Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"Bluegrass Cafe" - 8/25/2013

Sunday's show was our first sports-shortened broadcast in a while, as the WHUS Sports Department is back to work broadcasting a whole lot of the various sports activities that take place at the University of Connecticut.  On Sunday night, a Women's Soccer game took place, so Bluegrass Cafe was a 2-hour show instead of a 3-hour show.  Still, we did our best to cram in as much music as possible, and included birthday tributes to two Bluegrass legends, both of whom were born on August 27th.

The Stanley Brothers with Carter on the guitar.
The first birthday celebrant was the late Carter Stanley, who was born on August 27, 1925.  Though Carter died on December 1, 1966, his legend continues to live on through all of the songs he wrote and his soulful singing voice.  We featured quite a few tunes from the Stanley Brothers most of which were either written or co-written by Carter.  In addition, there were a couple of songs from Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys when Carter was briefly a member of that group in the early 1950s.  We also included a couple of tribute songs from the pen of Tom T. and Dixie Hall about Carter and the Stanley Brothers' impact on the Bluegrass World.

The second birthday celebrant is the one and only J.D. Crowe, who was born on
J.D. Crowe played the 2012 Jenny Brook BG Festival
with the New South (Rickey Wasson in this photo).
August 27, 1937.  Crowe may have retired from his own band (
J.D. Crowe & the New South), but even at age 76, J.D. has not totally retired from Bluegrass.  This year, alone, he's been out working several "special appearance" shows with a reunion of the Bluegrass Album Band, as well as in a special group of Bluegrass all-stars known as the Masters Of Bluegrass.  He's been a tremendous influence on many a banjo picker, and will no doubt, continue to be one for years and years to come.  

As we always do, we tried to squeeze in a healthy portion of newer music, too.  This time around, those selections came from the Gibson Brothers, the Spinney BrothersBalsam Range, Dailey & Vincent, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, the Boxcars, the Expedition Show, Jason Davis, Big Country Bluegrass, Don Rigsby, and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.

Be sure to join me once again this coming Sunday for another, full-length Bluegrass Cafe!



  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Roll Muddy River / The Grascals / Long List Of Heartaches / Rounder
  • The Train Song / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • Down By The River / Larry Gillis & His Hard Driving Bluegrass Band / Swampgrass / Swamp Country Productions
  • They Called It Music / Gibson Brothers / They Called It Music / Compass Records
  • Deep River Blues / Warrior River Boys / Sounds Like Home / Rounder
  • I'd Rather Love A Memory / Missy Werner Band / Three Kinds Of Lonesome / Self-Produced
  • At The End Of A Long, Lonely Day / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Life Goes On / Rural Rhythm
  • Sockeye / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • Satan's Jeweled Crown / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / Angels Rejoice / Strictly Country
  • The Stanley Brothers / Travers Chandler & Avery County / Pardon Me / Mountain Fever Records
  • Sugar Coated Love / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / JSP Records
  • The Memory Of Your Smile / Stanley Brothers / The Early Starday King Years, 1958-1961 / Gusto
  • Let's Part The Best Of Friends / Stanley Brothers / The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers / Columbia
  • A Man Of Constant Sorrow / Stanley Brothers / The Early Starday King Years, 1958-1961 / Gusto
  • The Fields Have Turned Brown / Stanley Brothers / The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers / Columbia
  • I Wish That I Could Have Met Carter / Spinney Brothers / No Borders / Mountain Fever Records
  • Blackjack / J.D. Crowe / Bluegrass Holiday / Rebel
  • Blue Ridge Cabin Home / Bluegrass Album Band / The Bluegrass Compact Disc / Rounder
  • Train 45 / J.D. Crowe / Bluegrass Holiday / Rebel
  • Other Side Of The Mountain / Balsam Range / Papertown / Mountain Home
  • Close By / Dailey & Vincent / Brothers Of The Highway / Rounder
  • High In The Mountains / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / The Story Of The Day That I Died / Rebel
  • You Took All The Ramblin' Out Of Me / The Boxcars / It's Just A Road / Mountain Home
  • Cheating Game Of The Blues / The Expedition Show / Stormy Horizons / Mountain Fever Records
  • Where The Wild River Rolls / Jason Davis with Darrell Webb / Second Time Around / Mountain Fever Records
  • Baby, You're Cheatin' / Big Country Bluegrass / Memories Of The Past / Rebel
  • The Mountain Doctor / Don Rigsby / Doctor's Orders:  A Tribute To Ralph Stanley / Rebel
  • Who Will Sing For Me / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1955-1959 / JSP Records
  • Shouting Time In Heaven / Kenny & Amanda Smith / Life Goes On / Rural Rhythm
  • Things In Life / Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder / Music To My Ears / Skaggs Family
  • Get Down On Your Knees And Pray / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / JSP Records
  • Lord Have Mercy On My Soul / Lou Reid, Terry Baucom & Carolina / Carolina Blue / Webco
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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