Written by: Nick Houser
Date: March 8, 2016

bluegrass band playing at the Astro Inn in Columbus, Ohio.

Among the nationally prominent musicians playing Columbus bluegrass clubs were Paul “Moon” Mullins (from left to right) on fiddle, Doyle Lawson on mandolin, J.D. Crowe on banjo and Bob Morris on guitar at the old Astro Inn. Photo: Carl Fleischhauer

The story of how The Bluegrass Ramble came to WOSU is part of On and On, a new radio documentary about the history of bluegrass music in Columbus.

Produced by former Bluegrass Ramble host Rich Baker and WOSU’s Brent Davis, On and On tells about the rise of bluegrass music clubs on the South Side that catered to transplanted Appalachians working in steel mills and glass factories; college students who were introduced to bluegrass in the blue collar bars; and banjo player John Hickman and other extraordinary local musicians who have fans all over the world.

On and On premieres on The Bluegrass Ramble on 89.7 NPR News at 6pm Saturday, March 19.

The Bluegrass Ramble Celebrates 38 Years on WOSU

Bluegrass Ramble hosts Chet DeLong, Chris Johnston and Jake Young. Photo: Brent Davis

Bluegrass Ramble hosts Chet DeLong, Chris Johnston and Jake Young. Photo: Brent Davis

How many breakdowns have you had in the last 38 years?

We’ve had thousands since The Bluegrass Ramble signed on in 1978. Every weekend Chet DeLong, Chris Johnston, and Jake Young, the hosts of our long-running radio show, bring you the energetic and evocative ballads, instrumentals, quartets, and yes, breakdowns that characterize this distinctly American form of music.

In its early years some Bluegrass Ramble shows signed off at sundown and were all of fifteen minutes long. Now the show airs 6pm to midnight Saturdays and 6pm to 10pm Sundays on 89.7 NPR News. And thanks to the web, it has listeners across the United States and in several foreign countries.

And despite all the breakdowns, the prognosis for The Bluegrass Ramble is very strong for the next 38 years.