Sunday, April 24, 2016

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 4/24/2016 (plus some "bonus" Bluegrass, too)


It's baseball season at the University of Connecticut, and so, we often don't know if the show will start later than normal or earlier than normal.  Today was a prime example of that, as it turned out that today's game must have ended much earlier than expected, leaving us with 40 minutes "extra" time.  We filled that "bonus" time with a bunch of songs from the great -- and somewhat under-rated -- Reno & Smiley, as well as quite a few other (mostly) classic Bluegrass performers.  


Roland White on the mandolin with the Nashville Grass, c. early 1970s.

Our "regular" showtime included a bit of a birthday tribute to the delightful Roland White, who has had himself quite a career in the World of Bluegrass, working with everyone from Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt to the Kentucky Colonels, Country Gazette, and Nashville Bluegrass Band.  What a storied career!  We selected five songs to play from the Roland White Discography, but we could have played plenty more.  For now, though, five songs is a good way to celebrate 78 years of living.  


As far as "new" music goes for this week, we shared a couple of tracks from a fine solo recording recently released by Jeff White:  "Right Beside You."  Other new music came to us from Josh Williams, Ron Block, the Hot Flashes, Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass, the Kathy Kallick Band, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, and the Spinney Brothers.

Hope you were able to join us for today's show, and that you'll be sure to join Jim next Sunday afternoon from 4-7PM (more or less, depending on UConn Baseball).  

Have a good week!

Amy



SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL [Requests are RED]

"BONUS" BLUEGRASS - 3:20ish 'til 4PM

  • He Will Forgive You / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • Your Love Is Dying / Reno & Smiley / On Stage / Copper Creek
  • Don't Stop Now / Reno & Smiley / On Stage / Copper Creek
  • Banjo Medley / Reno & Smiley / On Stage / Copper Creek
  • Cowhide Joke / Reno & Smiley / On Stage / Copper Creek
  • Your Old Standby / Reno & Smiley / On Stage / Copper Creek
  • Out In The Cold World / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1957-1958 / JSP Records
  • Gonna Paint The Town / Stanley Brothers / Selected Cuts, 1956-1959 / JSP Records
  • I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home / Mac Wiseman / Time-Life's Treasury Of Bluegrass / Time Life
  • You Don't Know My Mind / Jimmy Martin / Time-Life's Treasury Of Bluegrass / Time Life
  • Your Love Is Like A Flower / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1952-1955 / JSP Records
  • Sally Jo / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1957-1958 / JSP Records
  • Bright Sherman Valley / Warrior River Boys / Sounds Like Home / Rounder
"REGULAR" SHOW - 4-7PM
  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • The Cold Hard Facts / Del McCoury Band / The Cold Hard Facts / Rounder
  • Weary River / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Weary River / Patuxent Music
  • Tomorrow I'll Be Gone / Johnson Mountain Boys / Favorites / Rounder
  • Snake In The House / Del McCoury Band / The Cold Hard Facts / Rounder
  • Scraps From Your Table / Lynn Morris Band / You'll Never Be The Sun / Rounder
  • A Real Good Way To Lose / Audie Blaylock & Redline / Hard Country / Pinecastle
  • Wolves A-Howling / Ron Block / Hogan's House Of Music / Self-Produced
  • Follow Your Heart Back Home / Chris Jones / Follow Your Heart / Rebel
  • New Camptown Races / Jesse Brock / Kickin' Grass / Pinecastle
  • If Teardrops Were Pennies / Lynn Morris Band / You'll Never Be The Sun / Rounder
  • Queen Of The County Fair / Josh Williams / Modern Day Man / Rounder
  • A Broken Heart Keeps Beatin' / Traditional Grass / The Blues Are Still The Blues / Rebel
  • Long Forgotten Dream / Seth Sawyer Band / Green Mountain Girl / Self-Produced
  • The Bluefield West Virginia Blues / Big Country Bluegrass / Country Livin' / Rebel
  • Deep River Blues / Warrior River Boys / Sounds Like Home / Rounder
  • Row Number 2, Seat Number 3 / Laura Orshaw / Songs Of Lost Yesterdays / Self-Produced
  • Jimmy Brown The Newsboy / Merle Haggard & Mac Wiseman / Timeless / Cracker Barrel/Hag Records
  • Try A Little Kindness / Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press / Try A Little Kindness / Rounder
  • Anything To Make Her Mine / Lonesome River Band / Bridging The Tradition / Mountain Home
  • Highway Of Sorrow / David Grisman / Home Is Where The Heart Is / Rounder
  • Face The Music / Too Blue / Trouble With The Grey / Self-Produced
  • Right Beside You / Jeff White / Right Beside You / Self-Produced
  • Pocket Knife / Spinney Brothers / Living The Dream / Mountain Fever Records
  • Wise County Jail / Jeff White / Right Beside You / Self-Produced
  • Sweet Sunny South / John Hartford & Jamie Hartford / Hartford & Hartford / Flying Fish
  • Billy In The Lowground / Kentucky Colonels / Appalachian Swing! / Rounder
  • I Ain't Goin' Down / Nashville Bluegrass Band / Waitin' For The Hard Times To Go / Sugar Hill
  • Travelin' Down This Lonesome Road / Dreadful Snakes / Snakes Alive! / Rounder
  • Rawhide / New Kentucky Colonels / Live In Holland 1973 / Self-Produced
  • If I Lose / Roland White Band / Straight-Ahead Bluegrass / Self-Produced
  • Busy City / Rhonda Vincent / Only Me / Upper Management Music
  • Headed Home For Maine / Fred Pike, Sam Tidwell & the Kennebec Valley Boys / The Last Log Drive / Revonah
  • Foxhounds / Kathy Kallick Band / Foxhounds / Live Oak Records
  • Tell Me Truly Little Darling / South Carolina Broadcasters / Tell Me Truly / JohnBoy & Billy, Inc.
  • I'm An Old Cowhand / Hot Flashes / Eponymous / Happy Appy Records
  • Many A Mile / Country Gentlemen / Can't You Hear Me Callin' / Rebel
  • You Left Me Alone / Sam Bush / Circles Around Me / Sugar Hill
  • A Day In The Life Of A Railroad Spike / Balsam Range / Papertown / Mountain Home
  • Is It True / Jim & Jesse / First Sounds: The Capitol Years / Capitol
  • Casey Jones / Feinberg Brothers / Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • What A Wonderful Savior Is He / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Will You Meet Me Over Yonder / Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / What Will I Leave Behind / Rebel
  • In The Garden / Feller & Hill / I Firmly Promise You / Tommy Hillpicker Records
  • He's Gettin' It Done / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / Sacred Memories / Rebel
  • Open Up The Window, Noah / Seldom Scene / Scene 20 / Sugar Hill
  • Listen To The Word Of God / Lonesome River Band / Carrying The Tradition / Rebel
  • I've Got A Lot Of Heaven / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Rock My Soul / Sugar Hill
  • You Can Feel It In Your Soul / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Gospel / Columbia
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Playlist - 4/17/2016

