Monday, February 18, 2019

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 2/17/2019

For Sunday's edition of our Bluegrass Cafe, the focus was on a few of the performers showcased at the 34th annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, as well as birthday tributes to a Bluegrass Hall of Famer (Red Allen) and a future Bluegrass Hall of Famer (Dudley Connell).

While I wasn't able to stay for the entire Joe Val Festival this year, the bands I saw were really fine, and many of them were first-time festival invitees.  We shared music from a few of these bands during Sunday's show:  Carolina Blue, Appalachian Road Show, and High Fidelity.  Another band that made a big-festival debut at Joe Val was Mainline Express -- a band that includes Jesse Brock.  Seems like it's safe to say that all of these bands found themselves a few new fans in New England after their JV appearances.

There was a tiny bit of brand new music for Sunday, too, as we included selections from forthcoming recordings by the Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring Jeff Autry and Mile Twelve.  

Hope you were able to join us on Sunday, but if not, you'll get another chance to tune in next Sunday afternoon, 4-7PM.

Enjoy the week!

Amy O.





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

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Cold, Lonely And Blue / Carolina Blue / I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me / Pinecastle
  • Georgia Buck / Appalachian Road Show / Barry Abernathy & Darrell Webb Present Appalachian Road Show / Billy Blue Records
  • Party For One / Feinberg Brothers / Party For One / Cabinwood Music
  • I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow / High Fidelity / Hills And Home / Rebel
  • Gotta Get You Near Me Blues / High Fidelity / Hills And Home / Rebel
  • The Hills Of Caroline / Big Country Bluegrass / Mountains, Mamas And Memories / Rebel
  • Another Day / McCoury Brothers / The McCoury Brothers / Rounder
  • Country Boy Rock And Roll / Reno & Smiley / Good Old Country Ballads / King
  • Billy In The Lowground / Kentucky Colonels / Appalachian Swing! / Rounder
  • Wait A Minute / Seldom Scene / Different Roads / Rebel
  • Grandpa Get Your Guitar / Seldom Scene / Like We Used To Be / Sugar Hill
  • Old Train / Seldom Scene / Different Roads / Rebel
  • Girl From The North Country / Steve Gulley / Epilogue:  A Tribute To John Duffey / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Girl From The North Country / Country Gentlemen / 25 Years / Rebel
  • Southbound / Travelin' McCourys / The Travelin' McCourys / McCoury Music
  • Lonesome Riverboat Blues / Edgar Loudermilk Band with Jeff Autry / single / Rural Rhythm
  • The Guitar Song / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers with Del McCoury / single / Billy Blue Records
  • City That Drowned / Mile Twelve / City On A Hill / Self-Produced
  • Don't Lie To Me / Red Allen / Keep On Going / Rebel [Red Allen birthday, 2/12/1930]
  • Philadelphia Lawyer / J.D. Crowe / Bluegrass Holiday / Rebel [Red Allen birthday, 2/12/1930]
  • I'm Just Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail / Red Allen & Frank Wakefield / The Kitchen Tapes / Acoustic Disc [Red Allen birthday, 2/12/1930]
  • I Beg To You / James King / Lonesome And Then Some / Rounder [Red Allen birthday, 2/12/1930[
  • Teardrops In My Eyes / David Grisman with Red Allen / Home Is Where The Heart Is / Rounder [Red Allen birthday, 2/12/1930]
  • Don't Wake Me / Blll Emerson with Red Allen / Reunion / Webco [Red Allen birthday, 2/12/1930]
  • Calamity Jane / Becky Buller with Rhonda Vincent / Crepe Paper Heart / Dark Shadow Recording
  • Get Me Gone / Balsam Range / Aeonic / Mountain Home
  • Ain't Nothing Wrong With That / Junior Sisk / Brand New Shade Of Blue / Mountain Fever Records
  • White House Blues / David Davis & the Warrior River Boys / Didn't He Ramble:  Songs Of Charlie Poole / Rounder
  • Salty Dog Blues / Earls Of Leicester / Live At The CMA Theater At The Country Music Hall Of Fame / Rounder
  • Long Journey Home / Monroe Brothers / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1936 / JSP Records [recorded 2/17/1936]
  • What Is A Home Without Love / Monroe Brothers / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1936 / JSP Records [recorded 2/17/1936]
  • A Face In The Crowd / Larry Sparks / Bound To Ride / Rebel
  • Old Timey Risin' Damp / Nashville Bluegrass Band / The Nashville Bluegrass Band / Rounder
  • She's No Angel / Jesse Brock / Kickin' Grass / Pinecastle
  • Let The Whole World Talk / Johnson Mountain Boys / Let The Whole World Talk / Rounder [Dudley Connell birthday, 2/18/1956]
  • The Shape I'm In / Seldom Scene / Dream Scene / Sugar Hill [Dudley Connell birthday, 2/18/1956]
  • Meet Me By The Moonlight / Dudley W & Don Rigsby / Meet Me By The Moonlight / Sugar Hill [Dudley Connell birthday, 2/18/1956; Don Rigsby birthday, 2/18/1968]
  • Weathered Gray Stone / Johnson Mountain Boys / Favorites / Rounder [Dudley Connell birthday, 2/18/1956]
  • It Don't Bring You Back To Me / Johnson Mountain Boys / Blue Diamond / Rounder [Dudley Connell birthday, 2/18/1956]
  • Gone Home / Gibson Brothers / Iron & Diamonds / Sugar Hill
  • Glory Bound Train / Caroline Blue / I Hear Bluegrass Callin' Me / Pinecastle
  • I'll Shout And Shine / Corrina Rose Logston & Jeremy Stephens / Songs Of Home And Inspiration / Self-Produced
  • I Am Just A Pilgrim / Appalachian Road Show / Barry Abernathy & Darrell Webb Present Appalachian Road Show / Billy Blue Records
  • Drifting Too Far From The Shore / Monroe Brothers / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1936 / JSP Records [recorded 2/17/1936]
  • Beyond The Sunset For Me / Doyle Lawson, Russell Moore, Jamie Dailey, Josh Swift / Life Goes On / Russell 
  • Joshua / Rhonda Vincent / Sunday Mornin' Singin' Live! / Life Goes On ./ Rural Rhythm
  • Go Home / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / 16 Biggest Hits / Columbia Legacy
  • That Glory Bound Train / Bear Bridge Band / Broken Hearts & Better Times / Open Road
  • That Glory Bound Train / Bear Bridge Band / Open Road
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mt. Boys  / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, February 10, 2019

