Please note: Country Roots is on hiatus until the BPR studios and offices re-open for full staff and volunteers when pandemic restrictions are relaxed and it is safe to return to work. During this period, we invite you to listen to Folk Alley: folkalley.com
Hosted by old time musician Wayne Erbsen, Country Roots is devoted to bluegrass and old-time country music and is BPR Classic’s longest running program. From archival recordings to up-n-coming youngin's with a banjo and a fiddle, Wayne gets it kickin’ each week on Country Roots.
Wayne is a master of a number of styles of music including old-time, bluegrass, folk, traditional, cowboy, pioneer, railroad, gospel and music of the Civil War. As a solo performer, he plays clawhammer and bluegrass banjo, fiddle, mandolin and guitar. His repertoire of songs is over one thousand. A typical program would include songs, stories and humor mixed with hot instrumentals. Wayne can design a program perfectly suited to the occasion and the audience. If your festival, party, wedding or conference is looking for a larger group, Wayne often performs with additional musicians as a duet, trio, or four-piece bluegrass or old-time band. He can even bring along an entire clogging team.
Since the early 1960s, Wayne has performed in every kind venue imaginable including colleges, coffee houses, concert halls, historic societies, museums, clubs, and festivals both in America and in western Europe. He has recorded eighteen solo CDs and written twenty-five instruction and songbooks. (Visit http://www.nativeground.com for more details). Some of Wayne's recordings can be heard via Real Audio on the web site. Wayne has appeared on Sesame Street and his music has been selected to be distributed by NPR’s Wireless Catalog. Many of Wayne’s recordings have been included on numerous educational interactive CDs including American Heritage’s CD of the Civil War and Microsoft’s Encarta 2004. He has won numerous prizes at fiddler’s conventions including 1st place clawhammer banjo (Galax, Virginia, 1973) and 1st place senior old-time fiddler (Fiddler’s Grove, NC 2004). Wayne has recently been included in North Carolina Arts Council’s Touring Arts Directory.
For more information about Wayne Erbsen, Country Roots and old time music, including banjo & fiddle lessons with Wayne, visit his web site.