Sunday, February 16, 2020

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 2/16/2020

Our Bluegrass Cafe on this February 16th began at 5:25PM, following the conclusion of a UConn Men's Basketball broadcast.  Still, we crammed a lot of fine music into our 95 minutes today, including songs for Valentine's Day, tunes remembering a Country Music Hall of Famer, and a good dose of brand-new Bluegrass.  Hope you were able to join us!

As this is the weekend of the 35th annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Framingham, MA, we started our abbreviated broadcast with two songs from the festival's namesake, Bluegrass Hall of Famer Joe Val.  

We belatedly celebrated the birthday of Country Music Hall of Famer, the Texas Troubadour, Ernest Tubb (born February 9, 1914).  Many Bluegrass performers have recorded songs made famous by the original E.T., including a full record of Tubb tunes from the Osborne Brothers.  Other performers of Ernest Tubb songs include Flatt Lonesome, Rhonda Vincent, and the Johnson Mountain Boys.

And even though Sunday's broadcast was short, we still included a little bit of new music, including selections from a brand new record from Junior Sisk ("Load The Wagon"), Dale Ann Bradley & Tina Adair, Appalachian Road Show, and the duo of Buddy Melton & Milan Miller.  

Next Sunday's show should be a full three-hour broadcast  Please consider joining us, won't you?

Have a great week!

Amy O


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Poor Ellen Smith / Joe Val / Diamond Joe / Rounder
  • Diamond Joe / Joe Val / Diamond Joe / Rounder
  • Hooked On Bluegrass / Junior Sisk / Load The Wagon / Mountain Fever Records
  • Pick Me Up On Your Way Down / Dale Ann Bradley & Tina Adair / Oh Darlin' / Pinecastle
  • The Last Moonshiner / Buddy Melton & Milan Miller / single / Self-Produced
  • Goin' To Take Her Back / Appalachian Road Show / Tribulation / Billy Blue Records
  • Poor Sister Cry / Junior Sisk / Load The Wagon / Mountain Fever Records
  • Redwood Hill / Redwood Hill / live / no label
  • Come And Sit By The River / Country Gentlemen / The Sugar Hill Years / Sugar Hill
  • Walking The Floor Over You / Osborne Brothers / The Ernest Tubb Song Folio / Pinecastle [Ernest Tubb birthday, 2/9/1914]
  • Drivin' Nails In My Coffin / Rhonda Vincent / The Storm Still Rages / Rounder [Ernest Tubb birthday, 2/9/1914]
  • Letters Have No Arms / Flatt Lonesome / Too / Mountain Home [Ernest Tubb birthday, 2/9/1914]
  • Waltz Across Texas / Johnson Mountain Boys / At The Old Schoolhouse / Rounder [Ernest Tubb birthday, 2/9/1914]
  • What A Wonderful Life / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • She Paints A Picture / Gibson Brothers / Another Night Of Waiting / Hay Holler
  • You're That Certain Someone / Warrior River Boys / New Beginnings / Rounder
  • Destination Love / Lynn Morris / You'll Never Be The Sun / Rounder
  • My Mother's Bible / Warrior River Boys / New Beginnings / Rounder [David Davis birthday, 2/16/1961]
  • You Can Feel It In Your Soul / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Gospel / Columbia
  • Gonna Be Movin' / Balsam Range / Trains I Missed / Mountain Home
  • I'm Ready To Go Home / Country Gentlemen / Calling My Children Home / Rebel
  • Lazarus / Traditional Grass / The Blues Are Still The Blues / Rebel
  • I'm Going There / Junior Sisk / Load The Wagon / Mountain Fever Records
  • Sweeping Through The Gate / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Forty Years Of Trouble / Strictly Country Records
  • I'm S-A-V-E-D / South Carolina Broadcasters / Home To Stay / Patuxent Music
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, February 09, 2020

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 2/9/2020

There was really NO plan for Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe, but it seemed like we still managed to get a whole lot of fine music on to our WHUS airwaves.  Hope you agree!

For many years in the 1980s and into the 1990s, the Connecticut Friends of Bluegrass brought several top-notch bands to eastern Connecticut each winter to perform.  Right around the second or third weekend of February was always the time for the Johnson Mountain Boys to play a show or two at a place called the Chestnut Lodge in Colchester, CT.  One of our listeners who attended several of these shows requested some music today from the Johnson Mountain Boys.  In the spirit of nostalgia, how could we refuse?  

We included a brand-new song from a forthcoming album by Appalachian Road Show, as well as selections from upcoming records by Junior Sisk and the All-Stars Of Bluegrass.  Other newer music came from the Chuck Wagon Gang and Randy Barrett.

Hope you enjoyed the show today.  The start of next Sunday's show will be delayed until at least 5PM, as there is a scheduled UConn Basketball broadcast.

Enjoy the week!

Amy O.


