All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 9 p.m.
Downhome in the Big City: Norah Jones & Andy Statman
We’ll spend time with two eclectic NYC-based musicians who mix up country with jazz and other traditions. Multi-instrumentalist Andy Statman comes from a family steeped in Jewish musical traditions, but got the bluegrass bug playing with David Grisman and Tony Trischka. We’ll talk about his explorations of bluegrass, klezmer, free jazz and now duets with tea kettles. Then singer and pianist Norah Jones, known for her own personal stamp on jazz, shares the country side of life in her recent work with The Little Willies. Plus lots of “citified” country songs and downhome urban tunes.
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dave Higgs.
Beg – Borrow – Steal
We’ll be doing whatever it takes to ensure that you receive 100% of your daily bluegrass-ical requirements, even if that means – as in this instance – begging, borrowing, and stealing. We’ll be earnestly beseeching, pestering, and engaging in felonious conduct with some of the best beggars, borrowers, and thieves in the business: highly esteemed bluegrass-ical icons such as the Jones and Leva, The Lost and Found, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Bill Grant and Delia Bell, Jim and Jess, Crucial Smith, The Stanley Brothers, Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, and The Seldom Scene.
Bluegrass Master Class – Fri. 4 a.m.
Banks of the Ohio #111 (rebroadcast)
Visit 1946 during the “Dawn of the Bluegrass Era” segment; featured are earliest recordings of the classic bluegrass band (Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Chubby Wise, and Howard Watts). You’ll also hear women who influenced and made bluegrass in its earliest years: Cousin Emmy, the Poe Sisters, Wilma Lee Cooper, Hazel Dickens, Alice Gerrard, Grace French, and Jeannette Cooke. “Walls of Time To Come” includes music from Japan and Mexico. 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.
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., Sun. 11 p.m.
Hosted by Peter Thompson.
Happy Birthday To the Wallers
The original broadcast of this show was on January 19th — the birthdays of both Charlie Waller and (possible distant relation) Butch Waller. Music from both of their long-running bands — the Country Gentlemen and High Country — is featured, and includes a version of “John Hardy,” who supposedly was hanged on Jan. 19, 1894.
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 Dick Spottswood Show – Sun. 12 a.m. & 1 p.m., Thurs. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dick Spottswood.
This week’s Obsolete mixture includes bluegrass (Lester Flatt, Jim & Jesse, Country Gentlemen), Western swing (Bob Wills and another great band led by his baby brother Billy Jack), blues (Bessie Smith, Leroy Carr, Champion Jack) and serious country (Jimmie Rodgers, Bailes Brothers, Louvin Brothers and the Carter Family). May their songs and sentiments warm up your midwinter day.
Editor’s Picks – Sat. 3 a.m., Sun. 6 p.m., Thurs. 4 a.m., Fri. 8 p.m.
Hosted by Jerad Walker.
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
This week we feature live performances and interviews from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper recorded at IBMA’s 2012 World of Bluegrass Concert in Nashville, TN.
*etown – Sun. 5 p.m.
Reed Foehl / Kat Edmonson
This week eTown welcomes back musician Reed Foehl, along with up-and-coming singer/songwriter and eTown newcomer Kat Edmonson. A Boston native based in Colorado since 1989, Foehl started his musical career as the founding member and front man the worldwide indie folk phenomenon Acoustic Junction. Since going solo, his music has caught the attention of new fans nationwide through commercial radio airplay and placements for television and film. Kat Edmonson is a buoyant singer-songwriter from Texas whose tiny stature belies a powerful voice. She makes smart, familiar pop that is steeped in vintage tradition, and delivered with a sound you won’t soon forget.
Home Town Special – Sun. 7 p.m. ET
Hosted by Jay Bruder.
This week we will spin rockabilly tracks from Ronnie Dove and Wayne Newton, before they hit the big time, and trace the “little schoolgirl” theme from Sonnyboy No. 1 in 1937 to Washington’s own r&b vocal group, the Marquees, in 1957 with a side trip to New Orleans for Fats Domino’s version. We will continue to explore recordings from Lillian Claiborne’s DC Records empire with TNT Tribble and Frank Motley sides done at Gotham and RCA Victor in the early 1950s as well as great gospel quartets and some extra mossy bluegrass.
Old Time Jam – Fri. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
Open Mic – Sat. 6 a.m., Fri. 6 p.m.
See Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Countdown
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 #45
The 45th edition of RootsWorld Radio will chase the elusive mandolin, in a number of its guises as it hides in the alleys and forests of the world. From Satie to Ellington, from old time rags to Carnatic raga, we’ll hear artists who have taken the instrument to new turf and familiar ground.
You can find out more about the program at www.RootsWorld.org
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
Songs of Robert Burns
Hear various artists in the intoxicating embrace of the songs, timeless and thriving, of Scotland’s National Bard.