Dudley Connell talks Seldom Scene on Bluegrass Country

Back in February, WAMU’s Bluegrass Country ran an extended interview with Dudley Connell. The piece ran 3 hours, and the response from listeners all over the world caught the staff by surprise. They quickly scheduled a number of re-airings, and the show has become one of the most commented-upon they have run.

They won’t be caught off guard this time. Part two of their lengthy conversation, billed as Dudley Connell — The Seldom Scene Years, is set to run four times over the next two weeks. Connell speaks with longtime WAMU personalities Katy Daley and Lee Michael Demsey about taking on this highly visible guitarist/vocalist slot in 1996, in a show again running 3 hours.

  • Sunday, June 20 – 3:00-6:00 p.m. (EDT)
  • Sunday, June 27 – 3:00-6:00 p.m. (EDT)
  • Tuesday, June 29 -7:00-10:00 a.m. (EDT)
  • Saturday, July 3- 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EDT)
Though billed as an interview about Seldom Scene, the discussion with Katy and Lee Michael actually picks up near the end of his time with The Johnson Mountain Boys. He also speaks about recording and performing with Longview and Hazel Dickens before launching into his career with the Scene.

Katy offered a quick overview…

“He tells funny stories about the night he ‘auditioned’ for the job and how nervous he was on their first show. But get your hankies out for this one. Dudley spends a lot of time talking about John Duffey — his approach to the music, working with him on stage and about the night John died. We really have to thank Dudley for being so open and honest with his feelings. While there’s plenty of music in this show, it is talk intensive. One of the most charming moments comes at the end when Dudley and his wife, Sally Love sing a couple duets.”

Here’s a taste of the interview, including Dudley’s recounting of that first show with the Scene.

Dudley Connell interview with Bluegrass Country: [http://traffic.libsyn.com/thegrasscast/dudley_excerpt.mp3]

Katy also tells us that since this program is running Sunday in the regular spot where Bluegrass Master Class airs, they are combining the Dudley radio audio with some online videos from Akira Otsuka, featuring stories about John Duffey’s mandolins.

Here’s one of several linked on the Bluegrass Country web site.

WAMU’s Bluegrass Country can be heard worldwide on www.bluegrasscountry.org and in the Washington, DC area on HD Radio WAMU-88.5-Channel2 and on 105.5FM.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.