Bluegrass Country Radio
Bluegrass Country is listener-supported radio, playing bluegrass, old-time and Americana music 24/7. We can be heard on 88.5 FM HD2 in the Washington, DC area, streaming worldwide on this website, and through free smartphone apps.
This week on Bluegrass Country
Friday on the Lee Michael Demsey Show, tune in for a countdown of the top 30 current songs, according to the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine chart for the month of June. That’s at 4 pm Eastern time.
Then at 7 pm on Open Mic, with DelFest happening in Cumberland, MD this weekend, Lee revisits the first DelFest from May 2008. Hear performances by the Vince Gill Bluegrass Band and Ronnie Reno and Bluegrass Tradition.
At 9 pm, it’s Editor’s Picks, presenting a concert from 1978, forty years ago, by J.D. Crowe and the New South, featuring the late, great Keith Whitley.
The members of Hawktail – Brittany Haas, Jordan Tice, Paul Kowert and Dominic Leslie – sit down with Cindy Baucom on this week’s Knee Deep in Bluegrass show to talk about their new release, “Unless,” produced by Chris Eldridge. It’s Friday, 10 to noon Eastern time.
For some international flavor, be sure to catch our imported shows every week. Ronnie Norton’s Bluegrass and Beyond from Dublin, Ireland, airs Monday at 10 a.m. Mike Kear brings you Music from Foggy Hollow, direct from Australia, four times a week: Tuesday at 7 pm, Friday at 10 pm, Saturday at noon and Sunday at 10 am.
For a complete program schedule, bookmark our schedule page, and watch this space for updates.
Memorial Day weekend is coming up, and the festival season is in full swing. From the something-for-everyone DelFest to festivals that feature more traditional and regional bands, you’re sure to find the music you like. Here’s a list of some of the festivals scheduled for the last weekend in May. Click the festival name for more information.
- DelFest, 5/24-27 in Cumberland, MD
- Dr. Ralph Stanley Hills of Home Festival 5/24-26 in Coeburn, VA
- Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival 5/25-27 in Floyd, VA
- Back Forty Memorial Weekend Bluegrass Festival 5/24-27 in Curryville, MO
- Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival, 5/24-27 in Wind Gap, PA
- Lil John’s Mountain Music Festival 5/24-26 in Snow Camp, NC
- Bluegrass on the Arkansas 5/26-27 in Salida, CO
- Great Alaska Music Festival 5/26-27 in Palmer, AK
There are festivals every weekend, all summer. These websites have festival listings, searchable by state and month.
On the air
If you’re a fan of bluegrass, old time, classic country, folk, roots or Americana music, this is where you want to be.
Weekdays we play bluegrass in the morning and afternoon drive times (for the US eastern time zone). Chris Teskey handles the morning shift from 7 to 9 am, and Lee Michael Demsey takes you home from 3 to 6 in the afternoon. For night owls, their shows are reprised on Bluegrass Overnight at 1 am.
Other daytime hosts playing bluegrass, old time and classic country include Gary Henderson, Brad Kolodner and Al Steiner. Weekly features include Bluegrass and Beyond from Ireland; Jay Armsworthy’s Bluegrass on the Bay from southern Maryland; Ivy Sheppard’s Born in the Mountain exploration of authentic bluegrass, old time and gospel music; Bluegrass Etc., presenting traditional music from Los Angeles, and Cindy Baucom’s Knee Deep in Bluegrass show mixing music, interviews and festival previews.
Dick Spotswood, who started the whole bluegrass radio thing on WAMU over 50 years ago, is a national treasure. His Obsolete Music Hour is scholarly and entertaining at the same time, drawing on his extensive knowledge of bluegrass, old time, vintage country, blues and jazz and rare recordings from his collection.
In the evening, check out Bluegrass Breakdown from Nashville, Music from Foggy Hollow from Australia, Bluegrass Signal from California, and rebroadcasts from the archive of Fred Bartenstein’s Banks of the Ohio, produced for the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Sunday mornings are dedicated to bluegrass and country gospel, with the long-running Stained Glass Bluegrass show. And for fans of Cajun and Zydeco music, Fred Carter’s The Trail Ride is a must.
There’s lots more, especially on the weekends. Listen to live shows from Washington’s Pearl Street Warehouse, concerts and shows on Open Mic and syndicated live performance shows. Go to the show schedule for a daily lineup and links to show descriptions. And check back here for highlights of upcoming presentations.
Bill Sherard here, president of the all-volunteer, listener-supported Bluegrass Country Foundation. Our spring listener drive has ended, and if you were able to support Bluegrass Country during this one-week period, please know you have our heartfelt thanks. As a listener supported station, it’s important that you know 100% of your donations go to fund Bluegrass Country’s programs.
That means we stay on the air. So thanks to you from me and all the Bluegrass Country volunteers.
And if you were unable to give during the donor drive, it’s not to late to be counted. A sustaining monthly donation is what we need, to let us plan ahead financially and keep the music playing. It’s easy to make an online contribution; just click here. And we hope you have a great springtime filled with bluegrass music.
From all your friends here at Bluegrass Country, thanks!
President, Bluegrass Country Foundation
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