Bluegrass Breakdown

Sundays 6-8 p.m.

Jennifer Ramm brings you two hours of the best in bluegrass and related music. With roots in Celtic, country, folk and blues, bluegrass has a rich heritage that continues to grow thanks to a new generation of gifted musicians.

From masters like Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs to contemporary artists like Alison Krauss and Ricky Skaggs, from rock-ribbed traditional to boldly progressive, from Del McCoury to the Infamous Stringdusters, you'll hear it all on Bluegrass Breakdown.                                                                             We'll also tell you about festivals, concerts, and jams coming up in our area.


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Upcoming Bluegrass Events:                                                                                                                               Check out the Community Calendar on our web page here.


Sources for Bluegrass Recordings:

  • Elderly Instruments - a great place to find bluegrass, Celtic, blues, Cajun, singer-songwriters, and more.
  • County Sales -  one of the best sources of bluegrass and old-time music.
  • has huge selections of every kind of music, including bluegrass.



Recording Labels

  Track the latest bluegrass releases at:



Bluegrass Books, Magazines, and Films:

  To learn more about bluegrass music, we recommend:

  • "Bluegrass: A History" by Neil Rosenberg (University of Illinois Press, 1985)
  • "Bluegrass: An Informal Guide" by Richard Smith (Chicago Review Press, 1995)
  • "Can't You Hear Me Callin': The Life of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass" by Richard D. Smith (Little Brown, 2000)
  • "Bluegrass Breakdown" by Robert Cantwell (University of Illinois Press, 1984)

You can keep up to date on the bluegrass scene with a subscription to Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.

We also recommend the fine documentary High Lonesome (available on video from County Sales and other stores).



Internet Resources:

  • Web sites Bluegrass Today and Cybergrass contain a wealth of bluegrass information--the latest bluegrass news, profiles, radio airplay charts, and CD reviews
  • For a lively, if sometimes rancorous, e-mail discussion group devoted to bluegrass, check out Bgrass-L.

Bluegrass Organizations/Associations:

Ways to Connect

WUIS Bedrock 66 Live! welcomes 2019 Grammy nominee Wood and Wire to Bar None, 245 S. 5th St. Springfield, Saturday, August 3 at 8 pm. Joining Wood and Wire will be the Dahlgren Boys. Tickets may be purchased in advance here or at the door.

Bluegrass Icon Ricky Skaggs

Sep 4, 2017

This program originally broadcast on April 5, 2017. 

Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs brings his mandolin and a lifetime of stories.

Flatt Lonesome On Mountain Stage

Aug 22, 2017

Spirited bluegrass band Flatt Lonesome makes its debut on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, W.Va.

Alison Krauss has been a musician her whole life, and a major star for the past 30 years. A vocalist known for her remarkable grace and purity of tone, Krauss is also a dazzling fiddler and an accomplished record producer. She began her career in bluegrass as a teenager playing with the band Union Station, with whom she still collaborates.

When he was 17, Tatsuya Kuwahara picked up a banjo for the first time. It was supposed to be a one-off for a song he was writing; he normally played rock guitar and drums.

Now, we're out in the stairwell at a small club in Tokyo called Rocky Top, where his band Bluegrass Police has just finished its first set. Today, Kuwahara, now 29, is one of the hottest banjo players in the local bluegrass scene. And, in his country of Japan — which has the second-largest music industry in the world — the genre he loves is experiencing a bit of a revival.

Robbie Fulks has been recording since the mid-'90s, making music that's difficult to categorize. He's written country songs about how compromised most country music is, and while he's fond of folk and bluegrass, he pleases concert audiences with covers of hits by Michael Jackson and Cher. Fulks' new album, Gone Away Backward, is one of his most sustained and subtle efforts.