Sunday, June 18, 2017

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 6/18/2017

Happy Father's Day to Alton Orlomoski -- and
all of our favorite dads!
There was so much to celebrate on our Bluegrass Cafe this week!  In addition to sharing lots of songs performed by Bluegrass fathers who work(ed) in bands with their offspring, we also heard several songs with dad as the main subject.  Hope the dads in our listening audience all had a most wonderful -- and relaxing -- Father's Day!

Two notable members of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame either would have celebrated or are celebrating a birthday this week.  What better way to remember these two gentlemen than by sharing a few some of their music?  To that end, we heard lots of Lester Flatt (who was born on June 19, 1914) and Eddie Adcock (who turns 79 on June 21st).  

In between all of those father songs and birthday songs, we included a small sample of tunes featured on the soon-to-be released record from Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks & Asheville Bluegrass -- "Forever And A Day" -- on Rebel Records.  If you like traditional-sounding Bluegrass, this seems like a dandy.

Hope to see you again next Sunday afternoon, 4-7PM!

Enjoy the week!

Amy O.


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

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Have You Come To Say Goodbye / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Radio Gems / Radio Gems [Lester Flatt birthday, 6/19/1914]
  • We'll Meet Again Sweetheart / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Sides, 1948-1950 / JSP Records [Lester Flatt birthday, 6/19/1914]
  • If I Should Wander Back Tonight / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Sides, 1950-1952 / JSP Records [Lester Flatt birthday, 6/19/1914]
  • A Hundred Years From Now / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Radio Gems / Radio Gems [Lester Flatt birthday, 6/19/1914]
  • Old Dogs, Children, And Watermelon Wine / Charlie Sizemore / The Story Is... The Songs Of Tom T. Hall / Rebel
  • Where The Old Red River Flows / King Wilkie / Broke / Rebel
  • Eight More Miles / Laurie Lewis, Claire Lynch, Lynn Morris, & Rhonda Vincent / O Sister! / Rounder
  • Chicken Reel / Jim & Jesse / In The Tradition / Rounder
  • Broke Down And Lonesome / King Wilkie / Broke / Rebel
  • Cedar City Blues / Eddie Adcock / The Patuxent Banjo Project / Patuxent Music [Eddie Adcock birthday, 6/21/1938]
  • Matterhorn / Country Gentlemen / Can't You Hear Me Callin':  Early Classics, 1963-1969 / Rebel [Eddie Adcock birthday, 6/21/1938]
  • I Got Wise / Eddie & Martha Adcock / TwoGrass / Pinecastle [Eddie Adcock birthday, 6/21/1938]
  • Nightwalk / Country Gentlemen / Folk Session Inside / Copper Creek [Eddie Adcock birthday, 6/21/1938]
  • Roll On Buddy / Bill & James Monroe / Bean Blossom / MCA
  • Aragon Mill / White Mountain Bluegrass / Aragon Mill / Strictly Country
  • Papa's Wagon / Traditional Grass / 10th Anniversary / Rebel
  • Love, O' Love Please Come Home [sic] / Reno & Smiley / Bluegrass 1963 / Rural Rhythm
  • Pathway Of Teardrops / Bobby Osborne / Original / Compass Records
  • Wild Bill Jones / Ralph Stanley & Ralph Stanley II / Side By Side / Rebel
  • Bergold's Farm / Feinberg Brothers / Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • The Cowboy Lives Forever / The Whites / A Lifetime In The Making / Ceili Music
  • Where The Wild River Rolls / Bob Amos / Borrowed Time / Bristlecone
  • I Couldn't Believe It Was True / Bluegrass Cardinals / The Bluegrass Cardinals / Copper Creek
  • Down Among The Budded Roses / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Heritage / Brandywine
  • The Precious Jewel / Tennessee Mafia Jug Band / Barnyard Frolic / RME Records
  • Evil Hearted Woman / Parmley & McCoury / Families Of Tradition / BGC
  • Roust-A-Bout / Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks & Asheville Bluegrass / Forever And A Day / Rebel
  • Zuma Swing / Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks & Asheville Bluegrass / Forever And A Day / Rebel
  • Gold Rush / O'Connor Family Band / Live! / OMAC Records
  • Row Number Two, Seat Number Three / Laura Orshaw / Songs Of Lost Yesterdays / Self-Produced
  • Proud To Be Your Dad / Spinney Brothers / Tried & True / Mountain Fever Records
  • My Father's Son / Ricky Skaggs / My Father's Son / Sony
  • Farm Of Yesterday / Gibson Brothers / Ring The Bell / Compass Records
  • That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine / Traver Hollow / By Request / Self-Produced
  • Old Hickory Cane / Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass / The Tradition Continues / Brandywine
  • Me And Dad / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Rural Rhythm
  • Father Of The Bride / Bear Bridge Band / A Bluegrass Sampler / Open Road
  • Daddy Frank / Jim Mills with Paul Brewster / Hide Head Blues / Sugar Hill
  • Wicked Path Of Sin / Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks & Asheville Bluegrass / Forever And A Day / Rebel
  • Daddy Did His Best / Dale Ann Bradley / Send The Angels / Mountain Home
  • I'll Be No Stranger There / Blue Sky Boys / Farm & Fun Time Favorites, Volume One / Copper Creek
  • Free Salvation / Del McCoury Band / The Streets Of Baltimore / McCoury Music
  • You Can Feel It In Your Soul / Alan Bibey & Grasstowne / 4 / Mountain Fever Records
  • Over In The Gloryland / Reno & Smiley with the Stanley Brothers / Bluegrass 1963 / Rural Rhythm
  • It's Gonna Rain / Kathy Kallick [Good Ol' Persons] / Count Your Blessings:  A Bluegrass Gospel Collection / Live Oak Records
  • There Is A Fountain / Bluegrass Cardinals / The Bluegrass Cardinals / Copper Creek
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot / Parmley & McCoury / Families Of Tradition / KBC
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Monday, June 12, 2017

