In 2015, it took the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys 10 days to perform in 5 European countries, but on May 15, 2016, the red hot Boys made a stop in Louisville, KY and found a way to be in two places at the same time.
Actually, it was easier than you might think because they appeared on two radio programs that 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, knew two of the Boys because of their work with “Tommy Brown and County Line Grass” and asked the group to appear on his show. After a studio visit was confirmed, Bryant (a longtime friend of Mitchell) suggested PRB might be willing to be a guest on both programs and they agreed.
It was a busy day for the Boys. They had performed in Mount Washington, KY in the early evening, drove about hour to Louisville, recorded a 30 show with Mitchell, had a 10 minute break, went down the hall and were on the air live with Bryant for another hour. The left the station about 10:30 PM to return to their homes – and they did it all without taking time to have their dinner. That is dedication to the music and their fans.
You can hear their live set on Best of Bluegrass this Saturday, June 28, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (EST) online or at WCHG 100.9 FM.