They were one of the most electrifying, incendiary, and ground-breaking groups to ever play bluegrass instruments. Enjoying a spectacular 18-year run, their name became synonymous with a whole new movement within bluegrass, a genre that has never been the same since. With some insights from special guest. Pat Flynn, who played guitar with the group from 1981 until the end, on New Years Eve in 1989, we’ll be listening to the New Grass Revival live.
It’s a wild, rollicking and intense kind of music, filled with ancient wisdom and aching lonesomeness. It’s a type of music that’s older than the mountains, with twice as much dust. Yet, in the hands of such practitioners as Goodbye Girls, Nate Leath, Paul Brown, and the Grayson County Daredevils, it still sounds fresh, exciting, and relevant. We’ll be celebrating new old time music.
Just when you thought every bluegrass CD that had ever been a glimmer in the artist’s eye had been issued, just when you thought it was impossible for the bulging CD bins to hold anything more, just when you thought it was safe to venture back into the water, or more precisely — wander past the new bluegrass CD bins with your un-maxed out credit card in your pocket, along comes a whole new slew of items to demand your attention, adoration, and money.
It’s the name of a 1980 horror novella by Stephen King, an unincorporated community in Columbia County, Oregon, A valkyrie in Norse mythology, and the subject of some of bluegrassland’s most poignant and lonesome songs. With the help of the Alan Munde Gazette, Bill Harrell, Lou Reid and Carolina, Dale Ann Bradley, and Bill Clifton, we’ll be looking at misty rivers, moonlight, memories, mountains hills, and hops.
So many hot high-lonesome tunes, and so little time. The bins have more new bluegrass CDs crammed therein than Carter’s has pills. We’ll be checking out the cream of the crop with the latest from Becky Buller, Detour, Richard Bennett, Breaking Grass, Terry Baucom, Volume Five, Rhonda Vincent, and the Earls of Lester.
Their current sound has been described as “acoustic overdrive”, “slam grass”, and “folk rock on steroids”. But in the beginning, when founding members Steve Gulley and Adam Steffey were still in the band, they were more traditionally oriented. We’ll be featuring music from the early days of Mountain Heart, one of the most illustrious and distinctive bands to ever roll down the bluegrass highway.
The band was formed in 2000 by four ex-members of JD Crow and the New South, and quickly became one of the most talked about groups in the Bluegrass biz. Wildfire: Robert Hale, Darrell Webb, Curt Chapman, Barry Crabtree, and Phil Ledbetter will be pickin’ and singin’ live in a special segment captured in 2001.