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 6/11/2017

Connecticut trio, Still Pickin' has recently issued their
very first group CD -- "Reuben's Train"
During Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe, we didn't really shine any spotlights on any one performer in particular, but instead, we shared a whole bunch of fine music from a whole lot of top-notch performers.  Hopefully, we met that goal.

In addition to a bunch of classic tunes from classic performers, we included a tiny bit of newer music from projects by Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Connecticut trio Still Pickin', Rob Benzing, Aaron "Frosty" Foster, Hammertowne, and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice.  

Hope you'll consider joining me once again next Sunday afternoon -- 4-7PM -- for our Bluegrass Cafe!

Have a good week - 
Amy O.



SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Cold Wind / Joe Val / Diamond Joe / Rounder
  • Nine Pound Hammer / Jimmy Gaudreau's Bluegrass Unit / Live In Holland / Strictly Country
  • Margie / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Live In Holland / Strictly Country
  • Diamond Joe / Joe Val / Diamond Joe / Rounder
  • I'm Lonesome, Sad, And So Blue / Traver Hollow / By Request / Self-Produced
  • Making Up Stories / Johnson Mountain Boys / Live At The Birchmere / Rounder
  • Love Of The Mountains / Lost & Found / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Bluegrass Swing / Feinberg Brothers / Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • Be Nobody's Darling But Mine / Larry Sparks / Lonesome And Blue:  More Favorites / Rebel
  • These Old Blues / Traver Hollow / By Request / Self-Produced
  • Down The Road / Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass / Lester Raymond Flatt / Flying Fish
  • Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms / Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass / Bean Blossom / MCA
  • Petticoat Junction / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Grand Ole Opry Live Classics:  The Bluegrass Collection / Opry Music
  • The Old Home Town / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Sides, 1950-1952 / JSP Records
  • Your Love Is Like A Flower / Bluegrass Album Band / The Bluegrass Compact Disc, Volume 2 / Rounder
  • My False Sweetheart / Crowe & McLaughlin / Going Back / Rounder
  • Love Me Darling Just Tonight / Stanley Brothers / Selected Cuts, 1956-1959 / JSP Records
  • Dreams About The Hills Of Home / Bluegrass Patriots / Through The Years...Favorite Songs And Requests / Red Feather
  • I Took Mama To The Opry / Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike / Small Town Heroes / Bell Buckle Records
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Blues / Bill Clifton / The Early Years, 1957-1958 / Rounder
  • Lonesome Pine Breakdown / Lonesome Pine Fiddlers / Windy Mountain / Bear Family
  • The Court Of Love / Rhonda Vincent / Taken / Upper Management Music
  • The Year The Clayton Delaney Died / Charlie Sizemore / The Story Is... The Songs Of Tom T. Hall / Rebel
  • I Don't Do Floors / James King / Bed By The Window / Rounder
  • Bessie's Tune / Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike / Small Town Heroes / Bell Buckle Records
  • You Left Me Alone / Country Gentlemen / Can't You Hear Me Callin':  Early Classics, 1963-1969 / Rebel
