Sunday, May 01, 2011

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 5/1/2011 (plus one hour)

For the third week in a row, Bluegrass Cafe was extended by one hour, as "Dr. B's Musical Prescription" was not on the air. It's the end of the semester at UCONN, so I guess that's not too, too unusual.

So...what to do with that extra hour? This week, I felt the need to play a bit of classic country music. Originally, I had intended to play a variety of performers, but this week, the focus fell pretty much on one Clarence Eugene (Hank) Snow, who was born on May 9, 1914. Many of
Hank Snow's tunes have been recorded by BG performers through the years, so it wasn't really much of a stretch to play three covers of Hank's tunes, plus two of Hank's own tunes. Something we were playing during this hour must have appealed to listeners, though, as the phone was very busy. We even had one person who was a trucker passing through CT on Interstate 395 call in and ask to hear, "Tennessee Stud." How convenient that the next caller wanted to hear Johnny Cash, as we were able to combine the two requests...

Once we got into the "official" time for the
BG Cafe, we stayed with straight BG tunes.

For many years, I will admit that
Lynn Morris was my favorite female singer of BG music. Sadly, since suffering a stroke in the Spring of 2003, Lynn hasn't really been able to play music on a regular basis, as she has some difficulty remembering lyrics. Consequently, Lynn Morris doesn't really play music on stage anymore (although she did play one set at the Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival in 2007, as you can see in this photo). However, today, Lynn Morris was scheduled to take the stage at a BG festival in Winchester, VA with her husband, Marshall Wilborn, and other former members of the Lynn Morris Band (Jesse Brock, Tom Adams, Ron Stewart). I have no doubt that Lynn had a large number of folks pulling for her in the audience today. There's a great profile article which was published in the Northern Virginia Daily newspaper on April 30th. Read it by clicking here.
Last week, Jim put together a great tribute set to
Hazel Dickens, who died on April 22nd. This week, I wanted to continue that tribute a bit, so I put together a few tunes recorded by others (including Lynn Morris, Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie, the Johnson Mountain Boys, Laurie Lewis, & Springfield Exit) which came directly from the pen of Hazel Dickens. This amazing lady wrote so much great music through the years that you'll continue to hear it for a good long while, without a doubt -- and that's the way it should be.
New music continues to be a big part of our playlist at
BG Cafe, as well, and there is just a surplus of it these days. On the show this week, we played new or newer recordings from the likes of Tom Mindte & Jeremy Stephens, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bill Emerson, Tony Holt & the Wildwood Valley Boys, Ashlee Blankenship & Blades Of Blue, Steve Spurgin, NewFound Road, Shannon Slaughter, Terry Baucom, and James Reams & the Barnstormers.

Hope you enjoyed something you heard on today's
BG Cafe, and that you'll be sure to join Jim on next week's edition of the show...



