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*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.
50 Years of Arhoolie Records
There’s lots to celebrate this 4th of July with American Routes. It’s the 50th anniversary of Arhoolie Records and we’re bringing the party to you. Live in concert from Berkeley, CA, Nick is joined on stage with the pioneering label’s many admirers including Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Michael & David Doucet of Beausoleil, New Orleans’ Treme Brass Band and sacred steel masters, the Campbell Brothers. We’ll also chat with Arhoolie’s founder, Chris Strachwitz about his passion for American roots music on record. It’s an event not to be missed!
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dave Higgs.
Sevens, Part 2
It’s a number so deep, wide and powerful that one program scarcely does it justice. It’s the number of hills of Constantinople, emperors of Rome, liberal arts, sages of Greece, colors in the rainbow, ages of man and dwarves in Snow White. It’s the number of Pete Marovich, Phil Esposito, Craig Biggio and Jack Daniels. It’s the number of perfection, security, safety and rest. With the help of the Seldom Scene, Jim Hurst, Ricky Skaggs, Nickel Creek and the New Grass Revival we’ll be regaling in more “sevens.”
Bluegrass Gospel USA! – Tues. 9 p.m.
Hosted by Bill Miller.
This week’s broadcast of Bluegrass Gospel USA! is being preempted for special programming. In it’s place we are airing “Bye, Bye Darling: An Appreciation of Tom “Cat” Reeder.”
Longtime WAMU host Tom “Cat” Reeder passed away Saturday, June 30 at the age of 77.
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.
Losing: it’s an ever popular concern of bluegrass songs, and we begin our show with three outstanding examples of that type of song. Then Lyle Lofgren guests and the Gem of Bluegrass discusses the state of Country music in 1925. Many consider that era to be the golden era of recorded old-time music. Later Lyle and host Phil Nusbaum discuss the great influences exerted by Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. 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.
Gearin’ Up For Grass Valley
Selections from some of the performers at the California Bluegrass Association’s annual Father’s Day Festival. Heavy representation from California bands like Loafer’s Glory, Windy Hill, Blue & Lonesome, The Tuttles with A.J. Lee, David Thom Band, Bean Creek, Little Black Train, Rock Neck BG Band, and Rock Ridge BG Band, plus selections from Seldom Scene, Danny Paisley, Foghorn Stringband, Steep Canyon Rangers, and others.
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.
Some folks like the summertime–this hot July week’s stellar attractions include Lester and Earl, Homer and Jethro, Cowboy Copas, Washington Phillips, Molly O’Day, the Carter Family, Memphis Minnie, Webb Pierce, the Memphis Jug Band and Bill Monroe, among many others.
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.
Joe Purdy / DeVotchKa
Nick & Helen welcome two musical guests who share an interesting ‘six degrees of separation’ musical bond: they both performed at a star studded tribute concert held at Carnegie Hall that paid homage to rock legend Neil Young last year. Eclectic rocker group DeVotchKa honed their skills on stages around Colorado before achieving international success with the movie soundtrack for the indie movie “Little Miss Sunshine.” DeVotchKa returns to eTown to share music from a recent CD release. Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Joe Purdy stops by as well to share some of his beautifully crafted, original songs.
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.
Hosted by Katy Daley.
Banjo player Bill Evans joins host Katy Daley on Wednesday, July 11 at 9 am ET. Bill will perform live and chat with Katy about his newest release In Good Company.
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 North Carolina band Travers Chandler and Avery County called “Pardon Me…” He’s playing some of the music and talking a big about the band. Also on the show, the best new bluegrass music in the world, from the legendary Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press, quirky Karl Shiflett, the Bankester Family, Joe Mullins, Lou Reid & Carolina, 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 on the show 5 years ago.
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 #18
RootsWorld Radio #18 starts with some Romanian rhythms and then moves on to Sierra Leone, France, Spain, Guinea, Finland, Sweden, Greece and the US. We’ll also have a RootsWorld radio review of NY troubadour Ryan McGiver’s new CD “Trouble in Mind.”
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
For Freedom Alone
In 1320 a landmark document set out the principles of democracy on which the U.S. constitution was later based and it helped inspire the Declaration of Independence. This letter, The Declaration of Arbroath, is remembered today in fiddler Laura McGhee’s “Arbroath Suite.”
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.