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On Tuesday’s High Country Music Radio, music to whet your appetite for the coming week!

No one really needs any help gearing up for the beautiful table being set for the holiday season, but in the spirit of gorging oneself on pie, turkey, ham, and all manner of traditional treats, Rusty will serve-up bluegrass songs to get your stomach growling.

Are you ready for some “Cornbread and Butter Beans” and “Hot Corn and Cold Corn” with “Angeline the Baker”?


High Country Music Radio for Nov. 12th 2019

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, on High Country Music Radio KDRT 95.7FM the playlist will include new releases from Neil Young and Crazy Horse, the Dales and Railroad Earth. We’ll also feature the sounds of extended play jamgrass from Blue Ground Under Grass, The Traveling McCourys and Ricky Skaggs. In recognition of Rootstock 2019 Rusty’s playlist will feature Rita Hosking performing “Where the Grassroots Grow.” We hope you join us!

High Country Music Radio Tuesday Nov 5th

This Tuesday, Nov. 5th, on High Country Music Radio KDRT 95.7FM, host Rusty Nail will feature an assortment of artists and include recent releases from the vibrant bluegrass band  Backline and fantastic songwriter Jeremy Ivey. Tomorrow’s playlist will include music from artists well-deserving of more airtime such as Headforthehills, Goodnight Texas and a pair of songs from the Highwomen’s Natalie Hemby. Rusty and staff at KDRT 95.7 fm  appreciate you making us a part of your day listening on the radio!

High Country Music Radio Tuesday Oct. 22, 2019

This Tuesday, October 22 at 11 am, Rusty Nail's playlist features artists such as Yonder Mountain String Band, Crooked Still, Yarn and Breaking Grass, continuing the exploration of nontraditional arrangements within bluegrass.

Diggng deeper into High Country Music Radio’s music library, Rusty is also excited to include a pair of songs from a talented Nashville based musician, Bennie Boling, who supports himself as a luthier. This week’s show also includes an unusually arranged cover of Dueling Banjos.

Oct. 8th High Country Music Radio Explores the Shared History of Country and Rock

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High Country Music Radio

During the 1950's two small labels, Sun Records and Chess Records, featured a stable of musicians that included  Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Chuck Berry.  Influenced by the aforementioned artists, Bob Dylan travelled to Nashville to produce "John Wesley Harding and  “Nashville Skyline.” Gram Parsons, during his brief stint with the Byrds, with Chris Hillman, influenced that band to produce the classic “Sweetheart at the Rodeo.” And, as early as 1965, the Beatles, fans of Buck Owens and Carl Perkins, included a cover of a Buck Owens song on their album “Help.” Linda Ronstadt, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, too, contribute to this country catalogue.  We’ll also hear from Tex-Mex rockers, The Last Bandolaros, representing the significant influence on country music from our Southern border.

High Country Music Radio Explores the Music of the Bristol Recordings, Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m.

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High Country Music Radio

If you’re following the Ken Burn’s documentary “Country Music,” you’ll have heard about the Bristol recordings. In 1927 Ralph Peer, with the Victor Talking Machine Co., set up a temporary music studio in Bristol, Va., to record Appalachian musicians and their songs. The best-known artists emerging from the sessions are Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. Rusty Nail will explore the Bristol recordings, pairing an original recording with a more contemporary cover of that same song. One cover featured in this week's program includes Boz Scaggs with Duane Allman on guitar. The show will open with two songs highlighting families living and working in coal country. Not often associated with country music, Natalie Merchant contributes to the coal country song list, and provides beautiful and haunting vocals.