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Win a pair of tickets to see singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell live in concert at the Hamilton Live in downtown Washington on Saturday, August 25.  Click here for more information and an entry form.

This week on Bluegrass Country

This week on Live from Pearl Street Warehouse, hear Grammy-nominated singer Seth Glier, recorded live on stage.   Pearl Street Live brings you new music every Saturday afternoon from 3 to 4.  Check the show page for a listing of upcoming performances.

On  Music from Foggy Hollow, host Mike Kear in Australia spins more new releases from the bluegrass world:  This week it’s the new CD from Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, new music from an unusual project by Gregg Welty, newcomer Chad Darou.  Mike chats with fiddle player for Sister Sadie, Deanie Richardson who joins him on the show from Nashville, and as always, he’ll dip into the vault to play a number or two that were the show five years ago.  Listen Sunday at 10 am, Tuesday at 7 pm and Friday at 10 pm US Eastern time.

This week on Bluegrass Signal, it’s Before the Dead.  Host Peter Thompson samples some of Jerry Garcia’s bluegrass/old time sessions, recorded 1961-1964, from a new 4-CD collection. Accompanying musicians include David Nelson, Robert Hunter, Eric Thompson, Sandy Rothman, and Jody Stecher.   Listen Friday at 6 pm Eastern time, rebroadcast Monday at 11 pm and Tuesday at midnight.

In weeks to come, Dick Spottswood will explore the studio work of pioneer record producer Ralph Peer, whose fame rests on his chance discovery of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers in the summer of 1927.   Ralph Peer was already en experienced producer by then, with an impressive track record that began with blues singer Mamie Smith in 1920, and continued with Fiddlin’ John Carson and the first country music records three years later.  Throughout the 1920s, he  took recording machines through the south and southwest to record local country, blues, gospel and jazz in local environments, producing unique records that remain classics nearly a century later.  The Dick Spottswood Show airs Sunday afternoon at 3 Eastern time, rebroadcast Monday at 7 pm, Tuesday at 10 pm  and Thursday at 10 am.

For a complete program schedule, bookmark our schedule page, and watch this space for updates.

Bluegrass Country’s Festival Roundup

Festivals all over the map this week.  Our list for the third week in August (from BluegrassFestivalGuide.com and other sources) has bluegrass, old-time and roots music festivals from Vermont to California, plus five in Canada and even a couple in Australia.  Be sure to check the festival website to see what bands are playing, whether there’s camping, jamming, etc.  As always, if your favorite festival isn’t on the list, let us know.



Thanks for your support

Dear Bluegrass Friend:

During our Donor Drive, someone asked “What compels you to donate your time and effort for the Bluegrass Country Foundation?”

For me, it’s easy.  I love the music and the people.

Because of fans like you, we began Bluegrass Country broadcasts in 1967 on WAMU.  That’s the year of the first Super Bowl.  As bluegrass music evolved and grew, we built our extensive music library, offering bluegrass shows with respected hosts, and today with live local onsite performances.

Bluegrass Country 88.5 FM HD2 and streaming at www.bluegrasscountry.org is the place where the new and old, traditional and progressive come together.   We’re much more than a bluegrass music jukebox. We provide the history and context of bluegrass, Americana and roots music so you can appreciate both what’s old – and new.

It’s a worthy cause, I hope you’ll agree. That’s why I feel comfortable asking you to consider a donation now to the Bluegrass Country Foundation.

If you missed our summer donor drive, you can still donate any time.  Your help in any amount is appreciated.

Thanks very much for your support,

Bill Sherard
President, Bluegrass Country Foundation

Listen & learn

Wednesday nights through August, enjoy live music at the Tabard Inn, 1730 N St. NW in Washington, DC.  “Bluegrass on the Patio” features great local bands, 7:30 to 9:30.

“Grass Is Dead” is a Florida band that plays – what else? – Grateful Dead songs in their own high-energy bluegrass style.  Hear them August 16 at Pearl Street Warehouse, 33 Pearl St. SW in Washington’s Wharf District.

Looking to sharpen your bluegrass skills, or maybe get a start playing an instrument?  There are workshops and camps just about everywhere.  Here’s a link to a listing of bluegrass and old-time workshops from the Mandolin Cafe site (no, it’s not just for mandolins).

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. 

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