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL [Requests are RED]

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Hillbilly Fever / Osborne Brothers / Hillbilly Fever / CMH
  • A Good Man Like Me / Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals / Who Will Calm The Storm / Strictly Country Records
  • Shadows In My Room / Hot Rize / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Fourteen Carat Mind / Osborne Brothers / Hillbilly Fever / CMH
  • Hard Times In Kentucky / Virginia Squires / The Best Of The Virginia Squires / Rebel
  • You Can Keep Your Nine Pound Hammer / Traditional Grass / 10th Anniversary Collection / Rebel
  • Blue Virginia Blue / Bill Harrell & the Virginians / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • You Didn't Say Goodbye / Bill Emerson & Cliff Waldron / The Best Of Emerson & Waldron / Rebel
  • Old-Time Pickin' / Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, 1971-1973 / Rebel
  • Feeling Blue / The Boys From Indiana / Good Time Blues / Rebel
  • Ida Red / Lost & Found / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • With Body And Soul / Johnson Mountain Boys / At The Old Schoolhouse / Rounder
  • Orange Blossom Special / Johnson Mountain Boys / At The Old Schoolhouse / Rounder
  • Get Down On Your Knees And Pray / Johnson Mountain Boys / At The Old Schoolhouse / Rounder
  • Gotta Get You Near Me Blues / High Fidelity / Hills And Home / Rebel
  • Dreams About The Hills Of Home / Bluegrass Patriots / E Pluribus Bluegrass / Red Feather 
  • Big Spike Hammer / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Bluegrassed / Cracker Barrel
  • Follow The Leader / High Fidelity / Hills And Home / Rebel
  • Liberty / Mile Twelve / City On A Hill / Delores The Taurus Records
  • The Open Road / Gibson Brothers / Bona Fide / Sugar Hill
  • I'm Not That Good At Goodbye / Whetstone Run / Who Will Calm The Storm / Strictly Country Records
  • Don't Tell Me Stories / Lynn Morris Band / The Lynn Morris Band / Rounder
  • Goin' To Bring Her Back / Appalachian Road Show / single / Billy Blue Records
  • Mercury Dime / Randy Barrett / Shake, Rattle & Roar / Patuxent Music
  • I Wanna Go Back / All Stars Of Bluegrass with Steve Wariner / single / Pinecastle
  • Lily Dale / Junior Sisk / single / Mountain Fever Records
  • Salty Dawg Blues / David Grisman with Tony Rice / Home Is Where The Heart Is / Rounder
  • Going Like Wildfire / Jim & Jesse & the Virginia Boys / Radio Shows / Rural Rhythm
  • Home Is Where The Heart Is / David Grisman / Home Is Where The Heart Is / Rounder
  • Mississippi Sawyer / Jesse McReynolds & Friends / Jesse McReynolds & Friends Play The Bull Mountain Moonshiners' Way / Pinecastle
  • Teardrops In My Eyes / David Grisman with Red Allen / Home Is Where The Heart Is / Rounder
  • Grey Eagle / Gary Pomerleau / Eye To Eye / Self-Produced
  • She's Walking Through My Memory / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Live In Prague, Czech Republic / Billy Blue Records
  • Lonesome Pine / Blue Highway / Lonesome Pine / Rebel
  • Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way / Barry Berrier / First Time With Feeling / Pinecastle
  • Don't Sell Daddy Any More Whiskey / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / Diamond Joe / Rounder
  • Papa Played The Dobro / White Mountain Bluegrass / Aragon Mill / Strictly Country Records
  • Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On / Dan Tyminski / Wheels / Rounder
  • Get Me Gone / Balsam Range / Aeonic / Mountain Home
  • Hickory, Walnut & Pine / Po' Ramblin' Boys / Toil, Tears & Trouble / Rounder
  • You've Been A Friend To Me / Price Sisters / A Heart Never Knows / Rebel
  • Count Your Blessings / Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick / Together / Rounder
  • Fifty Miles Of Elbow Room / Bear Bridge Band / Broken Hearts & Better Times / Open Road
  • Heaven / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1955-1959 / JSP Records
  • Story Of The Pharisees / Dreadful Snakes / Snakes Alive! / Rounder
  • God Loves His Children / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / Diamond Joe / Rounder
  • River Of Jordan / Shannon Slaughter / Hold On To Your Heart / Elite Circuit Records
  • The Old Gospel Ship / Chuck Wagon Gang / No Depression In Heaven:  The Gospel Songs Of The Carter Family / Mountain Home
  • God Moves In A Windstorm / Blue Highway / Wind To The West / Rebel
  • I'd Rather Live By The Side Of The Road / Country Gentlemen / Let The Light Shine Down / Rebel
  • Just Rehearsing / Louvin Brothers / Live At The New River Ranch / Copper Creek
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, February 02, 2020

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 2/2/2020

Our "super" Sunday edition of Bluegrass Cafe included music of February 1st birthday celebrants, a couple of new songs, a bunch of favorites, and a mid-show chat with Evan Murphy of Mile Twelve.  Hope you were able to tune in to the show!

February 1st is a a BIG day for birthdays in the World of Bluegrass, including birthdays of two Bluegrass Hall of Famers.  We played music from each of the celebrants, who have performed both separately and together over the years.  Belated Happy February 1st birthday wishes to Del McCoury (born 1939), Tom Gray (1941), David Parmley (1959), and Jason Carter (1973).


At the midway point in Sunday's show, we had a telephone chat with Mile Twelve guitar player, lead singer, and songwriter, Evan Murphy.  This fine band has gained lots of attention since their formation just about six years ago, and will soon be appearing in shows in Hamden on February 6th as well as at the upcoming Joe Val Bluegrass Festival on February 14th.  To learn more about Mile Twelve, be sure to visit their website.

