Sunday, February 22, 2015

Playlist - 2/22/2015 - Don Reno, Ralph Stanley, Monroe Fields

Hi Folks,
Monroe Fields on the left

The UCONN spurts department nearly wiped us out on this day, preempting everything from 1pm to 
6pm.  With the one hour remaining, we celebrated and remembered Don Reno whose birthday was 2/21/1927, Ralph Stanley whose birthday was 2/25/1927, and Monroe Fields who just passed away the day before this broadcast.

A new CD of some of Monroe Fields' broadcasts with Carl Sauceman and the Green Valley Boys had been released by the Patuxent label just weeks before Monroe's passing, so we focused on that release to remember him.


Also, Ralph Stanley just released a new CD on the Cracker Barrel label from which we drew a couple songs to celebrate his 88th birthday along with a song from a relatively unknown album he recorded in the late 1980s on cassette-only.

And of course we dug into but a fraction of the material recorded by Don Reno, focusing mostly on his classic recordings from the early 1950s with Red Smiley, but also the last recording session with Red Smiley on Ray Davis' Wango label.



If you had a chance to catch our one-hour broadcast, we hope you enjoyed our celebrations and tribute. 

Amy will make the banjos and fiddles ring next Sunday if the spurts department gives us some time.


Jim Beaver



Artist/Song/Album/Label
  • Don Reno & Red Smiley and The Tennessee Cut-Ups / Charlotte Breakdown / 1951-1959 / King
  • Don Reno & Red Smiley and The Tennessee Cut-Ups / I'm The Talk Of The Town / 1951-1959 / King
  • Don Reno & Red Smiley and The Tennessee Cut-Ups / Tally Ho / 1951-1959 / King
  • Don Reno & Red Smiley and The Tennessee Cut-Ups / Barefoot Nellie / 1951-1959 / King
  • Don Reno & Red Smiley and The Tennessee Cut-Ups / I'm the Biggest Liar In Town / 1951-1959 / King
  • Don Reno & Red Smiley and The Tennessee Cut-Ups / Dixie Breakdown / 1951-1959 / King
  • Don Reno / I'm Troubled in Mind / Profile / Wango
  • Ralph Stanley / I Only Exist (feat. Dierks Bentley) / Man of Constant Sorrow / Cracker Barrel
  • Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Dirty Black Coal / Like Father, Like Son / Copper Creek
  • Monroe Fields with Carl Sauceman and the Green Valley Boys / Poor Me / 1950s-60s Broadcasts / Patuxent
  • Monroe Fields with Carl Sauceman and the Green Valley Boys / You Gotta Be My Baby / 1950s-60s Broadcasts / Patuxent
  • Monroe Fields with Carl Sauceman and the Green Valley Boys / Silver Threads and Golden Needles / 1950s-60s Broadcasts / Patuxent
  • Don Reno & Red Smiley / I'm Using My Bible For A Road Map / 1951-1959 / King
  • Monroe Fields with Carl Sauceman and the Green Valley Boys / There's Only One Way To Heaven / 1950s-60s Broadcasts / Patuxent
  • Ralph Stanley / We Shall Rise (feat. Josh Turner) / Man of Constant Sorrow / Cracker Barrel
  • Larry Gillis / That Beautiful Picture / Swamp Folk / Tin Man
  • Gibson Brothers / What A Wonderful Savior Is He / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Fred Etheridge with Nick Anderson & Mark Doyle / Walking in a Dream / Pickin' And Singin' / Self-released

Monday, February 16, 2015

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 2/15/2015

Another super-chilly, extremely-windy Sunday afternoon found us in the warm WHUS Studio A for another edition of our Bluegrass Cafe.  While the trip to the studio was a bit more challenging than one might hope, the show went by in a fairly smooth way, so that's a good thing.  Hope you were able to join us for at least a few minutes of the ol' radio program...

The Boston Bluegrass Union hosted the 30th Annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Framingham, MA this past weekend, and the folks who attended were "welcomed" with yet another Boston-area super dose of winter -- 12+ inches of new snow and crazy winds.  While I had a ticket for the festival, I opted to stay home in eastern CT this weekend, but the reports I've heard from Joe Val attendees have been positive ones.  For those who made it to the festival and for those who didn't, I included a few songs throughout the radio show from Joe Val performers, including Rhonda Vincent, the Roland White Band, Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick, the Seldom Scene, and the Del McCoury Band.

It's always fun to include a little bit of new music with each radio show, and this week's newest recording came from Cody Shuler -- a dandy, self-titled recording on Rural Rhythm featuring all original songs.  We also shared newer music from recent recordings by Hot Rize, Blue Mafia, Shannon & Heather Slaughter, the Spinney Brothers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, as well as a song or two from recent SPBGMA Award winners the Gibson Brothers, the Larry Stephenson Band, and the Farm Hands.  

In addition, there was a song or two from Connecticut performers, Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters.  Amy's most recent recording, "Everything I Wanted Love To Be" got a "Highlight Review" in the February issue of Bluegrass Unlimited.  If you missed the review, you can see it here (scroll down).  Look for Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters playing over the next few weeks in eastern CT at the Killingly Grange on February 28th and at the Bread Box Folk series in Willimantic on March 8th.