  • (Legend Of The) Brown Mountain Light / Country Gentlemen / Classic Bluegrass / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Going To The West / Laura Orshaw / Songs Of Lost Yesterdays / Self-Produced
  • Anatone / Still PIckin' Trio / Reuben's Train / Self-Produced
  • Sockeye / Rob Benzing / Rob Benzing / Patuxent Music
  • Songbird / Aaron "Frosty" Foster / Opening Doors / Self-Produced
  • Hillbilly Heroes / Hammertowne / Hillbilly Heroes / Mountain Fever Records
  • Rawhide / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Classic Bluegrass / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Drink Up And Go Home / Jimmy Martin / Good 'N' Country & Country Music Time / Jasmine
  • Skip, Hop And Wobble / Jimmy Martin / Good 'N' Country & Country Music Time / Jasmine
  • Picture In The Moonlight / Gibson Brothers / Spread Your Wings / Hay Holler
  • Green Mountain Girl / Seth Sawyer Band / Green Mountain Girl / Self-Produced
  • Kentucky Country Home / Sideline / Session 2 / Mountain Fever Records
  • Blue Grass Stomp / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Sho Nuff Country! / Patuxent Music
  • Bring Back My Blue-Eyed Boy To Me / Straight Drive / I'll Take A Page From Your Book / Cabinwood Music
  • Shape Up Or Ship Out / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / The Mountains Are Calling Me Home / Mountain Fever Records
  • I Will Always Be Waiting For You / Jim & Jesse / Jim & Jesse, 1952-1955 / Bear Family
  • Oh Ye Must Be Born Again / Dailey & Vincent / Brothers From Different Mothers / Rounder
  • Lord Have Mercy (On My Soul) / Lou Reid & Carolina / 20th Anniversary Concert / KMA Records
  • Journey To My Savior's Side / Missy Werner Band / Three Kinds Of Lonesome / Self-Produced
  • I Love God's Way Of Living / White Mountain Bluegrass / Aragon Mill / Strictly Country
  • My Lord Keeps A Record / Feller & Hill / Feller & Hill & the Bluegrass Buckaroos / Self-Produced
  • Better Get In That Number / Spinney Brothers / Here At The Cross / Self-Produced
  • Brother Have You Heard / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Burden Bearer / Mountain Home
  • I'm On A Journey / Bear Bridge Band / One More Ride / Open Road
  • Jesus Is My Rock / Special Consensus / Long I Ride / Compass Records
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Monday, June 05, 2017

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 6/4/2017

Our main focus of Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe was to showcase a whole bunch of music from a legendary banjo picker.  This was all done in anticipation of a chat we had scheduled with Gordon Castelnero and David L. Russell -- two banjo pickers who have written a very well-researched biography titled Earl Scruggs:  Banjo Icon (Rowman & Littlefield, ISBN:  9781442268654).  Perhaps you might like to add this book to your summer reading list?  

In addition to a whole lot of music from Earl, we debuted several songs from the debut recording of Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys.  There was also newer music from Bobby Osborne, the Farm Hands, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, the Gibson Brothers, Terry Baucom's Dukes Of Drive, and a very new recording from a Connecticut trio, Still Pickin'.

Hope you enjoyed the show, and that you'll consider joining me once again next Sunday afternoon for another edition of our Bluegrass Cafe.

Enjoy the week!

Amy O.



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

  • Flint Hill Special / David Talbot / Foggy Mountain Special:  A Bluegrass Tribute To Earl Scruggs / Rounder
  • Reuben / Jim Mills / Foggy Mountain Special:  A Bluegrass Tribute To Earl Scruggs / Rounder
  • Foggy Mountain Special / Ron Block / Foggy Mountain Special:  A Bluegrass Tribute To Earl Scruggs / Rounder
  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • The Boys In Hats And Ties / Big Country Bluegrass / The Boys In Hats And Ties / Rebel
  • Heavy Traffic Ahead / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / The Essential Earl Scruggs / Columbia
  • Sally Goodin / Byron Berline feat. Bill Monroe & Earl Scruggs / Fiddle And A Song / Sugar Hill
  • Down The Road / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Recordings / Mercury
  • Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane / Still Pickin' Trio / Reuben's Train / Self-Produced
  • Dream Softly / Volume Five / Voices / Mountain Fever Records
  • Just Like You / Hot Rize / Untold Stories / Sugar Hill
  • I Can't Go On This Way / Po' Ramblin' Boys / Back To The Mountains / Randm Records
  • Forget The Past / Feller & Hill / Here Come Feller & Hill...Again! / Blue Circle Records
  • The Ballad Of Buck And Don / Feller & Hill / Here Come Feller & Hill...Again! / Blue Circle Record
  • Rain Please Go Away / Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Milwaukee Blues / David Davis & the Warrior River Boys / Troubled Times / Rebel
  • Darling Do You Know Who Loves You / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / The Mountains Are Calling Me Home / Mountain Fever Records
  • The Nights Are So Long / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / Fired Up / Rounder
  • Let The Whole World Talk / Johnson Mountain Boys / Let The Whole World Talk / Rounder
  • Foggy Mountain Chimes / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1952-1955 / JSP Records
  • Interview with Gordon Castelnero & David L. Russell -- co-authors of Earl Scruggs:  Banjo Icon
  • Foggy Mountain Breakdown / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Recordings / Mercury
  • Shuckin' The Corn / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Radio Gems / Radio Gems
  • Salty Dog Blues / Earl Scruggs, Family & Friends / The Ultimate Collection:  Live At The Ryman / Rounder
  • Henry Brown / Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Stanley Family Records
  • Rural Route / The Farm Hands / Colors / Pinecastle
  • On Boot Hill / Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Stanley Family Records
  • Pathway Of Teardrops / Bobby Osborne / Original / Compass Records
  • Life To Go / Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Stanley Family Records
  • Highway / Gibson Brothers / In The Ground / Rounder
  • Charlie Cotton / Terry Baucom's Dukes Of Drive / 4th & Goal / JohnBoy & Billy, Inc.
  • Six Pack To Go / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Sho Nuff Country! / Patuxent Music
  • The Guitar / Sierra Hull & Justin Moses with Mac Wiseman / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • I Found My Daddy's Grass / Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge / My Daddy's Grass / Rebel
  • Hi Dee Diddle / Feinberg Brothers / Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • Pick Along / Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs / The Three PIckers / Rounder
  • Soldiers Joy / Marty Stuart with Earl Scruggs / Busy Bee Cafe / Sugar HIll
  • Mama Blues / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Flatt And Scruggs At Carnegie Hall!  The Complete Concert / Koch Records
  • You Are My Flower / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Recorded Live At Vanderbilt University / Columbia
  • The Ballad Of Jed Clampett / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Flatt And Scruggs At Carnegie Hall!  The Complete Concert / Koch Records
  • Don't Act / Rhonda Vincent / All American Bluegrass Girl / Rounder
  • I'm Working On A Road (To Glory Land) / Earls Of Leicester / Rattle & Roar / Rounder
  • Shadow Of The Son / Still Pickin' Trio / Reuben's Trail / Self-Produced
  • On The Sea Of Life / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Rock My Soul / Sugar Hill
  • God Loves His Children / Lester Flatt &
    Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Recordings / Mercury
  • It's Just Like Heaven / Country Gentlemen / Every Time I Feel The Spirit / Sugar Hill
  • Shouting On The Hills Of Glory / Stanley Brothers / All Gospel All Bluegrass / Federal
  • Pray The Clouds Away / Jimmy Martin / This World Is Not My Home / MME
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, May 28, 2017

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 5/28/2017

In short, during Sunday's radio show, we included a whole bunch of sad but appropriate songs as we remembered fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, celebrated Mac Wiseman's 92nd birthday, and debuted some songs from a brand new CD by a local trio, Still Pickin'.

Hope you were able to tune in, but if not, we'll be looking for you next Sunday afternoon from 4-7PM!  

See you then!

Amy O.