Hi Folks.

The game scheduled to end at our start time ended early giving us an extra 15 minutes, so we slipped in some great instrumentals for the most part with a couple of exceptions to get us to our regular start time.

New music included the debut of the new CD from Marteka and William Lake.  By my count this is their fifth recording, and they are still teens!  The siblings continue to improve on their previous efforts with every new release.  A real jewel on the new CD is "My Native Home" for the vocal by William, but all of the instruments are played to perfection throughout.



Other new or newer music included songs/tunes from Rice & Menzone Alliance, The Po' Ramblin' Boys, Lonesome River Band, The Grascals, The Del McCoury Band, James Reams & The Barnstormers, and The Boxcars.  


We gave away one of Loretta Lynn's new CDs and played a track to support the giveaway.  We also gave away a pair of tickets to the May 6th concert by The South Carolina Broadcasters for GuitartownCT.com at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden, and played a few tracks from their latest CD over the course of the show.  (Click here for tickets)


For the Heritage Corner, we found a 45 single of Roma Jackson and his Tennessee Pals that Joe Bussard had played on Red Rooster Party in the morning, so we let the bluegrass audience hear it, too.  I now know of two copies of that single.  We also heard a slightly predictive and mostly out-of-date novelty from Charlie Monroe & the Kentucky Pardners about the women taking charge.


Amy will be with you next Sunday to make the banjos and fiddles ring, so please tune in for the best bluegrass you'll find.

I'll be back in spirit on Red Rooster Party next Sunday morning with Marti.

