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Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble

Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble

The Bluegrass Ramble is devoted to three hours of the best of bluegrass and old-time acoustic country music, both from national and regional bands and balladeers. The first Bluegrass band was formed in 1945 by country music pioneer Bill Monroe when he hired a young banjo picker from North Carolina named Earl Scruggs.

The Ramble also features 15-minute monthly radio performances by Canada’s Tom Wilson and Border Bluegrass, Bill and Maggie Anderson from Virginia, Central New York’s Diamond Someday and Kentucky’s Joe LaMay and Sherri Reese.

Knowlton, who lives in Liverpool, is known as “Mr. Bluegrass of Central New York.” He hosted the first all-bluegrass radio show in New York City in 1960. Knowlton arrived in Syracuse as a U.S. Air Force public affairs officer. In 1997, he was named “Broadcast Personality of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association. He emcees at least 13 Bluegrass festivals every year and writes liner notes for bluegrass and old-time country music artists.

Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble airs Sundays from 9 p.m. to midnight WCNY-FM 91.3 Syracuse, WUNY-FM 89.5 Utica, and WJNY-FM 90.9 Watertown.

Bluegrass fans invited to be part of Knowlton’s ‘Bluegrass Ramble Barn Dance’ Jan. 4

Cow bells will clank and the ol’ train bell will ring when a Central New York musical tradition returns to WCNY and, for the first time, to its new Broadcast and Education Center Jan. 4.

From 1 to 4 p.m. that first Saturday of the new year, Bill Knowlton will present his annual Blue Grass Ramble Barn Dance. It will be inside Studio A of WCNY’s Broadcast and Education Center, located at 415 W. Fayette St., in Syracuse. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

The free three-hour concert hosted by Knowlton, on-air host of WCNY-FM’s Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble Sunday night radio show, is open to the community, and will feature six of the region’s best bluegrass acts. The concert and a recording of the barn dance will mark the 41st anniversary of Knowlton’s radio program.

The Barn Dance will be recorded and aired as part of Knowlton’s radio show Sunday, Jan. 19, from 9 p.m. to midnight on WCNY-FM.

Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble is Central New York’s first all-bluegrass and old-time acoustic country music radio show. Knowlton, known as “Mr. Bluegrass of Central New York,” hosted the first all-bluegrass radio show in New York City in 1960. Knowlton started his show on WCNY-FM in January 1973.

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