Hope you're able to join Jim on the radio next Sunday for another edition of Bluegrass Cafe starting at 4PM.  

Enjoy the week -- stay warm!

Amy


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Cold Wind / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / Diamond Joe / Rounder
  • Wind To The West / Blue Highway / Wind To The West / Rebel
  • The Howling Blue Winds / David Peterson & 1946 / The Howling Blue Winds / Self-Produced
  • Windy Mountain / Lonesome Pine Fiddlers / Windy Mountain / Bear Family
  • Hickory Wind / Seldom Scene with Emmylou Harris / Long Time...Seldom Scene / Smithsonian Folkways
  • If Lonely Was The Wind / Gary Ferguson / I'm Really Leaving / Webco
  • Candle In The Wind / IIIrd Tyme Out / IIIrd Tyme Out / Rebel
  • Lonesome Wind Blues / Rhonda Vincent / Back Home Again / Rounder
  • Your Love Is Like A Flower / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Jamboree / Columbia
  • Sunny Side Of The Mountain / Jimmy Martin / You Don't Know My Mind / Rounder
  • Banjo Signal / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • The Last Log Drive / Fred Pike, Sam Tidwell & the Kennebec Valley Boys / The Last Log Drive / Revonah
  • I Don't Know What To Do / Warrior River Boys / New Beginnings / Rounder
  • The Young Fisherwoman / Country Gentlemen / Folk Session Inside / Copper Creek
  • You Are My Flower / Traditional Grass / 10th Anniversary Collection / Rebel
  • Lake Champlain / BearTracks / Rough Edges / AMT Records
  • Another Day From Life / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / Another Day From Life / Rebel
  • Crazy Creek / Sally Van Meter / All In Good Time / Sugar Hill
  • Western Skies / Hot Rize / When I'm Free / Ten In Hand Records
  • Let The Whole World Talk / Johnson Mountain Boys / Let The Whole World Talk / Rounder
  • Lost In A Memory / Lou Reid & Carolina / 20th Anniversary Concert / KMA Records
  • Thinkin' Of Home / Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick / Laurie & Kathy Sing The Songs Of Vern & Ray / Spruce And Maple Music
  • Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way / Barry Berrier / First Time With Feeling / Pinecastle
  • On My Mind / Earls Of Leicester / The Earls Of Leicester / Rounder
  • Big Blue Raindrops / Del McCoury Band / The Streets Of Baltimore / McCoury Music
  • If I Lose / Roland White Band / Straight-Ahead Bluegrass / Self-Produced
  • My Home Is On This Ole Boxcar / Cody Shuler / Cody Shuler / Rural Rhythm
  • Born To Be With You / Blue Mafia / Pray For Rain / Pinecastle
  • There Ain't No Need To Be Lonely / Shannon & Heather Slaughter / Never Just A Song / Self-Produced
  • When The Bonnets Are In Bloom / Cody Shuler / Cody Shuler / Rural Rhythm
  • Sugar Coated Love / J.D. Crowe & the New South / Live In Japan / Rounder
  • Cold Cold Heart / Jeff White / The White Album / Rounder
  • Love Me Darlin', Just Tonight / Stanley Brothers / The Early Starday King Years, 1958-1961 / Gusto
  • The Ballad Of Buck & Don / Feller & Hill / Here Come Feller & Hill...Again! / Blue Circle Records
  • Flame In My Heart / Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters / Everything I Wanted Love To Be / Happy Appy Records
  • Leavin' / James King / These Old Pictures / Rounder
  • My Music Comes From Bill / Spinney Brothers / Tried & True / Mountain Fever Records
  • Evening Prayer Blues / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / In Session / Mountain Home
  • Bye Bye Love / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Cardboard Mansion / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Back To The Blue Ridge / Brandywine
  • Sad Situation / Delia Bell & Bill Grant / Dreaming / Rounder
  • Streets Of Gold / The Farm Hands / Better Than I Deserve / Pinecastle
  • Jesus Walked Upon The Water / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Trouble Follows Me / Rebel
  • (We're Goin') Just Over In The Gloryland / Bill Monroe / Anthology / MCA
  • Country Church / Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / The Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / Rebel
  • Won't It Be Wonderful There / Blue Sky Boys / On Radio, Volume 4 / Copper Creek
  • Get Behind Me Satan / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • Angel At Your Side / Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters / Everything I Wanted Love To Be / Happy Appy Records
  • The Touch Of God's Hand / Longview / Longview / Rounder
  • Pull Your Savior In / Larry Stephenson Band / Pull Your Savior In / Whysper Dream Music
  • I Have Found The Way / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, February 08, 2015

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 2/8/2015

Another Sunday afternoon found us waiting on another Sunday-into-Monday snow event here in eastern Connecticut, but we tried to warm things up right out of the chute with four "sunshine" songs.  It's a pity these songs didn't zoom us right into Spring, but that will happen in due time...


