Monday, July 15, 2013

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 7/14/2013

Today's show was an interesting one, at least from my side of the microphone.  This week, WHUS acquired three shiny new CD players, and while the players are very nice and seem to work well...well, adjusting to new equipment is never quite as smooth of a transition as we might like.  We tried to keep the dead air to an absolute minimum, so hope you heard something you really enjoyed during the show...

Happy Birthday on July 14th to banjo-picking
Richard Underwood!
Beyond making a transition to new equipment, Sunday's show was a big one to celebrate birthdays.  Of course our absolute favorite way to celebrate the birthday of a performer is to play their music, whether it's a little bit or a whole lot.  Birthday celebrants this week included both Rhonda Vincent and the Gibson Brothers' underrated bass player, Mike Barber on July 13th; one of the great banjo pickers for the Johnson Mountain Boys, Richard Underwood (celebrating a birthday today, July 14th), and coming up on July 18th, Wayne Taylor (of Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa and Country Current fame).  

Another birthday boy this coming week is Ricky Skaggs, who will turn 59 on July 18th.  Ricky's been making his mark in the music, whether it was as a 8-year-old guest on the "Flatt & Scruggs Grand Ole Opry Show" back in 1961, working with Keith Whitley for Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys in the early 1970s, winning the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year award in 1985 (when country music actually sounded like country music), or making his return to the Bluegrass music after the death of Bill Monroe in 1994.  Ricky has done A LOT in his not-quite-60-years, and come August, you'll be able to read his autobiography:  Kentucky Traveler:  My Life In Music (written with Eddie Dean).  For today, we just listened to a bit of Ricky's music from his time spent with Keith Whitley, J.D. Crowe & the New South, the Country Gentlemen, and with his own Kentucky Thunder band.  
During Ricky's big country career, I got a chance to
see him in concert a few times.  This show as at
Indian Ranch in 1988.

While the emphasis wasn't quite on as much newer music today, we still managed to play a little bit of it.  This time around, it came from several performers, including Chris DavisMickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge, Bob Amos, the Boxcars, SidelineChris Jones & the Night Drivers, the Snyder Family Band, Balsam Range, the Gibson Brothers, Big Country Bluegrass, the Spinney Brothers, and Dailey & Vincent.  

Hope you enjoyed the show!  Don't forget to email Susan Forbes Hansen of the WHUS "Sunday Night Folk Festival" this week if you want to be part of her drawing for one of five copies of a CD/DVD tribute to Woody Guthrie:  "Woody Guthrie At 100!  Live At The Kennedy Center!"  Send Susan your name and mailing address this week to  There are no strings attached here -- Susan's going to give away five copies of this CD/DVD next Sunday, July 21st, so get your name in to Susan soon...

Have a good week, and if you're in eastern Connecticut, try to stay cool!



  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • I'm Walking The Dog / Charles Sawtelle & the Whippets / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Rock Hearts / Jimmy Martin / You Don't Know My Mind / Rounder
  • Lights On The Hill / Del McCoury Band / Don't Stop The Music / Rounder
  • Hartfordtown 1944 / Laurie Lewis / Skippin' & Flyin' / Spruce & Maple Music [Hartford Circus Fire anniversary -- July 6, 1944]
  • Iron & Diamonds / Gibson Brothers / Iron & Diamonds / Sugar Hill
  • Shuckin' The Acorns / Kathy Kallick Band / Time / Live Oak Records
  • Blow Out The Candle, Laura / Linda Lay & Sammy Shelor / Taking The Crooked Road Home / Virginia Folk Life
  • Just Another Broken Heart / Chris Davis / Second Time Around / Mountain Fever Records
  • Philadelphia Lawyer / Larry Stephenson with Sam Bush / What Really Matters / Compass Records
  • Ridin' The L&N / Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge / Rollin' With Tradition / Self-Produced
  • Like The Boys On Music Row / Big Country Bluegrass / Memories Of The Past / Rebel
  • Backwards And Forwards / Bob Amos / Borrowed Time / Self-Produced
  • Never Again (Will I Knock On Your Door) / The Boxcars / It's Just A Road / Mountain Home
  • If That Was Love / Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / forthcoming CD / Rebel
  • The Working Man / Shannon Slaughter / The Sideman Steps Out / Self-Produced
  • The Blues Are Still The Blues / Sideline / Session One / Mountain Fever Records
  • Blockade Runner / Snyder Family Band / Building Bridges / Mountain Roads Recordings
  • The Young Fisherwoman / John Duffey [Country Gentlemen] / The Rebel Years, 1962-1977 / Rebel
  • When The Bloom Is Off The Rose / Rhonda Vincent with Sally Berry & Tensel Sandker / Taken / Upper Management Music
  • The Open Road / Gibson Brothers / Bona Fide / Sugar Hill
  • Wishing Well Blues / Rhonda Vincent / A Dream Come True / Rebel
  • They Called It Music / Gibson Brothers / They Called It Music / Compass Records
  • Sea Of Regret / Keith Whitley & Ricky Skaggs / Second Generation / Rebel
  • You Are What I Am / J.D. Crowe & the New South / J.D. Crowe & the New South / Cracker Barrel
  • Irish Spring / Country Gentlemen / The Complete Vanguard Recordings / Vanguard
  • Highway 40 Blues / Ricky Skaggs / The High Notes / Cracker Barrel
  • You Can't Hurt Ham / Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder / Music To My Ears / Skaggs Family Records
  • Five Speed / Johnson Mountain Boys / Favorites / Rounder
  • Newton Grove / Johnson Mountain Boys / Let The Whole World Talk / Rounder
  • Out In The Middle Of Nowhere / Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa / Out In The Middle Of Nowhere / Raincoe Music
  • Over The Hills To The Poor House / Earl Taylor & Jim McCall with the Stoney Mountain Boys / The Best Of Mountain Bluegrass / Rural Rhythm
  • You've Got A Lover / Ricky Skaggs / The High Notes / Cracker Barrel
  • When I'm Gone / BearTracks / From The Hollow / AMT Records
  • Lazy John / April Verch / That's How We Run / Self-Produced
  • Loggers In The Short Grass / April Verch / Take Me Back / Rounder
  • Grandpa's Way Of Life / Spinney Brothers / No Borders / Mountain Fever Records
  • Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart / Charlie Sizemore Band / Good News / Rounder
  • I'm On A Journey / Bear Bridge Band / One More Ride / Open Road
  • God Has Been So Good To Me / Crowe & McLaughlin / Going Back / Rounder
  • Won't It Be Wonderful There / Dailey & Vincent / Brothers Of The Highway / Rounder
  • Bad News For The Devil / John Miller / Look To The Light:  Songs Of Faith From The Pen Of Rick Lang / Rural Rhythm Christian
  • Row By Row / Balsam Range / Papertown / Mountain Home
  • It Won't Be Long / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Jamboree / Columbia
  • Wicked Path Of Sin / Jim & Jesse / Music Among Friends / Rounder
  • On The Sea Of Life / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Rock My Soul / Sugar Hill
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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