Sunday, December 14, 2014

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 12/14/2014

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

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

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

Merry Christmas to all!

Amy


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL



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

Sunday, December 07, 2014

"Bluegrass Cafe" - 12/7/2014

Jim was called away from the radio this week, so I got to share three hours of the Bluegrass on Sunday's show.  During the broadcast, we talked a bit about the newly-announced Grammy nominees (only those in the "Best Bluegrass Album" category, of course), shared a little bit of Christmas music, and remembered the significance of December 7th in history, among other topics.  Hope you were able to join us!


The U.S.S. Arizona burning after the attack on Pearl Harbor -
December 7, 1941 
On a December 7th broadcast, it would be absolutely wrong if we didn't mention the surprise Japanese Imperial Navy attack that drew the United States into World War II on Sunday, December 7, 1941.  This event is not a topic that has been greatly covered in the world of Bluegrass music, but we were able to play a Bluegrass version of a morale-boosting song from World War II ("There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere"), an instrumental song from Jesse McReynolds and Bobby Osborne titled, "7th Of December," and a bona fide, stir-'em-up patriotic number from 1942:  "Remember Pearl Harbor" from Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra.  Now, that last song IS NOT Bluegrass by any stretch, but sometimes, genre just isn't important for a few minutes, and remembering Pearl Harbor seems to be one of those times.


One of five terrific nominees in the
"Best Bluegrass Album" category for
the 2015 Grammy Awards.
The nominations for 2015 Grammy Awards were announced this week, and in the category of "Best Bluegrass Album," there are some really fine choices.  We sampled one song from each recording on Sunday's show, and will be interested to see who comes home with the Grammy Award in February 2015.  To read more about the Bluegrass nominees, click here.


One of the Grammy nominees is the recording from the Earls of Leicester -- a fine, all-star tribute band to the music of Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys.  It's great to see that the music of Flatt & Scruggs is still inspiring a new generation or two.  This week marks a couple of significant anniversaries in the history of Lester & Earl -- the seminal "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" was first recorded by the Foggy Mountain Boys on December 11, 1949, and on December 8, 1962, Flatt & Scruggs played a show at New York's Carnegie Hall.  This was a big whoop for a Bluegrass/Country act in those days (as it would be today), and the resulting album, "Flatt & Scruggs Live At Carnegie Hall!" is an absolute classic.

We couldn't not play a couple of Christmas songs in the mix on Sunday's broadcast, either.  Those came to us this week from the Stanley Brothers, Rhonda Vincent, Bill Grant & Delia Bell, the Country Gentlemen, and the Johnson Mountain Boys.

Hope you enjoyed the show, and that you'll be sure to join me on the air next Sunday from 4-7PM.  

Have a great week!

Amy



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


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • If We Make It Through December / Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum / Winter's Grace / Signature Sounds
  • Christmas Is Near / Stanley Brothers / Christmas Time's A-Comin' / Time Life
  • O Christmas Tree / Rhonda Vincent / O Christmas Tree / Rounder
  • My Little Silver Bells / Bill Grant & Delia Bell / O Christmas Tree / Rounder
  • That Little Girl Of Mine In Carolina / Edgar Loudermilk / My Big Chance Tomorrow / Mountain Fever Records
  • Margie / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Road Into Town / Patuxent Music
  • When You Are Lonely / Peter Rowan / The First Whippoorwill / Sugar Hill
  • Snowflake Breakdown / Jim & Jesse / On The Radio / Rural Rhythm
  • Up This Hill And Down / Larry Stephenson & Mark Newton / Live At Mr. B's / B's Records
  • Remember Pearl Harbor / Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra / Remember Pearl Harbor:  Classic Songs Of World War II / RCA
  • There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere / Charlie Waller & the Country Gentlemen / Songs Of The American Spirit / Pinecastle
  • 7th Of December / Bobby Osborne & Jesse McReynolds / Masters Of The Mandolin / Pinecastle
  • The Hard Times / Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press / Try A Little Kindness / Rounder [Bobby Osborne birthday - 12/7/1931]
  • Walk Through This World With Me / Seldom Scene / Long Time...Seldom Scene / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Walking In The Early Morning Dew / Bill Harrell & the Virginians / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Try A Little Kindness / Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press / Rounder
  • Christmas Time Back Home / Country Gentlemen / Christmas Time Back Home / Rebel
  • Reuben / Marteka & William / The Sounds Of A Tradition / Self-Produced
  • Kisses Don't Lie / Lynn Morris Band / The Lynn Morris Band / Rounder
  • Frozen In Time / Gibson Brothers / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • Your Love Is Dying / Lost & Found / Across The Blue Ridge Mountains / Rebel
  • The Pain Of Loving You / Mark Newton with Gloria Belle / Follow Me Back To The Fold / Rebel
  • Leavin' You And Mobile, Too / Lost & Found / Across The Blue Ridge Mountains / Rebel
  • Memories Of Mother And Dad / James King & David Davis / Plum Pitiful / Time Life 
  • Darling Little Joe / Don Reno & Bill Harrell / Plum Pitiful / Time Life
  • Busy City / Rhonda Vincent / Only Me / Upper Management Music
  • Betrayal / Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen / Cold Spell / Compass Records
  • Cricket On The Hearth / Bryan Sutton / Into My Own / Sugar Hill
  • Dig A Hole In The Meadow / The Earls Of Leicester / The Earls Of Leicester / Rounder
  • Wheel Hoss / Noam Pikelny / Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe / Compass Records
  • Foggy Mountain Breakdown / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Recordings / Mercury [recorded 12/11/1949]
  • Oh! Susanna / Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick / Laurie & Kathy Sing The Songs Of Vern & Ray / Spruce & Maple Music
  • Saro Jane / Roland White Band / Straight-Ahead Bluegrass / Self-Produced
  • Monday Blues / Balsam Range / Five / Mountain Home
  • Don't Think About It Too Long / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Trouble Follows Me / Rebel
  • She Doesn't Mourn Anymore / Spinney Brothers / Tried & True / Mountain Fever Records
  • How Long Have I Been Waiting / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / The Original Band / Sugar Hill
  • Salty Dog Blues / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Flatt & Scruggs At Carnegie Hall:  The Complete Concert / Koch Records [recorded 12/8/1962]
  • Let The Church Roll On / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Flatt & Scruggs At Carnegie Hall:  The Complete Concert / Koch Records
  • Talk It All Over With Him / Bluegrass Album Band / The Bluegrass Album, Volume 4 / Rounder
  • The Friendly Beasts / Johnson Mountain Boys / O Christmas Tree / Rounder
  • Get Behind Me Satan / Bear Bridge Band / A Bear Bridge Sampler / Open Road
  • I'm Rollin' Through This Unfriendly World / Nashville Bluegrass Band / The Boys Are Back In Town / Sugar Hill
  • Lord Build Me A Cabin In Glory / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1957-1958 / JSP Records
  • You'll Be Rewarded Over There / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boyd / One Morning In May / Rounder
  • I Am The Road / Hot Rize / When I'm Free / Ten In Hand Records
  • He Will Set Your Field On Fire / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Flatt & Scruggs At Carnegie Hall:  The Complete Concert / Koch Records
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, November 30, 2014

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 11/30/2014

On the last Sunday of November, we shared a couple of Christmas songs, gave away a CD or three, paid tribute to a Country Music Hall of Famer, and listened to a few 2014 favorites and music of classic Bluegrassers.  Hope you were able to make us a part of your end-of-Thanksgiving holiday weekend...

One of my favorites of 2014...
This is the time of year when many websites and such start listing out "The BEST ______ of 2014."  While I wasn't able to find any "Top Bluegrass" listings quite yet, I still shared a few of my personal favorite releases of 2014 from performers including Crowe, Lawson & Williams, the Spinney Brothers, Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick, and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper.

Have you ever had a seemingly-random song that you don't recall hearing in forever start going through your head?  I had that very thing happen to me today when "Ribbon Of Darkness" -- the Gordon Lightfoot tune performed by Marty Robbins in 1965 -- popped into my head and wouldn't go away.  I interpreted that as a "sign," of sorts, to play Bluegrass covers of a few Marty Robbins songs, and so, we put together a set featuring Marty Robbins tunes performed by Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, the Gibson Brothers, the Johnson Mountain Boys, and Jim Hurst.


Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it's not too early to share a Christmas song or two.  To that end, we included a track from the brand-new-for-2014 Christmas recording by the Claire Lynch Band -- "Holiday!"

If you listened to the show on Sunday, you might
Something to look forward to in 2015:
a new record from the Gibsons!
have learned that the
Gibson Brothers will be appearing in Connecticut this coming week -- in a trio form.  If you'd like to see Eric & Leigh Gibson along with longtime bass player (and right hand), Mike Barber, they can be found at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden on Friday night.  For more information on this show, click here.  Chances are pretty good that you'll hear something from the Gibsons' forthcoming Rounder recording, "Brotherhood."  


Be sure to join Jim for another edition of Bluegrass Cafe next Sunday afternoon -- and have a nice week!

Amy


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • I've Never Been So Lonesome / Longview / Longview / Rounder
  • Weary Hobo / Johnson Mountain Boys / Walls Of Time / Rounder
  • Jesse James / Bill Emerson with Marshall Wilborn & Lynn Morris / Eclipse / Rural Rhythm
  • Radio Boogie / Hot Rize / So Long Of A Journey / Sugar Hill
  • I Feel The Blues Moving In / Del McCoury / High Lonesome And Blue / Rounder
  • Wear A Red Rose / James King / Bed By The Window / Rounder
  • The Memory Of Your Smile / Dede Wyland / Keep The Light On / Patuxent Music
  • Earl's Breakdown / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Radio Gems
  • Loneliness And Desperation / Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Fiddlin' Joe / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / On Down The Line / Compass Records
  • Will You Be Satisfied That Way / Larry Sparks / Lonesome And Then Some... / Rebel
  • Feeling Blue / The Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / The Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / Rebel
  • Someone Took My Place With You / Stonewall Bluegrass / I Won't Be Troubled Anymore / Self-Produced
  • Lonely Violet / Peg & Ed / Lonely Violet / Self-Produced
  • I Don't Know What To Do / Warrior River Boys / New Beginnings / Rounder
  • Wild Montana Skies / Special Consensus with Claire Lynch / Country Boy:  A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver / Compass Records
  • In The Wind Somewhere / Richard Bennett / In The Wind Somewhere / Lonesome Day Records
  • Many A Mile / Country Gentlemen / Can't You Hear Me Callin':  Early Classics, 1963-1969 / Rebel
  • Crowe On The Banjo / Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys / You Don't Know My Mind / Rounder
  • My Walking Shoes / Crowe, Lawson & Williams / Standing Tall And Tough / Mountain Home
  • They're At Rest Together / Seldom Scene / Dream Scene / Sugar Hill
  • Two Feet On The Floor / Crowe Brothers / Forty Years Old / Mountain Fever Records
  • I Dreamed Of An Old Love Affair / Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters / Everything I Wanted Love To Be / Happy Appy Records
  • All I Have To Offer You Is Me / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Trouble Follows Me / Rebel
  • I'm Leaving You This Lonesome Song / The Boxcars / It's Just A Road / Mountain Home
  • Ribbon Of Darkness / Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / No One But You / Rebel
  • Don't Worry / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder
  • I Can't Quit / Gibson Brothers / Spread Your Wings / Hay Holler
  • Big Iron / Jim Hurst / Second Son / Pinecastle
  • Home For The Holidays / Claire Lynch Band / Holiday! / Thrill Hill Records
  • That White Christmas Song / Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers / Sugar Plums / Sugar Hill
  • Ring The Bell / Gibson Brothers / Ring The Bell / Compass Records
  • The East Bound Train / Gibson Brothers / Long Way Back Home / Sugar Hill
  • Gonna Catch A Train / Spinney Brothers / Tried & True / Mountain Fever Records
  • I'm A Ramblin' Rolling Stone / Phil Leadbetter with John Cowan & Sam Bush / The Next Move / Pinecastle
  • Black-Eyed Susie / Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick / Laurie & Kathy Sing The Songs Of Vern & Ray / Spruce & Maple Music
  • Roll On Big Mama / The Grascals / When I Get My Pay / Mountain Home
  • Big Eyed Rabbit / Adam Steffey / New Primitive / Organic Records
  • Lonesome Without You / Donna Ulisse / An Easy Climb / Hadley Music Group
  • Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet / Stanley Brothers / The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers / Columbia
  • So Happy I'll Be / Bluegrass Album Band / Songs Of Flatt & Scruggs / Rounder
  • Sinner You'd Better Get Ready / Louvin Brothers / Songs That Tell A Story / Rounder
  • Light At The River / Steve Gulley / Family, Friends & Fellowship / Rural Rhythm
  • Rock My Soul / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Rock My Soul / Sugar Hill
  • The Darkest Hour / BearTracks / Makin' New Tracks / Self-Produced
  • Fill My Way With Love / Doc Watson / Every Time I Feel The Spirit / Sugar Hill
  • You Don't Love God If You Don't Love Your Neighbor / Rhonda Vincent & the Rage / A Gospel Bluegrass Homecoming, Volume 1 / GGS
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Playlist - 11/23/2014

Hi Folks.

This show had a few focus areas, the big one being the large number of classic, rare, and obscure songs and tunes from vinyl sources - 23 tracks.  The playlist below indicates the vinyl by the mark (LP) or (45) next the the label name.

James King at the Firebox, Nov. 22, 2014
Another focus area was the music of James King.  James performed at the Firebox the evening before this show, so we saluted James by playing some of his early recordings as well as his most recent CD, and several in between as well as some Longview recordings in which James is a member.

Last but not least, we featured several tracks from the brand new CD from Larry Gillis.  Alex Leach and Ella Naiman Warde -- long time Gillis associates -- are featured.

