All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.
Mavis Staples & Bob Dorough
Singer Mavis Staples grew up singing blues-inflected gospel with her family in Chicago, lead by her father Pops Staples’ distinctive voice and guitar style. Their sound transcended the local scene, translating the message of the Civil Rights movement into song. We’ll talk with Mavis about her latest efforts with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Then, we’ll sit in while jazz songsmith Bob Dorough spins stories of the 1950s jazz world and takes us back to Schoolhouse Rock to share his thoughts on the magical properties of the number 3.
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dave Higgs.
Bluegrass Counties, J-M
We’ll be continuing our sometimes perilous, but always interesting journey through the many fascinating counties of BluegrassLand. With the help of Tommy Brown, New Vintage, the Freight Hoppers, Barbwire Bluegrass and the Biscuit Burners, we’ll be exploring the wonders of Jackson, Kaz, Kern, Leake, Logan, Macon, Marshall and Mecklenburg Counties.
Bluegrass Master Class – Sun. 3 p.m. & Fri. 4 a.m.
Banks of the Ohio #117 (rebroadcast)
The second half hour features music from 1952, including Don Reno & Red Smiley’s first recording together as the Tennessee Cut-ups, Jimmy Martin with Bill Monroe, and Curly Seckler and Benny Martin with Flatt & Scruggs. Some fascinating live performances include the Lilly Brothers & Don Stover (1952), the New Lost City Ramblers (1962), David Grisman and the New York Ramblers (1964), the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Vassar Clements (1974), Hot Rize (1996), and Rhonda Vincent (2005). 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.
Out show opens with new and recent bluegrass. Then, on the Gem of Bluegrass we consider the evolution of the song “Footprints in the Snow.” It was written about 1880 by David Wright, an English songwriter and adapted by Bill Monroe. Later, we say our last goodbyes to Doc Watson, and then Bobby Osborne tells about one of his great accomplishments. 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.
Remembering The Louvin Brothers (rebroadcast)
Originally broadcast shortly after the passing of Charlie Louvin, this program of Louvin Brothers music includes some of their originals from the 1950s, plus a variety of interpretations from the ‘60s (Bill Monroe, Jim & Jesse), ‘80s (Dreadful Snakes, Joe Val), ‘90s (Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum), and 21st century (Rhonda Vincent, Del McCoury & Marty Stuart, Kathy Kallick). Timeless songs and performances.
*Capital Americana – Wed. 6 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m.
Hosted by Jen Hitt.
This Saturday on Capital Americana we’ll hear an interview with the folk trio Elliott, Rose, da Costa. Made up of three independent singer/songwriters, John Elliott, Raina Rose, and Anthony da Costa have come together to record an album on Family Records and have been one of the subjects of a forthcoming documentary simply called, Folk. We’ll hear an interview and music from the group recorded at Kerrville Folk Festival. That’s Elliott, Rose, da Costa on Capital Americana. This Saturday afternoon at 2, right here on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country.
*The Dick Spottswood Show – Sun. 12 a.m. & 1 p.m., Thurs. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dick Spottswood.
Some fado guitarists from Portugal play raggy dance tunes, and Hank Williams is joined by Audrey, Jerry Rivers, Don Helms and more Drifting Cowboys on a compete 15-minute 1949 broadcast. Familiar names like the Carter Family, Osborne Brothers, Mississippi John Hurt and the Stanley Brothers are joined by Detroit Junior, Gene Christian, Bud Messner, Carl Sauceman, and others whose names known mostly to Obsolete Music fans, along with those seeking to join their ever-expanding ranks.
Editor’s Picks – Sat. 3 a.m., Sun. 6 p.m., Thurs. 4 a.m., Fri. 8 p.m.
Hosted by Jerad Walker.
Paul Brown & John Schwab
Beginning June 23, we’ll feature a performance from the old-time duo of Paul Brown & John Schwab. This “house concert” was recorded in the WAMU Community Room in front of an audience of station listeners and staff.
*etown – Sun. 7 p.m.
Zach Heckendorf / The Infamous Stringdusters
First time eTown visitors The Infamous Stringdusters take the eTown stage, bringing their special blend of bluegrass reflecting the old and new, the classic and progressive. This hugely popular band has a dynamic, original sound. Zach Heckendorf also joins eTown for his first visit. Despite his young years (he’s a high school senior), he’s already making waves in the music world. His smooth voice, impressive guitar chops, and funk infused songs have drawn an ever growing group of fans. His debut album was produced by popular folk rocker Brett Dennen. Zach has recently shared the stage with big name artists like Brandi Carlile, Guster and the John Butler Trio.
The Gary Henderson Show – Sat. 8-11 a.m. LIVE, Mon. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
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 great CD from a terrific new young band called Breaking Grass from Booneville, Mississippi. Also on the show, new releases from Randy Jones, Audie Blaylock & Redline, a new live gospel release from Rhonda Vincent, and lots of other new bluegrass music. And Mike will open the vaults to look back 10 years to see what we were doing back then. All this and a whole lot more. The show’s only for fun, so don’t miss it!
Open Mic – Sat. 6 a.m., Fri. 6 p.m.
Hosted by Jerad Walker.
Doc Watson Field Recordings (1963), Part 1
This week host Jerad Walker presents newly rediscovered field recordings of Doc Watson performing in his home from 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 #17
The week of June 23rd, RootsWorld Radio #17 will start with some new music from Finnish women, from the second recording by Kirjava Lintu and a new CD by long-time Finnish folk-innovators Värttinä. Of course, the rest of the world is our oyster as well, with music from Mali, Brazil, Italy, Sierra Leone, Dominican Republic, the US and France. Artists will include Kirjava Lintu, Värttinä, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Arnaldo Antunes, Edgard Scandurra & Toumani Diabaté, Ramón Cordero, Patrick Vaillant, Amestoy Trio, Dreamers Circus, Tancaruja, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Ecco La Musica, Elena Ledda and Kirjava Lintu.
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
The music of Solas is always exciting perhaps because it’s constantly evolving. Meet Seamus Egan and Win Horan who chat about their roles in shaping Irish-America’s most influential band and share loads of their music with us.