Sunday, March 11, 2012

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 3/11/2012

While Sunday's edition of the Bluegrass Cafe was shortened by an hour due to UCONN Baseball taking over the airwaves at 6PM, I still think the show was pretty jam-packed with a whole lot of good stuff.  Hope you agree...

Today's show included songs from a couple of folks celebrating birthdays this week in March:  David Peterson on March 11th, Marshall Wilborn (with the Lynn Morris Band) on March 12th, and the late Bob Paisley on March 14th.  There was also brand new music from the Special Consensus ("Scratch Gravel Road" is their latest recording on Compass Records to be released on March 27th), as well as newer tunes from projects by Carolina Road, the Missy Werner Band, Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Heather Berry & Tony Mabe, and Dailey & Vincent.  

Rick (banjo) & Allan (guitar) with Gary Dalrymple (mandolin)
paid an early morning visit to WHUS on May 8, 2010.  
Our highlight of the day, though, was a conversation with Rick Spinney of the Spinney Brothers.  Over the last several years at the Bluegrass Cafe, we've grown very fond of Nova Scotia brothers Allan and Rick and their fine brother duet-style harmonies.  This week, the group will release their ninth recording, but their first on an American music label:  "Memories" on the Virginia-based Mountain Fever Records.  Before and after our chat with Rick, we played a few songs from the "Memories" project, and were very happy to share them with listeners.  Clearly, a lot of folks were interested in hearingwhat Rick had to say, as we had more online listeners than I can remember for any edition of the radio show I've hosted.  As Rick mentioned, while the CD release is a very exciting happening for the Spinneys this week, it's not really going to be the highlight of his week.  On Wednesday, March 14th, Rick and his wife, Machaela, will welcome a baby Spinney to their home.  I'm a little biased about that particular date, I must confess, as that's actually my birthday, too.  Best to Rick and Machaela on their special delivery, and congratulations to Rick, Allan, Gary Dalrymple, and Darryl Hebb on a terrific new CD that, I'm sure, you'll really enjoy!  

Of course, it should be mentioned that if you're interested in seeing the Spinneys perform live, you'll be able to see them at the Country Corner Coffee House in South Hadley Falls, MA on March 31st, and in Brandon, VT on April 1st.  In August, the Spinneys will be performing even closer to our broadcasting area when they play for two days at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival in Norwich, CT.  For more information on the Spinneys, and any or all of these appearances, visit them online:

Some lucky listener/donor
during Radiothon will have a copy
of this fine Monroe bio!
As mentioned on the radio show today, the next two Sundays of Bluegrass Cafe will be devoted our annual fundraising campaign at WHUS known as Radiothon.  We're still in the process of gathering recordings to offer as "thank you" gifts for those who make a pledge to support WHUS and the Bluegrass Cafe, and we'll post a list of them as soon as it's completed.  Among the titles we've already gathered:  the aforementioned "Memories," as well as recordings from Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Freeman & Williams, as well as classics from Reno & Smiley and Ralph Stanley.  Each person who makes a pledge to the Bluegrass Cafe during Radiothon will also have his/her name go into a drawing that will be held on March 25th for a copy of the really excellent Bill Monroe discography/biography, The Music Of Bill Monroe by Neil Rosenberg and Charles Wolfe.  Jim and I will both be in the studio for the next couple of weeks for Radiothon, and while we don't really enjoy asking for your financial support, we really LOVE hearing from you during the campaign, as we always know that folks who listen to the Bluegrass Cafe are clearly the BEST listeners of WHUS.  In advance, we thank you for your support!  

We hope you'll be sure to join us next week, and thanks for listening today.



  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Black Pony / Lynn Morris Band / The Lynn Morris Band / Rounder
  • Sunny Side Of The Mountain / Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys / High Lonesome / CMH
  • Colleen Malone / Hot Rize / So Long Of A Journey / Sugar Hill
  • The Train Song / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • Little Cabin Home On The Hill / Tony Rice / The Bill Monroe Collection / Rounder
  • Lonely Ends Where Love Begins / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / So Much In Between / Mountain Home
  • Nineteen Forty Ford / Acoustic Blue / Timeless / Self-Produced
  • I Don't Know Why / Patuxent Partners / Seven Or Eleven / Patuxent Music
  • A Light In The Window, Again / Carolina Road / Back To My Roots / Rural Rhythm
  • Hold Whatcha Got / Joe Walsh with the Gibson Brothers / Sweet Loam / Skinny Elephant Records
  • Cruel Love / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • Let It Go / Missy Werner Band / Three Kinds Of Lonesome / Self-Produced
  • Old New Straitsville Moonshine Run / Special Consensus / Scratch Gravel Road / Compass Records
  • Lying Ruby / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • Nightwalk / Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray / Many A Mile / Patuxent Music
  • Old Kentucky Farmers / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Prime Tyme / Rural Rhythm
  • Chilly Winds / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • * Conversation with Rick Spinney of the Spinney Brothers *
  • Old Roman Soldier / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • I Got A Letter / Bear Bridge Band / One More Ride / Open Road
  • I Miss You Old Friend / Heather Berry & Tony Mabe / The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show / Mountain Fever Records
  • Lord Lead Me On / Audie Blaylock & Redline / I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky / Rural Rhythm
  • Living In The Kingdom Of God / Dailey & Vincent / The Gospel Side Of Dailey & Vincent / Cracker Barrel
  • I'm Travelin' On And On / David Peterson & 1946 / David Peterson & 1946 / Self-Produced
  • You Better Wake Up / Volume Five / Children Of The Mountain / Mountain Fever Records
  • Sweeping Through The Gates / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Forty Years Of Trouble / Strictly Country Records
  • My Lord's Been A Walkin' / Spinney Brothers / Here At The Cross / Self-Produced
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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