Jim Beaver


Artist / Song / Album / Label
  • Kenny Baker & Bobby Hicks / Roanoke / Darkness On the Delta / County Records
  • The Rice Menzone Alliance / Big Black Wheels / Something Out of the Blue / Mountain Fever 
  • The Buckstankle Boys / War Hill Special / Round Peak Home / Self-released
  • Cathy Bumgarner / Stone Rag / "Lonesome" Bluegrass / Self-released
  • The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys / Clinch Mountain Backstep / The Starday Years 1958-1961 / King
  • The Jackson Brothers & Edd Wolford / Tennessee Cutup Breakdown / Voice of Time: The Ed May Tapes / Self-released
  • Buzz Busby with Bill Emerson / Banjo Whiz / Going Home / Starday
  • Bill Monroe / Texas Gallop / Bluegrass 1970-1979 / Bear Family
  • Kathy Kallick Band / I'm Not Your Honey-Baby Now / Foxhounds / Live Oak Records
  • The Po' Ramblin' Boys / Drive Myself to Drinkin' / Back to the Mountains / Randm Records
  • Marteka and William / My Native Home / Keepin' It Real / Self-released
  • The Del McCoury Band / Hoecake Fritters / Del & Woody / McCoury Music
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / Days of Grey and Black / Tell Me Truly / John Boy & Billy
  • The Gillis Brothers / There Is A Trap / The Gillis Brothers Live / Tinman
  • The Feinberg Brothers / I Do / The Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • Norman & Nancy Blake / Silence Or Tears / Just Gimme Somethin' I'm Used To / Shanachie
  • Lonesome River Band / Thunder and Lightning / Bridging The Tradition / Mountain Home
  • The Grascals / Sweet Little Mountain Girl / And Then There's This... / Mountain Home
  • The Bear Bridge Band / I Got a Letter / One More Ride / Open Road
  • Mac Martin & The Dixie Travelers / Goin' Down The Country / Goin’ Down the Country / Rural Rhythm
  • Don Stover / Things in Life / Things in Life / Rounder
  • Carter Stanley / Come All You Tenderhearted / There Is No Eye: Music For Photographs / Smithsonian Folkways 
  • Taylors Grove / Keep On The Sunny Side / Keep On The Sunny Side / Fishtraks
  • Tommy Faile / Mountain Dew / The Songs Of Scott Wiseman / Mar-Lu
  • Stanley Efaw / Trust Each Other's Trust / Will You Wait For Me? / Self-released
  • Ruben & Matt and the Truffle Valley Boys / You'll Always Be My Blue Eyed Darling / One Thing To Tell / LPB
  • Dr. Ralph Stanley / How Could I Dream Such A Dream / The Definitive Collection / Dr Ralph Stanley Music
  • Hylo Brown / The Picture on the Wall / Hylo Brown / Rural Rhythm
  • Avery County / Upstairs In The Bedroom / Me & the Jukebox / Self-released
  • Loretta Lynn / Everybody Wants to go to Heaven / Full Circle / Loretta Lynn Ent.
  • Larry Gillis / Old Man Dreaming / Old Man Dreaming / Tinman
  • Marteka and William / Ballad of Lester and Earl / Keepin' It Real / Self-released
  • Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Ninetynine Years Is Almost For Life / 1959-1963 / Bear Family
  • Flatt Lonesome / Mixed up Mess of a Heart / Runaway Train / Mountain Home
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / Backstep Cindy / Tell Me Truly / John Boy & Billy
  • Charlie Monroe & the Kentucky Pardners / When The Women Get In Power / I'm Old Kentucky Bound / Bear Family
  • Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers / Sea of Regret / She Left Me Standing On a Mountain / Blue Circle Records
  • The Del McCoury Band / The Government Road / Del and Woody / McCoury Music
  • The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / Tragic Romance / Early Recordings / Rebel
  • The Gibson Brothers / It'll Be Her / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • The Po' Ramblin' Boys / Back to the Mountains / Back to the Mountains / Randm Records
  • James Reams and The Barnstormers / Stranger Here / Rhyme & Season / Mountain Redbird
  • Buddy Merriam / Extra Special / Back Roads Mandolin / Lily Pad Records
  • Roma Jackson and his Tennessee Pals / When The Roses Bloom In Springtime / 45 rpm single / Kingston
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / The Rambler's Life / Tell Me Truly / John Boy & Billy
  • The Boxcars / Raised on Pain / Familiar With The Ground / Mountain Home
  • Good Old Boys / Ashes of Love / Pistol Packin' Mama / Grateful Dead
  • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / Jack Of Diamonds / On Down The Line / Compass Records
  • Marteka and William / Farewell Blues / Keepin' It Real / Self-released
  • Ernie Thacker / Old Kentucky Home / The Chill of Lonesome / Doobie Shea
  • Spencer Branch / Stagger Lee / Ashe County Outlaws / Self-released
  • The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / When Our Lord Shall Come Again / Live At Hillbilly Ranch / Hay Holler
  • Reno & Smiley & Tennessee Cut-Ups / Brighter Mansion Over There / 1951-1959 / King
  • Carl Story & The Rambling Mountaineers / Shout and Shine / A Life In Rural Music 1942-1959 / Bear Family
  • Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick / Touch of God's Hand / Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray / Spruce and Maple 
  • Rusty York & The Kentucky Mountain Boys / Where The Soul Never Never Dies / Early Bluegrass / Jewel
  • Turning Ground / Canaan's Land / It Is Finished / Self-released
  • The Bluegrass Band / Just a Little Talk with Jesus / Shine Hallelujah Shine, Vol. 2 / Hay Holler Records
  • Tommy Brown & The County Line Grass / Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (But Nobody Wants To Die) / Hard Drivin' / Lavenir
  • Carl Story And His Rambling Mountaineers / Tramp On The Street / The Bluegrass Hall Of Fame / Hollywood
  • Red Allen, Frank Wakefield and The Kentuckians / Sing, Sing, Sing / The WDON Recordings 1963 / Patuxent
  • Fred Etheridge with Nick Anderson & Mark Doyle / Walking in a Dream / Pickin' And Singin' / Self-released


Sunday, April 10, 2016

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 4/10/2016

Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe began 7 minutes after 4:00PM as the UConn Men's Baseball game ran a bit long.  Still, we accomplished all of the items on our unofficial show "agenda," so hope you enjoyed what you heard!

Merle Haggard (April 6, 1937-April 6, 2016)
More than half of the show was devoted to the music of the "Poet of the Common Man," Country Music Hall of Famer Merle Haggard, who died on April 6th -- his 79th birthday.  Merle Haggard was an incredibly gifted singer, musician, and songwriter, and so very many of his songs have been covered by Bluegrass performers over the years.  Our tribute included twenty-two Haggard songs -- most written by him, but most NOT performed by him this time around.  However, we heard from the Hag on a couple of separate songs, and it's very easy to see what a tremendous influence Merle Haggard had on so many Bluegrass performers...and will continue to have in years to come, no doubt.

