Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/25/2015

As we prepare for a potential blizzard here in eastern Connecticut starting on Monday afternoon, here's a quick recap of the songs that made up Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe.  We'll provide a few more details about these selections later on this week, but for now, here's the playlist...

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

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Playlist - 1/4/2015

Hi Folks.

For the first show of 2015 I decided to play some things I've been listening to lately.

That included new music from Larry Gillis; Phil Leadbetter; The Spinny BrothersLarry Sparks; Nathan Stanley; Marteka and WilliamCrowe, Lawson & Williams; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; Tommy Brown; The Earls of LeiscesterLonesome River Band; Randall Hibbitts; Russ Carson; Larry Stephenson; Missy WernerBecky Buller; The South Carolina Broadcasters; and Mac Wiseman.

There were several notable Heritage Corner specials including three tracks from the 1986 Ray Davis recording of Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys Introducing James King.   We also heard a track from the first Johnson Mountain Boys album on Rounder that has never been reissued on CD.  Probably the rarest thing we heard was a track recorded for a movie soundtrack in 1961 by Don Reno & Red Smiley.

Other Heritage Corner classics included tracks from Buzz Busby; The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover;The Dillards; The Virginia Mountain Boys; Dave Evans; Joe Val; Flatt & Scruggs; Red Allen and Frank Wakefield; The Stanley Brothers; and Rafe Brady.





There was a high music-to-noise ratio on this show, and it was a good feeling all around.  We hope you enjoyed listening as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you.

Amy will be back next Sunday making the banjos and fiddles ring, so don't forget to tune in.

Jim Beaver



Artist / Song / Album / Label

  • Larry Gillis / Crazy Russian / Swamp Folk / Tinman
  • Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers / Waves On The Sea / She Left Me Standing On a Mountain / Blue Circle
  • Junior Blankenship / Mary Ann / The Newsboy / Self-released
  • The Johnson Mountain Boys / Darling Do You Know Who Loves You / The Johnson Mountain Boys / Rounder (LP)
  • The Lilly Brothers and Don Stover / Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy / Early Recordings / Rebel
  • The Lilly Brothers and Don Stover / Tragic Romance / Early Recordings / Rebel
  • Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Margie / Road Into Town / Patuxent
  • The Spinney Brothers / Gonna Catch A Train (Leavin' You Behind) / Tried & True / Mountain Fever
  • Travers Chandler & Avery County / Long Black Limo / Pardon Me... / Mountain Fever
  • Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys Introducing James King / Don't Go Out Tonight / Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys Introducing James King / Wango (LP)
  • Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys Introducing James King / Another Night / Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys Introducing James King / Wango (LP)
  • Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys Introducing James King / Our Last Goodbye / Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys Introducing James King / Wango (LP)
  • Missy Werner / Rocks in the River / Turn This Heart Around / Self-Produced
  • Larry Sparks / Bitterweeds / Lonesome and Then Some: A Classic 50th Celebration / Rebel
  • The Campbell Trio / Lonesome Day / We're Hooked On Bluegrass / Woodrich
  • Phil Leadbetter / I've Never Seen a Love that Wasn't Blind / The Next Move / Pinecastle
  • Nathan Stanley / Meet Me By The Moonlight / The Legacy Continues / Self-released
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / Let Me Fall / Short Time To Stay Here / Flaming Heart
  • Don Reno and Red Smiley / My Blushing Red Rose / Songs For My Many / Grassound (LP)
  • The Dillards / Katy Cline / Early Recordings - 1959 / Varèse Sarabande
  • Bluegrass Mountaineers / Going to Georgia / Going To Georgia / Self-released
  • Flatt and Scruggs / Footprints In The Snow / At Carnegie Hall / Columbia
  • Flatt and Scruggs / The Martha White Theme / At Carnegie Hall / Columbia
  • Crowe, Lawson & Williams / My Walking Shoes / Standing Tall And Tough / Mountain Home
  • Marteka and William / I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome / The Sounds Of A Tradition / Self-released
  • Russ Carson / Let Me Rest at the End of My Journey / Avenue Of The Giants / Patuxent
  • Country Gentlemen / I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow / On The Road (And More) / Smithsonian Folkways
  • The Stanley Brothers / How Mountain Girls Can Love / Folk Festival / Self-released
  • The Stanley Brothers / Rabbit in a Log / Folk Festival / Self-released
  • The Earl Brothers / Bone Down / Outlaw Hillbilly / Big Hen
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Weep and Cry / In Session / Mountain Home
  • Dave Evans / Six Feet Under the Ground / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel Records Llc
  • The Earls Of Leicester / You're Not a Drop in the Bucket / The Earls of Leicester / Rounder
  • Alex Leach / New River Girl / Mountain Heartache / Self-released
  • The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / My West Virginia Girl / Collectors Series Volume One / KSBC Music
  • Red Allen, Frank Wakefield and The Kentuckians / Give Me The Flowers While I'm Living / The WDON Recordings 1963 / Patuxent
  • Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass / Let Them Know I'm from Virginia / Leaving This Town / Randm
  • Lonesome River Band / Bonnie Brown / Turn On a Dime / Mountain Home
  • Rafe Brady / Sunny Home In Dixie / Cherokee Rose / Hertage Records
  • Johnson Mountain Boys / Johnson Mountain Chimes / Walls Of Time / Rounder
  • Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / Where the Old Red River Flows / One Morning In May / Rounder
  • Buzz Busby / Banjo Whiz / Going Home / Starday Records
  • Buzz Busby / Lost / Going Home / Starday
  • The Bear Bridge Band / One More Ride / One More Ride / Open Road
  • Foggy Mountain Hilton / Bluegrass Music Has Ruined My Life / Show Me the Way to Go Home / Patuxent
  • Randall Hibbitts / Memories of the Past / Traveler / Randall Hibbitts
  • Larry Gillis / Swamp Folk / Swamp Folk / Tinman
  • The Virginia Mountain Boys / Little Willie / Virginia Mountain Boys, Vol. 4 / Smithsonian Folkways
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / Traveling the Highway Home / Diamonds In The Rough / Flaming Heart
  • Mac Wiseman / Will There be Any Stars in My Crown / Songs From My Mother's Hand / Wrinkled Records
  • Becky Buller / I Prayed for You / 'Tween Earth And Sky / Dark Shadow 
  • Unplugged Demos (Myrna Riquier) / Hello Lord / Momma's Flowers / Natchaug Music
  • David Peterson / On the Other Side of Jordan / Simplicity / Self-released
  • Lee Marcus / Life's Railway To Heavan / Grandpa's Pond / Self-released
  • Larry Stephenson Band / Pull Your Savior In / Pull Your Savior In / Whysper Dream
  • Mickey Boles / Since I've Laid My Burdens Down / Let My Feet Go Runnin' / Self-released
  • Jimmie Williams & Red Ellis / I Heard the Cry from the Cross / Classic Bluegrass Gospel / B.A.C.M
  • Fred Etheridge with Nick Anderson & Mark Doyle / Walking in a Dream / Pickin' And Singin' / Self-released

