Sunday, September 04, 2011

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 9/4/2011

There were no big winds or driving rain for this holiday weekend (so far, at least), so I had no problems getting to WHUS for another edition of the "Bluegrass Cafe."  We ended up staying an additional 30 minutes, as Susan Forbes Hansen's "Sunday Night Folk Festival" was preempted for a UCONN Men's Soccer game.

The show began with a bit of music appropriate for a Labor Day weekend -- the common theme, of course, was the Working Man (and Working Woman).  

If you follow BG at all, you're well aware that September 13, 2011 is the 100th birth anniversary of the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe.  Many record labels have put together special collections of Monroe's music throughout this centennial year, and it has been quite enjoyable listening to a good lot of them.  As I'm not sure if I'll be hosting another "BG Cafe" before Monroe's official birthday, I thought it might be somewhat enjoyable to play a bit of Monroe's music, both performed by him, as well as others.  I devoted the entire gospel set to Bill Monroe gospel tunes, and while I will admit that a good number of them seem to share very similar melodies, I still enjoyed them a good bit.  Hope you did, too.  There's no doubt in my mind that Bill Monroe's music will continue to be played and enjoyed for as long as folks still listen to and play Bluegrass music...and that's as it should be.

September isn't just the birthday month for Bill Monroe, though.  Jimmie Rodgers, the man known as the Father of Country Music, America's Blue Yodeler, the Singing Brakeman, and perhaps another nickname or two, was born on September 8, 1897.  Plenty of Jimmie Rodgers tunes have been covered in the BG world through the years, including a song or two recorded by Bill Monroe.  One of those Jimmie Rodgers tunes reportedly got Monroe a job on the Grand Ole Opry in October 1939:  the "Mule Skinner Blues."  

While we didn't concentrate too much on new music this week, we did include a couple of tunes from a forthcoming gospel project by David Parmley & Continental Divide called "Church House Hymns, Volume II."  Even though David had announced his retirement from the music business previously, it's good to have him back recording, and he's sounding as good as ever. 

Hope you all enjoy the remaining time in the "last unofficial week of summer."


