All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.
Musical Couples: Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Leroy Jones & Katja Toivola
We’ll talk with a pair of musical couples, to learn the secrets of sharing the spotlight and making beautiful music together. Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion are folk musicians who met in the alt-country scene in LA. Today, with two daughters and a successful career sharing the stage, they sing for families and clubs around the country. Leroy Jones is a trumpet player from New Orleans and his wife, Katja Toivola is a trombone player from Finland. We’ll visit their home in the Treme to find out more about their love of bringing New Orleans jazz to world.
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
The SteelDrivers Live
They take rock and soul to where it belongs—right smack dab in the middle of hard-driving bluegrass. It’s Muscle Shoals, Alabama meeting Rosine, Kentucky; and Bill Monroe shaking hands with Ray Charles. The SteelDrivers will be ganging around the microphones live—singing about prison, redemption, the vicissitudes of life and the vagaries of love.
Bluegrass Master Class – Sun. 3 p.m. & Fri. 4 a.m.
Banks of the Ohio #110
The “Dawn of the Bluegrass Era” segment highlights 1945 and Bill Monroe’s first recordings for Columbia. The late Bobby Thompson, a brilliant and prolific banjoist, is featured on eight tracks recorded between 1956 and 1971. And don’t miss an amazing tape from 1962 that fades between simultaneous radio broadcasts of the Stonemans and Red Allen & Frank Wakefield. A production of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, hosted by Fred Bartenstein.
Bluegrass Signal – Mon. 11 p.m., Wed. 6 a.m.
#419 (A Taste Of Red Wine)
This week’s program offers a taste of Red Wine — Europe’s premier bluegrass band — with selections from six of their albums, including the brand-new one, “RED.” Co-founded by Silvio Ferretti in 1978 and joined by Martino Coppo in 1981, this Genoa, Italy-based group provides a compelling mixture of traditional bluegrass, original compositions, and bluegrassified Italian songs and tunes. Tante belle cose!
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.
#374 (Valentine’s Day)*
This week we feature songs for St. Valentine’s Day, with Left Frizzell, Charlie Monroe, Allen Shelton, Merle Travis, Johnnie & Jack, the Carter Family, Louvin Brothers, Morris Brothers, Blue Sky Boys and a host of other love-struck Obsolete Music celebrities. If you ain’t lovin,’ then you ain’t livin’.
*This show was originally scheduled to air in February, but was moved due to a scheduling conflict with our Winter Membership Campaign. It’s a good thing that love has no expiration date.
Editor’s Picks – Sat. 3 a.m., Sun. 6 p.m., Thurs. 4 a.m., Fri. 8 p.m.
Carrie Hassler / Jerry Salley
This week, we’re featuring performances by Carrie Hassler and Jerry Salley recorded live at the 2011 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference in Nashville, TN.
*etown – Sun. 7 p.m.
Martin Sexton / Nellie McKay
American ‘soul man’ Martin Sexton returns to eTown in this rebroadcast. Billboard Magazine calls him “the finest new male singer/songwriter of recent memory… a vocalist of amazing proficiency and sensual conviction.” Another eTown favorite, singer/actress/musician Nellie McKay also takes the stage this time to share more of her melodious, quirky songs. Nick & Helen Forster and the eTones add harmony and instrumentation to back up both artists. There’s plenty of ‘up close and personal’ conversation with our musical guests this week, plus an inspiring E-Chievement story from New Orleans you won’t want to miss.
The Gary Henderson Show – Sat. 8-11 a.m. LIVE, Mon. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
*Irish Heartbeat with Dervish – Sat. 7 p.m.
Join Cathy Jordan and her band Dervish as they feature the music of Teada, Seamus Begley and Jim Murray. The show ends as always with a great high energy piece featuring all of the guest musicians playing a selection picked just minutes earlier in which everyone contributes in their own unique way. Enjoy the Craic (Irish for fun)!
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.
Music from Foggy Hollow – Sat. 12 a.m., Tues. 4 a.m., Thurs. 9 p.m.
Featuring host Mike Kear.
In Mike Kear’s Music from Foggy Hollow this week, Mike’s featuring the latest project from one of the hottest bands in bluegrass – LRB The Lonesome River Band. They’re celebrating 30 years in the business and we are going to look at the first of a series of EPs coming out this year on Rural Rhythm Records. Also on the show, brand new songs from The Chieftains, Canadian Janet McGarry, Billy Boone Smith, Mickey Harris, Little Roy and Lizzy and heaps more. And Mike talks to his European correspondent, Angelika Torrie in Switzerland, and opens the vaults to look back to see what was in the show back in history. The show’s only for fun, so don’t miss it!
Open Mic – Sat. 6 a.m., Fri. 6 p.m.
This week, we’ll be featuring performances and interviews from ROMP 2011 compiled by our friends at NPR affiliate WNIN in Evansville, Indiana. 23 String Band and Loose Cannon Bluegrass are featured.
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, we will visit Sicily and Tuscany, hear some modern yodelling and some Greek poetry, listen to some African guitars and a live performance by Sicilian ensemble Acquaria and part of their songs of the sea program, “Sempi amMari.” And of course, much more. Artists on this program will include Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy), Riccardo Tesi (Italy), Hotel Palindrone (Austria), Utla with Berit Opheim (Norway), Thanassis Papakonstantinou (Greece), The Kronos Quartet with the Qasimov Ensemble (US and Azerbaijan), Boubacar Traore (Mali) and Mansour Seck (Senegal).
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
Brían Ó hAirt and Julee Glaub
Join Fiona Ritchie at The Swannanoa Gathering in the mountains of North Carolina for a conversational, musical encounter with Brían Ó hAirt and Julee Glaub. Each followed a separate path to Ireland to discover the roots of their musical passions. Hear how American and Celtic traditions mingle in their work today with Brían’s band Bua and Julee’s duo Little Windows.
The Tom “Cat” Reeder Show – Tues. 12-3 p.m. LIVE