The "Award-Winning" Country Gentlemen, circa 1971ish.
(Bill Emerson, Doyle Lawson, Bill Yates, Charlie Waller)
Other "features" on Sunday's show included the sharing of a few more songs from the Bill Yates repertoire:  a couple each from Country Gentlemen and the Country Gentlemen Reunion Band, as well as one song from Bill's tenure with Red Allen & the Kentuckians.  We also shared a bit of newer music from 2015 recordings by Shannon & Heather Slaughter, Volume Five, Blue Mafia, the Farm Hands, and the Gibson Brothers.

As we were getting ready to close the show, the news arrived that the 2015
Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album had been awarded to the Earls of Leicester for their self-titled Rounder recording.  This group of Bluegrass all-stars (Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Shawn Camp, Barry Bales, Charlie Cushman, Johnny Warren) exists to play the music of Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys.  Does this group perform the songs of Lester & Earl better than the originals?  Nope!  Still, if this recording leads one listener to want to go back and explore the original music of Lester & Earl & the FMBs, so much the better!  

Coming up next weekend is the 30th annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Framingham, MA.  Jim and I will both be attending, so we sure hope to see some of you there, too.  Whether you can get there or not, though, I sure hope you'll join me on the radio next Sunday afternoon for another edition of Bluegrass Cafe.

Enjoy the week!

Amy 



SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL [Requests are RED]
  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Sunshine Special / Tennessee Mafia Jug Band / Screams From The Holler / Spring Fed Records
  • My Florida Sunshine / Claire Lynch / Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration / Rounder
  • Do You Know You Are My Sunshine / Dailey & Vincent / Dailey & Vincent Sing The Statler Brothers / Cracker Barrel
  • You Are My Sunshine / Norman Blake / O Brother, Where Art Thou? / Mercury
  • Never Again (Will I Knock On Your Door) / The Boxcars / It's Just A Road / Mountain Home
  • Wild Mountain Flowers For Mary / Lost & Found / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Wichita / Tim & Mollie O'Brien / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • The Crow / Tony Trischka with Steve Martin / Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular / Rounder
  • You Tried To Ruin My Name / Wilma Lee Cooper / O Sister / Rounder
  • Walls Of Time / Johnson Mountain Boys / Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration / Rounder
  • I've Got The Moon On My Side / Crowe Brothers / Forty Years Old / Mountain Fever Records
  • Crescent City Blues / Eddie Adcock / The Patuxent Banjo Project / Patuxent Music
  • Rocks In The River / Missy Werner / Turn This Heart Around / Self-Produced
  • Goin' To The Dance / Chris Warner with Tom Adams / Goin' To The Dance / Patuxent Music
  • I Got A Date / Nashville Bluegrass Band / Unleashed / Sugar Hill
  • Foggy Mountain Chimes / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Jamboree / Columbia
  • Banjo Boy Chimes / Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass / The Tradition Continues / Brandywine
  • Honky-Tonked To Death / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Trouble Follows Me / Rebel
  • Thank God For The Highways / Spinney Brothers / Tried & True / Mountain Fever Records
  • Country Life Looks Better (To Me Now) / Bill Emerson & Pete Goble / Webco Classics, Volume One / Pinecastle
  • Uphill Climb / Weary Hearts / By Heart / Flying Fish
  • Virginia Waltz / Jim & Jesse / First Sounds / Capitol
  • Her Love Won't Turn On A Dime / Lonesome River Band / Turn On A Dime / Mountain Home
  • Mama Don't Allow / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Take Me Back / Pinecastle
  • You're In My Heart / Weary Hearts / By Heart / Flying Fish
  • Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man / Volume Five with Rhonda Vincent / Voices / Mountain Fever Records
  • You'll Always Be My Blue Eyed Darling / Red Allen & Frank Wakefield / The WDON Recordings, 1963 / Patuxent Music
  • Ridin' The Lightnin', Ropin' The Storm / Shannon & Heather Slaughter / Never Just A Song / Self-Produced
  • Consider It Goodbye / Blue Mafia / Pray For Rain / Pinecastle
  • Colder And Colder / Volume Five / Voices / Mountain Fever Records
  • I'll Break Out Tonight / Bill Yates & Friends / The Country Gentlemen Tribute / MasterShield Records
  • Keep On Going / Red Allen & the Kentuckians / Keep On Going:  The Rebel & Melodeon Recordings / Rebel
  • Get In Line Buddy / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • Saro Jane / Roland White Band / Straight-Ahead Bluegrass / Self-Produced
  • Trains Are The Only Way To Fly / Audie Blaylock / Trains Are The Only Way To Fly / Self-Produced
  • Each Season Changes You / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Sad And Blue / BearTracks / Together 'Til The End / AMT Records
  • Steppin' Stones / Paul Williams / A Tribute To Jimmy Martin / Koch Records
  • Black-Eyed Susie / Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick / Laurie & Kathy Sing The Songs Of Vern & Ray / Spruce And Maple Music
  • Why Don't You Tell Me So / Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / On The Radio, 1952-1953 / Rounder
  • I'll Go Stepping Too / The Earls Of Leicester / The Earls Of Leicester / Rounder
  • Meet Me Over On The Other Side / Bill Yates & Friends / Country Gentlemen Tribute, Volume 2 / Self-Produced
  • Light At The River / Steve Gulley with Rickey Wasson / Family, Friends & Fellowship / Rural Rhythm
  • Pray For The Boys / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Jamboree / Columbia
  • Wicked Path Of Sin / Billy & Terry Smith / Bill Monroe Tribute / K-Tel Records
  • Shouting Time In Heaven / Kenny & Amanda Smith / Life Goes On / Rural Rhythm
  • He's Coming Back To Earth Again / Feller & Hill / Here Come Feller & Hill...Again! / Blue Circle Records
  • The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn / Stanley Brothers / All Gospel, All Bluegrass / Federal
  • Lord Don't Leave Me Here / Country Gentlemen / Let The Light Shine Down / Rebel
  • Over In The Gloryland / The Farm Hands / Better Than I Deserve / Pinecastle
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Playlist - 2/1/2015 - Remembering Bill Yates, Happy Birthday Del

Hi Folks.

