Let me tell you a little story…

Way back in September of 2002, after arriving in The Land of Bean Blossom to find there was no bluegrass music to speak of on our local airwaves, I decided to get proactive and start a petition. Walking around an area festival with that clipboard and a pencil, the good folks saw that header “INDY NEEDS A BLUEGRASS RADIO SHOW” and were practically tackling me to sign the thing.

Now, although I was a staff writer for a national bluegrass publication at the time and had been in a band or two myself over the years, you’d better know I had no intention of hosting the thing myself. Simply had a mental list going of the several stations that might be willing to feature our music in their schedule and planned to approach them with a thousand signatures and ask that they consider producing one.

Turns out, life had other plans. One of the individuals that signed said petition was Tim D, long-time host of “The Free Zone” as well as a fine little late night Grateful Dead program called “So Many Roads” broadcasting from The University of Indianapolis on WICR FM. Didn’t know the man from Adam, I was new in town after all, but he looked at the petition and he looked at me and asked, “What do you know about bluegrass?” Proceeded to explain that my attachment to the music ran deep, my Eastern Kentucky-born mommy sang us boys to sleep with Carter Family, Louvin Brothers, and Bill Monroe songs, after all.

Suppose Tim saw that I was motivated (if nothing else!) and invited me to bring a big box of bluegrass music down to the studio…the rest is history, as they say.  Didn’t surprise any of us that bluegrass was a big deal in The Land of Bean Blossom. “Friday Night Folk” was born and we soon had our own prime time slot in the schedule.

Told you that to tell you this:

Sadly, I’m at a point in life where I’ll be needing to start a new chapter and devote the time I’ve been putting into radio toward raising a family and the practical concerns accompanying that most noble of endeavors. Radio is a wonderful wonderful hobby, and I couldn’t begin to relate all the fun experiences we’ve had over the years if I tried. That 10-20 hours a week will now go towards being a husband and father. And I’m OK with that.

As fraught with peril as this will be, I’ll be needing to thank a few people, if you’ll allow.

Tim D for bringing us aboard, de-mystifying the process, and being a brother, besides.

WICR FM for recognizing how important bluegrass is to this community, use of those great studios of theirs, and for cranking us out at 30,000 watts all over Central Indiana for eleven years.

Rick of Indy CD & Vinyl for the long-term commitment he made to keep us on the air. You were there from day one and I’d never dream of buying my music anywhere else because when it comes to community, you get it.

My family for your patience, forbearance, and love.

Terry “T-Bone” Mathley for making “T-Bone’s Prime Cuts” and “Redbud Radio” fine programs through your hard work and participation, and for being our “web guru.” Folks, I want you to know that if T-Bone hadn’t come aboard to share the workload and create and maintain those nice websites of ours, the whole deal would have come to an end back in 2010. And like Tim D, Terry has grown to be like family.

Shelby Kelley for great artwork and logos, most of which he contributed to “the cause” because he too loves his community. Indianapolis is a better place for you being in it, Shelby.

And most of all, the listeners that love bluegrass and always thought of our goofy little radio show as their program. You’d better know I appreciate you for that more than words could ever tell.

Please forgive me if you got left off that list. It takes a community to keep a radio show going, after all.

Friends, if you love this music may I suggest that you simply attend events every chance you get and buy the music whenever possible? After all, that’s what will keep our music alive, and well, and living right here in the great state of Indiana for years to come.

Sincerely,
Cary Allen Fields

Indiana Farmland


Blue Side Of…

Del McCoury's Blue Side of TownBLUE SIDE OF TOWN WITH DEL MCCOURY
SHOW #131021

SEGMENT #1
Pain In My Heart—Osborne Brothers
Between Midnight And The Dawn—Steep Canyon Rangers
Echoes From The Burning Bush—Reno & Smiley

SEGMENT #2
Somewhere In Kentucky—Donna Ulisse & Daughters Of Bluegrass
Shortnin’ Bread—Ron Block
Life Won’t Be The Same—Sonny Osborne
Katy Hill—Shenandoah

SEGMENT #3
Roust-A-Bout—Flatt & Scruggs
Fishers Of Men—Rhonda Vincent
Lonesome Wind Blues—Bill Monroe

SEGMENT #4
Crazy Banjo Medley—Hack Johnson & His Tennesseans
Final Farewell—Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
Same Kind Of Crazy As Me—Del McCoury Band

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Join us at 9PM Eastern if you’re in “The Land of Bean Blossom.” You’ll find us at 88.7 on your FM dial, right smack dab in the middle of “Friday Night Folk” programming on WICR.

Not in Indy? Not a problem! The current show is posted on the player on the right side of this very page and updates once a week, friends.


IBMA Awards 2013

IBMA AwardsGreetings Friends of Bluegrass!

IBMA Awards parts I and II will air this week and next.
TONS of great live performances in these things.
And some who won what kind of stuff too, of course.

Join us Friday evening at 9PM Eastern here in Indy on 88.7FM.
Or, there’s a little player deal on the right here and the programs post a couple of days after they air.