Other newer music included songs from Russ Carson, Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass, The Earls of Leicester, Becky Buller, Turning Ground, and our teenage friends from West Virginia, Marteka and William Lake.

It is fall break at UCONN, so you may hear both Jim and Amy filling in at random times in the schedule for absent students.  We will give notice on our Facebook page when we have a bluegrass-type fill-in coming up.

Amy will be back next week hosting Bluegrass Cafe, and Marti and I will be back on Red Rooster Party just in front of that.

Have a safe Thanksgiving.

Jim Beaver

Artist / Song / Album / Label
  • Rafe Brady / Katy Hill / Cherokee Rose / Hertage 
  • Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy / Early Recordings / Rebel 
  • Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / The Little Paper Boy / One Morning In May / Rounder
  • The Bear Bridge Band / I Got A Letter / One More Ride / Open Road
  • Grass Routes / Bailey's Deal / Bailey's Deal / Grass Routes
  • James King / Highway To Nowhere / Three Chords And The Truth / Rounder
  • Stanley Brothers / Gonna Paint The Town / Folk Festival / Stanley
  • Russ Carson / Let Me Rest At The End Of My Journey / Avenue Of The Giants / Patuxent
  • Dry Branch Fire Squad / Jesus On The Mainline / Live At the Newburyport Firehouse / Rounder 
  • Curly Ray Cline / Just A Hangin' / Smarter Than The Average Idiot / Tin Ear (LP)
  • Don Stover and the White Oak Mountain Boys / Swing Them Pretty Girls Round / Don Stover and the White Oak Mountain Boys / Rounder (LP)
  • Don Stover and the White Oak Mountain Boys / Picked Up A Hammer / Don Stover and the White Oak Mountain Boys / Rounder (LP)
  • James King / I Just Want to Grow Old Lovin' You / Webco Classics Vol 2 - James King / Pinecastle 
  • Charlie Moore & Bill Napier / Story Of Love / 45 rpm single / American (45)
  • Johnson Mountain Boys / Let's Part the Best of Friends / Favorites / Rounder
  • The Keen Brothers / I Got Wise / Grassy Mountain Sound / Old Homestead (LP)
  • Larry Gillis / Swamp Folk / Swamp Folk / Tin Folk (LP)
  • Longview / I've Lived A Lot In My Time / Lessons In Stone / Rebel
  • Bill Box And The Dixie Drifters / Georgia-Alabama / Big Blue Grass Special / Rich-R-Tone (LP)
  • Foggy Mountain Hilton / Bluegrass Music Has Ruined My Life / Show Me the Way to Go Home / Patuxent
  • Curley Lambert with the Goins Brothers / Daybreak In Dixie / Blue Grass Evergreen / Old Homestead (LP)
  • The Sandy Valley Boys / Banjo John / Hard Road To Travel / Vetco (LP)
  • Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers / Give Me Time to Think It Over / She Left Me Standing On a Mountain / Blue Circle
  • Larry Gillis / Fiddler's Blues / Swamp Folk / Tin Folk
  • Rual Yarbrough / Blackberry Blossom / 5-String Banjo by Rual Yarbrough / Tune (LP)
  • Audie Blaylock / Trains Are The Only Way To Fly / Trains Are The Only Way To Fly / Self-released
  • Turning Ground / Dig 2 Graves / Cell Of Mine / Self-released
  • The Butler Brothers / Sailing On the Ocean / Sounds Of Bluegrass / Carpenter (LP)
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / Write Me Sweetheart / Short Time To Stay Here / Flaming Heart
  • Judy & Whitey / Sweethearts In Heaven / Pioneer Valley Jamboree / Jay-Vac (LP)
  • Delia Bell and Bill Grant / The Blues - Mountain Style / The Blues - Mountain Style / Kiamichi (LP)
  • Bill Lowe / Aunt Hattie / Kentucky Farewell / Ramblin'  (LP)
  • James King / These Old Pictures / These Old Pictures / Rounder
  • White Mountain Bluegrass / Ice Covered Birches / Ice Covered Birches / Fishtraks (LP)
  • The Bailes Brothers / How Many Biscuits Can You Eat / The Bailes Brothers Johnnie & Homer / Old Homestead (LP)
  • The Bailes Brothers / Silver Trumpet / The Bailes Brothers Johnnie & Homer / Old Homestead (LP)
  • Hylo Brown & The Timberliners / Cricket Hop-Get Lost You Wolf / Original Radio Recording Collector's Special / Grassound (LP)
  • Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass / Leaving This Town Little Darlin' / Leaving This Town / Randm
  • Rafe Brady / Silly Hill (bed) / Cherokee Rose / Hertage 
  • Rafe Brady / Cherokee Rose (bed) / Cherokee Rose / Hertage 
  • Larry Gillis / Little Rose / Swamp Folk / Tin Folk
  • James King / Crazy Heart / Lonesome and Then Some / Rounder
  • Larry Gillis / Three Sheets In The Wind / Swamp Folk / Tin Folk
  • Marteka and William / John Henry / The Sounds Of A Tradition / Self-released
  • Marteka and William / Johnson Ridge Special / The Sounds Of A Tradition / Self-released
  • Don Stover & Friends / Six Months Ain't Long / My Blue Ridge Memories / White Oak (LP)
  • The Earls Of Leicester / I Don’t Care Anymore / The Earls of Leicester / New Rounder
  • James King / Toil, Tears and Trouble / Thirty Years of Farming / New Rounder
  • The Stanley Brothers / Jesus Savior Pilot Me / The Stanley Brothers Goes To Europe / Rimrock (LP)
  • Vern and Ray / Happy I'll Be / Sounds From The Ozarks / Old Homestead (LP)
  • Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass / My Bible Tells Me / Leaving This Town / Randm
  • Carl Story / He Will Walk Through The Shadows With You / It's A Mighty Hard Road To Travel / Country (LP)
  • Jimmie Williams and Red Ellis / Open Window / Holy Cry From The Hills  / Starday (LP)
  • Longview / He'll Save Your Soul Yet / High Lonesome / Rounder
  • Unplugged Demos (Myrna Riquier) / Hello Lord / Momma's Flowers / Natchaug Music 
  • Becky Buller / I Serve a God (Who Can Raise the Dead) / 'Tween Earth And Sky / Dark Shadow
  • Mickey Boles / Let My Feet Go Runnin' / Let My Feet Go Runnin' / Self-released
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / River Of Jordan / Can You Hear Me Now / Flaming Heart
  • Fred Etheridge with Nick Anderson & Mark Doyle / Walking In A Dream / Pickin' And Singin' / Self-released


