Season 5 aired September-November 2015
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About the Season 5 Artists
Episode 1 | Leftover Salmon
A pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jamgrass genre Leftover Salomn has pioneered a fluid, loose-limbed, and simultaneously rootsy and daring sound. They have earned a legion of diehard fans, critical accolades, and a reputation as one of the most exciting, engaging concert experiences to ever hit the road.
Episode 2 | The Earls of Leicester presented by Jerry Douglas
The 13-time Grammy award winning Jerry Douglas has assembled, organized and produced this all-star dream team tribute to legendary bluegrass artists Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. The group is an all-star "who's who" of bluegrass and roots music, featuring Douglas, Shawn Camp, Johnny Warren, Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales, and Jeff White.
Episode 3 | Amos Lee
Signing with Blue Note Records in 2004, Lee’s career immediately earned the attention of press, discerning fans and fellow artists. He has toured with legendary artists such as Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, collaborated with Norah Jones and Lucinda Williams and regularly writes for the likes of The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum with appearances on soundtracks of numerous TV shows and cinematic films. Lee’s 2011 album Mission Bell debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Episode 4 | Lee Ann Womack
According to TIME Magazine, this Grammy-winning vocalist is “the clarity of a soul that realizes loss is a form of purification, a scraping away of false ideals and excess emotional baggage.” Womack has performed at the Concert for the Nobel Peace Prize and for multiple presidents, and collaborated on award-wining duets with Willie Nelson, George Strait and Buddy Miller. Womack has sold over six million albums worldwide and earned five Academy of Country Music Awards and five Country Music Association Awards.
Episode 5 | Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck are partners in music and life (married in 2009). Musically they combine Fleck, a fifteen-time Grammy winner who has devoted time away from his genre-busting ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, and Washburn, who has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums and become quite a live draw in her own right. The two of them decided they were ready to craft their debut album as a duo, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn.
Episode 6 | Greensky Bluegrass
Winners of the coveted 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Festival competion, they have emerged as relentless road warriors, creating a captivating live show while developing a knack for evocative, disarming songcraft. Playing up to 175 shows a year in rock clubs and open-minded festivals like Telluride, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Greensky Bluegrass is a word-of-mouth underground sensation, cultivating a legion of devoted fans entranced by improvisational acumen and quality songwriting.
Episode 7 | Robert Earl Keen
From humble beginnings in the central Texas hill country, Robert Earl Keen has garnered peer and fan praise as a living-legend, recording 18 full-length albums with songs covered by artists from George Strait, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, The Highwaymen, Nanci Griffith and the Dixie Chicks. Though Keen has toured extensively both nationally and abroad, he is heralded as one of the Lone Star State's most consistently acclaimed musical ambassadors, leading to his induction into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012 beside Lovett and the late Townes Van Zandt.
Episode 8 | Hot Rize
When Hot Rize first appeared in 1978 the Bluegrass world saw this Colorado band as something truly special, earning International Bluegrass Music Association’s very first Entertainers of the Year, a Bluegrass Grammy nomination, a ★★★★ review in Rolling Stone, regular visits to A Prairie Home Companion, appearances on Austin City Limits and multi-continent world tours. Newly re-formed in a slightly different line-up, this foursome is bringing their captivating stage show to new generations.
Episode 9 | Billy Joe Shaver
NPR said, “Shaver is … among the most respected living writers of country music.” Johnny Cash called Shaver, “my favorite singer.” His debut album, Old Five and Dimers Like Me (1973) is the legendary outlaw country album and his songs have been recorded and performed by Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, David Allan Coe and Waylon Jennings and many more. Awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Americana Music Association, Shaver is also Grammy nominated and an inductee of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.
Episode 10 | Chatham County Line
Winners of the 2004 RockyGrass New Band Competition, this band’s brand of American music has circled the globe. Now in their second decade, Chatham County Line brings deep reverence for traditional American Roots music with timeless Bluegrass instrumentation. Insightful, poetic songs are powerfully contemporary, yet rich with complex, southern heritage. Over six studio albums and tours around the world, their singular style has connected with audiences from all walks.
Episode 11 | Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
The Quebe Sisters have taken the Americana scene by storm with the Western Music Association’s Crescendo Award and Academy of Western Artists’ Western Swing Album of the Year. Performing a unique, refreshing blend of swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz/swing standards and Texas-style fiddling, the sisters have performed Grand Ole Opry, the Kennedy Center, NYC's Lincoln Center, the Ryman Auditorium, The Birchmere, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, multiple European tours and the National Folk Festival.
Episode 12 | Railroad Earth
Carrying on the tradition of improvisational, genre-spanning music laid forth by the Grateful Dead, Railroad Earth mixes folk, country and rock with a bluegrass sensibility. Combining elements of bluegrass, rock and roll, jazz, celtic and more, Railroad Earth has garnered raves for their unique and exciting live shows. With their name borrowed from the Jack Kerouac short story "October in the Railroad Earth," the band has become a staple act on the line-up of any Roots, Folk or jam-band festival.