All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.
John Sebastian & Bonsoir Catin
his week on American Routes, we travel from the Village to the dancehall. John Sebastian talks about his childhood in Greenwich Village, encounters with blues greats Mississippi John Hurt and Lighting Hopkins, and the musical stew he created with his band The Lovin’ Spoonful. Then, a conversation with Kristi Guillory and Christine Balfa of the Cajun band Bonsoir Catin about carrying on their musical heritage for the next generation.
*Americana Breakdown – Sat. 9 p.m.
Hosted by Art Hanson.
New music tonight from Zoe Muth, Old Crow Medicine Show, Brandi Carlile, I Draw Slow, Shawn Colvin, Town Mountain, Mike Mitchell and so much more…
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dave Higgs.
Bluegrassizing Country #1s, 1986-1988
Gary Ferguson, Larry Sparks, Highstrung, The Dry Branch Fire Squad, Rhonda Vincent, The Rarely Herd, and The Grascals, confirming what everyone in Bluegrassland has always known: that just about anything can be improved with the liberal application of the five-string banjo and speed. Accordingly, we’ll be tastefully bluegrass-izing number one country hits from such country music superstars as The Judds, Randy Travis, Michael Johnson, Waylon Jennings, The Desert Rose Band, and Vern Gosdin. We’ll be supping up country chart busters from 1986 to 1988 in this what have they done with my song ma edition of Bluegrass Breakdown.
Bluegrass Master Class – Sun. 3 p.m. & Fri. 4 a.m.
Banks of the Ohio #119 (rebroadcast)
The “Dawn of the Bluegrass Era” segment features music from 1954, the pivotal year in which Elvis Presley recorded “Blue Moon of Kentucky” on his first Sun release. There’s a lot of rockin’ bluegrass scattered throughout the show. From 1978’s Tennessee Mountain Bluegrass Festival, you’ll hear the last tune Chubby Wise played as a full-time musician and the first recorded by nine-year-old fiddler Ronnie Stewart. 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.
Today’s program opens up with some bluegrass songs about hard work, including two startling songs concerning gravediggers. Show host Phil Nusbaum greets Lyle Lofgren and Adam Granger for conversations about change being in the air in 1945 country music. The Gem of Bluegrass concerns how the electric guitar playing styles are more modernistic than the playing styles used to play traditional bluegrass instruments. 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.
4+ New Ones
Highlights from four new releases: Rounder banjo players’ tribute to Earl Scruggs, Audie Blaylock & Redline, The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, and Travers Chandler & Avery County. That last album has a tribute to the Stanley Brothers, so it’s followed by three recent covers of Stanley classics. Earlier: spot the two Woody Guthrie compositions that are included as part of Woody’s 100th birthday celebrations. All killer, no filler.
*The Dick Spottswood Show – Sun. 12 a.m. & 1 p.m., Thurs. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dick Spottswood.
Familiar Obsolete favorites like Jimmie Rodgers, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, the Carter Family, Merle Travis and the Louvin Brothers vie for your attention with less familiar names, like Rambling Thomas, Eck Robertson, Walter Davis, Bashful Brother Oswald and the Golden Eagle Gospel Singers. The Obsolete Music Hour— now in its 28th year and getting older every week.
Editor’s Picks – Sat. 3 a.m., Sun. 6 p.m., Thurs. 4 a.m., Fri. 8 p.m.
Hosted by Jerad Walker.
Audie Blaylock and Redline, and Blue Moon Rising
We’ll highlight performances and interviews from Audie Blaylock and Redline, and Blue Moon Rising. They were recorded at the 2011 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference in Nashville, TN.
*etown – Sun. 7 p.m.
The Tallest Man On Earth / The Spring Standards
Nick & Helen welcome indie sensation Kristian Matsson (who performs under the moniker The Tallest Man On Earth). Kristian hails from Sweden and, of late, has burst onto the US music scene, building a huge fan base in an astonishingly short amount of time. He brings his stripped down, soulful sound (which often gets him compared to Bob Dylan) to the show. And relative newcomers The Spring Standards join us this week as well.
The Gary Henderson Show – Sat. 8-11 a.m. LIVE, Mon. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
Open Mic – Sat. 6 a.m., Fri. 6 p.m.
Hosted by Jerad Walker.
Doc Watson Field Recordings
Tune in to Open Mic as host Jerad Walker presents newly rediscovered field recordings of Doc Watson performing at his home in 1963.
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 #20
On RootsWorld Radio this week, we’ll be going to Belgium, Korea, Norway, Loristan, the US. We’ll hear a harmonica quartet from Canada that skirts the borders of klezmer, jazz, Quebecois folk, hear the Arab-Mediterranean side of Italian folk music, a preview of a new Ry Cooder recording and a whole lot more.
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
Notes in the Wilderness
From traditional odes to the wilderness and contemporary songs of concern, our music this week sings of wild and unspoiled landscapes and challenges us to preserve them.
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.