Monday, August 12, 2013

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 8/11/2013

While I'm a bit delayed in getting the show playlist for Sunday posted, I'm hoping the old adage of, "Better late than never" will apply here.  It was a big show with birthday celebrations for country and Bluegrass music legends, as well as a Bluegrass tribute to the late Cowboy Jack Clement.

It seemed only fitting to start and end the show in a similar fashion -- with music from the "King Of Bluegrass," Jimmy Martin, who would have celebrated his 86th birthday on August 10th.  Included was music recorded by Jimmy Martin when he worked as a Blue Grass Boy, as well as music he made with his own Sunny Mountain Boys.  We also included a couple of Martin songs recorded by other performers, and two songs written in tribute to Jimmy Martin.  

Sam getting some BBU recognition - February 2011
(photo courtesy Ted Lehmann)
Our other Bluegrass birthday to celebrate was that of New England Bluegrass legend -- and International Bluegrass Music Museum-recognized "Bluegrass Pioneer" -- Sam Tidwell.  Sam's birthday was August 11th, and while he's been gone since the Spring of 2012, he lives on in the hearts of a lot of folks who continue to play Bluegrass music in New England.  We played a couple of songs Sam wrote and recorded with the Kennebec Valley Boys, as well as some of his earliest music he made with his brother, Bob (the Tidwell Brothers & the Cedar Mountain Boys), and a couple of Sam's familiar stories.  

We couldn't let the show pass without remembering a country music songwriting legend who died this past week:  Cowboy Jack Clement.  One of the first bands Cowboy Jack played music with was Washington D.C. Bluegrass legend, Buzz Busby & the Bayou Boys, so he wasn't a completely unfamiliar figure in the Bluegrass world.  We featured a couple of Bluegrass covers of Cowboy Jack songs, and threw in an amusing Johnny Cash song written by Clement.

August is a big month for birthdays of country music legends, too, and while we didn't get to play a whole lot of music from two Country Music Hall of Famers born on August 12th -- Porter Wagoner in 1927 and Buck Owens in 1929 -- we did play a couple of Bluegrass covers of music originally recorded by each of these gentlemen.  We'll play a bit more from their respective catalogs during next week's show.

Lou Reid & Carolina - celebrating
20 years with a new live CD!
If all of the birthday celebrating and such wasn't enough, we still found a little bit of time to squeeze in some newer music, some of it brand-new from projects that have not yet been released.  Among the new this week:  music from Jason Davis, Mark Newton & Steve Thomas, the Spinney Brothers, Peter Rowan, the Expedition Show, Big Country Bluegrass, Don Rigsby, Flatt Lonesome, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, the Rosenthals, Reno & Harrell, and Lou Reid & Carolina.  

Hope you'll be sure to join us next Sunday for another packed edition of Bluegrass Cafe!  


SONG / TITLE / ALBUM / LABEL (request is RED)