We also had a bit of time to play some brand-spanking new music on the show, most notably from the latest from the Del McCoury Band -- an interesting record combining the words of the late Woody Guthrie with music composed by Del McCoury titled (what else?) "Del & Woody."  Two songs from that collection made our playlist today, and doubtless, there will be others in future weeks of Bluegrass Cafe.

And while we have played the title track of the new Spinney Brothers recording ("Living The Dream") on previous shows, on Sunday, we got to share two other songs from this delightful new Mountain Fever Records recording from the Spinneys.

Be sure to join Jim for next Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe from 4-7PM, sports preemptions notwithstanding.    

Have a great week!

Amy




SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL [Songs in BLUE in honor of Merle Haggard (April 6, 1937-April 6, 2016)]

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • No Doubt About It / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1955-1959 / JSP Records
  • Diesel Train / Jim & Jesse & the Virginia Boys / Radio Shows / Rural Rhythm
  • Darling Do You Know Who Loves You / Stanley Brothers / An Evening Long Ago / Legacy
  • I'm On My Way To The Old Home / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1950-1951 / JSP Records
  • It's Good Bye And So Long To You / Case Brothers / Radio Album / Self-Produced
  • I've Had A Time / White Mountain Bluegrass / Aragon Mill / Strictly Country
  • Cash On The Barrelhead / The Dreadful Snakes / Snakes Alive! / Rounder
  • Sing A Sad Song / Merle Haggard / The Original Outlaw / Time Life
  • Swinging Doors / Lost & Found / A Ride Through The Country / Rebel
  • Huntsville / Blue Highway / Wind To The West / Rebel
  • White Line Fever / Adcock/Gaudreau/Waller/Gray / The Country Gentlemen Reunion Band / RadioTherapy Records
  • Sing Me Back Home / Ernie Thacker-Junior Blankenship Band / Tennessee Blues / Copper Creek
  • Mixed Up Mess Of A Heart / Flatt Lonesome / Runaway Train / Mountain Home
  • Somewhere Between / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Weary River / Patuxent Music
  • Mama Tried / Merle Haggard / Timeless / Cracker Barrel
  • Today I Started Loving You Again / The Grascals / Keep On Walkin' / Rounder
  • Kentucky Gambler / Gibson Brothers / Spread Your Wings / Hay Holler
  • Slowly But Surely / Amy Gallatin & Roger Williams / Something 'Bout You / Happy Appy Records
  • If We Make It Through December / Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum / Winter's Grace / Signature Sounds
  • Daddy Frank / Jim Mills with Paul Brewster / Hide Head Blues / Sugar Hill
  • Silver Wings / Spinney Brothers / Side By Side / Self-Produced
  • Livin' With The Shades Pulled Down / McPeak Brothers / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Always On A Mountain / The Big Dogs with Tony Trischka / Live At The Birchmere / Strictly Country
  • My Favorite Memory / Paul Adkisn & the Borderline Band / Old Rusty Gate / Rebel
  • Old Man From The Mountain / BearTracks / Together 'Til The End / AMT Records
  • Working Man Blues / Osborne Brothers / Hillbilly Fever / CMH
  • Back To The Barrooms / J.D. Crowe & the New South / Come On Down To My World / Rounder
  • California Cottonfields / Phil Leadbetter with Marty Raybon / Slide Effects / Pinecastle
  • Shelly's Winter Love / Larry Stephenson with Ronnie Reno / 20th Anniversary / Pinecastle
  • The Fightin' Side Of Me / Merle Haggard & the Strangers / The Original Outlaw / Time Life
  • The New York Trains / Del McCoury Band / Del & Woody / McCoury Music
  • Lonely Lonely Bed / Spinney Brothers / Living The Dream / Mountain Fever Records
  • Watson's Blues / Nixon/Blevins/Gage / Pickin' On Doc / Self-Produced
  • Ain't A Gonna Do / Del McCoury Band / Del & Woody / McCoury Music
  • I'm Not Your Honey-Baby Now / Kathy Kallick Band / Foxhounds / Live Oak Records
  • Hi Dee Diddle / Feinberg Brothers / Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • Another Town / Rice & Menzone Alliance with Richard Bennett / Something Out Of The Blue / Mountain Fever Records
  • Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven / Loretta Lynn / Full Circle / Legacy
  • Walk In The Sunshine / Spinney Brothers / Living The Dream / Mountain Fever Records
  • Mansion In The Grave / Bear Bridge Band / A Bluegrass Sampler / Open Road
  • When The Sun Of Life Goes Down / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Sacred Memories / Rebel
  • Rank Strangers / Hot Rize / In Concert / Flying Fish
  • It's Just Like Heaven / Country Gentlemen / The Sugar Hill Collection / Sugar Hill
  • Cross Over To The Other Side Of Jordan / Dailey & Vincent / The Gospel Side Of Dailey & Vincent / Cracker Barrel
  • God Is Watching / Rhonda Vincent / Taken / Upper Management Music
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Playlist - 4/3/2016

Hi Folks.