Sunday, December 28, 2014

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 12/28/2014

Our last Bluegrass Cafe to air in 2014 was a slightly sports-preempted one, as UConn Men's Hockey took over our WHUS airwaves at 6PM.  Still, in the two hours remaining, we covered a lot of ground as we celebrated birthdays, looked back at some of the Bluegrass folks we've said goodbye to in 2014, shared some newer music, as well as favorites from the year, and even remembered Hank Williams.  Hope you were able to join us, but if not, read on...

Happy Birthday, Tom Venne!
The show began with songs performed by two gentlemen celebrating birthdays today -- December 28th.  We heard from both Nightflyer (featuring birthday boy Rick Hayes on the lead vocal and mandolin), as well as BearTracks (with birthday celebrant Tom Venne singing the lead vocal on a song he wrote).  Happy Birthday to each of them!

While the Bluegrass World lost a good number of performers and behind-the-scenes folks this year, we remembered a few of those who passed by playing some music from White Mountain Bluegrass (Hazel McGee died October 27th), James Alan Shelton (d. June 3rd), George Shuffler (d. April 7th), and the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (band co-founder Lester Armisted died May 2nd).  There's no better way to remember these folks than by sharing their music, and we'll continue to do that in 2015 and beyond.


There was a bit of new music to share this week, too, including brand new recordings from Johnny Williams ("Going My Way" on Mountain Roads Recordings), Long Island's Buddy Merriam & Back Roads ("The Farm" on Buddy's own LilyPad Records), and a debut recording from songwriter Damian Muller called "Steady Work."  

And we couldn't have any kind of music show so close to January 1st without remembering a man who might have been country music's greatest songwriter:  Hank Williams.  It has been nearly 62 years since Hank Williams died on January 1, 1953 -- more than twice as many years as how long this troubled singer-songwriter lived -- but the influence of Hank lives on...probably forever.  

Thanks so much for your support of Bluegrass Cafe this year!  Best wishes to you for health and happiness -- and more Bluegrass! -- in 2015!  Get your year started off right next Sunday when Jim joins you for what we hope will be a full three hours of Bluegrass Cafe!

