From 1990 to 2007, The Eddie Stubbs Show was a mainstay on WAMU Bluegrass Country, a weekly exploration of the classic artists and songs of country music, with a host acknowledged as “a walking encyclopedia of country music.”
Here’s how Eddie Dean described the show in a 1996 article for the Washington City Paper: “The Eddie Stubbs Show is an ongoing experiment in time-travel and musical obsession. And it doesn’t end with the broadcast: Stubbs lives his music. In addition to broadcasting classic gutbucket country, Stubbs is a fiddler, writer, and award-winning researcher and historian, all of it just a way of living his abiding obsession: real country music from the ’40s to the ’60s. Straight up.”
Or in the words of Bluegrass Country host Dick Spottswood, “Eddie’s found the time machine.”
Eddie Stubbs grew up in the Washington suburbs, 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. He came to WAMU to work with Gary Henderson in 1984, and got his own show 1990, playing what he called “the best in classic honky-tonky, traditional country and vintage bluegrass.”
In 1995, Eddie moved to Nashville to play fiddle with Kitty Wells, landed a slot as Grand Ole Opry announcer, and became the WSM weeknight host. and one of the most popular and respected radio DJs in country music. He continued to produce his weekly WAMU show from his Nashville studio until 2007. Stubbs retired from WSM in 2020.
Now these timeless shows can be heard once again, as The Eddie Stubbs Show returns to the airwaves on Bluegrass Country.