On this day we remembered long time bass player and vocalist Bill Yates who passed away January 26, 2015 by playing songs he recorded with Jimmy Martin, and later The Country Gentlemen.


We also celebrated the 76th birthday 1 February of Del McCoury, one of the premier bluegrass performers alive today.  Del's catalog is vast -- every song we played was from from a different album and we didn't scratch the surface.  Coincidentally, Del McCoury Band fiddle player and current IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year, Jason Carter, celebrates his birthday on the same day.


A couple of albums were featured in addition to the above.  Ralph Stanley's newest effort was released a couple of weeks ago at Cracker Barrel, and we played a couple songs from that disc today.


The featured Heritage Corner LP was Just Pickin' by Strings of Five -- a 1978 recording by Hoyt Herbert, Ken Poovey, Steve Kilby, Bob Miller, Raymond Pennington, Lester Deaton, and Curtis Ballard.  The group appears to have been from North Carolina.

In addition to the new Ralph Stanley album, new music included the debut on Bluegrass Cafe of a single from Cody Shuler's upcoming new release, and the debut of a track from the new release from The Farm Hands.


Current favorites on the show included tracks from Michael Cleveland, Larry Gillis, Tommy Brown, The Earls of Leicester, Marteka and William, Jackson and Stiltner, Russ Carson, Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick, and Rob McCoury.


Earl Taylor & The Stoney Mountain Boys
Other Heritage Corner songs came from Ralph Stanley with Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs, Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys, Joe Val, The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover, Dave Evans, The Johnson Mountain Boys, and Mac Martin.

We hope you enjoyed something you heard on this show.  Be sure to tune in next Sunday when Amy will make the banjos and fiddles ring.

Jim Beaver

Bill Yates tribute in red.  Del McCoury birthday celebration in blue.


Artist / Song / Album / Label

  • The Johnson Mountain Boys / Big Rufus / Live At The Birchmere / Rounder
  • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / Johnny Thompson / On Down The Line / Compass
  • Cody Shuler / My Home is On This Ole Boxcar / single / Rural Rhythm
  • Ralph Stanley & Ralph Stanley II / Darling Little Joe / Side By Side / Rebel
  • Ralph Stanley (Feat. Ricky Skaggs & Keith Whitley) / Too Late To Cry / Great Bluegrass Performances - Ralph Stanley feat. Ricky Skaggs & Keith Whitley / CBuJ Recordings (from Jalyn LP) 
  • Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys / Living Like A Fool / Jimmy Martin 1954-1974 / Bear Family
  • Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys / Freeborn Man / Jimmy Martin 1954-1974 / Bear Family
  • Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys / Milwaukee Here I Come / Jimmy Martin 1954-1974 / Bear Family
  • The Country Gentlemen / Secret Of The Waterfall / The Award Winning Country Gentlemen / Rebel
  • The Country Gentlemen / Matterhorn / Live In Japan / Rebel
  • The Country Gentlemen / Darby's Castle / Sugar Hill Collection / Sugar Hill
  • Ralph Stanley & Friends / Brand New Tennessee Waltz (feat. Del McCoury) / Man of Constant Sorrow / Cracker Barrel
  • Larry Gillis / Three Sheets in the Wind / Swamp Folk / Self-Produced
  • Alex Leach / Moonshiner / Mountain Heartache / Self-released
  • Strings of Five / Heart Stealing Mama / Just Pickin' / Atteiram (LP)
  • Delia Bell and Bill Grant / Come Back To Me In My Dreams / Kiamichi Moon / Old Homestead
  • Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass / Fort Worth Jailhouse / Leaving This Town / Randm
  • Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers / Sea of Regret / She Left Me Standing On a Mountain / Blue Circle
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / When I'm Gone / Short Time To Stay Here / Flaming Heart
  • The Earls Of Leicester / On My Mind / The Earls of Leicester / Rounder
  • Strings of Five / Leave My Blues In Chicago / Just Pickin' / Atteiram (LP)
  • The Del McCoury Band / The Blue Side of Town / Blue Side of Town / Rounder
  • Del McCoury / I Feel the Blues Moving in / By Request / McCoury Music
  • Del McCoury / The Bluest Man in Town / A Deeper Shade of Blue / Rounder
  • Del McCoury / I've Endured / My Dixie Home / Rebel 
  • Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals / High on a Mountain / High on a Mountain / Rounder
  • Marteka and William / Yonder Stands Little Maggie / The Sounds Of A Tradition / Self-released
  • The Farm Hands / The Way That I Was Raised / Better Than I Deserve / Pinecastle
  • Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / I Been Walkin' / Road Into Town / Patuxent 
  • Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Cherokee Shuffle / Road Into Town / Patuxent
  • Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick / My Clinch Mountain Home / Laurie & Kathy Sing Songs of Vern & Ray / Spruce and Maple 
  • Jackson & Stiltner / Guitar Pickin' Truck Driver / Tribute To Bill Napier / Self Released
  • Russ Carson / Heartbreak Hall of Fame / Avenue Of The Giants / 2014 Patuxent 
  • Rob McCoury / John Henry / The 5 String Flamethrower / McCoury Music
  • Earl Taylor & Stoney Mountain Boys / White House Blues / Mountain Music Bluegrass Style / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Eddie & Martha Adcock / Spirited / Spirited / Pinecastle
  • The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / What Would the Profit Be / What Will I Leave Behind / Rebel 
  • Ralph Stanley & Friends / I Am the Man, Thomas / Man of Constant Sorrow / Cracker Barrel
  • Strings of Five / Touch of God's Hand / Just Pickin' / Atteiram (LP)
  • Joe Val / The Angels Rejoiced In Heaven Last Night / Diamond Joe / Rounder
  • Del McCoury / Mother's Prayer / Livin' On the Mountain / Rebel 
  • Fred Etheridge with Nick Anderson & Mark Doyle / What Would You Do / Pickin' And Singin' / Self-released
  • Mac Martin And The Dixie Travelers / Is She Praying There / Travelin' On / Copper Creek
  • The Johnson Mountain Boys / God's Not Dead / Favorites / Rounder
  • Dave Evans / You'll Never Walk The Streets Of Gold / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel 
  • Fred Etheridge with Nick Anderson & Mark Doyle / Walking in a Dream / Pickin' And Singin' / Self-released

Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/25/2015

Last Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe saw us here in eastern CT preparing for the latest "Storm of the Century" (which, in hindsight, was bad but not quite of "historic" proportions).  While we waited on the weather, we still shared a whole bunch of pretty darn good songs on the radio, and remembered a couple of wonderful folks who both were very important to the World of Bluegrass.  

Charlie Waller & Bill Yates
Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival
May 31, 1987
To celebrate what would have been Charlie Waller's 80th birthday on January 19th, we opened the show with three songs spanning a few of the 40+ years of Country Gentlemen recorded music -- all of them featuring that rich, neither high-nor-lonesome voice.  Since the January 25th show, we've also lost one of Charlie's long-time bandmates in the Country Gents -- Bill Yates.  Sometimes, I feel like I don't play nearly enough Country Gentlemen music on the air -- think I'll try to share a good deal more this year...

On January 16th, Miss Dixie Hall, perhaps with a name not as easily recognized as that of her Country Music Hall of Famer husband, Tom T., died.  Both Miss Dixie and Tom T. have been great champions of Bluegrass music in recent years, with Dixie writing approximately 500 Bluegrass songs which have been recorded by all sorts of performers over the last 15-20 years.  In recent years, it's been a sort of "challenge" to pick up a Bluegrass recording that didn't include at least one song either written or co-written by Miss Dixie.  Jim shared a whole bunch of those songs during the January 18th show, but since Miss Dixie wrote so many fine songs, it was fairly easy to put together another set Miss Dixie originals from a whole bunch of great performers.  We could probably fill another show or two with Dixie Hall music with no repeats.  To read more about the remarkable life of Miss Dixie, check out this fine obituary from the January 17th Tennessean.

Even with these tribute sets, there was still some time for some newer music from performers including Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the Seldom Scene, Hot Rize, the Earls Of Leicester, the Spinney Brothers, the Kevin Prater Band, Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick, and the Gibson Brothers.  We also included brand-new-to-us music from Shannon & Heather Slaughter, as well as Volume Five.

Jim will join you for tomorrow's Bluegrass Cafe...while we prepare for another snowstorm on Monday.  

Amy


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL [Requests are RED; Songs written or co-written by Dixie Hall are BLUE]

