All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.
Earth & Blood: James Blood Ulmer & Tracy Nelson
Elemental blues, jazz and country from two performers with deep roots and cosmic connections. In the ’60s, young Tracy Nelson left the midwest for psychedelic San Francisco to front the R & B rock band, Mother Earth. Now deep in the Tennessee hills, she’s looking back to country sounds. From South Carolina to deep space, guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer takes us on his journey from childhood gospel to free form harmolodic jazz with Ornette Coleman. Blood now brings it all to bear on a brutal, personal version of the blues.
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dave Higgs.
Brand New Strings Live
They don’t mince words, or notes. They play the kind of grass your Grandaddy played and your Daddy loved – hardcore, triple-x rated, graphic, neanderthal grass the way God and Bill Monroe intended it to be played. Brand New Strings will be laying into the microphones in a special live segment in the middle portion of the program.
Bluegrass Master Class – Sun. 3 p.m. & Fri. 4 a.m.
Banks of the Ohio #118 (rebroadcast)
The year 1953 is featured in the “Dawn of the Bluegrass Era” segment, including songs connecting Jim & Jesse and the Osborne Brothers to the Korean conflict. Whatever else you’re doing this week, don’t miss the live cuts in “Starving Out” from Red Allen & Frank Wakefield (1963); Bill Keith, Jim Rooney, Joe Val, and Herb Applin (1963); and an incredible band assembled by Carlton Haney at the first multi-day festival in 1965: Bill and James Monroe, Mac Wiseman, Don Reno, and Benny Martin. 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.
Swing: It’s a style bluegrass bands have approached over the years. We survey some bluegrass swing fusion. Then Lyle Lofgren and Adam Granger visit, and we talk about country music 1935. It was an era that country music got a bit more serious about what to present to audiences. Plus we play a new thing or two. Contact host Phil Nusbaum at email@example.com 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
Three live recordings from the 1970s — featuring J.D. Crowe & the New South (75), Mac Martin & the Dixie Travelers (71), and Doc & Merle Watson (70) — plus selections from the new ‘Musicians Against Childhood Cancer’ benefits (2006-11), all with members of the Johnson Mountain Boys.
*The Dick Spottswood Show – Sun. 12 a.m. & 1 p.m., Thurs. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dick Spottswood.
Boat songs in the blues and gospel idioms, Irene says goodnight and wakes up again, Cajun honky honk anthems, old time fiddling from 1920s foreign language lists, and Hank Williams with Anita Carter on a rare TV appearance, which can also be seen on Youtube. But not until after the Obsolete Music Hour!
Editor’s Picks – Sat. 3 a.m., Sun. 6 p.m., Thurs. 4 a.m., Fri. 8 p.m.
Hosted by Jerad Walker.
Carolina Chocolate Drops / Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton
This week we’re featuring performances and interviews with The Carolina Chocolate Drops and the duo of Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton– two groups that are taking old time sounds to brand new places.
*etown – Sun. 7 p.m.
Joshua Radin / Sarah and Christian Dugas
Joshua Radin joins us for his very first visit. He got his break in music when a homemade demo recording landed in actor/director Zach Braff’s hands. One of Joshua’s songs ended up on the popular TV series Scrubs, beginning a rapid rise to commercial success (he’s topped charts in the states and abroad ever since). Also with us: our friends, the talented Canadian brother and sister duo (members of the popular band The Duhks) Sarah & Christian Dugas. They’ll bring a healthy helping of their unique blend of southern flavored soul, rock and roots music.
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.
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 a new CD from Detour – a Michigan band. The CD’s called ‘A Better Place’. He’s playing lots of the music, talking about the band and has a live interview with the lead singer Missy Armstrong. Also on the show, the best new bluegrass music in the world, from the Bankester Family, Bill Evans, John McEuen and his sons, Joe Mullins, GrassStreet and a live Australian recording from Blue & Lonesome. All this and he’s going to open the vault and take a look back and see what was happening in the show 5 years ago. All this and a whole lot more. The show’s only for fun, so don’t miss it!
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.
There are many songs and tunes commemorating the landmarks that span our rivers and railways. Every bit as powerful as these physical structures, music is our bridge across time and place and our way to connect with one another. Cross all forms of bridges with us this week.
The Tom “Cat” Reeder Show – Tues. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
Sadly, longtime WAMU host Tom “Cat” Reeder passed away Saturday, June 30 at the age of 77. Bluegrass Country contributor Al Steiner will be substituting here until further notice.