Sunday, January 23, 2011

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/23/2011

With it being ridiculously cold outside, we tried to start off Sunday's show playing a couple of tunes with a "warmer" theme. It may be only 8 weeks until the calendar tells us it's Spring (and fewer than that 'til the Red Sox- and other baseball teams - begin Spring Training!), but for now, I think there are a whole lot of folks in New England who are just plain old SICK OF WINTER. Blech. Trying to warm things up with some music isn't horrible, right?

Last Sunday, while Jim was interviewing the likes of Kristin Scott Benson,Valerie Smith, and Becky Buller, I was in Bellows Falls, VT enjoying the second of two "Brothers" shows featuring the Gibson Brothers and the Spinney Brothers. Needless to say, both the Vermont show and the show the previous night in Lexington, MA were quite fabulous with generous helpings of humor and fun, and a whole lot of superb brother harmonies. Congratulations to the sponsors of this mini-tour: the Boston Bluegrass Union, as well as Candi & Seth Sawyer (promoters of the Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival). Hopefully, this idea of combining these two brother acts will be picked up by additional promoters another time...

This week on the radio, we tried to play a bit of new (or newer) music, and I think we succeeded with music from the Gibson Brothers' mandolin player, Joe Walsh, as well as banjo picker, Ross Nickerson, and Dobro player, Glenn Gibson. In addition, there is a terrific new BG gospel recording from Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, who will be performing at next month's 26th annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in F
ramingham, MA. There was also music from Edgar Loudermilk and Valerie Smith, and one tune from the highly-anticipated forthcoming Rounder Records recording from the new "Ambassador of Bluegrass," Steve Martin along with the Steep Canyon Rangers. Great stuff -- all of it.

In my ongoing efforts to highlight some traditional country music performers that I really like -- and who are obviously also enjoyed by many BG performers -- I tried to put a bit of a spotlight on two Country Music Hall of Famers who celebrated birthdays in January: Ray Price (born January 12, 1926) and Dolly Parton (born January 19, 1946). While Dolly has made a few BG-based recordings, I don't believe the Cherokee Cowboy ever has; however, many tunes from his great songbook have been recorded in a BG style through the years. We played 8 tunes originally recorded by Ray and Dolly, and even threw in a Ray Price tune from 1955 which may have included the one-and-only Earl Scruggs playing the banjo. A bit more research on that particular fact may be in order...

Hope you enjoyed something you heard on Sunday, and I'm sure you'll enjoy whatever Jim has in store for this coming Sunday's show. Join him beginning at 4PM, and try to stay warm!



  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Hot Night In August / Gary Ferguson / I'm Really Leaving / Webco
  • Matches / Audie Blaylock & Redline / Cryin' Heart Blues / Rural Rhythm
  • Springtime In The Rockies / Bluegrass Patriots / Springtime In The Rockies / Copper Creek
  • Are You Coming Back To Me / Bill Harrell with Mac Wiseman / Bill Harrell & Friends / Rebel
  • I Thought I'd Seen It All / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / Mountain Home
  • Riverhead Polka / Buddy Merriam / Back Roads Mandolin / Lily Pad Records
  • When The Bloom Is Off The Rose / Rhonda Vincent with Sally Berry & Tensel Sandker / Taken / Upper Management Music
  • Lonesome Pine / Blue Highway / Lonesome Pine / Rebel
  • Remington Ride / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • To Love Somebody / Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band / Reflections Of Love / Rebel
  • Here Rattler Here / Lily Brothers & Don Stover / On The Radio, 1952-1953 / Rounder
  • Whole Lot More Living / Rickey Wasson / From The Heart And Soul / Rural Rhythm
  • Goin' To The Dance / Chris Warner with Tom Adams / Goin' To The Dance / Patuxent Music
  • Tennessee Tea / Joe Diffie / Homecoming / Rounder
  • Eatin' Out Of Your Hand / Lonesome Pine Fiddlers / Bluegrass Collection / Gusto
  • Falling Falling Falling / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Never Walk Away / Sugar Hill
  • Gypsy, Joe And Me / Missy Werner / Drifting And Dreaming / Self-Produced
  • Move On In And Stay / Mickey Harris / Dog House Blues / Self-Produced
  • Coat Of Many Colors / Lynn Morris Band / The Bramble And The Rose / Rounder
  • Crazy Arms / IIIrd Tyme Out / Puttin' New Roots Down / Rebel
  • My Blue Tears / Gloria Belle with the Johnson Mountain Boys / Love Of The Mountains / Webco
  • I Can't Go Home Like This / Ray Price / The Essential Ray Price, 1951-62 / Columbia
  • AppleJack / Pam Gadd with Dolly Parton / Benefit Of Doubt / Home Sweet Highway Productions
  • Who Showed Who / Dan Tyminski / Wheels / Rounder
  • Live And Let Live / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Forty Years Of Trouble / Strictly Country
  • Early / Joe Walsh with the Gibson Brothers / Sweet Loam / Self-Produced
  • Before You Know It / Glenn Gibson / When Times Are Hard / Self-Produced
  • Kentucky Mandolin / Ross Nickerson / Let's Kick It / Bones Records
  • Fallen Leaves / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / Hymns From The Hills / Rebel
  • No Vacancy / Valerie Smith / Blame It On The Bluegrass / Bell Buckle Records
  • It Just Might / Edgar Loudermilk with Cia Cherryholmes / Roads Traveled / Mountain Fever Records
  • Rare Bird Alert / Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers / Rare Bird Alert / Rounder
  • Pick Up The Blues / Steep Canyon Rangers / Lovin' Pretty Women / Rebel
  • Golden Leaves / Acoustic Blue / This Is Now / Self-Produced
  • Years Ago / Dailey & Vincent / Brothers From Different Mothers / Rounder
  • Remembering / David Peterson / Comin' On Strong / Self-Produced
  • Could It Be Goodbye / Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa / Out In The Middle Of Nowhere / Self-Produced
  • No Depression / Johnson Mountain Boys / Goin' Up Copper Creek / Copper Creek
  • New Sweet Home / Jimmy Gaudreau / Pieces And Bits / Goose Creek Music
  • Next Train Smokin' / Spinney Brothers / Going Home / Self-Produced
  • Lord Protect My Soul / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1950-1951 / JSP Records
  • Keep Walking / Wilson Family Band / Chasing Blue / Self-Produced
  • Carry It Back To The Cross / Rich In Tradition / Born Into Bluegrass: The Songs Of Cullen Galyean / Mountain Roads Recordings
  • I'll Never Go Back / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers with Doyle Lawson / Hymns From The Hills / Rebel
  • Jesus Savior, Pilot Me / Laurel Canyon Ramblers / Rambler's Blues / Sugar Hill
  • The Place Prepared For Me / Country Gentlemen / Calling My Children Home / Rebel
  • River Of Jordan / Volume Five / Down In A Cell / Mountain Fever Records
  • Sinner You'd Better Get Ready / Louvin Brothers / Songs That Tell A Story / Rounder
  • Gonna Be Moving / Darrell Webb Band / Bloodline / Rural Rhythm
  • You're Drifting Away / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1951-1954 / JSP Records
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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