This week we welcome a new show to Bluegrass Country – Americana Breakdown, hosted by Art Hanson. Actually, it’s welcome back, since Art’s show ran on Bluegrass Country for five years. What’s it all about? Art calls it “Music for people who like country music … and those who don’t.” Listen Wednesdays from 10 to noon. Bluegrass Breakdown with Dave Higgs will still be on the air Saturdays at midnight.
Jimmy Martin’s birthday was August 10, and this week on Bluegrass Signal from California, host Leah Wollenberg celebrates the King of Bluegrass. Happy Birthday, Jimmy Martin airs Friday at 6 pm, repeated Monday at 11 pm and Tuesday at midnight.
Friday at 7pm eastern time on Open Mic, an early bluegrass concert from Marty Raybon, plus Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass and one of the last concerts performed by Charlie Monroe, brother and former musical partner to Bill Monroe. Then 9 pm on Editors Picks, some good traditional bluegrass from the Kevin Prater Band, out of Kentucky. The hourlong concert was recorded in a studio in Nashville earlier this year.
Focusing on artists whose name begin with the letter “M,” this week’s Craig Harris Show (Friday 10 pm – Saturday 1 am) continues to romp through the bluegrass, newgrass, old-time, and Americana alphabet by introducing such indelible characters as the Mashville Brigade’s “Roving Gambler,” Marcy Marxer’s “Girl Django,” Reed Martin’s “Drunken Fiddler,” and Eunice Yeatts McAlexander’s “Wild Hog in the Woods.” The king of bluegrass, Jimmy Martin will sing the “Guitar Playing President,” feature on “Skip, Hop, and Wobble” and “Chattanooga Dog,” and join with Ralph Stanley (“I’m Goin’ Down the Road”) and the Osborne Brothers (“Chalk Up Another One”). Accompanied by the Steep Canyon Rangers, Steve Martin will display his hybrid banjo picking on “Me and Paul Revere,” “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs,” and, joined by Edie Brickell, “Sarah Jane and the Iron Mountain Baby” while Benny Martin goes “From a Blonde to a Redhead.” The Markmen will be warning “There’s Going To Be An Invasion,” Liz Meyer recall being “Stoned At the Jukebox.” David Mayfield will reveal “My First Big Lie and How I Got Out of It.” Leona Mathes shares her passion for “Sweet Potato Chips” while Memphis Minnie and the Memphis Jug Band moan the “Meningitis Blues.” Paul McCartney’s redo of Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky” balances Mary McCaslin’s reworking of the Beatles’ “Things We Said Today.” Del McCoury’s takes on the Liverpudlians’ “When I’m 64,” part of a showcase that also includes his updating of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Nashville Cats,” a duet version of Don Reno’s “Country Boy Rock and Roll,” performed with David Grisman, and an original tune, “Bluegrass Country,” this station’s namesake. Don’t miss it!
Continuing this week, the first 15 minutes of the Saturday Chris Teskey Show at 1 pm will feature an episode of A Great American Tapestry, the Many Strands Mountain Music. This five-part documentary is taken from the film of the same name, that tells the story of the southern mountain’s musical birth and evolution through the strands of the Scots-Irish, African-American and indigenous musical traditions. Read more about the documentary project here.
Saturday at 3, catch a live show by local favorites Virginia Coalition, on Live from Pearl Street Warehouse. Every week we play a new show recorded live in Washington’s Wharf District.
Mike Kear in Australia puts the spotlight on new releases from around the bluegrass world on Music from Foggy Hollow from 10 to 1 Sunday and 7 to 10 pm Tuesday. This week Mike highlights Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys “Lord Help Me Find the Way,” plus a look back at what was playing on the show five years ago, Mike’s very special brand of humor, and much more. See the full playlist at atalkingdog.com.