All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.
Chuck Leavell & Jon Cleary
Meet two piano professors from the South with two differing styles. First up, from Macon, GA, Chuck Leavell has played in more than a few of Rock’s most iconic bands, from the Allman Brothers to the Rolling Stones. And while piano might be his day job, he’s also a keeper of a Georgia forest and an honorary forest ranger! We talk to Chuck about his love of the keys and the trees. Then, it’s a lesson in New Orleans funk a la keyboard with Jon Cleary, who breaks down the elements and reveals the Latin tinge to New Orleans piano favorites.
*Americana Breakdown – Sat. 9 p.m.
Hosted by Art Hanson.
Music tonight from the Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, Old Crow Medicine Show, the Travelin’ McCourys, Robin & Linda Williams, Butch Thompson & Pat Donohue and so much more…
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dave Higgs.
The Dixie Bee-Liners Live
They’re a band that more than lives up to their motto “sweet picked for freshness”. Named the 2008 bluegrass artist of the year by the Roots Music Association, and named after Kentucky Highway 41, the famed Dixie Bee-Line, their music is otherworldly, unmistakably Southern, bible-belt noir, comic, intense, and tragic. The Dixie Bee-Liners, led by Brandi Hart and Buddy Woodward, will be picking, singing, providing colorful commentary, and otherwise letting the fur fly live midway through our proceedings. We’ll also be unleashing the latest from the Hard Road Trio, The Bankesters, Jim Hurst, Laurie Lewis, and the Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band on this cuter-than-a-bugs-ear, even cuter-than-a-speckled-pup-tied-to-a-red-wagon edition of Bluegrass Breakdown.
Bluegrass Master Class – Sun. 3 p.m. & Fri. 4 a.m.
Banks of the Ohio #120 (rebroadcast)
Bluegrass from 1955 is profiled in the “Starving Out” segment. From that watershed year you’ll hear Carl Story go rockabilly, Don Reno and Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith’s “Feudin’ Banjos,” Buzz Busby’s “Lost” (with Scotty Stoneman, Don Stover, and Charlie Waller), and a reunion of the Monroe Brothers at New River Ranch. Later in the program, pioneer female musicians Roni and Donna Stoneman and Gloria Belle ace a couple of classics from the early ‘70s, and the Dillards perform a homecoming concert with John Hartford in Salem, MO. A production of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, hosted by Fred Bartenstein.
Bluegrass Review – Mon. 9 p.m., Wed. 4 a.m.
Hosted by Phil Nusbaum.
Mirroring US society, the 1960s were a time of big change in bluegrass. On the Gem of Bluegrass, guests Lyle Lofgren and Adam Granger report on how bluegrass responded to rock and roll. But bluegrass also had a renaissance in the 1960’s and we play some fine examples of 1960s bluegrass evolutions. Also on the show today, we spin some recent bluegrass. 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.
Hosted by Peter Thompson.
Old & In the Way PLUS Stanley Brothers & NLCR live in concert
The celebration of live bluegrass continues with some 1973 selections by the music’s most influential band between the pioneers and AKUS, plus highlights from the 1966 American Folk & Country European tour (with the Stanley Brothers, New Lost City Ramblers, Roscoe Holcomb, and Cousin Emmy).
Classic Country & Bluegrass – Tues. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
Sadly, longtime WAMU host Tom “Cat” Reeder passed away Saturday, June 30 at the age of 77. A rotating cast of Bluegrass Country contributors will be substituting in this slot (formerly home to The Tom “Cat” Reeder Show) until further notice.
*The Dick Spottswood Show – Sun. 12 a.m. & 1 p.m., Thurs. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dick Spottswood.
Dr. Ralph frails the old time banjo, and so do Hobart Smith and John Hammond, who is also give us a taste of serving time in a southern jail.. Piano legend Pine Top Smith demonstrates the origins of boogie-woogie, while Merle Travis , Hank Snow and the Delmore Brothers demonstrate its influence in in the 1940s country realm. Other notables performing for your pleasure include the Stanley Brothers, Molly O’Day, the Carter Family, Bill Monroe, Wade Mainer and the Louvin Brothers.
Editor’s Picks – Sat. 3 a.m., Sun. 6 p.m., Thurs. 4 a.m., Fri. 8 p.m.
Hosted by Jerad Walker.
18 South & Travers Chandler and Avery County
This week we highlight performances and interviews from Travers Chandler and Avery County and 18 South recorded at the 2011 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
*etown – Sun. 7 p.m.
Birds of Chicago / City and Colour
Nick & Helen welcome renowned Canadian singer and songwriter, Dallas Green, who performs under the moniker City and Colour. He has an unmistakable sound, both instrumentally and vocally, he’s wildly popular, and we’re excited to have him with us for his first visit to eTown. Also joining us for the first time is the dynamic duo Birds of Chicago, which consists of talented musicians JT Nero and Allison Russell (two emerging artists gathering a following in American Roots music).
The Gary Henderson Show – Sat. 8-11 a.m. LIVE, Mon. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
Lonesome Pine RFD – Mon. 4 a.m., Wed. 9 p.m.
Hosted by Carol Beaugard.
Join Carol for her interview with Bob Amos (lead singer, guitarist and guiding force behind the internationally known bluegrass band Front Range from 1988-2004).
Music from Foggy Hollow – Sat. 12 a.m., Tues. 4 a.m., Thurs. 9 p.m.
Hosted by Mike Kear.
In Music from Foggy Hollow this week Mike Kear’s featuring the second solo CD from Dailey & Vincent’s Jeff Parker. It’s called Go Parker! and he’s playing some of the music and talking a about Jeff’s background. Also on the show, a HOST of new releases including the Kickin Grass Band, songwriter Jerry Salley, Northern Departure, Mickey Boles, guitarist Richard Bennett, Wildfire’s Robert Hale, Town Mountain and lots of other newly released bluegrass music. And we’ll open the vaults to look back 5 years to see what we were doing back then. All this and a whole lot more. The show’s only for fun, so don’t miss it!
Open Mic – Sat. 6 a.m., Fri. 6 p.m.
Hosted by Jerad Walker.
ROMP 2012 featuring Bearfoot and Pokey LaFarge
This week we Open the Mic for LIVE performances from ROMP 2012 in Owensboro, Kentucky featuring Bearfoot and Pokey LaFarge. Each year, the International Bluegrass Music Museum holds this festival in the heart of bluegrass music’s ancestral homeland. This year’s event occurred on the weekend of June 27th and featured performances from some of the biggest names in bluegrass and American roots music. You can find out more about ROMP and the International Bluegrass Music Museum by visiting bluegrassmuseum.org.
Overnight – Mon.-Fri., 12-4 a.m.
Each weeknight we air condensed encore presentations of some of your favorite live Bluegrass Country shows.
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
Enjoy an hour dedicated to some great solo artists and duos that deliver uncluttered, pure acoustic arrangements.