bluegrass

In 2018, the four piece group Wood & Wire was nominated for a Grammy award for their album North of Despair. Since their four members had come up playing styles like jazz and punk rock, of course they would find themselves in a band on the verge of winning nationwide recognition as a bluegrass band -- from that hotbed of the genre, Austin Texas no less. Somehow, two plus two equals five with Wood & Wire, and here they are, carving out a niche that seems as unlikely as it is fortunate.

WNCW's Program Director, Joe Kendrick talks with Bluegrass musicians Darin and Brooke Aldridge about producing albums, changes in bluegrass, and more.

In May of 1989, Doc Watson was 66 years old. He was known around the world, and had already cemented his legacy, but was nowhere near the end of his achievements. With four Grammy awards under his belt, he had four more to go. He had yet to be inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall Of Honor, and was probably not anticipating that the National Medal Of Arts would be awarded to him in the coming decade. One of his great contributions to the music world had begun just the year before: the event which was born out of the tragedy of losing his son, MerleFest.

In May of 1989, Doc Watson was 66 years old. He was known around the world, and had already cemented his legacy, but was nowhere near the end of his achievements. With four Grammy awards under his belt, he had four more to go. He had yet to be inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall Of Honor, and was probably not anticipating that the National Medal Of Arts would be awarded to him in the coming decade. One of his great contributions to the music world had begun just the year before: the event which was born out of the tragedy of losing his son, MerleFest.

The albums pictured above represent releases that have recently risen to the top here at WNCW. A few times a month, Music Director Martin Anderson compiles lists of the top ten current album releases and we list them under Programming and New Releases. If you want to access the list, learn more, see the albums and listen to the music, click on the link below. Thanks so much for listening to Grassroots - Listener Powered Radio!

Here are some albums that have recently risen to the top here at WNCW. A few times a month, Music Director Martin Anderson compiles lists of the top ten current album releases and we list them under Programming and New Releases. If you want to access the list, learn more, see the albums and listen to the music, click on the link below. Thanks so much for listening to Grassroots - Listener Powered Radio! We hope you're enjoying the tunes, the news and all the other great info that is featured on WNCW 88.7 FM and streaming online at wncw.org

Vicki Dameron

Our series of rebroadcasting favorite Studio B sessions continues on Saturday with this first of two: the award-winning Rhonda Vincent and her world-class band The Rage was a lot of fun to have here back last year! Enjoy it during our 2nd hour of "Goin' Across the Mountain."

Here's the podcast from this session:

The beloved, charismatic Del & the Boys have visited us more than a time or two over the years, and this one from September 25th, 1998 has never aired since that date. What say we revisit it again? "Well all RIGHT!"

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Cindy Baucom

From Joe Greene: "Grammy award-winning country star Joe Diffie passed away last weekend due to Covid-19/Coronavirus. While Diffie had a great career in Country music, his musical roots were in bluegrass. Saturday, on Goin' Across The Mountain, Bluegrass Emcee and Radio Host Cindy Baucom shares music from Joe Diffie and an interview she did with him a couple of years ago. Cindy is the wife of banjo hero Terry Baucom and hosts the nationally syndicated radio show, Knee-Deep In Bluegrass. Listen in for "Remembering Joe Diffie" Saturday, April 4 at Noon on Goin' Across the Mountain."

Photo taken at Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN By Vicki Dameron

One thing WNCW knows about is bluegrass, old time and true country music. It's a part of our electic music format which made this Friday Feature Interview of the Week even more special - when we learned all about the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies Program.  Interviewed on March 20, 2020 was Program Director Daniel Boner.  ETSU is passing on a legacy of music history that will help keep it going strong for the future.  

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