Tuesday, May 14, 2024

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 5/12/2024

Hanging out with my mother at Roy Acuff's house
During Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe, we covered lots of musical ground.  As it was Mother's Day, we celebrated MOM in song with twenty-one wonderful songs about her -- whether she's still with us, or lives on only in memory.  Hope all of the mothers had a fabulous day.

We also remembered the May birthday of Country Music Hall of Famer, Hank Snow (May 9, 1914 - December 20, 1999).  Many songs originally performed and/or written by the Singing Ranger have been covered in the world of Bluegrass over the years, so we enjoyed a few of them on Sunday.

Two important members of the Bluegrass community recently passed, and we couldn't let the show go by without remembering them.  Frank Wakefield (June 26, 1934 - April 26, 2024) was an incredibly talented mandolinist with a super-unique personality.  Smiling Jim Mills (December 18, 1966 - May 3, 2024) was not only a top-notch banjo picker who worked for many years both with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver as well as Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, but he was also a noted expert on pre-war Gibson banjos.  We celebrated both of these gentlemen on Sunday afternoon.

New music was a big part of the program on Sunday, too, and we included brand-new (or recent) music from several performers, including Jason Carter & Michael Cleveland, Williamson Branch, Becky Buller, the Grascals, the Lonesome River Band, Adam McIntosh, Volume Five, Seth Mulder & Midnight Run, and Junior Sisk.

Hope you enjoyed the show!  Please consider joining me once more this coming Sunday afternoon from 4-7PM.

Amy O.


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • God Bless Her, 'Cause She Is My Mother / Gibson Brothers / Long Forgotten Dream / Hay Holler
  • Listen To Me Mother / Springfield Exit / That Was Then / Patuxent Music
  • Thank God For A Mama / Lonesome River Band / One Step Forward / Sugar Hill
  • From The Hollow / BearTracks / From The Hollow / AMT Records
  • Mama's Opry / Chris Brashear / Heart Of The Country / Dog Boy Records
  • Mother Of A Miner's Child / Country Gentlemen / The Complete Vanguard Recordings / Vanguard
  • Mother's Voice Is In The Wind / Johnson Mountain Boys / Favorites / Rounder
  • Mother Knows Best / Jesse Brock / Kickin' Grass / Pinecastle
  • I'm Movin' On / Hank Snow / The Essential Hank Snow / RCA Legacy [Remembering Hank Snow:  5/9/1914 - 12/20/1999]
  • The Golden Rocket / David Peterson & 1946 / In The Mountaintops To Roam / Self-Produced [Remembering Hank Snow:  5/9/1914 - 12/20/1999]
  • A Fool Such As I / Audie Blaylock / Trains Are The Only Way To Fly / Self-Produced [Remembering Hank Snow:  5/9/1914 - 12/20/1999]
  • One More Ride / Bear Bridge Band / One More Ride / Open Road [Remembering Hank Snow:  5/9/1914 - 12/20/1999]
  • Would You Mind / Hank Snow / The Essential Hank Snow / RCA Legacy [Remembering Hank Snow:  5/9/1914 - 12/20/1999]
  • The Goldrush Is Over / Warrior River Boys / Sounds Like Home / Rounder [Remembering Hank Snow:  5/9/1914 - 12/20/1999]
  • Down The Trail Of Aching Hearts / Special Consensus / The Trail Of Aching Hearts / Pinecastle [Remembering Hank Snow:  5/9/1914 - 12/20/1999]
  • Hank Snow Medley / Country Gentlemen / Live In Japan / Rebel [Remembering Hank Snow:  5/9/1914 - 12/20/1999]
  • Music Makin' Mama From Memphis / Hank Snow / The Essential Hank Snow / RCA Legacy [Remembering Hank Snow:  5/9/1914 - 12/20/1999]
  • Give It Away / Jason Carter & Michael Cleveland / single / Fiddleman Records
  • Hang Around For The Heartache / Lonesome River Band / single / Mountain Home
  • Jubilee / Becky Buller with Aoife O'Donovan / Jubilee / Dark Shadow Recording
  • Southern Nights / Williamson Branch with Carl Jackson / single / Pinecastle
  • County Wishing Well / Volume Five / single / Mountain Fever Records
  • Pull The Trigger / The Grascals / single / Mountain Home
  • Johnny B. Goode / Seth Mulder & Midnight Run / single / Rebel
  • Peaceful Easy Feeling / Adam McIntosh / Restless / Billy Blue Records
  • Tennessee Banjo Man / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Pressing On Regardless / Brentwood Music [Remembering Jim Mills:  12/18/1966 - 5/3/2024]
  • The Hide Head Blues / Jim Mills / Hide Head Blues / Sugar Hill [Remembering Jim Mills:  12/18/1966 - 5/3/2024]
  • How Mountain Girls Can Love / Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder / Live At The Charleston Music Hall / Skaggs Family Records [Remembering Jim Mills:  12/18/1966 - 5/3/2024]
  • He Came From Carolina (A Tribute To Earl) / Jim Mills / Bound To Ride / Sugar Hill [Remembering Jim Mills:  12/18/1966 - 5/3/2024]
  • Careless Love / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / A School Of Bluegrass / Crossroads Music [Remembering Jim Mills:  12/18/1966 - 5/3/2024]
  • New Camptown Races / Red Allen & Frank Wakefield / Bluegrass / Folkways [Remembering Frank Wakefield:  6/26/1934 - 4/26/2024]
  • Are You Afraid To Die / Red Allen & Frank Wakefield / Bluegrass / Folkways [Remembering Frank Wakefield:  6/26/1934 - 4/26/2024]
  • Echo Blues / Frank Wakefield, Taylor Baker & Friends / Frank Wakefield, Taylor Baker & Friends / Patuxent Music [Remembering Frank Wakefield:  6/26/1934 - 4/26/2024]
  • Dear Mom / Wayne Taylor / Dear Mom / Raincoe Music
  • Hand That Rocks The Cradle / Gary Ferguson / I'm Really Leaving / Webco
  • Memories Of Mother / Junior Sisk with Ricky Skaggs / If There's A Will There's A Way / Mountain Fever Records
  • Always Be Kind To Your Mother / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • When My Momma Sang To Me / Nancy Pate / When My Momma Sang To Me:  Songs Of Murphy Hicks Henry / Arrandem Records
  • I Haven't Seen Mama In Years / Spinney Brothers / Going Home / Self-Produced
  • Mama Tried / The Seldom Scene / SCENEchronized / Sugar Hill
  • Medals For Mothers / IIIrd Tyme Out / Back To The MAC / Rounder
  • Mama's Hand / Lynn Morris / Mama's Hand / Rounder
  • Little Mountain Church House / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / A School Of Bluegrass / Crossroads Music
  • Give Mother My Crown / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Gospel / Columbia Legacy
  • My Mother's Bible / Bear Minimum / The Automobile Of Life / Open Road
  • Some Day / Blue Highway / Midnight Storm / Rounder
  • Come On In / Authentic Unlimited / The Gospel Sessions, Volume 2 / Billy Blue Records
  • Shake Hands With Mother Again / Laurel Canyon Ramblers / Blue Rambler 2 / Sugar Hill
  • Music In My Soul / High Fidelity / Music In My Soul / Rebel
  • Joy Of Revelation / McCoury Brothers / The McCoury Brothers / Rounder
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, April 28, 2024

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 4/28/2024

In honor of Sunday's beautiful (starting out, anyway) Spring weather, we adopted "S" as our Letter of the Week during the majority of this day's Bluegrass Cafe.   


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

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Tragic Love / Stanley Brothers / Selected Cuts, 1955-1956 / JSP Records
  • It's A Good Day / Shelton & Williams / So Much Time, So Much Love / Grass Tank Music
  • That Kind Of Lonesome / Eddie Sanders / That Kind Of Lonesome / Engelhardt Music Group
  • Little Maggie / Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, 1971-1973 / Rebel
  • Life To Go / Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Stanley Family Records
  • I'm Coming Back But I Don't Know When / South Carolina Broadcasters / Home To Stay / Patuxent Music
  • Don't Let Me Cross Over / Sister Sadie / Sister Sadie / Pinecastle
  • Shuckin' The Corn / Sleepy Man Banjo Boys / The Farthest Horizon / Self-Produced
  • You Better Hold On To Your Heart / Shannon Slaughter / Hold On To Your Heart / Self-Produced
  • Gonna Catch A Train / Spinney Brothers / Tried & True / Mountain Fever Records
  • Big Train (From Memphis) / Seldom Scene / Long Time...Seldom Scene / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Muddy Water / Sommers Rosenthal Family Band / Down The Road / American Melody
  • Newton Grove / Sideline / Ups, Downs, And No Name Towns / Mountain Home
  • I'm Lonesome / Jeremy Stephens / How I Hear It / Rebel
  • The Night Flatt & Scruggs Played Carnegie Hall / Jerry Salley / Front Porch Philosophy / Very Jerry Records
  • When The Wind Comes Up / Jody Stecher with Mile 12 / Mile 77 / Don Gionvanni Records
  • The Sun Also Rises / Shady Creek / The Old Home / Self-Produced
  • Long Journey Home / Billy Strings / Me/And/Dad / Rounder
  • Brown's Ferry Blues / Tony Trischka with Billy Strings / single / Down The Road Records
  • (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / Talk Of The Town / Billy Blue Records
  • Till Lonesome Comes Around / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / single / Pinecastle
  • Second To None / Authentic Unlimited / So Much For Forever / Billy Blue Records
  • Good Thing Gone Wrong / Kenny & Amanda Smith / single / Farm Boy Records
  • Just Because / Del McCoury Band / single / McCoury Music
  • The Rock Island Line / Straight Drive / I'll Take A Page From Your Book / Cabinwood Music
  • I'll Never Do Better Than You / Charlie Sizemore / The Story Is...The Songs Of Tom T. Hall / Rebel
  • Goodbye Girls I'm Going To Boston / Adam Steffey / New Primitive / Organic Records
  • Henry Hill / Larry Sparks / New Moon Over My Shoulder / Rebel
  • The Ties That Bind / Starlett & Big John / Living In The South / Rebel
  • Alberta Bound / Special Consensus / Great Blue North / Compass Records
  • Hummingbird / Shoregrass / Hummingbird (And Other Nearly True Stories) / Self-Produced
  • Bluegrass Country / Junior Sisk / If There's A Will, There's A Way / Mountain Fever Records
  • Wall Around Your Heart / Jeff Scroggins & Colorado / Ramblin' Feels Good / Self-Produced
  • Mule Skinner Blues / Billy & Terry Smith / Bill Monroe Tribute / K-Tel Records
  • I Got A New One / Kelley John Gibson / The Keeping Kind / Self-Produced
  • Pray / Kelley John Gibson / The Keeping Kind / Self-Produced
  • New Camptown Races / Red Allen, Frank Wakefield & the Kentuckians / Classic Bluegrass From Smithsonian Folkways / Smithsonian Folkways [Remembering Frank Wakefield:  6/26/1934 - 4/24/2024]
  • Now Just Suppose / Johnson Mountain Boys / At The Old Schoolhouse / Rounder
  • I'm Waiting To Hear You Call Me Darling / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Sides, 1950-1952 / JSP Records
  • Air Mail Special / Jim & Jesse / First Sounds:  The Capitol Years / Capitol
  • My Eyes Shall Be On Canaan's Land / Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad / Pickin' , Praisin' & Singin':  Hymns From The Mountain / Rural Rhythm Christian
  • Mama's Rocking Chair / Southern Rail / Glory Train / Pinecastle
  • Which Train / Williamson Branch / Heritage & Hope / Pinecastle
  • Born Again / Larry Stephenson Band / Pull Your Savior In / Whysper Dream Music
  • I John Saw / Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band / Wings Of Gold / Rebel
  • These Are They / Junior Sisk / If There's A Will, There's A Way / Mountain Fever Records
  • I'd Rather Live By The Side Of The Road / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • Jordan / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / Talk Of The Town / Billy Blue Records
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, April 21, 2024

