Category Archives: KSON’s Bluegrass Special

My radio show

40 Years on KSON!

It was on March 7, 1976 that my radio show, The Bluegrass Special, went on the air for the first time.  I can’t remember a time in my life when I have been more nervous.  When the clock hit 6 … Continue reading

Posted in Bluegrass, KSON's Bluegrass Special, Personal | 1 Comment

Best Bluegrass Albums of 2015

It’s time to make a list of the top 30 bluegrass albums of 2015, as heard on KSON’s Bluegrass Special December 27. If you missed it, you can listen at kson.com/bluegrass through the end of January. This list doesn’t mean that … Continue reading

Posted in Bluegrass, KSON's Bluegrass Special | Leave a comment

A Celebration of Bill Monroe’s Birthday

The “Father of Bluegrass Music” is Bill Monroe, the first recording artist to incorporate into his band the five acoustic instruments (mandolin, 5-string banjo played three-finger style, fiddle, guitar and string bass) that make up a classic bluegrass ensemble. He was … Continue reading

Posted in Bluegrass, KSON's Bluegrass Special | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

39 Years on KSON!

KSON’s Bluegrass Special went on the air for the first time on March 7, 1976 from 6-8 PM. The first few programs were aired on KSON-FM 97.3 which at that time was called “Country 97” and honestly had very few … Continue reading

Posted in Bluegrass, KSON's Bluegrass Special | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Robert Earl Keen Records Bluegrassy “Happy Prisoner”

You may or not be familiar with Texan Robert Earl Keen as he has never been a mainstream country or pop artist, preferring instead to stay on the fringes and record his own brand of folk, roots, blues, protest, outlaw, … Continue reading

Posted in Bluegrass, KSON's Bluegrass Special | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Another Banner Year for Bluegrass Music

Once again I had a tough time choosing the top bluegrass albums of the year. There were simply too many good ones to choose from. But I made my choices, based primarily on what gets played the most on my … Continue reading

Posted in Bluegrass, KSON's Bluegrass Special | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Jerry Douglas Talks About the Earls of Leicester

I was in Raleigh, North Carolina a couple weeks ago and heard more bluegrass music in five days than some people hear in a lifetime. I listened to new artist showcases, went to the IBMA Awards Show and caught most of … Continue reading

Posted in Bluegrass, KSON's Bluegrass Special | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gettin’ Ready for Raleigh!

For the past twenty-five years or so I’ve made my annual pilgrimage to the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “World of Bluegrass” trade show which started out in 1988 in Owensboro, Kentucky, then moved to Louisville, then to Nashville, and then … Continue reading

Posted in Bluegrass, KSON's Bluegrass Special, Personal | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Countdown to 2000 Radio Shows

A couple of weeks ago, somebody asked me how long I had been doing my radio show on KSON and I told them 38 years and counting. That was followed by the comment, “Wow, that’s a lot of radio shows! … Continue reading

Posted in Bluegrass, KSON's Bluegrass Special | Tagged , | 1 Comment

To Dan McKinnon, a Great Friend and Encourager

Today my old friend Dan McKinnon was laid to rest at Miramar National Cemetery after a very Christ-centered funeral service at Clairemont Emmanual Baptist Church. He died on Thanksgiving Day, having lived a fruitful life of 78 years. You can read an … Continue reading

Posted in Bluegrass, KSON's Bluegrass Special, Personal | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments