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Community Radio – A Love Letter

Community Radio Love

Community Radio Love-Letter

This year’s Wintergrass Program Guide 2023 includes a special feature: Community Radio, A Love Letter.  Local DJs representing community radio share moments of their radio experience and creativity.  From KBCS Bluegrass Ramble host Tom Kenney, DJ Emeritus Pete Goodall, and Music Director Iaan Hughes to other local talents KSER DJ Nicollete Roberge and Mike Meyer of KMUZ Island Earth Radio.  Thank you to them and all of you for supporting community radio and the music and message it shares to so many.     

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Wintergrass Community Radio Love 1

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Please review the entire Wintergrass Program Guide 2023

Wintergrass 2023
Wintergrass 2023

Wintergrass 2023 and KBCS!

Wintergrass 2023 and KBCS 91.3FM over 30 years of celebrating Bluegrass, Folk and Americana, Roots and Acoustic music

KBCS is honored to share another year with the long running music festival, Wintergrass!  This year Wintergrass marks 30 years celebrating and sharing Bluegrass, Folk, Acoustic, Americana and Roots music to the community. Tune into these upcoming shows for the sound of KBCS, the spirit and music of Wintergrass, and the curatorial music magic of KBCS DJs:

MONDAY – 7pm to 9pm – Soul Folks with Mike Biggins

TUESDAY – 7pm to 9pm – Folksounds with Jean Geiger and Eric Hardee

TUESDAY – 9pm to 11pm – Road Songs with Rus Thompson

SATURDAY – 9am to 12noon – Our Saturday Tradition with Ginger Hopper and Jim Page, (w/ occasional visits from Jean Geiger and longtime folk DJ, Larry Lewin.)

SUNDAY – 6am to 9am – Walkin’ the Floor with Iaan Hughes

SUNDAY – 9am to 12noon – Sunday Folks with Auntmama and Mike Biggins

SUNDAY – 12noon to 3pm – Bluegrass Ramble with Tom Keeney and Tom Voorhees

SUNDAY – 3pm to 6pm – Sunday’s Hornpipe with John Gibaut

SUNDAY – 6pm to 8pm – The Real Folk with Richard Gillman

MONDAY through FRIDAY – Iaan Hughes hosts Roots, Rock and Soul 12noon to 4pm and 4pm to 7pm 

We are so thankful for all of their volunteer time and continued support to KBCS and the Wintergrass communities.  KBCS is excited to share in this banner year for both KBCS’s own 50th milestone and Wintergrass’s 30th!  Thank you for the support and dedication to keep these community organizations reaching so many for so many years.

DON’T MISS OUT!! – KBCS at Wintergrass 2023

Join KBCS at Wintergrass on Saturday Feb. 25th from 9am to 12noon.  Check out the KBCS Stage at the North Grand Hallway for featured Wintergrass musicians: Joe Craven and Joe Troop, Anna Tivel, Cedric Watson and Dirk Powell, Tray Wellington Band, Never Come Down and The Deslondes!

For a full schedule of Wintergrass please review the entire Wintergrass Program Guide 2023


Wintergrass 2023
Wintergrass 2023

Wintergrass Music Festival Presents: Westin Concerts – Jerry Douglas Band! Feb 25, 2023

Dobro master and 14-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas is a bandleader, producer, session musician, instructor, and a very funny guy! He’s produced over a hundred albums and he’s featured on over 1,600 studio albums. He’s a member of Alison Kraus & Union Station, co-bandleader for Transatlantic Sessions in the United Kingdom, founder for the Grammy winner bluegrass super-group The Earls of Leicester, and he leads The Jerry Douglas Band.

Since 2017, The Jerry Douglas Band has been forging new paths into the musical horizon with deep roots in bluegrass and folk that spreads out into the Americana and jazz landscapes. In 2021, The Jerry Douglas Band released an album, Leftover Feelings, with legendary singer songwriter John Hiatt. The album was nominated for a 2022 Grammy for “Best Americana Album,” and their previous record What If also received a Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.” They perform at some of the top US festivals such as Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Pilgrimage Music Festival, Big Ears Festival, DelFest, FreshGrass, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Merlefest, and many others. In addition to Douglas, The Jerry Douglas Band includes Daniel Kimbro on bass, Christian Sedelmyer on fiddle, and Mike Seal on guitar.

