All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.
American Routes celebrates Mother’s Day with Marty Stuart and his mom, Hilda. We’ll talk about their shared love of photography and a certain girl singer, Connie Smith. Then we’ll hear stories about mothers from Fontella Bass, Sonny Rollins, Bo Diddley, and Geno Delafose, among others. Plus songs from blues to bluegrass about and for dear old mom.
*Americana Breakdown – Sat. 9 p.m.
Hosted by Art Hanson.
New music tonight from Sara Watkins, the Punch Brothers, Rani Arbo, Red June, Sam Reid, Cowboy Junkies, Molasses Creek, the Steep Canyon Rangers and more…
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Steve Spurgin Live
He’s a singer, hit songwriter, bassist and drummer who has plied his many talents with such folks as The Limelighters, Freddy Fender, Mason Williams, Sundance, California, Sawmill Road and Dan Crary & Thunderation. He’s appeared in HBO’s hit series Deadwood and has generally made the acoustic world a better place. Steve Spurgin will be our special live guest, shedding some light on his latest recording, Past Perfect.
Bluegrass Master Class – Sun. 3 p.m. & Fri. 4 a.m.
Banks of the Ohio #114 (rebroadcast)
Discover the missing link between bluegrass and rock ‘n roll in Buster Pack’s 1952 “Indian Boogie,” recorded for Rich-R-Tone two years before Elvis Presley’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” In the Dawn of the Bluegrass era segment, visit 1949 for Flatt & Scruggs’ Cincinnati sessions on Mercury, Mac Wiseman with the Blue Grass Boys, and Carl Story’s debut release — “My Lord Keeps a Record.” Other highlights include live tracks from Bill Keith & Jim Rooney (1963), Tex Logan at Newport (1965), Bill Monroe at Bean Blossom (1973), and Ron Thomason’s sales pitch for thought repellant hats (2005). A production of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, hosted by Fred Bartenstein.
Bluegrass Review – Mon. 9 p.m., Wed. 4 a.m.
Early on the broadcast we spin a couple of instrumentals with Celtic influence. Then, the Gem of Bluegrass poses the question “Is Bluegrass Folk?” Later, we talk to Carolyn and Daniel Routh about selecting songs for their group, Nu-Blu. Before we go, listen for a couple of hard-hitting songs about life in the mills. 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.
What’s Goin’ On / Musical Previews
This week on Bluegrass Signal, a collection of musical previews for events happening in Northern California, with music by Californians Bill Evans, Chris Stuart, Laurel Canyon Ramblers, Brittany Haas, David Thom, The Brainstormers, and Grandpa Banana; Canadians John Reischman and Jayme Stone; and on-the-go folks Rhonda Vincent, James King, and Bruce Molsky.
*The Dick Spottswood Show – Sun. 12 a.m. & 1 p.m., Thurs. 5 a.m.
#386 (Mother’s Day)
Country song writers have always excelled at mother songs, and Mothers Day give us a chance to some of the best. Hank Williams, Marty Robbins, Washboard Sam, Buzz Busby, Johnnie and Jack, and Mother Maybelle Carter are only a few of the celebrities who toast Mom this week.
Editor’s Picks – Sat. 3 a.m., Sun. 6 p.m., Thurs. 4 a.m., Fri. 8 p.m.
Don Rigsby & Midnight Call / Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa
This week we’re featuring performances from Don Rigsby & Midnight Call and Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa recorded at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2011 World of Bluegrass Conference in Nashville, TN.
*etown – Sun. 7 p.m.
Keller Williams / Marc Broussard
eTown welcomes back performer and musician Keller Williams. This visit, Keller brings The Keels (husband/wife duo Larry and Jenny Keel) who add a bluegrass twist to Keller’s customary ‘one man eclectic band’ sound. Louisiana-bred singer/songwriter and eTown first-timer Marc Broussard is our other musical guest this week. A spectacular singer, Marc brings his own signature blend of R&B, soul, and funk in his original songs. And, of course, there’s another great E-Chievement Award story, plus up-close-and-personal interviews with the artists.
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 welcome two of Ireland’s foremost songwriters, Brendan Graham and Brian Kennedy. Enjoy the Craic (Irish for fun)!
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.
Hosted by Mike Kear.
#201218 (500th Episode!)
Mike Kear‘s Music from Foggy Hollow is a BIG show this week. It’s the 500th show for WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. Mike’s celebrating by featuring our listeners this week. He’s talking to as many as he can fit in the show, and playing some of the songs they pick out. Also on the show, the best new bluegrass music in the world, from Lou Reid & Carolina, the Bankester Family, Bill Evans, John McEwan and his sons, and a live Australian recording from Blue & Lonesome Blue Highway.
All this, a few surprises, and a whole lot more. It’s a special episode but only for fun, so be sure to catch the show!!
Open Mic – Sat. 6 a.m., Fri. 6 p.m.
A Prairie Home Companion
This week we’re featuring an encore presentation of A Prairie Home Companion. This episode was recorded live at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN and features performances from Emmylou Harris, Heather Masse, Aoife O’Donovan, Stuart Duncan, and Sam Bush.
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.
Hosted by Cliff Furnald.
RootsWorld Radio #11
RootsWorld will be heavy on the horns, with music from UK, Sweden, Cuba, Mali, Benin, NYC, Western Sahara, Argentina, Italy, and Spain. Artists on the program include AfroCubism, Anitas Livs, Bellowhead, Boot, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Eliseo Parra, Gangbe Brass Band, Hazmat Modine, Los Gauchos De Roldán, Mariem Hassan and Nordic.
Stained Glass Bluegrass – Sun. 6-10 a.m. LIVE
Hosted by Bob Webster.
Tune in this Sunday for the annual tribute to mothers everywhere on Mothers Day. Enjoy some sentimental songs of faith and inspiration as we remember our moms.
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
Lose yourself in the sound of soulful ballads and songs of loving, leaving, and loneliness in new and traditional Celtic music of the heart.
The Tom “Cat” Reeder Show – Tues. 12-3 p.m. LIVE