All times listed are Eastern Time
*denotes part of our Roots and Branches Block
*American Routes – Sat. 4 a.m., Sun. 8 p.m.
Festivals Acadiens et Creoles and the New Orleans Nightlife
This week on American Routes, we bring you music from the festival stage and the clubs of South Louisiana. We visit some of our favorite nighttime musical haunts in New Orleans and spend time with guitar man Ernie Vincent and jazz historian Bruce Raeburn. Then, allons a Lafayette for the Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, south Louisiana’s annual celebration of Cajun and Creole music, food and culture. We’ll hear classic performances from the early days of the festival, talk with founder and scholar Barry Ancelet and sample some of the sights and sounds from the festival grounds.
Bluegrass Breakdown – Sun. 2 a.m., Mon. 10 p.m., Wed. 5 a.m.
Hosted by Dave Higgs.
Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Monroe’s 15th Law of Bluegrass states that for every rising, there’s at least 3 fallings. With the help of Crucial Smith, The Kruger Brothers, Larry Stephenson, Rambler’s Choice, and Doyle Lawson, we’ll be looking at falling tears, falling rock, falling down, the falling rain, falling to pieces, and falling in love on this falling off a log, falling from grace, falling on our knees, falling flat on our face 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.
Country scenes and images have refreshing effects on people. Songs featuring those kinds of motifs open the show today. The Gem of Bluegrass describes the evolution of the song Candy Man which was making the rounds in the 1960s thanks to recordings by John Hurt. Then we play some additional John Hurt or Blues-influenced songs. Later on, despite that the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bill Monroe has come and gone, artists are still doing Bill Monroe-related material. We play some recent examples. 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.
Songs Of Tragedy & Sorrow (rebroadcast)
Guest co-host Todd Gracyk presents an hour of songs from the tragic and sorrowful side of life. The recordings date from the late ‘40s to the early ‘00s, and the songs are by a wide variety of performers. From the ‘60s alone, there’s the music of Earl Taylor, Doc Watson, Country Gentlemen, Mac Wiseman, Red Allen & the Kentuckians, and Howdy Forrester. And that’s only the beginning, neighbor …
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.
“Blue Guitar Stomp” and a few Blind Lemon songs in country settings. Jimmie Davis compares Corrine to a sewing machine. In hour two, multiple versions of “Bugle Call Rag” and Jimmie Rodgers with the Louisville Jug Band. And, as if that weren’t enough, listen for cameos by Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, Jim and Jesse, the Bailes Brothers, Louvin Brothers, Bill Monroe, Cliff Carlisle and a host of others.
Editor’s Picks – Sat. 3 a.m., Sun. 6 p.m., Thurs. 4 a.m., Fri. 8 p.m.
Hosted by Jerad Walker.
Bill Evans / Red Mountain White Trash
This week on Editor’s Picks we feature banjo player extraordinaire Bill Evans and the old time string band music of Red Mountain White Trash.
*etown – Sun. 7 p.m.
Steve Earle / Anais Mitchell / Allison Moorer (Part 1 of 2)
Our “eTown On the Road” series continues, as we head to the Flynn Center in Burlington, Vermont, for Part One of this special two-part offering, featuring Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, and Anais Mitchell. Steve Earle, one of the most prolific Americana singer-songwriters around, joins us. Also sharing the stage is eTown newcomer and Vermont native, Anais Mitchell, whose music has been called ‘as intimate as conversations and as rich in detail as short stories.’ (And stay tuned for Part Two, airing next 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.
2011 Savannah Music Festival featuring the Punch Brothers
This week on Open Mic we highlight a live performance from the Punch Brothers recorded at the 2011 Savannah Music Festival.
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 #28
The week of September 22th , join host Cliff Furnald for the 28th edition of RootsWorld Radio. There will be new music and old from Portugal, ukuleles from Denmark, challenging new sounds from France, Spain, Israel and Palestine, and just plain good times from Finland, Sweden, Congo and more. Artists will include Sam Karpienia, Ulas Özdemir & Bijan Chemirani, Kongero, Isra-Alien, Michel Sajrawy , Tobias Elof and Nicolaj Wamberg, Frigg , Gaitieros de Lisboa, Dulce Pontes, Dazkarieh, Doumka Clarinet Ensemble, Amina Alaoui and Staff Benda Bilili.
*Thistle and Shamrock – Sat. 6 p.m.
More New Releases and Debuts
Fiona handpicks more of the best new sounds from rising artists along with the latest from artists whose music has shaped the sound of The Thistle & Shamrock.
The Well Below The Valley – Sat. 7 p.m.
Hosted by Chris Teskey.
Host Chris Teskey airs a live performance from singer/flute player Nuala Kennedy featuring her hauntingly beautiful vocals and adventurous instrumentation (a Casio keyboard will be played at one point).