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Back Porch Bluegrass

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Back Porch Bluegrass - 30-11-2021( 0:58:56)       
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A ‘mixed bag’ of bluegrass in this episode, from the Bluegrass Album Band to the Foggy Hogtown Boys, from Bill Clifton to the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys. Something for all tastes.
Published: 11/30/2021 10:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 23-11-2021( 0:58:47)       
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Lots of variety in this episode, with some ‘classic’ bluegrass from the bands of Earl Taylor, Danny Paisley, the Dreadful Snakes, Dudley Connell & Don Rigsby; a couple of Louisa Branscomb’s great songs performed by Claire Lynch and Sharon White; and some Kenny & Amanda Smith as well.
Published: 11/23/2021 10:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 16-11-2021( 0:58:52)       
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Featuring some tracks from the IBMA Album of the Year 2021 – Industrial Strength Bluegrass – plus some great instrumentals and even an early Christmas song.
Published: 11/16/2021 10:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 09-11-2021( 0:58:21)       
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Pick and Mix: Some recently recorded bluegrass from current performers, some ‘oldies-but-goodies’, and a tribute to Phil Leadbetter who passed away during October.
Published: 11/9/2021 10:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - Sonny Osborne - 02-11-2021( 0:56:43)       
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This show is my tribute to bluegrass legend Sonny Osborne, who died October 24th 2021, and left a huge legacy of great bluegrass music made almost entirely with his brother Bobby, as the Osborne Brothers. I have been an avid follower of their music from the late 1960’s, and much of this show comes from my vinyl collection.
Published: 11/2/2021 10:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 26-10-2021( 0:58:40)       
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Bluegrass Through The Decades: I’ve selected a couple of tracks from each decade, which - to me - have been significant in my enjoyment of bluegrass music.
Published: 10/26/2021 10:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 19-10-2021( 0:58:40)       
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Digging deeper into my shelves, I can find some great songs that still haven’t been aired on Back Porch Bluegrass. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Published: 10/19/2021 10:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 12-10-2021( 0:58:44)       
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Lots of my favourite artists here, including the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, and Bill Evans.
Published: 10/12/2021 10:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 05-10-2021( 0:58:57)       
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From 2021 recordings, back through the years to the origins of country music, there’s something here for all tastes.
Published: 10/5/2021 10:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 28-09-2021( 0:58:45)       
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A real mixed bag here, from the original Carter Family to the Del McCoury Band, with some great songs from Dale Ann Bradley, The Bluegrass Album Band, NZ’s own Pipi Pickers and Doyle Lawson.
Published: 9/28/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 21-09-2021( 0:58:44)       
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This week’s show features some new performers like the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys and Billy Strings, plus some gems from regulars on Back Porch Bluegrass such as Seldom Scene, Tom Rozum and Tony Rice.
Published: 9/21/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 14-09-2021( 0:58:22)       
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This week’s show is a recorded in-depth interview with Jeremy Stephens from the band High Fidelity, and we’re talking about his new album, ‘How I Hear It’.
Published: 9/14/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 07-09-2021( 0:58:34)       
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Included in this week’s selection is a tribute to fiddler Byron Berline, who recently passed away. He played the tune that provided the name for the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, wrote a bluegrass ‘Classic – ‘The Gold Rush’ and played on many Californian country rock groups’ recordings. There’s also some songs from Flatt & Scruggs, Irene Kelley, Nashville Bluegrass Band and Jeremy Stephens.
Published: 9/7/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 31-08-2021( 0:58:30)       
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This whole programme is a tribute to the late Bill Emerson, who influenced my own playing more than any other banjo player. Throughout his long career, he played in many groups, to each adding his own significant stylings on the banjo, and influenced a whole generation of musicians (me included) with his playing and selection of songs. Over the years, I have accumulated many vinyl albums and several CD’s of his various ensembles, and it was difficult to choose which tracks to play to best illustrate the talents of Mr Bill Emerson.
Published: 8/30/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 24-08-2021( 0:58:5)       
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Lots to like here, with songs from Rhonda Vincent, High Fidelity, the Steeldrivers and Sawmill Road, with some real New Zealand bluegrass thrown in for good measure.