Requests are RED
Bill Monroe music is BLUE.
  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow / Hot Rize / Radio Boogie / Flying Fish
  • Lower On The Hog / IIIrd Tyme Out / Puttin' New Roots Down / Rebel
  • Workin' Girl Blues / Cherryholmes / Cherryholmes / Skaggs Family
  • Hard Workin' Man / Grasstowne / The Other Side Of Towne / Pinecastle
  • Another Day, Another Dollar / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / Rambler's Blues / Rebel
  • My Little Georgia Rose / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Anthology / MCA
  • In Memory / Missy Werner / Drifting And Dreaming / Self-Produced
  • Red Wicked Wine / Charlie Sizemore with Ralph Stanley / Heartache Looking For A Home / Rounder
  • Cold Virginia Night / Ronnie Bowman / Cold Virginia Night / Rebel
  • Help My Brother / Gibson Brothers / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • I'm Gonna Love You / Claire Lynch / I'll Take Love : From The Pen Of Louisa Branscomb / Compass Records
  • Ground Speed / Sammy Shelor & Carl Jackson / The All-Star Jam : Live At Graves Mountain / Rural Rhythm
  • You Can Take Your Time / The Boxcars / The Boxcars / Mountain Home
  • In Despair / Audie Blaylock & Redline / I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky / Rural Rhythm
  • Can't You Hear Me Calling / Volume Five / Children Of The Mountain / Mountain Fever Records
  • Come Back To Me In My Dreams / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Once And For Always / Sugar Hill
  • Blue Grass Special / Taylor Baker / Taylor Baker / Patuxent Music
  • When The Golden Leaves Begin To Fall / Spinney Brothers / When The Golden Leaves Begin To Fall / Self-Produced
  • You'd Better Get Right / Vern Williams Band / Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration : A Classic Bluegrass Tribute / Rounder
  • New Mule Skinner Blues / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Anthology / MCA
  • Brakeman's Blues / Big Country Bluegrass / Big Country Bluegrass / Hay Holler
  • When The Cactus Is In Bloom / Laurie Lewis & Grant Street / Singin' My Troubles Away / Flying Fish
  • They Sleep Together Now At Rest / Lilly Brothers / The Early Days Of Bluegrass, Volume 1 / Rounder
  • What Are They Doing In Heaven Today? / Lilly Brothers / The Early Days Of Bluegrass, Volume 1 / Rounder
  • I Feel Like Traveling On / David Parmley & Continental Divide / Church House Hymns, Volume II / Self-Produced
  • Get In Line Brother / David Parmley & Continental Divide / Church House Hymns, Volume II / Self-Produced
  • Carolina Dreams / Edgar Loudermilk / Roads Travelled / Mountain Fever Records
  • With Body And Soul / Patrick McAvinue with Audie Blaylock / Rutland's Reel / Patuxent Music
  • Who Will Calm The Storm / Liz Meyer with Boston City Limits / Who Will Calm The Storm / Strictly Country
  • John Henry [music bed] / Mike Scott & Friends / Blue Moon Of Kentucky : Instrumental Tribute To Bill Monroe / Rural Rhythm
  • Kentucky Waltz [music bed] / Mike Scott & Friends / Blue Moon Of Kentucky : Instrumental Tribute To Bill Monroe / Rural Rhythm
  • Leavin' You And Mobile, Too / Lost & Found / Down On Sawmill Road / Rebel
  • Be Proud Of The Gray In Your Hair / Scott Anderson / Tales From The Swamp / Self-Produced
  • Time To Be Movin' On / Blue Moon Rising / Strange New World / Rural Rhythm
  • We're In This Love Together / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / So Much In Between / Mountain Home
  • Open Up Your Heart / Terry Baucom with the Gibson Brothers / In A Groove / John-Boy & Billy, Inc.
  • Cold Chill Of Gone / Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad / Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad / Steeltown Records
  • Golden Hair / Wayne Taylor / Dear Mom / Self-Produced
  • Blame It On The Bluegrass / Valerie Smith / Blame It On The Bluegrass / Bell Buckle Records
  • Your Kind Of Love / Michelle Nixon & Drive / A Place I Belong / Mountain Fever Records
  • Shining Path / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / The Essential Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Columbia
  • I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / True Bluegrass / Rounder
  • Shine Hallelujah Shine / Reno & Smiley / Let The Light Shine Down : A Gospel Tribute To Bill Monroe / Rebel
  • Lord Protect My Soul / Bill Monroe with the Country Gentlemen / Bill Monroe & Stars Of The Bluegrass Hall Of Fame / MCA
  • Little Community Church / Boone Creek / One Way Track / Sugar Hill
  • Get Down On Your Knees And Pray / Johnson Mountain Boys / At The Old Schoolhouse / Rounder
  • I'm Travelin' On And On / David Peterson & 1946 / David Peterson & 1946 / Self-Produced
  • Wicked Path Of Sin / Billy & Terry Smith / Bill Monroe Tribute / K-Tel Records
  • Let The Gates Swing Wide / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & Stars Of The Bluegrass Hall Of Fame / MCA
  • Only Seventeen / Blue Highway / Sounds Of Home / Rounder
  • My House / Kathy Kallick Band / Between The Hollow And The High-Rise / Live Oak Records
  • Simple Box Of Pine / Thomas Porter / / Self-Produced
  • Hello, My Name Is Coal / Larry Cordle / Pud Marcum's Hangin' / Mighty Cord Records
  • Cold Lonesome Night / Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / Cloud Of Dust / GSM Records
  • Richmond County / Spinney Brothers & Close Company / The Old Fundy Shore / Self-Produced
  • Will You Visit Me On Sundays / Dale Ann Bradley with Steve Gulley / Somewhere South Of Crazy / Compass Records

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