Sunday, January 29, 2012

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/29/2012

Our standard playlist "recipe" for the BG Cafe is a mix of old with new.  When we use the term "old," though, we don't always mean going back to music from the first generation and the 1940s and 1950s.  In doing a bit of cleaning at home, I recently unearthed a couple of cassettes from around 1989/1990, and since neither of these tapes had ever been issued on LP or CD (to my knowledge, anyway), I couldn't resist the opportunity to share them on the airwaves on Sunday.  The sound quality is definitely lacking, but we like to think that mixture is all part of the "charm" of a live radio show.  Let's go with that reasoning, anyway...

Under the "new" category, we shared music from two super CDs:  one from a NYC-area band called Too Blue, and the other a soon-to-be released project from the trio of Freeman & Williams.  It so happens that Too Blue was performing today at the Firebox Restaurant in Hartford, so perhaps folks listening to the radio on their way to the Firebox got to hear some great music from their CD called, "Trouble With The Grey."  It's a mighty fine record.

The Freeman & Williams trio is North Carolina musician Scott Freeman, joined by Virginia BG veterans, Johnny & Jeanette Williams.  Their new self-titled project will be released on February 7th on Mountain Roads Recordings, and it is quite delightful.  Doubtless, you'll be hearing more from this talented trio, as well as Too Blue, in future editions of the BG Cafe.

Other newer music on today's show came from the likes of Rickey Wasson & Dwight McCall, Nu-Blu, Merl Johnson, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray, Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie, and the Missy Werner Band.

The things you find in a closet!
For the "old," we returned to the 1990 Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival in Ancramdale, NY with the "3rd Winterhawk Scholarship Album."  There are several great live performances on this tape, and they run the gamut from traditional BG to the more "out there," fringy styles of acoustic music.  That's kind of the brand for Winterhawk (now known as Grey Fox) -- the festival is neither fully a traditional festival nor a completely "jamgrass" festival.  There's really something there for every BG musical taste, and this tape really showcased that.  

The Spinneys' record debut - 1993.
We also revisited some of the first recorded music from a Canadian band then known as the Spinney Brothers & Close Company.  The Spinneys have come a long way since their earliest musical days, but it's fun to hear how they sounded on their first two recordings from 1993 and 1996.  We'll be sharing a brand new recording from the Spinney Brothers sometime in the next couple of months, when they make their debut on Mountain Fever Records with a CD called, "Memories."  

Hope you enjoyed something you heard on today's show, and that you'll be sure to join me once again next Sunday on the BG Cafe.  

Enjoy the week!

Amy O.

Requests are RED.
  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • That High Lonesome Sound / Peter Rowan & the Nashville Bluegrass Band / New Moon Rising / Sugar Hill
  • The Court Of Love / Rhonda Vincent / Taken / Upper Management Music
  • Baby Girl / Stanley Brothers / 20th Century Masters / Mercury
  • Tennessee Tea / Joe Diffie / Homecoming / Rounder
  • Trouble With The Grey / Too Blue / Trouble With The Grey / Self-Produced
  • Molly And Tenbrooks / Rickey Wasson & Dwight McCall / Rural Rhythm Records Salutes Bill Monroe / Rural Rhythm
  • Sparta Flash / The Expedition Show / The Expedition Show / Mountain Fever Records
  • Got Leavin' On Her Mind / Mark Newton Band / Charlie Lawson's Still / Rebel
  • I Fall To Pieces / Too Blue / Trouble With The Grey / Self-Produced
  • Truck Driving Man / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Worries On My Mind / Rebel
  • Cotton Farmer / Travers Chandler & Avery County / State Of Depression / Patuxent Music
  • Love Of The Mountains / Lost & Found / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • The Memory Of Your Smile / Dede Wyland / Keep The Light On / Patuxent Music
  • Every Shade Of Blue / Nu-Blu / The Blu-Disc / Pinecastle
  • Face The Music / Too Blue / Trouble With The Grey / Self-Produced
  • The Nights Are So Long / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / Fired Up / Rounder
  • You'll Find Monroe Written There / Merl Johnson / Better Man / Patuxent Music
  • Say You Lied / Neon Valley Boys / Bluegrass / Sudden Comfort Records
  • Safe Passage / Gibson Brothers / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • Winterhawk / Northern Lights with Matt Glaser / The 3rd Winterhawk Scholarship Album / Gordo
  • West Texas Wind / Seldom Scene / The 3rd Winterhawk Scholarship Album / Gordo
  • John Henry / Weary Hearts / Weary Hearts Live / no label
  • A Hero In Harlan / Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / Lost Souls & Free Spirits / Rebel
  • When Halley Came To Jackson / Freeman & Williams / Freeman & Williams / Mountain Roads Recordings
  • There's No Place Like Home / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / The Heart Of A Song / Rebel
  • In Half The Time It Takes To Cry / Freeman & Williams / Freeman & Williams / Mountain Roads Recordings
  • Why Ask Why? / Steve Gulley & Tim Stafford / Dogwood Winter / Rural Rhythm
  • Boston Boy / Jessie Baker / Yessir! / Patuxent Music
  • D-18 Song (Thank You, Mr. Martin) / Norman Blake & Tony Rice / Norman Blake & Tony Rice 2 / Rounder
  • Home Run Man / Parmley & McCoury / Families Of Tradition / BGC
  • Nightwalk / Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray / Many A Mile / Patuxent Music
  • Nobody Knows Who You Are / Spinney Brothers & Close Company / The Old Fundy Shore / Self-Produced
  • You're The Highlight Of My Life / Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie / The Touch Of Time / Rural Rhythm
  • I'll Never See My Home Again / Bear Bridge Band / Broken Hearts & Better Times / Open Road
  • I'd Rather Love A Memory / Missy Werner Band / Three Kinds Of Lonesome / Self-Produced
  • Amelia Earhart's Last Flight / Country Gentlemen / Can't You Hear Me Callin':  Early Classics, 1963-1969 / Rebel
  • There Ain't No Easy Street / Steep Canyon Rangers / Deep In The Shade / Rebel
  • Ground Hog / The Dillards / Bluegrass Breakdown / Vanguard
  • Joy Of Revelation / McCoury Brothers / The McCoury Brothers / Rounder
  • The Power Up Above / Edgar Loudermilk / Roads Travelled / Mountain Fever Records
  • I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling / Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder / Soldier Of The Cross / Skaggs Family Records
  • He Set Me Free / Statement / Around The Corner / Mountain Fever Records
  • My Rock / Spinney Brothers & Close Company / Spinney Brothers & Close Company / Self-Produced
  • Mansions For Me / Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press / Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration:  A Classic Bluegrass Tribute / Rounder
  • Over In The Gloryland / Reno & Smiley with the Stanley Brothers / Bluegrass, 1963 / Rural Rhythm
  • I'll Live With God (To Die No More) / Louvin Brothers / The Family Who Prays:  26 Classic Tracks / Country Stars
  • Satisfied / Paul Williams & the Victory Trio / Satisfied / Rebel
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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