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WAMC Bluegrass Time
WAMC Bluegrass Time brings listeners the best in bluegrass music, from the current chart-toppers to the cherished classics. Add to that new releases, perennial favorites and an occasional trip to Vinyl Ville, and you’ve got the complete picture of bluegrass music. Lots of music, with just enough information to let you know what you're listening to, plus the latest news from NPR.
Nick Barr hosts the show. He came to WAMC Northeast Public Radio in January 2001. He is an experienced broadcaster, having done a bluegrass show on several commercial country stations in the Capital District prior to coming to WAMC. His knowledge of bluegrass music is well respected in the industry.
Nick is active in many capacities in the bluegrass music world. He plays all the standard bluegrass music instruments: banjo, bass, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and resonator guitar (Dobro). He sings lead and harmony vocals. Over the years, he has been a member of a number of different groups and has filled in with bands numerous times. He also can be found acting as a Master of Ceremonies and/or stage manager at bluegrass festivals and other events throughout the country.
Nick is a lifetime member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and the International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBBM) and is active in both. He is a member of the Country Music Association (CMA) and The Recording Academy (Grammies) and belongs to several regional music associations. He is an Honorary Member of the New York State Country Music Hall of Fame and was twice named "Country DJ of the Year" by the North East Country Music Association (NECMA). He was named “Bluegrass DJ of the Month” by Bluegrass Now magazine in February 2006. He was a member of the IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2006.