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Matterhorn / Country Gentlemen / Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • Riverboat Fantasy / Country Gentlemen / The Sugar Hill Collection / Sugar Hill
  • Mountains And Memories / Country Gentlemen / Souvenirs / Rebel
  • To Love Somebody / Paul Adkins & the Borderland Band / Reflections Of Love / Rebel
  • Walls Of Time / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Anthology / MCA
  • Proud Mary / Bill Emerson & Cliff Waldron / The Best Of Emerson & Waldron / Rebel
  • What Was I Supposed To Do / Lynn Morris Band / The Lynn Morris Band / Rounder
  • Too Late For Goodbyes / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / On Down The Line / Compass Records
  • Weep And Cry / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / In Session / Mountain Home
  • Head Over Heels / BearTracks / Makin' New Tracks / Self-Produced
  • Amandalyn / Merl Johnson / Better Man / Patuxent Music
  • Margie / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Live In Holland / Strictly Country
  • Count Me Out / Del McCoury Band / Del And The Boys / Ceili Music
  • Roll Big River / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / In Session / Mountain Home
  • Big Train From Memphis / Seldom Scene / Long Time...Seldom Scene / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Let Me Be Your Friend / Stanley Brothers / The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers / Columbia
  • Just Wondering Why / Jim & Jesse / First Sounds:  The Capitol Years / Capitol
  • Gamblin' Man / Wayne Taylor / Movin' On / Raincoe Music
  • Washington And Lee Fling / Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / To Warm And Comfort You / Rebel
  • The Waves On The Sea / Johnson Mountain Boys / Working Close / Rounder
  • Blow Out The Candle, Laura / Linda Lay & Sammy Shelor / Taking The Crooked Road Home / Virginia Folk Life
  • Killer On The Loose / Josh Williams / Lonesome Highway / Pinecastle
  • Pickin' Like A Girl / Daughters The Bluegrass / Pickin' Like A Girl / Blue Circle Records
  • One Of Those Days When I Miss Lester Flatt / Tom T. Hall / Tom T. Hall Sings Miss Dixie & Tom T. / Blue Circle Records
  • Can You Hear Me Now / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / More Behind The Picture Than The Wall / Rounder
  • Whiskey Willie / Charlie Sizemore Band / Good News / Rounder
  • Walk Slow / Heather Berry & Tony Mabe / The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show / Mountain Fever Records
  • New Pair Of Glasses / David Peterson & 1946 / The Howling Blue Winds / Self-Produced
  • Poverty Row / Cedar Hill / Poverty Row / Blue Circle Records
  • A Hero In Harlan / Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / Lost Souls & Free Spirits / Rebel
  • Holdin' On When You've Let Go / Crowe Brothers / Brothers-n-Harmony / Rural Rhythm
  • Let Me Fly Low / Charlie Waller & the Country Gentlemen / Songs Of The American Spirit / Pinecastle
  • Long Time Gone / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Sky Rider / Hot Rize / When I'm Free / Ten In Hand Records
  • 'Til The End Of The World Rolls 'Round / Earls Of Leicester / The Earls Of Leicester / Rounder
  • Moonshiner / Heather & Shannon Slaughter / Single / Self-Produced
  • Flaming Red / Barnstar! / Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out! / Signature Sounds
  • Hen Scratchin' Stomp / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • Troublesome Waters / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Gospel / Columbia
  • Honey In The Rock / Kevin Prater Band / Were You There / Sound Maker Studio
  • Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man / Volume Five with Rhonda Vincent / Voices / Mountain Fever Records
  • I Wanna Walk With Jesus / Spinney Brothers / Tried & True / Mountain Fever Records
  • Touch Of God's Hand / Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick / Laurie & Kathy Sing The Songs Of Vern & Ray / Spruce And Maple Music
  • In A Little Village Churchyard / Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / What Will I Leave Behind / Rebel
  • Get In The Boat / Jeanette Williams Band / Get In The Boat / Bell Buckle Records
  • What A Wonderful Savior Is He / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Playlist - 1/18/2015 - Remembering Miss Dixie

Hi Folks.


Tom T. and Dixie Hall
Most of the first hour of this show was devoted to the songs written or co-written by Dixie Hall, wife of Tom T. Hall, prolific bluegrass songwriter and bluegrass supporter, and friend of animals.  "Miss Dixie," as she was known by many, passed away Friday, January 16th.

The impact Miss Dixie and her famous spouse had on bluegrass music in the past couple of decades was profound.  There are likely more songs recorded in the genre penned by the songwriting team of Tom T and Dixie than any other writing entity.  They supported new or struggling bluegrass musicians by providing songs and sometimes jobs and sustenance to get them over a hump.  Any monetary remuneration for their efforts was donated to the Bluegrass Trust Fund managed by IBMA. 

We barely scratched the surface of Miss Dixie's songs recorded by a wide variety of musicians in the first hour, and we find ourselves playing her songs frequently on the show without even trying.


A good article about Miss Dixie from Bluegrass Unlimited can be read here.


Godspeed, Miss Dixie.


We debuted the second single from the new album from Darin and Brooke Aldridge, played a few songs from The Gibson Brothers' new brother duet album, and played other newer music from The Spinney Brothers; Junior Sisk; Tommy Brown; Doyle Lawson; Crow, Lawson & Williams; Becky Buller; The Earls of Leicester; Marteka and William; Russ Carson; Joe Mullins; Lonesome River Band; Larry Gillis; and The South Carolina Broadcasters.

The Heritage Corner brought forth music from Buzz Busby, The Wilson Brothers, The Johnson Mountain Boys, Bill Clifton, The Stanley Brothers, Carl Story, and Larry Richardson.


Join Amy next week when she will make the banjos and fiddles ring at the Bluegrass Cafe.


