Friday, September 29, 2006 -- another resource for Bluegrass...

Does everyone in the world have a MySpace account? It seems that this very popular (and sometimes controversial) website isn't just for teens and others trying to make new friends. Many Bluegrass performers have their own MySpace accounts, too. Why? Well, it appears that this is a good forum for them to get their music out to a lot of folks who may not otherwise get to hear it. I'm not going to list every single BG performer I know of who has a MySpace account, but here are a couple that might be of interest to those who listen to BG Cafe:

This is just a small sampling of BG folks who have MySpace sites. Surf the ol' Net wisely, of course, but be assured that you're in a mighty fine (and safe) area with these BG folks.


IBMA Awards -- a New England recipient!!

Congratulations to the Boston Bluegrass Union! On Thursday, the BBU's Gerry Katz sent out this email from Nashville:

I'm pleased to announce that the 21st Joe Val Bluegrass Festival received the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2006 Event of the Year at an award ceremony held today at the Association's annual convention in Nashville, TN.

The festival, held this past February 17 - 19, 2006 at the Sheraton Framingham in Framingham, MA is a presentation of the Boston Bluegrass Union and was part of the BBU's 30th concert season. Further details on the festival are available from and on the IBMA Awards at

On behalf of the BBU I'd like to express my sincere appreciation to the artists, educators, patrons and BBU staff for making this event a success. It's an honor to win the award and continue to honor the legacy of the late Joe Val.

Gerry Katz
Boston Bluegrass Union

RIBGMA on TV in eastern CT

For those who receive their cable TV service from Charter Communications in Windham, CT, you may be interested in seeing Rich Guilbault, President of the Rhode Island Bluegrass Music Association on Charter's own local production, "On The Homefront" on Saturday, September 30th at 2PM. This show airs on Charter cable channel 14, and is hosted by our very own WHUS General Manager, John Murphy.

In this interview (taped September 13, 2006), Rich talks about the newly-formed RIBGMA, his goals for the organization, and two shows that are happening this fall which are sponsored (in part) by RIBGMA. One of them -- BIG SUNDAY BLUEGRASS -- happens on October 8th, and features Wildfire, the Windy Creek Bluegrass Band, and Pine Mountain Railroad. If you listen to the BG Cafe, you've, no doubt, heard us talking about this show for the last few months. If you need more information, see our earlier blog entry. The second RIBGMA-sponsored show happens on Sunday, November 5th at the Plainfield Town Hall in Plainfield, CT, and will feature Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass and the Bear Bridge Band. Be assured we'll be talking all about that November show both here on the blog and on the air in the coming weeks....

Be sure to catch this interview, if you can. Thanks to Murph, Myrna, Charter, and "On The Homefront" for spotlighting this new organization.


IBMA Award Winners for 2006...

As you're probably aware, the International BG Music Association (IBMA) held their annual Awards Show last night. While I didn't get to attend the ceremony this year (held at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House), nor did I get to hear the live broadcast on XM Satellite Radio, the folks who run the Bluegrass Blog posted all the award winners on their site as the ceremony was going on. If you'd like to read their terrific blog, please click here.

If you'd just like to know who won what, read on:

Song of the Year: "Look Down That Lonesome Road" - Tim O'Brien
Instrumental Group of the Year: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year: "He Lives In Me" - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Emerging Artists of the Year: The Steep Canyon Rangers
Recorded Event of the Year: "Back To The Well" - The Daughters Of Bluegrass
Banjo Player of the Year: Jim Mills
Dobro Player of the Year: Rob Ickes
Fiddle Player of the Year: Michael Cleveland
Female Vocalist of the Year: Rhonda Vincent
Bass Player of the Year: Missy Raines
Guitar Player of the Year: Bryan Sutton
Vocal Group of the Year: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Mandolin Player of the Year: Adam Steffey
Male Vocalist of the Year: Tim O'Brien
Instrumental Recording of the Year: "Let 'Er Go, Boys!" - Michael Cleveland
Album of the Year: Various Artists - "Celebration Of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer"
Entertainers of the Year: The Grascals

Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees! If you'd like to read the official Awards announcement from IBMA, click here. If you'd like to see how the Nashville Tennessean newspaper covered this event, click here.