There was a tiny bit of new music to share on Sunday, too -- this time from Terry Baucom's Dukes Of Drive and Eliza Meyer.  

And we couldn't forget to share some music from soon-to-be inductees in to the Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance (RIBA) Bluegrass Hall of Fame:  brothers Fred Pike and Earl Pike.  

Hope you enjoyed the show, and that you will consider joining me once again next Sunday afternoon, 4-7PM.  

Enjoy the week!

Amy O.


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL [Request is RED]


PRE-SHOW "WARM-UP":
  • Tall Timber / Bluegrass Album Band / Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration:  A Classic Bluegrass Tribute / Rounder
  • Will You Be Loving Another Man / The Grascals / Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration:  A Classic Bluegrass Tribute / Rounder
  • Dark As The Night, Blue As The Day / Michael Cleveland with Dan Tyminski & Vince Gill / Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration:  A Classic Bluegrass Tribute / Rounder
BLUEGRASS CAFE:  
  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Daisey Mae / Jason Carter / On The Move / Rounder [Jason Carter birthday, 2/1/1973]
  • Thirty-Two Acres Of Bottomland / David Parmley & Continental Divide / Pathway Of Time / Pinecastle [David Parmley birthday, 2/1/1959]
  • Bessie's Tune / Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike / Small Town Heroes / Bell Buckle Records [Tom Gray birthday, 2/1/1941]
  • I Feel The Blues Moving In / Del McCoury / Don't Stop The Music / Rounder [Del McCoury birthday, 2/1/1939]
  • You Left Me Alone / Country Gentlemen / Can't You Hear Me Callin':  Early Classics, 1963-1969 / Rebel [Tom Gray birthday, 2/1/1941]
  • Evil Hearted Woman / Parmley & McCoury / Families Of Tradition / BGC [Del McCoury birthday, 2/1/1939; David Parmley birthday, 2/1/1959]
  • On The Move / Jason Carter / On The Move / Rounder [Jason Carter birthday, 2/1/1971]
  • Ground Hog / The Dillards / Bluegrass Breakdown / Vanguard
  • Sunny Side Of Town / Mile Twelve / Onwards / Delores The Taurus Records
  • I Will Always Be Waiting For You / High Fidelity / Hills And Home / Rebel
  • Bluegrass Melodies / Carolina Blue / I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me / Pinecastle
  • Innocent Again / Mile Twelve / City On A Hill / Delores The Taurus Records
  • Queen Of Carolina / ClayBank / No Escape / Mountain Fever Records
  • Cross My Broken Heart / Feinberg Brothers / Party For One / Cabinwood Music
  • What Does The Deep Sea Say / Price Sisters / The Price Sisters / Rebel
  • City That Drowned / Mile Twelve / City On A Hill / Delores The Taurus Records
  • Conversation with Evan Murphy of Mile Twelve
  • Jericho / Mile Twelve / City On A Hill / Delores The Taurus Records
  • Down Where The Drunkards Roll / Mile Twelve / City On A Hill / Delores The Taurus Records
  • Here Come The Teardrops / Terry Baucom's Dukes Of Drive / single / Driving Duke Records
  • Running Kind / Shannon Slaughter / Hold On To Your Heart / Elite Circuit Records
  • Hello Stranger / Eliza Meyer / Hello Stranger / Self-Produced
  • Blue And Lonesome Again / Fast Track / single / Self-Produced
  • Pikearoo / Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / The Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / Rebel
  • Feeling Blue / PIke Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / The Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / Rebel
  • Each Season Changes You / Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / The Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / Rebel
  • My Friend Clyde / Spinney Brothers / If I Were Your Brother / Self-Produced
  • Ice On The Timber / Po' Ramblin' Boys / Toil, Tears & Trouble / Rounder
  • Kentucky Darlin' / Kody Norris Show / single / Sound Street Records
  • My Florida Sunshine / Claire Lynch / Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration:  A Classic Bluegrass Tribute / Rounder
  • There's Another Baby Waiting For Me Down The Line / Band Of Ruhks / Authentic / Rebel
  • Too Late To Say Goodbye / Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge / Songs From The Blue Ridge / Rebel
  • Arkansas / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / Tall Fiddler / Compass Records
  • Black Eyed Susan / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder
  • Will The Light Be Shining Bright / Terry Baucom's Dukes Of Drive / single / Driving Duke Records
  • Get In Line Brother / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Essential Earl Scruggs / Columbia Legacy
  • Beyond The Sunset For Me / Jason Barie with Paul Williams / Pieces / Billy Blue Records
  • Shadow Of The Son / Still Pickin' Trio / Reuben's Train / Self-Produced
  • You're Drifting Away / Nashville Bluegrass Band / Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration:  A Classic Bluegrass Tribute / Rounder
  • The Redeemed Are Coming Home / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Rock My Soul / Sugar Hill
  • Place On Calvary / Dailey & Vincent / Dailey & Vincent / Rounder
  • A Beautiful Life / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1957-1958 / JSP Records
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/26/2020

As our Bluegrass Cafe was airing on Sunday afternoon, the Grammy Award for "Best Bluegrass Album" was being presented in Los Angeles during their pre-broadcast ceremonies.  We began the show with selections from each of the "Best Bluegrass Album" nominated recordings by Michael Cleveland, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Missy Raines, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, and the Po' Ramblin' Boys -- and made sure to throw in a few extra songs from the winning record:  "Tall Fiddler" by Michael Cleveland.  

