Sunday, April 03, 2011

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 4/3/2011

The "theme" for Sunday's show was simple: more music, less talk. As it was the first show since the ending of our annual Radiothon campaign, the plan was to play lots of great music, and I think I was able to fill that mission with few problems.

It was a sad week for Bluegrassers with two notable deaths: banjo picker Jake Jenkins was killed in a plane crash on March 27th, and then, award-winning songwriter Harley Allen died after a battle with cancer on March 30th. We played music in remembrance of both of these fine musicians on Sunday's show, first, with several tunes written by Jake when he was a founding member of Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show. Even though Jake Jenkins had, more or less, retired from Bluegrass when he became a firefighter in Lubbock, TX, he certainly left an indelible impression on a whole lot of folks.

Harley Allen was the youngest son of BG legend, Red Allen, and while Harley certainly could sing and play Bluegrass, he may be better-known as a Nashville songwriter. In 2005, Harley Allen was the BMI Songwriter of the Year, and a tune he co-wrote, "Me And John And Paul," was named the IBMA Song of the Year. My first introduction to Harley Allen came through his membership as one of the Big Dogs -- a short-lived group featuring Tony Trischka and David Grier, as well as Andrea Zonn and Debbie Nims. Great stuff.

While our Radiothon playlists were limited to music from recordings we had available as premiums, the playlist for Sunday's show didn't have those restrictions. We've received a few new recordings over the past few weeks, so we were able to showcase a couple of those new discs on Sunday with music from Terry Baucom, Grasstowne, Tom Mindte & Jeremy Stephens, James Reams & the Barnstormers, and Bill Emerson. As always, it never seems like there's enough time to play everything I really WANT to play, but there's always next time...

Thanks again to all of you who took the time to pick up the phone and give us a pledge during Radiothon. As we told you on the air numerous times, BG Cafe had a pretty high two-week show goal ($3,000) -- in fact, it was the highest goal for any of the music programs on the air at WHUS. Of course, we didn't want to fall short, as Jim and I always like to think that the BG is the most popular music form on the radio. You folks were awesome, and we're delighted to keep bringing you the Bluegrass music at WHUS. One final note -- Robert from Broad Brook, CT was the winner in our Second (perhaps) Annual "Bonus Book Bonanza" in which we gave away copies of both Richard D. Smith's Bill Monroe biography, Can't You Me Callin', as well as a book called, Honky Tonk, filled with great photographs of Bluegrass and country music performers taken by Henry Horenstein. The only way to get into the end-of-Radiothon drawing was to make a pledge to WHUS during the 2 weeks of fundraising. Congratulations to Robert, and thanks again to everyone who pledged...and to everyone who continues to tune in each week.

Jim joins you on the air this coming Sunday, so be sure to make plans to join him beginning at 4PM...


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Circle
  • The Country Side Of Heaven (Where The Bluegrass Music Flows) / WhiteHouse / WhiteHouse / Pinecastle
  • Lonesome Pine Ramble / Lonesome Pine Fiddlers / Bluegrass Collection / Gusto
  • Let Me Borrow Your Heart / Mac Wiseman / Bluegrass Hits And Heartsongs / Rebel
  • I've Lost You / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Sides, 1958-1952 / JSP Records
  • On My Way Back To The Old Home / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / The King And The Father / MME
  • Fox On The Run / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • Four Leaf Clover / Valerie Smith / Blame It On The Bluegrass / Bell Buckle Records
  • Harley's Breakdown / Bray Brothers with Red Cravens / Prairie Bluegrass / Rounder
  • Working Hard Ain't Hardly Working Anymore / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Heartaches And Dreams / Rebel
  • Run Little Fox / Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road / Carolina Road / Blue Circle Records
  • What Do You Say? / Sierra Hull / Daybreak / Rounder
  • Black Mountain Special / Rich In Tradition / Black Mountain Special / Mountain Roads Recordings
  • What Was I Supposed To Do / Lynn Morris Band / The Lynn Morris Band / Rounder
  • Yesterday I Didn't Know / Big Country Bluegrass / The Boys In Hats And Ties / Rebel
  • Where's The Lonesome / Hagar's Mountain Boys / Where's The Lonesome / Mountain Fever Records
  • Rose Of My Heart / Jesse McReynolds & Charles Whitstein / A Tribute To Brother Duets / Pinecastle
  • Whitewater / Bela Fleck / Bluegrass Class Of 1990 / Rounder
  • Worries On My Mind / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Worries On My Mind / Rebel
  • Jakebrakes / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / In Full Color / Rebel
  • Another Day / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / In Full Color / Rebel
  • Always On A Mountain / Big Dogs with Tony Trischka / Live At The Birchmere / Strictly Country
  • A Simple Life / Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder / Live At The Charleston Music Hall / Skaggs Family Records
  • Never Grow Up Boy / Del McCoury Band / The Company We Keep / McCoury Music
  • Me And John And Paul / The Grascals / The Grascals / Rounder
  • Devil On A Plow / Charlie Sizemore Band / Good News / Rounder
  • I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow / Soggy Bottom Boys / O Brother, Where Art Thou? / Mercury
  • Highway Of Sorrow / David Grisman with Red & Harley Allen / Home Is Where The Heart Is / Rounder
  • My Friend Clyde / Spinney Brothers / Live At WHUS, 5/8/2010 / no label
  • Open Up Your Heart / Terry Baucom with Gibson Brothers / In A Groove / Self-Produced
  • One Foot In The Honky Tonk / James Reams & the Barnstormers / One Foot In The Honky Tonk / Mountain Redbird Music
  • What Is A Home Without Love / Tom Mindte & Jeremy Stephens / Radio Favorites & Sacred Songs / Patuxent Music
  • Waves Of Sorrow / Grasstowne / Kickin' Up Dust / Rural Rhythm
  • Jesse James / Bill Emerson with Marshall Wilborn & Lynn Morris / Eclipse / Rural Rhythm
  • Roustabout / Southern Rail / On The Road From Appomattox / Railway Records
  • Doin' My Time / Aubrey Haynie with Dan Tyminski / Doin' My Time / Sugar Hill
  • Heartache Looking For A Home / Charlie Sizemore / Heartache Looking For A Home / Rounder
  • When Snow Falls On The Bluegrass / Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad / Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad
  • Sparta Flash / The Expedition Show / The Expedition Show / Mountain Fever Records
  • I'm Yours / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / Fired Up / Rounder
  • With Body And Soul / Johnson Mountain Boys / At The Old Schoolhouse / Rounder
  • Oh Lonesome Me / Wayne Taylor / Dear Mom / Self-Produced
  • My Eyes Shall Be On Canaan's Land / Terry Baucom with Doyle Lawson, Jimmy Haley, & Lou Reid / In A Groove / Self-Produced
  • One Prayer Away / Don Rigsby & Midnight Call / The Voice Of God / Rebel
  • Stone Was Rolled Away / Old Time Bluegrass Singers / Plastic Heart / Open Road
  • My Lord's Been A Walkin' / Spinney Brothers / Here At The Cross / Self-Produced
  • He Loves Me / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / Hymns From The Hills / Rebel
  • Gonna Be Movin' / Balsam Range / Trains I Missed / Mountain Home
  • Get Behind Me Satan / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • Jordan / Stanley Brothers / All Bluegrass, All Gospel / Federal
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

No comments: