Bluegrass Breakdown

Tune in every Sunday from 6:00-8:00 p.m., when host Jennifer Ramm brings you 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, you'll hear it all on Bluegrass Breakdown.

Where to buy bluegrass recordings for your musical library

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

Record Labels

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Learning more about bluegrass: books, videos and magazines

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)

We also recommend the fine documentary High Lonesome (available on video from County Sales and other stores). You can keep up to date on the bluegrass scene with subscriptions to Bluegrass Unlimited magazines.

Internet Resources

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. After singing and harmonizing in their family's bluegrass gospel group Sandy Creek Revival, siblings Kelsi, Buddy and Charli Robertson took to the open road with their talented friends to do as their band's name suggests: honor the string-and-song work of Lester Flatt with a lonesome sound that is emotional, earthy and entirely down-home.

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.