Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A few pictures from Pickin' in the Pasture...

While these photos were obviously not taken by any "official" festival photographer, they provide a glimpse of some of the terrific bands who performed at Pickin' in the Pasture last Friday and Saturday. From top to bottom, they are David Peterson & 1946, David Parmley & Continental Divide, Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass, and the Grascals (minus banjo player Dave Talbot, who somehow got cut out of this shot).

Monday, August 28, 2006

Pasture Pickin' - what a time!

I had the pleasure of spending this past Friday afternoon through Sunday morning at the Pickin' in the Pasture festival in Lodi, NY. This 9-year-old festival held in a little farming community in the Finger Lakes Region might just be one of the Northeast's best (and best-kept secret) BG festivals. Andy and Susan Alexander (shown here with son, Jesse, on the mandolin) open their farm and home -- literally -- every year to some of the greatest talent in Bluegrass, seemingly with an emphasis on the more traditional-sounding performers. While the weather was not the greatest -- temperatures in the upper 60s through lower 70s -- for the most part, it didn't rain during the day, and the crowd seemed to be having a wonderful time. What more could you want? While all of the performers were outstanding, the ones I saw who really seemed to draw the most crowd response were the Steep Canyon Rangers (finalists for IBMA's 2006 Emerging Act of the Year), the Grascals (winners of 2 IBMA Awards in 2005, including Emerging Act of the Year), David Peterson & 1946 (including Mike Bub on the bass and Charlie Cushman on the banjo, as well as the fun-to-watch-sing combo of Dave P. and mandolin player Mickey Boles), and, of course, the unofficial "host band," Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass. For those who like to keep score, Bob and/or Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass have played each of the 9 PIP festivals. I didn't get to see the Lewis Family or James King on Thursday, but I'm sure they were received warmly by the crowd, too.

Even though this festival is not terribly close to New England, the lineup more than made up for the hassle of driving 6+ hours each way. Congratulations and thanks to the Alexander family for a wonderful time, and we'll look forward to seeing what you have to offer in 2007!

Amy O.

IBMA Sweepstakes -- still time to enter....

Folks -

Jim didn't mention the IBMA Sweepstakes with his playlist posting, so let me take just a second to remind you to enter this contest very soon. From now until September 8th, you can enter once daily by clicking here and filling out a simple entry form. Grand Prize from the IBMA folks includes 2 VIP tickets to the IBMA Awards on September 28th, 2 passes for Bluegrass FanFest (September 29-October 1), 3 nights accommodations at the Hilton Downtown Nashville, and a $500 traveling allowance/stipend. For more information, see our original message about this sweepstakes in our August 18th post.

Birthday Boy Jim (and Marti, too) did an excellent job paying tribute to fellow August 27th birthday boys Carter Stanley & J.D. Crowe on yesterday's show. I got to listen to parts of the show on my way home from the outstanding Pickin' in the Pasture festival in Lodi, NY. Kudos to UCONN alum Andy Alexander, his wife, Susan, and son, Jesse -- they do a fabulous job putting together this festival at their sheep farm in New York's Finger Lakes region, and the talent lineup there is second to none. I'll post more about PIP later this week (and hopefully, a few pictures, as well), before I head to Thomas Point on Thursday.


"Bluegrass Cafe" Play List 8/27/2006

The Cafe opened about an hour late because of a UCONN womens soccer game, but we had enough time to celebrate the birthday of one of the icons of bluegrass music -- Carter Stanley. Carter would have been 81 this Sunday had he lived, but in his 20 years of making music professionally, he profoundly influenced the world of bluegrass music. We began the show with a set of Stanley Brothers songs written by Carter, and closed the show with some gospel numbers performed by the Stanley Brothers.

We also had time to play a couple of J. D. Crowe tunes to celebrate his birthday, also Sunday.

The rest of the music was either requested, or some of my favorites, since it was my birthday, too.

I hope you tune in next week when I'll be back at the Bluegrass Cafe.