Amy


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • The Hangman's Daughter / Nightflyer / Nightflyer / Kang Records [Rick Hayes birthday, December 28]
  • Ta Ta, The Brushoff / BearTracks / Makin' Tracks / Self-Produced [Tom Venne birthday, December 28]
  • Looks Like Snow / Stephen Moughin / That's What I Love About Christmas:  Timeless Seasonal Songs Penned By Rick Lang / RLM Records
  • Footprints In The Snow / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1940-1946 / JSP Records
  • Six Feet Of Snow / Neon Valley Boys / Bluegrass / Sudden Comfort Records
  • Grandfather's Clock / Fred Pike, Bill Rawlings & the Twin River Boys / Authentic Bluegrass Folk Music / Osage Records
  • Teardrops In My Eyes / Fred Pike, Bill Rawlings & the Twin River Boys / Authentic Bluegrass Folk Music / Osage Records
  • Church On The Foot Of The Hill / White Mountain Bluegrass / Aragon Mill / Strictly Country
  • Soldier's Joy / James Alan Shelton / Walking Down The Line / Sheltone Records
  • I Am A Pilgrim / George Shuffler / Aged To Perfection / Copper Creek 
  • Down In Union County / Tennessee Mafia Jug Band / Screams From The Holler / Spring Fed Records
  • Nine Pound Hammer / George Shuffler / Aged To Perfection / Copper Creek
  • Monday Blues / Balsam Range / Five / Mountain Home
  • Rough Edges / Missy Werner / Turn This Heart Around / Self-Produced
  • Going Back To My Kentucky Country Home / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / Another Day From Life / Rebel
  • Doggone / Hot Rize / When I'm Free / Ten In Hand Records
  • Reasons Why / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / In Session / Mountain Home
  • You're Not A Drop In The Bucket / The Earls Of Leicester / The Earls Of Leicester / Rounder
  • I'll Go Steppin' Too / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1952-1955 / JSP Records
  • Don't Let Your Deal Go Down / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1955-1959 / JSP Records
  • You Can Feel It In Your Soul / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1952-1955 / JSP Records
  • Old Fashioned Preacher / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1952-1955 / JSP Records
  • China Grove, My Hometown / Curly Seckler / Down In Caroline / Copper Creek [Curly Seckler born December 25, 1917]
  • Sailor's Regret / Johnny Williams / Going My Way / Mountain Roads Recordings
  • Berkshire Mountains Waltz / Buddy Merriam & Back Roads / The Farm / LilyPad Records
  • Cold Cold Heart / Spinney Brothers / Going Home / Self-Produced
  • I Saw The Light / Hank Williams / Gospel Keepsakes / Time Life
  • Press On / Damian Muller / Steady Work / Self-Produced
  • Pray For Me / Steve Gulley / Family, Friends & Fellowship / Rural Rhythm
  • Call His Name / Johnson Mountain Boys / Working Close / Rounder
  • Free Salvation / Del McCoury Band / The Streets Of Baltimore / McCoury Music
  • Auld Lang Syne / Bill Keith / O Christmas Tree / Rounder


Monday, December 22, 2014

Playlist - 12/21/2014 - Christmas

Hi Folks.

In spite of our best intentions, we were reduced to a 1-hour show because of a spurts preemption. Our intention was to program a typical show and intersperse bluegrass Christmas music along the way. We were able to do this for one hour.

We introduced several notable new recordings on this show including the surprising debut of Ruben & Matt and the Truffle Valley Boys -- surprising because they are from Italy, and have pretty much nailed the traditional bluegrass sounds of the 1950s.  You can check out their Facebook page here.

Ruben & Matt and the Truffle Valley Boys
Other new recordings included music from Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle, Cody Shuler, and Christmas music from The Roys.

Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle
Recent favorites included songs from Marteka & William, Larry Sparks, Tommy Brown, Turning Ground, Phil Leadbetter, and Alex Leach.

Alex Leach


The Heritage Corner included music from The Stanley Brothers, Dave Evans, The Johnson Mountain Boys, Doc Watson, and Dry Branch Fire Squad.

Amy is scheduled to be with you next Sunday to make the banjos and fiddles ring, so make an appointment to tune in.

