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Will Hoge (Episode #103H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

With force, style and purpose, Will Hoge is one of those singer-songwriters that pulls from astonishingly personal experience to craft compelling stories set to music that move and inform the listener not only of Hoge's life, but of their own. Popmatters.com summed him up like this: "If you believe the persona in his songs, he's not that cool and he's prone to loneliness and broken hearts. But in truth, once you hear that voice you'll know otherwise." Hoge is soon releasing his new album Number Seven.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 3, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Mountain Heart (Episode #107H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 -- 10:00 PM

Fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music is presented, this band's is synonymous with cutting-edge excellence. One of the most highly awarded ensembles ever, Mountain Heart members have either won or been nominated for multiple Grammys, ACM, CMA, and IBMA Awards and played the Grand Ole Opry's revered stage 100+ times. Mountain Heart deftly combines elements of Rock, Jamband, Country, Blues, Jazz, and Bluegrass into a fresh, accessible, and unmistakably unique sound.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 3, 2012 -- 4:00 AM

Monte Montgomery (Episode #111H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 16, 2012 -- 10:00 PM

Guitar Player Magazine named Monte as one of the "Top 50 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time." He has graced the covers of "Frets" and "Acoustic Guitar" magazines. He's won the "Best Acoustic Guitar Player" award at the SXSW Festival's Austin Music Awards seven years in a row (1998-2004), the only artist to have ever done so. Monte's amazing fretwork has become the benchmark for acoustic guitar players.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 -- 4:00 AM

Justin Townes Earl (Episode #106H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 -- 9:30 PM

An anomaly, Justin Townes Earle won the Best New & Emerging Artist at the 2009 Americana Music Awards. His record, Midnight at the Movies, was named one of "best records" by Amazon, received four stars in Rolling Stone and found a sweet spot in the hearts of fans and critics alike. GQ Magazine named him one of the 25 best-dressed men in the world in 2010. He also appeared on HBO's "Treme" with his dad, troubadour Steve Earle.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 3, 2012 -- 3:30 AM

The John Cowan Band (Episode #109H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 16, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

Bluegrass, Newgrass, Gospelgrass, Rock N' Rollgrass true innovators like John Cowan break boundaries, personifying innovation. Cowan's musical journey has made him one of the most unique vocal artists of his generation. Cowan rose to fame singing for New Grass Revival, introducing fans to an explosive, experimental brand of bluegrass - Newgrass! On his own, John has recorded critically acclaimed albums genre-bending and blending the musical spectrum to stretch his creativity and showcase his singular vocal ability.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

The Farewell Drifters (Episode #110H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 16, 2012 -- 9:30 PM

With shimmering harmonies, propulsive instrumentation, and disarmingly honest songwriting, the Farewell Drifters arrived as an inventive musical hybrid. Since first setting out, the young quintet have casually but clearly defied preconceptions based on their lineup (acoustic guitars, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass), delighting audiences from all walks with classic elements in fresh new surroundings. "We'll even play at rock clubs and people go nuts over the energy that is coming off the stage with the acoustic instruments, " says songwriter and co-founder Zach Bevill.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 -- 3:30 AM

Darrell Scott (Episode #108H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 -- 10:30 PM

A consummate writer's writer, Darrell Scott has crafted a long and broad career, garnering awards and accolades for his performances as well as writing hits for a broad spectrum of artists from Garth Brooks and Brad Paisley to the Dixie Chicks and Keb Mo. Currently touring with Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) and his Band of Joy, Darrell Scott's songs are a fine-tuned balance of the cerebral and the emotional, artfully rendered and soulfully delivered.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 3, 2012 -- 4:30 AM

Cherryholmes (Episode #105H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

One of the greatest family bands of all time. With roots based in bluegrass, Celtic, and jazz music, Cherryholmes stormed to the forefront of American bluegrass and roots music. They hit the stage with hard-driving instrumental virtuosity, explosive vocal harmonies, and various styles of original songs written by family band members. Add their fluidity of instrumental movement and dance, and it's a look and sound that can only be described as "Cherryholmes!"

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 3, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

18 South (Episode #101H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 -- 7:00 PM

18 South's music is informed by a wide array of influences. The organic and earthy quality of their sound rings with overtones of Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz and Gospel that lends itself perfectly to their stripped down acoustic approach. The band's members' resumes read like an Encyclopedia of Americana and once you see them live you'll know why they are individually some the most well respected musicians on the scene today.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 3, 2012 -- 1:00 AM

Bluegrass Underground Season Mixer (Episode #112H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 16, 2012 -- 10:30 PM

A compilation set of absolutely great cuts from Season One that we didn't have time for in the first eleven shows, including Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Mike Farris & the McCrary Sisters, John Cowan Band, Cherryholmes and Will Hoge. It's an Americana-Roots-Grass Sampler!

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 -- 4:30 AM

Mike Farris & The McCrary Sisters (Episode #104H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 3, 2012 -- 2:30 AM

Farris' songs are ancient, a marriage of traditional black Gospel, 70s Stax Soul and southern Blues. Farris' undeniable voice, his skillful arrangements and, perhaps most of all, the joy and passion with which he delivers both, breathe new life into long-forgotten Spirituals and vintage-originals. "It's music with dirt on its feet and sweat on its back," says Farris. Here is one of the most powerful & emotional singers around, backed by the stirring vocals of the McCrary Sisters - Ann, Regina, and Alfreda - daughters of Sam McCrary, a prominent member of the a cappella Gospel group The Fairfield Four.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (Episode #102H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 3, 2012 -- 1:30 AM

By the age of 21, Ricky Skaggs was a recognized master of one of America's most disciplined art forms, but his career catapulted him to success in the mainstream of Country music. 2011 marks Ricky's 40th year as a professional musician, and this 14-time Grammy Award winner continues to lead the Roots revival. Known affectionately as Bluegrass music's official ambassador, Ricky Skaggs is back with a full band sound, a style that made him one of the best-selling artists in Country history with an incredible string of twelve No.1 Country hits and twelve Top 20 Country albums.

Mike Farris & The McCrary Sisters (Episode #104H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 -- 8:30 PM

Farris' songs are ancient, a marriage of traditional black Gospel, 70s Stax Soul and southern Blues. Farris' undeniable voice, his skillful arrangements and, perhaps most of all, the joy and passion with which he delivers both, breathe new life into long-forgotten Spirituals and vintage-originals. "It's music with dirt on its feet and sweat on its back," says Farris. Here is one of the most powerful & emotional singers around, backed by the stirring vocals of the McCrary Sisters - Ann, Regina, and Alfreda - daughters of Sam McCrary, a prominent member of the a cappella Gospel group The Fairfield Four.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (Episode #102H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 -- 7:30 PM

By the age of 21, Ricky Skaggs was a recognized master of one of America's most disciplined art forms, but his career catapulted him to success in the mainstream of Country music. 2011 marks Ricky's 40th year as a professional musician, and this 14-time Grammy Award winner continues to lead the Roots revival. Known affectionately as Bluegrass music's official ambassador, Ricky Skaggs is back with a full band sound, a style that made him one of the best-selling artists in Country history with an incredible string of twelve No.1 Country hits and twelve Top 20 Country albums.

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