They are announcing the addition of a new show:
“Nick’s Tape Treasures” which will present recordings of live vintage concerts and festivals from the 1960s through 1980. Beginning April 2, 2011 the two-hour show will air on Saturdays at 11:00AM and again at 11:00PM (Eastern Standard Time) on Radio Bluegrass International (RBI).
The show was developed by veteran bluegrass music broadcaster, Nick Barr, from Albany, New York, USA. He currently hosts a show, “WAMC Bluegrass Time,” on WAMC Northeast Public Radio, a 22-station public radio network headquartered in Albany NY. He has hosted WAMC Bluegrass Time for over 10 years, and he has over 25 years of experience in presenting bluegrass music on both public and commercial radio.
Nick made the tapes while attending the concerts and festivals from the mid-1960s to around 1980. In 2008 he donated his original reel-to-reel tape collection to IBMM, along with a digital copy of hundreds of CDs. The process required a transfer of the original tapes to CD, and then further work to arrange the tapes into sequential order and then into a timed format to air on RBI.
“These recordings represent a major historical record of bluegrass music during the period that it went from an obscure regional music to one known worldwide,” Nick said. “I was pleasedto be able to provide these tapes to the IBMM for their use. It took many hours on my part to get this project onto RBI, but it is well worth it, knowing that people all over the world will be able to listen to them.”
The show will start with a series of house concerts held in the basement of a home in Montvale, NJ from 1969 to 1973. Another series will spotlight concerts which Nick produced in the Albany, NY area from 1974 to 1976. A number of bluegrass festivals from that era will be broadcast on future shows. Many of the top names in bluegrass at the time are included on these tapes, but there are also lesser-known groups featured, showing the diversity of the music.
“I am grateful to Nick, a Lifetime Gold Member and strong supporter of the Museum, for making these tapes available to us” said Gabrielle Gray, IBMM Executive Director. “Radio Broadcast International is the perfect outlet for these recordings. They are totally unique and have tremendous historical value.”
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Reprinted in part, and with our thanks, from an International Bluegrass Music Association press release by Nancy Cardwell.