Join RBI for the Banks of the Ohio.
Music From the Homeplace of Bluegrass is a three-hour weekly webcast produced by George McKnight for the museum. The show explores the history of bluegrass music from 1936 to the present (and beyond), and is aimed at both knowledgeable and neophyte listeners.
There are six half-hour segments:
Sources of Songs and Styles features a snippet of a pre-bluegrass recording, fading into a bluegrass version. You might be surprised to find out where some bluegrass songs come from!
Dawn of the Bluegrass Era plays songs from 1936-1954, from Hall of Honor inductees and lesser-known pioneers.
Starving Out covers 1955-1969, when rock and roll threatened the ability of bluegrass and traditional country musicians to earn a living and find an audience. Hard times forced us to get creative, and infiltrate country and folk markets.
The Festival Era replays music from 1970-1989, when festivals blossomed, building audiences and a new generation of musicians.
Modern Roots features bluegrass from 1990 to the present which builds upon what has come before -- the "traditional sound," freshly interpreted in the CD era.
Walls of Time to Come closes the show with a sampling of experiments in bluegrass, from the beginning to the present (and beyond). Not all of these experiments succeed, but they make for some interesting listening.