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Brad Kolodner playing banjo.

Brad Kolodner

Brad is a full-time musician and community organizer based in Baltimore. At just 27 years of age, he represents the next generation of old-time musicians pushing the boundaries of the tradition into uncharted territory while spreading the music far and wide. Awarded the 2016 IBMA Momentum Award for Industry Involvement, Kolodner is helping to lead the charge as a performer, teacher, DJ for WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, jam leader, community builder and ambassador for old-time and bluegrass music. He regularly performs across the country in a group with his father, Ken Kolodner, and with the acoustic roots quartet Charm City Junction.

Brad graduated from Ithaca College in 2012 with a degree in Television/Radio where he hosted a folk show on WICB called The Hobo’s Lullaby. He signed on at WAMU’s Bluegrass County as host of The Brad Kolodner Show in the summer of 2013. He has interviewed dozens of artists over the years, including Tim O’Brien, Trampled by Turtles, Mipso, The Steel Wheels, Dom Flemons, The Foghorn Stringband, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, The Bumper Jacksons, and Riders in the Sky. Starting in the winter of 2017, Brad also hosts Old Time Jam.

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