All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.
From Backroads to Backatown: Drive-By Truckers and Trombone Shorty
Follow American Routes as we travel the back roads for some new Southern sounds. The Drive-By Truckers have been up and down the highways since the mid-90s, delivering their unique mix of old-fashioned storytelling and rock ‘n’ roll, between stops in their hometowns of Muscle Shoals, AL and Athens, GA. We sit down with the band in uptown New Orleans to learn more about their journey in music. Then we head backatown to catch up with New Orleans’ own Troy Andrews, a.k.a. Trombone Shorty, to hear about how he mixes trad jazz, rock and soul to create ‘Superfunkrock.’
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Recent Reissues, Collections And Commemorations
We’ll be taking a gander at some of the many recent reissues, celebrations and commemorations that have found their way into the new bluegrass bins in what would have been Bill Monroe’s 100th year on earth. New collections relating to the Big Mon, Mac Wiseman, Reno & Harrell, Carl Story and the McPeak Brothers will be spotlighted.
Bluegrass Master Class – Sun. 3 p.m. & Fri. 4 a.m.
Banks of the Ohio #125
Visit 1959 in the third half hour, where you’ll hear the first bluegrass band to play Carnegie Hall (Earl Taylor), Earl Scruggs at the Newport Folk Festival, and the 17-year-old Kossoy twins, who recorded “I’ll Fly Away” and were surprised when their version was included in “O Brother Where Art Thou” more than 40 years later. Other highlights include Don Reno with Arthur Smith and the Crackerjacks (1953), Don Stover live (1985), Sally Van Meter’s innovative dobro arrangement of “Crossing the Cumberlands” (1986), and the songwriter’s version of “Wait a Minute” (1996). A production of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, hosted by Fred Bartenstein.
Bluegrass Signal – Mon. 11 p.m., Wed. 6 a.m.
#418 (Happy Birthday, Dudley Connell)
A celebration of Dudley Connell, originally broadcast on his birthday (Feb. 18th). Hear his distinctive singing, original songs, and ace guitar playing with the Johnson Mountain Boys, Longview, and The Seldom Scene, as well as duets with Hazel Dickens and Don Rigsby. Includes the first JMB 45 release in 1979 and a recording of Dudley with Buzz Busby the previous year.
The Chris Teskey Show – Thurs. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
*The Dick Spottswood Show – Sun. 12 a.m. & 1 p.m., Thurs. 5 a.m.
#378 (St. Patrick’s Day)
Great Obsolete entertainment from the Bailes Brothers, Reno and Smiley, Bill Harrell, Benny Martin and more of your favorites, followed by calendar-inspired songs celebrating daylight saving time and St. Patrick’s Day. Saints preserve us!
Editor’s Picks – Sat. 3 a.m., Sun. 6 p.m., Thurs. 4 a.m., Fri. 8 p.m.
Bearfoot / Dehlia Low
This week, we’re featuring performances by Bearfoot and Dehlia Low recorded live at the 2011 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference in Nashville, TN.
*etown – Sun. 7 p.m.
Darrell Scott / Leftover Salmon
eTown welcomes singer/songwriter extraordinaire Darrell Scott and music festival stalwarts Leftover Salmon. Master songwriter Darrell Scott, an eTown regular at this point (much to our delight), has earned the respect of peers and music critics alike. And for more than 20 years, Leftover Salmon has continued to provide a high-energy ‘festival experience’ for their fans.
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.
The Lee Michael Demsey Show – Sat. 11a.m.-2p.m., Mon.- Fri. LIVE, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Open Mic – Sat. 6 a.m., Fri. 6 p.m.
Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Countdown
Hosted by Lee Michael Demsey, the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Countdown 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.
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.
Featuring host Cliff Furnald.
On the next edition of RootsWorld Radio, host Cliff Furnald will start in Denmark with a driving accordion and horn ensemble, move through the revolutionary music of Guinea in the early 1970s to the revolutionary desert music of North Africa today. We’ll have a special report from RootsWorld correspondent Michael Stone about the joropo music of Columbia and finish off with accordions and horns from Finland. All of this and more on RootsWorld Radio, Saturday, March 10 at 8 PM.
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
Heart of the Session
From Matt Molloy’s pub in County Mayo, Ireland to Edinburgh’s famous folk bar “Sandy Bell’s,” we celebrate the sound of communal music making.
The Tom “Cat” Reeder Show – Tues. 12-3 p.m. LIVE