All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m. & 8 p.m.
The Indie Gramophone
Whether you’re spinning 45s, 78s, or LPs, you’ll discover gold in the vinyl this week on American Routes. We check in with the record label dedicated to resurrecting lost sounds for the digital age, Dust to Digital. For some soul sides, we hear from Gabriel Roth, founder of Daptone Records, who’s re-imaging classic soul with the band Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. We’ll also talk to the man who got the Bossa Nova on record and started the Impulse label, jazz producer Creed Taylor. Then it’s off to Ville Platte for a conversation with Cajun recordman Floyd Soileau of Swallow Records. Plus tunes to get the jukebox shaking!
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Chris Stuart & Backcountry Live
They sing some of the most compelling originals to ever come down the old crooked road. Guitarist Eric Uglum, banjoist Janet Beazley, fiddler Christian Ward, bassist Austin Ward and guitarist (and renown songwriter) Chris Stuart—Chris Stuart and Backcountry– will be roaring in from the west with more of their “Neo Proto Folki Blue Gramericana for the discriminating masses” the middle chunk of our outing. We’ll also have new music from the bins from the likes of Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, The Bluegrass Regulators, Darin & Brooke Aldridge and Blue Highway.
Bluegrass Master Class – Sun. 3 p.m. & Fri. 4 a.m.
Banks of the Ohio #122
A listener’s recollections of pioneer disc jockey Eddie Matherly prompt a review of Washington, D.C. area contributions to bluegrass history on this week’s Banks of the Ohio. The “Starving Out” segment presents 10 cuts from 1957, culminating with the Osborne Brothers & Red Allen’s first high-lead trio and chart hit, “Once More.” “Modern Branches” explores boundary stretching music from young bluegrass Turks in the U.S. And Europe. A production of the International Bluegrass Music Museum.
Bluegrass Review – Sun. 11 p.m., Mon. 9 p.m., Wed. 4 a.m.
The show starts out with some recent songs about farmers. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we survey bluegrass songs where instruments imitate a usually non-musical sound. Today we present our fourth in a series of “Out in the Country” visits with important bluegrass people who think globally and act locally on behalf of bluegrass. We meet Bill C. Malone of Madison, WI., teacher, author and musician. We talk about his life and about country music during his life. Contact host Phil Nusbaum at email@example.com or join the conversation at Facebook. The playlist is located at www.bluegrassreview.com.
Bluegrass Signal – Sun. 10 p.m., Mon. 11 p.m., Wed. 6 a.m.
#412 (California Home Songs)
Originally broadcast on a holiday weekend, a collection of songs about longing for, going to, remembering, or being at home — all performed by California musicians.
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.
#372 (Groundhog Day)
Outside of a music salute to Ground Hog Day, here are few threads to follow on this week’s Obsolete offering. Featured acts include the Carter Family, Blue Sky Boys, Barbecue Bob, Hanks Williams and Snow, Elvis Presley, Tampa Red, Vern and Ray, Molly O’Day and, of course, the Leap Frogs. Not a bad show, actually!
Editor’s Picks – Sat. 3 a.m., Sun. 6 p.m., Thurs. 4 a.m., Fri. 8 p.m.
Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie / Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa
This week we’re featuring new projects from two Washingtonians who are also alumni of the US Navy’s bluegrass band Country Current— Bill Emerson and Wayne Taylor.
*etown – Sat. 7 p.m.
Lyle Lovett / Taj Mahal – Green Rocks Part I
Brought back by popular demand: eTown returns to the stunningly beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado for eTown’s “Green Rocks at Red Rocks,” originally taped and aired in 2010. Our “Green Rocks” event continues the recycling, zero waste zones, renewable energy use, and biodiesel bus transportation we originated at this magnificent venue a few years back, practices that have now become standard procedure for Red Rocks. Hosts Nick & Helen Forster present this special two-part broadcast filled with exciting live performances and intimate, ‘behind-the-scenes’ interviews. Our special featured musical guests are Lyle Lovett and Taj Mahal.
The Free for All – Thurs. 6-9 p.m., Fri. 9 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Gary Henderson Show – Sat. 8-11 a.m. LIVE, Mon. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
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.
This Saturday, Lee Michael Demsey devotes his singer/songwriter hour (1 pm ET) to the music of Kate Wolf. Kate’s lovely, quietly soulful folk music inspired many musicians and listeners alike, in the 1970′s and 80′s, before her untimely death in 1986, at the age of 44. There was a touch of Bluegrass in some of the tunes, with the support of folks like Tony Rice and the Cache Valley Drifters. Lee will play tunes written by Kate Wolf, some performed by her, and some by other top flight performers, like Emmylou Harris, Peter Rowan, Nanci Griffith, John Gorka and Utah Phillips.
*Mountain Stage – Sat. 10 p.m.
Featuring The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dale Jett & Hello Stranger w/ Special Guest John Carter Cash & Laura Cash, Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley & Kim Fox, Jill Andrews. View playlist.
Music from Foggy Hollow – Sat. 12 a.m., Sun. 7 p.m., Tues. 4 a.m., Thurs. 9 p.m.
Mike Kear is sick this week, so we’re airing an encore presentation of a show from last year.During this week’s show, Mike is featuring “Skippin’ & Flyin’”, the new CD from laurie Lewis. Mike’s playing some of the music and talking about Laurie’s background. Also on the show, brand new Christmas songs from Southern Rail, Chris Jones, Heather Berry and Donna Ulisse, music from the amazing Frank Wakefield, Della Mae, Leon Morris, Ethan Hughes and Clay Hess. He’ll open the vaults and look back 5 years to remember what was on the show back then, and Angelika Torrie, our European Correspondent will join Mike for a chat about what’s going on in Europe in the world of bluegrass. 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 for February 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.
Stained Glass Bluegrass – Sun. 6-10 a.m. LIVE
Featuring host Bob Webster
The band Mountain Faith will be featured on Stained Glass Bluegrass with a two-part interview conducted at IBMA in Nashville last fall. Part two will air on February 5th. Get the stories behind the songs on their CD “Save Me” from this North Carolina family.
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
Songs of Robert Burns
Hear a variety of artists in the intoxicating embrace of the Scottish bard’s songs, including Rod Paterson and Eddi Reader.
The Tom “Cat” Reeder Show – Tues. 12-3 p.m. LIVE