Simply Bluegrass premieres March 7

simply_bluegrassGabriel Communications will debut its latest set of Country’s Family Reunion programs, Simply Bluegrass, this week on RFD-TV. Produced by Larry Black, host of Larry’s Country Diner, it follows his familiar Reunion concept: gather up a room full of top artists for hours of music and conversation in a laid back setting.

Simply Bluegrass is hosted by Bill Anderson and Ricky Skaggs, and runs to a full six hours of content. Interviews, discussions and performances are included with Dailey & Vincent, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Rhonda Vincent, The Grascals, Mac Wiseman, Bobby Osborne, Doyle Lawson, Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jesse McReynolds, Dierks Bentley, Sierra Hull and more. They are backed on stage by a stellar band, with Ron Stewart on banjo, Barry Bales on bass, Adam Steffey on mandolin, Bryan Sutton on guitar, and Stuart Duncan on fiddle.

Everything was shot in Nashville over two days this past November.

Black describes the program as a sort of mutual admiration society.

Mac Wiseman on Simply Bluegrass“The moments we have captured have been unbelievable. At this reunion, there’s a true reverence by everyone in the room—it is a celebration of sorts for the legendary artists who have built the foundation of the genre and those who will move it forward in the years to come.”

Broadcasts this weekend on RFD are as follows:

  • Friday, March 7 – 8:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Saturday, March 8 – 6:00 a.m. (EST)
  • Saturday, March 8 – 12:00 Midnight (EST)

All six hours of video are also available for sale on five DVDs from the Country Family Reunion web site.

Here are some images from the studio which the producers shared with us.


This is actually the second bluegrass set from Larry Black and crew. The first, Grassroots To Bluegrass, featured a team of legends assembled by Mac Wiseman. The Osborne Brothers, John Hartford, Melvin Gois, Jim Shumate, Charlie Louvin and more are included in four hours on two DVDs.

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