Cindy Baucom - "Knee Deep In Bluegrass"
For more than thirty years, Cindy has pursued her passion for Bluegrass Music as an award winning broadcaster,
producer, promoter, singer, musician, writer, photographer and MC. Her national radio show,
"Knee-Deep In Bluegrass", went into syndication in 2003 with distribution by the John Boy & Billy Radio Network.
Now heard weekly in nearly a hundred radio markets, Cindy uses her knowledge of the music and enthusiasm to
entertain and educate the listeners of her show. Her radio career started at the age of seventeen at her hometown
station, WKSK in West Jefferson, NC.
Cindy's "Knee Deep in Bluegrass" can be heard Mondays and Thursdays at 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST,
with an early morning rebroadcast on Saturdays at 2:00AM CST.
Cindy's new "Knee-Deep In Bluegrass GOSPEL" is heard Sunday mornings at 10:00AM CST.
Her radio work continued regionally over the next fifteen years at WKBC,
North Wilkesboro, NC and WFMX, Statesville, NC, preparing her for her ultimate broadcasting goal of national
Cindy was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association and served two,
3-year terms consecutively, including one year as the IBMA Board's vice-chair. She was producer of the 2008,
2009 and 2010 IBMA Awards Show at the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN.
Cindy has been involved with Merlefest since its beginning in 1988 and started serving as MC in 1990. Her MC
work has taken her to a variety of stages and venues over the years.
She was producer on the 2011 Bluegrass release, "In A Groove" by her husband, Terry Baucom, bringing together
some of the top names in Bluegrass for these recording sessions. She also produced the recording, "Never Thought
of Looking Back", which yielded the 2013 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year, "What'll I Do", featuring Terry Baucom
with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Steve Bryant, Wyatt Rice and Buddy Melton.
She credits her early love for Bluegrass 100% to her father who played banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin and
built stringed instruments. As a teenager she performed in a band with her dad and went on to work in other
regional bands, singing and playing bass and guitar. She feels fortunate to have been presented the opportunities
to promote the music she has loved all her life.
While being blessed with many accomplishments, Cindy is most proud of her family – children, Houston, Molly
and Hunter, grandson, Kayden and husband, Terry. She thanks her mother and brothers for tolerating her Bluegrass
obsession when she was relentlessly thumping bass to albums late into the night; carrying around a cassette
recorder insisting on an interview; having jam sessions in the den; and begging to attend the next festival or
show. She dedicates her work in Bluegrass to the loving memory of her dad, Jim Brooks, who taught her that music
is less about notes and lyrics and more about the bond it creates among those we share it with.