RockyGrass Radio: Pickin’ Through the Years


Though we won’t be able to experience RockyGrass in person this year, our instruments are all tuned up for a special live streaming event, RockyGrass Radio: Pickin’ Through the Years . Join us July 24 – 26, 2020 as we revisit some of the greatest performances from throughout the years, enjoy live performances from your favorite regular RockyGrass artists, and more.

The stream will go live at 11am on Friday, July 24th. Check back here for access!

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2020 Broadcast + Streaming Schedule:

Date On Air Streaming
Friday, July 24 11:00am – 12:00pm 11:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday, July 25 9:00am – 12pm 9:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday, July 26 no on-air broadcast 11:00am – 9:00pm


Friday, July 24 | 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • 11:00 a.m. – Welcome and Peter Rowan & Friends (2007)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Earls of Leicester (2019)
  • 2:00 p.m. – Carolina Chocolate Drops (2013)
  • 2:45 p.m. – David Grisman Unit (2010)
  • 3:20 p.m. – Crooked Still (2015)
  • 4:30 p.m. – Live Performance with The Blue Canyon Boys
  • 5:45 p.m. – Hot Rize (2014)
  • 7:00 p.m. – Livestream Performance with Tim O’Brien

Saturday, July 25 | 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • 9:00 a.m. – Old Grass Gnu Grass featuring Dr. Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys (2012), Del McCoury Band (2013), and Infamous Stringdusters (2012) + Live Performance by RockyGrass Instrument Contest Winners
  • 1:00 p.m. – Steep Canyon Rangers (2014)
  • 2:30 p.m. – The First Ladies of Bluegrass, feat. Becky Buller, Molly Tuttle, Missy Raines, Sierra Hull, and Alison Brown (2018)
  • 4:00 p.m. – Livestream Performance with Taarka
  • 4:45p.m. – Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn (2016)
  • 6:00 p.m. – I’m With Her (2015)
  • 7:15 p.m. – Sam Bush (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009)

Sunday, July 26 | 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • 11:00 a.m. – Nick Forster’s Hippy Bluegrass Church (2019)
  • 12:15 p.m. – Doc Watson & David Holt (2010)
  • 2:00 p.m. – Livestream Performance with Natalie Padilla
  • 3:00 p.m. – Punch Brothers/Chris Thile & Michael Daves (2012)
  • 4:00 p.m. – Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder (2014)
  • 5:15 p.m. – RockyGrass Radio Photo Contest Winner Announcement
  • 5:30 p.m. – Del McCoury Band (2015)
  • 7:15 p.m. – Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers (2015)

Schedule and times subject to change.

Participate in our RockyGrass Radio Photo Contest!

We want to see how you’re remembering and enjoying RockyGrass this year! Enter the RockyGrass Radio photo contest and win a pair of RockyGrass passes with camping to the next RockyGrass Festival in Lyons, CO.

How to participate:

  • – Grab a photo from a past festival or take a photo of your current listening setup!
  • – Share it on social media using the tags #RockyGrassRadio and #KGNU and/or email your submission to [email protected].
  • – Submissions accepted until 3pm on Sunday, July 26. Winners will be announced at 5:15pm on our RockyGrass Radio Stream [link:] and on social media (FB: @kgnuradio, IG/Twitter: @kgnu).

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Huge thanks to Craig Ferguson, Zach Tucker, Jerry Newberger, and Sally Truitt at Planet Bluegrass, and all of the artists and festivarians who have made RockyGrass a unique and special festival for 48 years.

KGNU has been broadcasting live from RockyGrass every year since 2008. Listen, enjoy, and please spread the word about this year’s RockyGrass Radio stream and archives.

If you’re new to us, you’ll likely be interested in our weekly Bluegrass show, Old Grass Gnu Grass. It’s a Colorado tradition that hits our airwaves Saturday mornings on KGNU from 9:00a-Noon (MT) since 1978.




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