45 Years of Bluegrass on WAMU
The following shows feature special 45th anniversary programs!
Bluegrass Signal – Mon. 11 p.m., Wed. 6 a.m.
Hosted by Peter Thompson.
Happy Anniversary (Remembrance Of Things To Come)
In celebration of the 45th anniversary of bluegrass on WAMU, selections from bluegrass LPs released in 1967, including the instrumental collections of Jimmy Martin, Flatt & Scruggs with Doc Watson, and Scotty Stoneman; new albums from some of the music’s pioneers (Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys, Jim & Jesse & the Virginia Boys, Osborne Brothers) and new LP compilations from others (Stanley Brothers, Reno & Smiley); plus new releases from Reno & Harrell, the Stoneman Family, the Dixie Gentlemen with Tut Taylor, Earl Taylor & Jim McCall, Jim Eanes, the New Lost City Ramblers, and E.C. Ball.
Foster’s Corner – Mon. 6-9 p.m.
Hosted by Bill Foster.
On July 2, 2012 as part of Bluegrass Country’s celebration of the 45th Anniversary of bluegrass music on WAMU, Bill Foster will present a special edition of Foster’s Corner. This program will feature samples, snippets, and highlights of the many all-night programs and Bluegrass Overnight programs between 1981 and 1998.
The Gary Henderson Show – Sat. 8-11 a.m. LIVE, Mon. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
Gary Henderson is reunited with Dick Spottswood to commemorate the 45 year anniversary of Bluegrass Unlimited, the very first bluegrass show that aired on WAMU on July 2, 1967. Tune in at noon, ET, on July 2, to hear these two legends of bluegrass broadcasting reminisce about their time at WAMU, share archival audio and, most importantly, play bluegrass music.
The Katy Daley Show – Mon.- Fri. LIVE, 7-10 a.m.
Hosted by Katy Daley.
Monday, July 2
Katy’s visit to Bill Monroe’s hometown in 2009 is featured on The Road to Rosine (travel blog). Also, Katy will highlight a 2008 interview with Del McCoury, a conversation with country megastar Dierks Bentley during his Up On The Ridge bluegrass album tour in 2010, and a visit with Gabe Randall– an 8-year-old that she met playing the uke for tips at Old Time Festival, Clifftop, in 2008.
Tuesday, July 3
Katy airs one of her favorite interviews of all time. Joe Newberry & Mike Compton stopped by our DC studios for a radio visit. They had no CD or tour dates to talk about– but the music and conversation was fantastic.
Wednesday, July 4
Katy airs part of a Gibson Brothers performance from a 1999 WAMU Concert at Fairfax High School.
Thursday, July 5
Jerry Gray was an important part of the history of bluegrass music on WAMU. Katy airs a 1981 Gray interview with Charlie Waller & John Duffey.
Friday, July 6
Katy revisits interviews with two monster mando men– Sam Bush & Ricky Skaggs. Both interviews were recorded in 2009.
Tuesday, July 3
The Whites on the LMD Show in the early days of BluegrassCountry.org during 2002
Wednesday, July 4
Valerie Smith, Becky Buller and Steve Mougin with Les McIntyre on Bluegrass Overnight 2002
Thursday, July 5
Marty Raybon interview with LMD from 2012
Friday, July 6
Bill Monroe phone interview and music on LMD show from 1983
Saturday, July 7
Hugh Moffatt interview from July 7, 1987 on Capital Bluegrass (25 years ago today)
Old Time Jam – Fri. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
Hosted by Rosemarie Nielsen.
Rosemaire will play excerpts from interviews conducted by herself and previous Old Time Jam host Hubie King. We’ll also hear performances from Alan Jabbour, Adam Hurt, Walt Koken and Clare Milliner, Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton, and others.
All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.
Going Down the Road with Woody Guthrie: A Centennial Celebration
American Routes heralds the 100th birthday of our nation’s greatest roving troubadour and social commentator, Woody Guthrie, with a two-hour special dedicated to his life in music. We’ll visit with friends and relatives who share tales of Guthrie’s trials and triumphs, from Okemah, Oklahoma to Coney Island, New York. Guthrie’s children, Nora and Arlo, reflect on their father’s life, scholar Guy Logsdon discusses Guthrie’s Dust Bowl days and Pete Seeger shares the backstory to Woody’s anthem for the “down and outers.” Plus music and memories from Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Moses Asch, Bob Dylan and so many others.
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dave Higgs.
Sevens, Part 1
It is the number of wonders of the ancient world; the hills of Rome, the ages of man, pillars of wisdom, deadly sins, days of creation, years of feast & famine and joys of Mary. It was the number of Mickey Mantle, John Elway and James Bond. It’s the number of perfection. With the able assistance of Blue Highway, Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain, Ricky Skaggs, the Patuxent Partners and Del McCoury, we’ll be putting the number “seven” through its high-lonesome paces.
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.
At the beginning of the show, we play some powerfully uplifting numbers. Our Gem of Bluegrass compares the violin to the human voice. Later, we explore recent attempts to use CT Scan technology to create copies of centuries-old, master violins. The show concludes with a couple of songs in praise of the Appalachian mountains, and especially mountain people. Contact host Phil Nusbaum at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the conversation at Facebook. The playlist is located at www.bluegrassreview.com.
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 Bob Webster Show – Wed. 12-3 p.m.
Hosted by Bob Webster.
Join Bob for an afternoon of patriotic Bluegrass songs on this holiday. Plus you’ll hear the first recording of the Country Gentlemen that performed for the first time on July 4, 1957 – a special treat indeed!
*The Dick Spottswood Show – Sun. 12 a.m. & 1 p.m., Thurs. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dick Spottswood.
Hour One features Roy Acuff in the 1930s, Charlie Monroe, Ralph Stanley, the Memphis Jug Band and other star veterans of the OMH. In Hour Two we celebrate Independence Day 2012 with patriotic melodies and visits to a few of our United States, accompanied by the Blue Sky Boys, Bob Wills, Patsy Montana and the Louvin Brothers.
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 (rebroadcast)
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.
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.
*RootsWorld Radio – Sat. 8 p.m.
Hosted by Cliff Furnald.
RootsWorld Radio #18
RootsWorld Radio #18 starts with some Romania 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.
Hear the best of emerging sounds, styles and artists with host Fiona Ritchie and her batch of brand new releases from Celtic roots.