  • Wild Turkey / The Gillis Brothers / Down By the River / Hay Holler
  • How Mountain Girls Can Love / The Stanley Brothers / The Early Years 1958-1961 / King
  • Hey! Hey! Hey! / The Stanley Brothers / 1949-52 / Bear Family
  • Let's Part the Best of Friends / The Stanley Brothers / 1949-52 / Bear Family
  • Little Glass of Wine / The Stanley Brothers / 1949-52 / Bear Family
  • The White Dove / The Stanley Brothers / 1949-52 / Bear Family
  • Let Me Be Your Friend / The Stanley Brothers / 1949-52 / Bear Family
  • Over The Hills to the Poorhouse / Flatt & Scruggs / 1959-1963 / Bear Family
  • Rocky Island / Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys / 1971-1973 / Rebel
  • Old Home Place / J.D. Crowe & the New South / J.D. Crowe & The New South / Rounder
  • Blackjack / J.D. Crowe / Blackjack / Rebel
  • Murder on Music Row / Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time / Murder On Music Row / Shell Point
  • Julia Belle / Janet Beazley / 5 South / Backcountry
  • My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains / Jimmy Arnold / Riding With Ol' Mosby / Rebel
  • Clinging To A Saving Hand / Dale Ann Bradley / Songs Of Praise & Glory / Pinecastle
  • Black Eyed Suzie / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder
  • Cut Your Wheels / Grascals / Long List of Heartaches / Rounder
  • We Live In Two Different Worlds / Red Allen / Lonesome And Blue / Rebel
  • Little Piece of Land / Ernie Thacker / The Chill of Lonesome / Doobie Shea
  • Another Last Good-bye / Ron Spears & Within Tradition / Grandpa Loved the Carolina Mountains / Copper Creek
  • Can't Go Back / Special Consensus / Everything's Alright / Pinecastle
  • Ice Cold Stone / Gillis Brothers / Ice Cold Stone / Hay Holler
  • China Grove, My Hometown / Curly Seckler / Down In Caroline / Copper Creek
  • Darlin' Corey / Bill Clifton / The Early Years 1957-1958 / Rounder
  • Cardboard Mansion / Bob Paisley and The Southern Grass / Back To the Blue Ridge / Brandywine
  • Rambler's Blues / Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time / Songs From The Workbench / Shell Point
  • Home / Grascals / Long List of Heartaches / Rounder
  • Miller's Cave / Michael Cleveland / Let 'er Go Boys / Rounder
  • Walk Softly On This Heart of Mine / King Wilkie / True Songs / Self
  • Old Daniel Prayed / The Stanley Brothers / The Early Years 1958-1961 / King
  • Pass Me Not / The Stanley Brothers / The Early Years 1958-1961 / King
  • Wings of Angels / The Stanley Brothers / The Early Years 1958-1961 / King
  • Rock of Ages / The Stanley Brothers / The Early Years 1958-1961 / King
  • Ohoopee / The Gillis Brothers / Down By The River / Hay Holler

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

A few words about Fan Fest...

By now, we hope you're aware that IBMA is sponsoring a Sweepstakes in which Bluegrass Cafe listeners can enter to win an excellent prize package, including tickets to the IBMA Awards on September 28th and the Bluegrass Fan Fest being held from September 29th through October 1st in Nashville. A second post will tell you more about the 2006 IBMA Awards nominees, but read on here if you'd like to know more about Fan Fest. If you want to enter the contest -- and we hope you do -- see our blog entry from August 18th.

Bluegrass Fan Fest is just as it says -- a great big, indoor BG festival at the Nashville Convention Center. It is so much more than that, though, as this event is also the major yearly fundraiser for IBMA and the Bluegrass Music Trust Fund. The Trust Fund was established several years ago as a resource for people in the Bluegrass music family of professional musicians and others, and is available for them to draw upon in times of emergency. Bluegrass Fan Fest also funds various IBMA projects which promote Bluegrass music around the world. More than 40 of the most outstanding acts in Bluegrass are donating their time and talents to Fan Fest. On the IBMA website, you can find a complete schedule of who's performing at Fan Fest on the various stages. To see the list, click here.

For information on pricing and how to purchase tickets to Fan Fest, click here, and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Tickets can be purchased through the IBMA website through September 8th only. After that date, tickets to Fan Fest will only be available at the gate on the day of the event. You may also call IBMA for information -- the call is toll free -- 1-888-GET-IBMA (or, 1-888-438-4262).

Whether you win the Sweepstakes or have to pay to get in, it should be one excellent festival. Get there if you can!


