New York Gets Country Music Radio… For A Weekend

The Daily News reports that Columbia University’s WKCR (89.9 FM)  will kick off their annual Country Music Festival today and it will last over the weekend for 50 hours total. The festival features vintage country as well as live tunes from city bands.  Maybe this is the first step for getting Gothem a full time country radio station. Of course commercial radio doesn’t come close to being this good!

The schedule:

FRIDAY
Noon-3 p.m.: Great country songwriters, like Billy Joe Shaver
3-6 p.m.: Modern country storytellers, like Robert Earl Keen and Guy Clark
6-7:30 p.m.: Live music, with New York bands in the studio
7:30-10:30 p.m.: Gram Parsons
10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.: 40 Years in Folsom Prison. The anniversary of Johnny Cash’s famous live album

SATURDAY
1:30 -4:30 a.m.: Uncle Tupelo and its family tree
4:30-7 a.m.: Murder ballads and disaster songs, 1913-1938. Based on recent box set of the same name
7-10 a.m: Zydeco
10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Norman Blake and Tony Rice
1-7 p.m.: Tribute to the late Porter Wagoner
7 p.m.-midnight: Tribute to the late Hank Thompson

SUNDAY
Midnight-3 a.m.: Johnny Cash and June Carter. Their duets
3-8 a.m.: Country rock
8-10 a.m.: Country gospel
10 a.m.-noon: Black string bands
Noon-2 p.m.: Hank Williams

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