Our third hour was preempted today for some kind of basketball game that I'm told was important, so we crammed as much music as possible into our two hours remaining.  We were somewhat successful in that we managed 43 songs in that period. That may be a personal record for a two hour span.

The first 1/2 hour was all new music with more showing up in the gospel set.  This included The Rice-Menzone Alliance, Josh Williams, Circa Blue, Dave Adkins, James Reams and The Barnstormers, The Grascals, The Boxcars, Lonesome River Band, Danny Paisley, and Turning Ground.

The remaining time was even more great old solid giant-shouldered traditional bluegrass music.
The preemption schedule at this time looks pretty clear for Bluegrass Cafe for the remainder of April, so be sure to tune in next Sunday when Amy will make the banjos and fiddles ring.

Jim Beaver


Artist / Song / Album / Label

  • The Rice Menzone Alliance / Cutting the Chords / Something Out of the Blue / Mountain Fever 
  • Josh Williams / Queen of the County Fair / Modern Day Man / Rounder Records
  • Circa Blue / Tripped Stumbled and Fell / Once Upon A Time / Orange Blossom 
  • Dave Adkins / Turn and Burn / Dave Adkins / Mountain Fever 
  • James Reams and The Barnstormers / Born to Roll / Rhyme & Season / Mountain Redbird
  • The Grascals / Highway of Sorrow / And Then There's This... / Mountain Home
  • The Boxcars / When the Bluegrass Is Covered with Snow / Familiar With The Ground / Mountain Home
  • The Feinberg Brothers / Kentucky Is Only a Dream / The Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • Lonesome River Band / Rock Bottom / Bridging The Tradition / Mountain Home
  • The Truffle Valley Boys / Lost To A Stranger / One Thing To Tell / LPB
  • Molly O'Day & the Cumberland Mountain Folks / Poor Ellen Smith / Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks / Bear Family
  • Scott Brannon / Singing Waterfall / Your Old Standby / Patuxent Music
  • Terry McGill / Honky Tonk Blues / Straight Drive / Cabinwood Music
  • The Jackson Brothers & Edd Wolford / Bummin' an Old Freight Train / Voice of Time: The Ed May Tapes / Self-released
  • Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Just Come To Get My Baby / Take Me Back / Pinecastle
  • Delia Bell and Bill Grant / She's More to Be Pitied / Classic Bluegrass Today and Yesterday / Old Homestead
  • The Dreadful Snakes / Who's That Knocking at My Door / Snakes Alive! / Rounder
  • Don Stover / Long Chain Charlie and Moundsville / Things in Life / Rounder
  • Flatt & Scruggs with Doc Watson / John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Man / Strictly Instrumental / County
  • The Bear Bridge Band / A Letter To My Heart / Broken Hearts & Better Times / Open Road
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / Tell Me Truly Little Darling / Tell Me Truly / John Boy & Billy
  • Buzz Busby with Bill Emerson / Banjo Whiz / Going Home / Starday
  • The Country Gentlemen / Nobody’s Business / Bluegrass At Carnegie Hall / Starday Records
  • Marteka and William / I Know What it Means to Be Lonesome / The Sounds Of A Tradition / Self-released
  • Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers / Don't You Call My Name / She Left Me Standing On a Mountain / Blue Circle 
  • Alex Leach, Tom Isaacs, Larry Gillis / Let Me Be Your Friend / The Bucket List Vol. 1 / Tinman
  • Travers Chandler & Avery County / Little Trouble / Pardon Me... / Mountain Fever
  • Larry Gillis / Long Journey Home / Swamp Folk / Tinman
  • Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Please Don't Honey Please / Weary River / Patuxent Music
  • Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass / Fort Worth Jailhouse / Leaving This Town / Randm
  • Monroe Fields with Carl Sauceman and the Green Valley Boys / On My Mind / 1950s-60s Broadcasts / Patuxent
  • Turning Ground / Lay Your Burdens Down / It Is Finished / Self-released
  • Alex Leach / Willing to Try / Mountain Heartache / Self-released
  • Larry Stephenson Band / Will You Meet Me Over Yonder / Pull Your Savior In / Whysper Dream
  • The Johnson Mountain Boys / See God's Ark a Movin' / Blue Diamond / Rounder Records
  • The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / Riding On My Savior's Train / Early Recordings / Rebel
  • The Gibson Brothers / I Have Found the Way / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • David Peterson / Trials, Troubles, Tribulations / Old Time Power / Self-Produced
  • The Chuck Wagon Gang / Echoes from the Burning Bush / Gospel Classics By The Chuck Wagon Gang / GMHoF
  • Carl Story / Take Me in the Lifeboat / The Complete Atteiram Collection / Gusto
  • The Dillards / Somebody Touched Me / Back Porch Bluegrass / Rhino-Elektra
  • Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge / Kneel down / Rollin' With Tradition / Galyean Family
  • Fred Etheridge with Nick Anderson & Mark Doyle / Walking in a Dream / Pickin' And Singin' / Self-released

Sunday, March 27, 2016

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 3/27/2016

Happy Easter!  With all of the UConn Basketball playoffs and Baseball games in recent weeks, this turned out to be our first full three-hour Bluegrass Cafe in just about a month.  Hope you enjoyed your holiday...and some Bluegrass, too!


