Tuesday, June 11, 2013

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 6/9/2013

As it was kind of a "quiet" week in the Bluegrass World (meaning, not too many birthdays or other events to remember and/or celebrate), the musical selections on Sunday's show were kind of a hodgepodge.  Sometimes, that's really not such a bad way to go, is it?

There was one notable birthday to remember:  that of a certain "guitar hero" for a whole bunch of Bluegrass guitar pickers -- Tony Rice (born June 8, 1951).  The show opened with a few selections a couple of different Rice configurations over the years -- with J.D. Crowe & the New South, the Bluegrass Album Band, as a guest on a David Grisman all-star production, and with occasional duet partner, Ricky Skaggs.

We took a few moments on Sunday's show to remember the musical Pike Family of eastern Connecticut.  In the mid-1960s to early 1970s, banjo/guitar picker Fred Pike worked in a band with his youngest brother, Earl, Earl's wife, Nita, and two musicians from Canterbury, CT, Dave Papuga and John Piela.  The band was called the Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers, and the star vocalist in this group was Earl and Nita's oldest daughter, Earlene.  Earlene Pike was a tremendously gifted singer, and her husky, full voice was extremely unique and sounded much older than her actual years.  If you've listened to Bluegrass Cafe at all over the last ten years, you've likely heard me say that the Rebel records of the Pikes were often played around my house, and honestly, I can't remember a time when I didn't know about the band.  Sadly, Earlene died on August 11, 1972 of complications from bone cancer, just a couple of months shy of her 19th birthday.  Still, her music and legacy live on through the life of her younger brother, Gordon, and we are always pleased to share the music of the Pikes on the air at WHUS.  Recently, Jim had an opportunity to talk with Gordon Pike, and Jim's interview -- complete with a whole lot of great Pike music, I'm sure -- will air on an upcoming edition of "Red Rooster Party."  We'll let you know the firm date the interview will air when it's settled, but I'm sure you'll want to tune in to hear it.

The hodgepodge show included a little bit of newer music, too, as always.  This time around, we heard songs from recent projects by Connecticut's Grass Routes, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge, Shannon & Heather Slaughter & County Clare, Hammertowne, Flatt Lonesome, Big Country Bluegrass, Don Rigsby, the Gibson Brothers, the Spinney Brothers, and Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass.  In addition, there was one brand-spanking new Rebel recording from Big Country Bluegrass.

Hope you heard something you enjoyed on Sunday afternoon, and that you'll be sure to join us once again for three hours of the Bluegrass -- Sunday, 4:00-7:00PM.  



  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Old Home Place / J.D. Crowe & the New South / Bluegrass Class Of 1990 / Rounder
  • Blue Ridge Cabin Home / Bluegrass Album Band / The Bluegrass Compact Disc / Rounder
  • Salt Creek / Tony Rice / Guitar / Rebel
  • There's More Pretty Girls Than One / Ricky Skaggs & Tony Rice / Skaggs & Rice / Sugar Hill
  • Sophronie / David Grisman with Tony Rice / Home Is Where The Heart Is / Rounder
  • Blue Railroad Train / Josh Williams with Tony Rice / Down Home / Pinecastle
  • Sockeye / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • The River / Lynn Morris / You'll Never Be The Sun / Rounder
  • Picture In A Tear / Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz / Picture In A Tear / Rebel
  • It Don't Bring You Back To Me / Johnson Mountain Boys / Blue Diamond / Rounder
  • Way Down Deep / Ralph Stanley with Vern Gosdin / Clinch Mountain Country / Rebel
  • You Tried To Ruin My Name / Wilma Lee Cooper / O Sister! / Rounder
  • Bad Fret / Grass Routes / Bailey's Deal / Self-Produced
  • Lover's Quarrel / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice with Joe Mullins / The Story Of The Day That I Died / Rebel
  • A Blue Million Tears / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / They're Playing My Song / Rebel
  • You Better Get Right / Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge / Rollin' With Tradition / Self-Produced
  • If I Were A Carpenter / Shannon & Heather Slaughter & County Clare / One More Road / Self-Produced
  • Walkin' The Country / Nightflyer / Nightflyer / Kang Records
  • I'm Thinking You Don't Love Me Anymore / Hammertowne / Hammertowne / Mountain Fever Records
  • Jackson / Flatt Lonesome / Flatt Lonesome / Pisgah Ridge
  • Crawford County / Balsam Range / All In / Mountain Home
  • I'll Go To My Grave Lovin' You / Special Consensus / Signs / Pinecastle [Don Reid of the Statler Brothers birthday : June 5, 1945]
  • Good Ole Boys Like Me / Volume Five / Children Of The Mountain / Mountain Fever Records [Don Williams birthday:  May 27, 1939]
  • Feeling Blue / Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / The Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / Rebel
  • To Warm And Comfort You / Pike Family & the Pine Hill Ranchers / To Warm And Comfort You / Rebel
  • Each Season Changes You / Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / The Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / Rebel
  • My Love For You / Pike Family & the Pine Hill Ranchers / To Warm And Comfort You / Rebel
  • I'm Putting On My Leaving Shoes / Big Country Bluegrass / Memories Of The Past / Rebel
  • Choking The Strings / Big Country Bluegrass / Memories Of The Past / Rebel
  • Tennessee Truck Driving Man / Don Rigsby with Charlie Sizemore / Doctor's Orders / Rebel
  • Kickin' Grass [music bed] / Jesse Brock / Kickin' Grass / Pinecastle
  • Georgia Stomp [music bed] / Jesse Brock / Kickin' Grass / Pinecastle
  • You're The Best Of All The Leading Brands / Jesse Brock / Kickin' Grass / Pinecastle
  • Philadelphia Lawyer / Audie Blaylock & Redline / Hard Country / Rural Rhythm
  • The Darker The Night, The Better I See / Gibson Brothers / They Called It Music / Compass Records
  • Sad And Blue / BearTracks / Together 'Til The End / AMT Records
  • Money In The Bank / Lonesome River Band / Chronology, Volume 3 / Rural Rhythm
  • The Moon Saw Me Crying / Spinney Brothers / No Borders / Mountain Fever Records
  • Theme Time / Hot Mustard / Live At Mole Hill Theatre / Self-Produced
  • I Saw Your Face In The Moon / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Road Into Town / Patuxent Music
  • Hide Me, Rock Of Ages / Dailey & Vincent / Singing From The Heart / Rounder [Jamie Dailey birthday:  June 9, 1975]
  • Stormy Waters / Joe Val / Diamond Joe / Rounder
  • Will He Wait A Little Longer / Stanley Brothers / 20th Century Masters / Mercury
  • Count Your Blessings / Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick / Together / Kaleidoscope
  • Move On / Grass Routes / Bailey's Deal / Self-Produced
  • One Is Taken, One Is Left / Case Brothers / Radio Album / Self-Produced
  • Good News When I Die / Charlie Sizemore Band / Good News / Rounder
  • Journey To My Savior's Side / Missy Werner Band / Three Kinds Of Lonesome / Self-Produced
  • Ring The Bell / Gibson Brothers / Ring The Bell / Compass Records
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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