Jim Beaver


Songs with Dixie Hall writing credit in blue


Artist / Song / Album / Label
  • Buzz Busby / Mandolin Tango / Going Home / Starday
  • The Spinney Brothers / I Wish That I Could Have Met Carter / No Borders / Mountain Fever 
  • Big Country Bluegrass / I'm Putting on My Leaving Shoes / Memories Of The Past / Rebel
  • Travers Chandler & Avery County / The Stanley Brothers / Pardon Me... / Mountain Fever
  • The Spinney Brothers / I Want My Dog Back / No Borders / Mountain Fever 
  • Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road / That's Kentucky / Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road / Rural Rhythm
  • Feller & Hill & the Bluegrass Buckaroos / Government Blues / Feller & Hill & the Bluegrass Buckaroos / Self-Produced
  • Rhonda Vincent / Don't Act / All American Bluegrass Girl / Universal 
  • Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / Where I Am / Lonely Comes Easy / Rebel
  • Ralph Stanley II / I Think I Hear a Train / Born to Be a Drifter / Stanley Family 
  • Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / The Grave Robber / The Heart Of A Song / Rebel
  • Carolina Road / A Light In the Window Again / Back To My Roots / Rural Rhythm
  • Cedar Hill / I've Got A Thing About Doors / I've Got A Thing About Doors / Blue Circle 
  • Big Country Bluegrass / The Boys In Hats And Ties / The Boys In Hats & Ties / Rebel 
  • Nothin' Fancy / Uncle Ermine's Fiddle / Nothin' Fancy / Virginia Dreams
  • Mark Newton Band / Blues for Breakfast / No Boundaries / Rebel Records Llc
  • Jerry Butler & The Blu-J's / A Stranger In My Own Home Town / A Stranger In My Own Home Town / Blue Circle
  • Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / One Door Away / Cloud of Dust / GSM
  • The Gibson Brothers / Angel With Blue Eyes / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Darin & Brooke Aldridge / My Rose of Old Kentucky / Snapshots / Mountain Home
  • Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Walk Slow / Trouble Follows Me / Rebel
  • The Johnson Mountain Boys / Darlin' I'm Coming Home / Walls Of Time / Rounder
  • The Spinney Brothers / My Music Comes From Bill / Tried & True / Mountain Fever
  • Dave Evans / Don't Go out Tonight Darling / Bad Moon Shining / Rebel Records Llc
  • Alex Leach / Mountain Heartache / Mountain Heartache / Self-released
  • The Wilson Brothers / Lonesome Old Home / Lonesome Old Home / Crosscut
  • Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers / Little Mountain Home / She Left Me Standing On a Mountain / Blue Circle
  • Rhonda Vincent / O'er Yonder Hill / Rhonda Vincent Performs Songs From The House with the Red Light / Upper Management
  • Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass / A Dark Road is a Hard Road to Travel / Leaving This Town / Randm
  • The Earls Of Leicester / Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down / The Earls of Leicester / Rounder
  • Bill Clifton with the Pick Of The Crop / Southern Moon / Where The Rainbow Finds Its End / Elf
  • The Gibson Brothers / How Mountain Girls Can Love / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Delia Bell and Bill Grant / The Last Old Shovel / Kiamichi Moon / Old Homestead
  • Larry Gillis / Swamp Leach / Swamp Folk / Self-Produced
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Roll Big River / In Session / Mountain Home
  • Becky Buller / Queen of the Mountain Bootleggers / 'Tween Earth And Sky / Dark Shadow
  • Lonesome River Band / Her Love Won't Turn On a Dime / Turn On a Dime / Mountain Home
  • Windy Hill / The Game of Love Is a Gamble / Lonesome Garbage Man / Self Released
  • Crowe, Lawson & Williams / Don't Laugh / Standing Tall And Tough / Mountain Home
  • Marteka and William / Rambling Gambler / The Sounds Of A Tradition / Self-released
  • Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / Goin' Back to My Kentucky Country Home / Another Day From Life / Rebel
  • Russ Carson / Stone Cold / Avenue Of The Giants / Patuxent
  • Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers / Eight Steps Toward the Lord / She Left Me Standing On a Mountain / Blue Circle
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / Stand with Me / Diamonds In The Rough / Flaming Heart
  • Larry Richardson and the Blue Ridge Boys With Buddy Pendleton / Paul and Silas / Larry Richardson and the Blue Ridge Boys With Buddy Pendleton On Fiddle / Old Blue Records
  • Tom T. Hall / The Beautiful River of Life / Home Grown / Mercury
  • The Mark Newton Band / I'll Cross Over Jordan Someday / Charlie Lawson's Still / Rebel
  • The Gibson Brothers / I Have Found the Way / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Carl Story / You Don't Love God / Complete Atteiram Collection / Gusto
  • The Stanley Brothers / Wicked Path Of Sin / Folk Festival / Self-released
  • Dave Evans / The Man in the Middle / Hang Out A Light For Me / Rebel 
  • The Wilson Brothers / Heavenly Highway / Lonesome Old Home / Crosscut
  • Fred Etheridge with Nick Anderson & Mark Doyle / Walking in a Dream / Pickin' And Singin' / Self-released

Sunday, January 11, 2015

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/11/2015

The Gibson Brothers played to a packed house on January 10th


Sunday's show was my first of 2015, and it was a fun one!  There were songs to "celebrate" the cold and chill of January, a few tunes to remember the birthday of Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price, and several selections from the soon-to-be-released Rounder recording for the Gibson Brothers -- "Brotherhood."  Hope you were able to tune in to the show!  