Monday, August 21, 2006

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 8/20/2006

Today's show included lots of great music, as always. A special addition this week was the new CD from the Grascals -- Long List Of Heartaches. Their Rounder debut from last year yielded the IBMA Song of the Year for 2005, "Me And John And Paul." Who knows what sorts of great things will come from this sophomore effort? We also encouraged listeners to visit our blog so that they can enter the IBMA Sweepstakes, in which the IBMA folks are offering several prize packages with prizes that include, among other things, a trip to Nashville for IBMA FanFest and the IBMA Awards at the end of September. For more information, click here.


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Back To Hancock County / Traditional Grass / 10th Anniversary Collection / Rebel
  • Brand New Heartache / Cherryhomlmes / Cherryholmes / Skaggs Family
  • I'll Wash My Love From Your Heart / Jim & Jesse / Jim & Jesse, 1952-1955 / Bear Family
  • Carroll County Accident / James King / The Bluegrass Storyteller / Rounder
  • Tomorrow I'll Be Gone / Johnson Mountain Boys / Working Close / Rounder
  • My Baby's Gone / Jimmy Gaudreau's Bluegrass Unit / Live In Holland / Strictly Country
  • Wheel Hoss / Jim Van Cleve / No Apologies / Rural Rhythm
  • The Waves On The Sea / Johnson Mountain Boys / Working Close / Rounder
  • Hard Pressed / Hot Rize / Traditional Ties / Sugar Hill
  • Listening To The Wind / Larry Sparks with Paul Williams / 40 / Rebel
  • What I'd Give To Be The Wind / Lonesome River Band / The Road With No End / Mountain Home
  • Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes / Here Today / Here Today / Rounder
  • Cowboy Jim / Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard / Pioneering Women Of Bluegrass / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Lonesome Old Home / Longview / Longview / Rounder
  • Songbird / Gibson Brothers / Spread Your Wings / Hay Holler
  • Blue Yodel #4 / Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys / Essential Bill Monroe, 1945-1949 / Columbia
  • Roll On Muddy River / Grascals / Long List Of Heartaches / Rounder
  • Lights On The Hill / Del McCoury / Don't Stop The Music / Rounder
  • Being Me / Grascals with Dierks Bentley / Long List Of Heartaches / Rounder
  • Up All Night / John Lawless / Five & Dime / Copper Creek
  • Will You Be Loving Another Man / Grascals / Long List Of Heartaches / Rounder
  • These Memories Of Mine / Boys From Indiana / Good Time Blues / Rebel
  • Home / Grascals / Long List Of Heartaches / Rounder
  • Long List Of Heartaches / Grascals / Long List Of Heartaches / Rounder
  • Sophronie / Jimmy Martin & Sunny Mountain Boys / You Don't Know My Mind / Rounder
  • Clinch Mountain Backstep / Steve Sparkman / Smith Ridge / Copper Creek
  • The Shape I'm In / Seldom Scene / Dream Scene / Sugar Hill
  • You're My Darling / Old Time Bluegrass Singers / Threads / Open Road
  • Matterhorn / Country Gentlemen / Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • The Only Promise / Bluegrass Cardinals / Mountain Girl / BGC
  • My Dying Day / Lou Reid & Carolina / Time / Lonesome Day
  • Little Annie / Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / Bluegrass At The Roots / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Bluegrass Blues / Steep Canyon Rangers / Steep Canyon Rangers / Rebel
  • Bluegrass Express / Rhonda Vincent & The Rage / Ragin' Live / Rounder
  • I'm Longing For A Love I'll Never Know / Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass / The Tradition Continues / Brandywine
  • 1946 / David Peterson & 1946 / In The Mountaintops To Roam / Self-Produced
  • Me And John And Paul / Grascals / The Grascals / Rounder
  • Poet With Wings / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Quicksilver Rides Again! / Sugar Hill
  • When You Were Mine / Phoenix / Tailor Made / Self-Produced
  • I'd Rather Be A Lonesome Pine / Blue Highway / Midnight Storm / Rebel
  • Heartbreak Hurricane / Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time / Songs From The Workbench / Shell Point
  • Wicked Path Of Sin / Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys / Essential Bill Monroe, 1945-1949 / Columbia
  • Do You Want To Live In Glory / Lonesome River Band / Talkin' To Myself / Sugar Hill
  • Happy I'll Be / Laurel Canyon Ramblers / Back On The Street Again / Sugar Hill
  • Call His Name / Johnson Mountain Boys / Working Close / Rounder
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Friday, August 18, 2006

IBMA Sweepstakes -- take a chance!

This week, the International Bluegrass Music Association (or, IBMA) announced an "Official Sweepstakes" in which you, the Bluegrass Cafe listener, could possibly win two tickets to the 2006 IBMA Awards Show on Thursday, September 28th, as well as two tickets to the 2006 Bluegrass Fan Fest (September 29-October 1). Included also in the Grand Prize package is 3 nights accommodations at the Hilton Downtown Nashville, as well as a $500 travel/expense stipend. To enter, click on this link:

http://fanfest.ibma.org/fanfestsignup.aspx?artist=WHUS [disabled 9/8/2006]

The entry form asks only for basic information (name, address, email address, phone) -- there is no charge to enter, and no purchase is required. You can fill out this entry form once per household per day. The contest entry deadline is Friday, September 8, 2006.

In addition to the Grand Prize package outlined above, there are other prize packages, including
ONE second place package in which the winner will receive admission for two to the IBMA Awards Show and Bluegrass Fan Fest in Nashville, as well as IBMA-selected World of Bluegrass merchandise. There are also THREE third place prizes, in which the winners will receive admissions for two to the IBMA Awards Show, and IBMA-selected World of Bluegrass merchandise. [If you've never attended IBMA, World of Bluegrass is the trade show which takes place prior to the Awards Show & Fan Fest events].

All winners will be determined in a random drawing conducted by IBMA on or about September 13, 2006, and will be drawn from all sweepstakes entrants. Keep in mind that the pool of entrants includes Bluegrass fans from all over the United States, and is not limited to the listeners of the Bluegrass Cafe or WHUS. The Official Sweepstakes Rules are included on the entry form in the link above -- feel free to read them carefully before you enter this contest.

Good luck!

Nick Anderson & the Gospel Friends -- Saturday, August 19th

On Saturday, August 19th, Nick Anderson & the Gospel Friends will be performing Music At Twilight at the Prudence Crandall Museum in Canterbury. Bring your lawn chairs, as this will be an outdoor lawn concert that will start around 6:30PM and end about 9PM. I believe there is a very small admission fee.

If you're not familiar with Nick & the Gospel Friends, perhaps it's time to acquaint yourself. We've had this group perform live in the studio at the BG Cafe twice, and each time, they've received a great response. The group includes Nick Anderson on guitar & vocals, Janice Main on vocals, Jim Plecan on mandolin & vocals, Tom Bowman on bass & vocals, and Rich Guilbault on the banjo. And, contrary to their group name, you may hear selections that are not gospel tunes. Stop by the museum and check them out.

For what it's worth, the weather forecast for tomorrow evening calls for temps. in the mid-70s, and about a 20% chance for precipitation. However, as we all know, it's probably best to just wait 'til tomorrow night, and see how the weather really is. Time will tell.

The Prudence Crandall Museum -- home of Connecticut's "State Female Hero" -- is located at the junction of Routes 14 & 169 in Canterbury, and is listed on the Register of National Historic Places. For more information, or directions to the museum, contact Museum Curator Kaz Kozlowski at (860)546-7800 ext. 8, or visit the Crandall website.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Memories of those JMBs...

It's hard to believe, but it's been more than 20 years since I was first exposed to the hard-driving sounds of Bluegrass music. Glenn Huffer of the Connecticut Friends of Bluegrass used to bring lots of great talent to the Chestnut Lodge in Colchester, CT, and then, later, to the Masonic Temple in Norwich, CT. My favorite shows that he organized happened every February, and featured the fabulous Johnson Mountain Boys. These guys were IT -- young, energetic, funny, neatly-dressed, and very, very talented. What more could a teenage girl want?

Each year, Candi Sawyer publishes the Bluegrass Guide -- a print source for all types of BG events in New England and the Northeast. The 2006 edition of the Guide features an extensive story on the "classic" JMB, and it brought back tons of memories of those February nights in Colchester, and later, Norwich. In an interview in the Guide, JMB fiddler, Eddie Stubbs, recalled that throughout their career, Connecticut was one of two "hot spots" for the Johnson Mountain Boys. At one point, their annual winter shows at the Chestnut Lodge became so popular that the Connecticut Friends of Bluegrass had to book the Johnson Mountain Boys to play for two nights instead of just one.