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

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Military Five String / Reno & Smiley / Sweethearts In Heaven / Bear Family
  • Why Did You Wander? / Earls Of Leicester / Rattle & Roar / Rounder
  • Lonesome Whistle Blues / Dreadful Snakes / Snakes Alive! / Rounder
  • Fox On The Run / Bill Emerson & Cliff Waldron / Appalachian Stomp / Rhino
  • There's No Room In My Heart For The Blues / Bill Emerson & Cliff Waldron / The Best Of Emerson & Waldron / Rebel
  • If You're Ever Gonna Love Me / Country Gazette / Appalachian Stomp / Rhino
  • Rebel Soldier / Charlie Moore / Charlie Moore Sings Again--Gone But Not Forgotten / Wango
  • Weathered Gray Stone / Johnson Mountain Boys / At The Old Schoolhouse / Rounder
  • Wise County Jail / Jeff White / Right Beside You / Self-Produced
  • Familiar With The Ground / The Boxcars / Familiar With The Ground / Mountain Home
  • The Old Crooked Trail / Big Country Bluegrass / Let Them Know I'm From Virginia / Rebel
  • Down Yonder / Eddie Adcock & Don Reno / The Sensational Twin Banjos Of Eddie Adcock & Don Reno / Rebel
  • Don't Say Goodbye If You Love Me / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Live In Holland / Strictly Country
  • Three Cows And Two Horses / Buddy Melton & Milan Miller with Andrea Zonn / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • I Still Write Your Name In The Sand / Mac Wiseman / 20 Bluegrass Originals / Gusto
  • Each Season Changes You / Aaron "Frosty" Foster / Opening Doors / Self-Produced
  • Looking For A Smile In A Heartache / Aaron "Frosty" Foster / Opening Doors / Self-Produced
  • I've Gotta Get A Message To You / Bobby Osborne / Original / Compass Records
  • Let's Part The Best Of Friends / Stanley Brothers / The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers / Columbia Legacy
  • Leavin' Town / Jimmy Martin / Good 'N Country & Country Music Time / Jasmine
  • Live And Let Live / Red Allen & the Kentuckians / Classic Bluegrass / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Sugar Coated Love / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / JSP Records
  • Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane / Still Pickin' / Reuben's Train / Self-Produced
  • Jimmy Brown The Newsboy / Still Pickin' / Reuben's Train / Self-Produced
  • A Hero In Harlan / Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / Lost Souls & Free Spirits / Rebel
  • Forgotten Soldier Boy / Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / Bluegrass At The Roots / Smithsonian Folkways
  • For The Dear Old Flag I Die / American Drive / / Rural Rhythm
  • The Legend Of The Rebel Soldier / Country Gentlemen / Live In Japan / Rebel
  • Lost Soldier Son / Chris Brashear / Wanderlust / Copper Creek
  • Casualty Of War / Larry Sparks / The Last Suit You Wear / McCoury Music
  • A Purple Heart / Curly Seckler / Bluegrass, Don't You Know / Copper Creek
  • Wildwood Flower / Carter Family / Anchored In Love / Rounder
  • Bouquet In Heaven / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Sides, 1948-1950 / JSP Records
  • What Will They Say About You / Terry Baucom's Dukes Of Drive / 4th & Goal / JohnBoy & Billy, Inc.
  • Pray For The Boys / Earls Of Leicester / Rattle & Roar / Rounder
  • The Little White Church / Jim & Jesse with Mac Wiseman / Bluegrass Spirit / Rounder
  • I'm On A Journey / Bear Bridge Band / One More Ride / Open Road
  • The Touch Of The Master's Hand / Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick / Together / Rounder
  • See God's Ark A Movin' / Johnson Mountain Boys / Blue Diamond / Rounder
  • Reveille Time In Heaven / Mac Wiseman / Bluegrass Hits And Heartsongs / Rebel


Monday, May 15, 2017

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 5/14/2017

My mother, Eleanor Orlomoski, with her somber children,
c. 1973.




On this second Sunday of May, we put the focus on Bluegrass songs about mother -- of which there are PLENTY.  Hope all of the mothers in our listening audience had a most pleasant and relaxing Mother's Day!

For the next two Sundays in May, we hope to have Cathy Bumgarner Day back on the WHUS airwaves for you.  Please be sure to join her, and I'll be back with you when the calendar turns to June.

Enjoy the week!

Amy O.










SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby / Louvin Brothers / Live At New River Ranch / Copper Creek
  • Another Day / McCoury Brothers / The McCoury Brothers / Rounder
  • Think Of What You've Done / Hot Rize / Take It Home / Sugar Hill
  • Down In Caroline / Front Range / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • God Bless Her ('Cause She Is My Mother) / Louvin Brothers / Live At New River Ranch / Copper Creek
  • Mother, Queen Of My Heart / Lonesome Standard Time / Mother, Queen Of My Heart / Sugar Hill
  • Mother Knows Best / Jesse Brock / Kickin' Grass / Pinecastle
  • Hand That Rocks The Cradle / Gary Ferguson / I'm Really Leaving / Webco
  • Mama's Rocking Chair / Southern Rail / Glory Train / Pinecastle
  • Tennessee / Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys / Bean Blossom / MCA
  • My Old Kentucky Home / Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass / The Tradition Continues / Brandywine
  • Carolina Smokey Mountain Home / Special Consensus / Everything's Alright / Pinecastle
  • My Kentucky Dream / Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band / Reflections Of Love / Rebel
  • My Little Georgia Rose / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Anthology / MCA
  • Let 'Em Know I'm From Virginia / Big Country Bluegrass / Let Them Know I'm From Virginia / Rebel
  • Rocky Top / Osborne Brothers / High Lonesome / CMH
  • Sunflower / Junior Barber / Stone Bottom Boogie / Hay Holler
  • I Do / Feinberg Brothers / Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • Lookin' Out A Window / Tom Ewing / Adventures Of A Blue Grass Boy / Patuxent Music
  • Brown Hill / Travers Chandler / Archaic / Patuxent Music
  • Wild Mountain Flowers For Mary / Lost & Found / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Crowe Brothers / I've Got The Moon On My Side / Forty Years Old / Mountain Fever Records
  • I Know Whose Tears / Gibson Brothers / Ring The Bell / Compass Records
  • Her Mother's Eyes / Bear Bridge Band / Bear Essentials / Open Road
  • Memories Of Mother / Keith Whitley & Ricky Skaggs / Second Generation / Rebel
  • Listen To Me Mother / Springfield Exit / That Was Then / Patuxent Music
  • Dreaming Of Mother And Dad / Johnson Mountain Boys / The Johnson Mountain Boys / Rounder
  • Thank God For A Mama / Lonesome River Band / Mother, Queen Of My Heart / Sugar Hill
  • Momma's Apron Strings / Larry Sparks / Almost Home / Rounder
  • Use A Napkin (Not Your Mom) / Kathy Kallick / Mother, Queen Of My Heart / Sugar Hill
  • Mama's Hand / Lynn Morris Band / Mama's Hand / Rounder
  • Every Day Is Mother's Day To Me / Allerton & Alton / Black, White, And Bluegrass / Bear Family
  • Mama's Opry / Chris Brashear / Heart Of The Country / Dog Boy Records
  • Mama Don't Allow / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Take Me Back / Pinecastle
  • Is The Grass Any Bluer (On The Other Side) / Rhonda Vincent & the Rage / In Concert, Volume One--All The Rage / Upper Management Music
  • Windy Mountain / Tim O'Brien / Where There River Meets The Road / Howdy Skies
  • Just Ain't / Earls Of Leicester / Rattle & Roar / Rounder
  • My Smokey Mountain Rose / Crowe & McLaughlin / Going Back / Rounder
  • Living The Dream / Spinney Brothers / Living The Dream / Mountain Fever Records
  • Every Day Is Mother's Day / Larry Stephenson / Thankful / Pinecastle
  • Mother Prays Loud In Her Sleep / David Peterson / Old Time Power / Self-Produced
  • Shake Hands With Mother / Laurel Canyon Ramblers / Mother, Queen Of My Heart / Sugar Hill
  • If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again / Fred Pike, Sam Tidwell & the Kennebec Valley Boys / The Last Log Drive / Revonah
  • I Saw Mother With God Last Night / Bluegrass Patriots / Kneel At The Cross / Red Feather
  • Give Mother My Crown / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Gospel / Columbia
  • I Heard My Mother Call My Name In Prayer / Bear Bridge Band / One More Ride / Open Road
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Monday, May 08, 2017

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 5/7/2017

Today was Commencement Day at the University of Connecticut, so the campus was absolutely packed with graduates, parents, friends, and family.  Parking was at a premium, so even though I knew the Bluegrass Cafe's beginning would be delayed by at least an hour for a UConn Baseball broadcast, I still made a point to arrive at UConn much earlier than I might normally arrive.  That left a good bit of pre-show time, which became reading time -- never a bad thing!  


We shared some music to start the show featuring Earl Scruggs -- the subject of the new biography I was reading while waiting for the baseball game to end.  In future weeks, our plan is to speak on-air with the authors of this book:  Earl Scruggs:  Banjo Icon by Gordon Castelnero and David L. Russell.  We'll let you know when that chat is scheduled.



The big focus for Sunday, though, was a remembrance of a great friend who died on May 2nd:  Robert Fraker.  Robert was an amazing person -- a gifted musician, thoughtful songwriter, attentive listener, a great source of encouragement for many folks, and someone who was a joy to be around.  Sometime around 1993, my brother, Dave, joined the Bear
Bear Bridge -- "The Band Who Won't Go Away"
Peru, MA - August 2010
Bridge Band
-- a western Massachusetts-based group founded around five years earlier by Robert and his wife, Lillian Fraker, as well as Dave Shaw.  Bear Bridge performed all over the Northeast, from Pennsylvania to Maine and everywhere in between.  Many of the songs they performed came from the creative and thoughtful mind of Robert, and it was several of those songs from the group's four recordings that we shared during the show today.  Even though Bear Bridge played less frequently after Dave Shaw moved to New Hampshire around 1996, they still continued to perform at least once a year at various gigs until 2015, as well as at festival picking sessions and in other groupings (such as in the Old Time Bluegrass Singers or my brother's once-in-a-while group called Tex's Troubadours).  On
Robert out front with Tex's Troubadours
Mineral Springs (CT) BG Festival - July 2015
a personal note, I will miss visiting with Robert, but am very grateful to have had so many happy years of wonderful memories, thanks to the Bear Bridge Band.  If you would like to read more about the fascinating life of Robert Fraker, please click
here.  


