It’s a genre of music most associated with the mountains of Appalachia. But over the course of five decades, bluegrass has become an authentic part of the Washington region’s cultural identity. We explore the past, present and future of bluegrass in the nation’s capital.


  • Katy Daley Host, The Katy Daley Show, WAMU's Bluegrass Country
  • Randy Barrett President, DC Bluegrass Union
  • Dudley Connell Audio Archivist, National Council of Traditional Arts; Guitar / Lead Vocals, The Seldom Scene
  • Frank Solivan Lead vocals and mandolin, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
  • Mike Munford Banjo, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
  • Lincoln Meyers Guitar and vocals, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
  • Stefan Custodi Upright Bass and vocals, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Live From Studio A###

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen deconstruct Flatt and Scruggs’ “Old Hometown” to demonstrate the basic chords and characteristics that form the music’s foundation:

WAMU 88.5 Bluegrass Country Host Lee Michael Demsey’s Suggested Playlist

A good selection of recordings can be found at amazon and County Sales.

  1. Buzz Busby Me and the Jukebox from the album “Going Home: the Starday Recordings”

  2. Country Gentlemen Bringing Mary Home from the album “Early Rebel Records Recordings”

  3. Country Gentlemen The In Crowd from the album “Sugar Hill Collection”

  4. Emerson and Waldron Fox On The Run from the album “Best of Emerson and Waldron”

  5. Jimmy Arnold Rainbow Ride from the album “Riding With Ol’ Mosby”

  6. Seldom Scene Old Train from the album “Old Train”

  7. Seldom Scene Rider from the album ” Act III (Act 3)”

  8. Johnson Mountain Boys Dream Of A Miner’s Child from the album “At the Old School House”

  9. Johnson Mountain Boys Let the Whole World Talk from the album “Let the Whole World Talk”

  10. Hazel Dickens Mama’s Hand from the album “By The Sweat of My Brow”

  11. Chesapeake Sweet Melinda from the album “Full Sail”

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