I've included here a few pictures from a couple of those Connecticut Friends' shows. The top photo is from the 1984 show at the Chestnut Lodge, and features the "classic" JMB formation of Dudley Connell on guitar, Richard Underwood on banjo, David McLaughlin on mandolin, Eddie Stubbs on fiddle, and Larry Robbins on bass. The other two photos are from the 1987 (no hats) and 1988 shows, which were held at the Masonic Temple. By that time, Richard Underwood and Larry Robbins had left the band, and were replaced by Tom Adams and Marshall Wilborn, respectively. The 1988 show was the JMBs first "farewell" show in CT -- as a gift, the CT Friends gave each of the band members a sweater with a Connecticut Friends of Bluegrass monogram.

As a personal aside, it's hard to believe I would have had much enthusiasm for Bluegrass music without the existence of the Johnson Mountain Boys. Their music still plays well today, without a doubt. You can expect to keep hearing it on the BG Cafe, not to worry.

Did you attend any of those CT Friends' JMB shows in the 1980s and early 1990s? If so, please take a few moments and share your memories by clicking on the "post a comment" link.

Thanks -

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 8/13/2006

Today's show stuck to our usual format: 3 big hours of lots of newer & older Bluegrass. We also drew four names of folks who will be sent various prizes from WHUS, including a "Bluegrass Cafe" t-shirt, as well as 3 separate CDs. We took these names from those entries submitted at the WHUS tent during the Podunk BG Festival last weekend in East Hartford. Myrna spent a good portion of the afternoon trying to call our winners; maybe we'll post their names in the future. I got to do "double duty" on the air on Sunday, as Jim & Marti let me sit in on their Red Rooster Party (airs every Sunday on WHUS from 2-4PM). It was a tremendous amount of fun for me to spin some of those older country tunes, everything from the Carter Family & Jimmie Rodgers to the honky tonk sounds of the 50s from Carl Smith, Ray Price, Webb Pierce, and Ernest Tubb, to the Bakersfield Sound from Buck Owens, Don Rich, Tommy Collins, and Merle Haggard. If you listen to BG, you know that any number of performers still love those old country songs -- why else would they choose to cover so many of these older tunes on their recordings? Whatever their reasoning, it works for me....


