Monday, February 20, 2017

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 2/19/2017

Presidents' Day weekend -- for the last several years, that has meant the big weekend for the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival sponsored by the Boston Bluegrass Union.  This year was no exception, and the BBU folks are to be congratulated on another spectacular edition of this mid-winter tradition.  I arrived at WHUS just in time on Sunday afternoon to bring you what we hope you consider our own little "tradition" -- the Bluegrass Cafe.  Hope you enjoyed it!

Got to hear the fabulous Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass
just before leaving Joe Val for WHUS.  Yay!
As always, the Joe Val Festival was full of talented performers representing all different types of Bluegrass, from very traditional to the far reaches of the music.  We shared music from some of those performers on Sunday's show, including Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Blue Highway, Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass, the Feinberg Brothers, Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass, Sideline, the Grascals, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, and the Earls Of Leicester.  


We celebrated a couple of Bluegrass birthdays during Sunday's show -- the shared birthdays of Dudley Connell (born February 18, 1956) and Don Rigsby (born February 18, 1968), as well as few songs in celebration of the life of banjo innovator, songwriter, and Bluegrass Hall of Famer, Don Reno (born February 21, 1927).  In fact, Reno is so important to the history of Bluegrass music, our plan for next Sunday's broadcast is to focus a bit more on Don Reno.  

Newer music played a small part in Sunday's show, too, as we included music from the very fine Mac Wiseman's childhood story in song collection ("I Sang The Song" on Mountain Fever Records), plus songs from the newest recordings by the Gibson Brothers, Terry Baucom & the Dukes Of Drive, Big Country Bluegrass, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, and Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show.  In addition, we included a couple of songs from a new compilation recording of a wonderful Colorado band, the Bluegrass Patriots.


For good measure, I even included a couple of songs from a "new" acquisition from the Joe Val Yard Sale -- a 1971 copy of the Country Gentlemen's "Sound Off" LP on Rebel Records.

Hope you were able to listen in on Sunday, but if not, we'll be looking for you next Sunday afternoon for another edition of our Bluegrass Cafe.

Enjoy the week!

Amy O.


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL [Request is RED]

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Misery River / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Quicksilver Rides Again! / Sugar Hill
  • Don't Weep For Me / Blue Highway / Original Traditional / Rounder
  • Bergold's Farm / Feinberg Brothers / Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • Will You Be Lonesome Too? / Earls Of Leicester / Rattle & Roar / Rounder
  • Uncle Ned / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Weary River / Patuxent Music
  • If I Could Go Back Home Again / J.D. Crowe & the New South / Flashback / Rounder
  • Are You Waiting Just For Me / Sideline / Colors & Crossroads / Mountain Fever Records
  • Memories Of You / Bill Monroe & HIs Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1950-1951 / JSP Records
  • Airmail Special / Jim & Jesse / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Sweetest Love / Stanley Brothers / Select Sides, 1949-1953 / JSP Records
  • Steppin' Stones / Jimmy Martin / You Don't Know My Mind / Rounder
  • What's Good For You / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1955-1959 / JSP Records
  • Where Is My Sailor Boy / Dudley Connell & Don Rigsby / Another Saturday Night / Sugar Hill
  • Home In The Mountains / Don Rigbsy / Doctor's Orders / Rebel [Don Rigsby birthday, 2/18/1968]
  • Memories That We Shared / Johnson Mountain Boys / Let The Whole World Talk / Rounder [Dudley Connell birthday, 2/18/1956]
  • Falling In Love / Bluegrass Patriots / Through The Years...Favorite Songs And Requests / Red Feather
  • Burn The Barn / Big Country Bluegrass / Tell Them I'm From Virginia / Rebel
  • Remember Who You Are / Gibson Brothers / In The Ground / Rounder
  • Charlie Cotton / Terry Baucom's Dukes Of Drive / 4th & Goal / JohnBoy & Billy, Inc.
  • Dreams About The Hills Of Home / Bluegrass Patriots / Through The Years...Favorite Songs And Requests / Red Feather
  • Where Corn Don't Grow / The Grascals / The Grascals / Rounder
  • Sweet Little Mountain Girl / The Grascals / And Then There's This... / Mountain HOme
  • Choking The Strings / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto [Don Reno birthday, 2/21/1927]
  • No Longer A Sweetheart Of Mine / Reno & Smiley / Good Old Country Ballads / King [Don Reno birthday, 2/21/1927]
  • Reno Ride / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto [Don Reno birthday, 2/21/1927]
  • I Know You're Married But I Love You Still / Reno & Smiley / Good Old Country Ballads / King [Don Reno birthday, 2/21/1927]
  • Manganese Mine / Shawn Camp / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • The Golden West / Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands / The Golden West / HighTone Records
  • Close By / Dailey & Vincent / Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration / Rounder
  • Teach Your Children / Country Gentlemen / Sound Off / Rebel
  • Hi Dee Diddle / Feinberg Brothers / Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • Black Mountain Special / Rich In Tradition / Black Mountain Special / Mountain Roads Recordings
  • You Always Come Back (To Hurting Me) / Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / Made To Move / Mountain Home
  • Lonely Lonely Bed / Spinney Brothers / Living The Dream / Mountain Fever Records
  • Snow Deer / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Sho Nuff Country! / Patuxent Music
  • Come Early Morning / Lynn Morris Band / The Lynn Morris Band / Rounder
  • The Armor Of My God / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / Sacred Memories / Rebel
  • You Don't Love God (If You Don't Love Your Neighbor) / Rhonda Vincent & the Rage / In Concert, Volume One -- All The Rage / Upper Management Music
  • Rejoicing All The Way / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Burden Bearer / Mountain Home
  • The Automobile Of Life / Bear Minimum / The Automobile Of Life / Open Road
  • I'll Be Rested / Nashville Bluegrass Band / To Be His Child / Rounder
  • Sailing On / Russell Moore / Look To The Light / Rural Rhythm Christian
  • I'd Rather Live By The Side Of The Road / Country Gentlemen / Sound Off / Rebel
  • Get Behind Me Satan / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Monday, February 06, 2017