Jim Beaver

Artist / Song / Disk / Label

  • Marteka and William / Sally Goodwin / The Sounds Of A Tradition / Self-released
  • Larry Sparks / Will You Be Satisfied That Way / Lonesome And Then Some... / Rebel
  • The Johnson Mountain Boys / Darlin' I'm Coming Home / Walls Of Time / Rounder
  • The Johnson Mountain Boys / The Friendly Beasts / Acoustic Holidays / Rounder
  • Ruben & Matt and the Truffle Valley Boys / Theme / Single / Self-released
  • Ruben & Matt and the Truffle Valley Boys / Nashville Jail / Single / Self-released
  • Ruben & Matt and the Truffle Valley Boys / Teardrops Mixed With Rain / Single / Self-released
  • The Stanley Brothers / Christmas Is Near / Christmas Time's A-Comin' / Time Life
  • Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle / Leaving Crazytown / Fresh Cuts & Key Tracks No.2 - 2014 / Rural Rhythm
  • Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass / Leaving This Town Little Darlin' / Leaving This Town / Randm
  • Cody Shuler / My Home Is On This Ole Boxcar / Fresh Cuts & Key Tracks No.2 - 2014 / Rural Rhythm
  • The Roys / Bluegrass Kinda Christmas / Bluegrass Kinda Christmas / Rural Rhythm
  • Turning Ground / Old Memories / Cell Of Mine / Self-released
  • Phil Leadbetter / Just Joshin' with Jerry Douglas & Rob Ikes / The Next Move / Pinecastle
  • Alex Leach / Miller's Cave / Mountain Heartache / Self-released
  • Doc Watson / New Born King / Single / United Artists
  • Dave Evans / When The Snow Falls On My Foggy Mountain Home / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel Records Llc
  • Rueben & Matt and the Truffle Valley Boys / The Lord's Last Supper / Single / Self Released
  • Dry Branch Fire Squad / Jesus On The Mainline / Long Journey / Rounder [requested]

Sunday, December 14, 2014

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 12/14/2014

New music from Doyle in January! 
What a mixed-up Sunday!  From 4-6PM, there was supposed to be a preemption for Men's Basketball.  However, due to a technical glitch, that broadcast never happened.  Instead, we took back our Bluegrass broadcast a bit earlier than the 6PM end time of the original game, and put together a compact edition of Bluegrass Cafe.

Coming soon in 2015...a new record from Springfield Exit!
The music we played on Sunday's shortened show included a little bit of Christmas music -- a couple of country tunes mixed in with some Bluegrass Christmas.  New music figured a little bit into the show, too, with some fresh-from-the-mailbox music from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, as well as single releases from forthcoming projects by Cody Shuler, as well as Springfield Exit.  There was even a little bit of new Christmas music from a collection of songs written by New Hampshire songwriter Rick Lang, and an a cappella carol  for the season from Nightflyer.

This show was my last scheduled turn on the radio before Christmas, but I strongly encourage you to join Jim next Sunday for what should be a full three-hour broadcast.  

Merry Christmas to all!

Amy


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL



  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Christmas Story / Nashville Bluegrass Band / Tinsel Tunes / Sugar Hill
  • Jingle Bells / Reno & Smiley / The True Meaning Of Christmas / Gusto
  • Reindeer Boogie / Hank Snow / Hillbilly Holiday / Rhino
  • Bluegrass Christmas / McCoury Brothers / Christmas Time's A-Comin' / Time Life
  • Christmas Country Style / Statler Brothers / Christmas Present / Mercury
  • Christmas Time's A-Comin' / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Christmas Time's A-Comin' / Time Life
  • Dusty Old World / Gibson Brothers / They Called It Music / Compass Records
  • Rose Of My Heart / Whitstein Brothers / Rose Of My Heart / Rounder
  • Roll Big River / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / In Session / Mountain Home
  • My Home Is On This Ole Boxcar / Cody Shuler / single / Self-Produced
  • Some Old Day / Springfield Exit / single / Patuxent Music
  • I'll Go Steppin' Too / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1952-1955 / JSP Records
  • That Star Belongs To Me / Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / On The Radio, 1952-1953 / Rounder
  • Travelin' On And On / David Peterson & 1946 / David Peterson & 1946 / Self-Produced
  • Angels From On High / Jana Mougin / That's What I Love About Christmas:  Timeless Seasonal Songs Penned By Rick Lang / RLM Records
  • Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem / Stanley Brothers / All Gospel, All Bluegrass / Federal
  • O Holy Night / Nightflyer / single / Kang Records
  • The Place Prepared For Me / Country Gentlemen / Calling My Children Home / Rebel
  • Turn Your Radio On / Chris Hillman / Way Down Deep In My Soul / Sugar Hill
  • Precious Child / Tony Trischka / Glory Shone Around / Rounder
  • Sweeping Through The Gates / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Forty Years Of Trouble / Strictly Country