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 National Folk Festival
Celebrate the National Folk Festival with American Routes. For over 70 years, the National Folk Festival has traveled from coast to coast, bringing the music of the people to the people. We’ll head to the old mining town of Butte, Montana to meet the folks who recently put on the show and the city that came out to see them. Then we’ll mine the archives and listen in on classic moments from past National Folk Festivals. All this plus music to get you in the summer festival frame of mind.
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dave Higgs.
It may not be the most glamorous subject in the high lonesome universe, but it’s an important one. You wouldn’t think that showering, bathing, doing the laundry and personal hygiene in general would give rise to many good songs, but such subjects have. Because in BluegrassLand it’s not so much about cleanliness, as it is righteousness. We’ll be washing ourselves, the blues … and our sins away.
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.
This show has a couple of songs where poverty is woven into the lyrics to start out. Then, on the Gem of Bluegrass, we discuss the recorded Bill Monroe tributes. Later on the broadcast, the Bluegrass Review features remarkable song contrasts. The first pair depicts a joyous couple versus one exhibiting the opposite of domestic bliss. There’s also a couple of songs where the subject matter of the song is personified, but it is two very different things: coal and a gun. 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.
A memorial tribute to Doc Watson, featuring live and studio recordings from the 1960s and early ’70s, plus selections from his 2002 interview with David Holt and a few forays into bluegrass. Some solo Doc, plus his wonderful playing and singing in the company of his son Merle, other family members, Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Clarence White, Ricky Skaggs & Earl Scruggs, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the Nashville Bluegrass Band.
*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.
Every spring Obsolete Music assembles a towering stack of train songs and play them all, one after another, another, favorites and obscurities, disasters and safe arrivals too. There’s a first class cabin reserved just for you, so climb aboard for a two hour ride with fellow passengers Hylo Brown, Hank Snow, Furry Lewis, Rose Maddox, the Stanley Brothers, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, Wade Mainer, Elvis Presley and lots of others.
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.
Imogen Heap / Gregory Alan Isakov
This week, talented British singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and producer Imogen Heap makes a trip to eTown. This ‘back by popular demand’ rebroadcast features the innovative Grammy winner, who shares her brilliantly created songs with us, a mix of both electronic and traditional instrumentation. Also joining us is Gregory Alan Isakov who makes his return to the eTown stage. This Boulder based singer-songwriter has built a large national following. He’s winning accolades from all around-like this one: “Hands down one of the best new songwriters on the scene.” (Amy Ray, Indigo Girls).
The Lee Michael Demsey Show – Sat. 11a.m.-2p.m., Mon.- Fri. LIVE, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Hosted by Lee Michael Demsey.
Tune in on Saturday, June 9 as Lee Michael Demsey features tracks from Mary Chapin Carpenter’s new album, “The Age of Miracles“.
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 #15
On RootsWorld Radio #15 we will be listening to Basque & Galician folk music, Korean & Greek jazz, classical music from Brazil as well as a fusion from Brazil with the music of Occitania, and much more. Artists include Bidia, Easternox, Vieux Farka Toure & Iden Raichel, Susan Palma-Nidel, Silverio Pessoa & La Talvera, Re Niliu, Malvela, Ryan McGiver, Guisseppe Cusumano, Ulrika Boden, The Martha Mavroidi Trio.
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the legendary Scottish singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and broadcaster. Archie makes connections between Celtic and American song traditions and we hear music from across the decades of his remarkable career in the folk scene.