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 2/5/2017

On Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe, we broke out a couple of LPs, shared our usual combo of classic and new Bluegrass, and listened to some music from two 2017 inductees into the Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance (RIBA) Hall of Fame.  It was a pretty full show ~ hope you were able to listen!
Bill Hall (left) performing with his band at WHUS in 1993

Jimmy Gaudreau (on the right) with the Country Gentlemen, circa 1969

The two RIBA Hall of Famers for 2017 are the late Bill Hall, a banjo picker, bandleader, and songwriter who worked with several notable New England Bluegrass performers including Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys, and Jimmy Gaudreau, the mandolin playing tenor singer who has been an important part of several bands (Fred Pike, Bill Rawlings & the Twin River Boys, IInd Generation, Spectrum, J.D. Crowe & the New South, Tony Rice Unit), but who made his mark after he joined the Country Gentlemen after John Duffey's departure in early 1969.  Congratulations to these two performers and their families!  If you'd like to learn more about the induction ceremonies to be held on March 4th in Cranston, RI, visit this link.

As we like to do, we shared music from some newer (one year or younger) recordings by Lou Reid & Carolina, Sideline, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, the Gibson Brothers, the tribute record to Mac Wiseman, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, the Larry Stephenson Band, Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge, and Wildfire.

Cathy Day joins you in the Bluegrass Cafe next time around.  Be sure to join her from 4-7PM, won't you?

Have a good week!

Amy O.