Whirled of Bluegrass


Family Farms

Norman & NancySongs from the perspective of the family farmer are the theme this week, friends.

Norman & Nancy Blake, Special Consensus, Dan Tyminski , Flatt & Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, and The Dry Branch Fire Squad are just a few of the artists that will help us explore the state of small scale farming operations these days.

And yeah, it ain’t necessarily pretty, as you might suspect.

“And the weather takes its toll
The years take your life
City takes the children
Fever takes your wife
The drought takes the wheat
Bills take the beans
And the devil take the farmer in the land of the big machines.”

Excerpt from “Devil Take The Farmer” by The Dry Branch Fire Squad

Join us at 9PM Eastern if you’re in “The Land of Bean Blossom.” You’ll find us at 88.7 on your FM dial, right smack dab in the middle of “Friday Night Folk” programming on WICR.

Not in Indy? Not a problem! The current show is posted on the player on the right side of this very page and updates once a week, friends.

Indiana Farmland


Roll On, Buddy!

Blue Mafia's My Cold HeartWell, Greetings Friends of Bluegrass!

We’ll kick things off this week with Red Smiley and his Bluegrass Cut Ups performing “Roll On, Buddy.”
You know why we begin the proceedings with a classic each week, don’t you? It’s because you’ve got to build on a strong foundation, that’s why.

Exciting new releases from Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, James King, Chris Jones, Del McCoury Band, Lou Reid & CarolinaOld Buck, Joe Mullins & Junior Sisk, Noam Pikelny, The Gibson Brothers, and Indiana’s own Blue Mafia figure prominently in the playlist this time around.

And as far as “good old gravy” goes, a rare recording of Tony Rice performing Cash’s “Big River” is a standout track. And couldn’t help but dig into James King‘s old Webco material for one from way back so we can do a bit of comparing and contrasting alongside a brand new one from his “Three Chords and the Truth” project. The Nashville Bluegrass Band‘s rendition of a tried and true favorite is just one of the songs slated to close the program in our gospel set, too.

Join us at 9PM Eastern if you’re in “The Land of Bean Blossom.” You’ll find us at 88.7 on your FM dial, right smack dab in the middle of “Friday Night Folk” programming on WICR.

Not in Indy? Not a problem! The current show is posted on the player on the right side of this very page and updates once a week, friends.

Red Smiley and the Bluegrass Cut Ups


Blue Ridge Mountain Blues

Lester & EarlIt’ll all fall into four great categories this week, friends. Vintage favorites, new/recent releases, a touch of old-time fiddle, and a good set of bluegrass gospel to close the program.

Vintage favorites are delivered by Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Dave Evans, and Bill Monroe. A truly classic gem from The Stanley Brothers will be included in our gospel set along with Blue Highway, The Churchmen, Lou Reid & Carolina, and Hot Rize, too.

New (and recent) material will be provided by Del McCoury, Noam Pikelny, Claire Lynch, Detour Bluegrass, Betse Ellis, Peter Rowan, Jim Van Cleve, Robbie Fulks, Steep Canyon Rangers, Finnders & Youngberg, and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen.

Join us at 9PM Eastern if you’re in “The Land of Bean Blossom.” You’ll find us at 88.7 on your FM dial, right smack dab in the middle of “Friday Night Folk” programming on WICR.

Not in Indy? Not a problem!
The current show is posted on the player on the right side of this very page and updates once a week, friends.

Finnders & Youngberg


Working On A Building…

Del McCoury's Blue Side of Town

BLUE SIDE OF TOWN WITH DEL MCCOURY
SHOW #130909

SEGMENT #1
You Left Me Alone—Country Gentlemen
I Am A Stranger—Jeremy Garrett
The North Cove—Blue Highway

SEGMENT #2
That’s Just Perfect—David Grier
Songs—Home On The River—Gibson Brothers
’Tis Sweet To Be Remembered—Osborne Brothers & Mac Wiseman
Best Buy—Sierra Hull

SEGMENT #3
Row Your Boat—Reno & Smiley
Howdy Neighbor Howdy—Dailey & Vincent
Blue Grass Breakdown—Bill Monroe
Dog Bite Your Hide—Jimmy Martin

SEGMENT #4
Any Old Road—Balsam Range
The Legend Of The Johnson Boys—Flatt & Scruggs
Free Salvation—Del McCoury Band

BigMon

FIELDS OF BLUEGRASS GOSPEL SET:
Walking In Jerusalem Just Like John -Bill Monroe
I’m Working On A Building -Bill Monroe
I Saw The Light – Bill Monroe
Drifting Too Far From The Shore – Bill Monroe

 

 

Join us at 9PM Eastern if you’re in “The Land of Bean Blossom.” You’ll find us at 88.7 on your FM dial, right smack dab in the middle of “Friday Night Folk” programming on WICR.

Not in Indy? Not a problem!
The current show is posted on the player on the right side of this very page and updates once a week, friends.

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