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Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country


Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys perform “Walk of Life” in the Washington, DC studios of WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. To view more videos like this, visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Jay Bruder on The Kojo Nnamdi Show

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Bluegrass Country’s own Jay Bruder (host of The Home Town Special) joins The Kojo Nnamdi Show on Thursday, August 21 at 1 pm ET to chat about DC music history.

Tune in live at 88.5 FM in Washington, DC or online at wamu.org.

Bruce Cockburn on The Andy Ridenour Show

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Legendary Canadian folk singer Bruce Cockburn joins host Andy Ridenour for a live in-studio performance on Thursday, August 21 at noon ET.

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  • Free bluegrass personality test

    jones_thSome people have difficulty in the music field because they discover too late that they’re in the wrong side of the business for their personality. A person who is a wonderful sideman or woman may be a disaster as a band leader. The same leadership […]

  • Album of the Week #37: The Boys From Indiana’s Atlanta Is Burning

    atlanta_thFew bluegrass acts have dominated the Midwest, primarily the OKI (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) region, as The Boys From Indiana did in the late seventies. Known for their lively stage shows and strong original songs, The Boys From Indiana were one of the top festival acts […]

  • New procedures for IBMA Gig Fair in 2014

    wob14_thWe’ve written many times before about the multiple reasons someone might consider attending the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention – the expressly business portion held during the week, before the Awards Show and weekend festival. Radio hosts can obtain new recordings and capture interviews, manufacturers […]

  • Congratulations Steven and Christi Dowdy

    steve_mitzi_thEarlier this month, Steven Dowdy, guitarist and vocalist with The Bluegrass Brothers, was married to Christi Bryant. He shared this brief description of their big day. “Christi and I joined hands in marriage on August 11. We had been childhood sweethearts, and have known each […]

  • Bluegrass Weather Report – 8/19/14

    weather_thHere’s our Special Bluegrass Correspondent with this week’s Bluegrass Weather Report, looking in on the upcoming Pickin’ In The Pasture Festival in Lodi, New York.  

  • Emerging Artist jam at Milan

    milan_jam_thWhat do you do if you notice that the Saturday roster at your festival features four out of the five recently announced nominees for the IBMA Emerging Artist award for 2014? Mark Gaynier at the Milan Bluegrass Festival did the sensible thing, and arranged for […]

  • 5 String Flamethrower – Rob McCoury

    flamethrower_thWhat a golden age we’re in for banjo recordings! After years of anticipation, it’s Rob McCoury of the Del McCoury Band, joining recent wonderful banjo recordings by the Foggy Mountain Special Earl Scruggs Tribute team, Charlie Cushman, Noam Pikelny and others. I’ve known Rob since […]

  • On This Day #34 – Bass Mountain Boys

    carolina_calling_me_thOn this day …… On August 18, 1992, the Bass Mountain Boys released their first Pinecastle CD, Carolina Calling Me (PRC 1011). The 14 tracks were recorded at the Doobie Shea Studios, Ferrum, Virginia, by Steve Dilling [vocals/guitar /banjo], Johnny Ridge [vocals/guitar/fiddle], Mike “Hitman” Wilson […]

  • Cold Spell promotional video

    cold_spell_thCompass Records has produced a promotional video for Cold Spell, the newly-released project from Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. It includes snippets from several of the songs, and brief interviews with each of the band members: Frank Solivan on mandolin, Mike Munford on banjo, Chris Luquette […]

  • More from Big Hillbilly Bluegrass in Oman

    glik_thHere’s another report from Bob Perilla, who is in Oman with the better part of his Big Hillbilly Bluegrass. They will be performing in the northeast African nation for two weeks for the US State Department, and sharing stories of their travels with us at Bluegrass Today. Big Hillbilly Bluegrass has […]

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