Bluegrass Breakdown

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  • Local Host Dave Higgs

New Releases

Feb 25, 2017

We'll continue our celebration of the new year in the most Bill Monroe-begatted of ways: by homing in on some the highest, bluest and most lonesome grass that have found their way into the new bluegrass CD bins over the past few weeks. 

January & February 1977

Feb 18, 2017

We'll be heading pell mell into the wild and wooly bluegassical soundscape of January and February 1977 when, among other things, Glen Duncan and Wayne Fields join the Boys from Indiana on fiddle and banjo respectively; Stoney Cooper is hospitalized following a heart attack; Alan O'Brien suffers a ruptured esophagus while on the road with Buck White and the Down Home Folks; Colorado's Monroe Doctrine reforms with Wayne Beasley on mandolin, Mark Emory on the bass, Rick Ryman on the banjo and Danny Wise on guitar; and folks like Ralph Stanley, The Bluegrass Special, Outdoor Plumbing Company, Bill Monroe and Roland White make the high lonesome airwaves sing. 


Feb 11, 2017

It's one of mankind's first tools, invented somewhere between the digging stick and the plow. It's uses are myriad: shaping soil, removing weeds, clearing, harvesting, planing and chasing off undesirable critters of both the four-legged and two-legged variety. Despite the passage of thousands of years, its basic design has never been improved. Its impact is as far-reaching as its frequent appearances in bluegrass songs. It's an implement that epitomizes the bluegrass work ethic. With the seasoned assistance of such hard laborers as Tommy Webb, Ralph Stanley and Del McCoury, we'll be looking at hoes. 


Feb 4, 2017

They represent one of the greatest inventions in agricultural history. Arriving on the scene after the digging stick and the ubiquitous hoe, somewhere around 1100, they began to be frequently referenced in English print. Originally powered by beasts of burden, and nowadays most often by tractors, they're used to prepare soil for planting crops and otherwise cultivating the soil. It's a thankless, tireless and grueling, but absolutely essential task — whether on the farm, in the garden or throughout life itself. With the hard-working and determined assistance of Adrienne Young, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, the Humdingers, Keith Little and Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle, we'll be getting behind the plow. 

November 1976 - January 1977

Jan 28, 2017

We'll be taking the hi-lonesome time machine back to November and December 1976 and on into January 1977 when, among other things, Bela Fleck joins the Boston-based Tasty Licks; Vince Gill replaces guitarist Jack Skinner in Byron Berline and Sundance; the Bluegrass Cardinals relocate from California to the D.C. area; Tom T. Hall's single Fox on the Run peaks at number nine on the Billboard charts; and the album from which that single came, Magnificent Music Machine, reaches number 13 on the Billboard Country Album chart. 

New Releases

Jan 21, 2017

It's a new year, and the bins are already filled to the brim with new releases. We'll be taking a gander at getting to as many of them as we can, with the firm expectation of hearing the latest from Heidi & Ryan, Tyler Grant, East of Monroe, Nothin' Fancy, Mile Twelve, Maple Hill, John McEwen and Carl Shiflett & Big Country Show

2016 IBMA Momentum Award Winners

Jan 14, 2017

Since 2012, the IBMA has been dolling out "Momentum" awards to bands and performers, who are in the midst of an apparent meteoric rise to stardom, teetering on the verge of greatness, but not quite household words. Recognition is given to one band, one vocalist and three instrumentalists. We'll be paying homage to the 2016 Momentum Award winners, Lil' Smokies, Melody Walker, Molly Tuttle, Jake Workman and Billy Strings. 

Highlights of 2016, Part 2

Jan 7, 2017

There's no better way to usher in the new year than by looking back at the past year. And what a year 2016 was, bluegrassically speaking anyway. We'll be reveling in some sterling moments therefrom, provided by IBMA and SPGMA award winners such as Josh Williams, Mountain Faith, Sierra Hull, Bryan Sutton, Special Consensus, and Rhonda Vincent and the Rage.

Highlights of 2016, Part One

Dec 31, 2016

We'll be reviewing 2016 through high, blue and lonesome eyes, homing in on some of the highlights that punctuated this past momentous year. Big Country Bluegrass, Dale Ann Bradley, Donna Ulisse, The Earls of Leicester and Flatt Lonesome, all left indelible marks. We'll be checking out award winners, notable songs and other notable achievements from this past year. 

Bluegrass Christmas Things

Dec 24, 2016

Christmas is many things: hope, rebirth, magic and joy. And in the immortal words of Bill Monroe, it's a comin'. This season also has many traditions: trees, lights, gifts, cards, carols, bells, memories and dreams. We'll be looking at many of those traditions as we celebrate Christmas, tastefully and reverently in bluegrass style.