Hope you'll join us next Sunday for another edition of our Bluegrass Cafe.  Enjoy the week!

Amy O.

SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL [Request is RED; songs in BLUE composed by Robert Fraker]

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Heavy Traffic Ahead / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / The Essential Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Columbia
  • Flint Hill Special / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Sides, 1950-1952 / JSP Records
  • Why Did You Wander / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / The Essential Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Columbia
  • Earl's Breakdown / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Sides, 1950-1952 / JSP Records
  • (It Was) Late Last Night / Stanley Brothers / Don't Cheat In Our Hometown / King
  • Are You Missing Me / Jim & Jesse / Jim & Jesse, 1952-1955 / Bear Family
  • Milwaukee, Here I Come / Jimmy Martin / Jimmy Martin:  The King Of Bluegrass / Country Music Hall Of Fame Classics
  • Afraid For What's Ahead / Bear Bridge Band / A Bluegrass Sampler / Open Road
  • I Got A Letter / Bear Bridge Band / One More Ride / Open Road
  • The Cheshire Tragedy / Bear Bridge Band / Bear Essentials / Open Road
  • Shelbyville Turnaround / Bear Bridge Band / One More Ride / Open Road
  • Like A Bird In A Cage / Bear Bridge Band / Broken Hearts & Better Times / Open Road
  • Lilacs, Lilies And Roses / Bear Bridge Band / Live Recording / no label
  • Fool's Hill / Gibson Brothers / In The Ground / Rounder
  • Country Poor, Country Proud / David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition / David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition / Self-Produced
  • Kentucky Borderline / Rhonda Vincent & the Rage / In Concert, Volume One -- All The Rage / Upper Management Music
  • Old Hickory Cane / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Live In Holland / Strictly Country
  • Louisville Suite / Chris Brashear & Peter McLaughlin / So Long Arizona / Dog Boy Records
  • Comin' On Strong / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / One Morning In May / Rounder
  • Mansion In The Grave / Bear Bridge Band / A Bluegrass Sampler / Open Road
  • Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven / Nick Anderson & the Gospel Friends / Nick Anderson & the Gospel Friends / no label
  • I Heard My Mother Call My Name In Prayer / Bear Bridge Band / One More Ride / Open Road
  • One More Time Let Me Tell You (About Jesus) / Big Country Bluegrass / Let Them Know I'm From Virginia / Rebel
  • They Can Only Fill One Grave / Old Time Bluegrass Singers / Plastic Heart / Open Road
  • Meet Me Over On The Other Side / Country Gentlemen / The Sugar Hill Collection / Sugar Hill
  • I'm On A Journey / Bear Bridge Band / One More Ride / Open Road
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 4/30/2017

One of the dusted-off favorites from Sunday's show

Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe was sort of a mixed bag, and included music from a couple of 2017 recordings, some classic favorites from a whole bunch of Bluegrass legends, and even a few songs from favorite CDs from days of yore.  Hope you were able to join us!

Under the category of "new," we heard selections from recordings released in 2017 by Bobby Osborne, the Gibson Brothers, Big Country Bluegrass, Sierra Hull & Justin Moses from the Mac Wiseman biography-in-song CD, Flashback, Doyle Lawson & Paul Williams, and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice.

Vanderbilt concert for the Lester & Earl & the FMBs recorded 5/2/1963
We also included a couple of tracks each from two fine live recordings of two bona fide Bluegrass legends, including music from the Country Gentlemen's Smithsonian Folkways reissue of "On The Road (And More)," as well as a few songs from "Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs Recorded Live At Vanderbilt University" (which was recorded on May 2, 1963).

Hope you enjoyed the show -- assuming you got to listen! -- and that you'll consider joining us once again this coming Sunday afternoon, 4-7PM.  

Have a good week!

Amy O.


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

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Till The End Of The World Rolls Round / New Kentucky Colonels / The All Night Gang / Rebel
  • Helen / Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray & Friends / Many A Mile / Patuxent Music
  • Climbing The Walls / Mike Compton & David Grier / Climbing The Walls / Rounder
  • Ain't It Funny / Lou Reid / When It Rains / Sugar Hill
  • Thinkin' About You / The Sidemen / The All Night Gang / Rebel
  • The Hills Of My Home / Laurie Lewis / Earth & Sky:  Songs Of Laurie Lewis / Rounder
  • Cotton Mill Man / Jim & Jesse / The Old Dominion Masters (DJ Sampler) / Pinecastle
  • The Last Log Drive / Fred Pike, Sam Tidwell & the Kennebec Valley Boys / The Last Log Drive / Revonah [remembering Sam Tidwell, who died 4/30/2012]
  • We're Steppin' Out Tonight / Bobby Hicks with Del McCoury / Fiddle Patch / Rounder
  • Uncle Ned / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Weary River / Patuxent Music
  • Running Razorback / Gary Ferguson / I'm Really Leaving / Webco
  • I Cried Again / Audie Blaylock / A Tribute To Jimmy Martin - The King Of Bluegrass / Koch Records
  • Uncle Ned / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Back To The Blue Ridge / Brandywine
  • Sweetheart Of The Mountains / Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks & Asheville Bluegrass / Down Memory Lane / Rebel
  • Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Stanley Brothers / Selected Cuts, 1955-1956 / JSP Records
  • Pikeville Flood / Blue Highway / Midnight Storm / Rebel
  • Have You Come To Say Goodbye / Red Allen / Lonesome And Blue:  The Complete County Recordings / Rebel
  • No Doubt About It / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1955-1959 / JSP Records
  • I'll Wander Back Someday / Bill Clifton / The Early Years, 1957-1958 / Rounder
  • Money, Marbles, And Chalk / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • Night / Jimmy Martin / Good 'N' Country & Country Music Time / Jasmine
  • Raw Hide / Bill Monroe / Anthology / MCA
  • Handsome Molly / Country Gentlemen / On The Road (And More) / Smithsonian Folkways
  • The Sunny Side Of Life / Country Gentlemen / On The Road (And More) / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Poor Ellen Smith / Country Gentlemen / On The Road (And More) / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Ain't Got No Home / Country Gentlemen / On The Road (And More) / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Don't Be Cruel / Bobby Osborne / Original / Compass Records
  • Remember Who You Are / Gibson Brothers / In The Ground / Rounder
  • Burn The Barn / Big Country Bluegrass / Let Them Know I'm From Virginia / Rebel
  • The Guitar / Sierra Hull & Justin Moses with Mac Wiseman / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • You're Still To Blame / Flashback / Foxhounds And Fiddles / Pinecastle
  • I Want To Be Loved, But Only By You / Doyle Lawson & Paul Williams / Chapter 3 / Mountain Home
  • What A Way To Go / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / The Mountains Are Calling Me Home / Mountain Fever Records
  • Lost All My Money / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Recorded Live At Vanderbilt University / Columbia [recorded live 5/2/1963]
  • Maggie Blues / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Recorded Live At Vanderbilt University / Columbia [recorded live 5/2/1963]
  • Uphill Climb / Sideline / Colors & Crossroads / Mountain Fever Records
  • Remembering / David Peterson / Comin' On Strong / Self-Produced
  • One Morning In May / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / One Morning In May / Rounder
  • Run Little Rabbit Run / Jeff White / Right Beside You / Self-Produced
  • Bluegrass Swing / Feinberg Brothers / Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • Pick Me Up On Your Way Down / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Sho Nuff Country! / Patuxent Music
  • Maybe This Time / Front Range / Back To Red River / Sugar Hill
  • Willow Creek Dam / American Drive / American Drive / Rural Rhythm
  • Joshua / Rhonda Vincent & the Rage / Sunday Mornin' Singin' Live! / Upper Management Music
  • He Took Your Place / Traver Hollow / Lonesome Without You / Self-Produced
  • Call His Name / Johnson Mountain Boys / Working Close / Rounder
  • Make Him A Soldier / Whitstein Brothers / Sweet Harmony / Rounder
  • John The Revelator / Stonewall Bluegrass / I Won't Be Troubled Anymore / Self-Produced
  • Where Shall I Be? / Bear Bridge Band / One More Ride / Open Road
  • You Must Come In At The Door / Doc Watson / Best Of The Sugar Hill Years / Sugar Hill
  • No Hiding Place Down Here / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Recorded Live At Vanderbilt University / Columbia [recorded live 5/2/1963]
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder