All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.
The Black Keys & The Soul Rebels
We’re sitting down this week with two bands who make their hometowns proud. The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, from Akron, Ohio, have roots in the blues and rock but construct a sound all their own. We chat with them backstage at a performance in the Crescent City. Then New Orleans brass band innovators the Soul Rebels talk about bringing the sounds of the streets to clubs around the world.
*Americana Breakdown – Sat. 9 p.m.
Hosted by Art Hanson.
New music tonight from Mary Chapin Carpenter and Rodney Crowell, plus in hours two and three, a look back at some of the best Americana albums released so far in 2012.
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dave Higgs.
Spring Creek Live
They’ve won the best band contests at Telluride and Rocky Grass and for good reason—they’ve got authentic mountain soul, one of a kind style and an always lively sense of adventure. They write some of the toughest songs in business and concoct some truly mind-boggling arrangements. From Lyons, CO, Spring Creek will be cranking out some live tunes the middle third of the program.
Bluegrass Master Class – Sun. 3 p.m. & Fri. 4 a.m.
Banks of the Ohio #116 (rebroadcast)
The “Dawn of the Bluegrass Era” segment features music from 1951, including the ultra-rare “New Freedom Bell” by Louise, Sonny, and Bobby Osborne with Jimmy Martin; Carter Stanley with Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys; Everett Lilly with Flatt & Scruggs; Jim & Jesse’s earliest recording; Mac Wiseman; and Carl Butler & the Lonesome Pine Boys. Another highlight is Delia Bell’s “Roses in the Snow” from 1978, which was covered by Emmylou Harris two years later. 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.
Nostalgia is big in bluegrass. The show opens with two nostalgia songs. In the first by the Bankesters, the singer expresses that she longs to be nostalgic about what is going on right now. The second is a happy-sounding sad song as Charlie Waller recounts an old relationship that did not go the right way. Then, we play recent additions to the list of Bob Dylan songs done by bluegrass or old-time groups. Our Gem of Bluegrass accounts for the popularity among singers of the old Belle Reed song, “I’ve Endured.” In the second half of the show, we talk to Bruce Molsky who holds fiddle playing workshops around the country, about some of his prize students. 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.
Sherman, Set the Wayback Machine For 1941
In honor of the 71st anniversary of KALW, this edition of “Bluegrass Signal” imagines what the program could have sounded like if it had been part of the inaugural broadcast schedule; that is, all the music herein had been recorded by March, 1941. It’s what’s now called classic country music, and includes old time fiddling, banjo-driven groups, brother duets, honky tonk, western swing, ballads, blues, gospel, novelty tunes, and other elements of the musical mix incorporated by Bill Monroe into what we now know as bluegrass. Of course, there’s some early Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys too. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear …
The Bob Webster Show – Wed. 12-3 p.m.
Hosted by Bob Webster.
Join Bob Wed., June 20 at 1:00 ET for a phone interview with Larry Stephenson. We’ll hear Larry describe his new recording, “What Really Matters” and enjoy some selected tracks as well.
*Capital Americana – Wed. 6 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m.
Hosted by Jen Hitt.
Head out to the Texas Hill Country with Jen Hitt this Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm on Capital Americana. Hear concert audio from the Winners of the New Folk Songwriting Competition from the Kerrville Folk Festival, featuring Edie Carey, Whit Hill, Nicolette Good, The Sea The Sea, Alecia McGovern, and Korby Lenker.
*The Dick Spottswood Show – Sun. 12 a.m. & 1 p.m., Thurs. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dick Spottswood.
Hour One celebrates Father’s Day with, what else, Obsolete Music and papa stories from the Carter Family, Merle Travis, Champion Jack Dupree, Rose Maddox, Stanley Brothers and Lefty Frizzell. In Hour Two, the second hour of a Mardi Gras (New Orleans) and Carnival (Trinidad) special that was promised last February and failed to materialize. Mardi Gras music in June–really? Well, sure— the Obsolete Music Hour is always behind the times!
Editor’s Picks – Sat. 3 a.m., Sun. 6 p.m., Thurs. 4 a.m., Fri. 8 p.m.
Hosted by Jerad Walker.
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
This week we’re revisiting a recent live performance and interview with Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen recorded in our Washington, D.C., studios.
*etown – Sun. 7 p.m.
Shawn Colvin / Mary Chapin Carpenter
We welcome back long time friends and musical muses Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin in this special program. It’s hard to believe, but it’s been two decades since Mary Chapin Carpenter last visited us. Since then, she’s won 5 Grammy Awards and sold well over 13 million records. There’s no doubt that she has a sound that continues to engage listeners around the world. Shawn Colvin remains a frequent and favorite visitor to the show (this is her 7th trip to eTown). With three Grammy Awards under her musical belt and a career that spans 23 years, she continues to keep her huge fan base happy with a wealth of new original songs for them to enjoy.
The Lee Michael Demsey Show – Sat. 11a.m.-2p.m., Mon.- Fri. LIVE, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Hosted by Lee Michael Demsey.
Join host Lee Michael Demsey for an interview with Marty Raybon on Saturday, June 16 at 11 am ET. Raybon has two new CDs out on Rural Rhythm, one gospel and one bluegrass, and we’ll hear music from both of them.
Old Time Jam – Fri. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
Hosted by Rosemarie Nielsen.
Alabama-based old time string band Red Mountain White Trash join host Rosemarie Nielsen for a live performance and interview on Friday, June 22 at 1 pm ET. The group will be playing gigs throughout the Washington-Baltimore region during the month of June.
Open Mic – Sat. 6 a.m., Fri. 6 p.m.
Hosted by Jerad Walker.
Infamous Stringdusters Live
This week we’re featuring a live performance from the Infamous Stringdusters recorded on St. Patrick’s Day 2012 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
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 #16
On RootsWorld Radio we’ll listen to Psàlite, Lidia Pujol, Miquel Gil, Tancaruja, Samm Bennett, Trio Garufa, Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou, Ebo Taylor and the Orchestra, and Populare Campana.
Stained Glass Bluegrass – Sun. 6-10 a.m. LIVE
Hosted by Bob Webster.
Tune in on Sunday, June 17 for the annual salute to dads on Father’s Day. We’ll make new memories and cherish the old ones on this special day.
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
Contributions by acoustic and electric bass to Celtic music are subtle, imaginative and, with players like Alain Genty, firmly in the foreground.
The Tom “Cat” Reeder Show – Tues. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
Hosted by Tom “Cat” Reeder.
Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band joins host Tom “Cat” Reeder for a live performance and interview at 2 pm ET on Tuesday, June 19. They’ll perform songs from their newest release, Are You Ready?