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 4/21/2024

Ben Eldridge (8/13/1938 - 4/14/2024)
[Photo by Ted Lehmann]
During this day's Bluegrass Cafe, we put the main focus on the music of Ben Eldridge -- the banjo playing co-founder of The Seldom Scene -- who died one week ago at the age of 85.  Along with his Scene bandmates, Ben was inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2014.  He was the last of the original members of the Scene to retire from the band after 44 years of holding down the banjo role.  By all accounts, Ben Eldridge was an incredibly nice and funny man, and we will always be grateful for his contribution to the Bluegrass lexicon.  To celebrate his life and his career, we shared several songs from the Scene, as well as a few selections from a couple of the albums Ben recorded with Cliff Waldron & the New Shades Of Grass in 1970 and 1971.  If you would like to read more about the life of Ben Eldridge, check out this fairly extensive remembrance published in Bluegrass Today or read his biography from the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.  

This week, it was also announced that a very important album in the history of Bluegrass music is being added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry.  "The New South" (featuring J.D. Crowe along with Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby Slone, and Jerry Douglas) was released by Rounder Records in 1975.  Better known by its catalog number (Rounder 0044) than the album title, this well-regarded work is probably on the Top 10 favorite list of albums among many, many Bluegrass fans and musicians.  How nice to know it'll be preserved forever in the Library of Congress.

There wasn't a lot of new music to share this week, but we did include new or recent selections from Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road, Bluegrass Express, the Red Camel Collective, Dave Adkins, and the Wilson Banjo Co.

Hope you have a wonderful week.  Thanks for listening to our Bluegrass Cafe!

Amy O.


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • A Little Bit Of Bluegrass / Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road / A Little Bit Of Bluegrass / Pinecastle
  • I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me / Carolina Blue / I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me / Pinecastle
  • Bill Monroe For Breakfast / Acoustic Blue / This Is Now / Self-Produced
  • That Bluegrass Music / Gibson Brothers / Bona Fide / Sugar Hill
  • Come And Sit By The River / Country Gentlemen / The Sugar HIll Years / Sugar Hill
  • I Almost Told Her / East Nash Grass / Last Chance To Win / Mountain Fever Records
  • Polka On A Banjo / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / 16 Biggest Hits / Columbia Legacy
  • Are You Missing Me? / Jim & Jesse / First Sounds:  The Capitol Years / Capitol
  • The In Crowd / Country Gentlemen / The Sugar Hill Years / Sugar Hill
  • Old Home Place / The New South / The New South / Rounder
  • Rock, Salt & Nails / The New South / The New South / Rounder
  • I'm Walkin' / The New South / The New South / Rounder
  • Subscription To Loneliness / Henhouse Prowlers / Lead And Iron / Dark Shadow Recording
  • San Joaquin / Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway / Golden West / Nonesuch Records
  • I'll Still Write Your Name In The Sand / Mac Wiseman / The Chronological Mac Wiseman, 1956-1959 / Kipepeo Publishing
  • Bottom Of The Ninth / Jason Barie / Radioactive / Billy Blue Records
  • Sunny Days (Are Comin' Once Again) / Michael Cleveland with Jeff White & Dan Tyminski / Lovin' Of The Game / Compass Records
  • North Wind / Bluegrass Express / single / Plum River Records
  • Yellow Line / Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road / Yellow Line / Pinecastle
  • Roll On Mississippi / Red Camel Collective / single / Pinecastle
  • Bad Moon Rising / Dave Adkins / What I'm For / Billy Blue Records
  • Our Last Goodbye/Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine / Wilson Banjo Co. / Memory Lane / Pinecastle
  • Tennessee / Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys / Bean Blossom / MCA
  • Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bean Blossom / MCA
  • Cross Country / Cliff Waldron & the New Shades Of Grass / Right On! / Rebel [Remembering Ben Eldridge:  8/13/1938 - 4/14/2024]
  • Close The Door Lightly When You Go / Cliff Waldron & the New Shades Of Grass / Traveling Light / Rebel [Remembering Ben Eldridge:  8/13/1938 - 4/14/2024]
  • Bill Cheetham / Cliff Waldron & the New Shades Of Grass / Traveling Light / Rebel [Remembering Ben Eldridge:  8/13/1938 - 4/14/2024]
  • Raised By The Railroad Line / The Seldom Scene / Act I / Rebel [Remembering Ben Eldridge:  8/13/1938 - 4/14/2024]
  • Smokin' Hickory / The Seldom Scene / Act Two / Rebel [Remembering Ben Eldridge:  8/13/1938 - 4/14/2024]
  • Hail To The Redskins / The Seldom Scene / Act 3 / Rebel [Remembering Ben Eldridge:  8/13/1938 - 4/14/2024]
  • What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round / The Seldom Scene / Long Time...Seldom Scene / Smithsonian Folkways [Remembering Ben Eldridge:  8/13/1938 - 4/14/2024]
  • Hit Parade Of Love / The Seldom Scene / Live At The Cellar Door / Rebel [Remembering Ben Eldridge:  8/13/1938 - 4/14/2024]
  • Biscuits And Gravy / Nick Chandler & Delivered / Silver Bird / Pinecastle
  • I Wish You Knew / Auldridge, Reid & Coleman / High Time / Sugar Hill
  • I Know You're Married (But I Love You Still) / Reno & Smiley / Good Old Country Ballads / King
  • Leaving Crazytown / Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle / High Peaks And New Ground / Rural Rhythm
  • Runaway Train / Travelin' McCourys / single / McCoury Music
  • Help Me Climb That Mountain / Lynn Morris Band / The Lynn Morris Band / Rounder
  • Gardens And Memories / Greg Blake & Hometown / The View From Home / Get It Played
  • Take Him In / The Seldom Scene / Baptizing / Rebel [Remembering Ben Eldridge:  8/13/1938 - 4/14/2024]
  • I Need The Prayers / High Fidelity / Music In My Soul / Rebel
  • The Everlasting Arms / Cliff Waldron & the New Shades Of Grass / Right On! / Rebel [Remembering Ben Eldridge:  8/13/1938 - 4/14/2024]
  • Daniel Prayed / Patty Loveless / Bluegrass Top 20 Gospel Songs Of The Century / New Haven Records
  • Will You Be Ready To Go Home / The Seldom Scene / Scene 20 / Sugar Hill [Remembering Ben Eldridge:  8/13/1938 - 4/14/2024]
  • I'm Working On A Building / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder 
  • Lord Lift Me Up / Bluegrass Patriots / Kneel At The Cross / Red Feather
  • I'll Be No Stranger There / The Seldom Scene / A Change Of Scenery / Sugar Hill [Remembering Ben Eldridge:  8/13/1938 - 4/14/2024]
  • Will The Circle Be Unbroken / The Seldom Scene / Live At The Cellar Door / Rebel [Remembering Ben Eldridge:  8/13/1938 - 4/14/2024]
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 4/14/2024