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

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • The Girl I Left In Sunny Tennessee / Bill Clifton / The Early Years, 1957-1958 / Rounder
  • You're Still On My Mind / Stanley Brothers / Selected Cuts, 1955-1956 / JSP Records
  • No Doubt About It / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1955-1959 / JSP Records
  • Come Back To Me In My Dreams / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1957-1958 / JSP Records
  • Eighteen Wheels / Bass Mountain Boys / 18 Wheels / CMH
  • Hobo On A Train / Lou Reid & Carolina / Rollin' On / KMA Records
  • Old Rusty Gate / Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band / Old Rusty Gate / Rebel
  • Bad Fret / Grass Routes / Bailey's Dream / Self-Produced
  • Uphill Climb / Sideline / Colors & Crossroads / Mountain Fever Records
  • Take Me In Chains / Bass Mountain Boys / 18 Wheels / CMH
  • Bring It On Down To My House / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Sho Nuff Country / Patuxent Music
  • I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home / Mac Wiseman / Time-Life's Treasury Of Bluegrass / Time Life
  • The Wheat Crop / Junior Sisk, Sonya Isaacs Yeary & Becky Isaacs Bowman / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • You Don't Know My Mind / Jimmy Martin / Time-Life's Treasury Of Bluegrass / Time Life
  • Girl From West Virginia / Rhonda Vincent & the Rage / In Concert, Volume One:  All The Rage / Upper Management Music
  • Fool's Hill / Gibson Brothers / In The Ground / Rounder
  • All The Ways I'm Gone / Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / Made To Move / Mountain Home
  • Swamp Folk / Larry Gillis / Swamp Folk / Swamp Country Productions
  • I Got A Letter / Valerie Smith & Becky Buller / Bell Buckle Memories / Bell Buckle Records
  • Just To Ease My Worried Mind / Loafers' Glory / Loafers' Glory / Arhoolie
  • Like A Bird In A Cage / Bear Bridge Band / Broken Hearts & Better Times / Open Road
  • Bluegrass Swing / Feinberg Brothers / Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • Ground Hog / The Dillards / Bluegrass Breakdown / Vanguard
  • Dixie Home / Bill Hall & Northwind Bluegrass / In The Shadow Of The Pines / Old Homestead Records
  • When I Miss Her Most Of All / Bill Hall & Northwind Bluegrass / In The Shadow Of The Pines / Old Homestead Records
  • Dixie Breakdown / Fred Pike, Bill Rawlings & the Twin River Boys / Authentic Bluegrass Folk Music / Osage
  • Let's / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • Ashes Of Love / Jimmy Gaudreau with Orrin Star / In Good Company / CMH
  • To The Rescue / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • Fare Thee Well Cisco / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • I'll Go Stepping Too / Earls Of Leicester / The Earls Of Leicester / Rounder
  • You Tried To Ruin My Name / Wilma Lee Cooper / Hand-Picked Bluegrass / Rounder
  • It's A Cold Cold World / Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge / My Daddy's Grass / Rebel
  • You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Road Into Town / Patuxent Music
  • Blackberry Blossom / New Kentucky Colonels / Live In Sweden 1973 / Roland White Music
  • Sweet Little Darling (Don't You Cry) / Larry Stephenson Band / Weep Little Willow / Whysper Dream Music
  • Rain And Snow / Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Wall Around Your Heart / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • I Wish You Knew / Auldridge, Reid & Coleman / High Time / Sugar Hill
  • Nobody's Love Is Like Mine / Wildfire / Rented Room On Broadway / Pinecastle
  • Home Of The Soul / Jimmy Gaudreau with Bill Clifton / In Good Company / CMH
  • Old Roman Soldier / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • When The Sun Of Life Goes Down / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / Sacred Memories / Rebel
  • Enter The Gates / Bluegrass Patriots / Kneel At The Cross / Red Feather Records
  • I Wouldn't Take Nothin' For My Journey Now / Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band / Wings Of Gold / Rebel
  • Call His Name / Johnson Mountain Boys / Working Close / Rounder
  • Somebody Touched Me / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bluegrass Breakdown / Vanguard
  • On The Sunny Side Of Life / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Monday, January 30, 2017

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/29/2017

Packed!  That's probably the best word to describe Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe.  

We spent about a third of our three hours together listening to the music of and speaking with the reigning International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, Becky Buller.  Over the past few years, Becky's songwriting efforts have been featured on many top-notch recordings by several big name performers including Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out, Rhonda Vincent, Josh Williams, Nu-Blu, and Ricky Skaggs, just to name a few.  Becky will make her Joe Val Bluegrass Festival debut with her Becky Buller Band on Sunday, February 19th.  Be sure to check out the music of this multi-talented singer/fiddler/songwriter/bandleader.  

It's not a secret that the award-winning Gibson Brothers have a new record coming out on Rounder Records in mid-February.  All of the songs featured on this record are either written or co-written by Eric or Leigh, and on Sunday's show, we featured four selections, including the title song, "In The Ground."  We also heard some brand-new music from the Darrell Webb Band, and a soon-to-be-released record from Big Country Bluegrass.

And we couldn't let the show pass without hearing a little bit of music from four gentlemen who celebrate their respective birthdays on February 1st:  Del McCoury (born in 1939), Tom Gray (1941), David Parmley (1959), and Jason Carter (1973).  Happy Birthday to all of them!  

We'll look for you again next Sunday afternoon in Bluegrass Cafe.  Hope you can join us from 4-7PM.

Have a good week!

