All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.
Words & Music
Do the words make the song or the notes? What does it take to tell a good tale in music or about music? We asked these questions to a few writers of both songs and stories. Singer-songwriter and memoirist Rosanne Cash sits down before a live audience to tell us about her authorial journey, then we chat with novelist Cyril Vetter on translating a musician’s life into fiction. And New Orleans bluesman Little Freddie King spins a few tall tales from the juke joint.
*Americana Breakdown – Sat. 9 p.m.
Hosted by Art Hanson.
New music tonight from Red June, Marley’s Ghost, Rani Arbo, Jackstraw and more.
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Nora Jane Struthers Live
She was born in Virginia, raised in New Jersey, taught high school English in Brooklyn and then moved to Nashville where her band, The Bootlegger, won the best band contests at the Telluride Bluegrass and Clifftop Old Time Festivals. She’s now the irrepressible lead singer for the group, Bearfoot. Nora Jane Struthers and The Bootleggers will be gathering around the microphones live.
Bluegrass Gospel USA! – Tues. 8 p.m.
Hosted by Bill Miller.
Bluegrass Master Class – Sun. 3 p.m. & Fri. 4 a.m.
Banks of the Ohio #115 (rebroadcast)
We salute the late fiddler Vassar Clements with recordings from his first session with Bill Monroe (1950), Old & in the Way (1973), Andy Statman (1994), and David Grisman (1999). You’ll also hear first recordings by Kenny Baker and Bob Osborne, and some neat live recordings of banjo prodigy Joe Medford (1950), the Louvin Brothers (1955), Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper (1958), the Bray Brothers with John Hartford (1961), and the Kentucky Colonels (1965). A production of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, hosted by Fred Bartenstein.
Bluegrass Review – Mon. 9 p.m., Wed. 4 a.m.
Our show opens with songs where finance matters. Then our Gem of bluegrass surveys the forms bluegrass anthems take. Later a conversation with Lynn “Chirps” Smith about the Illinois tunes he has collected. Finally, we have fun with a recent remake of an old Stanley Bros recording. 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.
New Reissues & Releases
New releases and reissues, including songs referencing specific states (Don Rigsby & Charlie Sizemore, Lou Reid & Carolina, Heather Berry & Tony Mabe, Alan Tompkins), water (The Lonesome Sisters, Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein, Clayton Knight, Tim Martin), and home (Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press, Tony Rice). Plus selections from new Gusto/King reissues (Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, The Bailes Brothers, Clyde Moody) and other reissues (Ola Belle Reed, Ted Lundy, Kathy Kallick). Variety’s the spice.
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 Bob Webster Show – Wed. 12-3 p.m.
Hosted by Bob Webster.
Songwriter Pete Goble joins host Bob Webster at 1:00 ET for a live phone interview. You’ll hear the inspiration behind a few of the hundreds of songs Pete has written for the Bluegrass Community. A rare treat indeed.
*Capital Americana – Wed. 6 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m.
Hosted by Jen Hitt.
The Chris Teskey Show – Thurs. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
Hosted by Chris Teskey.
*The Dick Spottswood Show – Sun. 12 a.m. & 1 p.m., Thurs. 5 a.m.
Don Reno plays all the instruments in the band, Woody Guthrie’s cousin Jack sings Oklahoma anthems,Tampa Red, Merle Travis and Jess Johnston play hot guitar, and we trace the early history of “Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms” from 1931 through 1949.
Editor’s Picks – Sat. 3 a.m., Sun. 6 p.m., Thurs. 4 a.m., Fri. 8 p.m.
A Tribute to Doc Watson
This week on Editor’s Picks, Jerad Walker introduces a special tribute to flatpicking guitar legend Doc Watson, who died on May 29th at the age of 89. This hour long program, hosted by Bluegrass Country’s Dick Spottswood, celebrates the life and legacy of Doc Watson and his music.
*etown – Sun. 7 p.m.
North Mississippi Allstars / Big Al Anderson
Nick & Helen welcome back some old friends: brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars fame. They bring their special Southern blues sound, this time as a duo (Nick & Helen and the eTones lend musical support as well for them). There’s more great music from first time eTown visitor Big Al Anderson. Al’s known for his time (23 years as lead guitarist) with the iconic band NRBQ. He’s a gifted singer, guitarist and songwriter, whose work is a dynamic fusion of County, Rock, Blues and Soul.
Foster’s Corner – Mon. 6-9 p.m.
Hosted by Bill Foster.
The Free for All – Thurs. 6-9 p.m., Fri. 9 p.m.-12 a.m., Sat. 3-6 a.m.
Hosted by Echo.
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.
The Lee Michael Demsey Show – Sat. 11a.m.-2p.m., Mon.- Fri. LIVE, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tune in for a special edition of The Lee Michael Demsey Show on Saturday, June 2. During the third hour of his show, Lee Michael will air portions of a live performance from Doc Watson recorded live at the Ram’s Head in Annapolis, MD in 2001.
Lonesome Pine RFD – Mon. 4 a.m., Wed. 9 p.m.
Hosted by Carol Beaugard.
*Mountain Stage – Sun. 10 p.m.
Featuring Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Blue Highway, The McCrary Sisters, John Fullbright, The Pines. View the playlist.
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.
The Old Home Place – Tues. 6-9 p.m. LIVE
Hosted by Lisa Kay Howard.
Old Time Jam – Fri. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
Hosted by Rosemarie Nielsen.
Open Mic – Sat. 6 a.m., Fri. 6 p.m.
See Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Countdown
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.
*RootsWorld Radio – Sat. 8 p.m.
Hosted by Cliff Furnald.
RootsWorld Radio #14
RootsWorld Radio #14 will weigh anchor and embark for all points – from the islands of Greece to the nightclubs of Harare. We will listen to some excerpts from the great Notte della Taranta concerts, and take some side trips to Beirut and Napoli. Artists will include Chehade Brothers, Jonah Sithole & Deep Horizon, The Bhundu Boys, Four Brothers, Harald Haugaard, Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis, The American Cafe Orchestra, Boiled in Lead and Martin Carthy.
Stained Glass Bluegrass – Sun. 6-10 a.m. LIVE
Hosted by Bob Webster.
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
Hear music that draws upon traditional roots whilst oozing classical style, albeit with string sections sounding just a little more racy than usual!
The Tom “Cat” Reeder Show – Tues. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
*Traditions – Sat. 3-6 p.m. LIVE
Hosted by Mary Cliff