Sunday, April 08, 2012

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 4/8/2012

Easter is a time for "new," so it seems only appropriate that we had so very much new Bluegrass music to share with listeners on the show today.  Over the last several weeks, we've accumulated a whole bunch of great new recordings that we didn't really get a chance to play during the two weeks of Radiothon, or during Jim's fine tribute to Earl Scruggs last week.  Today, we tried to squeeze in as much of that newer music as possible, while still including a good portion of Easter-themed BG tunes, and, of course, more music from the one-and-only Earl Scruggs.  Another hour or two of broadcast time would have been okay with me, but at least we had a full, 3-hour, non-sports preempted program -- hooray!

The new music came from 
several performers on several different labels, including the Special Consensus ("Scratch Gravel Road" on Compass Records), Lou Reid & Carolina ("Callin' Me Back Home), and the Steep Canyon Rangers (their debut "solo" recording on Rounder Records is "Nobody Knows You").  There was also the sophomore recording from the Boxcars ("All In" on Mountain Home Records), and two new projects from Rural Rhythm Records:  a fine, solo project from Marty Raybon ("Southern Roots & Branches") and the two-CD all-star live recording of music from the MACC festivals between 2006 and 2011 called, "Life Goes On."  Remember that a portion of the proceeds of the Bluegrass Classic/MACC (Musicians Against Childhood Cancer) festival -- and this CD -- will go to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.  Fabulous.  Other newer music came to us from Akira Otsuka, Nothin' Fancy, the Spinney Brothers, the Grascals, Freeman & Williams, the Lonesome River Band, and the Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show.  

So many tributes continue to be written 
about Earl Scruggs, who left this world on March 28th.  It's amazing to think of how many lives this one banjo picker from North Carolina touched and impacted since he made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry as a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys on December 8, 1945.  While Jim filled his 2 1/2 hours of broadcast time last Sunday with much music from the Blue Grass Boys, Flatt & Scruggs, the Earl Scruggs Review, and more, I had to share a bit more this week.  Three of the tunes played today came from projects on which Earl guested on as recently as 2008, and other F&S music came from the 1950s.  The more I watch and listen to Lester & Earl & the Foggy Mountain Boys from those old "Flatt & Scruggs Grand Ole Opry" shows sponsored by Martha White, the more I realize that the group of Flatt & Scruggs with Curly Seckler on the mandolin and tenor vocals, Paul Warren with the fiddle and bass vocals, "Uncle" Josh Graves on the Dobro, and his bass playing comedy partner, "Cousin" Jake Tullock was THE Perfect Bluegrass Band.  If you haven't seen video of these old shows, you owe it to yourself to seek out the DVDs, and give them a look and listen.  And remember, if you missed the WSM broadcast of Earl Scruggs' funeral on April 1st, or Eddie Stubbs' great tribute to the life and career of Earl Scruggs, on April 4th, you can listen to the both broadcasts online through the WSM website.  In addition, if you'd like to read some of the various tributes and remembrances of Earl Scruggs and his impact, check out the blog:
Not the greatest quality picture, but the one & only time
I got to see Earl Scruggs in person -- 2005 at Thomas Point Beach.

Hope you had a fine Easter Sunday with friends and family, and that you enjoyed something you heard somewhere along the way today.  Be sure to join Jim in the BG Cafe next Sunday afternoon for 3 more hours of the best in Bluegrass!



Requests are RED.

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Cry From The Cross / Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, 1971-1973 / Rebel
  • Purple Robe / Spinney Brothers / Here At The Cross / Self-Produced
  • I Am The Man, Thomas / Scottie Sparks / The Stanley Gospel Tradition:  Songs About Our Savior / Doobie Shea Records
  • Scratch Gravel Road / Special Consensus / Scratch Gravel Road / Compass Records
  • Love You In Vain / Alison Krauss & Union Station / Two Highways / Rounder
  • Singing Waterfall / Warrior River Boys / Sounds Like Home / Rounder
  • Rye Straw / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Heritage / Brandywine
  • When Halley Came To Jackson / Freeman & Williams / Freeman & Williams / Mountain Roads Recordings
  • Wreck On The Highway / Tennessee Mafia Jug Band / Barnyard Frolic / RME Records
  • The Other Side / Balsam Range / Trains I Missed / Mountain Home
  • The Waves On The Sea / Johnson Mountain Boys / Favorites / Rounder
  • The Old Man In The Shanty / Lonesome River Band / Chronology / Rural Rhythm
  • Hooverville / Shannon Slaughter / The Sideman Steps Out / Self-Produced
  • Goin' Back To Old Kentucky / Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder [with Earl Scruggs] / Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass:  A Tribute To 1946 And 1947 / Skaggs Family Records
  • One Of Those Days (When I Miss Lester Flatt) / Tom T. Hall [with Earl Scruggs] / Tom T. Hall Sings Miss Dixie & Tom T. / Blue Circle Records
  • Buck Creek Gal / Johnny Warren & Earl Scruggs / A Tribute To Fiddlin' Paul Warren / Self-Produced
  • Fiddler And Banjo [Buck Creek Gal] / Paul Warren & Earl Scruggs / Flatt & Scruggs At Carnegie Hall! / Columbia
  • I'll Go Steppin' Too / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1952-1955 / JSP Records
  • Till The End Of The World Rolls 'Round / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Essential Earl Scruggs / Columbia
  • Shuckin' The Corn / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1955-1959 / JSP Records
  • One Car Funeral / Gibson Brothers / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • Fools Road / Volume Five / Children Of The Mountain / Mountain Fever Records
  • Stone Was Rolled Away / Old Time Bluegrass Singers / Plastic Heart / Open Road
  • Broken Stone / Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band / Wings Of Gold / Rebel
  • Goodbye To The Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Life Goes On / Rural Rhythm
  • When The Love We Have Is Gone / Lou Reid & Carolina / Callin' Me Back Home / KMA Records
  • Nobody Knows You / Steep Canyon Rangers / Nobody Knows You / Rounder
  • Ol' Lonesome Won't Leave Me Alone / The Boxcars / All In / Mountain Home
  • Line Drive / Akira Otsuka / First Tear / Patuxent Music
  • Next To You, Next To Me / Marty Raybon / Southern Roots & Branches / Rural Rhythm
  • Fraulein / Lost & Found / Life Goes On / Rural Rhythm
  • Life Finds A Way / The Grascals / Life Finds A Way / Mountain Home
  • I've Lost You / The Boxcars / All In / Mountain Home
  • She Put The Tears In My Eyes / Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa / It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Day! / Self-Produced
  • Remembrance Is A Golden Chain / Heather Berry & Tony Mabe with Darrin Vincent / The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show / Mountain Fever Records
  • I Knew It Wasn't You (The Telephone Song) / Crowe Brothers / Bridging The Gap / Rural Rhythm
  • Grandma Bought A Hog / Nothin' Fancy / Nothin' Fancy / Virginia Dreams Records
  • Who Will Sing For Me / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Gospel / Columbia
  • Search Inside An Empty Tomb / Rarely Herd / What About Him / Pinecastle
  • Old Roman Soldier / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • Springtime In Heaven / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • Beyond The Sunset For Me / Doyle Lawson, Russell Moore, Jamie Dailey, Josh Swift / Life Goes On / Rural Rhythm
  • The Place Prepared For Me / Country Gentlemen / Calling My Children Home / Rebel
  • So Happy I'll Be / Rhonda Vincent & the Rage / Ragin' Live / Rounder
  • By The Mark / Dailey & Vincent / Dailey & Vincent / Rounder
  • Springtime In Glory / Johnson Mountain Boys / We'll Still Sing On / Rounder
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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