Amy 



SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL [request is RED]

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / Rocky Grass / Blue Planet
  • Down The Road / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Flatt And Scruggs At Carnegie Hall!  The Complete Concert / Koch Records
  • Don't Make Me Go To Bed And I'll Be Good / Lily Brothers & Don Stover / On The Radio, 1952-1953 / Rounder
  • Thanks For The Trip To Paradise / Jim & Jesse McReynolds / Music Among Friends / Rounder
  • Soddy-Daisy / Becky Buller / Little Bird / Bell Buckle Records
  • Music To My Ears / Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder / Music To My Ears / Skaggs Family
  • Martha And Mary / Nu-Blu / Nail By Nail / Pinecastle
  • You Love Me Today / Josh Williams / Lonesome Highway / Pinecastle
  • Rest My Weary Feet / IIIrd Tyme Out / The Best Durn Ride / Chateau Music Group
  • In The Ground / Gibson Brothers / In The Ground / Rounder
  • Anywhere Is Home Again / Volume Five / Children Of The Mountain / Mountain Fever Records
  • So Danged Lonesome / Kathy Kallick Band / Foxhounds / Live Oak Records
  • Sally Ann Johnson / Billy Hurt, Jr. / Fiddlin' Billy Hurt / Patuxent Music
  • Please Don't Honey Please / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Weary River / Patuxent Music
  • Walking The Floor Over Me / Charlie Sizemore / Heartache Looking For A Home / Rounder
  • Lovesick And Sorrow / Hylo Brown / Lovesick And Sorrow / King
  • Southern Flavor / Becky Buller / 'Tween Earth & Sky / Dark Shadow Recording
  • Conversation with Becky Buller
  • The Windowsill Song / Becky Buller / Pickin' Like A Girl / Blue Circle Records
  • Remember Who You Are / Gibson Brothers / In The Ground / Rounder
  • Burn The Barn / Big Country Bluegrass / Tell Them I'm From Virginia / Rebel
  • If You're Thinking You Want A Stranger / Darrell Webb Band / Lover's Leap / Mountain Fever Records
  • Friend Of Mine / Gibson Brothers / In The Ground / Rounder
  • I'm Watching The Train Passing By / Bear Bridge Band / Broken Hearts & Better Times / Open Road
  • I Overlooked An Orchid / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Back To The Blue Ridge / Brandywine
  • The Story Of My Life / Blue Highway / Original Traditional / Rounder
  • I Do / Feinberg Brothers / Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • Buck Creek Gal / Earls Of Leicester / Rattle & Roar / Rounder
  • Going Back To Bristol / Shawn Camp / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • You Won't Be Satisfied That Way / New Kentucky Colonels / Live In Sweden 1973 / Roland White Music
  • Messing With My Mind / Po' Ramblin' Boys / Back To The Mountains / Randm Records
  • Bessie's Tune / Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike / Small Town Heroes / Bell Buckle Records [Tom Gray birthday, 2/1/1941]
  • Are You Missing Me / David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition / David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition / DP & CD Records [David Parmley birthday, 2/1/1959]
  • Don't Act / Rhonda Vincent / All American Bluegrass Girl / Rounder
  • See God's Ark A Movin' / Johnson Mountain Boys / Blue Diamond / Rounder
  • John 3:16 / Stanley Brothers / All Gospel All Bluegrass / Federal
  • Along The Way / Country Gentlemen / Let The Light Shine Down / Rebel
  • I Found A Church Today / Gibson Brothers / In The Ground / Rounder
  • I'm Justified / Del McCoury Band / Family Circle / McCoury Music [Del McCoury birthday, 2/1/1939 & Jason Carter birthday, 2/1/1973]
  • Do You Live What You Preach / Crowe, Lawson & Williams / Standing Tall And Tough / Mountain Home
  • A Beautiful Life / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1957-1958 / JSP Records
  • Jesus Is Waiting / Reno & Smiley / 16 Greatest Gospel Hits / King
  • Be Living / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Gospel Parade / Sugar Hill
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, January 22, 2017

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/22/2017

It's Basketball Season at the University of Connecticut, so Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe was sports-shortened by sixty minutes.  Though the show was only two hours in length on Sunday, we still managed to squeeze in quite a few tunes, classic and new.  

Per the legendary Tom Gray, this unique photo of the Classic
Country Gentlemen was taken at the Bousquet Ski Area
in Pittsfield, MA in June 1963.
The show began with four songs from the late Charlie Waller, who would have celebrated his 82nd birthday on January 19th.  Few singers in the history of Bluegrass had a more distinctive, warm voice that never exactly fit into the "high lonesome sound" category.  The Country Gentlemen have long been among my very favorites, and though the band's personnel changed often, Charlie Waller's baritone voice bonded all of these wonderful musicians together for nearly a half-century.  Amazing.  

In addition to classic music from the Country Gentlemen and other performers, we shared newer (2016 'til now) music from records by Kristin Scott Benson, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, the Grascals, Adam Steffey, Sideline, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the Earls Of Leicester, and a track from the Mac Wiseman autobiographical CD.  

