Modern master of the mandolin Chris Thile hates being boxed in by genres, and has made his reputation by going beyond traditional tunes. With a new album of works by Bach, the virtuoso easily moves from Americana to classical. Jeffrey Brown talks to Thile about his career and who he calls the greatest musician who ever lived. Continue reading
Music legend Doc Watson died Tuesday at age 89. While he didn’t record an album until his 40s, his guitar-playing and singing helped define and influence the sound of folk and bluegrass music for several generations. Jeffrey Brown and Katy Daley, host of WAMU’s “Bluegrass Country” discuss the blind guitar legend’s legacy. Continue reading
Judy Woodruff reports on the death of widely read and influential poet Adrienne Rich, who died Tuesday at age 82, then Jeffrey Brown takes a look back at the life and groundbreaking sound of banjo legend and bluegrass musician Earl Scruggs with Bela Fleck, another Grammy-winning banjo player. Continue reading
Music group Crooked Still goes back to old source material to create modern takes on traditional tunes by reworking instrumentation and lyrics. Continue reading
Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings have been singing harmony and picking guitars together for over a decade, but almost always under the marquee of her Bluegrass star power.
The 51st Grammy Awards were held last night in Los Angeles, and there were some clear winners: New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne took home best rap album and rap song, British rockers Coldplay won best rock album and song of the year.