Monday, September 25, 2006

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 9/24/2006

Sunday's show sort of took on the format of a talk show, as we had two guests -- two bass players, actually -- on the air. Our first guest was Bill McBee of Pine Mountain Railroad. He updated us on what's going on with this band -- personnel changes, IBMA activities, and the success of their latest recording, "Heartache & Hope." Our second guest -- Ron Gaudet of the Canadian Windy Creek Bluegrass Band -- spoke of what's happening with this relatively-new band, and how he and his bandmates are excited to be making a couple of appearances in New England next month. Of course, both of these bands will be featured performers at the upcoming BIG SUNDAY BLUEGRASS show in East Hartford. Both PMRR and Windy Creek will take the stage with Wildfire on Sunday, October 8th starting at 1PM. This event is a joint venture of the RI Bluegrass Music Association, the Podunk Bluegrass Committee, and all of us at the Bluegrass Cafe. We hope to see you there, and thanks again to Bill and Ron for taking time out to talk to us. We also managed to squeeze in a couple of new tunes from the likes of Larry Stephenson, David Davis & the Warrior River Boys, and the Spinney Brothers.


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Howdy Neighbor Howdy / Traditional Grass / Howdy Neighbor Howdy / Rebel
  • Man Of Constant Sorrow / Soggy Bottom Boys / O Brother, Where Art Thou? / Lost Highway
  • Roll On Buddy / Parmley & McCoury / Families Of Tradition / BGC
  • Diamond Joe / Laurie Lewis & Grant Street / Singin' My Troubles Away / Flying Fish
  • Hazel Creek Train / Pine Mountain Railroad / Heartache & Hope / TrakTone
  • Separating Hearts / IIIrd Tyme Out / IIIrd Tyme Out / Rebel
  • Long List Of Heartaches / The Grascals / Long List Of Heartaches / Rounder
  • Beyond The Rain / Pine Mountain Railroad / Heartache & Hope / TrakTone
  • White Lightning Strike / Pine Mountain Railroad / Heartache & Hope / TrakTone
  • Old Bryson Station / Pine Mountain Railroad / Heartache & Hope / TrakTone
  • Your Love Is Dying / Reno & Smiley / On Stage / Copper Creek
  • (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle Blow / David Davis & the Warrior River Boys / Troubled Times / Rebel
  • Why Don't You Tell Me So / Larry Stephenson / Life Stories / Pinecastle
  • Take Me Back To The Mountains / Windy Creek Bluegrass Band / Take Me Back To The Mountains / Self-Produced
  • Prison Walls Of Love / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Forty Years Of Trouble / Strictly Country
  • Menzone Drive / Dan Menzone / Menzone Drive / Self-Produced
  • I Beg You Little Darling Not To Cry / Darrell Webb / Behind The Scenes / Lonesome Day
  • Fool's Moon / David Peterson & 1946 / In The Mountaintops To Roam / Self-Produced
  • Trail Of The Lonesome Pine / Bluegrass Patriots / Springtime In The Rockies / Copper Creek
  • Scatterbrain Mama / Hunger Mountain Boys / Three / Old-Fi Records
  • Many A Mile / Country Gentlemen / Can't You Hear Me Callin' / Rebel
  • That Lonesome Bluegrass Road / Windy Creek Bluegrass Band / Take Me Back To The Mountains / Self-Produced
  • Pass Me By / Windy Creek Bluegrass Band / Take Me Back To The Mountains / Self-Produced
  • Ashes Of Love / Windy Creek Bluegrass Band / Take Me Back To The Mountains / Self-Produced
  • Forever Ain't That Long Anymore / Williams & Clark Expedition / Williams & Clark Expedition / WCE Nashville
  • John Henry, Jr. / David Davis & Warrior River Boys / Troubled Times / Rebel
  • Lonesome Number One / Gibson Brothers / Red Letter Day / Sugar Hill
  • Sugar Hill Ramble / Frank Solivan II / I Am A Rambler / Self-Produced
  • I'm Going Sailing / Bo Isaac / I'm Not Living Life (It's Living Me) / GoodTyme
  • Weary Hobo / Johnson Mountain Boys / Favorites / Rounder
  • Two Dollar Bill / Art Stevenson & High Water / Like A River / Self-Produced
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain / Harry McClintock / O Brother, Where Art Thou? / Lost Highway
  • Goodbye Old Pal / King Wilkie / True Songs / Self-Produced
  • Better Get In That Number / Spinney Brothers / Here At The Cross / Self-Produced
  • Way Down Deep In My Soul / Bluegrass Cardinals / Way Down Deep In My Soul / Sugar Hill
  • Won't You Come And Sing For Me / Hot Rize / Every Time I Feel The Spirit / Sugar Hill
  • So Happy I'll Be / Flatt & Scruggs / Complete Mercury Sessions / Mercury
  • City On A Hill / Northern Lights / Can't Buy Your Way / Flying Fish
  • We Shall Inherit / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / He Lives In Me / Horizon
  • Lord Show Me The Righteous Pathway / Special Consensus / Everything's Alright / Pinecastle
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Two guests on this week's "BG Cafe" - September 24th

