Sunday, March 22, 2015

Playlist - 3/22/2015

Hi Folks.

There were no preemptions on this show, so we celebrated by playing three hours of what we wanted to hear, and sampled some new music as well.
Monroe Crossing (MN)

We had three big ticket giveaways for upcoming concerts in the area, so we played music from Monroe Crossing (concert 3/27 in South Windsor CT), Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (concert 3/29 in Hartford), and Rhonda Vincent (concert 4/11 in Hamden CT) as we gave away tickets for those shows.  There will be more ticket giveaways coming, so stay tuned.

New music was represented by Johnny Warren & Charlie Cushman; The Gibson Brothers; Randall Hibbitts; Adkins & Loudermilk; Larry GillisRachel Burge & Blue Dawning; Breaking Grass; Mountain Faith; Volume Five; The Spinney Brothers; and Cody Shuler.  

Other goodies not yet off our recent-music list included songs from Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers; Alex Leach; The South Carolina Broadcasters; Michael Cleveland; Ben and Eric Marshall; Jackson & Stiltner; Junior Sisk; Windy Hill; Marteka and William; Windy Hill; and Tommy Edwards.

We loaded up the Heritage Corner and brought forth some legacy delights from Jimmy Martin; Bill Clifton; The Dillards; Bob Paisley; Don Stover; Tony Rice; early Karl Shiflett; Red Allen & Frank Wakefield; Monroe Fields, Jimmie Williams & Red Ellis; and The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover.

The delightful center of the Heritage Corner was filled by a complete "Basement Tape" segment of The Gillis Brothers recorded by Ray Davis in 1993.

We finished with a special treat.  Since October 2010 I have closed my shows with "Walking In A Dream" performed by the late Fred Etheridge with Mark Doyle and Nick Anderson.  For this show we played a solo piano version of the song performed by Mark Doyle just for Bluegrass Cafe.

Tune in next Sunday when Amy will make the banjos and fiddles ring, and give away more concert tickets.


Jim Beaver


Artist / Song / Album / Label

  • Larry Gillis / Crazy Russian / Swamp Folk / Tin Man
  • Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys / Dog Bite Your Hide / 1954-1974 / Bear Family
  • Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder / You Can't Hurt Ham / Music to My Ears / Skaggs Family
  • Bill Clifton And His Dixie Mountain Boys / A Flower Blooming In The Wildwood / Bluegrass Historic Cuts Selected For Quality / JSP
  • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / Fiddlin' Joe / On Down The Line / Compass Records
  • Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass / Lonesome Without You / Leaving This Town / Randm
  • The Dillards / Banjo In The Hollow / Early Recordings - 1959 / Varèse Sarabande
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / Little Birdie / Short Time To Stay Here / Flaming Heart
  • Monroe Crossing / Rocky Road Blues / Live From Silver Dollar City / Self-released
  • Bob Paisley and the Southern Grass / Uncle Ned / Back To The Blue Ridge / Brandywine
  • The Gillis Brothers / Instrumental, Nobody's Business, Standing Room Only, Your Worries & Troubles Are Mine, Pass Me Not / Radio Series Volume Seven / Wango
  • Windy Hill / Just to See Who's in My Place / Lonesome Garbage Man / Self Released
  • Ben and Eric Marshall / Just My Memory of You (feat. The Marshall Brothers and Highroad) / Grass Roots Project / Ben and Eric Marshall
  • Adkins & Loudermilk / Georgia Mountain Man / Adkins & Loudermilk / Mountain Fever
  • Rhonda Vincent / Only Me (featuring Willie Nelson) / Only Me / Upper Management
  • Don Stover / Old Coon Dog / Live At Davis & Elkins College / White Oak
  • Foggy Mountain Hilton / You're Gonna be Sorry Some Of These Days / Show Me the Way to Go Home / Patuxent
  • Alex Leach / Mountain Heartache / Mountain Heartache / Self-released
  • Jackson & Stiltner / Pinball Blues / Tribute To Bill Napier / Self Released
  • The Gibson Brothers / I'm Troubled I'm Troubled / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Tony Rice / Church Street Blues / Church Street Blues / Rounder
  • Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers / Our Darling's Gone / She Left Me Standing On a Mountain / Blue Circle
  • Randall Hibbitts / Can't Take It Anymore / Traveler / Randall Hibbitts
  • Marteka and William / Reuben / The Sounds Of A Tradition / Self-released
  • Red Allen, Frank Wakefield and The Kentuckians / Sweet Sunny South / The WDON Recordings 1963 / Patuxent
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band / Walkin' in the Sunshine / Welcome to Woody Creek / Dualtone
  • Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning / Sisters of the Mountain / Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning / Mountain Fever
  • Tommy Edwards / Devil's Tramping Ground / North Carolina History, Mystery, Lore & More / Salisbury Street
  • The Spinney Brothers / My Music Comes From Bill / Tried & True / Mountain Fever
  • Johnny Warren & Charlie Cushman / Back To Foggy Mountain / Purely Instrumental / Self-released
  • Johnny Warren & Charlie Cushman / Peelin' Taters / Purely Instrumental / Self-released
  • Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Six White Horses / Collectors Series Vol. 1 / Self-released
  • Monroe Crossing / Nail That Catfish to a Tree / Live at Silver Dollar City / Self-released
  • Breaking Grass / Raining In Virginia / Just As Strong / Mountain Fever
  • Mountain Faith / Feelin' Blue / Blue / Mountain Fever
  • Volume Five / King of California / Voices / Mountain Fever
  • Jimmie Williams & Red Ellis / I've Won My Crown / Classic Bluegrass Gospel / B.A.C.M
  • Cody Shuler / Sea of Galilee / Cody Shuler / Rural Rhythm
  • Monroe Fields with Carl Sauceman and the Green Valley Boys / There's Only One Way To Heaven / 1950s-60s Broadcasts / Patuxent
  • The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / I'll Live On / What Will I Leave Behind / Rebel
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / River of Jordan / Can You Hear Me Now / Flaming Heart
  • Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Jesus Walked Upon the Water / Trouble Follows Me / Rebel
  • Rhonda Vincent / Good News / Performs Songs From The House With The Red Light / Upper Management
  • Mountain Heart / The Gospel Train / Road That Never Ends - The Live Album / Rural Rhythm
  • Monroe Crossing / I Saw The Light / Joy Joy Joy / Self-released
  • Mark Doyle / Walking In A Dream / private single / no label

