Observing Two Anniversaries

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This week offers a two-part show to mark to two very different anniversaries. The first 90 minutes was devoted to a somber and solemn observance of the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001.

The last 30 minutes was non-stop music to celebrate 60 years ago on Sept. 16 and 17 in Chicago at the Columbia Records studios when Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys — now featuring with Monroe a 22-year-old banjo player named Earl Scruggs, who possessed a style truly his own, and guitarist Lester Flatt, who played signature guitar runs — recorded the sound that would later be dubbed “bluegrass.”

Most musicologists mark these two days of recordings as the beginning of the “true” bluegrass style, genre and sound, although Monroe had been forming and leading bands since mid-1938, shortly after breaking up with his brother Charlie. The musicologists were on the mark because it wasn’t long after these sides were released in January 1946 that other string bands began copying the Monroe sound.

Sept. 13 also marked the 95th anniversary of Bill Monroe’s birth in Kentucky.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Dan Landrum, “Macomber Fair”, Turning Point, Independent


  • Eddie From Ohio, “Star-Spangled Banner”, 9Eleven Relief, Virginia Soul

  • Louis Ledford, “September”, Reverie, Waterbug


  • Liz McNicholl, “The Bravest”, Grand Central Terminal, D&G

  • Emma’s Revolution, “If I Give Your Name”, One, Big W Productions

  • David Bradstreet, “Tears Of A Thousand Years”, Tears Of A Thousand Years, Independent

  • David Francey, “Fourth Of July”, The Waiting Hour, Red House

  • Emma’s Revolution, “Peace/Salaam/Shalom”, One, Big W Productions


  • Ellis Paul & Vance Gilbert, “The Only Way”, “Side Of The Road”, “Citizen Of The World”, Side Of The Road, Philo


  • Peter Ostroushko, “Hymn: Page 9/11”, Coming Down From Red Lodge, Red House

  • Kim & Reggie Harris, “Short Shift At Ground Zero”, Simplicity, Appleseed

  • Peter Ostroushko, “Meditation On The Thin Space At St. Paul’s Chapel”, Postcards, Red House

  • Kitty Donohoe, “There Are No Words”, CD single, Independent


  • Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys, “Heavy Traffic Ahead” “Why Did You Wander” “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” “Toy Heart” "Summertime Is Past And Gone” “Mansions For Me” “Mother’s Only Sleeping” “Blue Yodel No. 4” The Essential Bill Monroe And The Blue Grass Boys, Columbia, West, Red House