First broadcast August 1, 2014
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.