Sunday, March 15, 2015

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 3/15/2015

It's March, and that generally means tournament time for various UCONN Sports activities.  Sunday's radio show was no exception to that rule, as we were left with about 80 minutes (of 180) of our broadcast time after the Men's Basketball loss in their tournament.  

In the time remaining, we managed to squeeze in birthday music for folks like Raymond Fairchild, Bob Paisley, Tim O'Brien, and Ronnie McCoury, as well as a whole set of music celebrating St. Patrick's Day this week.  In addition, there was newer music from Adkins & Loudermilk, the Grass Cats, Billy Hurt, the Spinney Brothers, and the Gibson Brothers.  

Not sure if the sports schedule will include preemptions of our Bluegrass Cafe next Sunday, but we shall see...

In the meantime, have a good week!  

Amy



SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL 

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Miller's Cave / Michael Cleveland with Audie Blaylock / Let 'Er Go, Boys! / Rounder
  • I'll Be On That Good Road Someday / Nashville Bluegrass Band / Home Of The Blues / Sugar Hill
  • Whoa Mule / Raymond Fairchild / Little Zane / Copper Creek [Raymond Fairchild birthday:  3/15/1939]
  • Old Hickory Cane / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Live In Holland / Strictly Country [Bob Paisley birthday:  3/14/1931]
  • How Many Times / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Steeped In Tradition / Brandywine
  • Fell In Love (And I Can't Get Out) / Tim O'Brien / Odd Man In / Sugar Hill [Tim O'Brien birthday:  3/16/1954]
  • Noppet Hill Breakdown / Ronnie McCoury / Heartbreak Town / Rounder [Ronnie McCoury birthday:  3/16/1967]
  • Colleen Malone / Hot Rize / Take It Home / Sugar Hill
  • A Walk In The Irish Rain / California / Traveler / Sugar Hill
  • Irish Spring / Country Gentlemen / The Complete Vanguard Recordings / Vanguard
  • My Wild Irish Rose / Larry Stephenson Band / On Fire / Pinecastle
  • Georgia Mountain Man / Adkins & Loudermilk / Adkins & Loudermilk / Mountain Fever Records
  • Can It Get More Lonesome Than This / The Grass Cats / The Old School Road / New Time Records
  • Grassy Fiddle Blues / Billy Hurt, Jr. / Fiddlin' Billy Hurt / Patuxent Music
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot / Adkins & Loudermilk / Adkins & Loudermilk / Mountain Fever Records
  • These Men Of God / Country Gentlemen / Let The Light Shine Down / Rebel
  • I'm Going To Make Heaven My Home / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Recordings / Mercury
  • 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
  • They Can Only Fill One Grave / Old Time Bluegrass Singers / Plastic Heart / Open Road
  • What A Wonderful Savior Is He / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • God Loves His Children / Joe Val / Diamond Joe / Rounder
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Friday, March 13, 2015

Amy's almost-birthday, not at all Bluegrass fill-in - 3/13/2015

I had an opportunity this morning to do a 3-hour fill-in for Jimmy T.'s "Sugar Shack" radio program at WHUS.  Jimmy T.'s show is pretty eclectic, so when I fill in for him, it's fun to play whatever strikes my fancy.  Today, my choice was fairly classic country, and my country selections spanned from the late 1920s to the early 1990s.  Of course, as always, I brought in many more CDs than I was able to play during the show, but it was an enjoyable block of time spent for me -- and hopefully for whoever might have listened, too.

My "spotlight" Country Music Hall of Famer today turned out to be the Southern Gentleman -- Sonny James.  Why Sonny James?  While preparing for this fill-in, I knew it was going to air on the day before my birthday, and I wondered what the #1 Billboard Country chart topper was during the week I was born.  It turns out that it was Sonny James with his version of a song previously recorded by Roy Orbison:  "Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel)."  Figuring I'd play that song during today's fill-in, I also tracked down a couple other well-known Sonny James hits, including his mega-hit crossover record from 1957, "Young Love."  Sonny James had an incredible string of hit records from the 1950s to the 1980s, and even did a little bit of Bluegrass fiddling with Jim & Jesse in his early performing days.  

Today's show also included a 1963 recording which might have been one of the
No Statler credit on this 1963
single, but you can definitely
hear 'em on the record
very first-ever for the
Statler Brothers.  Before they went to work with Johnny Cash in March 1964 (and finally found chart success with "Flowers On The Wall" in early 1965), the Statlers were just a vocal group trying to find their way to success while living in their Shenandoah Valley hometown of Staunton, Virginia.  In 1963, the Statlers went into a tiny recording studio in Salem, Virginia and recorded a song with local singer, Shirlee Hunter.  The song they recorded was "Billy Christian" -- a tune that had been written by a local DJ named Thomas Hall.  The song was not a hit, but the Statlers liked it so well that they re-recorded it as their third single a year later for Columbia Records.   While that Columbia version wasn't very popular, either, it turned out that the "Billy Christian" WAS still a success, but only as the flip side of "Flowers On The Wall."  And by the way, Thomas Hall found some success later on -- as Tom T. Hall.  


Looks like our Bluegrass Cafe might have a bit of a late start due to another UCONN sports preemption on Sunday afternoon, but we hope you'll join us, anyway...whenever the show might air between 4PM and 7PM.  

Enjoy the weekend!

