It may be impossible to overstate the importance of bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs to American music. A pioneering banjo player who helped create modern country music, his sound is instantly recognizable and as intrinsically wrapped in the tapestry of the genre as Johnny Cash's baritone
Join host Tom Banyai for this week's edition of Bluegrass Junction. Tom will be joined by special guests, members of the Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band. The band has a fine new release out titled Soulshine. They will play some of the songs live and talk about their inspiration for the songs they wrote and selected from some of their favorite song writers. The album is dedicated to the memory of long-time Bluegrass fan, John Westbrook who along with his wife Cherie could be seen in the front row of nearly every bluegrass concert in central New England.
On the Tuesday after Labor Day, the Bluegrass Junction will pay tribute in song to the working men and women who make America strong. We will have songs about truck drivers, farmers, mill workers and others. Of course there will be plenty of songs about coal miners. There are so many Bluegrass songs about the plight of this exploited lot including recent collections and Kathy Matea’s wonderful themed album, “Coal”. They symbolize all workers in our struggle to provide for ourselves and our families.