Junior Sisk and Rambler's Choice have become one of my favorite bluegrass bands of recent times. Tune in to hear a very special interview with Junior Sisk all about their new album, "The Heart Of A Song", current happenings in the band, and more.
Corey Hickenbottom talks with Iowa Friends of Old-Time Music board member and Old Time musician, Marc Janssen about the 41st Annual Fiddler's Picnic, Sunday, September 18 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City. They discuss the history of the Iowa Friends of Old Time Music and the Fiddler's Picnic.
The Nine time Grammy Award winning Kings of Western Swing(or so their press release says), Asleep At The Wheel, are coming to The Sondheim Center, Thursday, September 8 at 7:30 PM.
I'm very excited to talk with 2011 Texan Of The Year and the front man/founder of this world-renowned Western Swing band. Ray has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. He's also worked as producer for many great artists.
We'll be talking all about his career, Western Swing, and what they've got planned for the Fairfield show.
Bob has been performing and preserving traditional country music for many many years. He has been performing traditional country music with his wife, Sheila, for 20 years. Bob hosted/produced the very popular PBS tv show "Old Time Country Music". He has recorded for the Smithsonian Institute. He is the founder of The National Traditional Country Music Association, as well as America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.
He is also behind the upcoming 36th Annual Old Time Country, Bluegrass & Folk Music Festival happening Aug. 29-Sept. 4 at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, IA. This year featuring performances from Ralph Stanley, Jim Ed Brown, Little Roy Lewis, and many more.
Joe Baker, from Ruidoso, New Mexico. Joe is an avid fan and promoter of western swing, Texas Honky Tonk, classic country, and cowboy music. He is the host of The Backforty Bunkhouse Radio Show, which airs every week. He has been named Disc Jockey of the Year by many western music associations. Joe is involved with many events and organizations working to preserve and promote this genre.
To say the least, Joe has done a whole lot for this music and has his finger on the pulse of what's going on and we're going to be talking all about it.
Corey Hickenbottom interviews country music great Leroy Van Dyke. Leroy will be performing in Mount Pleasant at the Old Thresher's Reunion on September 1 as part of the Country Gold show with Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, and Moe Bandy.
Leroy's first big hit, "The Auctioneer", launched his musical career and has since become a bona fide classic. His song "Walk On By", in 1994, was named the biggest all-time country hit by Billboard magazine. We'll be talking all about his life, his hit songs, and his long successful career in country music.
"Country" Corey talks with "Tumbleweed Rob" Wolfskill of the great singing cowboy/western music group, The Tumbling Tumbleweeds. Their group has been making music for 5 years, with many #1s and numerous awards to their name. Corey & Rob talk about their most recent release, "Blaze Across the West", the history of the group, and much more.
Corey Hickenbottom talks with Leroy Troy, a regular fixture on every episode of The Marty Stuart Show, & Lil' Mikey Armistead, both of The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, about the history of their band, the late great Charlie Louvin, Roy Acuff, their newest cd, "Poor Leroy's Almanack", and much more.
Corey Hickenbottom talks with Gary Bristol, bass player for western swing group, The Great Recession Orchestra. They discuss the group, their newest release "Have You Ever Even Heard of Milton Brown?", and more.
Corey Hickenbottom talks with CJ Harding, star of Sweet Dreams:A Patsy Cline Tribute. She talks about Patsy, the show at The Sondheim, how her life has been influenced by the role, and tales from the road. She has some fascinating stories to tell.
Bill C. Malone, one of the most respected country music historians, is my featured guest on this KRUU Country Music Jamboree. In 1968, the first edition of Bill's book "Country Music, U.S.A." was published. "Country Music, U.S.A." was the first definitive history of country music and has been called "the Bible for country music history." Just recently re-published in it's Third Revised Edition. Bill is also the author of the books "Don't Get Above Your Raisin': Country Music and the Southern Working Class", "Singing Cowboys and Musical Mountaineers" and more. We discuss his life, writings, and country music.
Big River, Way Off Broadway's final musical of their summer season, is opening Friday, August 13 over at The Sondheim Center. Big River is the musical adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with a score by country music legend, Roger Miller.
I spoke with the director Adam Cates, the musical director, Mark Hanson, and cast member, Mike Ragogna about their upcoming production and the history of this musical.
In 1972, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen had that top ten hit record, Hot Rod Lincoln. It featured their guitarist, Bill Kirchen, playing his Fender Telecaster. He's been seen singing and picking ever since. Known as the Titan of the Telecaster, King of Diesel-Billy, Kirchen mixes hard country, rockabilly, western swing, and blues to create some fantastic music. Bill's most recent album is Word To The Wise.