All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.
The Funk Soul Universe: Galactic and Joe Bataan
It’s an exploration of the funk universe on American Routes. New York City pioneer of Afro-Latin Soul, Joe Bataan, tells us about his boogaloo beginnings, melding latin beats with soulful sounds and his move toward “salsoul” and rap. And a conversation with Stanton Moore and Ben Ellman from New Orleans’ Galactic about their love of all things funky from the Crescent City and beyond.
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Sailing, Part One
With the help of Doyle Lawson, Peter Rowan, Kane’s River, Northern Lights and Leroy Troy–one of the finest and hard-driving crews that ever put out to sea—we’ll be sailing by ourselves, with the Master and for the Lord to such places as Philadelphia, the moon, home and nowhere.
Bluegrass Master Class – Sun. 3 p.m. & Fri. 4 a.m.
Banks of the Ohio #113 (rebroadcast)
Visit 1948 in the Dawn of the Bluegrass Era segment, where you’ll hear some of Flatt & Scruggs’ first records, Ralph Stanley’s transition from two-finger to three-finger banjo, and Bill Monroe’s only known recording from that year. Knoxville was an early bluegrass hotspot; featured artists associated with that city include Ray Atkins, Jethro Burns, Red Rector, Carl Sauceman, Carl Story, Tater Tate, Jake Tullock, the Webster Brothers, and a little-known song by Knoxville nurse/songwriter Ruby Moody. A production of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, hosted by Fred Bartenstein.
Bluegrass Review – Mon. 9 p.m., Wed. 4 a.m.
You know how bluegrass fans comment on all the sad songs in bluegrass, particularly those with happy melodies. The show opens with sad songs, happy-sounding and otherwise. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we investigate some complex aspects of supposedly “simple” bluegrass and old time music. Later, we talk to Graham Sharp of the Steep Canyon Rangers about his songwriting for the group. Contact host Phil Nusbaum at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the conversation at Facebook. The playlist is located at www.bluegrassreview.com.
Bluegrass Signal – Mon. 11 p.m., Wed. 6 a.m.
Songs For A Tax-ing Weekend
This week’s “Bluegrass Signal” is a collection of songs about money, originally broadcast on the weekend before taxes were due. Musical participants include Nashville cats Del McCoury, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Mac Wiseman, Dreadful Snakes, and NBB; California bands High Country and Chris Stuart & Backcountry; duets Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin and Steve Gulley & Tim Stafford; and, yes, others.
Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Countdown – Last Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. ET
Host Lee Michael Demsey features the top 30 songs as reported to Bluegrass Unlimited for the upcoming month, in the familiar countdown format. Demsey also includes brief comments from some of the artists and/or songwriters whose music is included. BU has maintained their monthly chart, the National Bluegrass Survey, for the past 19 years. Since its inception, Demsey has compiled the list for the magazine from reporting radio stations and syndicators.
The Chris Teskey Show – Thurs. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
*The Dick Spottswood Show – Sun. 12 a.m. & 1 p.m., Thurs. 5 a.m.
Great Stanley Brothers studio tracks from 1953-54, music from Bristol Tennessee in 1928, sister Louise joins the Osborne Brothers on a 1951 version of “New Freedom Bell,” some early western swing, a suite of blues, country and gospel classics by Jimmy Murphy, and an musical excerpt from a 1953 Kentucky holiness service, starring Brother Claude Ely.
“New Freedom Bell” and other early Osborne songs appear on a fascinating website, http://osborne-brothers-early-days-with-ott-ginter.info/
Editor’s Picks – Sat. 3 a.m., Sun. 6 p.m., Thurs. 4 a.m., Fri. 8 p.m.
The Boxcars / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
This week we’re featuring performances from The Boxcars and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice recorded at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2011 World of Bluegrass Conference in Nashville, TN.
*etown – Sun. 7 p.m.
Elephant Revival / Jimmy LaFave
Nick & Helen welcome a group that’s gaining national recognition for their creative and eclectic approach to acoustic music. Elephant Revival has a genre-jumping style that’s been called “Transcendental Folk.” Their unique sound has reportedly earned the respect of musical peers like Bela Fleck, John Paul Jones, Little Feat and Leftover Salmon. Also with us is Austin-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Jimmy LaFave. He’s a two-time winner of the Austin Music Award category for Best Singer/Songwriter; and he is said to be one of Bruce Springsteen AND Bob Dylan’s favorite artists.
The Gary Henderson Show – Sat. 8-11 a.m. LIVE, Mon. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
*Irish Heartbeat with Dervish – Sat. 7 p.m.
Join Cathy Jordan and her band Dervish as they welcomes one of Ireland’s best modern songwriters, John Spillane and living legend, Seamus Tansey. Enjoy the Craic (Irish for fun)!
The Katy Daley Show – Mon.- Fri. LIVE, 7-10 a.m.
The Lee Michael Demsey Show – Sat. 11a.m.-2p.m., Mon.- Fri. LIVE, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Music from Foggy Hollow – Sat. 12 a.m., Tues. 4 a.m., Thurs. 9 p.m.
Featuring host Mike Kear.
In Mike Kear’s Music from Foggy Hollow this week, Mike’s featuring a new CD from Carrie Hassler called The Distance. It’s produced by Steve Gulley and it’s a beauty. He’s playing songs from the CD and talking about Carrie’s career. Also on the show, brand new music from Californian banjo player Bill Evans, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band banjo player John McEuen and his sons, the Wayward Vessel, LRB’s Randy Jones, Kathy Joy Daugherty, the Steel Wheels, and Special Consensus. And Mike opens the vaults to look back to see what was in the show back in history. The show’s only for fun, so don’t miss it!
Open Mic – Sat. 6 a.m., Fri. 6 p.m.
Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Countdown May 2012
Overnight – Mon.-Fri., 12-4 a.m.
Each weeknight we air condensed encore presentations of some of your favorite live Bluegrass Country shows.
The Ray Davis Show – Mon.- Fri. 3-6p.m. LIVE, Sun. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
*RootsWorld Radio – Sat. 8 p.m.
RootsWorld Radio #9
Featuring host Cliff Furnald.
On RootsWorld, we’ll listen to new music and old from Spain, Mali, Western Sahara, Madagascar, Italy, Japan and more. The ensemble SANS offer a live performance from Kaustinen, Finland that features a hybrid Malagasy/Finnish zither introduced by Andrew Cronshaw. Artists on the program will include Eliseo Parra, Mariem Hassan, Martha Mavroidi Trio, Emel Mathlouthi, Amadou and Mariem, Boot, Ricardo Tesi & Banditaliana, Malagache Connexion, Banda Olifante, Slavic Soul Party, Kohichi Makigauri and Bois Sec Ardion.
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
Mando Banjo Magic
Stringed instruments of all sorts help forge this music’s identity. This week we feature two that have become central to its sound with Seamus Egan, Jane Rothfield, and Gerry O’Connor.
The Tom “Cat” Reeder Show – Tues. 12-3 p.m. LIVE