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The Civil Wars (Episode #201H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 4:30 AM

From multiple Grammy wins (Best Folk and Best Country Albums) to the The Hunger Games' soundtrack, 2012 is a breakout year for the Civil Wars. Their meteoric rise is no surprise to those who have witnessed Joy Williams' and John Paul White's artful performances. Intricately woven phrasing and airtight harmonies mark the minimalist duo's powerfully rendered murder ballads and astonishingly frank songs on the paradoxical nature of love.

The Black Lillies (Episode #212H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 4:00 AM

Vince Gill (Episode #211H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 3:30 AM

A Country Music Hall of Famer and 20-time Grammy winner, Gill has recently been sharing the stage with Eric Clapton, Sting and James Taylor. Known for his razor-sharp instrumental skills, his expressive tenor voice, his richly varied songwriting and his superb choice of backup musicians, Gill delivers everything from heartfelt honky tonk ballads to hot bluegrass to full-throttle country rock, all leavened with an easygoing sense of humor that makes a Vince Gill show feel like you're just hanging out with on old friend. This is as good as country music gets.

The Del McCoury Band (Episode #210H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 3:00 AM

Band patriarch Del McCoury has impeccable traditional credentials, including an early-'60s stint with Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass, a 2010 National Heritage Fellowship and 2011 induction into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. But the Grammy-winning singer/guitarist who personifies the "High Lonesome" sound also takes it to new frontiers playing with everyone from jam band Phish to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. McCoury's band features sons Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo), with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram. As opry.com put it, McCoury has "proven not to be a relic of bluegrass music's past, but an architect of its future."

The Vespers (Episode #209H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 2:30 AM

Absolutely one of "alternative Nashville's" biggest buzz bands, the Vespers feature sisters Callie and Phoebe Cryar and brothers Bruno and Taylor Jones. Their hard-to-pin-down sound leads to a fresh and dynamic mixture of folk, rock and Appalachian stomp, a place where banjos battle drums and fuzz-toned guitars shred mountain ballads, all held together by the Cryar sisters' saintly/sinful harmonies. The Huffington Post's Michael Bialas recently dubbed them "... four of a promising kind."

The Timejumpers (Episode #208H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Nashville's hottest ticket isn't the Grand Ole Opry but Monday nights at the tiny Station Inn with this all-star, 11-piece western swing outfit. With lead vocals provided by Dawn Sears, Kenny Sears, Vince Gill and two-time Grammy-winner "Ranger Doug" Green, this band features Music City's instrumental A-list, including Paul Franklin on pedal steel, Dennis Crouch on bass, three world-champion fiddlers and accordion master Jeff Taylor, with Gill and session ace Andy Reiss swapping guitar duties.

The Civil Wars (Episode #201H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 -- 10:30 PM

From multiple Grammy wins (Best Folk and Best Country Albums) to the The Hunger Games' soundtrack, 2012 is a breakout year for the Civil Wars. Their meteoric rise is no surprise to those who have witnessed Joy Williams' and John Paul White's artful performances. Intricately woven phrasing and airtight harmonies mark the minimalist duo's powerfully rendered murder ballads and astonishingly frank songs on the paradoxical nature of love.

The Black Lillies (Episode #212H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

Vince Gill (Episode #211H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 -- 9:30 PM

A Country Music Hall of Famer and 20-time Grammy winner, Gill has recently been sharing the stage with Eric Clapton, Sting and James Taylor. Known for his razor-sharp instrumental skills, his expressive tenor voice, his richly varied songwriting and his superb choice of backup musicians, Gill delivers everything from heartfelt honky tonk ballads to hot bluegrass to full-throttle country rock, all leavened with an easygoing sense of humor that makes a Vince Gill show feel like you're just hanging out with on old friend. This is as good as country music gets.

The Del McCoury Band (Episode #210H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 -- 9:00 PM

Band patriarch Del McCoury has impeccable traditional credentials, including an early-'60s stint with Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass, a 2010 National Heritage Fellowship and 2011 induction into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. But the Grammy-winning singer/guitarist who personifies the "High Lonesome" sound also takes it to new frontiers playing with everyone from jam band Phish to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. McCoury's band features sons Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo), with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram. As opry.com put it, McCoury has "proven not to be a relic of bluegrass music's past, but an architect of its future."