Have a fabulous week, and we'll be looking for you next Sunday!

Amy O.



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

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band/ RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Bluebirds Are Singing For Me / Country Gentlemen / Folk Session Inside / Copper Creek [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • Many A Mile / Country Gentlemen / Can't You Hear Me Callin':  Early Classics, 1963-1969 / Rebel [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • I Am Weary (Let Me Rest) / Country Gentlemen / Folk Session Inside / Copper Creek [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • Redwood Hill / Country Gentlemen / The Award Winning Country Gentlemen / Rebel [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • The Cotton Farmer / Feinberg Brothers / Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • I Cried Again / Jim & Jesse & the Virginia Boys / Radio Shows / Rural Rhythm
  • Great Waterton / Kristin Scott Benson / Stringworks / Mountain Home
  • Wild Mountain Honey / Junior Sisk & Joe Mullins / Hall Of Fame Bluegrass! / Rebel
  • Polly Vaughn / The Dillards / There Is A Time (1963-70) / Vanguard
  • Our Last Goodbye / Stanley Brothers / 20th Century Masters / Mercury
  • Railroad Line / Gibson Brothers / Bona Fide / Sugar Hill
  • Brakeman's Blues / Del McCoury Band / Old Memories:  The Songs Of Bill Monroe / McCoury Music
  • Mr. Engineer / J.D. Crowe & the New South / Flashback / Rounder
  • Midnight Train / Warrior River Boys / New Beginnings / Rebel
  • Wabash Cannonball / Tennessee Mafia Jug Band / Screams From The Holler / Spring Fed Records
  • No More Painting Up This Town / Rambler's Choice / Sounds Of The Mountains / Rounder
  • Is The Grass Any Bluer (On The Other Side) / Rhonda Vincent & the Rage / In Concert, Volume One:  All The Rage / Upper Management Music
  • On My Way Back Home / Monroe Brothers / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1937-1938 / JSP Records
  • Blue Grass Stomp / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Sho Nuff Country! / Patuxent Music
  • Unwanted Love / Sideline with Dudley Connell / Colors & Crossroads / Mountain Fever Records
  • Just Ain't / Earls Of Leicester / Rattle & Roar / Rounder
  • Who Will Sing For Me / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1955-1959 / JSP Records
  • I Know Better / The Grascals / And Then There's This... / Mountain Home
  • The Guitar / Sierra Hull & Justin Moses with Mac Wiseman / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • Dear John / Adam Steffey / Here To Stay / Mountain Home
  • Brown County Red / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / It's About Tyme / Break A String Productions
  • Sold Down The River / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Heritage / Brandywine
  • I'm Comin' Back, But I Don't Know When / David Grisman / Home Is Where The Heart Is / Rounder
  • Count Your Blessings / Kathy Kallick & Laurie Lewis / Count Your Blessings / Live Oak Records
  • I Am The Road / Hot Rize / When I'm Free / Ten In Hand Records
  • Burden Bearer / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Burden Bearer / Mountain Home
  • Home Of The Soul / Jimmy Gaudreau with Bill Clifton / In Good Company / CMH
  • Travel, Travel On / Bluegrass Gospel Project / Shine / Vital Records
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder


Sunday, January 08, 2017

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/8/2017

Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe began in a rocking kind of way -- with Elvis Presley's 1954 recording of "Blue Moon Of Kentucky."  While there is no way Elvis could ever be considered to be a Bluegrass performer, it only seems proper to celebrate The King today, on what would have been his 81st birthday.
Remembering Randall Hylton (January 8, 1945 - March 19, 2003)

During the three hours of our broadcast, nineteen songs came from the very prolific pen of the late songwriter, Randall Hylton (born January 8, 1945).  We could have filled the entire broadcast (or several broadcasts) with the songs of Randall Hylton, but for today, just a few of Hylton's 225 published songs worked nicely.

We also remembered the January 6th birthday of Earl Scruggs, so overall, it seems like the show's tone was a celebratory one.  Hope you agree.

Have a wonderful week!  

Amy O.

