Songs & Stories Podcast: Guitarist Lauren Elle Broido


Songs & Stories: S2, E5
Show Notes: Guitarist and songwriter Lauren Elle Broido talks about her musical journey from the mainland to the Big Island and shares a few music clips from a Pink Floyd Tribute show  (All That Is Now) and a 50th Woodstock concert (Shakastock) event. You’ll hear “Money” and “I’m Going Home” in this episode.

You can find Songs & Stories on all major podcast platforms including Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Google Podcasts. It also airs weekly on KONA 100.5 FM in Kailua, Kona. You can also read an excerpt from the podcast’s transcript below.

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Steve Roby: Let’s start out with a brief music bio and how you got started in music.

Lauren Broido: I grew up on Long Island in 1969. My family moved to Philadelphia and I found my guitar teacher in Philadelphia, Jerry Rix, a blues guy. I took lessons from him for almost three years. And then it was the highlight of my week. It was all I cared about – two hours every Thursday evening. One day I went in and he said, “I can’t teach you anything else.” I said, “What am I supposed to do?” And he said, If you want to be a guitar player, move to Nashville.” So, a couple of weeks later, I did. I had a Telecaster Deluxe and Vibrolux amp in my funny little suitcase and moved to Nashville. Yeah, it was crazy. I started finding work. I was 22 years old and terrified, absolutely terrified. And I was there for a long time working for Opry stars and some original bands.

Roby: That must have been a great experience with all those…

Broido: I played guitar for Kitty Wells and for Leroy Van Dyke. I was in an original band, The Orange Blossom Special, with John Cornhill, who grew up with Gram Parsons and he was the original drummer in the International Submarine. Neil Flanz played pedal steel guitar in that band, and he was the steel player in the Fallen Angels with Gram. So, we traveled around the country in that band.  That was kind of schizophrenic, and those stories are nuts.

Roby: Was there a certain moment, early on, that said to you – I want to play the guitar, and who influenced you?

Broido: Yes! My father was a music publisher. He worked for a lot of the publishers in New York City. And he was working for E.B. Marx and the great guitar pedagogue Vahdah Olcott-Bickford from Czechoslovakia was importing guitars into the US. This is 1960 and I was 14 and gave my father a nylon string guitar that she was importing. And he brought it home one day, held it up by the front door, and said, “Who wants to play guitar?” I had two brothers, and I got my hand up first. So, I learned how to play on that guitar by myself, in my room, because I was incredibly shy and nerdy.

Roby: Was there a certain music style or guitar player that influenced you?

Broido: Yes! It was New York City and it was 1964. I loved folk music. I loved it! I would go to sleep listening to WBAI, which was a Pacifica Radio station in Manhattan. And Bob Dylan would come on in the middle of the night…

Photos: Steve Roby


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