Front Porch Bluegrass with Kevin Brown
KPBX: Sunday 1pm-2pm
- Hosted by Kevin Brown
Here's how host Kevin Brown describes his show Front Porch Bluegrass:
"I love the classic sounds of the first and second generations of bluegrass. There is something timeless and deep in the voice of Ralph Stanley or the mandolin of Bill Monroe or the harmonies of the Country Gentlemen. I believe it's important to keep these sounds and songs alive and put them alongside the newer sounds of the 3rd and 4th generations of bluegrass -- artists who are carrying on the tradition of Bill Monroe by synthesizing old and new sounds and ideas.
Bluegrass has a lot of similarities to jazz, so I try to approach the show similarly to Brian Flick's Friday afternoon jazz show. Like jazz, bluegrass is heavily based on the blues, and has a driving rhythm with a heavy backbeat. The instrumentalists are an important part of the culture in appreciating bluegrass, and have devoted followings just like the jazz masters. Many of these players (Bill Monroe, David Grisman, J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson) have bands that have become schools for younger bluegrass musicians who learn from the masters before embarking on their own roads. There is also a huge cannon of "standards" that offer endless possibilities for re-interpretation, just like jazz. Bluegrass is a classic American art form and a rich part of our heritage that has informed numerous styles. Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia and others grew up revering the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, and their styles have been informed by his."