Amy


TITLE / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL


  • The Foggy Mountain Top / Carter Family / RCA Country Legends / BMG
  • Keep On The Sunny Side / Carter Family / Opry Country Classics, Volume 2 / Opry Music
  • There You Go / Johnny Cash / The Essential Johnny Cash / Columbia
  • Ballad Of A Teenage Queen / Johnny Cash / The Essential Johnny Cash / Columbia
  • Blue Yodel No. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues) / Jimmie Rodgers / The Essential Jimmie Rodgers / RCA
  • T.B. Blues / Jimmie Rodgers / The Essential Jimmie Rodgers / RCA
  • Blue Yodel No. 4 / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / The Essential Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Columbia
  • Southern Cannonball / Hank Snow / The Goldrush Is Over / Bear Family
  • Wreck On The Highway / Roy Acuff / The Essential Roy Acuff / Columbia Legacy
  • Why Baby Why / George Jones / The Essential George Jones / Epic Legacy
  • Let's Say Goodbye Like We Said Hello / Ernest Tubb / The Definitive Collection / MCA
  • Blue Kentucky Girl / Loretta Lynn / Country Music Hall Of Fame / MCA
  • Wondering / Webb Pierce / 20th Century Masters / Decca
  • I'm Movin' On / Hank Snow / RCA Country Legends / RCA
  • Ain't Had No Lovin' / Connie Smith / The Essential Connie Smith / BMG
  • Lovesick Blues / Hank Williams / Live At The Grand Ole Opry / Mercury
  • You And Me / Kitty Wells & Red Foley / The Complete Country Hits / Acrobat
  • I'm A Stranger In My Home / Kitty Wells & Red Foley / Makin' Believe / Country Stars
  • Oh So Many Years / Webb Pierce with Kitty Wells / The Collection, '52-'60 / Acrobat
  • A Satisfied Mind / Porter Wagoner / The Essential Porter Wagoner / RCA
  • Home / Joe Diffie / A Thousand Winding Roads / Epic
  • Chiseled In Stone / Vern Gosdon / Super Hits / Sony BMG
  • I'm No Stranger To The Rain / Keith Whitley / Super Hits / BMG
  • Don't Cheat In Our Hometown / Ricky Skaggs / Country Gentleman:  The Best Of Ricky Skaggs / Sony
  • Chug-A-Lug / Roger Miller / 20th Century Masters / Mercury
  • Two Cigarettes In An Ashtray / Patsy Cline / The Birth Of A Star / Razor & Tie
  • Pistol Packin' Mama / Al Dexter & His Troopers / Columbia Country Classics / Columbia
  • After The Sunrise / Chuck Wagon Gang / Columbia Country Classics / Columbia
  • I'll Live With God (To Die No More) / Louvin Brothers / The Family Who Prays / Country Stars
  • They'll Never Take Her Love From Me / Hank Williams / Live At The Grand Ole Opry / Mercury
  • The Wild Side Of Life / Hank Thompson / Your Cheatin' Heart / Dynamic
  • Take These Chains From My Heart / Ray Price / Sing Me A Hank Williams Song / Time Life
  • You Done Me Wrong / Ray Price / The Essential Ray Price / Legacy
  • Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel) / Sonny James / The Capitol Top Ten Hits, Volume 2 / Capitol
  • Take Good Care Of Her / Sonny James / Billboard Top Country Hits, 1966 / Rhino
  • Are You Missing Me / Jim & Jesse / Jim & Jesse, 1952-1955 / Bear FAmily
  • Young Love / Sonny James / Lipstick On Your Collar / Ideal Music
  • Wake Up Little Susie / Everly Brothers / 36 All-Time Favorites / Cema
  • Bye Bye Love / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Nine Pound Hammer / Tommy Emmanuel / Center Stage / Favored Nations Acoustic
  • Apartment #9 / Tammy Wynette / The Essential Tammy Wynette / Epic Legacy
  • Billy Christian / Shirlee Hunter with the Statler Brothers / single / Salem Records
  • Do You Remember These / Statler Brothers / Innerview / Mercury
  • Call Me Up And I'll Come Calling On You / Marty Robbins / Live Classics / Sony
  • It's A Lovely Lovely World / Carl Smith / Let's Live A Little / Living Era
  • Hello Darlin' / Conway Twitty / The #1 Hits Collection / MCA
  • Hey Porter / Johnny Cash / The Essential Johnny Cash / Columbia
  • I Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me) / Buck Owens / 21 #1 Hits Collection / Rhino

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Playlist - 3/8/2015 - Don Stover

Hi Folks.

With all the spurts preemptions going on at UCONN lately, it is a wonder we have a show at all. This week we managed to salvage an hour and 49 minutes out of the five hours we normally program along with Red Rooster Party.

It being the start of Daylight Savings Time, we played our perennial favorite about the day by Grandpa Jones after we kicked off the show with Doug Dillard's blazing "Hickory Hollow" -- a tune he dreamed!  Doug, who died in 2012, was born March 6, 1937.  That birthday was shared with Carl Sauceman (b.1922-d.1984) and Don Stover (b.1928-d.1996). 
Don Stover



We carried on a significant musical tribute to Don Stover by including music Don performed for the field recorded Mountain Music Bluegrass Style (1959), a couple songs from his classic album Things In Life, several numbers from a solo performance Don did in 1985, and a requested number from The Lilly Brothers and Don Stover.

New music included fiddle instrumentals from Billy Hurt, Jr., a selection from Robert Earl Keen's new bluegrass album, The Gibson Brothers doing a York Brothers duet back-to-back with The York Brothers' own original version.  (The Gibsons came out good on this.)


Other newer music on this show included songs from Larry Gillis, Ben and Eric Marshall (whom we may have introduced here to New England), The South Carolina Broadcasters, Windy Hill, Larry Sparks, Crowe-Lawson-Williams, The Easter Brothers, and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice.





We hope you were able to navigate the preemptions and find us when we were on the air.  Amy will try again next Sunday to make the banjos and fiddles ring.