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

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Elvis Presley / Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Forever Gold [Elvis Presley birthday, 1/8/1935]
  • Dixie / Gibson Brothers / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • The Likes Of You / Country Gentlemen / The Sugar Hill Collection / Sugar Hill [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • The Eighth Of January / Chubby Wise / An American Original / Pinecastle
  • If You're Ever Gonna Love Me / New Kentucky Colonels / Live In Sweden 1973 / Roland White Band
  • I Know My Baby Loves Me / Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Down The Road / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Recordings / Mercury [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • Earl's Breakdown / Earl Scruggs with Hylo Brown & the Timberliners / Classic Bluegrass Live, 1959-1966 / Vanguard [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • You Are My Flower / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Live At Vanderbilt / Columbia [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • Foggy Mountain Chimes / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Jamboree / Columbia [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • Lefty's Old Guitar / J.D. Crowe & the New South / Lefty's Old Guitar / Rounder
  • Poor Ellen Smith / Wilma Lee Cooper / O Sister 2 / Rounder
  • Some Of These Days You're Gonna Be Sad / McCoury Brothers / The McCoury Brothers / Rounder
  • Rambler's Blues / Laurel Canyon Ramblers / Rambler's Blues / Sugar Hill
  • Rough Edges / Traditional Grass / The Blues Are Still The Blues / Rebel [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • 32 Acres / Special Consensus / 25th Anniversary / Pinecastle [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Wanting, Wanting You / Gibson Brothers / Another Night Of Waiting / Hay Holler / [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Rock Bottom / WhiteHouse / WhiteHouse / Pinecastle [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • The Boatman / Seldom Scene / Dream Scene / Sugar HIll [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Fickle Wind / Bluegrass Cardinals / My Kinda Grass / BGC [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Sawmill Road / Lost & Found / Down On Sawmill Road / Rebel [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Slippers With Wings / Charlie Waller & Randall Hylton / The Singer And The Songster / Rebel [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Cecil And The Cement Truck / Randall Hylton / True Stories, Tall Tales...And Lies / Copper Creek [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Summer When You First Loved Me / Lonesome River Band / Head On Into Heartache / Mountain Home [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Digging In The Ground / Spinney Brothers / Living The Dream / Mountain Fever Records [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Country Poor, Country Proud / David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition / David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition / DP & CD Records [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Be Good To My Little Baby Girl / The Sidemen / The All Night Gang / Rebel [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • The Sky Is Weeping / Virginia Squires / The Best Of The Virginia Squires / Rebel [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Cumberland River / Dailey & Vincent / Dailey & Vincent / Rounder [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • One More Hill / Country Gentlemen / Souvenirs / Rebel [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Room At The Top Of The Stairs / Longview / Deep In The Mountains / Rounder [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Flint Hill Special / David Talbot / Foggy Mountain Special / Rounder
  • Highway / Gibson Brothers / In The Ground / Rounder
  • Footprints In The Snow / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Anthology / MCA
  • I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / One Morning In May / Rounder
  • No Doubt About It / Junior Sisk & Joe Mullins / Hall Of Fame Bluegrass! / Rebel
  • Three Cows And Two Horses / Buddy Melton & Milan MIller with Andrea Zonn / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • Green Mountain Girl / Seth Sawyer Band / Green Mountain Girl / Self-Produced
  • Rocky Top / Osborne Brothers / High Lonesome / CMH
  • Gonna Be Movin' / Balsam Range / Trains I Missed / Mountain Home [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Daniel Prayed / Stanley Brothers / On Radio / Rebel
  • A Lover Of The Lord / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Once And For Always/The News Is Out / Sugar Hill 
  • The Boat Of Love / Peter Rowan / The First Whippoorwill / Sugar Hill
  • Waiting For The King / Weary Hearts / By Heart / Flying Fish
  • Fifty Miles Of Elbow Room / Bear Bridge Band / Broken Hearts & Better Times / Open Road
  • What Would You Give In Exchange / Monroe Brothers / The Monroe Brothers, 1936 / JSP Records
  • Lay Down Your Troubles / Gary Ferguson / I'm Really Leaving / Webco
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Monday, January 02, 2017

Amy's List of 16 Fine CDs from '16!



Before we get too much further into 2017, it's time to take a look back at sixteen of my favorite Bluegrass recordings released in 2016.  These selections are ranked in no particular order (other than alphabetical), but each is worth a repeated listen as we move into the new year.   In mid-December, Jim put together a fun list of some of his more obscure favorites from 2016, and there is a bit of duplication on our lists.  At the end of the day -- or the end of the year -- the choice of what you listen to is yours alone.  We are just pleased to expose your ears to some of our favorites during a couple of hours each week.  Hope you'll keep on listening in 2017, too.  Happy New Year!  

And here comes the list:

  • Balsam Range - "Mountain Voodoo" (Mountain Home)
    This is the sixth recording from this popular North Carolina band, and it offers a good mix of Bluegrass mixed with a few country-sounding tunes.

