Bear and a Banjo

Bear and a Banjo

Bear and a Banjo is a new musical podcast that tells the incredibly tall tale of a band that time forgot. Although history may have left them behind, Bear and Banjo rubbed shoulders with some of the greatest musical icons in history—from Leadbelly and Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Little Richard and Bob Dylan— unwittingly influencing the course of 20th century Americana. All their adventures are meticulously archived and presented by Dr. Q, played by Dennis Quaid. Bear and a Banjo features an original soundtrack, produced by Oscar-winner T-Bone Burnett (O’ Brother Where Art Thou, True Detective), written and performed by series creator Jingle Jared & Grammy-winning songwriter Jason "Poo Bear” Boyd with original lyrics by Bob Dylan.... Show More

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May 4, 2020 1 min

"Bear and a Banjo" received two nominations, Best Writing and Best Original Music/Sound Design in a Podcast respectively.

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Bear and a Banjo was listed as one of the best music podcasts of 2019 by Variety. This bonus episode features an intimate performance from the Winston House in Los Angeles. Hear the first ever live performance of the music from the podcast plus a Q and A with series creator Jared Gutstadt and his musical partner / imaginary bandmate Poo Bear, moderated by Winston House founder Corey McGuire.

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December 5, 2019 12 min


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December 5, 2019 36 min

The song (co-written by Bob Dylan w Poo Bear and Jingle Jared) stitches together the entire series in the form of a lyrical puzzle.

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In this behind the scenes episode, we have a conversation with Rosanna Arquette about her involvement in season one of Bear and a Banjo and talk with host Zach Selwyn about how Jingle Jared got Bob Dylan, TBone Burnett, Dennis Quaid, Rosanna Arquette and Poo Bear to collaborate on this first of its kind musical and fictional series. We also do a full track preview of the Bob Dylan's collaboration for the series finale.

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November 21, 2019 57 min

A raucous rock n' roll tour becomes a journey into the heart of darkness, for Bear and Banjo, as they seek the roots of a new sound.

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November 14, 2019 52 min

Bear and a Banjo are summoned North by an evil industrialist with sinister intent.

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November 7, 2019 34 min

Bear and Banjo introduce Sister Rosetta Tharpe, famed gospel singer/guitarist and unheralded inventor of rock n roll, to Little Richard, changing the course of music history. After a brush with the law, the episode ends with Bear and Banjo officiating the wedding of Sister Rosetta in front of 30,000 people - Oh and Zac Brown uncovers the forgotten song and does his own rendition.

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Dennis Quaid, Poo Bear and Jingle Jared discuss how this project was created. They examine the story, music and their fateful meetings, which lead to them bringing this concept to life. Dennis recounts a last minute invitation to pitch this concept with Jingle Jared in Las Vegas... and Poo Bear explains how Justin Bieber should take some credit for this project.

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October 23, 2019 42 min

Bear and Banjo execute the first documented musical prison break in history. 

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October 16, 2019 32 min

J. Banjo becomes America's biggest children's entertainer only to be run out of town by J. Edgar Hoover.

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October 9, 2019 35 min

A tall tale about ear worms, jug bands, radio jingles, sonic weaponry, LSD and the CIA - all loosely based upon a Mark Twain short story. 

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October 2, 2019 4 min

Bear and a Banjo is all about music and its impact on the world.  In the spirit of Bear and a Banjo we partnered with One Medical to create a song using 200 anonymous internet posts about mental health. We hope it reminds people facing mental health issues that they are not alone, and together we can make something beautiful. For more information visit OneMedical.com/mentalhealth

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October 2, 2019 33 min

Bear and Banjo find themselves on a midnight train ride from Chicago to New York with Sonny Liston, the mob and Muddy Waters.

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September 25, 2019 2 min

Join our unlikely heroes, Bear and Banjo, on a musical adventure through the history of Americana. 

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