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Wake Up Susan / Johnson Mountain Boys / Live At The Birchmere / Rounder
  • We Can't Be Darlings Anymore / Johnson Mountain Boys / Live At The Birchmere / Rounder
  • Highway Of Sorrow / Johnson Mountain Boys / Live At The Birchmere / Rounder
  • With Body And Soul / Johnson Mountain Boys / At The Old Schoolhouse / Rounder
  • Victim Of Life's Circumstances / Wildfire / Celebration Of Life / Skaggs Family
  • Flower Blooming In The Wildwood / Michael Cleveland / Let 'Er Go, Boys! / Rounder
  • Won't Be Over You / Lonesome River Band / The Road With No End / Mountain Home
  • That's How I Can Count On You / Red Allen / Lonesome And Blue / Rebel
  • On My Mind / Flatt & Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Jamboree / Columbia Legacy
  • I Cried Again / Jim Eanes & Shenandoah Valley Boys / Jim Eanes & Shenandoah Valley Boys / Bear Family
  • Tennessee Iris / Acoustic Endeavors / On A Farm / Common Folk
  • Hillbilly Heartache / Don Rigsby & Midnight Call / Hillbilly Heartache / Rebel
  • You Didn't Say Goodbye / Bill Emerson & Cliff Waldron / Best Of Emerson & Waldron / Rebel
  • Blue Ridge Cabin Home / Bluegrass Album Band / Bluegrass Compact Disc / Rounder
  • Sparkling Brown Eyes / King Wilkie / Broke / Rebel
  • Go Rest High / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / A School Of Bluegrass / SSK
  • Carolyn The Teenage Queen / Union Springs / Next Train Headed South / Copper Creek
  • Amelia Earhart's Last Flight / Country Gentlemen / Can't You Hear Me Callin' / Rebel
  • Spanish Two-Step / Virginia Ramblers / Virginia Ramblers / Hay Holler
  • Hard Hearted / Jim & Jesse / In The Tradition / Rounder
  • This Old House / Rice Brothers / Bluegrass Class Of 1990 / Rounder
  • Drifting With The Tide / Ronnie Reno & Reno Tradition / In Concert / Shell Point
  • Kisses Don't Lie / Lynn Morris Band / Lynn Morris Band / Rounder
  • Wait A Minute / Seldom Scene / Scene 20 / Sugar Hill
  • Factory Floor / Spinney Brothers / If I Were Your Brother / Self-Produced
  • The Hills Of My Home / Laurie Lewis / Earth & Sky / Rounder
  • Drifting And Dreaming Of You / White House / White House / Pinecastle
  • The Fields Have Turned Brown / Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press / Try A Little Kindness / Rounder
  • Lonesome Road Blues / Joe Val & New England BG Boys / Diamond Joe / Rounder
  • Have You Come To Say Goodbye? / David Peterson & 1946 / The Howling Blue Winds / Self-Produced
  • One Dime At A Time / Steep Canyon Rangers / One Dime At A Time / Rebel
  • Julia Belle / Janet Beazley / 5 South / Backcountry
  • Hiccup Remedy Blues / Hunger Mountain Boys / Three / Old-Fi
  • Please Don't Honey Please Don't / Bob Paisley & Southern Grass / Steeped In Tradition / Brandywine
  • Wild Mountain Flowers For Mary / Lost & Found / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Old Home Town / Phoenix / Tailor Made / Self-Produced
  • Mule Skinner Blues / Reno & Smiley / Together Again / Rebel
  • The Lonely Years / Bear Bridge Band / Bear Essentials / Open Road
  • Rooster's Rag / Dan Menzone / Menzone Drive / Self-Produced
  • Big Wheels Turnin' / Blue Moon Rising / On The Rise / Lonesome Day
  • I Beg You Little Darliing Not To Cry / Darrell Webb / Behind The Scenes / Lonesome Day
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder
  • I'm Making My Way / Traditional Grass / Songs Of Love And Life / Rebel
  • When We Look On His Face / Bill Emerson & Cliff Waldron / Reunion / Webco
  • The Hand Of The Higher Power / Lou Reid / When It Rains / Sugar Hill
  • He Lives In Me / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / He Lives In Me / Horizon
  • Prayer Bells Of Heaven / Jimmy Martin / Bluegrass Top 20 Gospel Songs… / New Haven
  • I'll Be Rested / Nashville Bluegrass Band / Bluegrass Spirit / Rounder

Friday, August 11, 2006

Working with the ol' "Red Rooster"...

As many of you know, Jim & Marti's American roots show, Red Rooster Party, airs on WHUS each Sunday from 2-4PM, just prior to the Bluegrass Cafe. This Sunday, however, J & M are taking a much-deserved break, and so, have asked me to fill for them. My record collection is not nearly as expansive as that of Jim & Marti, though, so my plans are to play some of those great old country records of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. In fact, my "cutoff date" for tunes to play will be 1970. Unless you subscribe to some type of satellite radio service, you probably don't get to hear these great old country singers (i.e. Faron Young, Hank Williams, Carl Smith, Ray Price, the Louvin Brothers, Marty Robbins, Kitty Wells) on commercial radio very much (if ever). Please join us from 2-4PM for Red Rooster Party, and then, from 4-7PM, we'll play plenty of great BG tunes, both new and old on the Bluegrass Cafe.

For those who visited the WHUS tent at Podunk last weekend, thanks! We'll be drawing a winner or two from those names submitted at the table this week during the BG Cafe.

We hope you'll join us on Sunday afternoon --


Thursday, August 10, 2006

"Bluegrass Cafe" Play List - 8/6/2006

I raced to the WHUS studio following Dale Ann Bradley's closing set at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival in East Hartford, CT, Sunday afternoon just in time to do the Red Rooster Party with Marti followed by the Bluegrass Cafe. I played songs by many of the artists who had performed at Podunk. I also had taken advantage of my first-time job of "stage captain" (and Thursday MC) at Podunk to record station IDs by many of the top bluegrass artists in the business, and previewed many of those spots on this show. But the icing on the cake was having the world radio premier of Dale Ann Bradley's newest CD, "Catch Tomorrow." Marti and I actually closed Red Rooster with a celtic-influenced song from the new CD titled "When the Mist Comes Again," and then played five more cuts from the CD on Bluegrass Cafe including the driving murder-of-passion ballad, "Rita Mae," and the Chris Stuart tribute to John Hartford's steamboat, "Julia Belle." Dale Ann had literally received the first copies of this CD by FedEx at her hotel Saturday morning before her first performance, so that gave Bluegrass Cafe listeners an exclusive opportunity to be the first to hear it on the radio! It's a goodun'! Amy, Myrna, Marti, and I want to thank many of our listeners for dropping by the WHUS tent at Podunk to visit for a spell. Amy will be back next week, so tune in. Jim