  • Travers Chandler - "Archaic" (Patuxent Music)
    Chandler always seems to offer straight-ahead Bluegrass music, and this recording is solid.

  • Earls Of Leicester - "Rattle And Roar" (Rounder)
    This is the second record from the popular Flatt & Scruggs tribute band.  While it's always best to hear the original versions of these songs, if this band can bring some younger ears back to the music of Flatt & Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys, who can complain?
     
  • Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge - "My Daddy's Grass" (Rebel)
    Think traditional Bluegrass is a thing of the past?  Listen to this CD from second-generation performer Mickey Galyean and his band.

  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver - "Burden Bearer" (Mountain Home)
    It's amazing that Doyle Lawson is always able to hire crackerjack musicians for his band and make them work on perfecting his sound.  The combination of musicians isn't always perfect, but this particular Quicksilver band is one of Doyle's best in years.  Plus, the record features several fine a cappella quartets -- a Quicksilver specialty.

  • Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands - "The Hazel And Alice Sessions" (Spruce And Maple Music)
    A Grammy-nominated collection honoring the music of pioneers Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard.

  • Corrina Rose Logston - "Bluegrass Fiddler" (Patuxent Music)
    A perfect title from this recording by a young Bluegrass fiddler.

  • Edgar Loudermilk - "Georgia Maple" (Pinecastle)
    Edgar's third solo recording and first from Pinecastle Records, and it is filled with original songs.

  • Del McCoury Band -  "Del And Woody" (McCoury Music)
    What a concept!  Take the lyrics of Woody Guthrie and set them to music composed by Del McCoury, and how could you not want to listen?

  • Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers - "Sacred Memories" (Rebel)
    Another great gospel recording from Joe Mullins and his terrific band.  If there were no other songs on here besides "When The Sun Of Life Goes Down," the CD would still be worth listening.

  • David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition - "David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition" (DP & CD Records)
    After a few years of retirement, it's great to hear David Parmley's warm baritone voice singing once more.

  • Lou Reid & Carolina - "Rollin' On" (KMA Records)
    Lou Reid is a long-time favorite of mine, and this record is quite good.

  • Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show - "Sho Nuff Country!" (Patuxent Music)
    What a fun record!  While this CD can't quite capture the full impact of KSBC's live show, it comes pretty darn close.  Plain old enjoyable!

  • Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice - "Poor Boy's Pleasure" (Mountain Fever Records)
    Another fine recording from one of the most traditional-sounding Bluegrass voices working today.

  • Spinney Brothers - "Living The Dream" (Mountain Fever Records)
    This is the Spinneys' fourth record for Mountain Fever Records, and the title song has been #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey for 3 months in a row.  Guess these guys really are living the dream.

  • Jeff White - "Right Beside You" (Jeff White Music)
    This is Jeff White's second CD on this list, as he is a current member of the Earls of Leicester, as well.  Jeff's latest solo recording includes everything from songs he's written to a fine version of Stringbean's "Run Little Rabbit, Run."

Thanks for looking.  We'll look forward to hearing lots more great new records in 2017...and hope you will, too!  

Happy New Year!

Amy O.


Sunday, January 01, 2017

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/1/2017

It's a new year -- Happy 2017!  Here's wishing you a year filled with health, happiness, and lots of wonderful Bluegrass!  

For this first show of 2017, we shared several songs from a few of my personal favorite recordings of 2016.  Sometime over the next few days, I'm planning to put together a list of these titles, but for now, you can guess that the 2016 recordings we played here will likely be on that list.  Stay tuned...

2016 was the year we said goodbye to quite a few actors, writers, artists, and singers, including  four notable Bluegrass deaths.  We remembered Ralph StanleyMelvin GoinsDon Parmley, and James King by sharing a healthy portion of their music.  What better way to remember than to share fine musical memories?

It's a new year, so new music will be popping up quite a bit over these next few weeks, no doubt.  We included newer music today from projects by Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, as well as Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome.  The most interesting new project we shared today is one from Mountain Fever Records called "I Sang The Song."  In this collection, the songs tell the story of the early life of the legendary Mac Wiseman as he grew up during the Depression in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  These are (mostly) all new songs, and they came about through several conversations which took place between 91-year-old Mac Wiseman, country music historian Peter Cooper, and musician Thomm Jutz over a few separate Sundays.  The results of those conversations ended up as songs about Mac's life which are sung by a whole host of different performers.  It's an interesting concept, and we look forward to hearing more of the collection in future weeks on Bluegrass Cafe.  Hope you do, too.