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 2/10/2018

Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe had a somewhat delayed start, as there was a UConn Men's Basketball broadcast.  Still, we managed to squeeze in a whole lot of fine music into our 2 hour, 50 minute program ~ hope you got to listen!

Among the features on Sunday's show:  a selection from each of the nominees for "Best Bluegrass Album" for this year's Grammy Awards (turns out the Travelin' McCourys were the winners); a whole set of positive love songs in honor of Valentine's Day; and birthday tributes to two Country Music Hall of Famers whose material has been widely recorded in the world of Bluegrass (Ernest Tubb born February 9, 1914 and the songwriter Boudleaux Bryant, who was born February 13, 1920).  

If you missed a chance to listen to the show today, don't despair.  We will be back next Sunday, so be sure to join us from 4-7PM, if you're able.  

Have a good week!

Amy O.


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL 

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Wheel Hoss / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1954-1957 / JSP Records
  • Night / Jimmy Martin / Good 'N' Country AND Country Music Time / Jasmine
  • The Memory Of Your Smile / Stanley Brothers / Selected Cuts, 1956-1959 / JSP Records
  • Gonna Settle Down / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Sides, 1950-1952 / JSP Records
  • Big Spike Hammer / Bluegrass Album Band / The Bluegrass Compact Disc, Volume 2 / Rounder
  • Blue Yodel #4 / Dreadful Snakes / Snakes Alive! / Rounder
  • Drifting And Dreaming Of You / White House / WhiteHouse / Pinecastle
  • Blue Ridge Cabin Home / Bluegrass Album Band / The Bluegrass Album Band / Rounder
  • Fiddle Patch / Mike Barnett with Bobby Hicks / Portraits In Fiddles / Compass Records
  • North Of Despair / Wood & Wire / North Of Despair / Blue Corn Music
  • I Washed My Face In The Morning Dew / Sister Sadie / Sister Sadie II / Pinecastle
  • Lonesome, On'ry And Mean / Travelin' McCourys / The Travelin' McCourys / McCoury Music
  • She Took The Tennessee River / Special Consensus with Bobby Osborne, Becky Buller, Josh Williams / Rivers And Roads / Compass Records
  • Harold's Super Service / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / That's Why I'm Lonesome / Patuxent Music
  • Wear A Red Rose / Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge / Songs From The Blue Ridge / Rebel
  • Could You Love Me One More Time / Dede Wyland with Dudley Connell / Urge For Going / Patuxent Music
  • Boot Heel Drag / Kathy Kallick Band / Horrible World / Live Oak Records
  • Cold Wind A-Blowin' / Ronnie Bowman & Lou Reid / Epilogue:  A Tribute To John Duffey / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Party For One / Feinberg Brothers / Party For One / Cabinwood Music
  • Our Last Goodbye / Johnson Mountain Boys / Classic Bluegrass From Smithsonian Folkways / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Walking The Floor Over You / Ernest Tubb / 20th Century Masters / MCA [Ernest Tubb birthday, 2/9/1914]
  • Give Me A Little Old Fashioned Love / Smokey Greene / The Friendly Voice Of Smokey Greene / Pinecastle [Ernest Tubb birthday, 2/9/1914]
  • Letters Have No Arms / Flatt Lonesome / Too / Mountain Home [Ernest Tubb birthday, 2/9/1914]
  • Yesterday's Winner Is A Loser Today / James King / Bed By The Window / Rounder [Ernest Tubb birthday, 2/9/1914]
  • Are You Waiting Just For Me / Jim Mills with Dan Tyminski / My Dixie Home / Sugar Hill [Ernest Tubb birthday, 2/9/1914]