Coming soon...and is that a mostly-covered WHUS bumper
sticker I see on the banjo case?  

We put a little bit of an emphasis on recordings that have been released late in 2015 or early in 2016.  In some cases, the records haven't yet been released, but will be soon -- and there was even one song that won't see the full record released until 2017!  This music came to us from the Grascals, Circa Blue, Charm City Junction, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, the Boxcars, the Lonesome River Band, the Wyatt Rice & Dan Menzone Alliance, Sister Sadie, Flashback, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, and the Spinney Brothers.  

Happy Birthday, Paul Williams (on the left).
Photo taken at IBMA 2010.
We also celebrated the upcoming 81st birthday of Bluegrass Hall of Famer, Paul Williams (born March 30, 1935).  Paul Williams is responsible for writing a whole bunch of songs that are considered Bluegrass standards in a musical career that spans 60+ years, plus his tenor singing has only improved over the course of his career.  Amazing.  

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.  We hope to have another three-hour Bluegrass Cafe edition next Sunday afternoon, but if not, we'll certainly let you know.

Have a good week!

Amy


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Choo Choo Coming / Stanley Brothers / The Early Starday King Years, 1958-1961 / Gusto
  • If I Lose / David Grisman / Home Is Where The Heart Is / Rounder
  • Somehow Tonight / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Sides, 1950-1952 / JSP Records
  • Get In Line Brother / Everett Lilly / Everett Lilly & Everybody & Their Brother / Swift River Music
  • Cry From The Cross / Charlie Sizemore / The Stanley Gospel Tradition:  Songs About Our Savior / Doobie Shea
  • Now Just Suppose / Johnson Mountain Boys / At The Old Schoolhouse / Rounder
  • So Danged Lonesome / Kathy Kallick Band / Foxhounds / Live Oak Records
  • The Drifter / Feinberg Brothers / Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • Take Your Shoes Off, Moses / Dan Tyminski / The Stanley Gospel Tradition:  Songs About Our Savior / Doobie Shea
  • Cry Of The Loon / Stan Keach & Friends / Cry Of The Loon & Other Original Songs About Maine / Ayuh Records
  • The Last Log Drive / Fred Pike, Sam Tidwell & the Kennebec Valley Boys / The Last Log Drive / Revonah
  • Slow Down (You'll Hit A Moose) / Stan Keach & Friends / Cry Of The Loon & Other Original Songs About Maine / Ayuh Records
  • Headed Home For Maine / Fred Pike, Sam Tidwell & the Kennebec Valley Boys / The Last Log Drive / Revonah
  • Sweet Little Mountain Girl / The Grascals / And Then There's This... / Mountain Home
  • Once Upon A Time / Circa Blue / Once Upon A Time / Orange Blossom Records
  • Two'O'Clock In The Morning / Charm City Junction / Charm City Junction / Patuxent Music
  • Cowboy Jim / Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands / The Hazel And Alice Sessions / Spruce And Maple Music
  • Lungs / The Boxcars / Familiar With The Ground / Mountain Home
  • Anything To Make Her Mine / Lonesome River Band / Bridging The Tradition / Mountain Home
  • Living The Dream / Spinney Brothers / Living The Dream / Mountain Fever Records
  • Unholy Water / Sister Sadie / single / Pinecastle
  • Longneck Blues / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice with Ronnie Bowman / Poor Boy's Pleasure / Mountain Fever Records
  • Foxhounds And Fiddles / Flashback / single / Pinecastle
  • Waiting For You / J.D. Crowe & the New South / Flashback / Rounder
  • My Brown Eyed Darling / Lonesome Pine Fiddlers / Windy Mountain / Bear Family [Paul Williams birthday, 3/30/1935]
  • Prayer Bell Of Heaven / Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys / You Don't Know My Mind / Rounder [Paul Williams birthday, 3/30/1935]
  • Home To Stay / Paul Williams & the Victory Trio / Old Ways & Old Paths / Rebel [Paul Williams birthday, 3/30/1935]
  • Steppin' Stones / Paul Williams / A Tribute To Jimmy Martin--The King Of Bluegrass / Koch Records [Paul Williams birthday, 3/30/1935]
  • My Walking Shoes / Crowe, Lawson & Williams / Standing Tall And Tough / Mountain Home [Paul Williams birthday, 3/30/1935]
  • Sweet Mountain Rose / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / It's About Tyme / Break A String Productions
  • Uncle Ned / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Weary River / Patuxent Music
  • I'd Jump The Mississippi / Michelle Canning / The Flower And The Serpent / Self-Produced
  • No Longer A Sweetheart Of Mine / Seth Sawyer Band / Green Mountain Girl / Self-Produced
  • Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Let's Live For Tonight / Reno & Smiley / Good Old Country Ballads / King
  • Don't Let Your Deal Go Down / Lost & Found / Across The Blue Ridge Mountains / Rebel
  • Mixed Up Mess Of A Heart / Flatt Lonesome / Runaway Train / Mountain Home
  • The Young Fisherwoman / Country Gentlemen / Folk Session Inside / Copper Creek
  • Straight Drive / Terry McGill / Straight Drive / Cabinwood Music
  • Poets And Fools / BearTracks / Together 'Til The End / AMT Records
  • Blue Blue Day / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Take Me Back / Pinecastle
  • Wake Up Call / Wyatt Rice & Dan Menzone Alliance / Something Out Of The Blue / Mountain Fever Records
  • Broken Stone / Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band / Wings Of Gold / Rebel
  • Were You There / Seldom Scene / Scene 20 / Sugar Hill
  • Born Again / Larry Stephenson Band / Pull Your Savior In / Whysper Dream Music
  • Rise Up / The Bankesters / Love Has Wheels / Compass Records
  • I Am The Man, Thomas / Scottie Sparks / The Stanley Gospel Tradition:  Songs About Our Savior / Doobie Shea
  • I'll Live Again / Feller & Hill / I Firmly Promise You / Tommy Hillpicker Records
  • Search Inside An Empty Tomb / Rarely Herd / What About Him / Pinecastle
  • The Empty Grave / Gary Ferguson / Without You / Turquoise Records
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Playlist - 3/6/2016

Hi Folks.

Sunday was not a good day for music, but if you liked listening to a quasi-professional college basketball team pound some other college team more interested in academics by 50 points, then you would have really enjoyed the programming.

For me, I enjoyed what time remained after the game to put something really good on the airwaves. 

We introduced new music from The Rice Menzone Alliance.  That's Wyatt Rice and New England's own Dan Menzone on a new record released by the Mountain Fever folks.  You can expect much more from this fine album in the coming months.



We also introduced new music from Circa Blue, and a new gospel recording from Kentucky group Turning Ground. We interviewed banjo picker Mike Daniels with Turning Ground a while back, and their new album is excellent.

The sports preemptions are heavy this time of year, and we are not real sure we will have a show next week, but if we do, Amy will bring it to you.  Check out our page on Facebook for more up-to-date information.

Jim Beaver


Artist / Song / Album / Label

  • Mac Wiseman / My Little Home in Tennessee / Bluegrass Hits And Heartsongs / Rebel
  • Ralph Stanley w. Patty Mitchell / Little Willie / Clinch Mountain Sweethearts / Rebel
  • The Tuttles & AJ Lee / My Window Faces the South  / Endless Ocean / Back Studio
  • The Tuttles & AJ Lee / Alabam / Endless Ocean / Back Studio
  • Donna Ulisse / Showin' my Roots / Showin' My Roots / Hadley Music Group
  • Donna Ulisse / One Way Rider / Showin' My Roots / Hadley Music Group
  • Donna Ulisse / Take This Hammer (feat. Sam Bush) / Showin' My Roots / Hadley Music Group
  • The Johnson Mountain Boys / The Nights Are So Long / Walls Of Time / Rounder
  • The Rice Menzone Alliance / Cutting the Chords / Something Out of the Blue / Mountain Fever 
  • Circa Blue / Carolina Dust / Once Upon A Time / Orange Blossom 
  • Kathy Kallick Band / I'll Forgive You / Foxhounds / Live Oak Records
  • Turning Ground / Lay Your Burdens Down / It Is Finished / Self-released
  • Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick / Happy I’ll Be / Laurie & Kathy Sing Songs of Vern & Ray / Spruce and Maple 
  • The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers / Will I Meet My Mother in Heaven / Windy Mountain / Bear Family
  • Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys / I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling / The Essential Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys / Columbia
  • Jimmy Martin / What Would You Give In Exchange? / You Don't Know My Mind / Rounder
  • David Peterson / There is Power in the Blood / Old Time Power / Self-Produced
  • Paul Williams And The Victory Trio / You've Got To Keep Walking / Going To Stay In The Old-Time Way / Rebel
  • Flatt & Scruggs / Let the Church Roll On / Foggy Mountain Gospel / Columbia Legacy
  • Turning Ground / John The Revelator / It Is Finished / Self-released
  • The Johnson Mountain Boys / I Want To Live Like Christ My Saviour / Walls Of Time / Rounder
  • Fred Etheridge with Nick Anderson & Mark Doyle / Walking in a Dream / Pickin' And Singin' / Self-released

Monday, February 29, 2016

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 2/28/2016

There was a hint of Spring in the air in eastern Connecticut on Sunday afternoon, so we started the show with songs that were representative of that time of year.  


It was also a banner day to share a whole bunch of brand new music from recordings that have either been recently released or are on the way later in 2016.  These songs come from projects by the Boxcars, Circa Blue, Ron Block, Carolina Blue, the Lonesome River Band, Dave Adkins, the Michael & Jennifer McLain Band, the Kathy Kallick Band, Laurie Lewis & the Hired Hands, and Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass.

Be sure to join Jim for the next Bluegrass Cafe next Sunday afternoon, 4-7PM.

Enjoy the week!