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • In The Pines / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / The King And The Father / MME
  • Mary Ann / Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys / Bean Blossom / MCA
  • Memories Of Mother And Dad / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / The King And The Father / MME
  • Sunny Side Of The Mountain / Jimmy Martin / You Don't Know My Mind / Rounder
  • I Cried Again / Audie Blaylock / A Tribute To Jimmy Martin / Koch Records
  • Blue-Eyed Darlin' / WhiteHouse / WhiteHouse / Pinecastle
  • Hold Whatcha Got / Hot Mustard / Live At The Mole Hill Theatre / Howling Cat Records
  • Jimmy Martin Songs For Dinner / Gary Brewer / Jimmy Martin Songs For Dinner / Stretchgrass Productions
  • My Name Is Jimmy Martin (Do You Remember Me?) / Ray Edwards & Hard Rock Mountain / Portrait Of A Bluegrass Songwriter / Rural Rhythm
  • My Walking Shoes Don't Fit Me Anymore / Tidwell Brothers & the Cedar Mountain Boys / single / no label
  • Headed Home For Maine / Fred Pike, Sam Tidwell & the Kennebec Valley Boys / The Last Log Drive / Revonah
  • Horse story / Sam Tidwell / Down On The Farm / Self-Produced
  • The Last Log Drive / Fred Pike, Sam Tidwell & the Kennebec Valley Boys / The Last Log Drive / Revonah
  • Show and tell / Sam Tidwell / Down On The Farm / Self-Produced
  • Tidwell Pike / Jimmy Gaudreau / Pieces & Bits / Goose Creek Music
  • The Game I Can't Win / Lonesome River Band / Chronology, Volume 2 / Rural Rhythm
  • I'd Worship You / Stanley Brothers / The Early Starday King Years, 1958-1961 / Gusto
  • Shamrock / Jason Davis / Second Time Around / Mountain Fever Records
  • Everybody's Somebody's Fool / Sierra Hull / Secrets / Rounder
  • Don't This Road Look Rough And Rocky / Allerton & Alton / Black, White & Bluegrass / Bear Family
  • Old McDonald / Mark Newton & Steve Thomas / Reborn / Pinecastle
  • Someone I Used To Know / Patty Loveless with Jon Randall / Mountain Soul / Epic
  • Got Leavin' On Her Mind / Mark Newton Band / Charlie Lawson's Still / Rebel 
  • I Know One / Barry & Holly Tashian / Straw Into Gold / Rounder
  • Spell Of A Freight Train / Ricochet / Ricochet / Rebel
  • Miller's Cave / Michael Cleveland with Audie Blaylock / Let 'Er Go, Boys! / Rounder
  • The One On The Right Is On The Left / Johnny Cash / The Essential Johnny Cash / Columbia
  • Heart Of A Little Mountain Girl / Lou Reid & Carolina / Live At The Down Home / KMA Records
  • A Dollar Down / Reno & Harrell / single / John-Boy & Billy, Inc.
  • Your Love Is Dying / Reno & Smiley / On Stage / Copper Creek
  • Big Marshall / Spinney Brothers / No Borders / Mountain Fever Records
  • Keepin' It Between The Lines (Old School) / Peter Rowan / The Old School / Compass Records
  • Stormy Horizons / The Expedition Show / Stormy Horizons / Mountain Fever Records
  • If Teardrops Were Pennies / Big Country Bluegrass / Memories Of The Past / Rebel
  • I'll Take A Page From Your Book / Straight Drive / I'll Take A Page From Your Book / Cabinwood Music
  • Howdy Neighbor Howdy / The Traditional Grass / Howdy Neighbor Howdy / Rebel
  • Misery Loves Company / Johnson Mountain Boys / Favorites / Rounder
  • Open Up Your Heart / Terry Baucom with the Gibson Brothers / In A Groove / John-Boy & Billy, Inc.
  • My Heart Skips A Beat / Lynn Morris Band / The Lynn Morris Band / Rounder
  • Home From The Mills / Northern Lights / Living In The City / Red House Records
  • Six More Miles / Don Rigsby / Doctor's Orders / Rebel
  • So Blue / Stanley Brothers / Selected Cuts, 1955-1956 / JSP Records
  • You're In My Heart / Weary Hearts / By Heart / Flying Fish
  • Prayer Bell Of Heaven / Jimmy Martin / This World Is Not My Home / MME
  • I'll Fly Away / The Rosenthals / Fly Away / American Melody
  • I'm Rollin' Through This Unfriendly World / Nashville Bluegrass Band / The Boys Are Back In Town / Sugar Hill
  • A Voice From On High / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / High Lonesome / CMH
  • On The Right Side / Flatt Lonesome / Flatt Lonesome / Pisgah Ridge 
  • Walking In Good Company / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / The Story Of The Day That I Died / Rebel
  • When We Look On His Face / Bill Emerson with Cliff Waldron / Reunion / Webco
  • Pray The Clouds Away / Jimmy Martin / This World Is Not My Home / MME
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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