Look what's coming to Blue Ridge PBS!
Saturdays at 10:00pm
Taped 333-feet below ground within the majestic Volcano Room deep inside Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns, this 12-part “musical adventure” series features both well-established and emerging artists within the broad spectrum of bluegrass, jamgrass, roots and Americana genres. Artists in season three include Old Crow Medicine Show, Andrew Bird, Yonder Mountain String Band, Ben Sollee, the SteelDrivers, Johnnyswim, BeauSoleil, Leon Russell, North Mississippi Allstars, the Wood Brothers, Alison Brown Quartet, and the Infamous Stringdusters.
May 3 – Infamous Stringdusters
Known for complex, groove-friendly songs along bluegrass themes, the Infamous Stringdusters is another band that breaks boundaries, blending virtuosity and innovation to the delight of fans. Through years of touring, the group has been called “a future supergroup,” “phenomenon,” “intricately improvisational” and “flawless” by critics. Three-time International Bluegrass Music Award winners, this band is described as walking the fine line between traditional folk-grass, strong songwriting and resilient jamming.
May 10 – Johnnyswim
Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano grew up as professional musicians: he training at the Douglas Anderson School of Arts in Jacksonville, Forida, she touring the world as a backing singer for her mother, Donna Summer. Meeting after Sunday service at a church in Nashville, the pair formed a songwriting partnership, marrying in 2009. With a style reminiscent of the Civil Wars, this powerful duo possesses a uniquely modern, sensual sound, delivering artistically rendered folk-pop songs.
May 17 – Yonder Mountain String Band
One of the founders of America’s jam band movement, Yonder Mountain String Band blends bluegrass, rock and countless other influences, pioneering a sound of their own. A traditional bluegrass band at first glance, YMSB created music that is genre-transcendent and attracted a large and fiercely loyal following. The Colorado-based foursome has toured over the past 11 years, playing clubs and major festivals, even opening for Barack Obama in Denver at Mile High Stadium.
May 24-Ben Sollee
A cellist since elementary school, singer-songwriter and composer Ben Sollee is known for his innovative playing, genre-bending songs, electrifying performances and bright-eyed appeal. Sollee’s mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz, and R&B came to the attention of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” which in 2007 named Sollee one of the “Top Ten Unknown Artists of the Year.” Sollee’s compositions incorporate cello, mandola, guitar, bass and a full set of synth/percussion/drums to create a truly fresh sound.
Call the Midwife – New Season!
Sundays & Thursdays at 8:00pm
CALL THE MIDWIFE, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End. The third season takes viewers to 1959, the eve of the Swinging Sixties. The winds of change are sweeping through the country and the residents of Nonnatus House face some momentous changes of their own.
May 4 & 8
Tom, the local curate, asks Trixie to join him for a day of cricket. She happily accepts, but their date is disastrous and she’s left feeling disappointed. Shelagh decides to talk to Dr. Turner about adopting a baby. Patsy struggles to adapt to the unpredictable and chaotic working life that midwifery brings. When she upsets a young mother in the clinic, she’s taken off midwifery and put on to the district rota. In the course of her work, she forms a bond with a docker and works tirelessly to find a diagnosis for his unusual symptoms.
May 11 & 15
Sister Julienne calms an anxious new mother who has put her baby in grave danger. Jenny returns from the Mother House restored and is seconded to The London. Impressed at first with the facilities and efficiency, she soon begins to see cracks in the establishment, especially when her patient suffers complications and she’s stopped from looking after her. Chummy is upset to learn that her mother has walked out on her father, leaving Lady Browne penniless. As Dr. Turner and Shelagh continue the adoption process, they uncover a devastating secret. Trixie struggles to hide her disappointment when Tom cancels a date.
May 18 & 22
As preparations are made for Chummy to nurse her dying mother at home, Jenny feels drawn to help. While Shelagh and Dr. Turner await news from the Adoption Society, Shelagh pulls out all the stops when she enters her choir into a competition.
Coming Back with Wes Moore
Tuesday at 8:00pm
This new three-episode series executive produced by best-selling author and U.S. army veteran Wes Moor, tells the story of his search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing veterans returning from war. Moore’s journey, spurred by the suicide of one of his oldest friends and a fellow officer, takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate into society, establish new identities and – for many – find a new mission. Each episode focuses on a different stage of coming home.
May 13 – Coming Back
Wes’ journey begins with Bonnie Collins, the mother of Brian Collins, one of his oldest friends and a fellow officer. Last year, after getting married and beginning a new career, Brian abruptly took his own life. The questions surrounding this tragedy initiate Wes’ desire to learn more about why some can get on with their lives, while some cannot.
May 20 – Fitting In
Wes explores the experience of coming back fundamentally changed by the experience of war, and the difficulty of fitting back in. Can you create a new life in your old world?
May 27 – Moving Forward
The final episode explores the drive veterans often have of finding a new mission, to contribute, to be part of something bigger than themselves.
Day of Days: June 6, 1044
Sunday, May 25 at 7:00pm
On June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied servicemen landed on the shores of northern France, tasked with liberating western Europe from Nazi tyranny. Over the ensuing hours and days, the men faced decimating machine-gun fire, mortars and artillery, eventually fighting their way inland, but not before suffering a staggering number of casualties.
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landing, four D-Day veterans gather at the famed Museum of World War II outside of Boston, Mass. to share their experiences from that fateful "Day of Days." Cameras eavesdrop on their conversations as they vividly recall details from their ordeal — from the perils of the amphibious assault to the invasion's gruesome aftermath. Their interactions with one another yield long-buried, and often painful, memories. They recount their transformations from boys to men, reveal their uneasiness with the term "hero," and grapple with why they survived when so many others did not.
Tuesday, May 27 at 9:00pm
D-Day was a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since. On the day itself, 14,000 planes dropped 23,000 airborne troops behind German lines, and 5,000 ships delivered 30,000 military vehicles and 160,000 soldiers onto the beaches. Once on shore, troops had to negotiate six million mines buried in the sand, 500,000 fearsome beach obstacles and hundreds of miles of barbed wire, while dodging the shells and bullets fired by half-a-million German defenders.
D-Day Uncovered takes advantage of LiDAR technology to re-create the landscape and allow viewers to switch effortlessly between the macro and the micro - pulling back for the big picture and zooming in to a close-up of a single soldier on the battlefield.