 1, 2021. A very positive review in Bluegrass Unlimited:

They think my name is "Stetcher" but it's easy to forgive because of all the kind words and because the review really  "got" the music.


Today Dec 8, 2020,  an article on Dreams From The Overlook was published on the Mandolin Cafe website.

An interview with Dave Berry of Bluegrass Today:

Graphic design by Debbie Berne is coming along  Mastered CD sounds fabulous.  Next weekend Kate and Jody do an online concert and workshop as part of the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention. See calendar and for details go to

Today September 5th, I  delivered the mixes from last summer to mastering engineer Michael Romanowsky.  I had been delaying the mastering process  until it was safe to be indoors  for hours in close proximity with another person. But that is no time soon. So for the first time in 30 years one of my recording projects will be mastered without my physical presence and real-time input.   I bet it comes out just fine.  Then comes graphic design and manufacturing and figuring out how to upload files to this site to be downloaded for those who prefer that to physical CDs.  

Today, July 20, I placed a banjo video on Youtube. Just me in front of the computer using its own camera and sound. Not too bad I think. If people like this I will put more. It's a recent "lockdown thing", sharing music videos.  Let me know if you want more. :-)


On June 30  I (Jody) was interviewed by Roy Andrade and Kalia Yeagle of East Tennessee State  University's Bluegrass & Oldtime Music program.  It went well, I thought. They asked good questions and I did my best to give good answers.  I played some mandolin too and played some mixes from the forthcoming CD set.  The interview is viewable on the ETSU's Facebook page. I don't "do" Facebook but if anyone is interested here is a link:

Late June 2020

Mixing and creating a sequence was completed in mid March. Then Shelter-in-Place was established and mastering, which is the next step in creating a playable recording for disc or download, had to be postponed.  So the new release is on hold until it's safe for Jody to spend many hours in a closed room with a mastering engineer. 

February 2020

Mixing of the new recording is coming along well. Jody composed all the tunes and songs except for 3 that were co-written with others.  There are some solos and a duet but most of the music is played by groups of 7, 6, 5, 4, or 3 musicians drawn from the following ensembles:

Band A 
Kate Brislin: guitar and vocal 
Jody: mandolin, guitar, uke, and vocal 
Ethan Jodziewicz : bass 
Tony Trischka: banjo 
Chad Manning: fiddle and mandolin 
Tashina Clarridge: 4 and 5 string fiddle (has a low string so it functions as both viola and violin) 
Tristan Clarridge: cello and fiddle 

Band B: 
Keith Little: guitar, banjo, and vocal
Jody: mandolin, guitar, banjo, and vocal 
Chad Manning: fiddle 
Paul Knight: bass 

Band C: 
Tashina Clarridge: 4 and 5 string fiddle 
Tristan Clarridge: cello, fiddle, tenor guitar 
Jody: mandolin, mandola, banjo, guitar 

Band D:
combinations of bands B and C

Band E:
Bill Martin: mandolin 
Scott Nygaard: guitar 
Chad Manning: fiddle 
Sharon Gilchrist: bass 
Jody Stecher: vocal, banjo, guitar

Band F:
Jody solo. Not really a band.

January 2020.  We are in the process of rebuilding our website and transferring it to a new host.  Throughout the summer of 2019 Jody was recording dozens of songs and tunes he has composed, most of which have not been heard before.  Mixing will take place in February; graphic design, manufacture and release will follow soon after.  A double CD is expected and downloads will be available for those indifferent to sonic excellence.