Jim Beaver







Artist / Song / Album / Label


  • The Dillards / Hickory Hollow / Back Porch Bluegrass / Rhino / Elektra
  • Grandpa Jones / Daylight Savings Time / An American Original / CMH Records
  • Monroe Fields with Carl Sauceman and the Green Valley Boys / The Old Home Town / 1950s-60s Broadcasts / Patuxent
  • Ben and Eric Marshall / Just as Sure as the Stars Are Above (feat. The Marshall Brothers and Highroad) / Grass Roots Project / Self-released
  • Larry Gillis / Three Sheets in the Wind / Swamp Folk / Tin Man
  • Billy Hurt, Jr. / Sally Ann Johnson / Fiddlin' Billy Hurt / Patuxent
  • Don Reno & Red Smiley / Big Ball In Brooklyn / On Stage / Copper Creek
  • Don Stover, Everett Lilly, Chubby Anthony / Bile 'em Cabbage Down / Mountain Music Bluegrass Style! / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Don Stover / Valley of Peace / Things in Life / Rounder
  • Don Stover / Old Rueben No. 1 / Things in Life / Rounder
  • Don Stover / John Hardy  / Live At Davis & Elkins College / White Oak
  • Don Stover / Poor Ellen Smith / Live At Davis & Elkins College / White Oak
  • Don Stover / You're Bound To Look Like A Monkey When You Grow Old / Live At Davis & Elkins College / White Oak
  • Don Stover / Things In Life / Live At Davis & Elkins College / White Oak
  • The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / The Waves on the Sea / Bluegrass At the Roots, 1961 / Smithsonian Folkways 
  • The York Brothers / Long Gone / Long Time Gone / Ace
  • The Gibson Brothers / Long Gone / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Billy Hurt, Jr. / Poca River Blues / Fiddlin' Billy Hurt / Patuxent 
  • Billy Hurt, Jr. / Old Jake Gillie / Fiddlin' Billy Hurt / Patuxent 
  • Billy Hurt, Jr. / Dance all Night With a Bottle in Your Hand / Fiddlin' Billy Hurt / Patuxent 
  • Larry Sparks with Bobby Osborne / Letter from My Darling / Lonesome And Then Some... / Rebel
  • Windy Hill / Pinecone Banjo / Lonesome Garbage Man / Self Released
  • Crowe, Lawson & Williams / My Walking Shoes / Standing Tall And Tough / Mountain Home
  • Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Honky-Tonked to Death / Trouble Follows Me / Rebel
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / Going up Home to Live in Green Pastures / Diamonds In The Rough / Flaming Heart
  • Rhonda Vincent / When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder / Performs Songs From The House With The Red Light / Upper Management
  • Robert Earl Keen / This World is Not My Home / Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions / Dualtone
  • The Easter Brothers / Let the Hallelujahs Roll / I'd Do It All Over Again / Pisgah Ridge
  • Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass / Sweeping Through the Gates / The Tradition Continues / Brandywine
  • Ralph Stanley / Two Coats (feat. Robert Plant) / Man of Constant Sorrow / Cracker Barrel
  • Jimmie Williams & Red Ellis / A Place Upon a Mountain / Classic Bluegrass Gospel / B.A.C.M
  • The Misty Mountain Boys / The Family Who Prays / Bluegrass Piedmont Style / Master Shield
  • Chief Powatan & His Bluegrass Braves / Take Me In Your Lifeboat / Mountain Laurel Bluegrass Memories / Mountain Laurel
  • Fred Etheridge with Nick Anderson & Mark Doyle / Walking in a Dream / Pickin' And Singin' / Self-released

Sunday, March 01, 2015

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 3/1/2015

Although this sounds like a broken record (of sorts), Sunday may have brought in a new month, but it was another snowy day in Storrs, Connecticut.  Yuck!  Our Bluegrass Cafe included a good mix of older music, as well as new music from a few very brand new recordings and/or new performers including a new gospel recording from Feller & Hill ("I Firmly Promise You" on their own Tommy Hillpicker Records), the debut recording on Patuxent Music from Springfield Exit ("That Was Then"), plus a single from John Curtis Goad -- a young performer who is also a writer for Bluegrass Today.  Other newer recordings we heard came from Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, Volume Five, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Cody Shuler, Shannon & Heather Slaughter, and the Gibson Brothers.  

Jim will join you next Sunday afternoon for what should be a full 3-hour, non-preempted timeslot beginning at 4PM.  

Have a good week!