Published: 8/24/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 17-08-2021( 0:58:44)       
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Great banjo playing from Jim Mills, wonderful mandolin playing from David Grisman & Sam Bush, with a generous helping of fine picking & singing from the Stanley Brothers, Alison Krauss and lots of others. Pure delight!
Published: 8/17/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 10-08-2021( 0:58:44)       
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Some great bluegrass here from the Johnson Mountain Boys, James King, the Gibson Brothers, and some fine instrumentals from the Travellin’ McCourys and High-Fidelity, plus lots of other gems.
Published: 8/10/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 03-08-2021( 0:58:26)       
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A few recent programmes have been featuring mostly ‘older’ bluegrass from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s; in this programme I’ve selected music that’s been recorded in the last decade, and specially featuring some young NZers – Catherine Bowness (Mile Twelve) and ‘You, Me, Everybody’.
Published: 8/3/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 27-07-2021( 0:58:9)       
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Reminiscing about the particular bands and songs that have shaped my bluegrass journey.
Published: 7/27/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 20-07-2021( 0:58:58)       
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Bill Clifton, the Gibson Brothers, the Sonoran Dogs, the Dillards – some top-notch bluegrass here, with a lot of songs that are comparatively unknown – check them out.
Published: 7/20/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 13-07-2021( 0:58:56)       
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From the earliest days of bluegrass to some comparatively recent recordings, there’s some great music here.
Published: 7/13/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 06-07-2021( 0:58:40)       
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I’ve selected a couple of vinyl albums from the early 1970’s, as well as some great music from the likes of Ricky Skaggs, the Cox Family, Grasstowne and Hot Rize. Something for all tastes.
Published: 7/6/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 29-06-2021( 0:58:44)       
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More of the ‘not heard so often’ tunes today, from musicians like Louie Setzer & The Appalachian Mountain Boys, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Red Allen & Frank Wakefield, Leroy Mack, but there’s a few familiar voices in here too.
Published: 6/29/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 22-06-2021( 0:58:43)       
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Digging deep into my vinyl albums today, with the Stanley Brothers, Buck White and the Down Home Folks, Alex Harvey, Jim & Jesse, and Seldom Scene, interspersed with some CD gems.
Published: 6/22/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 15-06-2021( 0:58:44)       
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Canadian band Jerusalem Ridge, NZ band Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, and lots of US bands here, all playing some fine bluegrass music.
Published: 6/15/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 08-06-2021( 0:58:56)       
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Top bluegrass from Chris Jones, the Infamous Stringdusters, Larry Sparks , Blue Highway and others, and some classic ‘old-time’ music from Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers recorded almost 100 years ago but sounding right up to date.
Published: 6/8/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 01-06-2021( 0:58:44)       
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This show features some music from Doc & Merle Watson, the early Country Gentlemen, the Band of Ruhks as well as top all-women band Sister Sadie, and some Aussie bluegrass from the Flying Emus.
Published: 6/1/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 25-05-2021( 0:58:57)       
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The ‘classic’ bluegrass bands of Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers influenced many of today’s top musicians. Here’s some classic bluegrass from the Earls Of Leicester and Keith Whitley & Ricky Skaggs, emulating their heroes. There’s also some top music from Claire Lynch, the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, and my favourites, the Nashville Bluegrass Band.
Published: 5/25/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 18-05-2021( 0:58:57)       
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A real mixture of contemporary and traditional, from 2021 back to the early 1950’s, with bands such as The Kody Norris Show and the Church Brothers and Their Blue Ridge Ramblers.
Published: 5/18/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 11-05-2021( 0:58:59)       
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I have former Hamilton County Bluegrass Band member Leonard Cohen in the studio with me. We’re talking about our days with the HCBB, and his playing these days with bands Old South and Crooked Road.
Published: 5/11/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 04-05-2021( 0:58:13)       
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Created by Free FM, Hamilton, New Zealand
Published: 5/4/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 27-04-2021( 0:58:19)       
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Some Aussie bluegrass from Karen Lynn & Martin Louis, some old-time banjo from Tony Ellis, the beginnings of ‘newgrass’ and some great picking and singing – it’s ‘Back Porch Bluegrass!
Published: 4/27/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 20-04-2021( 0:58:44)       
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April 25th is Anzac Day in New Zealand, when we commemorate the service and sacrifice of all those who have participated in the various conflicts of the last century. I’ve selected some appropriate songs, as well as some favourites I know you’ll enjoy.
