Tradition and innovation – that’s been the hallmark of bluegrass music from the start. Bill Monroe and the first generation took the ancient tones of old world ballads and dances, mixed them with gospel and blues, and created a new distinctly American music. Today’s artists remain true to the tradition, while at the same time taking the music in exciting new directions.
Starting on Sunday June 2, Bluegrass Country will pay tribute to the old and the new as we launch our June fundraiser. All week we’ll be playing songs from the bluegrass or pre-bluegrass pioneers, paired with updated versions from today’s pickers and singers. It’s Then and Now in Bluegrass Country.
Like the music, Bluegrass Country has evolved. Fifty-two years ago, we started with a half-hour bluegrass show once a week on WAMU-FM. Today we’re an independent, listener-supported station, broadcasting 24/7 on 88.5 HD2 in Washington, DC and around the world on bluegrasscountry.org.
But there’s no guarantee about tomorrow. Not without your continuing support. This station relies entirely on listener contributions to the Bluegrass Country Foundation. Please consider becoming a sustaining member with a monthly contribution. It’s easy – just click on the DONATE button and you’ll be taken to our secure donor site, or look here for more information.
If you’re already a member, thank you! Tell your friends about Bluegrass Country, and why you think it’s important to support this unique station. If you haven’t become a member, there’s no better time to step up and pledge your support for the music you love.