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It's a Bluegrass Tripleheader on Next Jubilee

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Three bands that are perennial crowd-pleasers present a mix of toe-tapping traditional and contemporary bluegrass on this week's featured episode of Jubilee.

The Grass Stains, from West Virginia, put forth a progressive sound that combines traditional bluegrass, newgrass, and a touch of gospel. The group includes Matt Poff on lead vocals and mandolin; Bill Bagby on banjo; Jarrod Saul on guitar; Linda Cochran on fiddle; and Valerie Gabeheart on bass.

Dry Branch Fire Squad is well-known for its signature mix of front-porch standards and the dry wit of founding member and mandolin player Ron Thomason. With more than 30 years and 20 albums under their belts, Thomason, guitarist Brian Aldridge, banjo player Tom Boyd, and bass player Dan Russell are a bluegrass institution.

The fun continues with Mike Carr and Mike Hammond (better known under their stage names, Lardo and Burley Moron), who round out the episode with their hilarious songs and down-home comedy.

After airing, each Jubilee episode is available at

KET: Tuesday, July 29 at 8/7 p.m. CT

KET2: Saturday, August 2 at midnight/11 p.m. CT


See a complete listing of this week's arts programs.

Do You Know About Noh?

Noh Theater is a form of Japanese drama performed in masks and costumes and featuring voice and very slow, precise, movement. Noh Theater is noted for its restraint, subtlety, and adherence to tradition.

A new collection of education resources on PBS LearningMedia, produced by KET, features videos on Noh theater, music, and mask making; a student performance; and Noh in a classroom setting.

Arts Anniversary

July 30 is the birthday of the great American blues and rock guitarist, showman Buddy Guy.

Guy was born in Lettsworth, Louisiana, in 1936. He began performing in the early 1950s and moved to Chicago in 1957, where he met Muddy Waters. In the 1960s, he was in Waters' band and also did sessions with Junior Wells under the pseudonym Friendly Chap.

Now recognized as one of the most influential Chicago bluesmen, Guy continues to perform. Find out more about him and his tour schedule at the Buddy Guy website.

Find out what happened in the arts today and every day in the Arts Toolkit's This Day in the Arts calendar.

State of the Art

America's bicentennial celebration in 1976 inspired new interest in traditional arts such as quilting. But the quilt makers of the late 20th century pushed the form to new limits, exploring new techniques, materials, and approaches.

You can see a variety of their works in MasterPieces: Quilts of Inspiration. This exhibit of works by some of quilt making's most respected contemporary artists at Paducah's National Quilt Museum through September 9.

A related exhibit, Backstitch, on display through September 16, celebrates the silver anniversary of the New England Quilt Museum by exploring the changes in quilting over 25 years due to innovative tools and techniques and influential teachers.