Sunday, February 10, 2013

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 2/10/2013

On Sunday, the show was reduced to 90 minutes, as there was a UCONN Women's Basketball game on the air until 5:30PM.  The goal for the condensed show remained the same, though:  play a bunch of newer songs, as well as a set showcasing some of the performers to be featured at next weekend's Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Framingham, MA.  Mission accomplished on both goals, I do believe.

New music from the Flatt Lonesome debut
recording made Sunday's shortened show
The new music came from some very good new projects from a Kentucky/Virginia-based band called Cumberland Gap Connection, a live recording from the duo of Mike Compton & Joe Newberry, and the recording debut of an exciting young Florida band featuring three siblings, Flatt Lonesome.  We also played a story song from a new Rural Rhythm project about the Civil War:  "God Didn't Choose Sides:  Civil War True Stories About Real People."  No doubt, we'll be hearing lots more from each of these fine projects.  Other performers with newer songs (less than a year old) which made it on to our short Sunday playlist:  Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Robert Hale, the Spinney Brothers, Ray Edwards (with Keith Pyrtle), and Connecticut band, Grass Routes.

It's a good thing the Blizzard of 2013 happened this past weekend, as the weather reports I've seen said that the Framingham, MA area received upwards of 30+ inches of snow.  Yikes.  Hopefully, the snow will be mostly cleared away by the time the 28th Annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival takes place from February 15-17 at the Sheraton Framingham.  Hotel rooms have been sold out for a while, but single day tickets are still a possibility.  If you need more information on the festival, please visit the Boston Bluegrass Union's website or call their hotline:  (617)782-2251.  Whether you're Framingham-bound or not, we shared a bit of music from a few of the performers scheduled to play the Main Stage and/or Showcase Stage next weekend, including Audie Blaylock & Redline, Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass, the Seldom Scene, the Bluegrass Gospel Project, Too Blue, and Dale Ann Bradley.  (Incidentally, if you're in the Hamden, CT area this Friday evening - February 15th - you may wish to check out Dale Ann Bradley's show at the Outer Space.  More info on this GuitarTownCT show can be found by clicking here.

Sunday was the night of the Grammy Awards ceremony and broadcast in Los Angeles.  The Bluegrass Grammy category featured five nominees, and we played music from two of these nominees to kick off the slightly-abbreviated gospel set on Sunday:  Dailey & Vincent (from their Cracker Barrel release, "The Gospel Side Of Dailey & Vincent") and the Special Consensus (their "Scratch Gravel Road" was released by Compass Records).  After the show was over, it was announced that the Bluegrass Grammy winners for 2013 were the Steep Canyon Rangers for their Rounder recording, "Nobody Knows You."  Congratulations to them, and to all of the nominees!  Look for the Steeps playing at Joe Val this Friday night, too!

Hope everyone has a calm, blizzard-less week, and be sure to join Jim next Sunday afternoon for what we hope will be a full three-hour edition of the "Bluegrass Cafe" from 4-7PM.  


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Footprints In The Snow / Bill Monroe &  His Blue Grass Boys / Anthology / MCA
  • Six Feet Of Snow / Neon Valley Boys / Bluegrass / Sudden Comfort Records
  • When The Snow Falls On My Foggy Mountain Home / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / Rebel
  • A Picture Of Three Children / Russell Moore / God Didn't Choose Sides:  Civil War True Stories About Real People / Rural Rhythm
  • Rambler's Blues / Cumberland Gap Connection / Another Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • East Tennessee Blues / Mike Compton & Joe Newberry / Live / Self-Produced
  • I'm Blue / Flatt Lonesome / Flatt Lonesome / Pisgah Ridge
  • Walking The Floor Over You / Osborne Brothers / The Ernest Tubb Song Folio / Pinecastle [in honor of Ernest Tubb's birthday, 2/9/1914]
  • Newton's Grove / Audie Blaylock & Redline / Hard Country / Rural Rhythm
  • I Been Walkin' / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Road Into Town / Patuxent Music
  • Travel, Travel On / Bluegrass Gospel Project / Shine / Vital Records
  • I Fall To Pieces / Too Blue / Trouble With The Grey / Self-Produced
  • Blue And Lonesome / Seldom Scene / Scene It All / Sugar Hill
  • In Despair / Dale Ann Bradley / Somewhere South Of Crazy / Compass Records
  • Heartache Looking For A Home / Charlie Sizemore / Heartache Looking For A Home / Rounder
  • Waves Of Sorrow / Robert Hale / Pure & Simple / Lonesome Day Records
  • Cabin On A Mountain / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • The Fourth Man In The Fire / Dailey & Vincent / The Gospel Side Of Dailey & Vincent / Cracker Barrel
  • On The Way To The Kingdom Land / Special Consensus / Scratch Gravel Road / Compass Records
  • He Can Be Found / Gibson Brothers / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • Journey To My Savior's Side / Missy Werner Band / Three Kinds Of Lonesome / Self-Produced
  • Will I Stand On The Rock Of Ages / Keith Pyrtle & Ray Edwards / Portrait Of A Bluegrass Songwriter / Rural Rhythm
  • Get Behind Me Satan / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • Move On / Grass Routes / Bailey's Deal / Self-Produced
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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