This week's show features not one, but two, special guests. Sometime between 4:30 and 5PM, we'll be speaking to a yet-to-be-determined member of Pine Mountain Railroad, and then, a bit after 5:30PM, we'll talk to Ron Gaudet, bass player and tenor singer for the Canadian band, Windy Creek. What do Windy Creek and Pine Mountain Railroad have in common? Both bands will performing in East Hartford on October 8th in our BIG SUNDAY BLUEGRASS event. Also on the bill for that show is Jim's guest from last week's show, Phil Leadbetter and Wildfire.

It should be a busy, but (we hope) entertaining show. Please join us -- there are no soccer preemptions this week!


Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The WHUS Fall Schedule...

As Jim mentioned when he posted his playlist this week, the new Fall schedule for WHUS took effect last night (or, rather, this morning) at 12AM. I'm happy to tell you that it looks like both Red Rooster Party and Bluegrass Cafe will remain in their "normal" timeslots at WHUS. Remember, Red Rooster Party is Jim & Marti's celebration of American roots music, and if you tune in, you're liable to hear anything from J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers to the Statler Brothers and more. That show airs on Sundays from 2-4PM, immediately preceding the Bluegrass Cafe from 4-7PM.


Sunday, September 17, 2006

"Bluegrass Cafe" Play List 9/17/06

We survived another sports preemption with an hour and 44 minutes to bring you not only the best in Bluegrass Music, but also an interview with "Uncle" Phil Leadbetter, the current IBMA Dobro Player of the Year and founding member of the band Wildfire. Wildfire will be headlining Big Sunday Bluegrass at the East Hartford Community Cultural Center 8 October 2006, so we were able to get a first-hand look at the band from one of its founding members. Phil was a pleasure to interview.

Musically, we played a good bit from Phil's two solo CDs and Wildfire's three CDs, and there was a lot of good music to choose from! We also played several other new releases from folks like The Grascals (that George Jones track was something!), and a couple of tracks from Dale Ann Bradley's new CD. The station doesn't have it yet, so that was the copy I got from Dale Ann herself at Podunk you heard! This same CD had its world premiere on Bluegrass Cafe 6 August, so keep it on WHUS for more of these exclusives.

The WHUS fall schedule will be announced Monday, 9/18/06, so check back here around Tuesday to confirm our program day/time.


