Monday, October 18, 2010

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 10/17/2010

On Sunday, we devoted a good bit of time talking to a very nice man: New Hampshire songwriter, Rick Lang. Rick's 4-years-in-the-making gospel recording is called, "Look To The Light: Songs Of Faith From The Pen Of Rick Lang," and was released by Rural Rhythm Christian in May of this year. In our chat, Rick explained a bit about how he had intended to record the CD itself, but after he was able to recruit the CD's co-producers and arrangers, Jesse Brock and John Miller, things really started to mushroom: top-notch, award-winning musicians and singers(including Russell Moore, Dale Ann Bradley, Michael Cleveland, and Ron Stewart, just to name a few) signed on to interpret Rick's songs, the Rural Rhythm Christian label agreed to release the recording, and now, a new "special event" band known as BlueStar has been formed to promote the CD by playing a few select shows. All of these happenings are very exciting, and so, it's very easy to see why Rick is still so very proud of the whole project.

After the interview, thanks to Rural Rhythm Christian, we were able to give away two copies of the "Look To The Light" CD to two very enthusiastic listeners. Thanks to Rick for taking a few minutes from his afternoon (after a nailbiting win for the Patriots) to talk to us.

In addition, we still had time to share some of the new or newer music that has arrived at WHUS over the past couple of weeks, including tunes from Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, Charlie Sizemore, Big Country Bluegrass, the Boxcars, Rhonda Vincent, the Wilson Family Band, Lou Reid & Carolina, and Balsam Range.

In a not-completely-unrelated note, we shared a bit of music from the great Louvin Brothers. No, the Louvins never claimed to be a BG act (although I've read how Ira was a huge fan of Bill Monroe), but you can't say that many of their great tunes haven't been covered in the BG world for years and years -- and continue to be covered. It was recently announced that a benefit for Charlie Louvin will be held in Bell Buckle, Tennessee on October 30th, as Charlie has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Folks who would like to purchase a benefit ticket, just make a donation to offset some of the medical expenses, or learn more about the event may do so by clicking here. We started and finished yesterday's gospel set with two of the great Louvin gospel tunes, and could easily fill several programs with just the music featuring their can't-be-topped duet harmonies.

Be sure to join Jim for next week's Bluegrass Cafe, as I'm sure it'll be a mighty fine show.

Thanks for listening...


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • This Morning At Nine / Tony Rice / Tony Rice Plays And Sings Bluegrass / Rounder
  • Fox On The Run / Bill Emerson & Cliff Waldron / Rebel Records 35th Anniversary Sampler / Rebel
  • Follow The Leader / Jimmy Gaudreau / In Good Company / CMH
  • Secret Of The Waterfall / Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa / Out In The Middle Of Nowhere / Self-Produced
  • Matterhorn / Country Gentlemen / Can't You Hear Me Callin' : Early Classics, 1963-1969 / Rebel
  • Amelia Earhart's Last Flight / Country Gentlemen / Can't You Hear Me Callin' : Early Classics, 1963-1969 / Rebel
  • I'm Gonna Sleep With One Eye Open / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1952-1955 / JSP Records
  • Record Time Machine / Lonesome River Band / Still Learning / Rural Rhythm
  • Air Mail Special / Jim & Jesse / Jim & Jesse, 1952-1955 / Bear Family
  • Back On My Mind / Rhonda Vincent / Taken / Upper Management Music
  • Flat Creek / Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / Cloud Of Dust / GSM Records
  • Your Love Is Dying / Reno & Smiley / Sweethearts In Heaven / Bear Family
  • Another Day, Another Dollar / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / Rambler's Call / Rebel
  • Will You Be Ready? / Southern Rail / Drive By Night / Turquoise Records [written by Rick Lang]
  • Wind In The Valley / Amy Gallatin & Roger Williams / Something 'Bout You / Happy Appy Records [written by Rick Lang]
  • Maybe This Time / Front Range / Back To Red River / Sugar Hill [written by Rick Lang]
  • Angel At Your Side / Barry Scott / Look To The Light: Songs Of Faith From The Pen Of Rick Lang / Rural Rhythm Christian
  • Conversation with Rick Lang
  • Momma's Prayer Beads / John Miller / Look To The Light: Songs Of Faith From The Pen Of Rick Lang / Rural Rhythm Christian
  • Hurtin' Inside / The Boxcars / The Boxcars / Mountain Home
  • He Can't Fill My Shoes / Darrell Webb Band / Bloodline / Rural Rhythm
  • Train Without A Track / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Heartaches And Dreams / Rebel
  • Born To Be With You / Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road / Carolina Hurricane / Rural Rhythm
  • Leaving You And Mobile, Too / Lost & Found / Down On Sawmill Road / Rebel
  • The Wishing Well / Gibson Brothers / Ring The Bell / Compass Records
  • Going Down To Charleston / Spinney Brothers / Side By Side / Self-Produced
  • When The Lovin's All Over / Earl Brothers / The Earl Brothers / Self-Produced
  • No Lawyers In Heaven / Charlie Sizemore / Rounder Records 2010 IBMA Sampler / Rounder
  • Black Mountain Special / Rich In Tradition / Black Mountain Special / Mountain Roads Recordings
  • Foggy Old London / Big Country Bluegrass / The Boys In Hats And Ties / Rebel
  • I'll Live With God (To Die No More) / Louvin Brothers / The Family Who Prays / Country Stars
  • God's Front Porch / Lou Reid & Carolina / Sounds Like Heaven To Me / Rural Rhythm Christian
  • Wait For The Light To Shine / Wilson Family Band / Chasing Faith / Self-Produced
  • He Is Near / Audie Blaylock & Redline / Cryin' Heart Blues / Rural Rhythm
  • Call His Name / Johnson Mountain Boys / Working Close / Rounder
  • That Home Far Away / Stanley Brothers / All Gospel / Federal
  • Gonna Be Movin' / Balsam Range / Trains I Missed / Mountain Home
  • Make Him A Soldier / Louvin Brothers / The Family Who Prays
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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