Monday, July 30, 2012

WHUS "Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 7/29/2012

On this last Sunday of July -- and the last Sunday before Podunk -- we had two major objectives for the radio show.  One thing on our to-do list was to give away passes to the upcoming Saddleback Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Rangeley, ME.  Why would anyone in eastern CT be interested in receiving free passes to a festival 300+ miles away?  Why not, when the lineup at Saddleback includes the award-winning Gibson Brothers, plus the Travelin' McCourys, the Sam Bush Band, and a whole bunch more?  Big thanks to Mark Robie of Saddleback for providing us with some great giveaways this week.

The Spinney Brothers at Grey Fox 2011
The fact is, of course, that one doesn't need to travel quite that far to experience some really spectacular BG music this week.  As you've likely heard many times over the last few months, this year's edition of the IBMA award-winning Podunk Bluegrass Festival will be held in a new location:  Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT.  This is a big move for the Podunk folks, and they've been working hard to insure that the 2012 Podunk is just as great as all of the previous years' festivals.  If you've not already made your plans to get to Norwich, what are you waiting for?  The festival begins in just four days, and boasts a great lineup including the Roys, the Lonesome River Band, Dale Ann Bradley, the Special Consensus, NewTownAmy Gallatin & Stillwaters, the Grascals, Dailey & Vincent, the Spinney Brothers, Travers Chandler & Avery County, and Kathy Mattea (a country star with some definite Bluegrassy leanings), just to name a few.  In addition, there are lots of workshops, songwriter and band competitions, and a whole lot more.  Click here to see the full Podunk schedule, but just be there!  

Tom Gray, Eddie & Martha Adcock at Country Corner - Nov. 2011
There are two more wonderful reasons to get to Podunk this year, and they were our special phone guests today:  Eddie and Martha Adcock.  The Adcocks will be at Podunk on Friday for two big sets of music (along with Eddie's old bandmate from the Classic Country Gentlemen, Tom Gray).  How often do you get to see not just one, but TWO members of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame on a stage (as well as a recognized Pioneer of Bluegrass in the form of Martha Adcock)?  We had a nice visit with the Adcocks this afternoon, and throughout the program, it was a delight to play so much great music from the Country Gentlemen, the II Generation, and, of course, Eddie & Martha.  The word "legend" has a tendency to be overused, for sure, but if it doesn't apply to both Eddie Adcock and Tom Gray in the Bluegrass World...well, they just are legends, and that's that.  Be sure to get to Podunk to see them and a whole bunch more great folks, won't you?  

During last week's show, Jim rightfully remembered the passing of Kitty Wells, even though we don't generally play a lot of music from classic country singers on the BG show.  This week, I couldn't resist playing a bit of Kitty Wells music, either:  one of Kitty from a radio show from the late 1940s, and another tune that Kitty co-wrote in the 1950s, and that IIIrd Tyme Out recorded in the early 1990s.  What an amazing, amazing career was had by the Queen of Country Music.  

Just for good measure, too, we shared a teensy bit of newer music from the likes of Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Robert Hale, Balsam Range, Bob Amos, Larry StephensonJeff Parker, Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press, and Richard Bennett.

On your way home from Norwich next Sunday afternoon, don't forget to join Jim at the BG Cafe.  We'll be looking for you at Podunk!


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • This Morning At Nine / Country Gentlemen / Folk Session Inside / Copper Creek
  • Johnny Reb / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • Darling Little Joe / Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray & Friends / Many A Mile / Patuxent Music
  • So Happy Together / II Generation / Introducing The II Generation / Rome Records
  • Matterhorn / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • The Singing Waterfall / Kitty Wells / Johnnie & Jack With Kitty Wells At KWKH / Bear Family
  • Thinking About You / David Peterson & 1946 / David Peterson & 1946 / Self-Produced
  • Frog On A Lilly Pad / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Take Me Back / Pinecastle
  • Say You Lied / Neon Valley Boys / Bluegrass / Sudden Comfort Records
  • Nothin' I Can Do About It Now / The Roys / Lonesome Whistle / Rural Rhythm
  • Flat Broke And Lonesome / Lonesome River Band / Chronology, Volume Two / Rural Rhythm
  • I Could Change My Mind / Travers Chandler & Avery County / Pardon Me... / Mountain Fever Records
  • Cold Iron Door / NewTown / NewTown / Self-Produced
  • Sea Of Heartbreak / Special Consensus / Scratch Gravel Road / Compass Records
  • Lonesome Truck Driver's Blues / Del McCoury Band / Old Memories:  The Songs Of Bill Monroe / McCoury Music
  • Philadelphia Lawyer / Larry Stephenson with Sam Bush / What Really Matters / Compass Records
  • Lonesome Road Blues / Eddie Adcock & Don Reno / Sensational Twin Banjos / Rebel
  • Gold Watch And Chain / Eddie & Martha Adcock / TwoGrass / Pinecastle
  • ***Conversation with Eddie & Martha Adcock***
  • This Morning At Nine / Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray / Many A Mile / Patuxent Music 
  • You'll Get No More Of Me / Flatt Lonesome / demo / no label
  • Did She Mention My Name? / Robert Hale / Pure & Simple / Pinecastle
  • Where The Wild River Rolls / Bob Amos / Borrowed Time / Self-Produced
  • In My Arms Instead Of My Memory / Jeff Parker / Go Parker! / Lonesome Day Records
  • Wrong Road Again / Richard Bennett / Last Train From Poor Valley / Lonesome Day Records
  • Banjo Riff / Eddie Adcock & Don Reno / Sensational Twin Banjos / Rebel [music bed]
  • Bye Bye Blues / Eddie Adcock & Don Reno / Sensational Twin Banjos / Rebel [music bed]
  • The Waltz You Saved For Me / Eddie Adcock & Don Reno / Sensational Twin Banjos / Rebel [music bed]
  • Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane / Eddie Adcock & Don Reno / Sensational Twin Banjos / Rebel [music bed]
  • Liza Jane / Eddie Adcock & Don Reno / Sensational Twin Banjos / Rebel [music bed]
  • Ragged Man / Gibson Brothers / Life Goes On / Rural Rhythm
  • Ridin' The L & N / Loafers' Glory / Loafers' Glory / Arhoolie
  • Any Old Road (Will Take You There) / Balsam Range / Papertown / Mountain Home
  • Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On / IIIrd Tyme Out / Grandpa's Mandolin / Rebel
  • I'm Going Back To The Mountain / Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press / New Bluegrass & Old Heartaches / Rural Rhythm
  • My Heart Skips A Beat / Lynn Morris Band / Lynn Morris Band / Rounder
  • I'm Working On A Road / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • Old Roman Soldier / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • When I Reach That Home Up There / Dailey & Vincent / Brothers From Different Mothers / Rounder
  • Next Door To Jesus (So Build My Mansion) / Gelina & Pike's Mainely Grass / Rustic Little Cabin / Self-Produced
  • Pray The Clouds Away / J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Paul Williams / Old Friends Get Together / Mountain Home
  • Send The Angels / Dale Ann Bradley / Send The Angels / Mountain Home
  • God Has Been So Good To Me / Crowe Brothers / Bridging The Gap / Rural Rhythm
  • Drowning Sailor / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / The Room Over Mine / Rounder
  • Preaching Praying Singing / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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