  • Wild Turkey / The Gillis Brothers / Down By The River / Hay Holler
  • Rita Mae / Dale Ann Bradley / Catch Tomorrow / Compass
  • Just As The Sun Went Down / James King / The Bluegrass Storyteller / Rounder
  • Can't Have One Without The Other / Wildfire / Rattle of the Chains / Pinecastle
Phil Leadbetter Interview
  • House of the Rising Sun / Phil Leadbetter / Philibuster / Mid-Knight
Phil Leadbetter Interview (continued)
  • California Cotton Fields / Phil Leadbetter / Slide Effects / Pinecastle
  • My Saro Jane / The Grascals / The Grascals / Rounder
  • Don't Tell Mama / The Grascals w/George Jones / Long List of Heartaches / Rounder
  • Moanin' The Blues / Wildfire / Uncontained / Pinecastle
  • (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle / Dave Evans / Pretty Green Hills / Rebel
  • Julia Belle / Dale Ann Bradley / Catch Tomorrow / Compass
  • Forever Ain't That Long Anymore / Rhonda Vincent / All American Bluegrass Girl / Rounder
  • Engine 143 / Ralph Stanley / A Distant Land To Roam / Columbia DMZ
  • Heartbreaker's Alibi / Rhonda Vincent w/Dolly Parton / All American Bluegrass Girl / Rounder
  • Brother To The Blues / Lonesome River Band / The Road With No End / Mountain Home
  • All Because of Me / Wildfire / Where Roads Divide / Pinecastle
  • I'll Fly Away / The Dillards / There Is A Time / Vanguard
  • Get In Line Brother / The Bluegrass Band / Shine Hallelujah Shine / Hay Holler
  • The Key To Heaven / The Lewis Family / Flyin' High / Mountain Home
  • You Don't Love God (If You Don't Love Your Neighbor) / Carl Story / Mightly Close To Heaven / Starday
  • I Saw The Light / Stanley Brothers / The Early Years 1958-1961 / King
  • Ohoopee / The Gillis Brothers / Down By The River / Hay Holler

Friday, September 15, 2006

Phil Leadbetter on the "BG Cafe" - Sunday, September 17

The 2005 IBMA Dobro Player of the Year (and nominee for 2006), Phil Leadbetter, will join Jim on the BG Cafe this Sunday. Phil and his band, Wildfire, will be appearing in East Hartford at the Big Sunday Bluegrass event on October 8th, so perhaps that topic will come up in their conversation? No matter what's discussed, though, I'm sure the chat will be lively and interesting. I'll be listening 'round about 5:30PM when the interview hits the airwaves -- will you? We sure hope so....


Everything you need to know about BIG SUNDAY BLUEGRASS...

On Sunday, October 8th, the folks who bring you Bluegrass Cafe each week are teaming up with the Podunk Bluegrass Music Committee and the Rhode Island Bluegrass Music Association (RIBGMA) to present a "Bluegrass Blowout," of sorts. We've put together a 3-band lineup that should appeal to all sorts of Bluegrass listeners in southern New England: BIG SUNDAY BLUEGRASS.

This show will feature a lot of talent, including Wildfire (a 5-man group which includes the reigning IBMA Dobro Player of the Year, Phil Leadbetter); Windy Creek (a band from New Brunswick, Canada who have a solid, traditional sound); and Pine Mountain Railroad (another 5-man ensemble from Tennessee with a very successful recording called "Heartache & Hope.") This show is chocked full of talent -- how can you miss?

Tickets will be available at the door, but if you like to save a little bit of money, advanced orders for a slightly lower ticket price are available until September 25th. In addition, if you care to join RIBGMA (which aims to promote Bluegrass not to just Rhode Islanders, by the way, but also to those in the "surrounding states"), you will be eligible for an even bigger ticket discount. To see the show flyer with more information on ticket prices, etc., click here.

Oops -- almost forgot - the show will be held at the East Hartford Community Cultural Center on 50 Chapman Place in East Hartford, CT, and will start at 1PM. The doors will open at noon, and pre-show jamming is encouraged. Food will be available. If you'd like more information, call (860)455-9400 or (860)617-0394, or send email to Of course, another source for information on this show is Bluegrass Cafe. Jim and I will be happy to share with you whatever show information we can gather.

This promises to be a big show and a fine afternoon. I saw Wildfire at Thomas Point Beach just a couple of weeks ago, and they were fantastic. I've not seen PMRR in few years, but I'm sure I won't be disappointed, and we've heard all sorts of great things about Windy Creek, so it will be fun to see them, too. Won't you join us and help kick off our celebration of (almost) 25 years of Bluegrass programming at WHUS?

We hope to see you (and lots of your friends) there!


A spate* of live BG in October....

It seems there are a large number of indoor shows for lovers of the BG in Connecticut in the month of October. One of them is our BIG SUNDAY BLUEGRASS event (co-sponsored by the Bluegrass Cafe) on October 8th in East Hartford. That show is so large that it deserves -- and will receive -- it's own blog entry.

What are the other shows you should know about?

On Friday, October 20th, you'll find IBMA Emerging Artists of the Year for 2004, King Wilkie in East Hartford at the Community Cultural Center, 50 Chapman Place. These guys know a little bit about the traditional BG, so you're likely to hear plenty of it at their show. Joining King Wilkie on the bill will be Connecticut band, Too Blue. The doors open at 6PM for this show, and showtime is 7:30PM. For more information, click here or call (860)282-8241. This show is sponsored by the same folks who each year bring you the Podunk Bluegrass Festival -- the East Hartford Parks & Recreation Department.

On the following Friday, October 27th, the CT Bluegrass Music Association presents its final Salem Barn concert for 2006. This show will feature Rhode Island native (and legendary mandolin player), Jimmy Gaudreau along with former Seldom Scene-r Moondi Klein. Moondi and Jimmy worked together for a time in the group Chesapeake (with Dobro legend Mike Auldridge and bassman T. Michael Coleman), and they continue to team up a couple of times a year to share the stage. Showtime is 7:30PM. Reservations are required for this show, as seating in the barn is limited. To make your reservation, call (860)859-2696. More information can be found on the CTBMA website, as well.

Don't let the cool fall nights get you down -- get out there and see (and hear) some great music!


* (From the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary) -- Main Entry: spate Pronunciation: 'spAt; Function: noun; Etymology: Middle English 1 : FRESHET, FLOOD 2 a : a large number or amount b : a sudden or strong outburst : RUSH

Monday, September 11, 2006

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 9/10/2006

Today's show was another abbreviated one, as WHUS broadcasts many sports at UCONN in addition to basketball. For those who like to know, yesterday, the UCONN Men's Soccer team defeated Villanova by a score of 2-1. Anyhow, we still squeezed in plenty of the Bluegrass from 5-7PM, starting off with a few tunes from a man who would have celebrated his 95th birthday on September 13th -- Bill Monroe. Of course, it's pretty likely that there wouldn't be any Bluegrass Cafe (or any Bluegrass music as we know it, period) without the existence of Mr. Monroe, so it seems only fitting to keep on playing his music. A former BG Cafe guest named Lou Reid also celebrates a birthday on September 13th, so we squeezed in a couple of tunes from two of his bands, as well. Also included was a bit of new music from the likes of IIIrd Tyme Out, Big Country Bluegrass, Country Current (the U.S. Navy's Bluegrass band), Mickey Harris, and Charlie Cushman. Next week's show -- September 17th -- will also be preempted by about an hour (likely making the show's start time about 5PM), and you'll want to join Jim for that one, for sure. He's going to be speaking to IBMA Dobro Player of the Year Phil Leadbetter. I'm sure you'll want to tune in (as will I).


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Rose Of Old Kentucky / Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys / Essential Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, Vol. 2 / Columbia
  • Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys / Essential Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, Vol. 1 / Columbia
  • Molly And Tenbrooks / Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys / Essential Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, Vol. 2 / Columbia
  • Is The Grass Any Bluer / Rhonda Vincent / The Storm Still Rages / Rounder
  • Home / Grascals / Long List Of Heartaches / Rounder
  • Emotions / Reno & Smiley / Together Again / Rebel
  • Swinging A Nine Pound Hammer / IIIrd Tyme Out / Round III At The MAC / Chateau
  • Home From The Mills / Northern Lights / Living In The City / Red House
  • Tennessee Cut-Up Breakdown / Charlie Cushman / High Fidelity / Self-Produced
  • Blue Eyed Darlin' / WhiteHouse / WhiteHouse / Pinecastle
  • Georgia Girl / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Quicksilver Rides Again! / Sugar Hill
  • Some Of These Days (You're Gonna Be Sad) / David Peterson & 1946 / In The Mountaintops To Roam / Self-Produced
  • The Last Song / Wildfire / Where Roads Divide / Pinecastle
  • Down In Caroline / Big Country Bluegrass / On Fire / Hay Holler
  • God Gave You To Me / Bluegrass Diamonds / After All These Years / Self-Produced
  • I'll Go Steppin', Too / Country Current / Live / US Dept. Of Defense
  • I Know You're Married But I Love You Still / Ronnie Reno & Reno Tradition / Portfolio / Self-Produced
  • Brand New Heartache / Cherryholmes / Cherryholmes / Skaggs Family
  • White Lightning Strike / Pine Mountain Railroad / Heartache & Hope / TrakTone
  • Hello City Limits / Michael Cleveland with Jeff White / Let 'Er Go, Boys! / Rounder
  • Blue Ridge / Virginia Run / Blue Ridge / Self-Produced
  • It's In My Mind To Wander / Bo Isaac / I'm Not Living Life (It's Living Me) / GoodTyme
  • One Dime At A Time / Steep Canyon Rangers / One Dime At A Time / Rebel
  • Lovesick And Sorrow / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Heritage / Brandywine
  • I Caught A Keeper / James Reams & Walter Hensley / Wild Card / Mountain Redbird
  • I Don't Know Why / Red Allen / Keep On Going / Rebel
  • The Hard Times / Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press / Try A Little Kindness / Rounder
  • Shine Hallelujah Shine / Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys / The Classic Bluegrass Recordings, Vol. 2 / County
  • Kneel And Pray / Mickey Harris / Kneel And Pray / Self-Produced
  • Hereafter / Lonesome River Band / The Road With No End / Mountain Home
  • Daniel Prayed / Johnson Mountain Boys / At The Old Schoolhouse / Rounder
  • I'm Gonna Hold To His Hand / Lou Reid, Terry Baucom & Carolina / Carolina Blue / Webco
  • Rank Strangers To Me / Ralph Stanley & Clinch Mt. Boys / Gospel Bluegrass Homecoming / GGS

Sunday, September 10, 2006

IBMA Contest All Over...

Just a reminder, folks -- the IBMA Sweepstakes contest closed on Friday, September 8th, so please don't try to enter anymore. The winners names will be drawn on or about September 13th (the birthdate of one William Smith Monroe, for folks who like to keep track of those things), so we're hopeful that one of our listeners who entered will be getting a call from IBMA this week...... Thanks to everyone who entered!

If you're planning on listening to the show this afternoon, please keep in mind that WHUS will be broadcasting a Men's Soccer match starting at 3PM today. This means the start of BG Cafe will be delayed by about an hour or so, but we'll make sure we play lots of music in that shorter timeframe. We hope you'll tune in.....


Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Hartland Hollow Bluegrass Festival - Saturday, September 9th

Just in case you're worried that all of the outdoor Bluegrass activities have ended for 2006, here's another one-day festival for you to consider....