Sunday was also a day to debut a brand-new song from a brand-new band of familiar faces:  Fast Track.  We look forward to hearing more from them later this year.  Another fine new recording received this week was from Shannon Slaughter, and so, we shared a couple of selections from that.  And there was a new CD single by the Burnett Sisters Band.

Please consider joining us once again this coming Sunday, 4-7PM.

Until then, have a good week!

Amy O.


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL 

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • 5-String Swing / Michael Cleveland / Tall Fiddler / Compass Records
  • Jealous / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Live In Prague, Czech Republic / Billy Blue Records
  • Swept Away / Missy Raines / Royal Traveller / Compass Records
  • Lena / Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen / If You Can't Stand The Heat / Compass Records
  • Next Train South / Po' Ramblin' Boys / Toil, Tears & Trouble / Rounder
  • Hold Whatcha Got / Jimmy Martin / The King Of Bluegrass / Koch
  • Rebels Ye Rest / Seldom Scene / The New Seldom Scene Album / Rebel
  • That's Just Lonesome / Feinberg Brothers / Party For One / Cabinwood Music
  • Another Day / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • Frozen In Time / Gibson Brothers / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • Don't Know Why / Audie Blaylock & Redlline / Originalist / 615 Hideaway Records
  • Eddie To The Rescue / Eddie Adcock / Vintage Banjo Jam / Patuxent Music
  • My Mother's White Rose / High Fidelity / Hills And Home / Rebel
  • Railroad Line / Gibson Brothers / Bona Fide / Sugar Hill
  • High Lonesome Sound / Michael Cleveland with the Travelin' McCourys / Tall Fiddler / Compass Records
  • Streets Of Baltimore / Del McCoury Band / The Streets Of Baltimore / McCoury Music
  • 20 Cent Cotton And 90 Cent Meat / Michael Cleveland with Tim O'Brien / Tall Fiddler / Compass Records
  • Tomorrow I'll Be Gone / Johnson Mountain Boys / Working Close / Rounder
  • Cannonball Yodel / Dede Wyland / Urge For Going / Patuxent Music
  • Love Of The Mountains / Lost & Found / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Misery Loves Company / Johnson Mountain Boys / Working Close / Rounder
  • Blue And Lonesome Again / FastTrack / single / no label
  • You Better Hold On To Your Heart / Shannon Slaughter / Hold On To Your Heart / Elite Circuit Records
  • My Kind Of Woman/My Kind Of Man / Burnett Sisters Band / single / BeeHive Records
  • Lonesome Wind / Shannon Slaughter with Ronnie Bowman & Shawn Lane / Hold On To Your Heart / Elite Circuit Records
  • Come And Sit By The River / Country Gentlemen / The Sugar Hill Years / Sugar Hill
  • Montana Cowboy / Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick / Laurie & Kathy Sing The Songs Of Vern & Ray / Spruce And Maple Music
  • Come Back Darling / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Essential Earl Scruggs / Columbia Legacy
  • He Rambled / David Davis & the Warrior River Boys / Didn't He Ramble:  Songs Of Charlie Poole / Rounder
  • Hard Times / Stanley Brothers / Selected Cuts, 1955-1956 / JSP Records
  • Lonesome Riverboat Blues / Edgar Loudermilk Band feat. Jeff Autry / Lonesome Riverboat Blues / Rural Rhythm
  • Blue Eyed Darlin' / Jason Barie with Brandon Rickman / Pieces / Billy Blue Records
  • Honey Don't / Country Gentlemen / The Sugar Hill Years / Sugar Hill
  • City That Drowned / Mile Twelve / City On A Hill / Delores The Taurus Records
  • All The Way To The Bottom / Volume Five / For Those Who Care To Listen / Mountain Fever Records
  • She Took The Tennessee River / Special Consensus / Rivers And Roads / Compass Records
  • Another Love Gone Wrong / Becky Buller / Crepe Paper Heart / Dark Shadow Recording [Becky Buller birthday, 1/31/1979]
  • Down In Union County / Larry Sparks / New Moon Over My Shoulder / Rebel
  • Cold, Lonely And Blue / Carolina Blue / I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me / Pinecastle
  • Movin' On / Merle Monroe / Back To The Country / Pinecastle
  • Who Do You Think You're Foolin' / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / That's Why I'm Lonesome / Patuxent Music
  • Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout / Claire Lynch / Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout:  Bluegrass Gospel From The Pen Of Rick Lang / Billy Blue Records
  • Crying Holy Unto The Lord / Lester Flatt & Bill Monroe / Live At Vanderbilt / Bear Family Records
  • I Wouldn't Take Nothin' For My Journey Now / Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band / Wings Of Gold / Rebel
  • The Shepherd Of My Valley (What Would I Do Without Jesus) / The Grascals / Straighten The Curves / Mountain Home
  • Leaning On The Everlasting Arms / Osborne Brothers / Hyden / Pinecastle
  • I Want To Know More About My Lord / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / For The Record / Billy Blue Records
  • I Can't Say No / Louvin Brothers / The Family Who Prays:  26 Classic Tracks / Country Stars
  • Singing As We Rise / Gibson Brothers with Ricky Skaggs / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder


Monday, January 20, 2020

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/19/2020

Apparently, January 19th is a great day for a birthday if you want to be a top-notch singer, as we celebrated a few birthday celebrants during Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe, including Jimmy Haley and Phil Everly, and, of course, two folks who are super-important to the World of Bluegrass:  Charlie Waller and Dolly Parton

A 1955 photo of Buzz Busby & the Bayou Boys (Charlie Waller
at right) featured in the book, Cradle Of The Stars:  KWKH &
the Louisiana Hayride
by Joey Kent (Pelican Publishing, 2019).


Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Charlie Waller was born January 19, 1935 and died August 18, 2004.  Before becoming one of the founding members of the legendary Country Gentlemen, Charlie was a sideman with Buzz Busby & the Bayou Boys on the Louisiana Hayride (KWKH) in Shreveport.  It was with the 1957 formation of the Country Gents, though, that Charlie Waller cemented his future as a superb vocalist and guitar picker, and his 47 years with the band were the most of any member.  In truth, we could have shared the music of the Country Gentlemen and Charlie Waller for the full three-hour program, but we did pick out quite a few selections to share.

Country Music Hall of Famer Dolly Parton is a star of many things, and she has even recorded a Bluegrass-flavored album or two.  In celebrating her birthday (born January 19, 1946), we included a whole bunch of songs written by Dolly down through the years, as there have been many of her songs covered in the Bluegrass world.

There wasn't any brand-new music to share on Sunday, but we did include a few newer selections from recordings by Jason Barie, the Po' Ramblin' Boys, Donna Ulisse, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and the South Carolina Broadcasters.

Enjoy the week, and we'll look forward to visiting you again next Sunday afternoon, 4-7PM.

Amy O.


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL 


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Mighty Mississippi / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / The Original Band / Sugar Hill [Jimmy Haley birthday, 1/19/1955]
  • All I Have To Do Is Dream / Crowe & McLaughlin / Going Back / Rounder [Phil Everly birthday, 1/19/1939]
  • Marry Me / Dolly Parton / Live And Well / Sugar Hill [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • Two Little Boys / Country Gentlemen / High Lonesome / Starday [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • The Ballad Of Jed Clampett / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / 16 Biggest Hits / Columbia Legacy
  • I'd Like To Wander Back (To The Old Home) / Ron Spears / My Time Has Come / Copper Creek
  • The Angry Wife / Feinberg Brothers / Party For One / Cabinwood Music
  • So Danged Lonesome / Kathy Kallick Band / Foxhounds / Live Oak Records
  • The Night Flatt And Scruggs Played Carnegie Hall / Jerry Salley / Front Porch Philosophy / Very Jerry Records
  • Trail Of The Lonesome Pine / Bluegrass Patriots / Springtime In The Rockies / Copper Creek
  • By Now I Would Be Dead / Junior Sisk / Brand New Shade Of Blue / Mountain Fever Records
  • Country Boy Rock And Roll / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • I Was Bluegrass (When Bluegrass Wasn't Cool) / Larry Stephenson Band / 30 / Whysper Dream Music
  • Don't Cheat In Our Hometown / Keith Whitley & Ricky Skaggs / Second Generation / Rebel
  • Waiting On Isaac / Jason Barie / Pieces / Billy Blue Records
  • Sad And Lonesome Day / Randy Waller & Lou Reid / Epilogue:  A Tribute To John Duffey / Smithsonian Folkways 
  • Today Has Been A Lonesome Day / Country Gentlemen / Bluegrass:  The World's Greatest Show / Sugar Hill
  • Jolene / Rhonda Vincent & the Rage / Ragin' Live / Rounder [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • My Tennessee Mountain Home / Jim Nunally / Gloria's Waltz / FGM Records [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • When Someone Wants To Leave / Seldom Scene / Bluegrass:  The World's Greatest Show / Sugar Hill [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • Pain Of Loving You / Mark Newton with Gloria Belle / Follow Me Back To The Fold / Rebel [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • Kentucky Gambler / Gibson Brothers / Spread Your Wings / Hay Holler [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • Gypsy, Joe And Me / Missy Werner / Drifting And Dreaming / Self-Produced [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • AppleJack / Pam Gadd with Dolly Parton / Benefit Of Doubt / Home Sweet Highway Productions [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • My Blue Tears / Gloria Belle with the Johnson Mountain Boys / Love Of The Mountains / Webco [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • Coat Of Many Colors / Lynn Morris Band / The Bramble And The Rose / Rounder [Dolly Parton birthday, 1/19/1946]
  • High Lonesome / Country Gentlemen / High Lonesome / Starday [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • I Am Weary (Let Me Rest) / Country Gentlemen / Folk Session Inside / Copper Creek [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • The Double Eagle / Country Gentlemen / Country Songs, Old And New / Smithsonian Folkways [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Blues / Country Gentlemen / On The Road (And More) / Smithsonian Folkways [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • Many A Mile / Country Gentlemen / 25 Years / Rebel [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • Dark As A Dungeon / Seldom Scene with Charlie Waller / 15 Anniversary Celebration / Sugar Hill [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • Music Makin' Mama From Memphis / Charlie Waller & Randall Hylton / The Singer And The Songster / Rebel [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • Fare Thee Well / John Duffey, Charlie Waller, Eddie Adcock, Tom Gray / Classic Country Gents Reunion / Sugar Hill [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • Fox On The Run / Country Gentlemen / Live In Japan / Rebel [Charlie Waller birthday, 1/19/1935]
  • Diamond Joe / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / Diamond Joe / Rounder
  • Old New Borrowed And Blue / Po' Ramblin' Boys / Toil, Tears & Trouble / Rounder
  • Hello Heartache / Balsam Range / Mountain Voodoo / Mountain Home
  • Why You Been Gone So Long / Roland White & Friends / A Tribute To The Kentucky Colonels / Mountain Home
  • I'll Never Find Another You / Donna Ulisse / Time For Love / Billy Blue Records
  • Let The Whole World Talk / Johnson Mountain Boys / Let The Whole World Talk / Rounder
  • God's Coloring Book / Country Gentlemen / Way Down Deep In My Soul / Sugar Hill
  • I'm Going To Heaven / Doyle Lawson &
    Quicksilver / Live In Prague, Czech Republic / Billy Blue Records
  • Get On The Main Highway / Price Sisters / A Heart Never Knows / Rebel
  • I'm Justified / Del McCoury Band / Family Circle / McCoury Music
  • The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn / Stanley Brothers / Best Of The Best:  All Gospel, All Bluegrass / Starday King
  • S-A-V-E-D / South Carolina Broadcasters / Home To Stay / Patuxent Music
  • Going Up Home / Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen / At Edwards Barn / Rounder
  • These Men Of God / Country Gentlemen / On The Road (And More) / Smithsonian Folkways 
  • Blue Grass Stomp / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, January 12, 2020

