All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.
Follow American Routes this week to the City of Brotherly Love, as we hang out on the musical street corners with some of Philadelphia’s finest, including bobby-soxer idol Bobby Rydell, hip hop drummer and city champion Questlove of the Roots, and the city’s mayor, Michael Nutter, who can also claim fame as a disco DJ. We’ll visit a famous operatic cafe and sit in with a neighborhood jazz organ trio. Plus catch a choir rehearsal at one of the city’s historic churches and a conversation with a mother-daughter klezmer duo. And musical postcards from artists who call Philly their hometown.
*Americana Breakdown – Sat. 9 p.m.
Hosted by Art Hanson.
New music tonight from Mindy Smith, Kasey Chambers, Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCoury’s, The Flatlanders, Jimmy LaFave and some old favorites…
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dave Higgs.
Smiles (Part I)
On this week’s Bluegrass Breakdown, they’re mood boosters, immune system strengtheners, appearance enhancers, stress relievers. They’re wildly contagious, confusing to approaching frowns, and are curves that will set everything straight. With the help of The Grass Cats, Doc Watson, Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson, and Bill Clifton, we’ll be looking at high-lonesome smiles. Coming up on this happy-go-lucky, do them all and the whole world will do it with you edition of Bluegrass Breakdown.
Bluegrass Master Class – Sun. 3 p.m. & Fri. 4 a.m.
Banks of the Ohio #121 (rebroadcast)
Banks of the Ohio visits 1957 in the “Starving Out” segment, including tracks from the first bluegrass LP and the first sessions of Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys and the Osborne Brothers & Red Allen. Other highlights include an unreleased Don Stover cut from 1970 and selections from anniversary albums of the Bluegrass 45 (25th, 1996) and Mark O’ Connor (30th, 2004). We say goodbye to BluegrassCountry.org’s Francis Ying with “Mr. Engineer.” 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.
Our show opens with a new recording by Robert Hale. Then we play two songs that share a name, but little else: “Pardon Me.” The first version is a Jim and Jesse love song, the second a broken hearted melody sung by a man with a shattered psyche. The Gem of Bluegrass features Lyle Lofgren, Adam Granger and Phil Nusbaum discussing the change in bluegrass singing over the years. Later in the broadcast, the three take up “the bluegrass modern age.” 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.
Live On Arrival
The celebration of live bluegrass continues with a 2010 recording of Jesse McReynolds (with the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band and David Nelson) doing a few songs from Jerry Garcia’s repertoire. The other half of the show features musical previews of the annual Good Old Fashioned BG Fest, with songs by eight Northern California bands.
*Capital Americana – Wed. 6 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m.
Hosted by Jen Hitt.
The 2012 Rocky Mountain Song School & Folks Festival is taking place this weekend in Lyons Colorado, so we’ll hear sounds from the 2011 festival as well as the finalists of the 2011 Songwriter Showcase. That’s Saturday afternoon at 2 on Capital Americana.
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.
Don Reno, Sam McGee and Smith Casey show us how bending the strings produces a bluesier sound. Bill Monroe sings a truck driving song, Charlie Monroe sings with Lester Flatt, and there’s an extended 1920s visit with the Memphis Jug Band. Bob Wills, Charlie Poole, Rose Maddox, Hogman Maxey and Uncle Dave all put in cameo appearances too. Even if you’re enjoying a well deserved vacation, take Obsolete Music along for the ride.
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.
Nathaniel Rateliff / Indigo Girls
Hosts Nick & Helen Forster welcome back Indigo Girls (Emily Saliers and Amy Ray) in this encore airing from the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. This show features a bit of intrigue: when Amy misses her plane, Nick, Helen and the rest of the eTones are enlisted to fill in in her absence. Will Amy make it to the theater in time to join Emily for their second set in the show? Tune in and find out. Also on the program: singer/songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff and his band.
The Gary Henderson Show – Sat. 8-11 a.m. LIVE, Mon. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
Music from Foggy Hollow – Sat. 12 a.m., Tues. 4 a.m., Thurs. 9 p.m.
Hosted by Mike Kear.
In a jam-packed Music from Foggy Hollow this week Mike Kear’s featuring the a new CD on Lonesome Day Records from guitarist Richard Bennett. It’s called “Last Train From Poor Valley” and he’s playing a lot of the music and talking about Richard’s background. Also on the show, a HOST of new releases including Balsam Range, the Kickin Grass Band, the Darrel Webb Band, songwriter Jerry Salley, Mickey Boles, Wildfire’s Robert Hale, Town Mountain and lots of other newly released bluegrass music. He’s going to open the vaults to look back 5 years to see what was in the show 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.
*RootsWorld Radio – Sat. 8 p.m.
Hosted by Cliff Furnald.
RootsWorld Radio #24
RootsWorld Radio this week is a bit a wanderer. We’ll hear music, new and old, from many places, with few geographical relationships but plenty of musical kinship. From the 78s of southern Africa to the avant garde of Belgium, we’ll play fast and loose with the term “world music.”
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
This hour features classic and more recently formed musical threesomes weaving melodies and rhythms together into an intoxicating and perfectly balanced blend.