Though shortened 40 minutes for sports, this last Bluegrass Cafe before Christmas included our regular mix of old treasures and new releases as well as a sizable serving of Christmas bluegrass songs -- many newly released.
We played new music from Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Travers Chandler & Avery County, and Oklahoma group Rockin Acoustic Circus.
New Christmas tracks included offerings from Billy Boone Smith, Heather Berry & Tony, the group Nu-Blu, Lizzy and Little Roy, Balsam Range, and Dr. Elmo Shropshire.
The Heritage Corner archives brought forth a track from the as-yet un-re-released LP "Boone Creek" on the Rounder label, an early recording of "Ice Covered Birches" from White Mountain Bluegrass, a track from the rare bicentennial LP "Maine Train" from Fred Pike, Sam Tidwell, & the Kennebec Valley Boys, a track from an LP of Bill Hall and Northwind Bluegrass, and a recently re-released track from a Carl Story album released in 1966 on the obscure Sims label.
There was a recent discussion on the online bluegrass community, BGRASS-L, where Gary Brewer related the fascinating story of how Bill Monroe taught Gary a Monroe-penned tune on the guitar, and Bill recorded it with Gary on one of Gary's albums and brought Josh Graves in to play dobro on the tune. I just had to play the tune, so that's how "The Old Kentucky Blues" from Gary Brewer made the playlist.
Amy has the last Bluegrass Cafe for 2010 next Sunday, so I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and to thank you for your support for this program, bluegrass music, and WHUS. We can't do what we do without you, and we love to hear from you.
- Fire On The Mountain / Michael Cleveland / Sawing on The "C" String / Self-released
- Come On Boys It's Christmas / Dr. Elmo Shropshire / Bluegrass Christmas / Time Life
- Bah Humbug / Tim O'Brien / Christmas On The Mountain / Universal South
- Call Collect On Christmas / Del McCoury / Christmas Time's A-Comin' / Time Life
- White House Blues / Boone Creek / Boone Creek / Rounder (LP)
- Nobody Cares For Me / Travers Chandler & Avery County / State Of Depression / Patuxent
- The Family Demon / Peter Rowan / Legacy / Compass
- Ice Covered Birches / White Mountain Bluegrass / Ice Covered Birches / Self-released
- Jesse James / Fred Pike, Sam Tidwell, & The Kennebec Valley Boys / Maine Train / Interstate (LP)
- Christmas Is Near / Russell Moore / Christmas Grass Vol. 2 / Koch
- The Old Kentucky Blues / Gary Brewer / Guitar / Copper Creek
- Down By The River / Larry Gillis / Swampgrass / Tinman
- Carol Of The Bells / Darrin Vincent, Cody Kilby, Joe Caverlee / Christmas Grass / Koch
- Ebo Walker / Rodney Dillard and The Dillard Band / I Wish Life Was Like Mayberry / Rural Rhythm
- Mary's Little Lamb / Balsam Range / (single) / Mountain Home
- Just Along For The Ride / Steve Gulley, Tim Stafford / Dogwood Winter / Rural Rhythm
- The Christmas Spirit / Ralph Stanley / Christmas Time With Ralph Stanley / Freeland
- The Christmas Whittler / Lizzy and Little Roy / (single) / Good Home Grown Music
- Blame It On The Bluegrass / Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike / (advance single) / Bell Buckle
- Sleigh Ride / Tony Trischka / Acoustic Holidays / Rounder
- Christmas In Dixie / Nu-Blu / (single) / Pinecastle
- Christmas Is Everywhere Except In My Heart / Jimmy Martin / To Mother At Christmas / Gusto
- Washington Lee Fling (bed) / Fred Etheridge / Pickin' and Singin' / Self-released
- Out In The Middle Of Nowhere / Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa / Out In The Middle Of Nowhere / Self-released
- Our Last Goodbye / The Johnson Mountain Boys / Blue Diamond / Rounder
- Tribulations / Carolina Native Sons / Rank Ol' Bluegrass / Patuxent
- How Come You Do Me Like You Do / Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road / Carolina Hurricane / Rural Rhythm
- Tennessee Christmas / Rhonda Vincent / Christmas Grass Vol. 2 / Koch
- Stickleyville Stomp / Tim Martin / Bluegrass Fiddle / Patuxent
- Money In The Bank / Rockin Acoustic Circus / Lonestar Lullabye / Flying Weasel
- Time To Be Movin' On / Blue Moon Rising / Strange New World / Rural Rhythm
- Tim's Tune / Tim Smith / Straight From the Heart / TRS Records
- Give Me Jesus / The Grascals / The Famous Lefty Flynn's / Rounder
- I Know My Lord's Gonna Lead Me Out / The Old Time Bluegrass Singers / Plastic Heart / Open Road
- Walking Through Bethlehem / Billy Boone Smith / (single) / Good Home Grown Music
- Hallelujah To His Name / Carl Story and The Rambling Mountaineers / Songs For Our Savior / Sims
- One Empty Chair / Heather Berry & Tony / (single) / Good Home Grown Music
- Chariots A-Comin' / Bill Hall & Northwind / Bluegrass In The Shadow Of The Pines / Old Homestead (LP)
- Bluegrass Christmas / Del McCoury Band feat. Ronnie McCoury / Christmas On The Mountain / Universal South
- Open Up Them Pearly Gates / Lilly Brothers And Don Stover / Live At Hillbilly Ranch / Hay Holler
- Silent Night / Mac Wiseman and Del McCoury / Christmas On The Mountain / Universal South
- The First Noel/It Came Upon The Midnight Clear/Joy To The World / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Christmas Time's A-Comin' / Time Life