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A message from the Program Director, Chris Teskey, about two new programs on Bluegrass Country

Bluegrass & Beyond, from Dublin, Ireland

hosted by Ronnie Norton, Mondays, 10am - noon

I first met Ronnie Norton in Dublin when we were both working in Irish music. Ronnie is a photographer who was taking photos of Irish musicians, and I was producing traditional Irish recordings.

Many years later, in 2012, Ronnie turned up in my IBMA Leadership Bluegrass class! I had no idea he would be there. Our friendship was rekindled, and I asked Ronnie then if Bluegrass Country could carry his radio program from Dublin, but, for a variety of reasons, it never happened.

Fast forward to September 2017. Ronnie and I met at the IBMA conference in Raleigh, and vowed to do it this time.

Ronnie Norton's knowledge of modern and traditional bluegrass music is deep, and he brings a perspective to bluegrass from one of the places that produces the music that is one of the ancestors of American traditional music.

Music City Roots from Nashville

hosted by Jim Lauderdale, Saturdays 8pm - 10 pm

Music City Roots from The Factory in Nashville is a weekly live program that is hosted by Jim Lauderdale and features interviews and live performances from four different musicians each week.

Here is what Jerry Douglas said about Music City Roots: "I love this show. This is what I imagine the Grand Old Opry was like
when it first started - just like this right here. This is why I come to this show just to look around and think, 'wow, this is history, we're making history here every time this show happens."

 

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