Happy Birthday, Ray Price
(January 12, 1926-December 16, 2003)
As far as country music performers who have been covered in the Bluegrass World, the music of Ray Price must rank right toward the top.  We could have played several more than six Ray Price selections to remember what would have been the 89th birthday of this Country Music Hall of Famer on January 12th, but we limited ourselves to two songs sung by the Cherokee Cowboy, himself, as well as four covers from IIIrd Tyme Out, Mickey Harris, the Del McCoury Band, and White Mountain Bluegrass.

Hitting the stores on February 24th, but
hitting the WHUS airwaves now...
After seeing the ever-popular Gibson Brothers perform in Lexington, MA on Saturday evening, it was fun to be able to play a few selections from the Gibsons' new record -- their Rounder Records debut -- which will be officially released on February 24th.  This tribute to brother duos from one of the best brother duos working today has been talked about and "in the making" for what seems like forever.  The good thing is that the record is outstanding with a nice variety of selections from several brother duos, including the Monroe Brothers, Blue Sky Boys, the Louvin Brothers, Jim & Jesse, the Osborne Brothers, and the Everly Brothers, to name just a few.  

Sure hope you have a nice week, and that you'll be sure to join Jim for next Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe!

Amy





SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL [REQUESTS ARE RED]

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Out In The Cold World / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1957-1958 / JSP Records
  • Love Grown Cold / Lynn Morris Band / The Bramble And The Rose / Rounder
  • Cold And Windy Night / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder
  • Stone Cold Loneliness / Bluegrass Cardinals / Mountain Girl / BGC Records
  • Cold Virginia Night / Ronnie Bowman / Cold Virginia Night / Rebel
  • Chilly Winds / Johnny Williams / Close Kin / Mountain Roads Recordings
  • Chilly Winds / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • Cold Chill Of Gone / Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad / Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad / SteelTown Records
  • Dooley / The Dillards / There Is A Time / Vanguard
  • Mandolin Twist / Buzz Busby / 35 Years Of The Best In Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Ice Covered Birches / Cliff Waldron / 35 Years Of The Best In Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Rain And Snow / Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Fuji Mountain Breakdown / Bluegrass 45 / 35 Years Of The Best In Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Send Me Your Address From Heaven / Red Allen / Lonesome And Blue / Rebel
  • Road Into Town / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Road Into Town / Patuxent Music
  • Too Blue To Have The Blues / Detour / Going Nowhere Fast / Mountain Fever Records
  • Just Joshin' / Phil Leadbetter with Jerry Douglas & Rob Ickes / The Next Move / Pinecastle
  • I Can't Be Bothered / Flatt Lonesome / Too / Mountain Home
  • Lost Highway / Crowe Brothers / Forty Years Old / Mountain Fever Records
  • I'm Troubled I'm Troubled / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Are You From Dixie? / Blue Sky Boys / Are You From Dixie? / BMG
  • Each Season Changes You / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • My Favorite Memory / Osborne Brothers / Yesterday, Today, And The Osborne Brothers / Decca
  • Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Hard Hearted / Jim & Jesse / In The Tradition / Rounder
  • I Can't Go Home Like This / Ray Price / Columbia Country Classics / Columbia
  • Crazy Arms / IIIrd Tyme Out / Puttin' New Roots Down / Rebel
  • Move On In And Stay / Mickey Harris / Dog House Blues / MJH Records
  • I'll Be There / Del McCoury Band / The Cold Hard Facts / Rounder
  • My Shoes Keep Walking Back / White Mountain Bluegrass / January Weekend / ROwn Records
  • Heartaches By The Number / Ray Price / Columbia Country Classics / Columbia
  • Roll Big River / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / In Session / Mountain Home
  • Ain't It Funny / Lou Reid / When It Rains / Sugar Hill
  • How Many Times / Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick / Laurie & Kathy Sing The Songs Of Vern & Ray / Spruce & Maple Music
  • Some Old Day / Springfield Exit / / Patuxent Music
  • May You Never Be Alone Like Me / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / Another Day From Life / Rebel
  • Talk To Me Lonesome Heart / Larry Stephenson with Connie Smith & Marty Stuart / 20th Anniversary / Pinecastle
  • Fiddler's Blues / Larry Gillis / Swamp Folk / Self-Produced
  • Southern Flavor / Becky Buller / 'Tween Earth And Sky / Dark Shadow Recording
  • Like My Dog / Darren Nicholson / Things Left Undone / Self-Produced
  • Bluegrass Blues / Steep Canyon Rangers / The Steep Canyon Rangers / Rebel
  • Journey To My Savior's Side / Missy Werner Band / Three Kinds Of Lonesome / Self-Produced
  • Stormy Waters / Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys / Singing All Day And Dinner On The Ground / MME
  • I'm Goin' Up When He Starts Down / BlueRidge / Gettin' Ready / Pinecastle
  • I Want To Live LIke Christ My Savior / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • It's Just Like Heaven / Country Gentlemen / Every Time I Feel The Spirit / Sugar Hill
  • I Wouldn't Take Nothin' For My Journey Now / Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band / Wings Of Gold / Rebel
  • Who Will Sing For Me / Earls Of Leicester / The Earls Of Leicester / Rounder
  • I Have Found The Way / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder