Monday, August 24, 2009

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 8/23/2009

After a two-week "vacation" from the airwaves, I returned to WHUS on Sunday afternoon for what I hope was an enjoyable show.

We listened to a bit of brand-new-to-us music (received in the past couple of weeks) from the likes of Ricky Skaggs and a California-based group called Sawmill Road. Mr. Skaggs has produced a new recording on which he plays every instrument and sings every note called "Songs My Dad Loved." The CD seems to be a tribute to the late Hobert Skaggs, and perhaps is Ricky's musical way of thanking his father for launching him on a musical path when Ricky was 3 years old. While Sawmill Road is a California-based group, its members are originally from points all over the country, including Texas, New York, Indiana, New Mexico, and Arizona. The second recording for them is called "Fire On The Kettle," and features a lot of great original material, some written by the group's bass player, Steve Spurgin (formerly of the IBMA award-winning group, California). Both of these new CDs have great music to offer -- rest assured you'll be hearing plenty more from each of them in future weeks at the Cafe.

As Jim told you last week, the final nominees have been announced for the 2009 International Bluegrass Music (or, IBMA) Awards. Looking at Jim's playlist, I'm guessing he must have played the tunes that are nominated in the Song of the Year category. While we didn't examine each and every category yesterday, we did take a few minutes to play tunes from each of the five nominees for Album of the Year. In all the years I've been voting for IBMA Awards, I think this is the most difficult, as I really, really like nearly all of the nominees in each category. It's very challenging to pick just one winner, but that's a great problem to have, isn't it? The awards will be given out in ceremonies at the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, October 1st.

We got to give a few things away on Sunday, too. In addition to giving away copies of great CDs by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, as well as Clay Jones, we had 2 tickets for one-day to the upcoming Rhythm & Roots Festival in Charlestown, RI.

Be sure to join Jim & Marti next Sunday for more great Bluegrass sounds....


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / Rocky Grass / Blue Planet
  • Hot Night In August / Gary Ferguson Band / I’m Really Leaving / Webco
  • Each Season Changes You / Osborne Brothers / Once More, Volumes I & II / Sugar Hill
  • Kentucky / Osborne Brothers / Once More, Volumes I & II / Sugar Hill
  • Rank Strangers / Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Try To Be / NewFound Road / Same Old Place / Rounder
  • My Younger Days / Lynn Morris Band / The Bramble And The Rose / Rounder
  • Don’t Wake Me / Bill Emerson with Red Allen / Reunion / Webco
  • Roanoke / Gary Pomerleau / Eye To Eye / Self-Produced
  • Heart Wrenching Lovesick Memories / Rhonda Vincent / Destination Life / Rounder
  • Don’t Cheat In Our Hometown / Stanley Brothers / Don’t Cheat In Our Hometown / King Records
  • Hard Times, Sometimes / Traditional Grass / Songs Of Love And Life / Rebel
  • One Is Taken, One Is Left / Case Brothers / Radio Album / Self-Produced
  • I Hung My Head / Blue Highway / Celebration Of Life / Skaggs Family
  • Are You Missing Me / Jim & Jesse / First Sounds : The Capitol Years / Capitol
  • Come Walk With Me / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / One Morning In May / Rounder
  • You Let The Dog Off The Chain / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Blue Side Of The Blue Ridge / Rebel
  • There Is You / Dailey & Vincent / Brothers From Different Mothers / Rounder
  • Can’t You Hear That Whistle Blow / The Grascals / Keep On Walkin’ / Rounder
  • The Room Over Mine / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / The Room Over Mine / Rounder
  • How Many Times / Dan Tyminski / Wheels / Rounder
  • Sawing On The Strings / Alison Krauss / A Hundred Miles Or More : A Collection / Rounder
  • Cash On The Barrelhead / Dreadful Snakes / Snakes Alive! / Rounder
  • Something New / GrassRoutes / Something New / Self-Produced
  • Sad Prison Song / Hylo Brown / Lovesick And Sorrow / Starday
  • Homesick / Jimmy Martin / You Don’t Know My Mind / Rounder
  • Fly By Night / Rick Hayes / Fly By Night / Kang Records
  • Foggy River / Ricky Skaggs / Songs My Dad Loved / Skaggs Family
  • Leave Me The Way I Am / Sawmill Road / Fire On The Kettle / SMR Records
  • Sinners, You’d Better Get Ready / Ricky Skaggs / Songs My Dad Loved / Skaggs Family
  • Tupelo County Jail / Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road / A Stop In South Port Towne / Blue Circle
  • Mississippi Sawyer / Clay Jones / Mountain Tradition / Rural Rhythm
  • I’m Not Living Life (It’s Living Me) / Bo Isaac / I’m Not Living Life (It’s Living Me) / Goodtyme Records
  • Big City Blues / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Rural Rhythm
  • Three Silver Dollars / David Parmley & Continental Divide / Three Silver Dollars / Pinecastle
  • Golden Leaves / Acoustic Blue / This Is Now / Self-Produced
  • Move On In And Stay / Mickey Harris / Dog House Blues / MJH Records
  • Will You Wait For Me / Bear Minimum / / Self-Produced
  • Coldest Day Of Winter / James King / The Bluegrass Storyteller / Rounder
  • Bluegrass Blues / Steep Canyon Rangers / Steep Canyon Rangers / Rebel
  • The Lighthouse / Gibson Brothers / Bona Fide / Sugar Hill
  • Over In The Promised Land / Lou Reid & Carolina / My Own Set Of Rules / Rural Rhythm
  • Heaven / Country Gentlemen / Early Rebel Recordings / Rebel
  • When We All Get To Heaven / Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad / Pickin’, Praisin’ & Singin’ : Hymns From The Mountain / Rural Rhythm
  • Oh Sinner Man / Anna Mae Mitchell & Rising Tide / Driving Through A Ghost Town / Self-Produced
  • Who’ll Sing For Me? / Audie Blaylock & Redline / Audie Blaylock & Redline / Pinecastle
  • You Must Be Born Again / Johnson Mountain Boys / We’ll Still Sing On / Rounder
  • The Far Side Of The River / Sawmill Road / Fire On The Kettle / SMR Records
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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