Sunday, August 07, 2011

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 8/7/2011

What a busy Bluegrass weekend it was here in Connecticut!  Congratulations to Roger Moss, Brian Hall, and all of the hardworking Podunk board members and volunteers for making the "sweet 16" edition of the Podunk Bluegrass Festival a great, memorable time for a whole lot of folks.  It's pretty easy to see why this team won the 2010 IBMA Event of the Year award...could there be another win in the future?  Time will tell...

So, while I was able to be at Podunk on both Friday and Saturday, for today's show, I chose to play a few tunes from some of the performers I was able to see and hear in my time in East Hartford.  Among those:  Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, Jim Hurst, the Steep Canyon Rangers, and Darin & Brooke Aldridge.

As always, new music was on the agenda, as well, and with that, we played tunes from the aforementioned Darin & Brooke Aldridge (who have a great new CD on Mountain Home), as well as a North Carolina Band called Dehlia Low, the forthcoming Rounder project from Blue Highway, solo projects from Tommy Webb and banjo picker, Lee Marcus, as well as all-gospel CDs from Paul Williams & the Victory Trio and Rodney Dillard & the Dillard Band.  

If you've ever listened to the show, you probably know that I like to salute the country singers of year's past.  Today, I played a BG versions of four songs originally made popular by the most successful country singer of the 1950s, Webb Pierce.  This Country Music Hall of Famer would have celebrated his 90th birthday this week, as he was born on August 8, 1921 (and died February 24, 1991).  Like so many of his country music contemporaries, Pierce's music has been mined for the BG world, so why not listen to a bit of it this week?

Finally, we were able to give away two pairs of passes to the upcoming Saddleback Mountain Bluegrass Festival which takes place August 12 & 13 in Rangeley, Maine.  With a lineup that includes Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, as well as Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, we had no problems giving away these tickets.  Thanks to Saddleback promoter and organizer, Mark Robie, for offering them to our listeners.

I'll be back in the BG Cafe with you next Sunday afternoon, as Jim will be enjoying the hard driving sounds of Larry Gillis, who will be at the Firebox Restaurant in Hartford next week.  If you can't be at the Firebox, by all means, listen to the ol' radio for a good dose of the BG, won't you?

Have a good week!



  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Uphill Climb / Weary Hearts / By Heart / Flying Fish
  • Bluegrass Blues / Steep Canyon Rangers / Steep Canyon Rangers / Rebel
  • Indecision / James King / Lonesome And Then Some / Rounder
  • I Feel The Blues Moving In / Del McCoury Band / Don't Stop The Music / Rounder
  • Flat Creek / Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / Cloud Of Dust / Self-Produced
  • Heartaches And Dreams / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Heartaches And Dreams / Rebel
  • Look For Me / Angelica Grim / Look For Me / Patuxent Music
  • Missile Ride / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • The Rabbit Song / Volume Five / Children Of The Mountain / Mountain Fever Records
  • Harvest Time / Lost & Found / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky / Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder / Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass:  A Tribute To 1946 & 1947 / Skaggs Family
  • Slowly Getting You Out Of The Way / Johnny Williams / Last Day At Galax / Mountain Roads Recordings
  • What Will Become Of Me / Special Consensus / Everything's Alright / Pinecastle
  • Deep River Blues / Warrior River Boys / Sounds Like Home / Rounder
  • Big Iron / Jim Hurst / Second Son / Pinecastle
  • Why Baby Why / The Sidemen / Almost Live At The Station Inn / Red Clay Records [Webb Pierce]
  • More And More / Crowe & McLaughlin / Going Back / Rounder [Webb Pierce]
  • Honky Tonk Song / Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers / Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers/Hot Rize / Flying Fish [Webb Pierce]
  • Slowly / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / Fired Up / Rounder [Webb Pierce]
  • I'm Longing For A Love I'll Never Know / Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass / The Tradition Continues / Brandywine
  • Buck Creek Gal / Johnny Warren with Earl Scruggs / A Tribute To Fiddlin ' Paul Warren / Self-Produced
  • Tennessee Stud / Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Doc Watson / Will The Circle Be Unbroken / Capitol
  • Nobody's Darlin' But Mine / Hylo Brown / In Concert / Copper Creek
  • Losin' You (Might Be The Best Thing Yet) / Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Jimmy Martin / Will The Circle Be Unbroken / Capitol
  • Where The Old Red River Flows / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Band / One Morning In May / Rounder
  • We're In This Love Together / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / So Much In Between / Mountain Home
  • Hammer Down / Blue Highway / Sounds Of Home / Rounder
  • What Do You Think Of Her Now? / Dehlia Low / Ravens & Crows / Rebel
  • My Time / Lee Marcus / Grandpa's Pond / Self-Produced
  • Love Me Darlin' Just Tonight / Tommy Webb / From Rock-n-Roll To Bill Monroe / Self-Produced
  • Every Shade Of Blue / Nu-Blu / The Blu-Disc / Pinecastle
  • A Cowboy's Sweetheart / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / So Much In Between / Mountain Home
  • AppleJack / Dolly Parton / Live And Well / Sugar Hill
  • Batchin' It [music bed] / Buddy Merriam / Backroads Mandolin / Lily Pad Records
  • DeVine Time [music bed] / Buddy Merriam / Backroads Mandolin / Lily Pad Records
  • Swampgrass / Larry Gillis & the Hard Driving Bluegrass Band / Swampgrass / Tinman
  • Frozen In Time / Gibson Brothers / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • Top Of The World / Michelle Nixon & Drive / A Place I Belong / Mountain Fever Records
  • Red Wicked Wine / Charlie Sizemore with Ralph Stanley / Heartache Looking For A Home / Rounder
  • Wearin' The Blues / Josh Williams with David Peterson / I'll Take Love:  From The Pen Of Louisa Branscomb / Compass Records
  • Blow Out The Candle, Laura / The Bankesters / The Bankesters / Blue Circle Records
  • Cotton Farmer / Travers Chandler & Avery County / State Of Depression / Patuxent Music
  • Satisfied / Paul Williams & the Victory Trio / Satisfied / Rebel
  • Gospel Ship / Rodney Dillard & the Dillard Band / Don't Wait For The Church To Take You To Church / Rural Rhythm Christian
  • Just As The Sun Went Down / Spinney Brothers / Here At The Cross / Self-Produced
  • A Voice From On High / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1954-1957 / JSP Records
  • Call His Name / Johnson Mountain Boys / Working Close / Rounder
  • Heaven's Door / Jay Armsworthy / I Couldn't Make It Without Him / Blue Circle Records
  • I've Got A Lot Of Heaven / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Rock My Soul / Sugar Hill
  • You Can Feel It In Your Soul / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1952-1955 / JSP Records
  • Way Down Deep In My Soul / Bluegrass Cardinals / Way Down Deep In My Soul / Sugar Hill
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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