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/12/2020


During Sunday's unseasonably warm January day (60+ degrees!), it seemed appropriate to start off our Bluegrass CafĂ© with a song about summer.  That the song was written by prolific songwriter Randall Hylton (born January 8, 1945) happened to inspire the playing of several other Hylton-penned tunes -- all dandies.  It seemed a good way to start off the program -- hope you enjoyed it!

We also celebrated the birth anniversary of a Country Music Hall of Famer who never recorded a Bluegrass song, but who has definitely had songs from his vast songbook get covered by Bluegrass performers many, many times.  Ray Price was born on January 12, 1926, so why not celebrate with Ray Price covers by the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Jim & Jesse, IIIrd Tyme Out, the Johnson Mountain Boys, Union Springs, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver?  

There wasn't much in the way of new music to share this week, but we did share a couple of songs from a CD single of new music to come in 2020 from Dale Ann Bradley & Tina Adair, Steve Thomas & the Time Machine, and Remington Ryde.  

Hope you enjoyed the show -- and the beautiful day! -- and we will look for you again next Sunday afternoon, 4-7PM.

Enjoy the week!

Amy O.


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL
  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Summer When You First Loved Me / Lonesome River Band / Head On Into Heartache / Mountain Home [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Cold Sheets Of Rain / Virginia Squires / The Best Of The Virginia Squires / Rebel [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Dream Softly My Love / Lost & Found / Across The Blue Ridge Mountains / Rebel [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Mayberry / Randall Hylton / True Stories, Tall Tales, And Lies / Copper Creek [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Country Poor, Country Proud / David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition / David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition / DP & CD Records [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Slippers With Wings / Charlie Waller & Randall Hylton / The Singer & The Songster / Rebel [Randall Hylton birthday, 1/8/1945]
  • Have You Come To Say Goodbye / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Radio Gems / Radio Gems
  • This Weary Heart You Stole Away / Stanley Brothers / Select Sides, 1949-1953 / JSP Records
  • Drifting With The Tide / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • Lonesome, Sad, And Blue / Lonesome Pine Fiddlers / Windy Mountain / Bear Family
  • You Tried To Ruin My Name / Wilma Lee Cooper / O Sister! / Rounder
  • Are You Coming Back To Me / Bill Harrell with Mac Wiseman / Bill Harrell & Friends / Rebel
  • Who's Going Down To Town / Vern Williams Band / Bluegrass From The Gold Country / Rounder
  • Salt River / Billy Hurt, Jr. / Fiddlin' Billy Hurt / Patuxent Music
  • I'm Feeling For You (But I Can't Reach You) / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / Leavin' Town / Rounder
  • Gotta Get You Near Me Blues / High Fidelity / Hills And Home / Rebel
  • Poor Ellen Smith / Wilma Lee Cooper / O Sister 2 / Rounder
  • What Was I Supposed To Do / Lynn Morris Band / The Lynn Morris Band / Rounder
  • When We're Living On The Other Side / Paul Williams & the Victory Trio / Where No One Stands Alone / Rebel
  • Steppin' Stones / Jimmy Martin / You Don't Know My Mind / Rounder
  • My Walkin' Shoes / Audie Blaylock / A Tribute To Jimmy Martin-The King Of Bluegrass / Koch Records
  • Oh Darlin' / Dale Ann Bradley & Tina Adair / single / Pinecastle
  • Down In The Wildwood / Steve Thomas & the Time Machine / single / Pinecastle
  • Your Selfish Heart / Sideline / Breaks To The Edge / Mountain Home
  • She Took His Breath Away / Remington Ryde / single / Pinecastle
  • I Do / Feinberg Brothers / The Feinberg Brothers / Cabinwood Music
  • At The End Of A Long Lonely Day / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Life Goes On / Rural Rhythm
