Monday, June 18, 2012

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 6/17/2012

The challenge in Sunday's edition of the radio show was to squeeze in all of the music that I really wanted to play in just three hours of time.  Yup, that's pretty much the challenge in every edition of the show, but this time around, I wanted to play a bunch of new music, put together a nice song set in tribute to fathers, and celebrate what would have been the 98th birthday of one Lester Raymond Flatt -- all in a mere 180 minutes.  

The third Sunday of June is Father's Day in the USA, so it seemed only natural to start the show off with a song from the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe.  Later on, we got to a more extensive set celebrating and/or remembering fathers with music from Jim Mills, Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass, White Mountain Bluegrass, Merl Johnson, Bill Harrell & the Virginians, the Johnson Mountain Boys, and the Gibson Brothers.  

We're getting into festival season here in New England (and really, all over the country), so it's not surprising that there's so much new music out there.  From recordings which were recently released -- or from soon-to-be released CDs -- we shared a bunch of great music from the likes of New England's Acoustic Blue, Travers Chandler & Avery County, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Nightflyer, a California band called Loafer's Glory, and Kenny Ingram (from the Earl Scruggs tribute recording from Rounder Records).  The song we included from the new Pinecastle CD by Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show even included a washboard solo by KSBC scrub board player, Dany Bureau.  Dany is from eastern CT, so it's always fun to spotlight one of "our own" on the ol' radio.  If all of that new music wasn't enough, we featured a few other newer selections from projects by the Boxcars, the Grascals, Bill Evans, and the Spinney Brothers.

Ricky Skaggs has called Lester Flatt one of the fathers of BG, and that's probably an apt description.  On June 19th, Lester Raymond Flatt would have turned 98 years old, and so, on Sunday, it was time to pay tribute to his songwriting skills, as many of the songs he wrote -- both gospel and non- -- have become BG standards.  Our choices for music on Sunday included two somewhat different-sounding versions of a song that has become a classic:  "We'll Meet Again Sweetheart," as well as a few other songwriting gems from this BG and Country Music Hall of Famer.  

I'm off to the Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival in Tunbridge, VT next weekend, but you can be sure that Jim will have lots more of the Best in BG for your listening pleasure next Sunday afternoon -- join him, won't you?

Enjoy the week!



  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • In Despair / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1957-1958 / JSP Records
  • You Are The One / Jim & Jesse & the Virginia Boys / In The Tradition / Rounder
  • Your Love Is Dying / Lost & Found / Across The Blue Ridge Mountains / Rebel
  • Never Get To Hold You In My Arms Anymore / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • You're That Certain Someone / Warrior River Boys / New Beginnings / Rounder
  • Right Here / Missy Werner Band / Three Kinds Of Lonesome / Self-Produced
  • Close By / Frank Wakefield with Audie Blaylock / Tribute To Bill Monroe / Patuxent Music
  • A Hard Day's Night / Bill Evans / In Good Company / Native & Fine Records
  • You Can Mark It Down / The Grascals / Life Finds A Way / Mountain Home
  • Roll Muddy River / Osborne Brothers / Modern Sounds Of Bluegrass Music / Decca
  • Reflections Of Love / Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band / Reflections Of Love / Rebel
  • Daddy Frank / Jim Mills with Paul Brewster / Hide Head Blues / Sugar Hill
  • Old Hickory Cane / Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass / The Tradition Continues / Brandywine
  • Papa Played The Dobro / White Mountain Bluegrass / Aragon Mill / Strictly Country
  • That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine / Merl Johnson / Better Man / Patuxent Music
  • Dreaming Of Mother And Dad / Johnson Mountain Boys / The Johnson Mountain Boys / Rounder
  • Do You Remember? / Bill Harrell & the Virginians / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Farm Of Yesterday / Gibson Brothers / Ring The Bell / Compass Records
  • Bein' Country / Acoustic Blue / Bein' Country / Bishop Hill Records
  • Newton Grove / Travers Chandler & Avery County / Pardon Me... / Mountain Fever Records
  • On The Road / Audie Blaylock & Redline / Hard Country / Rural Rhythm
  • Mama Don't Allow / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Take Me Back / Pinecastle
  • Walkin' The Country / Nightflyer / Nightflyer / Kang Records
  • Ground Speed / Kenny Ingram / Foggy Mountain Special:  A Bluegrass Tribute To Earl Scruggs / Rounder
  • I'll Be Alright Tomorrow / Loafer's Glory / Loafer's Glory / Arhoolie Records
  • The Working Man / Shannon Slaughter / The Sideman Steps Out / Self-Produced
  • That Old Book Of Mine / Lester Flatt / Lester Raymond Flatt / Flying Fish
  • Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss When I'm Gone / Jimmy Gaudreau / In Good Company / CMH
  • Why Did You Wander / Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / On The Radio, 1952-1953 / Rounder
  • We'll Meet Again Sweetheart / Charlie Monroe & the Kentucky Pardners / Early Country Radio / JSP Records
  • We'll Meet Again Sweetheart / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Recordings / Mercury
  • Little Cabin Home On The Hill / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / The Essential Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Columbia
  • Down The Road / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Flatt & Scruggs At Carnegie Hall! / Koch Records
  • Ol' Lonesome Won't Leave Me Alone / The Boxcars / All In / Mountain Home
  • Your Old Standby / The New Kentucky Colonels / The All Night Gang / Rebel
  • Goin' Across The Sea / J.D. Crowe & the New South / Life Goes On / Rural Rhythm
  • Highway Of Sorrow / Junior Sisk & Larry Stephenson / Life Goes On / Rural Rhythm
  • Kansas City Star / Tennessee Mafia Jug Band / Screams From The Holler / Self-Produced
  • String, Eraser & Blotter / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / The Heart Of A Song / Rebel
  • I Don't Care Anymore / Laurie Lewis / Skippin' & Flyin' / Spruce And Maple Music
  • Cabin On A Mountain / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • You Can Feel It In Your Soul / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Gospel / Columbia
  • You Better Wake Up / Volume Five / Children Of The Mountain / Mountain Fever Records
  • Things In Life / Travers Chandler & Avery County / Pardon Me... / Mountain Fever Records
  • Working On A Road / Country Gentlemen / Let The Light Shine Down / Rebel
  • Cabin In The Sky / Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa / Out In The Middle Of Nowhere / Self-Produced
  • Center Of The World / Kathy Kallick [Good Ol' Persons] / Count Your Blessings / Live Oak Records
  • The Stone Was Rolled Away / Gary Waldrep Band / Road Leading Home / Blue Circle Records
  • Get In Line, Brother / David Parmley & Continental Divide / Church House Hymns, Volume 2 / Self-Produced
  • I'm Travelin' On And On / David Peterson & 1946 / David Peterson & 1946 / Self-Produced
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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