Published: 4/20/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 13-04-2021( 0:58:17)       
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I’m really enjoying digging into my shelves of vinyl. Laurie Lewis, the Marshall Family, Buck White & The Down Home Folks, all get aired after many years of being buried on the shelves. Of course, there’s some more recent music here too, from Hunter Berry, Grasstowne and Peter McLaughlin and others.
Published: 4/13/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 06-04-2021( 0:58:30)       
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Bluegrass from the shelves … some of it buried pretty deeply. Even some music from some old LP’s in here, from Cliff Waldron, and the Bluegrass Cardinals.
Published: 4/6/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 30-03-2021( 0:58:27)       
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Something old, something new, some tracks borrowed, all tracks blue---------grass.
Published: 3/30/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 23-03-2021( 0:58:47)       
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Lou Reid & Carolina, Bill Monroe recorded live, The Whites, Dailey & Vincent – a real eclectic mix of bluegrass music here.
Published: 3/23/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 16-03-2021( 0:58:44)       
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Lots of great music, from folks like Ricky Skaggs, Larry Sparks, Laurie Lewis and Joe Mullins, and many other favourites.
Published: 3/16/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 09-03-2021( 0:59:0)       
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The Lonesome River Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, and some favourites such as Hot Rize, Doyle Lawson & Patty Loveless.
Published: 3/9/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 02-03-2021( 0:58:37)       
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Midnight Skyracer, the fine UK-based all-women band, as well as some favourites such as John Reischman, JD Crowe and Alison Brown, with a lot of great bluegrass in-between.
Published: 3/2/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 23-02-2021( 0:58:14)       
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From the Infamous Stringdusters to the New Lost City Ramblers, with some great picking from Aussie heroes Ian Simpson and John Kane, there’s something for everybody here.
Published: 2/23/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 16-02-2021( 0:57:43)       
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I have always loved gospel music, and the songs on this show are just a taste of some of the groups in my collection.
Published: 2/16/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 09-02-2021( 0:58:9)       
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Kiwigrass 2021 has just finished – this show is a sampler of the music you might have heard if you’d been there.
Published: 2/9/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 02-02-2021( 0:57:28)       
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This show is a tribute to Colleen Trenwith, who passed away in Hamilton NZ on 24 January 2021, from pancreatic cancer. This is the first of two planned shows, featuring her wonderful legacy of recorded music, from the HCBB and subsequent bands.
Published: 2/2/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 26-01-2021( 0:58:12)       
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Some well-known, some not so well-known artists, all playing some great bluegrass music.
Published: 1/26/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 19-01-2021( 0:57:39)       
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Created by Free FM, Hamilton, New Zealand
Published: 1/19/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 12-01-2021( 0:58:44)       
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Featuring an interview with Colleen Trenwith, who has recently returned to New Zealand after several years lecturing in Bluegrass Fiddle at East Tennessee State University.
Published: 1/12/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 05-01-2021( 0:58:38)       
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A tribute to Tony Rice, influential guitarist and singer, who died on 25 December 2020.
Published: 1/5/2021 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 29-12-2020( 0:58:39)       
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A few favourites, such as Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, the Dreadful Snakes, High Fidelity, and some of Australia’s ‘King Of Country Music’, Slim Dusty, with a live recording from 1972 with the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band.
Published: 12/29/2020 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 22-12-2020( 0:58:13)       
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Blue Highway, Gibson Brothers, Johnson Mountain Boys, Lonesome Pine Fiddlers- some great bluegrass here, as well as the new Christmas single from Caroline Jones & The Trenwiths – ‘Silver Bells’.
Published: 12/22/2020 10:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass Show - 15-12-2020( 0:58:39)       
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More gems from my shelves... in particular some live recordings from Earl Scruggs at Newport in 1959, and the Barefoot Nellies at Amnesia in San Francisco in 2007.
Published: 12/15/2020 11:00:00 PM
Back Porch Bluegrass - 08-12-2020( 0:58:27)       
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Several instrumentals in the programme this time, as well as the ‘brand new’ Christmas recording from The Trenwiths and Caroline Jones.
Published: 12/8/2020 11:00:00 PM