Navigating Musical History with WAMU's Dick Spottswood

Navigating Musical History with WAMU's Dick Spottswood

Kojo sits down with longtime WAMU personality and Bluegrass Country host Dick Spottswood.

He's a broadcasting legend and musical scholar whose personal history is intertwined with Washington's local culture. Dick Spottswood hosted WAMU 88.5's first-ever bluegrass music show in 1967, and began broadcasting "The Dick Spottswood Show" in 1985. Kojo talks with Spottswood about his lifelong mission to share and preserve the music he loves during a lively broadcasting career.


Dick Spottswood

musicologist; host of The Dick Spottswood Show (formerly, The Obsolete Music Hour); and author of "Banjo on the Mountain: Wade Mainer's First Hundred Years" (University Press of Mississippi)

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Playlist from Today's Show

  1. Jelly Roll Morton – Mamie’s Blues

  2. Jelly Roll Morton – Dead Man Blues

  3. Bill Rogers – West Indian Weed Woman

  4. Bill Rogers – BG Bhagee

  5. Wade Mainer – Ramshackle Shack

  6. Son House – Jinx Blues

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