Katie Laur: Bluegrass music pioneer

Joe Wessels | Loveland Local News

Welcome to another edition of From Cincinnati!

On this week’s show: Katie Laur. Katie has done a bit of this and a bit of that in Cincinnati and far from Cincinnati – and it’s safe to say all of it is top-notch. From The Katie Laur Band – which made her the first (or maybe second, as we discuss) woman to front a bluegrass band anywhere – to writing for Cincinnati Magazine, it’s very safe to say Katie Laur can weave a tale as few can. That’s why it’s so lucky to get to sit down with her and reminisce a little and talk about plans for the future.

It was also fun to hear about her and her longtime radio partner, Wayne Clyburn, “mashing the button” on Sunday evenings at WNKU-FM, the now-defunct public radio station at Northern Kentucky University. Katie also shares about her many times appearing with her band on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and the time June Carter-Cash heard her play. Or the other time she found out her music was being regularly played on Saturday Night Live. She’s got a lot of stories, continues to have an amazing life and has had some amazing experiences…a true national treasure who just so happens to be from Cincinnati.

Many thanks to Katie Laur for allowing us to use music in the podcast from The Katie Laur Band. Also thanks to Jake Speed and The Freddies for allowing us to use music in the show as well.

Enjoy the show! And be sure to check out From Cincinnati so you can rate our show and leave a comment, suggest a future guest, ask a question and share feedback. Hearing from listeners is a real thrill! Thank you for listening. We’ll see you next week with another special guest…From Cincinnati.

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Katie Laur: Bluegrass music pioneer
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Long-time and award-winning Cincinnati-area journalist, radio show host, podcast producer and photographer Joe Wessels is the founder and publisher (and kinda the do-everything guy) of Loveland Local News. Previously, Wessels was the Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County reporter for The Cincinnati Post and a weekly columnist for Cincinnati CityBeat where he regularly broke news. Wessels moved to Loveland in 2014 and quickly realized Loveland would be a great place to fulfill his dream of creating his own online news and information publication.

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