  • I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) / Ray Price / I'll Be There:  The Legend Begins / Country Stars [Remembering Ray Price:  January 12, 1926-December 16, 2013]
  • Weary Blues From Waitin' / Nashville Bluegrass Band / The Boys Are Back In Town / Sugar Hill [Remembering Ray Price:  January 12, 1926-December 16, 2013]
  • Heartaches By The Number / Jim & Jesse McReynolds / Our Kind Of Country / Pinecastle [Remembering Ray Price:  January 12, 1926-December 16, 2013]
  • Wasted Words / Johnson Mountain Boys / Live At The Birchmere / Rounder [Remembering Ray Price:  January 12, 1926-December 16, 2013]
  • Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes / Ray Price / Collector's Choice / Harmony [Remembering Ray Price:  January 12, 1926-December 16, 2013]
  • Falling, Falling, Falling / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Never Walk Away / Sugar Hill [Remembering Ray Price:  January 12, 1926-December 16, 2013]
  • Crazy Arms / IIIrd Tyme Out / Puttin' New Roots Down / Rebel [Remembering Ray Price:  January 12, 1926-December 16, 2013]
  • Pride / Union Springs / Next Train Headed South / Copper Creek [Remembering Ray Price:  January 12, 1926-December 16, 2013]
  • I Can't Go Home Like This / Ray Price / The Essential Ray Price / Columbia Legacy [Remembering Ray Price:  January 12, 1926-December 16, 2013]
  • I Don't Care Anymore / Gibson Brothers / Another Night Of Waiting / Hay Holler
  • Longing For The Ozarks / Po' Ramblin' Boys / Toil, Tears & Trouble / Rounder
  • Remembrance Is A Golden Chain / Price Sisters / A Heart Never Knows / Rebel
  • How Many Times / Dan Tyminski / Wheels / Rounder
  • One More Time (I Must Rise) / Gibson Brothers / Another Night Of Waiting / Hay Holler
  • He Will Roll You Over The Tide / Merle Monroe / Back To The Country / Pinecastle
  • Heavenward Bound / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • Hold Fast To The Right / Mac Wiseman / The Chronological Mac Wiseman, 1956-1959 / Kipepeo Publishing
  • Count Your Blessings / Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick / Together / Kaleidoscope Records
  • Give The Devil An Inch / Billy Boone Smith / Five Flat Rocks / Muddy Sunshine
  • Joy Of Revelation / McCoury Brothers / The McCoury Brothers / Rounder
  • Mansions For Me / Ricky Skaggs & Tony Rice / Skaggs & Rice / Sugar Hill
  • Boat Of Love / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1951-1954 / JSP Records
  • Where Will You Build / Cliff Waldron & Paul Williams / Higher Ground / Rebel
  • I Like To Hear 'Em Preach It / Paul Williams / A Tribute To Jimmy Martin-The King Of Bluegrass / Koch Records
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, January 05, 2020

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/5/2020

Happy New Year!  Our first Bluegrass Cafe of 2020 was spent listening to a few more fine recordings from 2019, remembering the "Voice With A Heart" (Mac Wiseman), and celebrating the 94th birth anniversary of a Bluegrass legend.  Hope you were able to join us for part or all of the show.

While we spent the majority of our December 29th broadcast sharing music from 2019 projects, after the show, we thought of several recordings that had inadvertently been skipped.  To that end, we played several more 2019 selections on Sunday, including music from Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, the Hot Flashes, the Garrett Newton Band, Nothin' Fancy, Edgar Loudermilk Band, the Cadleys, Johnny & Jeanette Williams, Louisa Branscomb, Jesse McReynolds, the Lonesome River Band, Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys, and a few others.  

January 6th marks the 94th birth anniversary of a true legend:  Bluegrass & Country Music Hall of Famer Earl Scruggs.  We shared several songs spanning several years in this banjo innovator's career.  The music and life of this legend are so intriguing that there is even a new book recently published about one specific instrumental tune he wrote and recorded in 1949, "Foggy Mountain Breakdown.  This book is in my "to be read" pile for 2020.  Perhaps you might like to check it out, too?  

Have a great week, thanks for listening, and we'll see you next Sunday!

Amy O.