  • Wild Turkey / The Gillis Brothers / Down By The River / Hay Holler
  • Rita Mae / Dale Ann Bradley / Catch Tomorrow / Compass
  • Mule Skinner Blues / Don Reno & Red Smiley / Together Again / Rebel
  • Montana Cowboy / Michael Cleveland / Let 'er Go Boys / Rounder
  • Goodbye Old Pal / King Wilkie / True Songs / self produced
  • Will You Be Loving Another Man / Kruger Brothers / Carolina Scrapbook / Double Time
  • Coat of Many Colors / Dolly Parton / Best of Dolly Parton / RCA
  • Hey Lonesome / The Martins / In Transition / self produced
  • We'll Meet Again Sweetheart / Curly Seckler / 60 Years of Bluegrass With My Friends / Copper Creek
  • Please Don't Say It / Cherryholmes / Bluegrass Vagabonds / self produced
  • The Old Brown County Barn / Herschel Sizemore / My Style / Hay Holler
  • Tomorrow I'll Be Gone / Johnson Mountain Boys / Working Close / Rounder
  • Bringing In The Georgia Mail / Sam Bush / Laps In Seven / Sugar Hill
  • Rhythm of the Wheels / Rhonda Vincent / All American Bluegrass Girl / Rounder
  • Walking With Joanna / Gibson Brothers / Red Letter Day / Sugar Hill
  • Pass Me Not / Dale Ann Bradley / Catch Tomorrow / Compass
  • Little Birdie / Lonesome River Band / Head On Into Heartache / Mountain Home
  • Let An Old Racehorse Run / The Del McCoury Band / It's Just The Night / MCM
  • Highway of Regret / Hit & Run Bluegrass / Without Maps or Charts / self produced
  • Georgia Rose / Northernbound / Grandad Hank / self produced
  • My Blue Ridge Memories / The Old Time Bluegrass Singers / Threads / Open Road
  • The Whole World Round / Hit & Run Bluegrass / Beauty Fades / self produced
  • Hazel Creek Train / Pine Mountain Railroad / Heartache & Hope / TrakTone
  • 1952 Vincent Black Lightning / The Del McCoury Band / Del and The Boys / Ceili
  • Run Rufus Run / Dale Ann Bradley / Catch Tomorrow / Compass
  • The Gunfighter's Lament / Bill Emerson / Reunion / Webco
  • I Caught A Keeper / James Reams & Walter Hensley / Wild Card / Mountain Redbird
  • Keep On The Firing Line / Ralph Stanley / A Distant Land To Roam / Columbia/DMZ
  • God Bless The Soldier / Rhonda Vincent / All American Bluegrass Girl / Rounder
  • Julia Belle / Dale Ann Bradley / Catch Tomorrow / Compass
  • Me and John and Paul / The Grascals / The Grascals / Rounder
  • Missing Vassar / Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder / Instrumentals / Skaggs Family
  • Pardon Me / Tommy Brown & County Line Grass / Hard Drivin' / Lavenir
  • Waves On The Sea / Ralph Stanley / A Distant Land To Roam / Columbia/DMZ
  • Red Satin Dress / Cherryholmes / Cherryholmes / Skaggs Family
  • California Cotton Fields / Phil Leadbetter / Slide Effects / Pinecastle
  • Carolina Smokey Mountain Home / Special Consensus / Everything's Alright / Pinecastle
  • Live Forever / Dale Ann Bradley / Catch Tomorrow / Compass
  • Satan's Jeweled Crown / The Gibson Brothers / Long Way Back Home / Sugar Hill
  • Who'll Sing For Me / The Martins / In Transition / self produced
  • Bedside Prayer / The Churchmen / Traveling Through / Pinecastle
  • Ohoopee / The Gillis Brothers / Down By The River / Hay Holler