I’m tempted to riff on the title of Blondie’s 1979 album, Eat to the Beat -- argue amongst yourselves as to whether it was better than Parallel Lines -- but that doesn’t seem entirely appropriate here.
What we can say that the University of Kentucky’s John Jacob Niles Center for American Music has announced a tempting fall concert series, Appalachia in the Bluegrass, designed to explore traditional Appalachian music during the lunch hour on Fridays.
Sept. 7: Randy Wilson, banjo.
Sept. 14: Carolina Chocolate Drops, African-American string band. (Photo, above, by Bruce Deboer.)
Sept. 21: Dan and Amy Carwile, fiddlers.
Sept. 28: Lee Sexton and Rich Kirby, traditional music.
Oct. 5: Peter Kosky, balladeer.
Oct. 19: Trevor and Travis Stuart with Martha Scanlan, old-time music.
Oct. 26: David Long/Kevin Kehrberg, bass and mandolin.
Nov. 9: Greg and Emily Beasley, storytelling and traditional music.
Nov. 16: Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwartz, singers.
Nov. 30: Rayna Gellert and Jeff Keith, traditional music.
Dec. 7: Red State Ramblers, old time music.
Dec. 14: Sonny Houston, fiddle.
The free concerts will take place noon to 1 p.m. Fridays at the center, located in the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library on the University of Kentucky Campus. For more information, visit the Niles Center website.