Amy




SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL [Requests are RED]
  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Lost Highway / Crowe Brothers / Forty Years Old / Mountain Fever Records
  • You'll Get No More Of Me / Lynn Morris Band / Lynn Morris Band / Rounder
  • Walk Through This World With Me / Seldom Scene / Scene 20 / Sugar Hill [celebrating the birthday of John Duffey - March 4, 1934]
  • Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone / Jimmy Gaudreau / In Good Company / CMH
  • Cumberland River / Dailey & Vincent / Dailey & Vincent / Rounder
  • Leavin's Heavy On My Mind / The Grascals / The Grascals / Rounder
  • I Can't Stand To Ramble / Good Ol' Persons / Good N' Live / Sugar Hill
  • Sourwood Mountain / Hammertowne / Hammertowne / Mountain Fever Records
  • By The Mark / Dailey & Vincent / Dailey & Vincent / Rounder
  • Lonesome, Sad And Blue / Lonesome Pine Fiddlers / Windy Mountain / Bear Family
  • Willow Creek Dam / American Drive / American Drive / Rural Rhythm
  • It's Just A Road / The Boxcars / It's Just A Road / Mountain Home
  • The Windowsill Song / Daughters Of Bluegrass feat. Becky Buller / Pickin' Like A Girl / Blue Circle Records
  • Maple Sugar / Bass Mountain Boys with Chubby Wise / Fiddlin' With Tradition / BMM Records
  • I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do / Red Allen, Frank Wakefield & the Kentuckians / The WDON Recordings, 1963 / Patuxent Music
  • Down Where The River Bends / J.D. Crowe / Bluegrass Holiday / Rebel
  • Whispering Waters / Audie Blaylock & Redline / Audie Blaylock & Redline / Rural Rhythm
  • You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man / White Mountain Bluegrass / Aragon Mill / Strictly Country
  • Don't Say Goodbye If You Love Me / Bill Harrell with Jim McReynolds / Bill Harrell & Friends / Rebel
  • The Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake / Big Country Bluegrass / Memories Of The Past / Rebel
  • Still Climbing Mountains / Blue Highway / Still Climbing Mountains / Rounder
  • New Camptown Races / Muleskinner / Muleskinner Live / Sierra
  • How Much I'm Missing You / Spinney Brothers / Tried & True / Mountain Fever Records
  • Lonely Violet / Peg & Ed / Lonely Violet / Self-Produced
  • Listen To Me Mother / Springfield Exit / That Was Then / Patuxent Music
  • One Door Away / Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / Live At The Old Feed Store / GSM Records
  • Dream Softly / Volume Five / Voices / Mountain Fever Records
  • Regina / John Curtis Goad / single / Self-Produced
  • Let's / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / Snapshots / Mountain Home
  • Little Community Church / Feller & Hill / I Firmly Promise You / Tommy Hillpicker Records
  • You Ain't Going Nowhere / Springfield Exit / That Was Then / Patuxent Music
  • The White Dove / Stanley Brothers / The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers / Columbia Legacy [recorded March 1, 1949 for Columbia Records]
  • Long Gone / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Greenville Trestle High / Junior Sisk & Joe Mullins / Hall Of Fame Bluegrass! / Rebel
  • Shadows In My Room / Shannon & Heather Slaughter / Never Just A Song / Self-Produced
  • Yellow River / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / The Original Band / Sugar Hill
  • I'd Rather Be Alone / Roland White Band / Straight-Ahead Bluegrass / Self-Produced
  • Till The End Of The World Rolls 'Round / Earls Of Leicester / The Earls Of Leicester / Rounder
  • Big River / Nashville Bluegrass Band / The Boys Are Back In Town / Sugar Hill [celebrating the birthday of Johnny Cash - February 26, 1932]
  • Get In Line Brother / Marty Stuart / Way Down Deep In My Soul / Sugar Hill
  • I Am The Road / Hot Rize / When I'm Free / Ten In Hand Records
  • Don't Act / Rhonda Vincent / All American Bluegrass Girl / Rounder
  • Sea Of Galilee / Cody Shuler / Cody Shuler / Rural Rhythm
  • Do You Live What You Preach / Crowe, Lawson & Williams / Standing Tall And Tough / Mountain Home
  • I'll Live Again / Feller & Hill / I Firmly Promise You / Tommy Hillpicker Records
  • I'm Going To Make Heaven My Home / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Recordings / Mercury
  • Shouting In The Air / Johnson Mountain Boys / Let The Whole World Talk / Rounder
  • Heavenward Bound / Country Gentlemen / Let The Light Shine Down / Rebel
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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