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL [2019 releases are BLUE]

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Auld Lang Syne / Tony Trischka / Glory Shone Around / Rounder
  • Leaving On Her Mind / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Live In Prague, Czech Republic / Billy Blue Records
  • Cardboard Mansion / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Back To The Blue Ridge / Brandywine
  • Sunrise / Sam Bush & Bela Fleck / Epilogue:  A Tribute To John Duffey / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Out In The Cold World / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1957-1958 / JSP Records
  • Jimmy Brown The Newsboy / Mac Wiseman / Time-Life's Treasury Of Bluegrass / Time Life
  • Can't You Hear Me Calling / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1946-1949 / JSP Records
  • The Guitar / Sierra Hull & Justin Moses with Mac Wiseman / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • The Bluebirds Are Singing For Me / Rhonda Vincent & the Rage with Mac Wiseman / Rhonda Vincent & the Rage with Bluegrass Legends--Live At The Ryman / Upper Management Music
  • I'll Still Write Your Name In The Sand / Jerry Wicentowski / Thanks, Mac!:  Songs Of Mac Wiseman / Wiz Grass
  • I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home / Mac Wiseman / High Lonesome / CMH
  • The Guitar Song / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers with Del McCoury / For The Record / Billy Blue Records
  • Your Remarkable Return / Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / The Choosing Road / Mountain Home
  • Blue Love (In My Heart) / The Hot Flashes / The Hot Flashes Live! / Happy Appy Records
  • Daybreak In Dixie / Garrett Newton Band / Bluegrass Barn / Pinecastle
  • Detroit City Life / Nothin' Fancy / Undeniable / Mountain Fever Records
  • Livin' Life Without You / Edgar Loudermilk Band feat. Jeff Autry / Lonesome Riverboat Blues / Rural Rhythm
  • Your Memory Wins Again / Lonesome River Band / Outside Looking In / Mountain Home
  • Gray Pony / Johnny & Jeanette Williams / Thirty Years Later / Grass Tank Music
  • I Wish You Knew / The Cadleys / Duets & Ballads / Self-Produced
  • Steel Rails / Louisa Branscomb feat. Dale Ann Bradley, Becky Buller, Sierra Hull, Molly Tuttle, Jeanette Williams, & Celia Woodsmith / Gonna Love Anyway / Compass Records
  • Billy In The Lowground / Jesse McReynolds & Friends / Jesse McReynolds & Friends Play The Bull Mountain Moonshiners' Way / Pinecastle
  • I Feel Like Going Home / Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Lord Help Me Find The Way / Stanley Family Records
  • Loggin' Man / Cash Staub / All Aboard:  The Songs Of Del Done By Cash / Self-Produced
  • True Grass (Why Can't Bluegrass Just Be True Grass Again) / Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road with Junior Sisk & Danny Paisley / True Grass Again / Pinecastle
  • Lily Dale / Junior Sisk Band / forthcoming CD / Mountain Fever Records
  • Heavy Traffic Ahead / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / The Essential Earl Scruggs / Columbia Legacy [Remembering Earl Scruggs:  January 6, 1924-March 28, 2012]
  • Blue Grass Breakdown / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1946-1949 / JSP Records [Remembering Earl Scruggs:  January 6, 1924-March 28, 2012]
  • Down The Road / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Recordings / Mercury [Remembering Earl Scruggs:  January 6, 1924-March 28, 2012]
  • Earl's Breakdown / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Essential Earl Scruggs / Columbia Legacy [Remembering Earl Scruggs:  January 6, 1924-March 28, 2012]
  • You Are My Flower / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Songs Of The Famous Carter Family / Columbia [Remembering Earl Scruggs:  January 6, 1924-March 28, 2012]
  • John Henry / Hylo Brown & the Timberliners with Earl Scruggs / The Essential Earl Scruggs / Columbia Legacy [Remembering Earl Scruggs:  January 6, 1924-March 28, 2012]
  • Mama Blues / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Live At Carnegie Hall!  The Complete Concert / Koch Records [Remembering Earl Scruggs:  January 6, 1924-March 28, 2012]
  • Foggy Mountain Jamboree / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Recordings / Mercury [Remembering Earl Scruggs:  January 6, 1924-March 28, 2012]
  • I'm Really Leaving / Gary Ferguson / I'm Really Leaving / Webco [Gary Ferguson birthday, 1/6/1950]
  • Old New Borrowed And Blue / Po' Ramblin' Boys / Toil, Tears & Trouble / Rounder
  • Stone Walls And Steel Bars / Lonesome Ace Stringband / Modern Old-Time Sounds For The Bluegrass And Folksong Jamboree / Self-Produced
  • Each Season Changes You / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Blue-Eyed Darlin' / Jason Barie / Pieces / Billy Blue Records
  • The Hills And Home / High Fidelity / Hills And Home / Rebel
  • Had It Not Been For The Train / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / It's About Tyme / Break A String Productions
  • Rock Hearts / Jimmy Martin / You Don't Know My Mind / Rounder
  • Philadelphia Lawyer / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • The Eighth Of January / Chubby Wise / An American Original / Pinecastle
  • We Three Kings / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • Don't Tune Him Out / The Whites / Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout:  Bluegrass Gospel From The Pen Of Rick Lang / Billy Blue Records
  • We Missed You In Church Last Sunday / Sally Berry / God Is In Control / Upper Management Music
  • Stormy Waters / Alan Bibey & Grasstowne / Gonna Rise & Shine / Mountain Fever Records
  • Springtime In Glory / Johnson Mountain Boys / The Stained-Glass Hour / Rounder
  • Lay Down Your Troubles / Gary Ferguson / I'm Really Leaving / Webco [Gary Ferguson birthday, 1/6/1950]
  • I Hear My Savior Calling / Stanley Brothers / Selected Cuts, 1955-1956 / JSP Records
  • So Happy I'll Be / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1948-1950 / JSP Records 
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder