By Emerald Butler
One of the greatest benefits of today’s technology is the ease of access to and distribution of human creativity and passion. Though carefully selected vinyl and well-worn books may bring back deep feelings of nostalgia, we are no longer bound to paper magazines or the preferences of major label executives. The playing field has been leveled out a bit more, but that doesn’t mean that the players are any less capable, talented, or determined. To stand out, one might say that they have to be even more so. An example of such an individual is bluegrass talk show host Evan Dickerson.
This year, the self-made host is celebrating the 5th Anniversary of The Evan Dickerson Bluegrass Talk Show. “It’s a great accomplishment,” Evan proudly stated. “It’s amazing to have that happen.”
Evan found his passion for bluegrass early on with the help and influence of his father and guitar picker Wayne Dickerson. “I got interested in interviews back in 2011. My dad is the reason why I started my talk show,” Evan shared. “He helped me set up an interview with Kenny Smith from the Lonesome River Band. I kept going to bluegrass festivals since then and started interviewing more musicians and bands.”
While Evan gives a lot of credit to his dad, Wayne Dickerson quickly points out his son’s hard work and accomplishments. “His talk show isn’t about me,” Wayne began, “it’s about him. He thought of it. He did his first interview, and here we are 126 interviews later. I’m really proud of him. He works hard for Bluegrass music just about every day. He really does.” A lot of this hard work is displayed on The Evan Dickerson Bluegrass Talk Show social media pages and website. Scrolling down the official Evan Dickerson Bluegrass Talk Show Facebook page, viewers will quickly come upon some of the latest news and developments in bluegrass along with one on one interviews with some of bluegrass’s biggest stars.
Among the 126 interviews are Becky Buller, The Grascals, The Cleverlys, and Michael Cleveland. “I’m proud of all the interviews that I have done,” Evan stated.
In March of 2019, Evan shared with his friends and fans that he was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, a form of autism, at 2 years old. However, this hasn’t stopped Evan from sharing his love for bluegrass. Along with being a talk show host, Evan has emceed several different Bluegrass festivals. He will be emceeing the Ohio Bluegrass Winter Weekend this year. “It’s really good to just be around the crowd and hear fans cheering for the band,” Evan said. He also shared that he is in the beginning stages of recording an album. Like his dad, the talk show host plays guitar and mandolin.
Fans can listen and view the great catalog of interviews on The Evan Dickerson Bluegrass Talk Show YouTube channel, Facebook page, and website. The 26-year-old hopes that his listeners recognize his love for bluegrass music, and that even people of the younger generation love the music. With each interview, Evan Dickerson is doing just that by sharing the passion and knowledge of the musicians that keep the music playing.