Ma Crow and the Ladyslippers visit Louisville

Berk Bryant with Ma Crow and the Ladyslippers at Louisville Public MediaMa Crow and the Ladyslippers have been busy. Recently, the all-female band from Cincinnati, OH made a stop in Louisville, KY to appear on two radio programs in the same night. Actually, it was easier than you might think as both programs originate from the same building. Louisville Public Media is home to 3 full time radio stations, a performance studio, and 3 production studios.

Since 1989, Berk Bryant, “The Country Gentleman,” has hosted Sunday Bluegrass, a weekly 3 hour show on WFPK-FM. Just down the hallway is a production studio where Bob Mitchell, one of our Bluegrass Today reporting DJs, records a syndicated weekly 2 hour show called Best of Bluegrass.

Bryant, an occasional festival MC, met Ma Crow at such an event and asked the group to appear on his show. After a studio visit was confirmed, Bryant (a longtime friend of Mitchell) suggested Ma Crow might be willing to be a guest on both programs. She agreed and here they are in action.


Ma Crow leads the band on guitar and vocals, with Margie Drees on fiddle, Trina Emig on banjo and mandolin, and Vicki Abbott on bass. Crow is a legendary acoustic artist in the Cincinnati area, a CAMMY (a Cincinnati Grammy) award winner, and has been nominated several times for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards.

You can hear their live set on Best of Bluegrass this weekend at WCHG 100.9 FM in Louisville from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Here are a few more photos of The Ladyslippers’ visit to Louisville Public Media.

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