All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.
La La Brooks & Frankie Ford
We’re rocking and rolling with two icons of ’60s pop. First, it’s the voice behind some of the most well-known songs from the girl group era: La La Brooks, of the Crystals. La La sang the lead on the classic hit “Da Doo Ron Ron” when she was just a teenager! She shares stories of her time singing for Phil Spector, and starring on Broadway. We’ll also visit with Gretna, Louisiana’s Frankie Ford, whose early ’60′s hit “Sea Cruise” set the New Orleans R&B scene sailing on the charts.
*Americana Breakdown – Sat. 9 p.m.
Hosted by Art Hanson.
New music tonight from Bob Dylan, Lucy Kaplansky, Kathy Mattea, John Hiatt, Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, Keller Williams. In the second hour, a tribute to Gram Parsons who died on September 19, 1973, at the age of 26…
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dave Higgs.
We’ll be ascending, emerging, sloping upwards, advancing, increasing, and overflowing. Some of these events will be good for us. However, we’re right smack dab in the middle of Bluegrassland, so most will not. With the indispensable assistance of Peter Rowan, The Country Gentleman, The Yonder Mountain Stringband, Norman Blake, and The Seldom Scene, we’ll be “rising” on this rising and shining, rising from the ashes, rising above, rising from the dead edition of Bluegrass Breakdown.
Bluegrass Master Class – Sun. 3 p.m. & Fri. 4 a.m.
Banks of the Ohio #123 (rebroadcast)
We visit 1958 this week in the third half hour, including Jimmy Martin live, four great Starday cuts, and Wayne Raney’s WCKY broadcast of the first bluegrass record from Japan (the East Mountain Boys). There are three Vassar Clements cuts and the first all-female bluegrass band (the Buffalo Gals). Don’t miss the last half hour… unless you’re a staunch traditionalist and subject to apoplectic fits. A production of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, hosted by Fred Bartenstein.
Bluegrass Review – Mon. 9 p.m., Wed. 4 a.m.
Hosted by Phil Nusbaum.
Recent songs with train motifs open up our broadcast. Then, the Gem of Bluegrass considers bluegrass songs that take place in caves, marginal places where we fear the worst, and in songs, the worst seems to happen. Then we play some songs about true love, Then, we talk to Bill C Malone, biographer of bluegrass singer and songwriter, Hazel Dickens. Bill touches on how Hazel’s working class background and emotional life both played roles in her award-winning songwriting. 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.
Hosted by Peter Thompson.
A survey of current releases, with new covers of Stanley songs (Ricky Skaggs, Del & Dawg, Ivan Rosenberg & the Foggy Hogtown Boys), new gospel (Rhonda Vincent, Paul Williams, Marty Raybon), new folk-grass (Tom O’Brien & Darrell Scott, Robin & Linda Williams, I Draw Slow), and new offerings from the Left Coast (Kathy Kallick Band, Foghorn Stringband, Snap Jackson, Abbott Brothers, Compost Muntain Boys). And more.
Classic Country & Bluegrass – Tues. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
Sadly, longtime WAMU host Tom “Cat” Reeder passed away Saturday, June 30 at the age of 77. A rotating cast of Bluegrass Country contributors will be substituting in this slot (formerly home to The Tom “Cat” Reeder Show) until further notice.
*The Dick Spottswood Show – Sun. 12 a.m. & 1 p.m., Thurs. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dick Spottswood.
An Osborne Brothers medley includes sister Louise on the original version of her song “New Freedom Bell.” Then Bob Wills sings the blues, along with Jimmy Murphy, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Georgia Tom and Bertha “Chippie” Hill. Hour two is devoted to jazz fiddling, and how it affected country music and western swing.,
Editor’s Picks – Sat. 3 a.m., Sun. 6 p.m., Thurs. 4 a.m., Fri. 8 p.m.
Hosted by Jerad Walker.
Michaela Anne / Hula Honeys with Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
This week on Editor’s Picks we highlight the music of songwriter Michaela Anne and share the fruit of a transcontinental ukulele collaboration between the Hula Honeys of Maui, Hawaii and Washington’s Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer.
*etown – Sun. 7 p.m.
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers / Emmylou Harris / Arlo Guthrie (Part 2 of 2)
Hosts Nick & Helen Forster head to one of the best (and most stunning) outdoor music venues on the planet, Red Rocks. This two-part show features three stellar musical guests: Emmylou Harris & the Red Dirt Boys, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers and Arlo Guthrie. This first installment is full of great live performances and revealing ‘behind-the-scenes’ interviews with the artists. Good music, in-depth conversation and more, this week in eTown. (Part One aired last week).
The Gary Henderson Show – Sat. 8-11 a.m. LIVE, Mon. 12-3 p.m. LIVE
Open Mic – Sat. 6 a.m., Fri. 6 p.m.
ROMP 2012 with Lonesome River Band / Monroeville
This week on Open Mic we highlight live performances from ROMP 2012 in Owensboro, Kentucky featuring Lonesome River Band and Monroeville brought to us by The International Bluegrass Music Museum.
Overnight – Mon.-Fri., 12-4 a.m.
Each weeknight we air condensed encore presentations of some of your favorite live Bluegrass Country shows.
*RootsWorld Radio – Sat. 8 p.m.
Hosted by Cliff Furnald.
RootsWorld Radio #27
Join host Cliff Furnald for episode 27 of RootsWorld Radio. We’ll be listening to a world of music, from the apostolic gospel churches of Ghana to the avant garde jazz of Norway; from Mexican crooners and Finnish fiddlers to a raucous brass band from the streets of Chicago. It will be another hour of the sounds of the third planet, from the sublime to the ridiculous.
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
Celtic Show Bands
Hear big-band style brass sections and other instrumental combinations as they create cutting edge grooves and a big bold acoustic sound.