Our Tax Day Eve Bluegrass Cafe broadcast on April 14th started with several songs about money (or lack of it) and, of course, taxes.  Other sets of music from Sunday's show focused on newer tracks, and there were several April birthdays to remember.  Hope you were able to join us, but if not, read on for the recap...

For April birthdays, we remembered the 60th birthday of Stuart Duncan (born April 14, 1964), as well as the 80th birthday of Doyle Lawson (born April 20, 1944).  We also celebrated the birthdays (or birth anniversaries) of Delia Bell, Bob Dick, and Hylo Brown.

There was a bit of recent music from Alison Brown & Steve Martin, Darren Beachley & Kyle Windbeck, Junior Sisk, Adam McIntosh, the Price Sisters, Authentic Unlimited, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, and Howard Parker.

And we celebrated two Pioneers of Bluegrass who were honored Sunday afternoon by the Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance at their Hall of Fame ceremonies.  We celebrated both the late Bill Rawlings, as well as Dave Papuga, an eastern Connecticut guitarist who worked for several years with the Pike Brothers and Earlene Pike.  We'll focus more on their music over the next few weeks.

Hope you were able to join us on Sunday, but if not, we sure hope you'll consider tuning in this coming Sunday from 4-7PM for another edition of our Bluegrass Cafe.

Enjoy the week!

Amy O.


