All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.
Wade in the Water: Songs and Stories of the River
American Routes celebrates Mother’s Day with Marty Stuart and his mom, Hilda. We’ll talk about their shared love s the muddy Mississippi winds its way past us in New Orleans, we’re reminded of the power and place of these waterways in American culture. First, we seek the source of the mighty river at the headwaters in Minnesota. Then listen to stories of steamboat captains, riverboats and rural fisherman. And learn about New Orleans own relation to the river with Tulane professor Richard Campanella. Plus river tales from Captain Doc Hawley, Aaron Neville and Al Green.
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Kruger Brothers Live
There have been many great trios throughout history: Tinkers, Evers & Chance; Germany, Italy & Japan; bacon, lettuce & tomato; Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith & Cheryl Ladd; Jeff Fosnes, Joe Ford and Butch Feher; and Moe, Larry & Curly, but none come close to the power and majesty of our special guests. The Kruger Brothers will be pickin’ them live and with some real enthusiasm.
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.
We open with a couple of evocative songs whose impact comes from mentioning a series of related images. Then, on our Gem of Bluegrass, the focus is on the kind of jazz bluegrass groups copy. Then we play some exceptions that prove the rule, and a little contemporary swing grass. Finally we talk to members of Cumberland River from Harlan, KY. Their lives are family, coal and bluegrass, and they tell us about it and sing about it. Contact host Phil Nusbaum at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the conversation at Facebook. The playlist is located at www.bluegrassreview.com.
Bluegrass Signal – Mon. 11 p.m., Wed. 6 a.m.
Live Recordings Of The Country Gentlemen
This week on “Bluegrass Signal,” guest co-host Todd Gracyk presents a few live sessions of the Country Gentlemen, recorded between 1961 and 1964. The “classic” lineup of Charlie Waller, John Duffey, Eddie Adcock, Tom Gray is featured, although there are a number of tracks with Walter Hensley and a few with Ed Ferris.
*The Dick Spottswood Show – Sun. 12 a.m. & 1 p.m., Thurs. 5 a.m.
Moonshine, brewed, sold, transported and consumed, for most of the first Obsolete Music Hour. Hour two focuses on a list of songs that the Brewster Brothers played with Dan Bailey on their WSM (Nashville) morning show the week of October 31, 1944. The shows weren’t recorded, so we rely on versions by Hank Williams, the Chuck Wagon Gang, Wade & J.E. Mainer, Bill Monroe, and later versions by Jim & Jesse, Flatt & Scruggs, the Stonemans and other celebrities.
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.
Young The Giant / Civil Twilight
Two newcomers make their debut appearance in eTown this week: Young the Giant and Civil Twilight. In just three short years, Young the Giant has become hugely popular around the globe. The band is an eclectic blend of French Canadian-Persian-British-Indian-Italian musicians. There’s also music from the band Civil Twilight, an African transplant that’s been compared to Radiohead (some folks also say the band’s sound reminds them of the early years of U2).
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 Laoise Kelly, whose intricate playing style of Irish reels and Jigs is stunning and sensitive in equal measures and; Thom Moore, one of Ireland’s hidden gems and a truly wonderful singer/songwriter. 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.
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 #12
This week’s show will focus on a number of American folks songs and traditional inspirations, but rest assured, we’ll also travel to Greece, Iran, Sweden, Ireland, Egypt and Italy along the way. Artists will include Hazmat Modine, Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis, Tarab, Hedningarna, Evie Ladin Band, Ryan McGiver, Imaginary Homeland, Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat, Ulrika Boden, Last Forever, Tabadoul Orchestra, Enzo Favata Tentetto and the Tenores di Bitti.
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
Early Bothy Band, Kevin Burke, Paul Brady: it’s all here in our nostalgic browse through Irish classics of the ‘70s and ‘80s.
The Tom “Cat” Reeder Show – Tues. 12-3 p.m. LIVE