Live from ROMP on Open Mic

ROMPThis week’s edition of Open Mic on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country is the first installment of many sets recorded live this past June at ROMP in Owensboro, KY.

As you can see from our photo and video coverage of the event, ROMP featured top acts from both the bluegrass and Americana markets

We heard yesterday from Jerad Walker, Production Coordinator at Bluegrass Country, who filled in some details about this year’s ROMP radio.

Since 2009, we’ve been airing content recorded on-site at ROMP by our good friends at NPR affiliate WNIN in Evansville, IN (near Owensboro). For several years running, their VP of programming, Steve Burger, has been packaging live performances and interviews captured at the festival for a local show called Regional Voices. In the past, we have essentially rebroadcast these special editions of Regional Voices on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country.

The episodes have been fantastic but often offer only abridged versions of band’s sets (20 minutes of Michael Cleveland here, 45 minutes of Josh Williams there). However, this year Steve simply gave us the raw audio so that we could produce longer versions of the performances for our audience.

I am really excited to debut the first offering of ROMP 2012 this Saturday with hour-long performances from Bearfoot and Pokey LaFarge during Bluegrass Country’s program Open Mic.

This program will air:

  • Saturday, August 11 at 6:00 a.m. ET
  • Friday, August 17 at 6:00 .p.m ET
  • Saturday, August 18 at 6:00 a.m. ET
  • Friday. August 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET

We have performances from the Punch Brothers, Lonesome River Band, Monroeville, Town Mountain, Deadly Gentlemen, Belfry Fellows, 23 String Band, Farewell Drifters, and Old Crow Medicine Show that we hope to offer in later editions.

WAMU’s Bluegrass Country can be heard at 105.5 FM or HD radio 88.5-2 in the DC Metro market, or via live streaming online.

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John Lawless

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.