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Lower On The Hog / IIIrd Tyme Out / Puttin' New Roots Down / Rebel
  • Empty Pocket Blues / Hot Rize / Hot Rize / Flying Fish
  • I Ain't Broke But I'm Badly Bent / David Grisman / Bluegrass Class Of 1990 / Rounder
  • Taxes / Smokey Greene / The Friendly Voice Of Smokey Greene / Pinecastle
  • Poverty Row / Cedar Hill / Poverty Row / Blue Circle Records
  • Seventeen Cents / Lynn Morris Band / You'll Never Be The Sun / Rounder
  • Over The Hills To The Poorhouse / Country Gentlemen / The Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • Another Day, Another Dollar / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / Rambler's Call / Rebel
  • Another Day, Another Dollar / Alison Krauss & Union Station / Every Time You Say Goodbye / Rounder
  • Every Time You Say Goodbye / Alison Krauss & Union Station / Every Time You Say Goodbye / Rounder
  • I Don't Do Floors / James King / Bed By The Window / Rounder
  • The Lonesome River / Stanley Brothers / The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers / Columbia Legacy
  • Georgia Five String / Gillis Brothers / Heart & Soul / Rebel
  • Look For Me / Angelica Grim / Look For Me / Patuxent Music
  • Best Female Actress / Feinberg Brothers / Songs We Sing / Cabinwood Music
  • Love Please Come Home / Reno & Smiley / Classic Bluegrass / King
  • Leaves In The Wind / Missy Werner Band / Three Kinds Of Lonesome / Self-Produced
  • 1946 / David Peterson & 1946 / In The Mountaintops To Roam / Self-Produced
  • Bluegrass Radio / Alison Brown & Steve Martin / single / Compass Records
  • Where Does A Hobo Go / Darren Beachley & Kyle Windbeck / single / Turnberry Records
  • Midnight / Price Sisters / Between The Lines / McCoury Music
  • Girl Behind The Bar / Adam McIntosh / Restless / Billy Blue Records
  • A Drive At Dusk / Authentic Unlimited / So Much For Forever / Billy Blue Records
  • I'm Down To My Last Cigarette / Howard Parker feat. Shannon Leigh Reynolds / single / Waiting For Lester Records
  • Wild And Wicked World / Junior Sisk / If There's A Will There's A Way / Mountain Fever Records
  • The Price I Pay / Darin & Brooke Aldridge with John Jorgensen / single / Billy Blue Records
  • Angeline The Baker / Nashville Bluegrass Band / The Nashville Bluegrass Band / Rounder [Stuart Duncan birthday, 4/14/1964]
  • Prisoner's Song / Hylo Brown / Lovesick And Sorrow / King [Remembering Hylo Brown:  4/20/1922 - 1/17/2003]
  • Life's Highway / Bob Dick / Life's Highway / Self-Produced [Bob Dick birthday, 4/18/1969]
  • Sad Situation / Bill Grant & Delia Bell / Dreaming / Rounder [Remembering Delia Bell:  4/16/1935 - 6/15/2018]
  • Lovesick And Sorrow / Hylo Brown / Lovesick And Sorrow / King [Remembering Hylo Brown:  4/20/1922 - 1/17/2003]
  • Walking Down The Line / Country Gentlemen / Live In Japan / Rebel [Doyle Lawson birthday, 4/20/1944]
  • Blackjack / J.D. Crowe / Bluegrass Holiday / Rebel [Doyle Lawson birthday, 4/20/1944]
  • I'll Be Around Somewhere / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / The Original Band / Sugar Hill [Doyle Lawson birthday, 4/20/1944]
  • Out In The Cold World / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Live In Prague, Czech Republic / Billy Blue Records [Doyle Lawson birthday, 4/20/1944]
  • One Car Funeral / Gibson Brothers / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • The Room Over Mine / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Steeped In Tradition / Brandywine
  • No One Now / Earlene Pike / Earlene Pike / Zap
  • I'll Never See My Home Again / Fred Pike, Bill Rawlings & the Twin River Boys / Authentic Bluegrass Folk Music / Osage
  • Pickin' On Asheville Pike / Pike Family & the Pine Hill Ranchers / To Warm And Comfort You / Rebel
  • He Was A Friend Of Mine / Fred Pike, Bill Rawlings & the Twin River Boys / Authentic Bluegrass Folk Music / Osage
  • Rock My Soul / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Rock My Soul / Sugar Hill [Doyle Lawson birthday, 4/20/1944]
  • When My Time Comes To Go / IIIrd Tyme Out / IIIrd Tyme Out / Rebel
  • Won't It Be Wonderful / Authentic Unlimited / The Gospel Sessions, Volume 2 / Billy Blue Records
  • I Am Just A Pilgrim / Appalachian Road Show / Barry Abernathy & Darrell Webb Present Appalachian Road Show / Billy Blue Records
  • So Happy I'll Be / Rhonda Vincent & the Rage / Ragin' Live / Rounder
  • Hold Fast To The Right / Nashville Bluegrass Band / To Be His Child / Rounder [Stuart Duncan birthday, 4/14/1964]
  • Preachin', Prayin', Singin' / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Sides, 1948-1950 / JSP Records
  • On The Sea Of Life / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Rock My Soul / Sugar Hill [Doyle Lawson birthday, 4/20/1944]
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Sunday, April 07, 2024

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 4/7/2024

Our first Bluegrass Cafe for the month of April started with nearly an hour's worth of songs featuring "A" performers (requirement:  the performer's last name or band name began with the letter "A").  We also honored a New England Bluegrass pioneer who recently passed, shared a little bit of new music, remembered the great Merle Haggard's birth anniversary with lots of covers of his music, and included a telephone visit with Alex MacLeod of Rock Hearts.  It was a stuffed three hours -- hope you were able to join us!

A few weeks ago, old friend Dave Shaw asked me if I was aware that Herb Hooven (May 29, 1931 - February 22, 2024) had passed.  I recognized his name, but wasn't overly familiar with this multi-instrumentalist.  Turns out this Southern transplant to Massachusetts played music with some very influential Bluegrass musicians over the years, including Jimmy Martin, the Lilly Brothers & Don Stover, and Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys, among others.  Thanks to Dave for providing some of Herb's music for us to enjoy.  If you'd like to know more about Herb Hooven, here's a link to his obituary.

We checked in with Alex MacLeod from Rock Hearts around 5:30PM today.  This busy band is getting ready to release their second recording for 615 Hideaway Records later on this Spring.  If you would like to see this band perform, they have an upcoming show at the Suffield VFW in West Suffield, CT on April 13th.  For more information about Rock Hearts, their music, or their upcoming gigs, check out the band's website.

And we couldn't let the birth (and death) anniversary of the great Merle Haggard (April 6, 1937 - April 6, 2016) pass without acknowledgement, either.  Though the Hag was not a Bluegrass performer -- even though he released "The Bluegrass Sessions" in 2007 -- his music has greatly influenced many Bluegrass performers over the years.  We included three songs by Merle Haggard in our tribute set and six Bluegrass covers, though we could have played far more.

Hope you were able to join us for the show today.  We hope to be back on the air with you next Sunday afternoon from 4-7PM with another edition of our Bluegrass Cafe.  Consider joining us, if you can.

Have a great week!

Amy O.


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Willow Creek Dam / American Drive / American Drive / Pinecastle
  • Reflections Of Love / Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band / Reflections Of Love / Rebel
  • Funky Mountain Special / Tom Adams / Adams County Banjo / Rounder
  • Helen / Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray & Friends / Many A Mile / Patuxent Music
  • Banjo Bop / Eddie Adcock / Vintage Banjo Jam / Patuxent Music
  • Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses / Tina Adair / Tina Adair / Engelhardt Music Group
  • The Hills That I Call Home / Bob & Sarah Amos / EverOnward / Bristlecone
  • You'll Always Be My Blue Eyed Darling / Red Allen & Frank Wakefield / The WDON Recordings, 1963 / Patuxent Music
  • La La Blues / Appalachian Road Show / Jubilation / Billy Blue Records
  • Lucille / Jay Armsworthy & Eastern Tradition / My Best Friend / Patuxent Music
  • Goin' Home Comin' On / Carley Arrowood / Goin' Home Comin' Home / Mountain Home
  • Thinking About You / Bobby Atkins & the Countrymen / Memories Of Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs Of The 1950s / Thunderbolt Records
  • Grand Ole Circle / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / This Life We're Livin' / Billy Blue Records
  • Temperance Reel / Scott Anderson / Tales From The Swamp / Mato
  • Silence Or Tears / Auldridge, Bennett & Gaudreau / This Old Town / Rebel
  • I'm Going Back Home (Cabin Song #47) / ASH&W / ASH&W / Rebel
  • Hand Me Down My Walking Cane / Apple & Setser / Apple & Setser / Bell Buckle Records
  • Big Wheels / Authentic Unlimited / So Much For Forever / Billy Blue Records
  • Last Train / Howard Parker feat. Dave Bitler / single / Waiting For Lester Records
  • Benfield Line / Authentic Unlimited / So Much For Forever / Billy Blue Records
  • Changing The Words To My Love Song / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / Rounder [Remembering Herb Hooven:  5/29/1931 - 2/22/2024]
  • 'Neath That Cold Gray Tomb Of Stone / Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / Classic Bluegrass From Smithsonian Folkways / Smithsonian Folkways [Remembering Herb Hooven:  5/29/1931 - 2/22/2024]
  • Wanderlust / Rock Hearts / Wanderlust / 615 Hideaway Records
  • Telephone conversation with Alex MacLeod of Rock Hearts
  • Let Me Be The Best Bible / Rock Hearts / single / 615 Hideaway Records
  • Unfinished Bridges / Rock Hearts / single / 615 Hideaway Records
  • Wind To The West / Blue Highway / Wind To The West / Rebel
  • (My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers / Merle Haggard / Down Every Road, 1962-1994 / Capitol [Remembering Merle Haggard:  4/6/1937 - 4/6/2016]
  • Working Man Blues / Osborne Brothers / Hillbilly Fever / CMH [Remembering Merle Haggard:  4/6/1937 - 4/6/2016]
  • Big City / U.S. Navy Band Country Current / Live / Altissimo [Remembering Merle Haggard:  4/6/1937 - 4/6/2016]
  • Mama Tried / Merle Haggard / Timeless / Cracker Barrel [Remembering Merle Haggard:  4/6/1937 - 4/6/2016]
  • Slowly But Surely / Amy Gallatin & Roger Williams / Something 'Bout You / Happy Appy Records [Remembering Merle Haggard:  4/6/1937 - 4/6/2016]
  • Rainbow Stew / The Little Roy & Lizzy Show / Welcome To The Show / Mountain Home [Remembering Merle Haggard:  4/6/1937 - 4/6/2016]
  • Silver Wings / Spinney Brothers / Side By Side / Self-Produced [Remembering Merle Haggard:  4/6/1937 - 4/6/2016]
  • Back To The Barrooms / J.D. Crowe & the New South / Come On Down To My World / Rounder [Remembering Merle Haggard:  4/6/1937 - 4/6/2016]
  • The Fightin' Side Of Me / Merle Haggard / Down Every Road, 1962-1994 / Capitol [Remembering Merle Haggard:  4/6/1937 - 4/6/2016]
  • Come On In / Authentic Unlimited / The Gospel Sessions, Volume 2 / Billy Blue Records
  • Going Up Home To Live In Green Pastures / Ralph Stanley with Larry Sparks / Saturday Night & Sunday Morning / Freeland Recording
  • Music In My Soul / High Fidelity / Music In My Soul / Rebel
  • Mansion In The Grave / Bear Bridge Band / A Bluegrass Sampler / Open Road
  • God Moves In A Windstorm / Blue Highway / Wind To The West / Rebel
  • If There's A Will There's A Way / Junior Sisk / If There's A Will There's A Way / Mountain Fever Records
  • Get In Line Brother / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Gospel / Columbia Legacy
  • I'll Be No Stranger There / Seldom Scene / Long Time...Seldom Scene / Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Singing As We Rise / Gibson Brothers with Ricky Skaggs / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 3/31/2024

For a Bluegrass Cafe that aired on Easter Sunday, you might expect to hear all sorts of Easter-themed Bluegrass songs...and you would be absolutely right!  We included Easter music performed by everybody from the Stanley Brothers to the Old Time Bluegrass Singers to the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band to Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band.  And there were many more songs that we could have played, but we just ran out of time.  Hope you enjoyed this blessed day!  

Sunday was the last day of March, which is known as Women's History Month.  To that end, we shared several selections from some of the finest female singers and musicians in the history of Bluegrass music.  We could have easily filled the whole show with just music from female performers, but instead, we'll keep on enjoying music from these fine musicians whenever we can, no matter the month.

And there were a few late March/early April birthdays to celebrate, including those of young Wyatt Ellis, Jeremy Stephens, Missy Raines, Cliff Waldron, and Bluegrass Hall of Famer Bill Clifton.

Finally, we included a little bit of new music from the likes of Alison Brown with Steve Martin, Junior Sisk, Daniel Grindstaff (with Trey Hensley), and two brand-new recordings from Authentic Unlimited.

