The first season of “Grassland Jam” will feature bands performing at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival held in Richmond, Minnesota in August of 2014. Pioneer used its new mobile studio to record bands for three days during the event held at El Rancho Mañana Campground.
The Roys will start off the first episode of the new series. The brother/sister duo recently won the Bluegrass Artist of the Year award for the fourth consecutive year at the 20th Annual Faith, Family & Country Awards show. Russell Moore and IIIrd Time Out is the other national touring act appearing on the inaugural “Grassland Jam” broadcast. Moore is the The International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) most awarded Male Vocalist of the Year.
“We at Pioneer appreciate homemade, wholesome music played by people who do it for the love of the music and this is what we want to showcase with this new program,” stated Pioneer’s Production Director Tim Bakken.
Set to air on Saturday nights just before PBS’s award winning Austin City Limits, Pioneer Public TV hopes that the new program will earn a quick and loyal following from Americana music fans. The show is designed to appeal to viewers from small towns, farms and cities across the Upper Midwest who “love where they live and who are proud of a rural way of life,” according to Bakken.
“Grassland Jam” is part of an enhanced line up of programs for Saturdays during the winter months that include a new season of Funtime Polka, Classic Gospel and a new BBC period drama Father Brown.