Bluegrass

This week on American Routes, we’ll ride along with fiddler and singer Alison Krauss on her journey through bluegrass and country, from small-town Illinois all the way to Nashville. Then it's Hurray for the Riff Raff, a New Orleans folk band fronted by Alynda Segarra, whose roots are in the Bronx. Segarra tells of her own time traveling as a teenager and what has inspired her to reconnect with her Puerto Rican heritage. En route we’ll hear tunes from Chuck Berry, Bob Wills, Nina Simone and Tom Waits.  

Host Jorma Kaukonen introduces each show's featured artist in a series of concerts recorded at the Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp. An eclectic blend of performances including blues, folk, Americana, rock, bluegrass, and jazz. Featured artists include Chris Smither, Happy Traum, Hot Tuna, It's a Beautiful Day, Roy Book Binder, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Ruthie Foster, Bob Margolin, and many more.

This week - we hear the second set from Bill Kirchen and Jimmie Dale Gilmore in a duo performance recorded April 8, 2017 at the Fur Peace Ranch.  

Harold Mabern's new album "To Love And Be Loved" and Jason Kao Hwang's musical twists and turns with his band Sing House.

During the Cold War, the U.S. State Department started sending jazz musicians overseas with the tactical aim of using their hot licks to thaw relations with Eastern Bloc countries. Jazz great Dave Brubeck recalls how Louis Armstrong, a.k.a. “Ambassador Satch,” won international hearts and minds with his trumpet. Band member Arvell Shaw saw Armstrong literally disarm Russian guards in East Berlin. Meanwhile, fear of nuclear war with the Soviets infiltrated American popular consciousness resulting in gospel, bluegrass and pop odes to and protests against atomic weapons.

Your Average Abalone, with host Johnny Bazzano, is an underwater adventure diving into the musical currents of folk, bluegrass, alternative country, singer songwriter, americana and more.  Johnny has hosted Your Average Abalone since KRCB first began broadcasting in 1994.

May 12th, 2017 - American Routes celebrates Mother's Day with Marty Stuart and his mom, Hilda. We'll talk about their shared love of photography and a certain girl singer, Connie Smith. Then we'll hear stories about mothers from Fontella Bass, Sonny Rollins, Bo Diddley, and Geno Delafose, among others. Plus songs from blues to bluegrass about and for dear old mom.

Rounder Records artist Sierra Hull stops by Studio A at KRCB-FM Radio 91 Friday, May 5th in the 2 o'clock hour, to chat with Brian about her show at Sweetwater Music Hall & Cafe in Mill Valley. The show is Friday night at 8:00 pm. Her album WEIGHTED MIND, produced by Bela Fleck is available now on Rounder Records.   

Your Average Abalone is an underwater adventure diving into the musical currents of folk, bluegrass, alternative country, singer songwriter, Americana and more.  Johnny has hosted Your Average Abalone since KRCB first began broadcasting in 1994.  

Be Sure to listen to Your Average Abalone - 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 7:00 pm - on KRCB-FM Radio 91!