ETOWN LAUNCHES NICK FORSTER’S TEACH ME ONE THING
One of the most creative things to come out of these “sheltering at home” times is heading your way. It’s Nick Forster’s Teach Me One Thing.
In a series of video chats, longtime host of the syndicated radio show, eTown (and internationally renowned Hot Rize bluegrass band alum) Nick Forster calls on his wide social circle and asks them to teach him something.
Whether it’s the beauty of the “G” chord as explained by guitar great Bill Frisell, or how to perfectly shuffle a deck of cards as taught by actor/banjoist extraordinaire Steve Martin, Nick finds a way to engage his friends with the aim of learning something new from each of them, all from the comfort of their own home, during this crucial time of “social distancing.”
“While we’re all being responsible and staying in, I really wanted to do two things: connect with my friends and learn something new. That’s how Teach Me One Thing was born,” says Grammy nominated musician and eTown host Nick Forster.
“The funny thing about teaching, especially if you don’t do it all the time, is that it makes each of us think about what we know and what we’re good at. Most of the time it also reveals things we wish we were better at, and that’s the whole deal with any artist’s journey, always working to get better.”
Teach Me One Thing launched on Tuesday, May 12th with episode one featuring Mike Gordon to be followed by Steve Martin on May 19th and Billy Strings on May 26th. A new episode will be released every Tuesday. Viewers can find Teach Me One Thing by visiting eTown.org, eTown’s YouTube Channel, or by following eTown_Radio on Instagram, and eTownRadio on Facebook and Twitter. The episodes will also be available to listeners via podcast streaming services and the eTown app.
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Nick Forster’s “Teach Me One Thing” (Episode 10) – Ed Littlefield
July 21, 2020
Ed Littlefield, musician, philanthropist, dog lover, and jack of all trades, calls in from his home in Washington State to connect with Nick Forster on Teach Me One Thing. Ed is also joined by his steadfast companion, Babe the yellow lab, as he gives a quick lesson on a useful, DIY K-9 grooming trick.more → learn more >
Nick Forster’s “Teach Me One Thing” (Episode 9) – Oak Thorne
July 14, 2020
In this episode of Nick Forster’s Teach Me One Thing, get in touch with nature as Nick talks with Dr. Oakleigh “Oak” Thorne, II, an environmental educator and founder of the Thorne Nature Experience, an organization that has provided environmental education for children for over 60 years. Oak discusses the importance of “wild play” for children and how critical the simple act of listening outdoors can be for cementing a lifelong connection to nature.more → learn more >
Nick Forster’s “Teach Me One Thing” (Episode 8) – Pete Muller
July 7, 2020
This week on Teach Me One Thing, Pete Muller, a musician, businessman, and crossword puzzle constructor, calls in to instruct Nick about the process of creating and solving crossword puzzles, specifically the unique style of the “meta puzzle.”more → learn more >
Nick Forster’s “Teach Me One Thing” (Episode 7) – Danny Barnes
June 30, 2020
Musician, composer and visual artist Danny Barnes connects with Nick from his home on the Olympic Peninsula. Danny shares some of his recent paintings during quarantine and also explores the 1793 writings of poet and illustrator William Blake in “America a Prophecy.”more → learn more >
Nick Forster’s “Teach Me One Thing” (Episode 6) – Bryan Sutton
June 23, 2020
For this week’s episode of Teach Me One Thing, Nick connects with his old Hot Rize bandmate and award-winning guitarist Bryan Sutton, who shares a guitar method that blends tradition and innovation. The result is a transformation of old, familiar melodies to something purely authentic by tapping in to tools of improvisation and deconstruction.more → learn more >
Teach Me One Thing (Episode 5): Louie Pérez
June 16, 2020
This week, Nick catches up with longtime friend Louie Pérez, songwriter, percussionist, guitarist, and co-founder of Los Lobos. Louie thought about sharing his recipe for vegan tofu scramble but wound up sharing some of the secrets of the rhythm that drives so many of Los Lobos’ more folkloric songs that have their roots in various regions in Mexico.more → learn more >
Teach Me One Thing (Episode 4): Sarah Jarosz
June 9, 2020
In this week’s release of Teach Me One Thing, longtime eTown friend and Grammy award winner Sarah Jarosz introduces Nick to “Eustace,” her homemade companion, while giving a lesson in creating and feeding a living sourdough starter. Check out the guides Sarah references below: New York Times: How to Make Sourdough Bread, A Guide By more →learn more >
Teach Me One Thing (Episode 3): Billy Strings
May 26, 2020
For this week’s episode of Teach Me One Thing, guitarist and bluegrass powerhouse Billy Strings joins Nick by video from his home in Nashville to break down a really cool cross-picking lick from their mutual hero, Doc Watson.more → learn more >
Teach Me One Thing (Episode 2): Steve Martin
May 19, 2020
For episode 2 of Teach Me One Thing, Nick connects with his longtime friend actor/banjoist extraordinaire Steve Martin. Steve shows Nick a banjo lick, the secrets of “the lost chord,” and also demonstrates how to perfectly shuffle a deck of cards, a skill he learned after eight months of practice at the age of fourteen. more →learn more >
Teach Me One Thing (Episode 1): Mike Gordon
May 12, 2020
To kick off the first ever episode of Nick Forster’s Teach Me One Thing, a homebound Nick calls up Mike Gordon, the bass guitarist and vocalist for Phish. Mike teaches Nick the art of using “non-varying exercises” as a secret weapon inspired by meditation to get in sync with other bandmates during sound check.more → learn more >