Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Two December fill-ins for Amy...

As it's the Christmas/Holiday/Winter Break at UCONN, there are lots of opportunities for us community members to pick up extra radio shifts to help out vacationing students. I've been able to do a couple of Tuesday afternoon (1-3PM) fill-ins so far this month, and in them, I've played a good bit of country music with a bit of the Bluegrass thrown in for good measure. The country music I've played has mostly been in the "classic" category, although I have been able to play newer music from performers such as Roseanne Cash and Kathy Mattea. Playing this music is very enjoyable for me, and I'm always glad to hear from WHUS listeners who may not necessarily be listeners of the BG Cafe, but who keep their radios tuned to WHUS during work hours, and enjoy the sounds we've been playing on those Tuesday afternoons.

My December 22nd playlist included -- as you might expect -- a good number of Christmas selections, but on December 29th, I put more of a spotlight on the immortal Hank Williams (who died January 1, 1953). You've really got to wonder what country music would have been like had Hank not made such a contribution in his short 29 years on this Earth. His music has certainly touched many, many different genres, and I'm sure will still be heard long after any of us are still alive.

Incidentally, if you're interested in learning more about Hank Williams and his brief life, here's a recommendation for a couple of very good Williams biographies: Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott and Lovesick Blues: The Life Of Hank Williams by Paul Hemphill. Both books were well-written and provide a lot of insight into the brief life of a true country music legend. Copies of these books can likely be borrowed at your local library -- I might suggest that you call the library in your hometown to see if they might be able to find copies of one or both of these books.

I'll do at least one more Tuesday afternoon fill-in before the semester break ends -- Tuesday, January 12th from 1-3PM. I hope you'll consider joining me. Of course, too, we strongly suggest you join Jim & Marti this coming Sunday, January 3rd for the BG Cafe -- including the "bonus" hours from 2-4PM. That means there will be FIVE big hours of the BG: 2-7PM. Join them!

And, of course, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


12/22/2009 PLAYLIST:

  • Goodbye Old Pal / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Anthology / MCA
  • Wabash Cannonball / Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys / The Golden Age / Columbia
  • Wildwood Flower / Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Maybelle Carter / Will The Circle Be Unbroken / Capitol
  • Soldier's Joy / Nitty Gritty Dirt Band / Will The Circle Be Unbroken / Capitol
  • Blue Christmas / Ernest Tubb / The Definitive Collection / MCA
  • Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer / Gene Autry / The Time-Life Treasury Of Christmas / Time-Life
  • Bluegrass, White Snow / Patty Loveless / Bluegrass & White Snow / Epic
  • Here Comes Santa Claus / Riders In The Sky / Merry Christmas From Harmony Ranch / Columbia
  • To Heck With Ole Santa Claus / Loretta Lynn / The Best Of Loretta Lynn : The Christmas Collection / MCA
  • Smooth Sailin' / Tommy Collins / Words And Music Country Style / Capitol
  • Mama Tried / Merle Haggard / Vintage Collections / Capitol
  • All I Want For Christmas Is You / Buck Owens / Christmas With Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Sundazed
  • Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy (Daddy Looked A Lot Like Him) / Buck Owens / Christmas With Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Sundazed
  • I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried / Rodney Crowell / Diamonds & Dirt / Columbia
  • Bury Me Beneath The Weeping Willow / Roseanne Cash / The List / Manhattan Records
  • Tennessee Flat-Top Box / Johnny Cash / The Essential Johnny Cash / Columbia
  • A Hundred Years From Now / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Radio Gems /
  • I'm Feeling For You (But I Can't Reach You) / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / Leavin' Town / Rounder
  • Call Collect On Christmas / Del McCoury / Christmas Time's A-Comin' / Time-Life
  • Teach Your Children / Bill Emerson with Charlie Waller / Reunion / Webco
  • A Memory Of You / Jim & Jesse / Jim & Jesse, 1952-1955 / Bear Family
  • My Little Silver Bells / Bill Grant & Delia Bell / O Christmas Tree / Rounder
  • Late For School / Steve Martin / The Crow / Rounder
  • I Never Spend A Christmas That I Don't Think Of You / Statler Brothers / Christmas Card / Mercury
  • An Old Christmas Card / Jim Reeves / Twelve Songs Of Christmas / RCA
  • Shut In At Christmas/Shut-In Prayer / Louvin Brothers / Songs That Tell A Story / Rounder
  • It's Been So Long / Webb Pierce / 20th Century Masters / MCA
  • Settin' The Woods On Fire / Hank Williams / 24 Greatest Hits / Mercury
  • Steppin' Stones / Jimmy Martin / You Don't Know My Mind / Rounder
  • As Long As I Live / Kitty Wells with Red Foley / 20th Century Masters / MCA
  • It's A Lovely, Lovely World / Carl Smith / Satisfaction Guaranteed / Living Era
  • Reindeer Boogie / Hank Snow / Snow On Christmas / Bear Family

12/29/2009 PLAYLIST:

  • Little Log Cabin By The Sea / Carter Family / Anchored In Love / Rounder
  • Blue Grass Stomp / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Essential Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Columbia
  • Maybelle's Guitar And Monroe's Mandolin / Robin & Linda Williams / Buena Vista / Red House Records
  • Coal Tattoo / Kathy Mattea / Coal / Captain Potato Records
  • No Mother Or Dad / BearTracks / From The Hollow / AMT Records
  • I Got You / Waylon Jennings & Anita Carter / Best Of Country Duets / RCA
  • Night Train To Memphis / Roy Acuff / The Essential Roy Acuff / Sony
  • I Never See Maggie Alone / Kenny Roberts / Indian Love Call / Starday
  • The Fields Have Turned Brown / Jerry Garcia / Bluegrass Reunion / Acoustic Disc
  • Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain / Hank Williams / The Unreleased Recordings / Time Life
  • Nobody's Lonesome For Me / Hank Williams / Long Gone Lonesome Blues / Country Stars
  • I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) / Hank Williams / The Unreleased Recordings / Time Life
  • Why Don't You Love Me / Hank Williams / Long Gone Lonesome Blues / Country Stars
  • Cold Cold Heart / Hank Williams / The Unreleased Recordings / Time Life
  • Last Driftin' Cowboy / Hank Williams, Jr. / 127 Rose Avenue / Curb
  • Don't Act / Rhonda Vincent / All American Bluegrass Girl / Rounder
  • Dirt Roads / Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa / Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa / Self-Produced
  • I Can't Like Myself / Gibson Brothers / Ring The Bell / Compass Records
  • Hello City Limits / Fred Pike, Sam Tidwell & the Kennebec Valley Boys / The Last Log Drive / Revonah
  • When You Go Walking After Midnight / Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Can't You Hear The Mountains Calling / Rounder
  • Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose / Dwight Yoakam / Last Chance For A Thousand Years / Reprise
  • Above And Beyond / Rodney Crowell / Diamonds & Dirt / Columbia
  • You're For Me / Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters / Phoenix / Happy Appy Records
  • A-11 / Buck Owens / Together Again/My Heart Skips A Beat / Capitol
  • Take These Chains From My Heart / Ray Price / In A Honky Tonk Mood / Jasmine
  • Goin' Steady / Faron Young / The Complete Capitol Hits Of Faron Young / Collectors' Choice Music
  • Groovie Boogie Woogie Boy / Webb Pierce / Groovie Boogie Woogie Boy / Proper
  • There's Nothing As Sweet As My Baby / Carl Smith / Let's Live A Little / Living Era
  • The Singing Waterfall / Kitty Wells / Johnnie & Jack With Kitty Wells At KWKH / Bear Family
  • Daddy Sang Bass / Johnny Cash / At San Quentin / Sony Legacy

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