Enjoy your week, and we'll hope to join you once again on Sunday afternoon for another edition of our Bluegrass Cafe.

Amy O.


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

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • The Cry From The Cross / Stanley Brothers / Selected Cuts, 1956-1959 / JSP Records
  • Just As The Sun Went Down / James King / Garden In The Sky / Rounder
  • Stone Was Rolled Away / Old Time Bluegrass Singers / Plastic Heart / Open Road
  • Search Inside An Empty Tomb / The Rarely Herd / What About Him / Pinecastle
  • El Dorado / Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway / City Of Gold / Nonesuch
  • Forever You / Gloria Belle / Love Of The Mountains / Webco
  • You Tried To Ruin My Name / Wilma Lee Cooper / O Sister! / Rounder
  • Blue Grass Breakdown / Donna & Roni Stoneman / The Legend Continues / Patuxent Music
  • The Last Old Shovel / Phyllis Boyens / O Sister! / Rounder
  • You'll Get No More Of Me / Lynn Morris Band / The Lynn Morris Band / Rounder
  • So Far / Flatt Lonesome / Too / Mountain Home
  • Blue Baby Now / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / This Life We're Livin' / Billy Blue Records
  • Mama's Cross / Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road / A Little Bit Of Bluegrass / Pinecastle
  • You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man / White Mountain Bluegrass / Aragon Mill / Strictly Country Records
  • Love You In Vain / Alison Krauss & Union Station / Bluegrass Class Of 1990 / Rounder
  • Still Waters / Jaelee Roberts / Something You Didn't Count On / Mountain Home
  • Once A Day / PIke Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / The Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / Rebel
  • Cabin On A Mountain / Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick / Laurie & Kathy Sing Songs Of Vern & Ray / Spruce And Maple Music
  • Alison Brown & Steve Martin / Bluegrass Radio / single / Compass Records
  • Memories Of Mother / Junior Sisk with Ricky Skaggs / If There's A Will There's A Way / Mountain Fever Records
  • Blue Smoke / Wyatt Ellis with Marty Stuart / Happy Valley / Knee High Records [Wyatt Ellis birthday, 4/3/2009]
  • Looking At The World Through A Windshield / Daniel Grindstaff feat. Trey Hensley / single / Bonfire Recording Co.
  • Could I Knock On Your Door / Jeremy Stephens / How I Hear It / Rebel [Jeremy Stephens birthday, 3/31/1984]
  • Listen To The Lonesome Wind / Missy Raines / Highlander / Compass Records [Missy Raines birthday, 4/6/1962]
  • Little White Washed Chimney / Bill Clifton / The Early Years, 1957-1958 / Rounder [Bill Clifton birthday, 4/5/1931]
  • The Empty Grave / Gary Ferguson / Without You / Turquoise Records
  • He's Passing This Way / High Fidelity / Hills And Home / Rebel
  • Gonna Rise And Shine / Alan Bibey & Grasstowne / Gonna Rise And Shine / Mountain Fever Records
  • Legend Of The Dogwood Tree / Country Gentlemen Tribute Band / Yesterday And Tomorrow / Patuxent Music
  • Were You There / Seldom Scene / Scene 20 / Sugar Hill
  • Remember The Cross / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1940-1946 / JSP Records
  • I Am The Man, Thomas / Scottie Sparks / The Stanley Gospel Tradition / Doobie Shea Records
  • By The Mark / Dailey & Vincent / Dailey & Vincent / Rounder
  • Once Upon A Heartbeat / The Rarely Herd / Pure Homemade Love / Pinecastle
  • Ragged Man / Gibson Brothers / Bona Fide / Sugar Hill
  • Bye Bye Love / Spectrum / Bluegrass Goes To Town / Rounder
  • Hold Whatcha Got / Jimmy Martin / Good 'N' Country & Country Music Time / Jasmine
  • Memories Cover Everything I Own / Johnson Mountain Boys / Let The Whole World Talk / Rounder
  • Second To None / Authentic Unlimited / So Much For Forever / Billy Blue Records
  • Snowbird / Special Consensus with Claire Lynch / Great Blue North / Compass Records
  • Cry From The Cross / Authentic Unlimited / The Gospel Sessions, Volume 2 / Billy Blue Records
  • I'd Rather Live By The Side Of The Road / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Bluegrass Troubadour / Pinecastle
  • I'm Justified / Del McCoury Band / Family Circle / McCoury Music
  • When We Look On His Face / Bill Emerson with Cliff Waldron / Reunion / Webco [Cliff Waldron birthday, 4/4/1941]
  • Purple Robe / Spinney Brothers / Here At The Cross / Self-Produced
  • Blood Stains On The Cross / Larry Sparks / New Highway / Mountain Home
  • The Garden Tomb / The Isaacs with the Oak Ridge Boys / Industrial Strength Bluegrass / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Broken Stone / Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band / Wings Of Gold / Rebel
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 3/24/2024

We celebrated a few March birthdays during Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe, including those of Bluegrass Hall of Fame members John Starling, Dean Webb, and Paul Williams.  We also remembered a banjo playing Blue Grass Boy of the early 1950s, Rudy Lyle (March 17, 1936 - February 11, 1985), with several songs on which he played an active part.  This included music (of course!) from Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, as well as Uncle Joe Johnson and Jimmy Skinner, too.  If you would like to know more about Rudy Lyle, there was a biography published about him in 2022:  Rudy Lyle:  The Unsung Hero Of The Five-String Banjo by Max Wareham.  

