EDIT: Unfortunately, due to technical issues, the BIRN will not be broadcasting this show live tonight. You can watch the show live at ConcertWindow.com, or wait for our broadcast of the show next week! Check back soon for more details.
The BIRN is proud to present a special broadcast live from the Berklee Performance Center, featuring the Del McCoury Band and Catherine Russell!
Berklee College of Music’s 2014-15 Signature Series kicks off this Friday, September 12th with Inspired by Muddy and Monroe, with Grammy-winning bluegrass group the Del McCoury Band and acclaimed jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell. The unique performance features McCoury and Russell as well as students and faculty from the Berklee American Roots Music Program re-envisioning the music of Muddy Waters and Bill Monroe, two cultural icons who each helped create and define a blues-based genre: Chicago blues, in the case of Waters, and bluegrass, from Monroe.
McCoury will be presented with a Berklee American Roots Master Award at the concert. Additional performers include Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, and the Wayfaring Strangers featuring Tracy Bonham, Margaret Glaspy, and Laura Orshaw. Matt Glaser, artistic director of the American Roots Music Program, and Rob Rose, vice president for special programs, are the show’s producers.
"The inspiration for this concert came form a wonderful book by Jim Rooney entitled ‘Bossman: Bill Monroe and Muddy Waters’", said Glaser. "We wanted to envision Monroe and Waters playing together in the same band, exploring and sharing each other’s repertoires: bluegrass musicians playing repertoire from the blues tradition, and blues musicians playing music from the bluegrass canon."
Join us tomorrow at 8pm EST for a live broadcast of this can’t-miss show, only on The Berklee Internet Radio Network.