The Vespers (Episode #209H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 -- 8:30 PM

Absolutely one of "alternative Nashville's" biggest buzz bands, the Vespers feature sisters Callie and Phoebe Cryar and brothers Bruno and Taylor Jones. Their hard-to-pin-down sound leads to a fresh and dynamic mixture of folk, rock and Appalachian stomp, a place where banjos battle drums and fuzz-toned guitars shred mountain ballads, all held together by the Cryar sisters' saintly/sinful harmonies. The Huffington Post's Michael Bialas recently dubbed them "... four of a promising kind."

The Timejumpers (Episode #208H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 -- 8:00 PM

Nashville's hottest ticket isn't the Grand Ole Opry but Monday nights at the tiny Station Inn with this all-star, 11-piece western swing outfit. With lead vocals provided by Dawn Sears, Kenny Sears, Vince Gill and two-time Grammy-winner "Ranger Doug" Green, this band features Music City's instrumental A-list, including Paul Franklin on pedal steel, Dennis Crouch on bass, three world-champion fiddlers and accordion master Jeff Taylor, with Gill and session ace Andy Reiss swapping guitar duties.

David Mayfield Parade (Episode #205H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 5:30 AM

Raised on show business in a family band, David Mayfield made his name with award-winning progressive bluegrass group Cadillac Sky. Once solo, the singer/guitarist expanded his unique, sonic arsenal to take in acoustic-alternative and cutting-edge Americana, mixing it all in with his freewheeling sense of humor and remarkable showmanship in a set that's edgy in every sense of the word.

Jim Lauderdale (Episode #204H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 5:00 AM

Equal parts Rhinestone Cowboy and Borscht Belt comic, two-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Jim Lauderdale's talents dance across the worlds of country (writing hits for George Jones and George Strait), rock (writing with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter), Americana and bluegrass (with icon Ralph Stanley). Featuring Randy Kohrs on tenor vocals/dobro and the Steeldrivers' Richard Bailey on banjo, the Jim Lauderdale Bluegrass Band is unique and an absolute must-see performance.

Sarah Jarosz (Episode #203H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 4:30 AM

A veteran musician who'd released two CDs before turning 20, Sarah Jarosz has gone from teenage bluegrass hotshot to fully-realized innovative artist in less time than many of us spent in braces. Playing mandolin, octave mandolin, banjo and guitar while singing in a rich, throaty voice, Jarosz creates a staggeringly original sound with her new ensemble, featuring violinist Alex Hargreaves and cellist Nathaniel Smith. Their melodic interplay weaves rock rhythms, classical textures and Appalachian melodies.

Jerry Douglas (Episode #202H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 4:00 AM

As a 2004 National Heritage Fellow (America's highest honor for traditional artists) and 13-time Grammy winner, Jerry Douglas has, frankly, re-invented his instrument, playing the dobro with unprecedented speed and haunting lyricism. Starting as a teen, Douglas performed with J.D. Crowe, Emmylou Harris, the Country Gentlemen, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello and James Taylor, all while working as one of Nashville's most in-demand session players. Douglas is a longtime featured member of Alison Krauss & Union Station.

The Civil Wars (Episode #201H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 3:30 AM

From multiple Grammy wins (Best Folk and Best Country Albums) to the The Hunger Games' soundtrack, 2012 is a breakout year for the Civil Wars. Their meteoric rise is no surprise to those who have witnessed Joy Williams' and John Paul White's artful performances. Intricately woven phrasing and airtight harmonies mark the minimalist duo's powerfully rendered murder ballads and astonishingly frank songs on the paradoxical nature of love.

Scott Miller & The Commonwealth (Episode #207H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 3:00 AM

Americana pioneer Miller remains a roots-rock legend for his "burn-the-juke-joint-down" band, the V-Roys, and his work with singer/songwriter Steve Earle. His band, the Commonwealth, brings a bluegrass and edgy mountain tinge to that sound, framing Miller's finely crafted songs written in the grand Southern literary tradition.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (Episode #206H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 2:30 AM

Singer/mandolinist Doyle Lawson is yet another deserving winner of a National Heritage Fellowship (2006). Lawson's band is known as the School of Bluegrass for its many high-profile alumni. This latest batch of hot young pickers lives up to that legacy, as Lawson leads them through state-of-the-art traditional and progressive bluegrass, as well as some of the most compelling a cappella Gospel harmonizing seen or heard anywhere.

Bluegrass Underground Season Mixer (Episode #112H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

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!

David Mayfield Parade (Episode #205H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jan 6, 2013 -- 11:30 PM

Raised on show business in a family band, David Mayfield made his name with award-winning progressive bluegrass group Cadillac Sky. Once solo, the singer/guitarist expanded his unique, sonic arsenal to take in acoustic-alternative and cutting-edge Americana, mixing it all in with his freewheeling sense of humor and remarkable showmanship in a set that's edgy in every sense of the word.

Jim Lauderdale (Episode #204H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jan 6, 2013 -- 11:00 PM

Equal parts Rhinestone Cowboy and Borscht Belt comic, two-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Jim Lauderdale's talents dance across the worlds of country (writing hits for George Jones and George Strait), rock (writing with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter), Americana and bluegrass (with icon Ralph Stanley). Featuring Randy Kohrs on tenor vocals/dobro and the Steeldrivers' Richard Bailey on banjo, the Jim Lauderdale Bluegrass Band is unique and an absolute must-see performance.

Sarah Jarosz (Episode #203H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jan 6, 2013 -- 10:30 PM

A veteran musician who'd released two CDs before turning 20, Sarah Jarosz has gone from teenage bluegrass hotshot to fully-realized innovative artist in less time than many of us spent in braces. Playing mandolin, octave mandolin, banjo and guitar while singing in a rich, throaty voice, Jarosz creates a staggeringly original sound with her new ensemble, featuring violinist Alex Hargreaves and cellist Nathaniel Smith. Their melodic interplay weaves rock rhythms, classical textures and Appalachian melodies.

Jerry Douglas (Episode #202H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jan 6, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

As a 2004 National Heritage Fellow (America's highest honor for traditional artists) and 13-time Grammy winner, Jerry Douglas has, frankly, re-invented his instrument, playing the dobro with unprecedented speed and haunting lyricism. Starting as a teen, Douglas performed with J.D. Crowe, Emmylou Harris, the Country Gentlemen, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello and James Taylor, all while working as one of Nashville's most in-demand session players. Douglas is a longtime featured member of Alison Krauss & Union Station.

The Civil Wars (Episode #201H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jan 6, 2013 -- 9:30 PM

From multiple Grammy wins (Best Folk and Best Country Albums) to the The Hunger Games' soundtrack, 2012 is a breakout year for the Civil Wars. Their meteoric rise is no surprise to those who have witnessed Joy Williams' and John Paul White's artful performances. Intricately woven phrasing and airtight harmonies mark the minimalist duo's powerfully rendered murder ballads and astonishingly frank songs on the paradoxical nature of love.

Scott Miller & The Commonwealth (Episode #207H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jan 6, 2013 -- 9:00 PM

Americana pioneer Miller remains a roots-rock legend for his "burn-the-juke-joint-down" band, the V-Roys, and his work with singer/songwriter Steve Earle. His band, the Commonwealth, brings a bluegrass and edgy mountain tinge to that sound, framing Miller's finely crafted songs written in the grand Southern literary tradition.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (Episode #206H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jan 6, 2013 -- 8:30 PM

Singer/mandolinist Doyle Lawson is yet another deserving winner of a National Heritage Fellowship (2006). Lawson's band is known as the School of Bluegrass for its many high-profile alumni. This latest batch of hot young pickers lives up to that legacy, as Lawson leads them through state-of-the-art traditional and progressive bluegrass, as well as some of the most compelling a cappella Gospel harmonizing seen or heard anywhere.

Bluegrass Underground Season Mixer (Episode #112H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jan 6, 2013 -- 8:00 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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