We couldn't have a show on New Year's Day without remembering another legendary figure, Hank Williams, who died on January 1, 1953 on his way to play a benefit show in Ohio.  Hank's music wasn't necessarily "Bluegrass," but a whole lot of it has been recorded by Bluegrass performers through the years.  We shared four songs from Hank's vast catalog on Sunday, but could have played a whole lot more.

We'll look for you again next Sunday afternoon for another edition of our Bluegrass Cafe.  

Enjoy the week!

Amy

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

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Clinch Mountain Backstep / Stanley Brothers / The Early Starday King Years, 1958-1961 / Gusto
  • Windy Mountain / Lonesome Pine Fiddlers / Windy Mountain / Bear Family
  • A Few Old Memories / James King / Lonesome And Then Some / Rounder
  • Roll On Muddy River / The Hillmen / The Hillmen / Sugar Hill
  • I Couldn't Believe It Was True / Bluegrass Cardinals / The Bluegrass Cardinals / Copper Creek
  • Pretty Polly / Stanley Brothers / The Stanley Brothers & the Clinch Mountain Boys, 1949-52 / Bear Family
  • Bluegrass Blues / Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain / Bluegrass Blues / Hay Holler
  • Thirty Years Of Farming / James King / Thirty Years Of Farming / Rounder
  • Never Ending Sea Of Love / Bluegrass Cardinals / The Bluegrass Cardinals / Copper Creek
  • Bring It On Down To My House / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Sho Nuff Country! / Patuxent Music
  • Ramblin' Fever / Travers Chandler / Archaic / Patuxent Music
  • Flint Hill Special / Earls Of Leicester / Rattle & Roar / Rounder
  • Climbin' Up A Mountain / Jeff White / Right Beside You  Self-Produced
  • Cowboy Jim / Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands / The Hazel And Alice Sessions / Spruce And Maple Music
  • Hello Heartache / Balsam Range / Mountain Voodoo / Mountain Home
  • Cold In Carolina / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Poor Boy's Pleasure / Mountain Fever Records
  • Ain't A Gonna Do / Del McCoury Band / Del And Woody / McCoury Music
  • The Guitar / Sierra Hull & Justin Moses with Mac Wiseman / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • Manganese Mine / Shawn Camp / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • Crimora Church Of The Brethren / Junior Sisk & Ronnie Bowman / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered / Mac Wiseman & Alison Krauss / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • All The Ways I'm Gone / Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / Made To Move / Mountain Home
  • Back When The Bluegrass Was Green / Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome / A Distant Horizon / Union House Records
  • I'll Just Pretend / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / 20th Century Masters / Mercury
  • Here Comes The Train / 10th Anniversary Collection / Rebel
  • I've Never Been So Lonesome / Longview / Longview / Rounder
  • I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1950-1951 / JSP Records
  • I Can't Get You Off Of My Mind / Spinney Brothers / Going Home / Self-Produced
  • The Evening Train / Bob & Danny Paisley / Plum Pitiful / Time Life
  • Settin' The Woods On Fire / Good Ol' Persons / Good 'N Live / Sugar Hill
  • Laughing Boy / Corrina Rose Logston / Bluegrass Fiddler / Patuxent Music
  • Long Time Gone / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Trains Can't Turn Around / Edgar Loudermilk / Georgia Maple / Pinecastle
  • I'd Have A Dime / Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge / My Daddy's Grass / Rebel
  • In My Dear Old Southern Home / Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / Bluegrass At The Roots, 1961 / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Are You Tired Of Me, My Darlin' / Hot Rize / Untold Stories / Sugar Hill
  • Blackberry Blossom / New Kentucky Colonels / Live In Sweden 1973 / Roland White Music
  • China Grove, My Hometown / Curly Seckler / Down In Caroline / Copper Creek
  • These Men Of God / Country Gentlemen / High Lonesome / Starday
  • The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn / Ralph Stanley with Dwight Yoakam / Clinch Mountain Country / Rebel
  • We Can Sing / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / Sacred Memories / Rebel
  • Wrastlin' Jacob / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Burden Bearer / Mountain Home
  • I Know What You're Talking About / Lynn Morris Band / Shape Of A Tear / Rounder
  • I'll Be Going To Heaven Sometime / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Sessions / Mercury
  • Walk In The Sunshine / Spinney Brothers / Living The Dream / Mountain Fever Records
  • Jesus On The Mainline / Dry Branch Fire Squad / Live At The Newburyport Firehouse / Rounder
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder