Sunday, February 06, 2011

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 2/6/2011

As you know, the music world lost one of the greats, Charlie Louvin, on January 26, 2011. Even though Charlie and Ira Louvin were really NOT Bluegrass performers, so many of their great songs have been covered in the BG world over the years, I just couldn't resist putting together a couple of different sets featuring tunes written by the Louvins on Sunday's show. I easily could have filled the entire three hours (plus more) with Louvin music, but I limited myself (this time, anyway) to 7 secular tunes and 9 gospel tunes.

On January 31st, one of the legends of the WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling, WV, Doc Williams, died at the age of 96. While Williams never had a national hit record, he and his late wife, Chickie, played the Jamboree, as well as many regional fairs and events throughout the northeast and into Canada. Doc's most lasting legacy in the BG world: a pitiful, sick child tune known as, "Willie Roy (The Cripple Boy)."

And on the day of the program, we learned of the passing of Tina Aridas, the partner and champion of Brooklyn, NY Bluegrasser, James Reams. Tina was a great advocate of Bluegrass and old-time music, and James and his band, the Barnstormers, were her special "projects." In her honor, we played a tune Tina had co-written with James that appeared on the James Reams & the Barnstormers CD, "Troubled Times."

But Sunday wasn't reserved just for paying tribute to folks no longer with us. As you've probably heard, the Gibson Brothers have a brand new CD on Compass Records called "Help My Brother," which is due to be released on February 22nd. No surprise here -- the CD is a great one, and we were happy to share 3 of the CD's 12 tunes on Sunday's show.

Another performer with a new CD soon to be released is Clinch Mountain Boy alumnus, Charlie Sizemore. Charlie's latest Rounder recording is called, "Heartache Looking For A Home," and will be officially released on February 15th. This CD, too, is full of great music, and it's a pretty good assumption that you'll be hearing plenty more from both this Sizemore CD, as well as the new Gibson disc in future weeks and months on the "BG Cafe."

And lest we forget...the 26th annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival is happening next weekend -- February 18-20 -- in Framingham, MA. This Boston Bluegrass Union-sponsored festival is a sort of "family reunion" for New England Bluegrassers, and boasts an impressive lineup. In anticipation, we played music from some of the performers on Sunday, including Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, the Boxcars, Jimmy Gaudreau, the Grascals, J.D. Crowe & the New South, and Larry Stephenson, as well as 2011 BBU Heritage Award winner, Sam Tidwell. It should be a great festival -- hope you can get there! For more information, visit

This Sunday's show may be preempted by sports programming at WHUS -- we'll let you know when we find out for sure.

Enjoy the remainder of the week, and thanks for listening!


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • You Broke Your Promise / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Heartaches And Dreams / Rebel
  • Line Drive / Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen / Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen / Self-Produced
  • I Could Change My Mind / The Boxcars / The Boxcars / Mountain Home
  • Lefty's Old Guitar / J.D. Crowe & the New South / Lefty's Old Guitar / Rounder
  • The Hills Of My County / James Reams & the Barnstormers / Troubled Times / Mountain Redbird
  • Have You Come To Say Goodbye / Travers Chandler & Avery County / State Of Depression / Patuxent Music
  • Just Ain't / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / 16 Biggest Hits / Columbia Legacy
  • I Am Strong / The Grascals with Dolly Parton / The Grascals & Friends / Cracker Barrel
  • Give This Message To Your Heart / Larry Stephenson with Dailey & Vincent / 20th Anniversary / Pinecastle
  • I'll Take The Chance / Dudley Connell & Don Rigsby / Another Saturday Night / Sugar Hill
  • Can't Keep You In Love With Me / Ray Legere & Roger Williams / River Of No Return / Strictly Country
  • I Wish You Knew / Auldridge, Reid & Coleman / High Time / Sugar Hill
  • Come And Knock (On The Door Of My Heart) / Old Time Bluegrass Singers / Threads / Open Road
  • Are You Teasin' Me? / Crowe Brothers / Brothers-n-Harmony / Rural Rhythm
  • When I Stop Dreaming / Charlie Louvin & Charles Whitstein / Hoping That You're Hoping / Copper Creek
  • Let Me Be Your Friend / Stanley Brothers / The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers / Columbia Legacy
  • Rambler's Lament / Edgar Loudermilk / Roads Travelled / Mountain Fever Records
  • Weather's Got To Change / Rich In Tradition / Black Mountain Special / Mountain Roads Recordings
  • Chime Bells / Dede Wyland / Keep The Light On / Patuxent Music
  • Rank Strangers / Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • I Love You Little Darling / Doc Williams & the Border Riders / The Original Historical Early Recordings, 1947-1960--Volume I / Wheeling Records
  • Willie Roy / Seldom Scene / Dream Scene / Sugar Hill
  • I'm Watching The Train Passing By / Bear Bridge Band / Broken Hearts & Better Times / Open Road
  • Help My Brother / Gibson Brothers / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • Virginia Bound / Josh Slone & CoalTown / Josh Slone & CoalTown / Rural Rhythm
  • I Don't Remember Loving You / Charlie Sizemore / Heartache Looking For A Home / Rounder
  • Frozen In Time / Gibson Brothers / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • Cold Cold River / Hagar's Mountain Boys / Where's The Lonesome? / Mountain Fever Records
  • Singing As We Rise / Gibson Brothers with Ricky Skaggs / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • Dance All Night [music bed] / Charlie Cushman / Five String Time / Self-Produced
  • Foggy Mountain Breakdown [music bed] / Charlie Cushman / Five String Time / Self-Produced
  • Shortnin' Bread [music bed] / Charlie Cushman / Five String Time / Self-Produced
  • Pike County Breakdown [music bed] / Charlie Cushman / Five String Time / Self-Produced
  • My Walking Shoes Don't Fit Me Anymore / Tidwell Brothers & the Cedar Mountain Boys / single / no label
  • Jesse And Don / Jimmy Gaudreau / Pieces And Bits / Goose Creek Music
  • I'm Feeling For You (But I Can't Reach You) / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / Leavin' Town / Rounder
  • Devil Woman / Spinney Brothers / Side By Side / Self-Produced
  • Down In The Quarter / Charlie Sizemore / Heartache Looking For A Home / Rounder
  • Three Ways Of Knowing / Allerton & Alton / Black, White & Bluegrass / Bear Family
  • Headed Home For Maine / Fred Pike, Sam Tidwell & the Kennebec V alley Boys / The Last Log Drive / Revonah
  • Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself / Louvin Brothers / The Family Who Prays: 26 Classic Tunes / Country Stars
  • Are You Afraid To Die? / Nashville Bluegrass Band / To Be His Child / Rounder
  • I Can't Say No / Whitstein Brothers / The Whitstine Brothers Sing Gospel Songs Of The Louvins / Rounder
  • You'll Meet Him In The Clouds / Bear Minimum / Live At The Finnish Hall / no label
  • Talking About That Old Time Religion / Whetstone Run / Angels Rejoiced / Strictly Country
  • Born Again / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings / Rebel
  • Do You Live What You Preach / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / One Morning In May / Rounder
  • Weapon Of Prayer / Charlie Louvin with Del McCoury / The Battles Rage On / True North Records
  • Let Us Travel On / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / I'll Wander Back Someday / Sugar Hill
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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