All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.
Southern Men of Song: Jimmy Martin and Percy Sledge
Working class, self-styled and always opinionated, the late King of Bluegrass Jimmy Martin talks guitar-picking, hunting dogs and the Opry. And singer of songs, Percy Sledge recalls going from hospital orderly to Atlantic Records soul singer with “When a Man Loves a Woman.”
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
January – April, 1972
We’ll be visiting the first quarter of 1972 when, among other things: Arthur Lee “Red” Smiley dies at the age of 46; The Seldom Scene begins appearing regularly at the Red Fox Inn in Bethesda, MD; The Country Gazette plays its first show with banjoist Alan Munde; A “Committee To Save the Opry” is formed to prevent the Ryman Auditorium from being demolished; Uncle Josh Graves joins the Earl Scruggs Revue; and The Dillards tour with Elton John.
Bluegrass Master Class – Sun. 3 p.m. & Fri. 4 a.m.
Banks of the Ohio #115 (rebroadcast)
We salute the late fiddler Vassar Clements with recordings from his first session with Bill Monroe (1950), Old & in the Way (1973), Andy Statman (1994), and David Grisman (1999). You’ll also hear first recordings by Kenny Baker and Bob Osborne, and some neat live recordings of banjo prodigy Joe Medford (1950), the Louvin Brothers (1955), Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper (1958), the Bray Brothers with John Hartford (1961), and the Kentucky Colonels (1965). A production of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, hosted by Fred Bartenstein.
Bluegrass Review – Mon. 9 p.m., Wed. 4 a.m.
The show begins with a couple of songs using “dirt road” in the title. Similar phrase, but the songs are very different. Remember the song “Long Black Veil?” about the guy who prefers to hang rather than tell his alibi for the murder. A new Akira Otsuka CD has a new twist on this old story. And by the way, in this song, two men who don’t deserve to die, die. Our Gem of Bluegrass concerns the sense of loss in bluegrass songs. The second half of the show is devoted to songs with pointed lyrics. It’ll be old-style music with fresh concerns. 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.
Not a collection of strange songs, but, rather, songs about strangers, with some interesting classic/modern comparisons: Stanley Brothers and Hot Rize, Bill Monroe and Tony Rice, Carter Family and Hazel & Alice, Mac Wiseman and Allegheny Drifters, and Stanley Brothers (again) and Kathy Kallick. Plus: other songs about strangers by some great duets: the Sauceman Brothers, Jeff White & Dawn Sears, Kathy Kallick & Peter Rowan, and Buzz Busby & Bill Harrell. And Jimmy.
Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Countdown – Last Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. ET
Host Lee Michael Demsey 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. BU has maintained their monthly chart, the National Bluegrass Survey, for the past 19 years. Since its inception, Demsey has compiled the list for the magazine from reporting radio stations and syndicators.
They’ll play recordings from the Big Country Bluegrass catalog and chat about the band’s upcoming summer tour dates.
*The Dick Spottswood Show – Sun. 12 a.m. & 1 p.m., Thurs. 5 a.m.
A three-fiddle Bill Monroe session from 1955 precedes a Goin’ to California medley. The second hour spotlights the great, versatile Lonnie Johnson—blues singer, guitarist, fiddler and blues pianist extraordinaire. In the 1920s his music set the pattern for many talented followers.
Editor’s Picks – Sat. 3 a.m., Sun. 6 p.m., Thurs. 4 a.m., Fri. 8 p.m.
Carolina Chocolate Drops / Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton
This week we’re featuring performances and interviews with The Carolina Chocolate Drops and the duo of Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton– two groups that are taking old time sounds to brand new places.
*etown – Sun. 7 p.m.
Gomez / Ariana Gillis
Nick & Helen Forster welcome two visiting acts this week who got their start outside of the U.S. The popular London/LA based experimental pop group Gomez is back with us, (they are some of our favorites past guests; it’s been a while since they’ve been with us so we’re happy to have them back). And first time eTowner Ariana Gillis joins us as well; this Canadian newcomer is just 21 years old but is already creating a buzz in the music world.
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 Matt Molloy, John Carty, and Tommy Sands. 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.
In Music from Foggy Hollow this week, Mike Kear’s featuring a new CD from Detour – a Michigan band. The CD’s called ‘A Better Place’. He’s playing lots of the music, talking about the band and has a live interview with the lead singer Missy Armstrong. Also on the show, the best new bluegrass music in the world, from the Bankester Family, Bill Evans, John McEuen and his sons, Joe Mullins, GrassStreet and a live Australian recording from Blue & Lonesome. All this and he’s going to open the vault and take a look back and see what was happening in the show 5 years ago. All this and a whole lot more. The show’s only for fun, so don’t miss it!
Open Mic – Sat. 6 a.m., Fri. 6 p.m.
See Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Countdown
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 #13
This week on RootsWorld Radio, come walk with us from Quebec to Cameroon, sail from Staten Island the Aegean Sea and fly across western Africa to the shores of the Indian Ocean. It’s the lucky 13 edition of RootsWorld Radio. Artists featured on the program include Guy Klucevsek, Kepa Junkera, Pierre Akendengué, Shikamoo Jazz, Amadou & Mariem, Francis Beybey, Maga Bo, Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis, Tarab, Hal Parfitt Murray & Nicolaj Busk.
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
Underneath the Stars
As the days grow longer our music looks to the Northern and Western skies for inspiration this week and draws meaning, guidance and solace from the sun, moon and stars.
The Tom “Cat” Reeder Show – Tues. 12-3 p.m. LIVE