Bluegrass Stories is a podcast hosted by former WAMU and Bluegrass Country host and program director Katy Daley and Howard Parker. Along with mandolinist Akira Otsuka, they started the podcast in April 2019 as a way of getting behind the scenes in the bluegrass business. They’ve interviewed musicians, instrument builders and dealers, promoters, educators, broadcasters – anyone with a good story to share.

The podcast concluded its fourth “season” on March 10. Interviews in this series included Bluegrass Country program director Chris Teskey, Adam Kirr and Phil Chorney of Charm City Bluegrass, Gibson Brothers sideman and friend Eric O’Hara, Dudley Connell of the Seldom Scene, musician/educator Tara Linhardt and John Lawless, editor of Bluegrass Today.

On April 20, Katy released a special “IMBA Series,” interviewing IBMA executive director Paul Schiminger on the challenges facing the association and its partners as they prepare for the annual World of Bluegrass.

Season 5 kicked off May 5 with an interview of bandleader Rhonda Vincent, who recently joined the Grand Ole Opry. Upcoming episodes will feature Ben Surratt, Dawn Kenney, Kristen Scott Benson, David Brower and Jimmy Gaudreau.

The Bluegrass Stories podcast is available now on Apple, Google, Facebook, Soundcast and at, where you can listen to any of the 38 podcasts.