There was some newer music to share during our broadcast, including brand-new selections from Junior Sisk, Adam McIntosh, the Tim Raybon Band, Crandall Creek with Greg Blake, the Edgar Loudermilk Band, Rock Hearts, and Lindley Creek.  There was also recent music from High Fidelity, the Price Sisters, the Kathy Kallick Band, the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, and Barry Abernathy (from the new Rick Lang-penned gospel collection).

Our plan is to join you once again on Easter Sunday afternoon.  If you're able to tune in, please do!  We should be on the air from 4-7PM...as always.

Have a good week -
Amy O.


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • The Howling Blue Winds / David Peterson & 1946 / The Howling Blue Winds / Self-Produced
  • Lonesome Wind Blues / Rhonda Vincent / Back Home Again / Rounder
  • Cold And Windy Night / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder
  • Cold Wind / Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys / Diamond Joe / Rounder
  • Windy Mountain / Lonesome Pine Fiddlers / Windy Mountain / Bear Family Records
  • Age / Bluegrass Album Band / The Bluegrass Compact Disc / Rounder
  • Down The Road / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Recordings / Mercury
  • Our Last Goodbye / Stanley Brothers / 20th Century Masters / Mercury
  • Toy Heart / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Anthology / MCA
  • Big Spike Hammer / Bluegrass Album Band / The Bluegrass Compact Disc, Volume 2 / Rounder
  • Wild Mountain Flowers For Mary / Lost & Found / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes / Here Today / Bluegrass Mountain Style / Rounder
  • Sweet Thang And Cisco / Lost & Found / A Ride Through The Country / Rebel
  • Honeycat Hornpipe / Corrina Rose Logston / Bluegrass Fiddler / Patuxent Music
  • Echo Canyon / Balsam Range / Kinetic Tone / Mountain Home
  • Don't You Know I Love You, Charlie Brown / Feinberg Brothers / Songs We Sing / Cabinwood Music
  • Dreamer's Hill / Lost & Found / Final Chapter / Mountain Fever Records
  • If There's A Will, There's A Way / Junior Sisk / If There's A Will, There's A Way / Mountain Fever Records
  • Every Time A Train Goes By / Adam McIntosh / Restless / Billy Blue Records
  • Headed Back To Tulsa / Tim Raybon Band / single / Pinecastle
  • Lazy Sunday / Crandall Creek with Greg Blake / single / Self-Produced
  • The Banks Of The River / Edgar Loudermilk Band / single / Pinecastle
  • Unfinished Bridges / Rock Hearts / single / 615 Hideaway Records
  • Spring Is In The Air Again / Lindley Creek / single / Pinecastle
  • Old Cold Shoulder / Junior Sisk / If There's A Will, There's A Way / Mountain Fever Records
  • Uncle Pen / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1950-1951 / JSP Records [Remembering Rudy Lyle:  3/17/1936 - 2/11/1985]
  • Natural Bridge Blues / Uncle Joe Johnson / WPAQ:  The Voice Of The Blue Ridge Mountains / Rounder [Remembering Rudy Lyle:  3/17/1936 - 2/11/1985]
  • I'm On My Way To The Old Home / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1950-1951 / JSP Records [Remembering Rudy Lyle:  3/17/1936 - 2/11/1985]
  • Too Hot To Handle / Jimmy Skinner / single / Decca [Remembering Rudy Lyle:  3/17/1936 - 2/11/1985]
  • Blue Grass Ramble / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1950-1951 / JSP Records [Remembering Rudy Lyle:  3/17/1936 - 2/11/1985]
  • Muddy Waters / Seldom Scene / Live At The Cellar Door / Sugar Hill [Remembering John Starling:  3/26/1940 - 5/2/2019]
  • The Old Home Place / The Dillards / There Is A Time (1963-70) / Vanguard [Remembering Dean Webb:  3/28/1937 - 6/30/2018]
  • Steppin' Stones / Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys / You Don't Know My Mind / Rounder [Paul Williams birthday, 3/30/1935]
  • Darling Please Come On Home / Nick Chandler & Delivered / Silver Bird / Pinecastle
  • I Will Always Be Waiting For You / High Fidelity / Hills And Home / Rebel
  • I Can Read Between The Lines In Your Letters / Price Sisters / Between The Lines/ McCoury Music
  • Just Lonesome Ol' Me And The Radio / Kathy Kallick Band / The Lonesome Chronicles / Live Oak Records
  • The Bigger The Fool (The Harder The Fall) / Lonesome Standard Time / Mighty Lonesome / Sugar Hill
  • Bringing In The Georgia Mail / Jim & Jesse & the Virginia Boys / In The Tradition / Rounder
  • Misty Mountain Rain / Country Gentlemen Tribute Band / Yesterday And Tomorrow / Patuxent Music
  • Don't Say Goodbye If You Love Me / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Live In Holland Strictly Country Records
  • Palms Of Victory / Country Gentlemen / Calling My Children Home / Rebel
  • The Touch Of God's Hand / Longview / Longview / Rounder
  • Hold On / Authentic Unlimited / Gospel Sessions, Volume 1 / Billy Blue Records
  • Are You Lost In Sin? / High Fidelity / Music In My Soul / Rebel
  • Where No Cabins Fall / Rhonda Vincent / Back Home Again / Rounder
  • Springtime In Glory / Johnson Mountain Boys / The Stained Glass Hour / Rounder
  • My Lord's Been A Walkin' / Spinney Brothers / Here At The Cross / Self-Produced
  • Just Beyond / Barry Abernathy / Blue Collar Gospel / Billy Blue Records
  • Goodbye / Crowe, Lawson & Williams / Old Friends Get Together / Mountain Home
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder