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Dick Spottswood


Author and musicologist Dick Spottswood continues to host his musical radio show on Bluegrass Country Radio, drawing from his extensive knowledge of vintage music. Spottswood has contributed to hundreds of reissue recordings. He is an expert on bluegrass music, (having co-founded Bluegrass Unlimited magazine in 1966) and on the history of recorded ethnic music of the early 20th century.

Dick calls his highly acclaimed show the Obsolete Music Hour. It begins with classic bluegrass and extends to country, string bands, honky tonk, western swing, blues, gospel, old world music, early jazz and other traditional styles that appeal to bluegrass devotees. Bluegrass makes constant use of its rich heritage, and Dick likes to feature both original and contemporary treatments of old songs.

Dick and Gary Henderson inaugurated bluegrass on public radio in 1967. Dick received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Recorded Sound Collections in 2003, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2009.

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