Sunday, May 15, 2011

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 5/15/2011

Weather-wise, Sunday was kind of a gloomy day in Storrs, CT. It's definitely a quiet campus with most of the students gone, but we still like to keep the "festive" atmosphere on the airwaves. Do we always succeed? Perhaps not, but I think Sunday's show was a good one (even if I might be slightly biased)... The show began with a brief tribute to a true BG icon: Lester Raymond Flatt. This past week was the 32nd anniversary of Lester's passing at the relatively young age of 64 (May 11, 1979). What a legacy he's left us...even after all these years. We could easily fill several shows with just versions of the tunes that were written or co-written by Lester Flatt -- and we may get to some of those as we get closer to the anniversary of Flatt's birth (June 19, 1914).

This week also included birthdays for two country singers who, though not considered a "Bluegrass act," are still close enough to the BG world for me. Johnnie Wright (born May 13, 1914) and his musical partner -- and brother-in-law -- Jack Anglin (born May 13, 1916) made some great records in the 1940s and 1950s -- many of which have been recorded by BG performers through the years. If that's not enough of a BG connection, the great fiddler Paul Warren (who would work with Flatt & Scruggs for many years), also played with Johnnie & Jack & the Tennessee Mountain Boys for several years throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s (see photo below, taken in 1953). We didn't have time to play too many Johnnie & Jack tunes in today's show, but we were able to squeeze four tunes into two, thanks to the Country Gentlemen's "Johnny & Jack Medley."

New music is always important to us at the BG Cafe, and today we were able to showcase new tunes from forthcoming projects from Audie Blaylock & Redline, as well as Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. We also included newer music from the likes of Cumberland Gap Connection, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, the Gibson Brothers, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Sierra Hull, Ashlee Blankenship & Blades of Blue, Claire Lynch (from Compass Records' "I'll Take Love: From The Pen Of Louisa Branscomb" collection), Russell Johnson, Steve Spurgin, Terry Baucom, Tom Mindte & Jeremy Stephens, Jay Armsworthy, and Shannon Slaughter.

Our spotlight shone a bit today on bass player Edgar Loudermilk. Edgar currently works (very happily) with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, but he has a really terrific solo recording out these days, as well. We were able to visit with Edgar for a few minutes about the solo recording ("Roads Travelled" on Mountain Fever Records) -- a project featuring twelve tunes he either wrote or co-wrote which was about 7 years in the making. With guests like Edgar's former and current employers (Marty Raybon, Rhonda Vincent, Russell Moore), how could the CD be bad, right? After our chat, we were able to give away copies of the CD to two listeners, so giving things away is always fun. For more information on Edgar Loudermilk, you can visit his website by clicking here, or, of course, visit with him and the rest of Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out when they play at the upcoming Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival in Preston, CT on June 3rd.

Hope you enjoyed something you heard during today's show, and do be sure to tune into the BG Cafe next Sunday with Jim. You'll be glad you did...

Have a good week -

Requests are RED.

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • We Can't Be Darlings Anymore / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Sides, 1948-1952 / JSP Records
  • Blue Birds Are Singing For Me / Mac Wiseman with Lester Flatt / Bluegrass, 1971 / Rural Rhythm
  • The Ballad Of Jed Clampett / Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass / Bean Blossom / MCA
  • The Way I Feel / Edgar Loudermilk / Roads Travelled / Mountain Fever Records
  • Leavin' You And Mobile, Too / Lost & Found / Down On Sawmill Road / Rebel
  • You Ain't Woman Enough / White Mountain Bluegrass / Aragon Mill / Strictly Country
  • Prillaman's Switch / Tim Martin / Bluegrass Fiddle / Patuxent Music
  • Montana Cowboy / Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard / True Bluegrass / Rounder
  • Is It Too Late Now / Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa / Out In The Middle Of Nowhere / Self-Produced
  • I'm Yours / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / Fired Up / Rounder
  • AppleJack / Pam Gadd with Dolly Parton / Benefit Of Doubt / Home Sweet Highway Productions
  • Ten Bears Run / Cumberland Gap Connection / A Whole Lotta Lonesome / Kindred Records
  • One Car Funeral / Gibson Brothers / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • Leaving The Lonely Behind / Ashlee Blankenship & Blades Of Blue / Ashlee Blankenship & Blades Of Blue / Mountain Fever Records
  • Tennessee Stud / Johnny Cash / American Recordings / American
  • The Walls Of Time / Johnson Mountain Boys / Walls Of Time / Rounder
  • I'm Leaving Town / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Rural Rhythm
  • Can't Live Life / Edgar Loudermilk with Rhonda Vincent / Roads Travelled / Mountain Fever Records
  • Roads Travelled / Edgar Loudermilk with Marty Raybon / Roads Travelled / Mountain Fever Records
  • Interview with Edgar Loudermilk
  • Rambler's Lament /Edgar Loudermilk / Roads Travelled / Mountain Fever Records
  • Hard Rock Mountain Prison ('Til I Die) / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Rural Rhythm
  • Mighty Dark To Travel / Audie Blaylock & Redline / New Cuts Of Bluegrass, Volume 2 / no label
  • I'm Gonna Love You / Claire Lynch / I'll Take Love: From The Pen Of Louisa Branscomb / Compass Records
  • Bluegrass Time / Russell Johnson with the Grass Cats / Anytime Anyplace But Only You / New Time Records
  • If Your Heart Should Ever Roll This Way Again / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / New Cuts Of Bluegrass, Volume 2 / no label
  • Tupelo County Jail / Nothin' Fancy / Album #7 / Pinecastle
  • Music Of The Mountains / Spinney Brothers / Going Home / Self-Produced
  • Gettin' Outta Here Alive / Steve Spurgin / Past Perfect / Blue Night Records
  • Flint Hill Special [music bed] / Rick Spinney / Off The Cuff / Self-Produced
  • Reuben [music bed] / Rick Spinney / Off The Cuff / Self-Produced
  • Nine Pound Hammer [music bed] / Rick Spinney / Off The Cuff / Self-Produced
  • Cripple Creek [music bed] / Rick Spinney / Off The Cuff / Self-Produced
  • Tell Me Tomorrow / Sierra Hull / Daybreak / Rounder
  • I Wish You Knew / Terry Baucom with John Cowan & Russell Moore / In A Groove / John Boy & Billy, Inc.
  • More Bad Weather On The Way / Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers / Rare Bird Alert / Rounder
  • I Can't Tell My Heart That / Johnnie & Jack / For Old Times Sake / Bear Family [birthdays: Johnnie Wright, 5/13/1914; Jack Anglin, 5/13/1916]
  • Johnny & Jack Medley / Country Gentlemen / Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • El Cumbanchero / The Chapmans / Grown Up (A Revisionist History) / Compass Records
  • Don't Forget To Pray / Tom Mindte & Jeremy Stephens / Radio Favorites & Sacred Songs / Patuxent Music
  • Wings Of Angels / Jay Armsworthy / I Couldn't Make It Without Him / Blue Circle Records
  • On The Sunny Side Of Life / Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / What Will I Leave Behind / Rebel
  • I've Hit Everything In My Life (But My Knees) / Shannon Slaughter / The Sideman Steps Out / Self-Produced
  • That Wonderful Place / Ralph Stanley / A Mother's Prayer / Rebel
  • Drowning Sailor / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / The Room Over Mine / Rounder
  • On The Sea Of Life / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Rock My Soul / Sugar Hill
  • One Wide River / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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