Sunday, August 12, 2012

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 8/12/2012

The Spinney Brothers at Podunk -- 8/4/2012
Surprise!  It was another busy week at the BG Cafe, with most of the "busy-ness" happening behind the scenes.  If you listen to the show online, or have visited our WHUS website (, you probably know that we input our playlists into a computer as the show progresses, allowing the listener to see on their own computers what's playing.  It can be a bit challenging to engineer a radio show while simultaneously updating the computer with playlist info, finding music to play, and answering the phone, as necessary.  This week, there was an additional challenge, as we also had to do a periodical BMI tracking report, and that one was actually handwritten.  Yikes!

BG Hall of Famers Eddie Adcock & Tom Gray recount
stories of BG life "in the day," while Martha Adcock looks on
As Jim did last week in his post-Podunk program last Sunday, we featured a bit of music from some of the performers who entertained at the 17th annual Podunk Bluegrass Festival in Norwich.  It was a great festival (even if the August humidity might have been a bit over-the-top).  If you missed the festival...well, next year you just need to be at Dodd Stadium in Norwich for Podunk.  We played tunes on Sunday from a few Podunk performers, including the Special Consensus, Travers Chandler & Avery County, the Lonesome River Band, Eddie Adcock & Tom Gray, and the Spinney Brothers, as well as a song from the winners of the 2012 Podunk Band Competition:  Three Tall Pines.  

Other music from newer releases that we played on Sunday's show came from projects by LRB's Randy Jones, Dailey & Vincent's Jeff Parker, Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein, Bob Amos, NightflyerBalsam Range, Town MountainChris Brashear, Paul Williams & the Victory Trio, Mickey Boles, and the Boxcars.  There was also a brand-spanking new recording on Mountain Fever Records from Kevin Richardson & Cuttin' Edge, and a song from a forthcoming project by a band that will be called American Drive (currently, 4/5 of the band are known as "The New South," as they'll continue to work with J.D. Crowe until his retirement comes at the end of 2012).  

Earlene Pike with dad Earl (left) and uncle Fred, with
Sam Tidwell on bass, brother Gordon Pike with a drum,
and guitar picker, Dave Papuga -- early 1970s
We also took a few minutes today to remember a couple of folks with southern New England ties who are no longer with us.  Bluegrass Pioneer Sam Tidwell would have celebrated his 76th birthday on August 11th, so it seemed only proper to remember Sam with a song or two today.  Another singer no longer with us is Earlene Pike -- a young lady from northeastern CT who died on August 11, 1972, a couple of months before reaching her 19th birthday.  Earlene worked with her family band -- the Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers -- and the family released at least three albums for Rebel Records in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  

Hope you enjoyed something you heard on the radio today, and that you'll be able to join me once again next Sunday for another edition of the BG Cafe.  

Have a good week!

Amy O.


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Monroe / Special Consensus with Chris Jones & Josh Williams / Scratch Gravel Road / Compass Records
  • This Old Barstool / Travers Chandler & Avery County / Pardon Me... / Mountain Fever Records
  • One Day Late And A Dollar Short / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • Grandfather's Clock / Country Gentlemen / On The Road (And More) / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Blues / Country Gnetlemen / On The Road (And More) / Smithsonian Folkways
  • I Got A Letter / Bear Bridge Band / One More Ride / Open Road
  • I'd Rather Love A Memory / Missy Werner Band / Three Kinds Of Lonesome / Self-Produced
  • Loser's Hand / Edgar Loudermilk / Roads Travelled / Mountain Fever Records
  • Amandalyn / Merl Johnson / Better Man / Patuxent Music
  • Reflections Of Love / Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band / Reflections Of Love / Rebel
  • Back To Cumberland Gap / Nightflyer / Nightflyer / Kang Records
  • Wearin' The Blues / Josh Williams with David Peterson / I'll Take Love:  From The Pen Of Louisa Branscomb / Compass Records
  • Cotton Dice / Patuxent Partners / Seven Or Eleven / Patuxent Music
  • What A Way To Go / Acoustic Blue / Workin' Man / Self-Produced
  • Barely Beat The Daylight In / Lonesome River Band / Chronology, Volume II / Rural Rhythm
  • Ground Speed / Kenny Ingram / Foggy Mountain Special:  A Bluegrass Tribute To Earl Scruggs / Rounder
  • Face The Music / Too Blue / Trouble With The Grey / Self-Produced
  • Amazing Grace / Patrick McAvinue / Grave Run / Patuxent Music
  • Walking With Joanna / Gibson Brothers / Red Letter Day / Sugar Hill
  • Listen To Me, Mother / Chris Brashear / Heart Of The Country / Self-Produced
  • If I Needed You / Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein / Home From The Mills / Rebel
  • Tidwell Pike / Jimmy Gaudreau / Pieces And Bits / Goose Creek Music
  • Headed Home For Maine / Fred Pike, Sam Tidwell & the Kennebec Valley Boys / The Last Log Drive / Revonah Records
  • Kentucky Chimes / Tidwell Brothers & the Cedar Mountain Boys / single / no label
  • Feeling Blue / Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / The Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / Rebel
  • Second Hand Heart / Randy Jones / When Old Lonesome Comes Around / Southfork Recording Company
  • What Kind Of Love / Kevin Richardson & Cuttin' Edge / Kevin Richardson & Cuttin' Edge / Mountain Fever Records
  • You Weighed Heavy On My Heart / Town Mountain / Leave The Bottle / Rebel
  • Seen It All / Bob Amos / Borrowed Time / Bristlecone
  • Let's Be Sweethearts Again / Jeff Parker with Dailey & Vincent / Go Parker! / Lonesome Day Records
  • Long Haul Trucking Man / American Drive / single / Rural Rhythm
  • Hard Rain / Three Tall Pines / All That's Left / Self-Produced
  • Help My Brother / Gibson Brothers / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • Tears On My Tracks / Billy Boone Smith / Live From The Moose Lodge / Muddy Sunshine
  • Remembrance Is A Golden Chain / Heather Berry & Tony Mabe with Darren Vincent / The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show / Mountain Fever Records
  • Caroline / Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa / It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Day! / Raincoe Music
  • Day In The Life Of A Railroad Spike / Balsam Range / Papertown / Mountain Home
  • Memories That We Shared / Johnson Mountain Boys / Let The Whole World Talk / Rounder
  • What It Means To Be Lonesome / Carolina Road / Back To My Roots / Rural Rhythm
  • The Beans Should Be Blossomed / Spinney Brothers / Side By Side / Self-Produced
  • Stormy Waters / Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys / Singing All Day And Dinner On The Ground / MME
  • In The Shadow Of The Son / Justin Carbone / Momma's Flowers / Self-Produced
  • That Mountain Is Me / Mickey Boles / Let My Feet Go Runnin' / Self-Produced
  • Do Lord / Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / The Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / Rebel
  • Prayer Bells Of Heaven / Marty Raybon / Southern Roots & Branches / Rural Rhythm
  • Kept And Protected / Paul Williams & the Victory Trio / Going To Stay In The Old-Time Way / Rebel
  • Prison / The Boxcars / All In / Mountain Home
  • Good News When I Die / Charlie Sizemore Band / Good News / Rounder
  • Goodbye / Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys / This World Is Not My Home / MME
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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