bluegrass

Nick Barr is the host of WAMC’s Bluegrass Time. He celebrates 50 years in bluegrass music this Saturday at a special show at The Linda in Albany called, appropriately enough, Nick Barr 50 Years In The Making.

It’s a night of great music and grand reunions! Featuring members from Nick’s first band the "Foggy Mountain Still-Lickers" The show will see the Reuniting Bluegrass Samurai/Blue Moon. Also appearing, the WAMC's Saturday night radio line-up: Wanda Fischer, Nick Barr & Tim Coakley.

The show will also feature local favorites: Al & Kathy Bain, Marty Wendell & more and a special appearance of the Barr Brothers. 

Rana Santacruz
Erin Patrice O'Brien


  Rana Santacruz, a Mexican musician and bandleader who lives in Brooklyn -- his music is a kind of Mexican bluegrass, Irish mariachi, folk alternativo mash-up.

Rana Santacruz and his band will play the FreshGrass Festival at MASS MoCA this Saturday.

Lau At FreshGrass

Sep 15, 2016

  Lau is a British folk band from both Scotland and England, formed in 2005. They are playing at The FreshGrass Festival at MASS MoCA on Saturday.

The trio is Kris Drever, Martin Green, and Aidan O'Rourke. Lau are fearless innovators a lauded band that never stands still. They are creating some of the best music being made anywhere in any genre. Vocalist and guitar player Kris Drever joins us.

FreshGrass At MASS MoCA

Sep 15, 2016

  FreshGrass is MASS MoCA’s three-day festival of bluegrass and roots music. This year’s festival is this weekend - September 16-18 in North Adams, Massachusetts.

FreshGrass is a family-friendly festival, brimming with bright talent on four stages, and also in MASS MoCA’s galleries, brick-lined courtyards, and grassy field. It is produced in partnership by MASS MoCA, the FreshGrass Foundation, and No Depression.

This year’s line-up of world-class talent includes Glen Hansard, Rosanne Cash, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Aoife O’Donovan, and many more.

Here with a preview and to point out other highlights we welcome Chris Wadsworth, FreshGrass Founder and Producer and Publisher of No Depression and Jodi Joseph, MASS MoCA’s Director of Communications. 

  The Capital region has long appreciated the Battenkill Chorale for the quality of their singing and also for the originality of the music they sing. Mozart and Haydn and Brahms all certainly have their place for the Chorale but so do contemporary Norwegian compositions, South African freedom songs and music performed by prisoners in Nazi concentration camps.

On May 7 and 8, the Chorale - now in their twenty-first year - will sing a Bluegrass mass. Banjos and mandolins will be featured along with melodies inspired by the Bluegrass tradition of Appalachia and Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe himself. The Chorale will be joined by the acclaimed bluegrass quintet, Monroe Crossing.

The chorale will perform: Carol Barnett's, "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” at the Immaculate Conception church in Hoosick Falls. Janet McGhee is Conductor and Artistic Director of the Battenkill Chorale and she joins us .

Roundabout Theatre Company's The Robber Bridegroom - Leslie Kritzer, center
Joan Marcus

  Based on the short story by Eudora Welty, The Robber Bridegroom is the Southern-fried Robin Hood tale of Jamie Lockhart, a dangerous, handsome, backwoods rogue who’s a gentleman by day and bandit by night. When he falls for the beautiful daughter of a wealthy planter, his world and code of ethics are turned upside down.

Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City has a rustic romp of a ‘Robber Bridegroom’ running at The Laura Pels Theatre. Director Alex Timbers brings his incomparable imagination to the show with book by Alfred Uhry and music by Robert Waldman.

The show stars Steven Pasquale, Andrew Durand, Evan Harrington, Greg Hildreth, Ahna O’Reilly, Nadia Quinn, Lance Roberts, Devere Rogers, and , our guest, Leslie Kritzer, as Salome.

Leslie made her Broadway debut in Hairspray, following that she was Serena in Legally Blonde, and then Jane Hurley in A Catered Affair. She was In Sondheim on Sondheim and played Jovie in the stage musical adaptation of Elf. In addition to numerous Off-Broadway and regional credits she received critical acclaim, a TimeOut New York Award, and a Special Achievement MAC Award, for Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, a re-creation of Patti LuPone’s famed nightclub act. She is currently playing Ray Romano’s wife on the HBO show Vinyl.

  Alison Brown has achieved success in many areas: a Harvard graduate, record label co-founder and owner, mother, and, the role that most people know her in: banjo virtuoso.

She’ll be at The FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival at MASS MoCA this weekend - involved in workshops, contests, concerts, FreshScores, and The Man in Grass: a bluegrass tribute to Johnny Cash.

  The FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival at MASS MoCA takes place this Friday through Sunday – September 18th-20th.

FreshGrass is rich in both traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass, presented in a wide array of venues. An opportunity for enthusiasts to both appreciate and participate, FreshGrass is a family-friendly festival, brimming with bright talent on four stages, and also in MASS MoCA’s galleries, brick-lined courtyards, and grassy field.

  Signature Sounds' first CD came out in 1995 and the lable has seen over 150 releases since then, moving into show promoting, opening a venue in Northampton, MA, overseeing frequent collaborations between its artists, and taking over the long-running music and hot air ballooning gathering of the Green River Festival.

Earlier this Spring they released “Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Collection: Rarities from The Second Decade” - an album of previously unreleased songs from Signature Sounds artists - a mix-tape lovingly prepared for you by the label. Jim Olsen is the President of Signature Sounds and he joins us to talk about the label's history and future.

Olympic Regional Development Authority

Later this month, Lake Placid will be the site of an 11-hour, multi-performer bluegrass festival. It’s the first time that Lake Placid, which has hosted two Olympics, has showcased performers in that style of music.

    One of country music’s most distinctive and acclaimed artists, two-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, Kathy Mattea, will perform at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on 2/1 at 8 p.m.

With hits such as "Where've You Been?", the bluesy "455 Rocket", and the iconic "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses", Mattea is always ahead of the curve - both in Nashville’s sound and its conscience.

She has remained grounded as a folk-based, roots performer who lets her instincts be her guide. Calling Me Home, Mattea’s follow-up to her hit Coal, is a collection of songs that celebrates the Appalachian culture of her native West Virginia. Her music has been hailed for both its contemporary edge and its traditional flavor, and her passionate live performances keep fans coming back from all around the world.

Chris Thile

Apr 10, 2013

    This Saturday, April 13th - acclaimed jazz pianist Brad Mehldau and singer/mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile will perform as a due at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA. It’ll be a rare and special evening with two of America's most groundbreaking young musicians.

Chris Thile began playing mandolin when he was 5 years old - a very quick synopsis of his musical life from then to now includes playing with Grammy award winning trio, Nickel Creek, releasing several solo albums, co-founding the progressive bluegrass quintet, Punch Brothers, and recording The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, and Edgar Meyer.

The 2012 MacArthur Genius join us to talk about collaborating with Brad Mehldau, sticking with the mandolin, and recording with The Goat Rodeo Sessions.