Bela Fleck

Michael Conti

WBAA listeners know the music of BJ Leiderman. BJ wrote the theme music for Morning Edition; Weekend Edition; Marketplace; Science Friday; Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!; and the Stump The Chumps theme from Car Talk! Leiderman is a musician's musician. He's influenced by the Beatles, XTC, and his own vibrant personality. Backed by the Athens, Georgia-based Randall Bramblett Band, produced by Eric Sarafin a.k.a. Mixerman and featuring Bela Fleck on banjo, "BJ" is his debut album, and the culmination of three decades of writing and production. WBAA's John Clare spoke with BJ about this landmark release.

Rounder Records

Co-commissioned by the Canton, Colorado, South Carolina, and Louisville Symphony Orchestras, Juno Concerto was composed in 2015 by Béla Fleck. Named for his son Juno, “every note of the concerto is colored by the experience of being a new father, and how that has changed what is important to me as a person, as well as what I wish to express through music,” says Fleck, who became a father for the first time at 55, with his wife, musician Abigail Washburn.