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American Routes

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    American Routes

    Sunday 9:00 pm 11:00 pm
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  • Sunday

    The Al Steiner Show

    Sunday 11:00 pm 12:00 am

On the Air

If you’re a fan of bluegrass, old time, classic country, folk, roots or Americana music, this is where you want to be.

Weekdays we play bluegrass in the morning and afternoon drive times (for the US eastern time zone).  Chris Teskey handles the morning shift from 7 to 9 am, and Lee Michael Demsey takes you home  from 3 to 6 in the afternoon.  For night owls, their shows are reprised on Bluegrass Overnight at 1 am.

Other daytime hosts playing bluegrass, old time and classic country include Gary Henderson, Brad Kolodner and Al Steiner.  Weekly features include Bluegrass and Beyond from Ireland; Jay Armsworthy’s Bluegrass on the Bay from southern Maryland; Ivy Sheppard’s Born in the Mountain exploring authentic bluegrass, old time and gospel music; Bluegrass Etc.presenting traditional music from Los Angeles, Cindy Baucom’s Knee Deep in Bluegrass show mixing music, interviews and festival previews, and the Old Time Jam with Brad Kolodner.

Dick Spotswood, who started the whole bluegrass radio thing on WAMU over 50 years ago, is a national treasure.  His Obsolete Music Hour is scholarly and entertaining at the same time, drawing on his extensive knowledge of bluegrass, old time, vintage country, blues and jazz and rare recordings from his collection.  Country Classics with Joe Bussard is another destination for fans of rare recordings and informed commentary.

Evenings and weekends,  Bluegrass Breakdown from Nashville presents themed shows, Music from Foggy Hollow from Australia features Mike Kear’s selection of new releases (and old jokes),  Bluegrass Signal from California mixes music and news about the west coast bluegrass scene, and rebroadcasts from the archive of Fred Bartenstein’s Banks of the Ohio, produced for the International Bluegrass Music Museum, take you through the history of the music.  Sunday mornings are dedicated to bluegrass and country gospel, with the long-running Stained Glass Bluegrass show.

Going beyond bluegrass, check out Fred Carter’sThe Trail Ride , a must for fans of Cajun, Zydeco, blues and funk; The Thistle and Shamrock, featuring Fiona Ritchie’s Celtic favorites, Jay Bruder’s Hometown Special with music from the late 40’s to the early 60’s; American Routes  from New Orleans, with music, documentary features and interviews across the musical spectrum; Al Steiner’s Americana, and The Grateful Dead Hour.    .

There’s lots more, especially on the weekends.  Listen to live shows from Washington’s Pearl Street Warehouse, concerts and shows on Open Mic ,  performances and interviews on Editor’s Picks, as well as syndicated live performance and talk shows:  Live from Here with Chris Thile, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour from Lexington, KY, Music City Roots from Nashville. Mountain Stage from West Virginia, and eTown from Boulder.

Go to the show schedule for a  daily lineup and links to show descriptions (all times are Eastern – GMT-4).  

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