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday, November 22nd...a great Bluegrass Day in Connecticut!

In case you've not heard, there are at least three terrific opportunities for you to see and hear some fine Bluegrass music this evening in Connecticut.  Try to get out and support at least one of these events, won't you?

The James King Band performed in Westminster, VT on November 21st.
(Photo courtesy of Candi Sawyer)

James King has long been considered one of the most emotional singers in Bluegrass music.  2014 has been a rough year for him, seemingly filled with a lot of health issues and personal issues.  James's singing is still pretty raw and REAL, though.  After playing a show in Vermont last night, James King will be performing at what is being billed as the LAST Bluegrass show at the Firebox restaurant (539 Broad Street, Hartford).  Since the Fall of 2008, Nick Novia has been a wonderful host and promoter of Bluegrass on Sundays at the Firebox, and while the last Sunday show at the Firebox happened last month, tonight's show featuring James King promises to be a super-emotional one.  Check it out tonight, if you can.  Showtime is 8:30PM, and Nick can be reached at 203-650-3492.  More show info is here.  

The Del McCoury Band at the 2014 IBMA Awards
Meanwhile, also in Hartford, the Del McCoury Band will be playing a show at Infinity Hall in Hartford (32 Front Street).  Showtime is 8PM.  Del is a bona fide Living Legend in the Bluegrass world, and was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame a few years ago.  Seeing him perform in Connecticut is a treat, so be sure to see this fine band if you get a chance this evening.  More info is here or call 1-866-666-6306.

If you prefer to listen to Bluegrass performed by some mighty fine Connecticut performers, there's a show tonight at the Killingly Grange featuring ShoreGrass, along with a set or two from host band, Nick Anderson & Shady Creek.  Showtime is 7PM.  The Killingly Grange is located at the intersection of Route 101 and Dog Hill Road in Killingly, and Nick can be reached at 860-564-1018.  More info is here.
ShoreGrass makes their Killingly debut tonight!

If all of those offerings aren't quite enough, in the not-strictly-Bluegrass-but-still-very-wonderful category, there will be music from Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters tonight at the Sounding Board Coffeehouse in West Hartford (held at the Universalist Church on 433 Fern Street).  Showtime is 8PM, and more information can be found here.  
Amy Gallatin with Roger Williams - Andover, CT - August 2014

Get out and support these live performances, won't you?  Choosing just one might be difficult, but please make an effort to do it, if at all possible...

Have fun!

Amy

Sunday, November 16, 2014

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 11/16/2014

Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe featured selections from a couple of different vinyl LPs, a birthday tribute to Country Music Hall of Famer -- and tremendous songwriter -- Whisperin' Bill Anderson (who celebrated birthday #77 on November 1st), and a bit of music from newer recordings.

On my way out the door to Storrs, I grabbed a couple of LPs from the house that I'd not heard and/or played in a while.  Those old records worked their way into our playlist on Sunday afternoon, and I must say, I probably could have played that whole Osborne Brothers & Red Allen LP.  Such harmonies!  Other vinyl selections came from the short-lived 1980s band, Summer Wages; guitar duo Orrin Star & Gary Mehalickand a not-as-well-remembered-as-they-should-be brother duo, the Sauceman Brothers.  

Into the mixture of older songs, we also included a good portion of newer Bluegrass from recordings by Missy Werner, NightFlyer, the Spinney Brothers, Hot Rize, Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick, the Earls Of Leicester, the Lonesome River Band, Bob Dick, Flatt Lonesome, Tommy Brown & the County Line Grass, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, the Crowe Brothers, and the Larry Stephenson Band.  There was brand-spanking new music from a fine new recording by banjo picker, Russ Carson -- "Avenue Of The Giants" on Patuxent Music.

Be sure to join Jim in the Bluegrass Cafe next Sunday afternoon, won't you?

Have a great week!

Amy





SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL [Requests are RED; Bill Anderson-penned songs are BLUE]

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • When Someone Wants To Leave / Seldom Scene / Bluegrass The World's Greatest Show / Sugar Hill
  • Diamond Joe / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / Bluegrass Mountain Style / Rounder
  • Wait 'Til The Clouds Roll By / White Mountain Bluegrass / Oh So Many Years / R Own
  • Summertime Is Past And Gone / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1946-1949 / JSP Records
  • If Lonely Was The Wind / Lynn Morris Band / The Lynn Morris Band / Rounder
  • Colder And Colder / Lost & Found / Across The Blue Ridge Mountains / Rebel
  • Banjo In The Hollow / The Dillards / There Is A Time / Vanguard
  • Baby Girl / Stanley Brothers / Selected Cuts, 1955-1956 / JSP Records
  • Are You Coming Back To Me / Bill Harrell with Mac Wiseman / Bill Harrell & Friends / Rebel
  • Rocky Top / Osborne Brothers / Time-Life's Treasury Of Bluegrass / Time Life [recorded November 16, 1967]
  • Wild Mountain Honey / Osborne Brothers & Red Allen / The Osborne Brothers & Red Allen / Collector's Classic
  • No Honey No / Osborne Brothers & Red Allen / The Osborne Brothers & Red Allen / Collector's Classic
  • Is This My Destiny / Osborne Brothers & Red Allen / The Osborne Brothers & Red Allen / Collector's Classic
  • Roll Muddy River / The Grascals / Long List Of Heartaches / Rounder
  • Big Spike Hammer / Bluegrass Album Band / The Bluegrass Compact Disc / Rounder
  • Dear Old Dixie / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Essential Earl Scruggs / Columbia
  • What Are They Doing In Heaven Today / Lilly Brothers / Bluegrass Early Cuts, 1947-1953 / JSP Records
  • Amnesia / Del McCoury Band / The Streets Of Baltimore / McCoury Music
  • We Missed You / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / The Hard Game Of Love / Sugar Hill
  • Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands / Tony Holt & the Wildwood Valley Boys / Lost Highways & Treasured Memories / Old Homestead
  • The Lord Knows I'm Drinking / Wildfire / Where Roads Divide / Pinecastle
  • Once A Day / Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / The Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / Rebel
  • Slippin' Away / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Live In Holland / Strictly Country
  • I Don't Love You Anymore / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder
  • Some Kind Of War / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / They're Playing My Song / Rebel
  • Rough Edges / Missy Werner / Turn This Heart Around / Self-Produced
  • Lonesome Wind / NightFlyer / Rail, River & Road / Kang Records
  • Thank God For The Highways / Spinney Brothers / Tried & True / Mountain Fever Records
  • Western Skies / Hot Rize / When I'm Free / Ten In Hand Records
  • My Old Kentucky Home / Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick / Laurie & Kathy Sing The Songs Of Vern & Ray / Spruce & Maple Music
  • Some Old Day / Earls Of Leicester / The Earls Of Leicester / Rounder
  • Her Love Won't Turn On A Dime / Lonesome River Band / Turn On A Dime / Mountain Home
  • New York Chimes / Russ Carson / Avenue Of The Giants / Patuxent Music
  • Talkin' To The Wall / James King / Three Chords And The Truth / Rounder
  • Appleland Breakdown / Bob Dick / Life's Highway / Appleland Records
  • Fort Worth Jailhouse / Tommy Brown & the County Line Grass / Leaving This Town / Randm Records
  • Deep River / Orrin Star & Gary Mehalick / Premium Blend / Flying Fish
  • Never Let Me Go / Flatt Lonesome / Too / Mountain Home
  • Honky-Tonked To Death / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Trouble Follows Me / Rebel
  • I'll Be No Stranger There / Sauceman Brothers / The Early Days Of Bluegrass, Volume 7 / Rounder
  • Over On The Other Side / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / On Down The Line / Compass Records
  • My Soul's Been Satisfied / Summer Wages / Summer Wages / Rebel
  • Where Will You Be? / Crowe Brothers / Forty Years Old / Mountain Fever Records
  • God Loves His Children / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Recordings / Mercury
  • Let Me Rest At The End Of My Journey / Russ Carson / Avenue Of The Giants / Patuxent Music
  • It's Hard To Stumble (When You're Down On Your Knees) / Lou Reid & Carolina / Sounds Like Heaven To Me / Rural Rhythm
  • Joy Of Revelation / McCoury Brothers / The McCoury Brothers / Rounder
  • Born Again / Larry Stephenson Band / Pull Your Savior In / Whysper Dream
  • The Lighthouse / Gibson Brothers / Bona Fide / Sugar Hill

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Playlist - 11/9/2014

Hi Folks,


We at Bluegrass Cafe have received a treasure trove of new recordings, and we showcased some of those on this show with emphasis on the traditional releases as if to demonstrate bluegrass can be traditional and still grow.

A featured new release was a CD from Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass that is getting national distribution (and a fine CD it is!)  We also heard new music from Phil LeadbetterMonroeville, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, Gold Heart, Becky Buller, Crowe Brothers, The Spinney Brothers, Missy Werner, Larry Sparks, Lonesome River Band, Marteka and William, Joe Mullins, Nu-Blu, Junior Sisk, Larry Stephenson, Doyle Lawson, Hot Rize, and The Earls of Leicester.  Whew!

We didn't cut back the classic and obscure bluegrass, either.  We had a rare 45 from The Dillard Brothers (Doug & Rodney before The Dillards), a new release from Patuxent Records of Red Allen, Frank Wakefield and The Kentuckians recorded for radio in 1963, Doc & Merle Watson, Dave Evans, Flatt & Scruggs, Delia Bell & Bill Grant, Carl Story, Rose Maddox, The Campbell TrioChestnut Grove Quartet, and more.

Traditional bluegrass is alive and well at Bluegrass Cafe.

Tune in next Sunday when Amy will make the banjos and fiddles ring.

Jim Beaver

Requests in blue

Artist / Song / Album / Label
  • The Dillard Brothers / Dougs Breakdown / 45 rpm single / K-Ark
  • Red Allen, Frank Wakefield and The Kentuckians / Deep Elum Blues / The WDON Recordings 1963 / Patuxent
  • Foggy Mountain Hilton / Bluegrass Music Has Ruined My Life / Show Me the Way to Go Home / Patuxent
  • Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass / Fort Worth Jailhouse / Leaving This Town / Randm
  • Dave Evans and River Bend / White House Blues / The Best of the Vetco Years / Rebel
  • Doc & Merle Watson / The Tragic Romance / Ballads from Deep Gap / Vanguard
  • Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys / The Martha White Theme / Flatt and Scruggs At Carnegie Hall / Koch
  • Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys / I Wonder Where You Are Tonight / Flatt and Scruggs At Carnegie Hall / Koch
  • Grass Routes / When You Come Back Down / Something New / Grass Routes
  • Grass Cats / Bluegrass Man / The Blues Are Back In Town / New Time
  • Phil Leadbetter / Just Joshin' / The Next Move / Pinecastle
  • Monroeville / Heartbreaking Machine / Can't Put Me Out / Monroeville 
  • The Lewis Family / Flyin' High / Flyin' High / Mountain Home
  • Darin and Brooke Aldridge (w. Sam Bush) / Get Up John  / Snapshots / Mountain Home
  • Delia Bell & Bill Grant / Silver Tongue and Gold Plated Lies / Dreaming / Rounder
  • Gold Heart / Ain't That Crazy / Places I've Been / Self-released
  • The Gillis Brothers / The Memory Of Your Smile / Best of The Gills Brothers / Hay Holler
  • Scott Brannon / The Thought Of Losing You / Faded Love And Winter Roses / Wango
  • Becky Buller / Southern Flavor / 'Tween Earth And Sky / Dark Shadow
  • Crowe Brothers / I've Got the Moon On My Side / Forty Years Old / Mountain Fever
  • The Goins Brothers / I Guess I'll Do Without / Still Goin' Strong / Hay Holler
  • The Spinney Brothers / Freightyard Down the Street / Tried & True / Mountain Fever
  • Missy Werner / The Heart You Break / Turn This Heart Around / Self-Produced
  • Red Allen, Frank Wakefield and The Kentuckians / Sombody Loves You Darling / The WDON Recordings 1963 / Patuxent
  • Larry Sparks with Curly Seckler / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke / Lonesome And Then Some... / Rebel
  • Lonesome River Band / Lila Mae / Turn On a Dime / Mountain Home
  • Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass / A Dark Road Is a Hard Road to Travel / Leaving This Town / Randm
  • Travers Chandler & Avery County / I Could Change My Mind / Pardon Me... / Mountain Fever
  • Dave Evans / Be Proud Of The Gray In Your Hair / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • The Dillard Brothers / My Only Tru Love / 45 rpm single / K-Ark
  • Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers / Broken Heart and a Worried Mind / She Left Me Standing On a Mountain / Blue Circle
  • Marteka and William / Reuben / The Sounds Of A Tradition / Self-released
  • The Earls Of Leicester / Dig a Hole In the Meadow / The Earls of Leicester / New Rounder
  • Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / Goin' Back to My Kentucky Country Home / Another Day From Life / Rebel
  • Turning Ground / Echo of the Steel / Cell Of Mine / Self-released
  • Nu-Blu / It's Not That Cold In Montana / All The Way / Rural Rhythm
  • ShoreGrass / The Letter / Going Home / Shaw Family
  • Red Smiley and the Bluegrass Cutups  / Dear Old Dixie (bed) / Burnin' Up The Strings / Rural Rhythm
  • Tater Tate With Red Smiley & The Bluegrass Cut-Ups / Black Eyed Susan (bed) / Burnin' Up The Strings / Rural Rhythm
  • Reno & Smiley / Natural Bridge Blues (bed) / Burnin' Up The Strings / Rural Rhythm
  • Hylo Brown / Banjo On the Mountain (bed) / Burnin' Up The Strings / Rural Rhythm
  • Shady Creek / The Old Home / The Old Home / Self-released
  • Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Frost On The Bluegrass / Trouble Follows Me / Rebel
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / East Virginia Blues / Short Time To Stay Here / Flaming Heart
  • Hot Rize / Doggone / When I'm Free / Ten In Hand
  • Larry Gillis and the Hard Driving Bluegrass Band / Down By The River / Swampgrass / Tinman
  • Seldom Scene / Little Georgia Rose / Long Time... Seldom Scene / Smithsonian Folkways
  • The Campbell Trio / Brush Arbor Meeting / We're Hooked On Bluegrass / Woodrich
  • Alex Leach / Willing To Try / Mountain Heartache / Self-released
  • Larry Stephenson Band / Will You Meet Me Over Yonder / Pull Your Savior In / Whysper Dream
  • Rose Maddox with the Vern Williams Band / Take Me In The Lifeboat / Beautiful Bouquet / Arhoolie
  • Unplugged Demos (Myrna Riquier) / In the Shadow of the Son / Momma's Flowers / Natchaug Music
  • Mickey Boles / Since I've Laid My Burdens Down / Let My Feet Go Runnin' / Self-released
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Climbing Upward / Open Carefully Message Inside / Mountain Home
  • David Peterson / Are You Washed In the Blood ? / Simplicity / Self-released
  • Carl Story / Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan? / Complete Atteiram Collection / Gusto
  • Chestnut Grove Quartet / Lord, Don't Leave Me Here / The Legendary Chestnut Grove Quartet / Rebel Records
  • Fred Etheridge with Nick Anderson & Mark Doyle / Walking In A Dream / Pickin' And Singin' / Self-released

Fill-in Playlist - 11/4/2014 - Basement Tapes from Ray Davis

Hi Folks.

I did a quick one-hour fill-in Tuesday evening and filled it with music from the famous "basement" of Ray Davis -- the legendary Baltimore and Washington DC bluegrass DJ who just retired last year (2013) after nearly 60 years in broadcasting.

Jim Beaver

Artist / Song / Disk / Label

  • Gillis Brothers / Train 45 / Freight Train Special Volume Two - Songs of America's Railroads / Wango
  • The Stanley Brothers / How Mt. Girls Can Love; Comedy w/ Uncle Henry; Mountain Dew; On Top Of Old Smokey; Comedy w/Uncle Henry; Little Birdie / Radio Series Volume Six / Wango
  • Warrior River Boys / Blue Ridge Mt. Blues; The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise; Tomorrow You'll Be Gone; Blues Stay Away From Me / Radio Series Volume Six / Wango
  • Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Sweet Potato Rag; Darlin' Nellie Across The Sea; I'm Comin' Back (But I Don't Know When); Gotta' Travel On / Radio Series Volume Six / Wango
  • Gillis Brothers / Fire On The Strings; It's Never Too Late; Old Jackson Prison; Don't Cheat In Our Home Town / Radio Series Volume Six / Wango