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High Country Music Radio Alternative Country and Bluegrass

Tomorrow, Tuesday January 21st, High Country Music Radio will open with Rhiannon Giddens performing a beautiful a cappella cover of Pretty Bird,  a song written by coal country activist Hazel Dickens. Hazel Dickens also appears on this week's playlist performing  two of her songs. Carolina Chocolate Drops alum Dom Flemons is featured as well with a pair of songs from his post Chocolate Drops catalog.

Rusty will also feature the Lonesome Ace String Band who are performing locally this week, the Brothers Comatose, The Lowest Pair and others on High Country Music Radio at KDRT 95.7 FM.

Bluegrass and Americana on High Country Music Radio

Tomorrow, Jan 13th, at 11:00 a.m on High Country Music Radio host Rusty Nail will warm up these cool days with songs from the award winning AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Special Consensus, The Grateful Dead, Rita Hosking, Asleep at the Wheel along with other great artists. Tune in at KDRT 95.7 fm or stream on! You can listen to High Country Music Radio anytime by visiting iTunes and subscribing to the podcast. 

Alt Country and Bluegrass

Following a short break for the holidays, today's High Country Music Radio will kick-off the new year with mandolin driven songs from Sam Bush, David Grisman and Peter Rowan. We’ll then journey into alt country with Dolly Parton, Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch with David Rawlings. I updated today's playlist to include a song from the exciting alt country band Sarah Shook & The Disarmers. Hope you can join us at 11:00 a.m on KDRT 95.7FM or stream live at!

High Country Music Radio December 10th @ 11:00 a.m. Pacific

Musicians wrote songs and sang of passenger and freight trains, reflecting their affinity with the railroad as a way of  travel and freedom. Trains are the theme on this week’s High Country Music Radio (Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. to Noon) with Rusty featuring traditional and contemporary songs of the railroad. 

Join us tomorrow as we listen to Leon Russell with the Newgrass Revival, Jim and Jessie, Greensky Bluegrass, Dale Ann Bradley, Arlo Guthrie, a bluegrass version of the Monkee's "Last Train to Clarksville" and more  for an hour of song about those long steel rails.

If your cabin is near a remote spur of the transcontinental railway, High Country Music Radio can be streamed at

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

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.