Eddie Stubbs is one of the best known names in country music radio. He’s the weeknight host at WSM in Nashville, announcer on the famed Grand Ole Opry, and generally acknowledged as “a walking encyclopedia of country music.”
Eddie Stubbs is also part of the history of Bluegrass Country. The Eddie Stubbs Show ran for 17 years on WAMU-FM, playing classic country and bluegrass recordings every Sunday afternoon. Now those shows can be heard again on Bluegrass Country, as we begin weekly rebroadcasts of The Eddie Stubbs Show.
A native of Montgomery County, MD, Eddie grew up listening to country songs on the radio, developing a deep and lasting appreciation for the music and the artists. As the fiddler for the Johnson Mountain Boys, he introduced a generation of new fans to the sounds of traditional bluegrass in Washington and across the country. When the Eddie Stubbs Show debuted on WAMU in 1990, listeners heard what he called “the best in classic honky-tonk, traditional country and vintage bluegrass,” and they tuned in every Sunday afternoon to hear more.
Along the way, he got to know country star Kitty Wells, who talked him into moving to Nashville and joining her band in 1995. Just over two weeks after his arrival, he’d landed a slot as Grand Ole Opry announcer, introducing the biggest acts in country music to the national radio audience. The next year, he became the WSM weeknight host. He continued to produce his weekly WAMU show from his Nashville studio until the station cancelled it in 2007 as it began its retreat from music programming.
Fortunately for country music fans, these WAMU shows are all preserved, and they’re coming back to Bluegrass Country on Monday afternoons. Listen to The Eddie Stubbs Show from noon to 3 pm eastern time beginning March 4.