Amy




SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL
  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Home Run Man / Parmley & McCoury / Families Of Tradition / BGC
  • Ah Spring / Chris Thile / Stealing Second / Sugar Hill
  • When Springtime Comes Again / Vern Williams Band / Bluegrass From The Gold Country / Rounder
  • Saints Go Marching In / Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / Bluegrass At The Roots / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Sun's Gonna Shine In My Back Door Someday / Lost & Found / Across The Blue Ridge Mountains / Rebel
  • Hillbilly Fever / Monroe Fields with Carl Sauceman & the Green Valley Boys / 1950s-60s Broadcasts / Patuxent Music
  • Darling Nellie / Laurie Lewis & the Hired Hands / The Hazel And Alice Sessions / Spruce And Maple Music
  • Separating Hearts / IIIrd Tyme Out / IIIrd Tyme Out / Rebel
  • Shuckin' The Corn / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Essential Earl Scruggs / Columbia
  • Aunt Dinah's Quilting Party / Country Gentlemen / Folk Session Inside / Copper Creek
  • Midnight On The Highway / Hot Rize / Hot Rize / Flying Fish
  • On Whiskey Mountain / Bill Harrell & the Virginians / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Lonesome Wind Blues / Bluegrass Album Band / The Bluegrass Album, Volume 4 / Rounder
  • My Little Georgia Rose / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys 1954-1957 / JSP Records
  • Willow Creek Dam / American Drive / American Drive / Rural Rhythm
  • Mountain Rosa Lee / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • Dine-E-O / Terry McGill / Straight Drive / Cabinwood Music
  • Green Mountain Girl / Seth Sawyer Band / Green Mountain Girl / Self-Produced
  • I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home / Merle Haggard & Mac Wiseman / Timeless / Cracker Barrel
  • I Do / Feinberg Brothers / Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • Each Season Changes You / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Thank God For The Highways / Spinney Brothers / Tried & True / Mountain Fever Records
  • Bergold's Farm / Feinberg Brothers / Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • When The Bluegrass Is Covered With Snow / The Boxcars / Familiar With The Ground / Mountain Home
  • Tripped Stumbled And Fell / Circa Blue / Once Upon A Time / Orange Blossom Records
  • Clinch Mountain Backstep / Ron Block / Hogan's House Of Music / Self-Produced
  • Detroit City / Carolina Blue / Goin' Home Today / Self-Produced
  • Old Swinging Bridge / Lonesome River Band / Bridging The Tradition / Mountain Home
  • Change Her Mind / Dave Adkins / Dave Adkins / Mountain Fever Records
  • This Old Heart / Michael & Jennifer McLain Band / / Self-Produced
  • Raised On Pain / The Boxcars / Familiar With The Ground / Mountain HOme
  • There You Go / Jimmy Gaudreau / Classic J.A.G. / Webco [Johnny Cash born, 2/26/1932]
  • Big River / Nashville Bluegrass Band / The Boys Are Back In Town / Sugar Hill [Johnny Cash born, 2/26/1932]
  • Papa Played The Dobro / White Mountain Bluegrass / Aragon Mill / Strictly Country [Johnny Cash born, 2/26/1932]
  • Tennessee Flat Top Box / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / Snapshots / Mountain Home [Johnny Cash born, 2/26/1932]
  • Hey Porter / Lynn Morris Band / The Bramble And The Rose / Rounder [Johnny Cash born, 2/26/1932]
  • No School Bus In Heaven / Stanley Brothers / Selected Cuts, 1956-1959 / JSP Records
  • Monroebilia / Nashville Bluegrass Band / The Nashville Bluegrass Band / Rounder [Mike Compton born, 2/29/1956]
  • I Haven't Got The Right To Love You / Seldom Scene / The Rebel Years, 1962-1977 / Rebel [John Duffey born, 3/4/1934]
  • The Blues Ain't Workin' On Me / Michelle Canning with Rhonda Vincent / The Flower And The Serpent / Self-Produced
  • Blue Eyed Darling / Bray Brothers with Red Cravens / Prairie Bluegrass / Rounder
  • Darling Do You Know Who Loves You / Johnson Mountain Boys / The Johnson Mountain Boys / Rounder
  • You, You, You / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / In Session / Mountain Home
  • I've Got The Moon On My Side / Crowe Brothers / Forty Years Old / Mountain Fever Records
  • Rottweiler Waltz / Bear Minimum / The Automobile Of Life / Open Road
  • Talk To Your Heart / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Weary River / Patuxent Music
  • Foxhounds / Kathy Kallick Band / Foxhounds / Live Oak Records
  • Fill My Way With Love / Doc Watson / Every Time I Feel The Spirit / Sugar Hill [Doc Watson born, 3/3/1923]
  • The Lord Will Light The Way / Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie / The Gospel Side Of Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie / Rural Rhythm
  • Anchored Safe In The Fold / Cliff Waldron / Old Friends & Memories / Rebel
  • Journey To My Savior's Side / Missy Werner Band / Three Kinds Of Lonesome / Self-Produced
  • Heaven / Seldom Scene / The Rebel Years, 1962-1977 / Rebel
  • Open Up Your Heart (And Let Jesus In) / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Take Me Back / Pinecastle
  • I Can Tell You The Time / Johnson Mountain Boys / The Johnson Mountain Boys / Rounder
  • Get In Line Brother / Marty Stuart with Johnny Cash / Way Down Deep In My Soul / Sugar Hill
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder