BLuegrass http://wyso.org en Hickory Robot Live on Excursions http://wyso.org/post/hickory-robot-live-excursions <p>Previously performing as a trio, Cincinnati's Hickory Robot has been a quartet since 2011.&nbsp; Last fall the band released sophomore album, <em>Sawyer</em> and has been keeping busy since then performing regionally including opening for Dr. Ralph Stanley.&nbsp; Hickory Robot visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and chatted with Niki Dakota about <em>Sawyer</em> and upcoming performances.</p><p>Hickory Robot performs on Saturday, September 21st at the Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:53:36 +0000 Niki Dakota 39743 at http://wyso.org Hickory Robot Live on Excursions Book Nook: Kentucky Traveler - My Life in Music, by Ricky Skaggs with Eddie Dean http://wyso.org/post/book-nook-kentucky-traveler-my-life-music-ricky-skaggs-eddie-dean <p>Ricky Skaggs has enjoyed a long career as one of the best mandolin players on the planet. He has been playing since he was a small boy. At an early age he met many of his musical idols; Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Ralph Stanley. He decided that it was finally time to tell his story. And what a story he has to tell in this memoir "Kentucky Traveler - My Life in Music."</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:50:39 +0000 Vick Mickunas 38999 at http://wyso.org Book Nook: Kentucky Traveler - My Life in Music, by Ricky Skaggs with Eddie Dean Ramblin' with Sugargrove http://wyso.org/post/ramblin-sugargrove <p>On this episode of The Midnight Ramble, host Tom Duffee has Miami County band Sugargrove in the studio.</p><p>In the first segment, avid banjoist Duffee learns of the origins of Sugargrove's 1968 Gibson banjo, followed by a live performance of a pair of Bill Monroe tunes: an off-the-cuff rendition of Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and a more rehearsed instrumental,&nbsp; "Jerusalem Ridge."</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:33:34 +0000 Tom Duffee & Rory Papania 34208 at http://wyso.org Fred Bartenstein Helps Tell the Story of a Bluegrass Bluesman http://wyso.org/post/fred-bartenstein-helps-tell-story-bluegrass-bluesman <p>Fred Bartenstein has been a bluegrass presence on the WYSO airwaves since the 1980's hosting programs such as Bluegrass Countdown and Banks of the Ohio.&nbsp; Recently he edited <em>Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir</em>, which captures the stories and reflections of Josh Graves, an American musician who born in 1927.&nbsp;</p><p>Bartenstein joins Excursions host Niki Dakota in the WYSO studio to talk about Graves' life and music and the process of compiling material for the book.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:14:53 +0000 Niki Dakota 23405 at http://wyso.org Fred Bartenstein Helps Tell the Story of a Bluegrass Bluesman Live on Excursions: Sawgrass http://wyso.org/post/live-excursions-sawgrass <p>&nbsp;</p><p>Dayton-area bluegrass group Sawgrass stops by Excursions for a fun performance and interview in advance of their performance at GearFest 2011.</p><p>Sawgrass, which formed in 2005 as an outlet for Springfield singer/songwriter Ryan Judy, is a modern interpretation of the musical stylings of artists such as Hank Williams and Bill Monroe. The group plays high-energy bluegrass music, full of strong harmonies and rich instrumentation.</p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Kent Montgomery & Niki Dakota 13817 at http://wyso.org Live on Excursions: Sawgrass