Seldom Scene week at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country

WAMU’s Bluegrass Country is celebrating the 40th anniversary of hometown heroes Seldom Scene with a special week of programming, running through November 25. They will be highlighting the group’s many recordings, featuring interviews with current and former members, and some archival live audio.

Still to come are interviews with John Starling, live audio from both 1980 and 2009, and special web-only video of former Bluegrass 45 mandolinist Akira Otsuka, who shares stories about the Scene and John Duffey.

Here, he discusses the Seldom Scene’s 1985 Japanese tour.

Find more details about the Seldom Scene coverage on the Bluegrass Country web site.

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  • Alan Niederland

    Terrific commemoration idea for a terrific band. 40 years now – my, my. I have a well-recorded live show from 1973 at Lisner (I think) Auditorium, Washington, D.C. Act IV had just been released and the band does several numbers off that. What can you say? Fabulous.

    As a NYT music critic wrote many years ago: “…the finest bluegrass band in the land”.

  • Mark Byrum

    This is a great video – Thanks for posting the link – which is one part of 4 – here is the link to video number 1 of the series, which will lead a viewer to all 4 of them, seriatum.
    John passed just a few months after Bill Monroe – and the world of Bluegrass lost 2 mandolin monsters in a short period.