It’s not a stretch to say that Bluegrass Country stretches cross-country.  Our studio and transmitter are in Washington, DC.   But we have a strong collection of west coast hosts and shows.

Peter Thompson produces Bluegrass Signal at KALW in the San Francisco Bay area.  The show is broadcast there weekly, and Peter creates a customized hour-long version for Bluegrass Country that airs four times a week.  Every show has a theme, and there’s lots of new music with a west coast accent.  You can find information on upcoming shows, as well what’s happening in the San Francisco bluegrass scene, at bgsignal.com.

Peter introduced us to Sully Roddy, who was one of the creators of Americana radio in the 70s and later a pioneer of internet radio.  She created All Kinds of Country for Bluegrass Country, and now has expanded to two shows, three hours on Friday and a one-hour show on Saturday and Thursday.

From Southern California, Frank Hoppe mixes bluegrass, old-time and gospel into Bluegrass, Etc., heard every Thursday at noon eastern time.  Frank draws from a deep musical well that includes  contemporary old-time and lots of pre-WWII country 78s.  To read more about Frank and see playlists from recent shows, check his blog Frank in Transition.

Moving further north to Salem, Oregon, Bill Frater produces and hosts Freight Train Boogie on Bluegrass Country.  Bill is another Americana radio pioneer, blending country, blues, folk, rock and soul with some bluegrass and singer/songwriters tossed into the mix.  He also produces radio shows, podcasts and a new-releases-review website.  Freight Train Boogie is heard Tuesday at noon and Sunday night at 11.

You can find a full weekly schedule and descriptions of all our shows here. 

Bluegrass Signal