Bluegrass at Newport

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

A special treat for Profiles listeners with this show: A rebroadcast, courtesy of National Public Radio, of the entire set performed at last week’s Newport Folk Festival by the 25th year reunion of the famed Nickel Creek.

Selections programmed around the special set are culled from recordings issued of the Newport Folk Festival in the 1960s, a time when bluegrass music was far below the radar and the careers of early pioneers of the music such as Bill Monroe and Ralph and Carter Stanley were foundering. It was the appearance of bluegrass performers, including Monroe and the Stanleys, at those Newport festivals that solidified bluegrass music’s position in the folk revival and, indeed, American music.

As for Nickel Creek — comprised of mandolin wizard Chris Thile, fiddler Sara Watkins and guitarist Sean Watkins — this year finds them reunited to mark the 25th anniversary of their founding in 1989 when Chris and Sara were 8 years old and Sean was 11. With their musical prowess, they quickly established themselves a major force in bluegrass and American folk music before going on to separate solo careers.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Sam Bush Band, “Ridin’ That Bluegrass Train”, Highlights from 2007/Merlefest,


  • Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys, “Walls Of Time”, Bluegrass Masters, Vanguard

  • Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, “Salty Dog Blues”, “Cabin On The Hill”, Newport Folk Festival/Best of Bluegrass

  • 1959-66, Vanguard, ,

  • Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys, “Cotton Eyed Joe”, “Shady Grove”, Bluegrass Masters, Vanguard


    Nickel Creek Live at Newport 2014

    “Rest Of My Life”
    “Scotch & Chocolate”
    “The Lighthouse’s Tale”
    “Smoothie Song”
    “Reasons Why”
    “21st Of May”
    “When In Rome”
    “Ode To A Butterfly”
    “The Ledge”
    “When You Come Back Down”
    “Somebody More Like You”
    “The Fox”


  • Stanley Brothers, “A Man Of Constant Sorrow”, “Orange Blossom Special”, Bluegrass Breakdown, Vanguard

  • New Lost City Ramblers, “Train Forty Five”, Bluegrass at Newport, Vanguard

  • New York City Ramblers, “Cedar Hill”, Bluegrass Breakdown, Vanguard