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A Tribute to John Hartford

Front Porch Bluegrass shares this John Hartford Tribute Set from the 2022 Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival.  John Hartford wrote the 1960s smash pop hit Gentle on My Mind, but he was so much more to the bluegrass world.  You’ll learn about his story and influence, and hear his songs performed by artists from the festival.

Thanks to Nick Burgis for recording the set!

Here is the setlist:

  1. Back in the Goodle Days - Lonesome Ace Stringband
  2. Good Ol’ Electric Washing Machine - Eyer Family Band
  3. Gentle on My Mind - The Onlies
  4. Steam Powered Aereoplane - John Reischman & The Jaybirds
  5. Presbyterian Guitar - Chris Luquette & Eli West
  6. Howard Hughes Blues - Chris Luquette & The Grass Messengers
  7. Long Hot Summer Days - Jenny Anne Mannan
  8. Skippin’ in the Mississippi Dew - Lonesome Ace Stringband
  9. In Tall Buildings - Eli West
  10. Tennessee Politics - The Onlies
  11. Wish We Had Our Time Again / Squirrel Hunters - Ensemble
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Kevin Brown, a local musician and bluegrass enthusiast, has been hosting Front Porch Bluegrass on Spokane Public Radio since 2002. In the early 1980s at Whitworth College he spent most of his extracurricular time at the campus radio station, KWRS, where he served as Program Director and trained professor Leonard Oakland in his first radio show. Kevin never quite shook the radio bug after that, and several years later reached out to Leonard to get in the door at Spokane Public Radio.
Brian is a Spokane native who has been interested in sound technology ever since playing with a reel-to-reel deck as a kid. He learned radio broadcasting on KSFC, before it was part of Spokane Public Radio but still was part of the broadcasting program at Spokane Falls Community College. Brian also studied radio at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, where he featured new age and fusion jazz on his own show. He admits that at heart he is a news junkie, which fits in well with his work Saturday mornings as regional host for NPR's Morning Edition.