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Beppe Gambetta on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country


Beppe Gambetta performs “Handsome Molly” live in the studios of WAMU’s Bluegrass Country in Washington, DC. To view more videos like this, visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and Circa Blue Live at WAMU

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WAMU’s Bluegrass Country presents a live radio broadcast featuring performances from Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and Circa Blue on Friday, July 31 at 7 pm ET.

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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Live at WAMU

ibma_frank_solivanFrank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen join host Katy Daley for a live in-studio session on Friday, July 25 at 1 pm ET.

Tune in as the band celebrates the release of their new album Cold Spell and performs in front of a live studio audience.

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  • Band Aid video contest goes bluegrass

    eddys_thWhen you scrape a knee or cut your finger, do you think bluegrass? Well that’s what Mary Eddy of Parkersburg, WV did when she learned that Band Aid was running a video contest. She grabbed up her bluegrass picking songs, Jake and Carter, and following […]

  • Pre War Dobros examined in new book

    dobro_roots_thAs is true for most students of the bluegrass instruments, resonator guitarists are especially enamored of the instruments made just prior to the US entry into WWII. In the late 1930s and early ’40s, almost all of the reso-guitars were being made by a pair of […]

  • Earls of Leicester in September

    earls_thJerry Douglas’ next project is something of a departure for him. Typically a decidedly forward-loooking artist focused on new music, the Dobro master is turning his gaze back to the 1950s for The Earls of Leicester, a Flatt & Scruggs tribute project he has organized with […]

  • Jesse McReynolds 85th Birthday Roast

    jesse_thTo celebrate Jesse McReynolds’ 85th birthday earlier this month, family, friends and neighbors of the bluegrass mandolin legend got together at Jesse’s home outside of Nashville for a birthday tribute in the form of a celebrity roast. Popular radio host Harv Mason served as the roastmaster, with stories […]

  • Country Livin’ – The Easy Ramblers

    country_livin_thAs much as the popular media might want us to, all bluegrass fans don’t live in an old homeplace in the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, that doesn’t mean that those images don’t stay popular in this style of music. Some of the best bluegrass songs […]

  • Old River from Nightflyer

    rail_river_road_thNightflyer has released a debut single from their upcoming album, Rail River & Road. It’s their version of Hazel Dickens’ Old River, sung by banjo picker Ronnie Stewart, with guitarist Richard Propps taking the tenor. It’s a real vocal showpiece, certain to tickle the fancy of anyone […]

  • Flatt Lonesome, Too

    flatt_lonesome_too_thThe bluegrass world was turned on its ears last January following the debut album of a bunch of young people from Florida. Flatt Lonesome won SPBGMA’s band competition in 2012,  and nabbed a nomination for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year in 2013, an impressive feat […]

  • Twilight Zone video from Stringcaster

    stringcaster_thStringcaster is a Dutch band that was formed to celebrate a variety of American music, including blues, rockabilly, country and bluegrass. They’re a rowdy bunch, featuring Ralf Wychge on mandolin, banjo, lead vocals and harmonica, Jimmy Ellis on fiddle and mandolin, Robert van Driesten on harmonica and banjo, Martin Voogd […]

  • Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning

    rachel_burge_thWest Virginia singer, songwriter, and mandolinist, Rachel Burge, first came to our attention as a member of No One You Know, a bluegrass group formerly based in the Mountaineer State. Their clever band name served them well in generating curiosity, one that may have been based on the […]

  • Behind The Mic with Buddy Merriam

    buddy_merriam_thMandolin player Buddy Merriam might be one of the most open-minded bluegrass traditionalists around. Although he professes to a deep love of first-generation bluegrass, particularly the stylings of Bill Monroe, in his role as host of the popular Blue Grass Time radio show on WUSB […]

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