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The Infamous Stringdusters – Once You’re Gone

The Infamous Stringdusters perform “Once You’re Gone” live in our Washington, DC studios.

Jake Schepps on the Brad Kolodner Show, Saturday 2/7

Banjo pioneer Jake Schepps stops by the Brad Kolodner Show at 3 PM on Saturday, February 7. Jake will play a few tunes and discuss his new album, Entwined, a collection of stringband music by contemporary classical composers.

Highlights: Friday January 30 – Sunday February 1







Two live performances, new episodes of American Routes, Thistle & Shamrock, The Dick Spottswood Show, and much more!

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  • Wherever I Wander from the Snyders in March

    wherever_i_wander_thThe Snyder Family Band have signed with Mountain Home Music, and will be releasing their first album with the label on March 17. This extremely talented trio features the precocious musicianship of Samantha and Zeb Snyder, with their father Bud on bass. Samantha plays fiddle like […]

  • Behind The Mic with Jim Fisher

    fisher_thWhen we think of “radio voices,” smooth, rich, polished tones come to mind – think Casey Kasem. Broadcaster Jim Fisher was a little surprised when, years ago, someone told him that his voice was well-suited for the radio. As he tells it, he was emceeing […]

  • Special C heading back west

    specialc_lennon_thHere’s the final report from Greg Cahill, who has just finished up a tour in Ireland with Special Consensus. We played at a wonderful music festival in Sixmilebridge, Ireland, last Sunday – a festival we play every time we come over here. It features many forms of […]

  • How quickly can you turn a banjo into an electric?

    turbo_module_thTom Nechville, of Nechville Musical Products, has created a DIY video showing how easily any Nechville tone ring banjo can be quickly converted into a solid body electric using the Nechville Turbo Module. Nechville is fond of this sort of jet-age phraseology, calling his radical […]

  • Rambling Rooks are now Band of Ruhks

    band_of_ruhks_thRonnie Bowman is really excited about the upcoming album from Band of Ruhks, formerly known as The Rambling Rooks. And when Ronnie gets excited, he starts to gush. No holding back for this successful Nashville songwriter, who possesses one of the most iconic voices in […]

  • Madam video from Mountain Faith

    madam_thMountain Faith is really on the video trail this month. Here’s their second release since the new year, a banjo-driven song called Madam from their current Mountain Fever CD, Blue. It was written by John Morgan, a former guitarist with the band, and cousin to […]

  • How I Love You video from Becky Buller

    becky_thBecky Buller has released the first of a promised several live performance videos from her ‘Tween Earth and Sky CD release party in Nashville back in October. On How I Love You, she is joined by Kenny Smith on guitar, Mike Bub on bass, Stephen […]

  • Big changes at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country

    wamu_thWAMU’s Bluegrass Country has been a shining success story for public radio since they broke off from WAMU’s main broadcast signal and began broadcasting bluegrass music 24/7 online in 2001. Several markets had seen secondary music channels develop for classical or jazz music lovers as […]

  • Grass Roots Project – Eric and Ben Marshall

    grass_roots_project_thIt’s probably pretty safe to say that many of today’s bluegrass musicians first learned to play, or at least to appreciate, bluegrass music from a family member. Some of the latest evidence of this is the father-son duo of Eric and Ben Marshall, who hail […]

  • Do you haiku?

    jones_thI was reminded recently by Ned Luberecki that I had once written a bluegrass haiku that went as follows: late in the evening Uncle Pen played the fiddle why did he do that? This led me to think that we were overdue for a discussion […]

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