Archive for June, 2013

The Boxcars

IBMA 2012 Instrumental Group of the Year The Boxcars among performances

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Jubilee | KET imageOn the next edition of Jubilee, recorded live at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville, three acts take the stage: IBMA 2012 Instrumental Group of the Year The Boxcars, rising star Skip Cherryholmes and his band, and first-generation family group The Chapmans. The program premieres Tuesday, June 25 at 8/7 pm on KET and Saturday, June 29 at 11/10 pm on KET2.

The Boxcars is a quintet made up of members who have been part of well-known bluegrass groups, such as Alison Krauss & Union Station, J.D. Crowe & The New South, Blue Moon Rising and others. The group is the IBMA 2012 Instrumental Group of the Year, and in 2011, the band was named the IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year.

The Skip Cherryholmes Quintet is a bluegrass band out of Raleigh, N.C., that is led by Cherryholmes, a five-time Grammy nominee and the 2005 IBMA Entertainer of the Year.

Based out of Ozark, Mo., members of The Chapmans perform a mix of Americana, bluegrass and acoustic country music that appeals to audiences of all ages. In 2002, the family band won the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year award.

After airing, each episode is available to watch online.


Middle School Math

KET partner in developing middle school math resources for $2 million grant from Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

apple_mdThe Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) recently announced a nearly $2 million grant to expand middle school math content available through PBS LearningMedia.

The grant was awarded to public television station WGBH in Boston; and KET is one of four total producing partners for the grant, along with WGBH, WNET in New York City and KQED in San Francisco.

The grant allows these stations to address a critical need in middle school math education and provide new teaching tools for educators who use PBS LearningMedia resources. KET and the other public television producing partners will contribute and oversee the development of more than 400 new and repurposed digital resources focused on math at the middle school level.

KET, which already has a large collection of resources available on PBS LearningMedia, will be the second-largest contributor to this project by creating 50 pieces of content devoted to middle school math.

Mary Duncan, director of K-12 instructional resources at KET, said that all resources will be created with a strong focus on how a conceptual approach to math through digital learning can benefit students.

“The traditional approach to math education often doesn’t explain to students the ‘why’ behind the formula,” Duncan said. “With these new PBS LearningMedia resources, it’s the ‘why’ we’re trying to help students discover.”

The main content adviser for the project is Dr. Linda Sheffield, professor emeritus from Northern Kentucky University and a nationally known math education expert. An advisory group has also been formed to help KET develop the resources. This group includes a Kentucky Department of Education consultant and three Kentucky classroom teachers.

Doyle Lawson, The Rambling Rooks

Next on Jubilee from the IBMA Fan Fest in Nashville: Doyle Lawson plus The Rambling Rooks

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

KJUBL__1703Bluegrass music Hall of Famer Doyle Lawson and his group Quicksilver plus The Rambling Rooks perform on the next edition of Jubilee, recorded live at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville. The program premieres Tuesday, June 18 at 8/7 pm on KET and Saturday, June 22 at 11/10 pm on KET2.

Lawson and Quicksilver have produced nearly 40 albums together and have won multiple music awards throughout the years. Lawson, who grew up in Tennessee, was influenced early on by Bill Monroe’s “high lonesome” sound.

When Lawson was a child, his father sang gospel music in an a cappella quartet, which helped to influence his love of music. In a Jubilee interview, Lawson talks about other musical influences.

“What makes me want to continue to do this and makes it satisfying, it’s really easy to answer that – it’s the love of music,” Lawson said.

Quicksilver performs, among other songs: “Love on Arrival,” “Tennessee Banjo Man,” “Country Store” and “I’m That Country.”

The Rambling Rooks features three former members of Lonesome River Band. Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby and Kenny Smith played music together for years in the 1990s and have been talking about a reunion for several years after not playing together for almost a decade.

The Rambling Rooks performs, among other songs: “When You Go Walking After Midnight” and “Mary Ann.”

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