Bluegrass Signal

Saturdays 6:30-8pm
hosted by Peter Thompson
Peter Thompson

Traditional and contemporary bluegrass, usually thematically-based and often featuring Bay Area musicians, in an eclectic mix. Includes a weekly calendar of regional bluegrass concerts and events, often with musical previews.

Hear the latest broadcast via KALW's Local Music Player page.

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9:32pm

Thu July 19, 2012
BLUEGRASS SIGNAL 7/21

(Previously) Live Bluegrass!

A recent photo (by Mike Melnyk) of bluegrass pioneer Mac Martin

Host Peter Thompson continues his broadcast of highlights from live performances.  This week:  two fabulous bluegrass concerts in the '70s: Mac Martin & the Dixie Travelers live in Pittsburgh (at a club where they played every Saturday night for many years), and J.D. Crowe & the New South live in Japan.  Listen anytime until 7/28 via KALW's Local Music Player.

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Mac Martin & the Dixie Travelers

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12:52pm

Mon July 9, 2012
Bluegrass Signal 7/14

Live On Arrival!

Merle & Doc Watson (photo: David Gahr)

Throughout July & August, host Peter Thompson presents programs of live concert recordings.  The series kicks off this week with highlights from two 1970 shows in New York with Doc & Merle Watson, plus Doc and the Nashville Bluegrass Band at MerleFest in 2006.   Available for listening through Saturday 7/21/12 via KALW's Local Music Player.

3:23pm

Sun July 1, 2012
Arts & Culture

Remembrance Of Things To Come

Saturday on "Bluegrass Signal" - a celebration of the 45th anniversary of WAMU's first bluegrass radio show. On July 2, 1967, Dick Spottswood and Gary Henderson presented "Bluegrass Unlimited," an event that is being commemorated on www.bluegrasscountry.org -- and on KALW.

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11:15am

Mon June 25, 2012
Bluegrass Signal 6/30

New Bluegrass!

The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show (with guest Frankie Nagle) at a 2004 show for RBA. Photo: Tom Tworek

Host Peter Thompson offers some deep listening to four new releases from The Karl Shiflett & the Big Country Show, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Travers Chandler & Avery County, and the Rounder Tribute To Earl Scruggs with banjo players Craig Smith, David Talbot, Ron Stewart, and others.  Listen anytime through 7/7 via KALW's Local Music Player.

6:38pm

Sun June 10, 2012
Bluegrass Signal 6/16

Live On Arrival!

JD Crowe & the New South in 1975

Peter Thompson presents a variety of bluegrass bands recorded live (mostly in the 1970s), a traditional show on the weekend of the California Bluegrass Association's festival in Grass Valley. Included: Doc & Merle Watson (70), Mac Martin & the Dixie Travelers (71), Old & In the Way (73), Hot Rize (86), a variety of contemporary performers (06-11), and the pictured band, J.D.

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