Sunday, November 20, 2011

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 11/20/2011

We enter the busy season this week, as it seems like between Thanksgiving and New Year's, there is always a whole lot going on with family gatherings and special holiday events, not to mention all of the "everyday" stuff that still has to get accomplished.  I think I might have begun my busy season a bit earlier this year, as there was a whole lot of great music happening in the area, and missing any of it just wasn't an option.

Tom, Eddie & Martha in South Hadley Falls - 11/19/11
After enjoying David Peterson's Old Time Country Revue on Thursday night in Hamden, I got to see and hear the amazing Eddie Adcock perform at the Country Corner Coffee House on Saturday night.  Eddie was joined by wife, Martha, and old pal and Classic Country Gentlemen bandmate, Tom Gray.  What a terrific trio!  These three performed lots of music from their recently released Patuxent Music CD, "Many A Mile."  As you probably know, this CD primarily features Eddie & Martha's versions of tunes Eddie originally recorded with the Country Gentlemen back in the 1960s.  It's really a fantastic recording, and I'm sure the folks who got to see the Eddie, Martha & Tom show at the Firebox Restaurant today got to hear a lot from it, too.  

It's half a century for Eddie Stubbs
Today's show included birthday tributes to some folks who'll be celebrating this week:  Charlie Sizemore (born November 23, 1960), Adam Steffey (born November 24, 1965), and the one and only Eddie Stubbs, who'll turn 50 on November 25th.  While Eddie is primarily recognized these days as a WSM award-winning broadcaster and a "walking encyclopedia of country music," for some of us, he'll always be remembered as the young fiddler from the Johnson Mountain Boys.  For the last few years, I've closed my broadcasts of the BG Cafe with the JMB version of the "Black Mountain Blues" which features Eddie's fiddling, and I don't think that will be changing anytime soon.

On November 22nd, Rural Rhythm Records will officially release their latest "special event" CD:  a live recording featuring a whole lot of their RR performers singing Bill Monroe tunes at the 2011 Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival.  The CD is called, "Rural Rhythm Records Salutes Bill Monroe:  Live At Bean Blossom."  It's a winner, and another fine tribute to the Father of Bluegrass during this, the centennial celebration year of his birth.  We heard a couple of songs from the CD during today's BG Cafe, and will likely be hearing several more songs from the disc over the next few weeks.  Other newer music came from the previously-mentioned CD by Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray, Carolina Road, Terry Baucom, Volume Five, the Missy Werner Band, Ivan Rosenberg & the Foggy Hogtown Boys, the Crowe Brothers, John Bowman, Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Gelina & Pike's Mainly Grass, and two forthcoming Mountain Fever Records releases from Travers Chandler & Avery County, as well as Heather Berry & Tony Mabe.  

Another Pete Soukas band was Blue Diamond
with Roger Williams, Stan Tyminski, & Gary Filgate.
We also celebrated the life of Pete Soukas, a great New Hampshire musician who died on November 13th after a lengthy battle with cancer.  Pete may be best-remembered as the bass player (and sometimes singer) in the very fine New Hampshire-based BG band of the 1990s:  Stonewall Bluegrass.  In addition, Pete was featured on a couple of tracks from the great "Look To The Light" CD of music written by Rick Lang, so we included those songs in Sunday's show, as well.

Hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!  Be sure to join Jim for another edition of BG Cafe as you wind down your holiday weekend next Sunday afternoon...


