Just like a real folk festival, but without all the sweaty people and the overpriced vegetarian food.
Among the great bluegrass artists on Festival Radio, you'll hear:
Alison Krauss and Union Station: Great fiddler, a remarkable voice, hot band.
The Clumsy Lovers: Indie group from Vancouver playing what they call "raging Celtic bluegrass rock" and what a reviewer called "speed metal hillbilly polka." Whatever you call it, it's really fine.
Patty Loveless: Her bluegrass album is really fine.
Claire Lynch: Fine bluegrass performer
Jake Armerding: Young bluegrass multi-instrumentalist. Background includes a stint with Northern Lights.
Nickel Creek: Remarkably talented young bluegrass group
Northern Lights: Great bluegrass group
The McKrells: Indie Celtgrass band from upstate New York. What's Celtgrass? A mixture of Celtic and bluegrass, and these guys make it work.
Railroad Earth: Bluegrass jam band.
Rhonda Vincent: Mandolinist, fiddler, three-time bluegrass International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year.
Salamander Crossing: No longer in existence as a group, but they put out several fine albums in the 90s, with some unusual covers, including Bruce Springsteen and Bruce Cockburn.
Chris Stuart and Backcountry
One Riot One Ranger