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


  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 4/23/2017

There was all sorts of birthday celebrating going on during Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe.  We remembered the birthdays of two wonderful performers (and songwriters) of days gone by, and the birthdays of two modern-day Bluegrass treasures.  Hope you were able to join us for the celebrations in song!

We remembered the late Hylo Brown (April 20, 1922 - January 17, 2003) by sharing two songs he performed and four songs he wrote.  We also included several songs from the pen (and sometimes mandolin playing and singing) of the late Ira Louvin (April 21, 1924 - June 20, 1965).  By all accounts, Ira was the Louvin brother with the temper, but while he and brother Charlie didn't always get along, there's no doubt that they were able to create some really wonderful music together.  If you would like to learn more about the Louvin Brothers, here are two fine reading suggestions:


  • Louvin, Charlie with Benjamin Whitmer.  Satan Is Real:  The Ballad Of The Louvin Brothers. (ITBooks, 2012).
  • Wolfe, Charles.  In Close Harmony:  The Story Of The Louvin Brothers.  (University Of Mississippi Press, 1991).
Other birthday celebrants included Doyle Lawson (born April 20, 1944) and Roland White (born April 23, 1938).  We could have easily filled up the three hours with music from the many bands that these two Bluegrass legends have been members of through the years, but limited ourselves to a just a couple from each.  Next time...

New music was part of the show on Sunday, too.  New music from 2017 (and late 2016) hit the airwaves from Bobby Osborne, Tom Ewing, Southern Rail, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Big Country Bluegrass, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Terry Baucom, Doyle Lawson & Paul Williams, and the Gibson Brothers.

Hope you can join me once again this coming Sunday, 4-7PM.

Enjoy the week!

Amy O.



SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Truck Driver's Queen / Charlie Moore / Charlie Moore Sings Again--Gone But Not Forgotten / Wango 
  • Walking In The Early Morning Dew / Bill Harrell & the Virginians / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • I'll Be All Smiles Tonight / Mac Wiseman & Merle Haggard / Timeless / Cracker Barrel
  • Many A Mile / Country Gentlemen / Can't You Hear Me Callin':  Early Classics, 1963-1969 / Rebel
  • Lonesome And Blue / Larry Sparks / Lonesome And Blue:  More Favorites / Rebel
  • Chokin' The Strings / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • I'll Forgive You / Kathy Kallick Band / Foxhounds / Live Oak Records
  • Tennessee 1949 / Bill Emerson & Pete Goble / Webco Classics, Volume One / Pinecastle
  • No Mother Or Dad / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Recordings / Mercury
  • Memories Cover Everything I Own / Johnson Mountain Boys / Let The Whole World Talk / Rounder
  • Prisoner's Song / Hylo Brown / Lovesick And Sorrow / Starday [Hylo Brown birthday, 4/20/1922]
  • Your Crazy Heart / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Never Walk Away / Sugar Hill [Hylo Brown birthday, 4/20/1922]
  • Silent Partner (Called The Blues) / James King / These Old Pictures / Rounder [Hylo Brown birthday, 4/20/1922]
  • I've Waited As Long As I Can / IIIrd Tyme Out / Grandpa's Mandolin / Rebel [Hylo Brown birthday, 4/20/1922]
  • The Grand Ole Opry Song / Jimmy Martin / The King Of Bluegrass / Universal [Hylo Brown birthday, 4/20/1922]
  • Lovesick And Sorrow / Hylo Brown / Lovesick And Sorrow / Starday [Hylo Brown born, 4/20/1922]
  • Don't Throw Mama's Flowers Away / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / The Room Over Mine / Rounder
  • Going Home To Tennessee / Spinney Brothers / Living The Dream / Mountain Fever Records
  • The Crooked Road / Lou Reid & Carolina / Rollin' On / KMA Records
  • Girl From West Virginia / Rhonda Vincent & the Rage / In Concert, Volume One--All The Rage / Upper Management Music
  • They Called The Wind Maria / Bobby Osborne / Original / Compass Records
  • Please Come Back, Little Pal / Tom Ewing / Adventures Of A Blue Grass Boy / Patuxent Music
  • Pathway Of Teardrops / Bobby Osborne / Original / Compass Records
  • She Looked A Lot Like You / Tom Ewing / Adventures Of A Blue Grass Boy / Compass Records
  • Red Rubber Ball / Southern Rail / Voices In The Wind / Railway Records
  • Darling Do You Know Who Loves You / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / The Mountains Are Calling Me Home / Mountain Fever Records
  • Your Sweet Loving Man / Big Country Bluegrass / Let Them Know I'm From Virginia / Rebel
  • Oh Lonesome Me / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Sho Nuff Country! / Patuxent Music
  • When I Stop Dreaming / Louvin Brothers / Radio Favorites, '51-'57 / CMF Records [Ira Louvin born, 4/21/1924]
  • I Can't Keep You In Love With Me / The Expedition Show / The Expedition Show / Mountain Fever Records [Ira Louvin born, 4/21/1924]
  • Tiny Broken Heart / Bear Minimum / The Automobile Of Life / Open Road [Ira Louvin born, 4/21/1924]
  • Here Today And Gone Tomorrow / Hazel Dickens with Johnson Mountain Boys / Songs Of The Louvin Brothers / Rounder [Ira Louvin born, 4/21/1924]
  • If I Could Only Win Your Love / Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen / At Edwards Barn / Rounder [Ira Louvin born, 4/21/1924]
  • Saro Jane / Roland White Band / Straight-Ahead Bluegrass / Self-Produced [Roland White birthday, 4/23/1938]
  • I Ain't Goin' Down / Nashville Bluegrass Band / Waitin' For The Boys To Come Home / Sugar Hill [Roland White birthday, 4/23/1938]
  • The Big Burnsville Jail / Marty Raybon & Full Circle / The Back Forty / Rural Rhythm
  • I'll Pretend It's Raining / McCoury Brothers / The McCoury Brothers / Rounder
  • What Will They Say About You / Terry Baucom / 4th & Goal / JohnBoy & Billy, Inc.
  • When We Were Barefoot Kids So Long Ago / Bluegrass Patriots / Through The Years...Favorite Songs And Requests / Red Feather
  • I'm Sorry I Caused You To Cry / Doyle Lawson & Paul Williams / Chapter 3  / Mountain Home [Doyle Lawson birthday, 4/20/1944]
  • Write Me Sweetheart / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / A School Of Bluegrass / Crossroads
  • Walkin' Down The Line / Country Gentlemen / Live In Japan / Rebel
  • Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself / Louvin Brothers / Radio Favorites, '51-'57 / CMF Records [Ira Louvin born, 4/21/1924]
  • I Found A Church Today / Gibson Brothers / In The Ground / Rounder
  • Rejoicing All The Way / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Burden Bearer / Mountain Home
  • Wicked Path Of Sin / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1940-1946 / JSP Records
  • I Know What You're Talking About / Lynn Morris Band / Shape Of A Tear / Rounder [Ira Louvin born 4/21/1924]
  • Stone Was Rolled Away / Old Time Bluegrass Singers / Plastic Heart / Open Road
  • Do You Live What You Preach / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / One Morning In May / Rounder [Ira Louvin born, 4/21/1924]
  • The Gospel Way / Louvin Brothers / Radio Favorites, '51-'57 / CMF Records [Ira Louvin born, 4/21/1924]
  • I'll Live With God (To Die No More) / Louvin Brothers / Classic Album Collection / Golden Stars [Ira Louvin born, 4/21/1924]
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Playlist - 4/16/2017 - Easter

Hi Folks.  
South Carolina Broadcasters

It's been a while since I've been around the Bluegrass Cafe, but I had a fine time filling in for Amy on Easter Sunday.

Since the idea was to have a good time, I did so by playing a lot of classic bluegrass and a gospel set with an Easter theme.



We gave away two CDs from the South Carolina Broadcasters - one is their newest effort titled "We'll Sing Once More" and the other is "Best of the Lowe Vintage Radio Show" compiled from their 15 month 4-days-a-week live show that aired in their hometown of Mount Airy NC in 2015 and 2016.  I had the good fortune to be their announcer for this series. 

New music included songs from The Gibson Brothers, Lawson & Williams, Bobby Osborne, and Johnny & Edith Jackson with James Stiltner.

I hope you enjoyed the show.  It may have been the last Bluegrass Cafe I ever host as I will be moving back home to NC in a few months or less.  I invite all to visit with the Southern New England bluegrass community at Killingly Grange this coming Saturday evening as there will be a farewell jam in my honor hosted by Nick Anderson and Shady Creek.  Doors open at 6pm and the Grange will be have food and refreshments available.

Jim Beaver


Song / Artist / Album / Label

  • David Peterson & 1946 / Red Rockin' Chair / In The Mountaintops To Roam / Self-Produced
  • Larry Gillis / Long Journey Home / Swamp Folk / Tinman
  • Dudley Connell & Don Rigsby / Meet Me by the Moonlight / Meet Me by the Moonlight / Sugar Hill
  • The Warrior River Boys / Bright Sherman Valley / Sounds Like Home / Rounder 
  • Earl Taylor & Jim McCall with The Stoney Mountain Boys / Home Across The Blueridge Mountains / Blue Grass Favorites / Rural Rhythm
  • Bob Paisley and the Southern Grass / Cardboard Mansions / Back To The Blue Ridge / Brandywine
  • Charlie Moore / Why Do You Weep Dear Willow / Charlie Moore Sings Again - Gone But Not Forgotten / Wango
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / Evening Bells / We'll Sing Once More / Self-released
  • The Bluegrass Mountaineers / Carolina Mountain Home / Clinch Mountain Tradition / Maggard
  • The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / John Henry / Early Recordings / Rebel
  • Dave Adkins / Turn and Burn / Dave Adkins / Mountain Fever
  • Del McCoury / A Deeper Shade of Blue / A Deeper Shade of Blue / Rounder
  • Travers Chandler & Avery County / Have You Come To Say Goodbye? / State Of Depression / Patuxent
  • Danny Lee Davis / The Long Goodbye / The Long Goodbye / Self-released
  • Ralph Stanley / Hemlocks and Primroses / The Bottom Line Archive / The Bottom Line
  • The Stanley Brothers / Mastertone March / Eight Classic Albums plus Bonus Singles / Real Gone
  • Connie & Babe And The Backwoods Boys / Grave on the Rolling Hillside / Down the Road to Home / Decca (UMO)
  • The Dillards / Katy Cline / Early Recordings - 1959 / Varèse Sarabande
  • Tony Rice / Church Street Blues / Church Street Blues / Rounder
  • The Gibson Brothers / Homemade Wine / In the Ground / New Rounder
  • Lawson & Williams / I'll Still Write Your Name in the Sand / Chapter 3 / Mountain Home
  • Bobby Osborne / Eight More Miles (feat. Michael Cleveland & Sam Bush) / Original / Compass
  • Johnny & Edith Jackson with James Stiltner / House Of Gold / The Old Time Way / Self-released
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / We'll Sing Once More / We'll Sing Once More / Self-released
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters / Home to Stay / We'll Sing Once More / Self-released
  • The McCormick Brothers / Lonesome for You / Hot Bluegrass Rhythm / Cattle
  • The Stanley Brothers / Handsome Molly / An Evening Long Ago / Columbia
  • The Stanley Brothers / East Virginia Blues / An Evening Long Ago / Columbia
  • Larry Richardson and the Blue Ridge Boys With Buddy Pendleton / Sad and Lonesome Day / Larry Richardson and the Blue Ridge Boys With Buddy Pendleton On Fiddle / Old Blue 
  • Don Stover / Rockwood Deer Chase / Things in Life / Rounder
  • Eddie & Martha Adcock / Gold Watch and Chain / TwoGrass / Pinecastle
  • The Vern Williams Band / When Springtime Comes Again / Bluegrass from the Gold Country / New Rounder
  • The Louvin Brothers / The Great Atomic Power / The Weapon Of Prayer / Capitol [request]
  • The Gillis Brothers / Hell Broke Loose in Georgia / The Gillis Brothers Live / Tin Man [request]
  • The Gillis Brothers / Cold Outside / The Gillis Brothers Live / Tin Man [request]
  • The Gillis Brothers / There Is A Trap / The Gillis Brothers Live / Tin Man [request]
  • Bill Keith / Don't Let Your Deal Go Down / Beating Around The Bush / Green Linnet  [request]
  • Johnny Warren & Charlie Cushman / Lonesome Reuben / Purely Instrumental / Self-released
  • Johnny Warren & Charlie Cushman / Warren's Reel / Purely Instrumental / Self-released
  • Tony Rice / I've Waited as Long as I Can / Tony Rice Plays And Sings Bluegrass / Rounder
  • Charlie Moore / The Old Chain Gang / With Bill Napier and Friends / Old Homestead
  • Delia Bell & Bill Grant / Dreaming / Dreaming / Rounder
  • The Johnson Mountain Boys / We Can't Be Darlings Any More / Live At the Birchmere / Rounder
  • Flatt & Scruggs / Little Darling Pal Of Mine / Flatt and Scruggs At Carnegie Hall - The Complete Concert / Koch
  • Bill Monroe / I'm On My Way Back To The Old Home / Lookin' Back: Silver Eagle Presents Bill Monroe Live In Concert / Silver Eagle Cross Country
  • Dry Branch Fire Squad / Jesus on the Mainline (Live) / Live At the Newburyport Firehouse / Rounder  [request]
  • J. D. Jarvis & Rusty York / Old Rugged Cross / Bluegrass Gospel Songs / Rural Rhythm
  • Early Upchurch & The Friendly Quartet / Cross of Redemption / Cross of Redemption / Field Recorders Collective
  • The Stanley Brothers / Cry From The Cross / Hymns of the Cross / King
  • The Sauceman Brothers / Hallelujah, We Shall Rise / Early days of bluegrass. Vol. 7 / Rounder
  • Jimmie Williams & Red Ellis / Down at the Cross / Classic Bluegrass Gospel / B.A.C.M
  • Carl Story / From The Manger To The Cross / 78 RPM single / Mercury
  • The Wilson Brothers / Six Hours on the Cross / We'll Work Till Jesus Comes / Old Homestead
  • Charlie Moore / Calvary's Cross / 45 EP / Starday
  • Larry Fuller / It Wasn't Just The Nails / Larry Fuller / Freeland
  • Blue Sky Boys / Didn't They Crucify My Lord / 78 RPM single / Bluebird
  • The Carter Family / Look Away From The Cross / 78 RPM single / Okeh
  • Fred Etheridge with Nick Anderson & Mark Doyle / Walking in a Dream / Pickin' And Singin' / Self-released

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 4/9/2017

For Sunday's edition of the Bluegrass Cafe, something inspired me to play a whole bunch of wonderful songs all about one subject that continues to fascinate young and old alike:  trains.  Even though Americans (who don't live in big metropolitan areas) don't really travel on trains as frequently as we did sixty or seventy years ago, the interest in this particular mode of transportation lives on.  In 2015, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out released a song that suggested a lot of things might not have ever happened "Had It Not Been For The Train."  If you've not heard the clever lyrics in this song (co-written by Eli Johnston and Kevin McKinnon), check it out here:


Carrying on the tradition:  Ralph Stanley II &
the Clinch Mountain Boys will have a CD
available this summer

The show wasn't all about those 30+ train songs, though.  We also included a few brand-new selections from recently released or soon-to-be released recordings from these performers:  Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Tim O'Brien, Shawn Camp (from the wonderful autobiography-in-song recording about Mac Wiseman), Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Danny Barnes, Rickey Wasson, Aaron "Frosty" Foster, Larry Cordle, and Flashback.

This coming Sunday is Easter Sunday, and I'm delighted that Jim will be joining you for Bluegrass Cafe.  Be sure to join him for some top-notch traditional and old-time Bluegrass, won't you?

Happy Easter!

Amy 


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Here Comes The Train / Traditional Grass / 10th Anniversary / Rebel
  • Trains Are The Only Way To Fly / Audie Blaylock / Trains Are The Only Way To Fly / Self-Produced
  • Ridin' On That Midnight Train / Don Reno & Charlie Moore / Bluegrass Legends Together / Wango
  • I Hear A Choo Choo Coming / Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Live! At McClure / Rebel
  • Wabash Cannonball / Tennessee Mafia Jug Band / Screams From The Holler / Spring Fed Records
  • The Train Song / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • Bluegrass Express / Rhonda Vincent / The Storm Still Rages / Rounder
  • Freight Train Boogie / Bear Minimum / The Automobile Of Life / Open Road
  • Blue Railroad Train / Delmore Brothers / The Delmore Brothers, 1933-1935 / JSP Records
  • Big Black Train / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1955-1959 / JSP Records
  • The Passing Of The Train / Special Consensus / Roads & Rails / Shy Town Records
  • Train 45 / Jimmy Martin / Good 'N' Country & Country Music Time / Jasmine
  • One Way Train / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / I'll Wander Back Someday / Sugar HIll
  • California Zephyr / Larry Sparks / Raised By The Railroad Line:  Classic American Train Songs / Rebel
  • Pan American / Hank Williams / Hillbilly Hero / Proper
  • The Evening Train / Bob & Danny Paisley / Plum Pitiful / Time Life
  • The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore / Bill Harrell / Raised By The Railroad Line:  Classic American Train Songs / Time Life
  • Steel Rails / Louisa Branscomb / It's Time To Write A Song... / Self-Produced
  • Blue Train / Nashville Bluegrass Band / Home Of The Blues / Sugar Hill
  • Goin' Round This World / Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys / single / Stanley Family Records
  • Windy Mountain / Tim O'Brien / Where The River Meets The Road / Howdy Skies Records
  • Going Back To Bristol / Shawn Camp / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • Rockwood Deer Chase / Danny Barnes / Stove Up / Self-Produced
  • Shape Up Or Ship Out / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / The Mountains Are Calling Me Home / Mountain Fever Records
  • Did You Hear Me Say Goodbye / ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band / single / Self-Produced
  • East Virginia Blues / Rickey Wasson / Croweology:  J.D. Crowe's Musical Legacy / Self-Produced
  • Reaping The Blues / Aaron "Frosty" Foster / single / Self-Produced
  • Big Train From Memphis / Seldom Scene / 15th Anniversary Celebration / Sugar HIll
  • Diesel Train / Jim & Jesse & the Virginia Boys / Radio Shows / Pinecastle
  • Night Train To Memphis / Bristol Boys / All Aboard With The Bristol Boys / Self-Produced
  • The Engineers Don't Wave From The Trains Anymore / Lynn Morris Band / The Bramble And The Rose / Rounder
  • Eastbound Train / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Midnight Train / Warrior River Boys / New Beginnings / Rounder
  • The Wreck Of The Old 97 / Reno & Smiley / Raised By The Railroad Line:  Classic American Train Songs / Rebel
  • Orange Blossom Special / Johnson Mountain Boys / At The Old Schoolhouse / Rounder
  • The Train That Carried My Girl From Town / Earls Of Leicester / Rattle & Roar / Rounder
  • Train 45 / Feinberg Brothers / Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • Flint Hill Special / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Sides, 1950-1952 / JSP Records
  • Salty Dog Blues / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Classic Bluegrass Live, 1959-1966 / Vanguard
  • Joe's Last Train / Bill Yates & Friends / Country Gentlemen Tribute, Volume II / Self-Produced
  • Whistles On The Trains / Laurel Canyon Ramblers / Blue Rambler 2 / Sugar Hill
  • Had It Not Been For The Train / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / It's About Tyme / Break A String Productions
  • Can't You Hear That Whistle Blow / The Grascals / Keep On Walkin' / Rounder
  • Palms Of Victory / Country Gentlemen / Calling My Children Home / Rebel
  • The Boat Of Love / Balsam Range / Marching Home / Mountain Home
  • The Angels Rejoiced / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / Angels Rejoice / Strictly Country
  • I Hear My Savior Calling / Old Time Bluegrass Singers / Threads / Open Road
  • Journey To My Savior's Side / Missy Werner Band / Three Kinds Of Lonesome / Self-Produced
  • It's A Lonesome Road / Larry Cordle with Lethal Jackson / Give Me Jesus / Mighty Cord Records
  • Give Me The Roses / Traver Hollow / Angels Rejoice / Strictly Country
  • Shine Hallelujah Shine / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1940-1946 / JSP Records
  • That's Where Glory Can Be Bound / Flashback / Foxhounds And Fiddles / Pinecastle
  • Little Black Train / IIIrd Tyme Out / Grandpa's Mandolin / Rebel

Monday, April 03, 2017

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 4/2/2017

Sports preemptions are a common thing at WHUS in the springtime.  This week, both Red Rooster Party and the Bluegrass Cafe were expected to be preempted, at least partially.  It turned out that there was a full-three hour broadcast of Bluegrass Cafe, plus we added twenty minutes before 4PM when the UConn Baseball game ended early.  Go figure.
Merle Haggard (4/6/1937 - 4/6/2016)

We used that extra twenty minutes to share songs from the music catalog of the legendary Merle Haggard, who would have turned 80 years old on April 6th.  The Hag left us with an incredible legacy of music, and so many of his songs have been given a Bluegrass treatment down through the years.  Including the songs we played in the first twenty minutes pre-BGC, we shared thirteen Haggard songs from performers as varied as the Osborne Brothers, the Grascals, the Spinney Brothers, Flatt Lonesome, the Gibson Brothers, the Seldom Scene, and, of course, the Hag, himself.  

Newer music was shared on Sunday, too, as we included selections from new and/or recent projects from Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Rhonda Vincent & the RageFlashback, Jeff White, the Earls of LeicesterRickey Wasson, Dailey & Vincent, the Garrett Newton Band, the Gibson Brothers, Doyle Lawson & Paul Williams, Michael Cleveland, Big Country Bluegrass, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Larry Cordle, and Becky Buller.  

Hope you enjoyed the show, and that you'll consider joining us once again next Sunday afternoon at 4PM for a sports-less edition of our Bluegrass Cafe!

Enjoy the week!


Amy O.



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

  • Okie From Muskogee / Merle Haggard / I Love Dixie Blues...So I Recorded Live In New Orleans / Capitol [Merle Haggard birthday, 4/6/1937]
  • Working Man Blues / Osborne Brothers / Hillbilly Fever / CMH [Merle Haggard birthday, 4/6/1937]
  • Today I Started Loving You Again / The Grascals / Keep On Walkin' / Rounder [Merle Haggard birthday, 4/6/1937]
  • Mama Tried / Seldom Scene / SCENEchronized / Sugar Hill [Merle Haggard birthday, 4/6/1937]
  • Red Bandana / Lonesome River Band / Still Learning / Rural Rhythm [Merle Haggard birthday, 4/6/1937]
  • If We Make It Through December / Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum / Winter's Grace / Signature Sounds [Merle Haggard birthday, 4/6/1937]
  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • When It's Springtime In The Rockies / Bluegrass Patriots / Springtime In The Rockies / Copper Creek
  • When Springtime Comes Again / Vern Williams Band / Bluegrass From The Gold Country / Rounder
  • Ah Spring / Chris Thile / Stealing Second / Sugar Hill
  • Home Run Man / Parmley & McCoury / Families Of Tradition / BGC
  • Skip Hop And Wobble / Jimmy Martin / Good 'N' Country & Country Music Time / Jasmine
  • Streets Of Baltimore / Del McCoury Band / The Streets Of Baltimore / McCoury Music
  • Just Ain't / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / 16 Biggest Hits / Columbia Legacy
  • If We Would Just Pray / Rhonda Vincent & the Rage / In Concert, Volume One - All The Rage / Upper Management Music
  • Flint Hill Special / Earls Of Leicester / Rattle & Roar / Rounder
  • Blue Trail Of Sorrow / Jeff White / Right Beside You / Self-Produced
  • Leavin' / Tasty Licks / True Bluegrass / Rounder
  • Buck's Run / Jeff White / Right Beside You / Self-Produced
  • Montana Cowboy / Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard / True Bluegrass / Rounder
  • Little Joe / Jeff White / The White Album / Rounder
  • I'm Leaving Detroit / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / True Bluegrass / Rounder
  • Three Ways Of Knowing / Allerton & Alton / Black, White And Bluegrass / Smithsonian Folkways
  • The Hills And Home / Bear Bridge Band / One More Ride / Open Road
  • Silence Or Tears / Country Gentlemen / High Lonesome / Starday
  • Darling Do You Know Who Loves You / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / The Mountains Are Calling Me Home / Mountain Fever Records
  • Foxhounds And Fiddles / Flashback / Foxhounds And Fiddles / Pinecastle
  • For Lovin' Me / Rickey Wasson / Croweology:  J.D. Crowe's Musical Legacy / Truegrass
  • Gimme All The Love You Got / Dailey & Vincent / Patriots & Poets / BFD
  • Young Heart Old Soul / Garrett Newton Band / Young Heart Old Soul / Pinecastle
  • Talk To Me Old Lonesome Heart / Doyle Lawson & Paul Williams / Chapter 3 / Mountain Home
  • Eddie To The Rescue / Eddie Adcock / forthcoming CD / Patuxent Music
  • What A Way To Go / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / The Mountains Are Calling Me Home / Mountain Fever Records
  • Highway / Gibson Brothers / In The Ground / Rounder
  • Kentucky Gambler / Gibson Brothers / Spread Your Wings / Hay Holler [Merle Haggard birthday, 4/6/1937]
  • Fighting Side Of Me / Charlie Waller & the Country Gentlemen / Songs Of The American Spirit / Pinecastle [Merle Haggard birthday, 4/6/1937]
  • Silver Wings / Merle Haggard / Side By Side / Mastertone [Merle Haggard birthday, 4/6/1937]
  • Mixed Up Mess Of A Heart / Flatt Lonesome / Runaway Train / Mountain Home [Merle Haggard birthday, 4/6/1937]
  • Swinging Doors / Lost & Found / A Ride Through The Country / Rebel [Merle Haggard birthday, 4/6/1937]
  • California Cotton Fields / Phil Leadbetter with Marty Raybon / Slide Effects / Pinecastle [Merle Haggard birthday, 4/6/1937]
  • Daddy Frank / Jim Mills with Paul Brewster / Hide Head Blues / Sugar Hill [Merle Haggard birthday, 4/6/1937]
  • The Old Home / Stanley Brothers / Select Sides, 1949-1953 / JSP Records
  • If You're Ever Gonna Love Me / New Kentucky Colonels / Live In Sweden 1973 / Roland White Music
  • Detroit Blues / Big Country Bluegrass / Let Them Know I'm From Virginia / Rebel
  • Steamboat Whistle Blues / Michael Cleveland with Sam Bush / Fiddler's Dream / Compass Records
  • Casey Jones / Feinberg Brothers / Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes / Jim & Jesse / Grand Ole Opry Live Classics:  The Bluegrass Collection / Cracker Barrel
  • Why Baby Why / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Sho Nuff Country! / Patuxent Music
  • Dixon County Blues / Curly Ray Cline / 35 Years Of The Best In Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Fox On The Run / Tony Trischka with Tom Adams / Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular / Rounder
  • Green Pastures / Emmylou Harris / Bluegrass Top 20 Gospel Songs Of The Century / New Haven Records [Emmylou Harris born, 4/2/1947]
  • The First Step To Heaven / Larry Cordle / Give Me Jesus / Mighty Cord Records
  • They Know / Larry Sparks / I Don't Regret A Mile / Sparks Music
  • Speakin' To That Mountain / Becky Buller / Crepe Paper Heart / Dark Shadow Recording
  • Highway To Heaven / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • One Is Taken, One Is Left / Case Brothers / Radio Album / Case Brothers
  • It Won't Be Long / Laurel Canyon Ramblers / Blue Rambler 2 / Sugar Hill
  • The Church At The Foot At The Hill / White Mountain Bluegrass / Aragon MIll / Strictly Country
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder