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Sleepless Nights

Late night freeform eclectic show

12:00 am - 03:00 am MT

with Blake Britton

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  • Artist: Danny Brown
  • Track: Really Doe (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt)
  • Album: Atrocity Exhibition

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Restless Mornings

Early morning freeform eclectic show

03:00 am - 05:30 am MT

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.

See the full lineup here.

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 - 12:00pm 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 rockygrassradio@kgnu.org.
  • - Submissions accepted until 3pm on Sunday, July 26. Winners will be announced at 5:15pm on our RockyGrass Radio Stream [link: afterfm.com/rockygrass] 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.

RockyGrass 2014 Steep Canyon Rangers

Posted on August 21, 2014
RockyGrass 2014 Steep Canyon Rangers

RockyGrass Archives 2014: The Steep Canyon Rangers took the stage at RockyGrass with an action-packed set. In between the tunes they talked about their first trip to RockyGrass from their home in North Carolina, drawn by the music as fans. They closed their show with a never before heard track about RockyGrass.

RockyGrass 2014 Archives: The Railsplitters

Posted on August 21, 2014
RockyGrass 2014 Archives: The Railsplitters

RockyGrass Archives 2014: The Railsplitters kicked off the 2014 RockyGrass festival in fine style. The group delivered a remarkable set that we broadcast live from the stage on KGNU's airwaves on Friday morning. The band features Lauren Stovall (vocals), Peter Sharpe (mandolin), Dusty Rider (banjo), Leslie Ziegler (bass), and Christine King (fiddle).

RockyGrass 2014 Archives: John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

Posted on August 18, 2014
RockyGrass 2014 Archives: John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

RockyGrass Archives 2014: John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band delivered the good on the late Friday afternoon set at RockyGrass. The band demonstrated some dazzling talent as the weekend of music slowly unfolded in Lyons.

RockyGrass 2014 Archives: Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge

Posted on August 21, 2014
RockyGrass 2014 Archives: Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge

RockyGrass Archives 2014: Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge joined forced for a duo guitar showcase at RockyGrass 2014. They performed a dynamic set as the second band to take the stage for an amazing weekend of music. Chris "Critter" Eldridge is most widely known as a guitarist and singer with the Punch Brothers. Julian Lage is a Jazz guitarist and composer.

RockyGrass 2014 Archives:
Matt Flinner Trio

Posted on August 1, 2014
RockyGrass 2014 Archives:<br>Matt Flinner Trio

RockyGrass Archives 2014: Multi-instrumentalist Matt Flinner brought his current creative project, the Matt Flinner Trio to RockyGrass for the first time. The group consists of Matt Flinner (mandolin), Ross Martin (guitar), and Eric Throin (bass). The trio assembled for an instrumental summit on Sunday afternoon.

RockyGrass 2014 Archives: James King Band

Posted on August 1, 2014
RockyGrass 2014 Archives: James King Band

RockyGrass Archives 2014: Growing up in the cradle of country music, southern Virginia's Carroll County, James King found his inspiration in the gospel music of the Stanley Brothers. James learned to match the inflections and emotions in Carter's vocals, and by the 1980s was a featured member of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys. Joining James for his first RockyGrass since 1999 are Rodney Worley (mandolin), Merle Johnson (fiddle), Mitch Walker (banjo), and John Marquess (bass).

RockyGrass 2013 Archives:
The Del McCoury Band

Posted on January 13, 2014
RockyGrass 2013 Archives:<br>The Del McCoury Band

RockyGrass Archives 2013: For more than 50 years, Del McCoury's music has defined authenticity for hardcore bluegrass fans. To close the opening night of the 41st RockyGrass, the Del McCoury Band took the stage for a stellar evening and one giant shooting star that made it's way across the sky during the second encore.

RockyGrass 2013 Archives:
Tim O'Brien

Posted on January 12, 2014
RockyGrass 2013 Archives:<br>Tim O'Brien

RockyGrass Archives 2013: The one and only Tim O'Brien took the stage Friday night with an incredibly hot band made up of guitarist Bryan Sutton, banjoist Noam Pikelny, fiddler Casey Driessen, and bassist Mike Bub. It was a stellar set and one of the many highlights of Friday's line up.

RockyGrass 2013 Archives:
The Krüger Brothers

Posted on January 10, 2014
RockyGrass 2013 Archives:<br>The Krüger Brothers

RockyGrass Archives 2013: Swiss born banjo player, Jens Krüger teamed up with his brother Uwe and New York City native Joel Landsberg to form the Krüger Brothers. On Friday evening, the trio made their way to the stage at RockyGrass for a great set of music in their 6th appearance at the festival.

RockyGrass 2013 Archives:
Blue Highway

Posted on January 7, 2014
RockyGrass 2013 Archives:<br>Blue Highway

RockyGrass Archives 2013: At the 19-year mark, Blue Highway is undisputably one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass. They first took the stage together on December 31, 1994. They made their 5th trip to the RockyGrass stage in Lyons on Saturday night. Here are the broadcast highlights.

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