Daniel Kimbro —

Raised on American Roots music in and around Appalachia, Daniel Kimbro is a multi Grammy-nominated bassist with numerous stage and studio appearances to his credit. Currently touring and recording with The Jerry Douglas Band, The Earls of Leicester, the Transatlantic Sessions and many others, Daniel utilizes his extensive experience within Jazz, Folk and Bluegrass genres to maintain a busy freelance career from his twin homes of Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Christian Sedelmyer —

Christian Sedelmyer is a daring and diversified musician who brings a 21st-century vision to the five-string violin. Raised in Erie, PA and based in Nashville since 2008, he’s been a member of the Jerry Douglas Band since Summer of 2014. In addition, he’s forged two successful bands (The Farewell Drifters and 10 String Symphony) and become a valued side musician and collaborator in contemporary string band music. Sedelmyer contributed to the IBMA Award winning 2018 Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year. He regularly collaborates and records with Andrew Marlin (Watchhouse), and his debut solo instrumental album, Ravine Palace, featuring Douglas, Marlin, Eli West (guitar) and Clint Mullican (bass) was released in 2020.

Mike Seal —

Mike Seal is a twice grammy-nominated guitarist and composer based in Nashville, TN. Originally from Bridgewater, Virginia, Mike has been touring and recording with a wide variety of bands including: The Jerry Douglas Band, Sierra Hull, Bob Lanzetti, Viktor Kraus Band Jeff Sipe Trio, Sarah Siskind, Danny Barnes, The Jeff Coffin Mu-tet, Ike Stubblefield, Yonrico Scott, Keith L. Brown, The Black Lillies, and many others. Mike’s first solo EP, Dogwoods, released in 2018 and is available on Spotify and other streaming services.

Jerry Douglas
Jerry Douglas

Wintergrass Music Festival Presents: Westin Concerts – Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar! Feb 25, 2023

Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar are making some rare duo appearances in 2022 and 2023.  The Louisiana slide guitar wizard’s trademark bottle-neck chops and Cashdollar’s dobro and steel string talents culminate in world renowned showcases of guitar virtuosity. 

Revered for his unique slide guitar technique, Sonny Landreth has collaborated with many legendary performers including John Hiatt, Jimmy Buffett, Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton. Summer of 2013, Sonny was part of the Peter Frampton led Guitar Circus tour, often closing the night playing with Frampton on an extended “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

Cindy Cashdollar’s expertise is in great demand on both steel guitar and dobro. She has worked with many leading artists in various genres including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart and Ryan Adams. With the iconic western swing group Asleep At The Wheel, she garnered 5 Grammy awards and was the first woman to be inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in  2011. 

Performing a mix of original songs with contemporary and traditional blues and roots music, the show is electric, virtuosic, and tastefully delivered by these two great instrumental masters.

Sonny Landreth + Cindy Cashdollar
Sonny Landreth + Cindy Cashdollar

Wintergrass Music Festival Presents: Westin Concerts – Dan Tyminski, featuring Gaven Largent! Feb 24, 2023


Throughout his 30+ year career, Dan Tyminski has left his mark in every corner of modern music. Tyminski’s voice famously accompanies George Clooney’s performance of the Stanley Brother’s Classic song, “I’m A Man of Constant Sorrow,” in the film, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou and his vocal collaboration with Swedish DJ Avicii on the song “Hey, Brother” was a global smash, having been streamed over 1 billion times to date.

Dan has also contributed guitar and/or harmony to projects by Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, LeAnn Rimes, Aaron Lewis and Rob Thomas, to name a few. In addition to his highly successful solo career, Dan Tyminski has played guitar and mandolin for Alison Krauss and Union Station since 1994. His unmatched instrumental skills and burnished, soulful tenor voice have been key components of the band.

Dan has been honored with 14 Grammy Awards, was named Male Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association 4x and was recognized as 2004’s Male Vocalist of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America.

The Dan Tyminski Band will be on tour throughout 2022 and 2023 in support of two forthcoming projects: an EP celebrating Tony Rice’s legacy, and a full-length bluegrass album early in 2023. The Dan Tyminski Band is Gaven Largent (dobro), Maddie Denton (fiddle), Jason Davis (banjo), Grace Davis (bass) and Harry Clark (mandolin).



