Thursday, November 20, 2008

Article on Bluegrass in New York

The Christian Science Monitor has a nice piece on Sheriff Uncle Bob's jam session down at the Grizzly Pear (on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village):

Noam Pikelny likes the openness of the culture here, too. Considered one of the best banjo players of his generation, Mr. Pikelny recently relocated to the city after having lived in Colorado and Nashville. “It was mind boggling,” he recalls of his first encounter with the Sheriff’s jam. “There’s nothing like that in Nashville. All the great jams there happen behind closed doors.”

The Moonshine Show gets a passing reference:

Still, New York isn’t Nashville, Tenn. The city hasn’t supported a country music station since the 1980s and features only one bluegrass radio program, which broadcasts from Columbia University.

And has since 1963!

(Thanks to Orrin Star for pointing this one out.)

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