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Amelia Earhart's Last Flight / Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray / Many A Mile / Patuxent Music
  • Matterhorn / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • Nightwalk / Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray / Many A Mile / Patuxent Music
  • This Morning At Nine / Country Gentlemen / Folk Session Inside / Copper Creek
  • Comin' On Strong / David Peterson / Comin' On Strong / Self-Produced
  • Leftover Biscuits / Lost & Found / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • The Hills Of Home / Carolina Road / Back To My Roots / Rural Rhythm
  • In A Groove / Terry Baucom / In A Groove / John Boy & Billy, Inc.
  • I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow / Stanley Brothers / Select Sides, 1949-1953 / JSP Records
  • One More Dollar / Nashville Bluegrass Band / Unleashed / Sugar Hill
  • The Rabbit Song / Volume Five / Children Of The Mountain / Mountain Fever Records
  • I'd Rather Love A Memory / Missy Werner Band / Three Kinds Of Lonesome / Self-Produced
  • Choking The Strings / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • On The Old Kentucky Shore / Bluegrass Album Band / Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration / Rounder
  • Reno Bound / Ivan Rosenberg & the Foggy Hogtown Boys / The Hogtown Sessions / Vole-O-Tone Records
  • Going Back To Old Virginia / Crowe Brothers / Bridging The Gap / Rural Rhythm
  • Is It Wrong (To Love Somebody New) / Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band / Reflections Of Love / Rebel
  • Don't Throw Mama's Flowers Away / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / The Room Over Mine / Rounder
  • Lost Highway / Tony Holt & the Wildwood Valley Boys / Lost Highways & Treasured Memories / Old Heritage Records
  • I'll Love Nobody But You / Jim & Jesse & the Virginia Boys / In The Tradition / Rounder
  • Three Ways Of Knowing / Allerton & Alton / Black, White & Bluegrass / Bear Family
  • Crazy Arms / Stonewall Bluegrass / I Won't Be Troubled Anymore / Self-Produced
  • His Loving Care / Junior Sisk / Look To The Light:  Songs Of Faith From The Pen Of Rick Lang / Rural Rhythm Christian
  • Someone Took My Place With You / Stonewall Bluegrass / I Won't Be Troubled Anymore / Self-Produced
  • Lonely Violet / Peg & Ed / Lonely Violet / Self-Produced
  • Tiny Broken Heart / Peg & Ed / Lonely Violet / Self-Produced
  • I Don't Remember Loving You / Charlie Sizemore / Heartache Looking For A Home / Rounder
  • Sugarloaf Mountain Special / Johnson Mountain Boys / Live At The Birchmere / Rounder
  • Jumpin' The Track / The Boxcars / The Boxcars / Mountain Home
  • The Garden Tomb / John Bowman / Family Chain:  The Songs Of Joe Isaacs / Pisgah Ridge Music
  • It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Day / Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa / It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Day! / Self-Produced
  • Walk Slow / Heather Berry & Tony Mabe / [Forthcoming CD] / Mountain Fever Records
  • Spanish Grass / Gelina & Pike's Mainly Grass / Rustic Little Cabin / Self-Produced
  • There Ain't No Easy Street / Steep Canyon Rangers / Deep In The Shade / Rebel
  • Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Prime Tyme / Rural Rhythm
  • Six Feet Under The Ground / Audie Blaylock & Redline / Rural Rhythm Records Salutes Bill Monroe : Live At Bean Blossom / Rural Rhythm
  • The Fields Have Turned Brown / Stanley Brothers / The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers / Columbia Legacy [recorded November 20, 1949]
  • The Stanley Brothers / Travers Chandler & Avery County / [Forthcoming CD] / Mountain Fever Records
  • Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press / Rural Rhythm Records Salutes Bill Monroe : Live At Bean Blossom / Rural Rhythm
  • Ring The Bell / Gibson Brothers / Ring The Bell / Compass Records
  • Lord Lift Me Up / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / So Much In Between / Mountain Home
  • Eat At The Welcome Table / Bluegrass Patriots / Springtime In The Rockies / Copper Creek
  • Paul And Peter Walked / Claire Lynch / Friends For A Lifetime / Brentwood Bluegrass
  • He Understands / Barry Scott / Look To The Light:  Songs Of Faith From The Pen Of Rick Lang / Rural Rhythm Christian
  • When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder / The Expedition Show / The Expedition Show / Mountain Fever Records
  • He Took Your Place / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Sides, 1950-1952 / JSP Records
  • On The Wings Of Angels / Spinney Brothers / Side By Side / Self-Produced
  • Open Up The Window, Noah / Seldom Scene / Every Time I Feel The Spirit / Sugar Hill
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder 

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