A proud Virginia native, Gaven has been steeped in the culture and music of bluegrass since his infancy. After graduating high school, he toured with Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper for a year before joining bluegrass super-group Blue Highway. It was with Blue Highway that Gaven received a Grammy nomination for their album, “Original Traditional.” After a three-year international tour playing dobro with Blue Highway, Gaven joined Dailey and Vincent on both dobro and banjo, before joining up with Dan Tyminski. Though touring and session work keep Gaven busy, he enjoys building his own dobros in his woodworking shop, and hunting and fishing.

Wintergrass Music Festival Presents: Westin Concerts – Darrell Scott Bluegrass Band! Feb 24, 2023

The Darrell Scott Bluegrass Band is a hot “super group” of musicians:

Bryn Davies on upright bass & vocals (guy clark, tony rice, peter rowan, patty griffin)

Shad Cobb on fiddle & vocals (mark oconnor, robbie fulks, tim o’brien)

Matt Flinner on banjo & mandolin (leftover salmon, trey anastasio, matt flinner trio)

Darrell Scott on guitar & vocals (Sam Bush, Robert Plant, Steve Earle & Bluegrass Dukes)


Having traveled in the bluegrass festival circuit for over 25 years, I have seen the best of the best and these players are THAT…the brightest and most fearless I know”, says Darrell,” we listen as intently as we play and sing, and are ready to turn at every moment to follow where the music leads while doing our own songs as our basis.”


The Darrell Scott Bluegrass Band follows Darrell’s songs with Bluegrass instrumentation – the end result being as close to Newgrass and Improv as it is to Singer/Songwriter, with all members contributing their own tunes, as well. This is hot playing, soulful singing and nimble ensemble work at its’ Bluegrass, Newgrass, Americana, Singer/Songwritery, fiery best.


Wintergrass Music Festival Presents: Westin Concerts – The Cactus Blossoms! Feb 24, 2023

The band is composed of brothers Jack Torrey (guitar, vocals) and Page Burkum (guitar, vocals) with a touring act including their cousin Phillip Hicks (bass), Jake Hanson (guitar) and Jeremy Hanson (drums).

The band’s musical styling of “the sounds and approaches of early country and rock n’ roll” was inspired by traditional American folk music and “hillbilly” music and is “reminiscent of 60s Nashville and Los Angeles as heard in artists like Roy OrbisonThe Byrds, and Duane Eddy.”

Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum began playing music today at ages 18 and 23, respectively but didn’t form the band The Cactus Blossoms until they were both in their 30s. The band began playing local shows in Minneapolis in 2010 and self produced and released a self-titled debut album in 2011.  Their popularity secured them a residency at St. Paul’s Turf Club where they self-produced their first live album titled Live at the Turf Club.

After several tours supporting other artists, JD McPherson proposed working together, where he would produce their first studio album. In 2015 the band signed with Red House Records and on January 22, 2016 released their first studio album titled You’re Dreaming. The album reached #23 on the Americana Billboard chart and was met with favorable reviews with American Songwriter describing it as “honest, unvarnished, completely engaging style that is clearly retro but in no way musty.”

The band was contacted by David Lynch‘s office to appear in the revival season of the televisions series Twin Peaks where the band performed “Mississippi”. The song is also featured on the soundtrack album, Twin Peaks: Music from the Limited Event Series.

In 2017 the band was invited by Dan Auerbach to his Nashville studio to write some songs together. Two of the songs, “Got a Lotta Love” and “Blue as the Ocean” appeared on their studio album Easy Way which released March 1, 2019. Departing Red House Records, the album was released on the band’s own Walkie Talkie Records label.

After taking a forced hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and experiencing the protests in Minneapolis following the murder of George Floyd, the band began recording their third studio album in an at-home studio. The band’s third album, One Day, was released on February 11, 2022.

cactus blossoms
Eli Bronfman

Wintergrass Jamming Culture

Every year, the nooks and crannies of the hallways of a fancy, downtown Bellevue hotel are filled with bluegrass music during the Wintergrass Music Festival.  Wintergrass is a northwest bluegrass festival tradition bringing the region bluegrass artists from around the world, workshops on this musical genre and techniques, and a youth camp for the children on mid-winter break.  KBCS introduces you to a little of the culture behind a bluegrass festival – the jamming.