  • Bluegrass Breakdown / Tom Adams / Right Hand Man / Rounder
  • On And On / Bill Monroe / Anthology / MCA
  • Red Rocking Chair / Charlie Monroe / Post War Country Classics (1946-1950) / Cattle
  • Darling Do You Know Who Loves You / Stanley Brothers / An Evening Long Ago / Columbia
  • Not A Word From Home / Roy Acuff / The Best Of Roy Acuff: The Prodigal Son / Country Stars
  • I'll Get Along Somehow / Allerton & Alton / Black, White & Bluegrass / Bear Family
  • Interstate Rag / Doc Watson / Elementary Doctor Watson! / Sugar Hill
  • Molly And Tenbrooks / Bill Monroe / Anthology / MCA
  • I'm Movin' On / Hank Snow / The Essential Hank Snow / RCA
  • Music Makin' Mama From Memphis / Charlie Waller & Randall Hylton / The Singer And The Songster / Rebel
  • One More Ride / Bear Bridge Band / One More Ride / Open Road
  • Miller's Cave / Michael Cleveland with Audie Blaylock / Let 'Er Go, Boys! / Rounder
  • Honeymoon On A Rocketship / Hank Snow / The Goldrush Is Over / Bear Family
  • Tennessee Stud / Johnny Cash / American Recordings / American
  • Keep On The Sunny Side / Carter Family / Anchored In Love / Rounder
  • Daddy Sang Bass / Johnny Cash with the Carter Family, Carl Perkins & the Statler Brothers / Live At Madison Square Garden / Columbia Legacy
  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RokcyGrass / Blue Planet
  • One Morning In May / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / One Morning In May / Rounder
  • Home Run Man / Parmley & McCoury / Families Of Tradition / BGC
  • Line Drive / Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen / Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen / Self-Produced
  • Spring Will Bring Flowers / Balsam Range / Last Train To Kitty Hawk / Mountain Home
  • I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow / Soggy Bottom Boys / O Brother, Where Art Thou? / Mercury
  • Rambler's Lament / Edgar Loudermilk / Roads Travelled / Mountain Fever Records
  • Don't Act / Rhonda Vincent / All American Bluegrass Girl / Rounder
  • Rare Bird Alert / Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers / Rare Bird Alert / Rounder
  • 17 Cents / Infamous Stringdusters / Things That Fly / Sugar Hill
  • The Bramble And The Rose / Lynn Morris Band / The Bramble And The Rose / Rounder
  • The Blues Are Still The Blues / Traditional Grass / Howdy Neighbor Howdy / Rebel
  • Tragic Love / Tom Mindte & Jeremy Stephens / Radio Favorites & Sacred Songs / Patuxent Music
  • Who Showed Who / Dan Tyminski / Wheels / Rounder
  • Scraps From Your Table / Lynn Morris / You'll Never Be The Sun / Rounder [written by Hazel Dickens]
  • I Can't Find Your Love Anymore / Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie / Southern / Rural Rhythm [written by Hazel Dickens]
  • My Better Years / Johnson Mountain Boys / Blue Diamond / Rounder [written by Hazel Dickens]
  • Beyond The River Bend / Laurie Lewis & Her Bluegrass Pals / Laurie Lewis & Her Bluegrass Pals / Rounder [written by Hazel Dickens]
  • Hills Of Home / Springfield Exit / Springfield Exit / Cracker Barrel [written by Hazel Dickens]
  • Here Today And Gone Tomorrow / Hazel Dickens with Johnson Mountain Boys / Songs Of The Louvin Brothers / Rounder
  • Gone At Last / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Drive Time / Mountain Home
  • No Steering--No Brakes / Bill Emerson / Eclipse / Rural Rhythm
  • I Know That You Know / Tony Holt & the Wildwood Valley Boys / Lost Highways & Treasured Memories / Old Heritage Records
  • Silver Wings / Spinney Brothers / Side By Side / Self-Produced
  • Leaving The Lonely Behind / Ashlee Blankenship & Blades Of Blue / Ashlee Blankenship & Blades Of Blue / Mountain Fever Records
  • Collar In The Wind / Steve Spurgin / Past Perfect / Blue Night Records
  • Room At The Top Of The Stairs / NewFound Road / Live At The Down Home / Rounder
  • Hooverville / Shannon Slaughter / The Sideman Steps Out / Self-Produced
  • Time To Say Goodbye / Big Country Bluegrass / Waiting At The Homeplace / Hay Holler
  • Cherokee Shuffle / Carpenter & May / Carpenter & May / Violin Shop Records
  • Wall Around Your Heart / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • Open Up Your Heart / Terry Baucom with Gibson Brothers / In A Groove / John Boy & Billy, Inc.
  • Factory Floor / Spinney Brothers / If I Were Your Brother / Self-Produced
  • Susquehanna Getaway / James Reams & the Barnstormers / One Foot In The Honky Tonk / Mountain Redbird Music
  • Once More / Audie Blaylock with Lou Reid & Russell Moore / All-Star Jam: Live At Graves Mountain / Rural Rhythm
  • The Girl I Love Don't Pay Me No Mind / Hylo Brown / In Concert / Copper Creek
  • No Lawyers In Heaven / Charlie Sizemore / Heartache Looking For A Home / Rounder
  • Red Top Rumble / Earl Brothers / The Earl Brothers / Self-Produced
  • Old Swinging Bridge / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Back To The Blue Ridge / Brandywine
  • I'll Never Go Back / Louvin Brothers / Songs That Tell A Story / Rounder
  • There's A Higher Power / Kathy Kallick Band / Between The Hollow And The High-Rise / Live Oak Records
  • His Loving Care / Junior Sisk with John Miller / Look To The Light: Songs Of Faith From The Pen Of Rick Lang / Rural Rhythm Christian
  • Lord, Don't Leave Me Here / Hagar's Mountain Boys / Forever Yours / Mountain Fever Records
  • I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling / Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard / Pioneering Women Of Bluegrass / Smithsonian Folkways
  • I Know What You're Talking About / Lynn Morris Band / Shape Of A Tear / Rounder
  • No Hiding Place Down Here / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Gospel / Columbia Legacy
  • Wings Of Angels / Jay Armsworthy / I Couldn't Make It Without Him / Blue Circle Records
  • So Happy I'll Be / The Bluegrass Band / Shine Hallelujah Shine / Hay Holler
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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