  • All I Have To Do Is Dream / Crowe & McLaughlin / Going Back / Rounder [Boudleaux Bryant birthday, 2/13/1920]
  • Tennessee Hound Dog / Feller & Hill with Bobby Osborne / Brothers And Heroes / Rural Rhythm [Boudleaux Bryant birthday, 2/13/1920]
  • Poor Old Cora / Weary Hearts / By Heart / Flying Fish [Boudleaux Bryant birthday, 2/13/1920]
  • A Brand New Heartache Comin' On / Larry Stephenson with Dudley Connell / Wash My Blues Away / Webco [Boudleaux Bryant birthday, 2/13/1920]
  • Rocky Top / Osborne Brothers / Time-Life's Treasury Of Bluegrass / Time Life [Boudleaux Bryant birthday, 2/13/1920]
  • Diamond Joe / Joe Val / Diamond Joe / Rounder
  • Where The Old Red River Flows / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / One Morning In May / Rounder
  • All In My Love For You / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / My Heart Is Yours / Sugar Hill
  • You're That Certain Someone / Warrior River Boys / New Beginnings / Rounder
  • She Paints A Picture / Gibson Brothers / Another Night Of Waiting / Hay Holler
  • Falling In Love / Bluegrass Patriots / Through The Years...Favorite Songs And Requests / Red Feather
  • What A Wonderful Life / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • Love Bug / Lost & Found / January Rain / Rebel
  • My Saviour's Train / High Fidelity / Hills And Home / Rebel
  • I Am The Road / Hot Rize / Hot Rize's 40th Anniversary Bash / Ten In Hand Records
  • Working On A Road / Country Gentlemen / Let The Light Shine Down / Rebel
  • You Don't Love God If You Don't Love Your Neighbor / Rhonda Vincent / The Storm Still Rages / Rounder
  • Old Satan / Nashville Bluegrass Band / To Be His Child / Rounder
  • The Hand Of The Higher Power / Lou Reid / When It Rains / Sugar Hill
  • Just Rehearsing / Louvin Brothers / Live At New River Ranch / Copper Creek
  • You'll Be Rewarded Over There / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / One Morning In May / Rounder
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, February 03, 2019

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 2/3/2019

After a one-hour, sports-shortened program during the last week of January, our Bluegrass Cafe was full-length today.  The three hours were filled with birthday tributes, a remembrance, and a whole lot of new music.

February 1st is always a big day for birthdays in the World of Bluegrass, with four important musicians celebrating that day, including Jason Carter (born 1973) and David Parmley (1959), as well as two members of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame:  Tom Gray (1941) and Del McCoury (1939).  Becky Buller just missed the February 1st parade, as she celebrated her birthday on January 31st.  

During the short show last week, we paid tribute to the late Maxine Brown of Country Music Hall of Famers, the Browns.  The Browns were not "Bluegrass" performers, but as with several other country performers of the 1950s and 1960s, some of their songs have been covered in Bluegrass.  We shared a couple of those songs on Sunday, too.

There was brand new music galore, too, with 2019 music from Big Country Bluegrass, Blue Moon Rising, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, the Tony Rook Band, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers (featuring Del McCoury), Aaron "Frosty" Foster, and Alan Bibey & Grasstowne.  Other recent music was from Balsam Range, Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass, and Carolina Blue.



Hope you got to tune in today, but if not...be sure to join us next Sunday afternoon, 4-7PM.

Have a good week!

Amy O.



SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL 

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Ground Hog / The Dillards / Bluegrass Breakdown / Vanguard
  • Remembering / Mac Wiseman / Eight Classic Albums / Real Gone
  • Sweet Little Miss Eyes / Jim & Jesse / Grand Ole Opry Live Classics:  The Bluegrass Collection / Cracker Barrel
  • Rocky Top / Osborne Brothers / High Lonesome / CMH
  • I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home / Mac Wiseman / High Lonesome / CMH
  • A Good Man Like Me / Del McCoury / By Request / McCoury Music [Del McCoury birthday, 2/1/1939]
  • Daisey Mae / Jason Carter / On The Move / Rounder [Jason Carter birthday, 2/1/1973]
  • Loneliness And Desperation / Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel [Del McCoury birthday, 2/1/1939]
  • Pretty Little Indian / Jason Carter / On The Move / Rounder [Jason Carter birthday, 2/1/1973]
  • I Feel The Blues Moving In / Del McCoury / High Lonesome And Blue / Rounder [Del McCoury birthday, 2/1/1939]
  • Steel Rails / Alison Krauss / I've Got That Old Feeling / Rounder
  • Carry Me Across The Mountain / Jeff White / Right Beside You / Self-Produced
  • Beautiful Brown Eyes / Still Pickin' Trio / Reuben's Train / Self-Produced
  • Always On A Mountain / Big Dogs with Tony Trischka / Live At The Birchmere / Strictly Country
  • Steppin' Stones / Paul Williams / A Tribute To Jimmy Martin:  The King Of Bluegrass / Koch Records
  • Angel Band / Stanley Brothers / Selected Cuts, 1955-1956 / JSP Records
  • I've Got That Old Feeling / Alison Krauss / I've Got That Old Feeling / Rounder
  • Another Love Gone Wrong / Becky Buller / Crepe Paper Heart / Dark Shadow Recording [Becky Buller birthday, 1/31/1979]
  • Too Late To Say Goodbye / Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge / Songs From The Blue Ridge / Rebel
  • Country Boy, Banjo, And Flat Top Guitar / Big Country Bluegrass / Mountains, Mamas, And Memories / Rebel
  • Louisville Rambler / Blue Moon Rising / 2019 Winter Singles / Mountain Fever Records
  • Lena / Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen / If You Can't Stand The Heat / Compass Records
  • Kentucky Girl / Tony Rook Band / Reflections / NC Records
  • Walking Back To Bluefield / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / That's Why I'm Lonesome / Patuxent Music
  • Big Train / Jeff Scroggins & Colorado / Over The Line / Patuxent Music
  • Keep On Going / Big Country Bluegrass / Mountains, Mamas, And Memories / Rebel
  • The Guitar Song / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers feat. Del McCoury / For The Record / Billy Blue Records
  • I Take The Chance / Bear Bridge Band / live recording / no label [Remembering Maxine Brown (April 27, 1931-January 21, 2019)]
  • Here Today And Gone Tomorrow / Hazel Dickens with the Johnson Mountain Boys / Songs Of The Louvin Brothers / Rounder [Remembering Maxine Brown (April 27, 1931-January 21, 2019)]
  • Looking Back To See / Jim Ed & Maxine Brown / The Essential Jim Ed Brown & the Browns / RCA [Remembering Maxine Brown (April 27, 1931-January 21, 2019)]
  • Smoke Along The Track / Parmley & McCoury / Families Of Tradition / BGC Records [David Parmley birthday, 2/1/1959]
  • Wing And A Prayer / David Parmley, Scott Vestal & Continental Divide / David Parmley, Scott Vestal & Continental Divide / Pinecastle [David Parmley birthday, 2/1/1959]
  • You Left Me Alone / Country Gentlemen / Can't You Hear Me Callin':  Early Classics, 1963-1969 / Rebel [Tom Gray birthday, 2/1/1941]
  • Nightwalk / Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray / Many A Mile / Patuxent Music [Tom Gray birthday, 2/1/1941]
  • Bessie's Tune / Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike / Small Town Heroes / Bell Buckle Records [Tom Gray birthday, 2/1/1941]
  • I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me / Carolina Blue / I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me / Pinecastle
  • No Other Man / Feinberg Brothers / Party For One / Cabinwood Music 
  • Soldiers Joy/Ragtime Annie / Roland White & Friends / A Tribute To The Kentucky Colonels / Mountain Home
  • Some Old Day / John Cowan / Epilogue:  A Tribute To John Duffey / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Dim Lights, Thick Smoke / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1952-1955 / JSP Records
  • Don't Stop The Music / Del McCoury / Don't Stop The Music / Rounder [Del McCoury birthday, 2/1/1939]
  • The Lighthouse / Gibson Brothers / Bona Fide / Sugar Hill
  • When I Wake Up To Sleep No More / Aaron "Frosty" Foster / single / Bee Hive Records
  • Let My Life Be A Light / Balsam Range / Aeonic / Mountain Home
  • Waiting For The Boys To Come Home / Jerry Wicentowski / Thanks, Mac!:  Songs Of Mac Wiseman / Self-Produced
  • When Jesus Swings The Wrecking Ball / Alan Bibey & Grasstowne / 2019 Winter Singles / Mountain Fever Records
  • Joy Of Revelation / McCoury Brothers / The McCoury Brothers / Rounder [Del McCoury birthday, 2/1/1939]
  • Bring Him Your Talents / Bluegrass Cardinals / Way Down Deep In My Soul / Sugar Hill [David Parmley birthday, 2/1/1959]
  • Throne Of Grace / Warrior River Boys / New Beginnings / Rounder
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, January 27, 2019

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/27/2019

We missed our broadcast last week due to icy weather in eastern Connecticut, and today, two hours of our broadcast time was given over to a UConn Women's Basketball game.  Still, we tried to squeeze in as much music as we could into a show reduced by two-thirds this week.  Hope you got to tune in!  

Even though the show was shortened, we still found some time (and a few songs) to pay tribute to Country Music Hall of Famer Maxine Brown, who died on January 21st at the age of 87.  While not a Bluegrass performer, Maxine was a fine songwriter, and her autobiography, Looking Back To See, is worth a read for those who want to learn more about the musical adventures of a feisty Arkansas gal who attained Country Music's highest honor (with brother Jim Ed and sister Bonnie, of course).  

Hope to join you next week for three full hours of our Bluegrass Cafe, weather- and sports-permitting!  

Have a good week!

Amy O.



SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL 
  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Hard Pressed / Hot Rize / Traditional Ties / Sugar Hill
  • Lonesome Truck Driver's Blues / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1951-1954 / JSP Records
  • Sophronie / Jimmy Martin / The King Of Bluegrass / Audium Records
  • Air Mail Special / Jim & Jesse / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Wave Goodbye / Bluegrass Patriots / Through The Years...Favorite Songs And Requests / Red Feather
  • Here Today And Gone Tomorrow / Hazel Dickens with the Johnson Mountain Boys / Songs Of The Louvin Brothers / Rounder [Remembering Maxine Brown (April 27, 1931-January 21, 2019)]
  • The Three Bells / Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes / The Three Bells / Rounder [Remembering Maxine Brown (April 27, 1931-January 21, 2019)]
  • Looking Back To See / Jim Ed & Maxine Brown / The Essential Jim Ed Brown & the Browns / RCA [Remembering Maxine Brown (April 27, 1931-January 21, 2019)]
  • Sad And Lonesome Day / Randy Waller & Lou Reid / Epilogue:  A Tribute To John Duffey / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Milwaukee Blues / Appalachian Road Show / Barry Abernathy & Darrell Webb Present Appalachian Road Show / Billy Blue Records
  • Crazy Heart / Remington Ryde / A Storyteller's Memory / Pinecastle
  • Going Back To Bristol / Shawn Camp / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • Grass That I'm Playing Is Really Blue / Sally Berry / Rhonda Vincent & the Rage With Bluegrass Legends--Live At The Ryman / Upper Management Music
  • I Wouldn't Take Nothin' For My Journey Now / Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band / Wings Of Gold / Rebel
  • Wings Of Angels / Jay Armsworthy / I Couldn't Make It Without Him / Blue Circle Records
  • Heavenward Bound / Country Gentlemen / Let The Light Shine Down / Rebel
  • Make Him A Soldier / Whitstein Brothers / Songs Of The Louvin Brothers / Rounder
  • I Am Going To Heaven / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / A Gospel Bluegrass Homecoming, Volume Two / GGS Music
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, January 13, 2019

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/13/2019

Two January 19th birthday celebrants -- Charlie Waller (b. 1935)
and Dolly Parton (b.1946)
On Sunday's show, we featured music from two wonderful performers who both happen to have been born on January 19th -- Charlie Waller (born in 1935) and Dolly Parton (born 1946).  Though these two have (and had) very different styles, each has had a big impact on the world of Bluegrass, and we are always glad to have any excuse to celebrate them.  

Hope you enjoyed our Bluegrass Cafe today, and that you will consider joining us once more next Sunday afternoon, 4-7PM.

Enjoy the week!

Amy O.




SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL [Request is RED]
  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Cold Virginia Night / Ronnie Bowman / Cold Virginia Night / Rebel
  • Cold, Cold Love / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / In Full Color / Rebel
  • It's A Cold, Cold World / Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge / My Daddy's Grass / Rebel
  • Cold, Cold Heart / Jeff White / The White Album / Rounder
  • Cold, Cold Heart / Spinney Brothers / Going Home / Self-Produced
  • Cold, Icy Fingers / Lost & Found / It's About Time / Rebel
  • Cold Rails / Jeff Parker / Go Parker! / Lonesome Day Records
  • Cold On The Shoulder / Tony Rice / Hand-Picked:  Twenty-Five Years Of Rounder  Bluegrass / Rounder
  • Cold And Windy Night / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder
  • Cold Wind / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / Diamond Joe / Rounder
  • Wall Around Your Heart / David Peterson & 1946 / The Howling Blue Winds / Self-Produced
  • Lonesome With Heartaches / Bill Harrell & the Virginians / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Time Has Slipped Away / Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band / Modern Times / Rebel
  • Geezer Ride / Alan Munde & Billy Bright / Bright Munde / Munde's Child Records
  • Cannonball Yodel / Dede Wyland / Urge For Going / Patuxent Music
  • Thinkin' About You / David Peterson & 1946 / David Peterson & 1946 / Self-Produced
  • You Don't Know My Mind / Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys / You Don't Know My Mind / Rounder [recorded 1/13/1960]
  • Blue Love (In My Heart) / The Hot Flashes / Eponymous / Happy Appy Records [Amy Gallatin birthday, 1/13/1958]
  • Coat Of Many Colors / Dolly Parton / Live And Well / Sugar Hill [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • Kentucky Gambler / Gibson Brothers / Spread Your Wings / Hay Holler [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • Gypsy, Joe And Me / Missy Werner / Drifting And Dreaming / Self-Produced [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • When Someone Wants To Leave / Seldom Scene / Bluegrass:  The World's Greatest Show / Sugar Hill [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • AppleJack / Pam Gadd with Dolly Parton / Ragin' Live / Rounder [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • I've Wasted My Tears / Traditional Grass / 10th Anniversary Collection / Rebel [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • Jolene / Rhonda Vincent & the Rage / Ragin' Live / Rounder [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • Pain Of Lovin' You / The Grascals with Dolly Parton / The Grascals & Friends / Cracker Barrel [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • My Blue Tears / Dolly Parton / Box Set Sampler / RCA Legacy [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • It's Grand To Have Someone To Love You / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • Can I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight, Mister? / David Davis & the Warrior River Boys / Didn't He Ramble:  Songs Of Charlie Poole / Rounder
  • The Bluebirds Are Singing / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel 
  • I Am Weary, Let Me Rest / Country Gentlemen / Folk Session Inside / Copper Creek [Pete Kuykendall birthday, 1/15/1938]
  • Riverboat Fantasy / Country Gentlemen / The Sugar Hill Years / Sugar Hill [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • Banana Boat Song / Country Gentlemen / The Early  Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • Matterhorn / Country Gentlemen / Can't You Hear Me Callin':  Early Classics, 1963-1969 / Rebel [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • Joe's Last Train / Country Gentlemen / Joe's Last Train / Rebel [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • You'll Never Get A Better Chance / Feinberg Brothers / Party For One / Cabinwood Music
  • Grey Eagle / High Fidelity / Hills And Home / Rebel
  • That's How The Cookie Crumbles / Jack Cooke / Sittin' On Top Of The World / Pinecastle
  • This Weary Heart You Stole Away / Stanley Brothers / Selected Sides, 1949-1953 / JSP Records
  • Me And Becky (Hand In Hand) / Big Country Bluegrass / Let Them Know I'm From Virginia / Rebel
  • I'm Gonna Settle Down / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Sides, 1950-1952 / JSP Records
  • He Was A Friend Of Mine / Dudley Connell & John Cowan / Epilogue:  A Tribute To John Duffey / Smithsonian Folkways
  • The Last Old Shovel / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / The Story We Tell / Rebel
  • God's Coloring Book / Country Gentlemen / The Sugar Hill Years / Sugar Hill 
  • Henry Clayton Parker / Junior Sisk / Brand New Shade Of Blue / Mountain Fever Records
  • Lord Show Me The Righteous Pathway / Bluegrass Cardinals / Mountain Girl / BGC Records
  • Giving My Soul Back To Him / IIIrd Tyme Out / Living On The Other Side / Rounder
  • Some Day / Blue Highway / Midnight Storm / Rebel
  • Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout / Claire Lynch / Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout:  Bluegrass Gospel From The Pen Of Rick Lang / Billy Blue Records
  • Do A Little More For Him / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Only God / SSK
  • By The Side Of The Road / Country Gentlemen / Let The Light Shine Down / Rebel [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder 

Sunday, January 06, 2019

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/6/2018

Earl Eugene Scruggs
(January 6, 1924 - March 28, 2012)
On this first Sunday of January, we celebrated the birth anniversary of the most-emulated banjo picker in all of Bluegrass:  Earl Scruggs (born January 6, 1924).  We also celebrated the birth anniversary of a fine Bluegrass songwriter who left us too soon, Randall Hylton (born January 8, 1945), as well as a songwriter celebrating a birthday today, Gary Ferguson (born January 6, 1950).



In addition to celebrating birthdays, we included some brand new music from a perennial favorite in the area, Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass, as well as a new, throwback kind of band, Carolina Blue.   Other newer music came to us from Dreamcatcher and Deanie Richardson.

Hope you enjoyed the show this week.  Please consider joining me once again next Sunday from 4-7PM.

Have a good week!

Amy O.


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL 

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Heavy Traffic Ahead / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / The Essential Earl Scruggs / Columbia [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • Down The Road / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Recordings / Mercury [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • Earl's Breakdown / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Essential Earl Scruggs / Columbia Legacy [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • The Ballad Of Jed Clampett / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Classic Bluegrass Live / Vanguard [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • Cumberland Gap / Hylo Brown & the Timberliners with Earl Scruggs / The Essential Earl Scruggs / Columbia Legacy [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • Soldier's Joy / Earl Scruggs with Family & Friends / The Ultimate Collection:  Live At The Ryman / Rounder [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • I'm Goin' Back To Old Kentucky / Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with Earl Scruggs / Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass:  Tribute To 1946 And 1947 / Skaggs Family Records [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • Flint Hill Special / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Essential Earl Scruggs / Columbia Legacy [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • You Are My Flower / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Songs Of The Famous Carter Family / Columbia [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • Foggy Mountain Breakdown / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Recordings / Mercury [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • We Three Kings / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • Some Old Day / John Cowan / Epilogue:  A Tribute To John Duffey / Smithsonian Folkways 
  • Hobo Blues / Balsam Range / Aeonic / Mountain Home
  • Dixie Hoedown / Mike Barnett with Jesse McReynolds / Portraits In Fiddles / Compass Records
  • Are You Missing Me / Jim & Jesse / First Sounds:  The Capitol Years / Capitol
  • I'm Walkin' / Rickey Wasson / Croweology:  J.D. Crowe's Musical Legacy / Truegrass Entertainment
  • They Call Me Trouble / Terry Baucom's Dukes Of Drive / single / JohnBoy & Billy, Inc.
  • Mississippi River Raft / J.D. Crowe & the New South / Lefty's Old Guitar / Rounder
  • Light At The River / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / That's Why I'm Lonesome / Patuxent Music
  • I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me / Carolina Blue / I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me / Pinecastle
  • Dreamcatcher / Carolina Bound / single / Self-Produced
  • No Vacancy / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / That's Why I'm Lonesome / Patuxent Music
  • Lost Indian / Deanie Richardson / Love Hard, Work Hard, Play Hard / Pinecastle
  • That's Why I'm Lonesome / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / That's Why I'm Lonesome / Patuxent Music
  • Sometimes Good Girls Go Bad / Carolina Blue / I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me / Pinecastle
  • I've Never Been So Lonesome / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / That's Why I'm Lonesome / Patuxent Music
  • Three Ways Of Knowing / Allerton & Alton / Black, White And Bluegrass / Bear Family
  • Pulleybone Gaden / Randall Hylton / True Stories, Tall Tales, And Lies / Copper Creek [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Country Poor, Country Proud / David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition / David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition / DP & CD Records [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • The Likes Of You / Country Gentlemen / The Sugar Hill Years / Sugar Hill [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Cold Sheets Of Rain / Virginia Squires / The Best Of The Virginia Squires / Rebel [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Slippers With Wings / Charlie Waller & Randall Hylton / The Singer & The Songster / Rebel [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Elvis Presley / Blue Moon Of Kentucky / RCA [Elvis Presley birthday, 1/8/1935]
  • Dixie / Gibson Brothers / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • The Eighth Of January / Chubby Wise / An American Original / Pinecastle
  • The Hills And Home / High Fidelity / Hills And Home / Rebel
  • 1500 Miles Away From Home / Feinberg Brothers / Party For One / Cabinwood Music
  • Some Of These Days (You're Gonna Be Sad) / David Peterson / In The Mountaintops To Roam / Self-Produced
  • I'll Still Write Your Name In The Sand / Jerry Wicentowski / Thanks, Mac!:  Songs Of Mac Wiseman / Self-Produced
  • Mama Blues / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Flatt And Scruggs At Carnegie Hall!:  The Complete Concert / Koch Records [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • Randy Lynn Rag / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Jamboree / Columbia Legacy [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • Earl's Breakdown / Earls Of Leicester / Live At The CMA Theater At The Country Music Hall Of Fame / Rounder [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • Shuckin' The Corn / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Radio Gems / no label [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • Lay Down Your Troubles / Gary Ferguson / I'm Really Leaving / Pinecastle [Gary Ferguson birthday, 1/6/1950]
  • Old Roman Soldier / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • Walking My Lord Up Calvary's Hill / Rhonda Vincent / Sunday Mornin' Singin' Live! / Upper Management Music
  • He Said If I Be Lifted Up / Johnson Mountain Boys / Let The Whole World Talk / Rounder
  • You'll Be Rewarded Over There / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / One Morning In May / Rounder
  • Have Mercy On My Soul / Seldom Scene / Scene 20 / Sugar Hill
  • Get Behind Me Satan / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • Who Will Sing For Me / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Radio Gems / no label [Earl Scruggs birthday, 1/6/1924]
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

18 Bluegrass Favorites from 2018!

As we get ready to welcome 2019, it seems like a good time to look back on a few of the finest Bluegrass recordings that we enjoyed at Bluegrass Cafe in 2018.  This list of favorites is not ranked in order of preference, but rather, alphabetically.  Most of these selections have been played frequently throughout the year, but in case you missed 'em, here's a recap:


  • Bill And The Belles - "DreamSongs, Etc." (Jalopy Records):  Is this a Bluegrass record?  Nope.  Is it an enjoyable record of tunes you might have heard in the 1930s or 1940s?  Absolutely.  
  • Becky Buller - "Crepe Paper Heart" (Dark Shadow Recording) Released on Valentine's Day, this CD features Becky with her fine band, as well as guests Rhonda Vincent, Sam Bush, and the Fairfield Four.  The recording also features a song named as the 2018 IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year, "Speakin' To That Mountain."
  • David Davis & the Warrior River Boys - "Didn't He Ramble:  Songs Of Charlie Poole" (Rounder Records):  Charlie Poole's music pre-dated what we know as Bluegrass, but still, he was a definite influence on the music we hear today.  Clearly, Poole's music influenced David Davis, too, as this tribute is a delight.  
  • The Earls Of Leicester - "Live At The CMA Theater At The Country Music Hall Of Fame" (Rounder Records):  The music of Lester & Earl & the Foggy Mountain Boys lives on...as it should.
  • Feinberg Brothers - "Party For One" (Cabinwood Music):  The sophomore effort from these Long Island, college student brothers (and their wonderful band) is a joy from start to finish.  The record is filled with band originals and covers of songs written by Northeast favorites, Smokey Greene and Robert Fraker, among others.  Seek it out.
  • Five Mile Mountain Road - "Five Mile Mountain Road" (Patuxent Music):  Do you like old-time instrumental music?  This is the disc for you.
  • Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge - "Songs From The Blue Ridge" (Rebel Records):  Worried that traditional Bluegrass is disappearing?  Fear not when there are still bands like this one to carry on that traditional sound.
  • High Fidelity - "Hills And Home" (Rebel Records):  Another retro-type of band:  modern pickers who love to recreate the traditional Bluegrass sounds of bands like Reno & Smiley and others.  Great stuff.
  • Hot Rize - "40th Anniversary Bash" (Ten In Hand Records):  How do you celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the most popular bands in the history of Bluegrass?  Why, with a concert, of course!  Add in some special guests, and you have a delightful CD celebrating (most) all things Hot Rize.
  • Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road - "True Grass Again" (Pinecastle Records):  Lorraine Jordan has made it her mission to perform what she calls "true grass."  The title song from this project is one this band recorded with two fellow Bluegrass traditionalists:  Dan Paisley & Junior Sisk.  Clearly, someone wants to hear this style of music, as the title song is currently in the #1 position on the National Bluegrass Survey.
  • Kathy Kallick Band - "Horrible World" (Live Oak Records):  This California-based band doesn't record often enough, in my opinion, and Kathy's band and her records just don't disappoint.
  • Del McCoury Band - "Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass" (McCoury Music):  As if there was ever any doubt.
  • Alan Munde & Billy Bright - "Es Mi Suerte" (Munde's Child Records):  This is the second recording from a banjo legend and a wonderful mandolin picker from Texas.  If you like to listen to all sorts of banjo music, this is the record for you.
  • Junior Sisk - "Brand New Shade Of Blue" (Mountain Fever Records):    Though Junior has disbanded his Rambler's Choice band, he certainly hasn't abandoned his traditional Bluegrass sound.  
  • Special Consensus - "Rivers And Roads" (Compass Records):  Another solid effort from this Chicago-based band.
  • Various - "Epilogue:  A Tribute To John Duffey" (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings):  With 50+ musicians paying tribute to one of the most colorful characters in the history of Bluegrass Music, how can you go wrong?  Project co-producer Akira Otsuka spent many years matching performer to song, and has done an outstanding job recreating and making new many terrific tunes from both the Country Gentlemen and Seldom Scene song catalogs.  
  • Various - "Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout:  Bluegrass Gospel From The Pen Of Rick Lang" (Billy Blue Records):  The New Hampshire songwriter wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on this record, which is one of the first two recordings issued by a brand new label in the Bluegrass World, Billy Blue Records.
  • Roland White & Friends - "A Tribute To The Kentucky Colonels" (Mountain Home):  Just as the title says, the Bluegrass Hall of Famer (with a little help from his friends) pays tribute to his former band with brothers Clarence and Eric White.
     
Happy New Year!!

Amy O.