Around the 5PM timeframe, we were pleased to chat with Mark Newton, who is one of the founding members of the highly-regarded Virginia Squires, and an IBMA winner in his own rite as the spearhead behind the great tribute recording to the ladies of Bluegrass known as, "Follow Me Back to The Fold." On Sunday, though, Mark talked to us about a new project in which he has a very big interest: the live festival recording released last October called, "The All-Star Jam: Live From Graves Mountain." This project was released by Rural Rhythm Records, and is a celebration both of the annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music in Syria, Virginia, and the 55th anniversary of Rural Rhythm Records. The songs on the CD may be Bluegrass "chestnuts," but they're presented as special events, with groupings of performers who don't normally get to work together (i.e. "Lonesome River" sung by Russell Moore and Lou Reid; Audie Blaylock joining the Lonesome River Band on "Hold Whatcha Got"). There is a also a tune special to Mark, who was one of the founders of the Graves Mountain Festival, called "Graves Mountain Memories." This Carl Jackson composition tells the story of the Graves family who settled in that part of Virginia from their arrival 400 years ago through the present day, and is sung by several performers, including Carl Jackson and Mark Newton, as well as Lou Reid, Russell Moore, Audie Blaylock, and Carrie Hassler. At the end of our discussion with Mark, we were able to give away two copies of this great disc to two lucky listeners. Thanks both to Mark Newton and Rural Rhythm Records for letting us share this great music.
If interviewing Mark Newton and giving away CDs wasn't enough excitement for one day, we also got to give away a pair of passes to this Saturday's Boston Bluegrass Union-sponsored show featuring two of our favorite sets of brothers: the Gibson Brothers and the Spinney Brothers. We've been telling you about this great show since it was announced back in October, and I really think it's going to be an event you're going to want to see. We all know how incredibly talented and popular the Gibson Brothers are, and seeing them win two IBMA Awards in 2010 was a real treat. And if you were listening Jim and I host a special Bluegrass edition of "Fiat Flux" last May, you heard us welcome the Spinney Brothers into our WHUS studios. These Nova Scotia brothers (and their great band) made a decision to go full-time with their music in 2010, and we were delighted to have them visit us in the studio and share some of their great brother harmonies. If you miss this BBU show on Saturday night (January 15th), you're going to be sorry. Get to Lexington, if you can -- find out more by clicking here, or calling the BBU hotline at (617)782-2251.
And if you can't make it to Lexington on Saturday, get to the Bellows Falls Opera House in Bellows Falls, VT on Sunday, January 16th. Find more info on both of these shows in my earlier blog posting.
In addition to all of the giveaways, we still found some time to play music on the air, too. Imagine that! There was new music from the great new solo project by Edgar Loudermilk on Mountain Fever Records (called "Roads Traveled"), as well as newer music from the Grascals, Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad, the Hagar's Mountain Boys, Travers Chandler & Avery County, and Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike.
And we couldn't let the show pass without playing a few tunes from one Earl Eugene Scruggs, who was born on January 6, 1924.
Jim looks to have a big show this coming Sunday on the "Bluegrass Cafe." Do join him for lots of music, plus talk with two of the fabulous females in Bluegrass: reigning IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, Kristin Scott Benson of the Grascals and fiddler/songwriter Becky Buller from Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike. It should be a great show, so be sure to tune in beginning at 4PM...
Have a great week, and I'll look forward to seeing you in Lexington on January 15th...I hope.
- Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
- The Last Song / Mark Newton with Paul Williams / Living A Dream / Rebel
- You Love Me Just A Little At A Time / Spinney Brothers / Side By Side / Self-Produced
- Sam Smith / Gibson Brothers / Red Letter Day / Sugar Hill
- Wild, Wild Rose / Bluegrass Patriots / E Pluribus Bluegrass / Red Feather
- Little Annie / Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / Bluegrass At The Roots, 1961 / Smithsonian Folkways
- The Eighth Of January / Chubby Wise / An American Original / Pinecastle
- Hazel Creek / Heather Berry & Tony / Before Bluegrass / Blue Circle
- Marianne / Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band / Modern Times / Rebel
- Head Over Heels / Carrie Hassler with Brand New Strings / The All-Star Jam: Live At Graves Mountain / Rural Rhythm
- Where's The Lonesome / Hagar's Mountain Boys / Mountain Fever Records Sampler / Mountain Fever
- I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1950-1951 / JSP Records
- I'm Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing / Charlie Monroe / Post War Country Classics / Cattle
- Little Cabin Home On The Hill / David Grisman with Tony Rice & Curly Seckler / Home Is Where The Heart Is / Rounder
- Monrosine / Bill Emerson & Mark Newton / A Foot In The Past, A Foot In The Future / Pinecastle
- Follow Me Back To The Fold / Mark Newton / Follow Me Back To The Fold / Rebel
- INTERVIEW WITH MARK NEWTON
- Graves Mountain Memories / Carl Jackson, Mark Newton & others / The All-Star Jam: Live At Graves Mountain / Rural Rhythm
- The Year That Clayton Delaney Died / The Grascals with Tom T. Hall / The Grascals & Friends / Cracker Barrel
- Black Mountain Special / Rich In Tradition / Black Mountain Special / Mountain Roads Recordings
- Follow The Leader / Jessie Baker / Yessir! / Patuxent Music
- Black Dust Fever / Travers Chandler & Avery County / State Of Depression / Patuxent Music
- Making Up Stories / Johnson Mountain Boys / Live At The Birchmere / Rounder
- Blame It On The Bluegrass / Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike / Blame It On The Bluegrass / Bell Buckle Records
- Flint Hill Special / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Jamboree / Columbia
- Earl's Breakdown / Hylo Brown & the Timberliners with Earl Scruggs / Classic Bluegrass Live / Vanguard
- Randy Lynn Rag / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Essential Earl Scruggs / Columbia Legacy
- Farm Of Yesterday / Gibson Brothers / Ring The Bell / Compass Records
- The Yodelling Muleskinner Blues / Spinney Brothers / If I Were Your Brother / Self-Produced
- Carolina Dreams / Edgar Loudermilk / Roads Traveled / Mountain Fever
- Cold Chill Of Gone / Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad / Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad / Steeltown Records
- Detour / The Grass Cats / A Good Way To Get The Blues / New Time Records
- On The Wings Of Angels / Spinney Brothers / Side By Side / Self-Produced
- Pray The Clouds Away / J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Paul Williams / Old Friends Get Together / Mountain Home
- Land Up In The Air / Special Consensus / 35 / Compass Records
- Good News When I Die / Charlie Sizemore Band / Good News / Rounder
- I'm Building On The Rock Of Ages / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / Mountain Home
- I'll Live Again / Baucom, Bibey, Graham & Haley / Baucom, Bibey, Graham & Haley / Rebel
- Harbor Of Love / Stanley Brothers / Selected Cuts, 1955-1956 / JSP Records
- Sinners, You Better Get Ready / Ricky Skaggs / Ricky Skaggs Solo: Songs My Dad Loved / Skaggs Family
- Gone Home / Gibson Brothers / Iron & Diamonds / Sugar Hill
- Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder