Friday at 6 pm on Bluegrass Signal from California, hosts Allegra Thompson & Leah Wollenberg present an all-Laurie Lewis show.

Friday at 9 pm on Editor’s Picks, a fond farewell to the Church Sisters, Sarah and Suzanne.  Their golden harmonies and love for tradition has made them crowd favorites from the Grand Ole Opry to the festival stage.  These fraternal twins from SW Virginia are all of 23 years old.  Suzanne Church will be launching a solo career in the coming months.

“Y’all Come!” Minnie Pearl opens three hours of unparalleled good times as the Craig Harris Show (Friday 10 pm – Saturday 1 am) continues to romp through the bluegrass, newgrass, old-time, and Americana alphabet. Focusing on artists whose name begins with the letter “P,” this week’s sampling spans from Les Paul’s “Hipbillie Boogie” (1948), steel guitarist Hank Penny’s “”You’re Bound To Look Like A Monkey” (1952), and Fess Parker’s “Ballad of Davy Crockett” (1954) to neo-trad tracks like “Hell On The Space Coast” (Pete’s Posse) and displays of musical mastery by Chris Pandolfi ( “Looking Glass”) and Joshua Palmer (“Pride of Man” and “Apollo 11”). The Patuxent Partners ask “Midlife, What Wife,” Palmer Divide complain that “Somebody’s Been Playing My Fiddle,” and Bob Paisley & Southern Grass will be “Walkin’ the Dog.” The spotlight focuses on Indiana-born banjo/guitar player Larry Perkins (“The Swimming Song,” Thanks Wade,” and “Big Time Tiger Rides Again”), Nashville-based singer-songwriter Dale Pyatt (“Love, Peace, and Chicken Grease,” Baby Loves Her Big Rig Man,” and “Run Secretariat Run”), and topical folksinger Tom Paxton  (“Not Tonight Marie,” “Talking Vietnam Pot Luck Blues,” and “Mr. Blue”). San Francisco-based Clear Light’s late-60s folk-rock rendition of “Mr. Blue” will also be heard. Peter, Paul, and Mary perform “House of the Rising Sun” with BB King, “The Great Mandella” with Richie Havens, and “Virtual Party.” Pert Near Simmons reinterprets the Beatles” I Am the Walrus.” Don’t miss it!

Saturday at 3 pm, catch a live show recorded in DC’s Wharf district on Live from Pearl Street Warehouse, a Bluegrass Country exclusive.  This week hear Chicago roots rockers The Empty Pockets.  On Oct 26 it’s Milwaukee singer-songwriter Trapper Schoepp.

This weekend Live from Here with Chris Thile is broadcasting the show from the 2019 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco.  It’s an all-new show with performances from Grace Potter, J.S. Ondara, The Milk Carton Kids, Nore Davis and Aoife O’Donovan.  Hear it Sunday from 1 to 3 pm on Bluegrass Country.

See the program schedule for full details, and check the Archive Player if you miss a show.

Old Time Music on Bluegrass Country

Old time music, with its roots in the old world, is the ancestor of bluegrass.  It’s lively tunes on fiddle and clawhammer banjo, ancient ballads adapted to life in Appalachia, played on front porches and in parlors and dance halls by self-taught musicians in rural America.  It’s a rich tradition preserved in memories and on early recordings, and played today by modern interpreters who continue to create new, old time music.

There’s nowhere you’ll hear more old time music than Bluegrass Country.  On Dick Spottswood’s Obsolete Music Hour, Ivy Sheppard’s Born in the Mountain and Joe Bussard’s Country Classics, you’ll hear an incomparable selection of old time recordings, many of them rare 78s from their collections.  And on Brad Kolodner’s Old Time Jam and Frank Hoppe’s Bluegrass, Etc, you can hear contemporary artists keeping the old time traditions alive.

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The Dick Spottswood ShowBorn in the MountainCountry Classics with Joe BussardOld Time JamBluegrass, Etc.