The Hartland Hollow Bluegrass Festival will take place this Saturday, September 9th at Berg Field in East Hartland, CT. The music will begin at 10AM and will end around 8PM. Performers include some of New England's (and Connecticut's) best bands: White Mountain Bluegrass, the Seth Sawyer Band, Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters featuring Roger Williams, GrassRoutes, Charter Oak Bluegrass, as well as Crossover, Dan Helman & Marking Time, the Pulpit Rock Rounders, and Cindy Rines & Friends. This event is held each year as a non-profit benefit for Camp Alice Merritt. Sound is provided by Country Corner Productions.

If you need more information or directions to Berg Field, click here to see the "official" flyer. You can also call (860)844-8526.

See you there!

Amy O.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Four more days to enter IBMA Sweepstakes...

Hello everyone!

Just got back from 4 fabulous (and mostly dry...'til Sunday) days of the Bluegrass up at Thomas Point Beach in Maine. It was terrific to see and hear the likes of Jesse McReynolds, Cherryholmes, Del, Wildfire, the Grascals, the Gibson Brothers, and so much more great BG from the US and our neighbors to the north up in Canada. If you can't find something you enjoy hearing in BG today, you must just be too picky! We'll talk more about TPB and Pickin' in the Pasture when I return to the BG Cafe next Sunday....

Also -- don't forget that you have four more days to enter the IBMA Sweepstakes. From now until this Friday, 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.

Please take a moment to enter the contest. How cool would it be to see one of our BG Cafe listeners take home this awesome prize? It could happen.....good luck!


"Bluegrass Cafe" Play List 9/3/2006

For Labor Day weekend we played a combination of work-related songs as well as a good sample of music from this year's list of IBMA award nominees. While Red Rooster Party was mostly preempted this week for UCONN soccer, Bluegrass Cafe escaped that fate. Marti and I had a great time with these songs.

Amy was off to Thomas Point Beach, so stay tuned here for her report from that excellent festival. Amy should be able to give us a first hand review next Sunday on Bluegrass Cafe.


  • Wild Turkey / The Gillis Brothers / Down By The River / Hay Holler
  • John Henry / Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / Early Recordings / Rebel
  • Workin' End Of A Hoe / Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time / Songs From The Workbench / Shell Point
  • Another Day, Another Dollar / Alison Krauss & Union Station / Every Time You Say Goodbye / Rounder
  • I Ain't Broke (But I'm Badly Bent) / David Grisman / Hand Picked / Rounder
  • Brand New Heartache / Cherryholmes / Cherryholmes / Skaggs Family
  • Home / Grascals / Long List of Heartaches / Rounder
  • A Letter To Tom / The Country Gentlemen / On The Road / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Nine Pound Hammer / The Stanley Brothers / An Evening Long Ago / Columbia DMZ Legacy
  • Working For A Living / Randy Waller and the Country Gentlemen / Keeper Of The Flame / Lendel
  • John Henry, the Steel Driving Man / The Johnson Mountain Boys / At The Old Schoolhouse / Rounder
  • Dream of a Miner's Child / The Johnson Mountain Boys / At The Old Schoolhouse / Rounder
  • Muleskinner Blues / Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys / Live At Mechanics Hall / Acoustic Disc
  • I Ain't Going Down / Nashville Bluegrass Band / Waitin' For The Hard Times / Sugar Hill
  • Brakeman's Blues / The Kentucky Colonels / Long Journey Home / Vanguard
  • Marbletown / Blue Highway / Marbletown / Rounder
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky / Bill Monroe / Blue Grass 1950-1958 (Vol. 3) / Bear Family
  • One Dime At A Time / Steep Canyon Rangers / One Dime At A Time / Rebel
  • Dollar Bill Blues / Chris Stuart & Backcountry / Mojave River / Backcountry
  • Lonesome Won't Get The Best Of Me / Lonesome River Band / The Road With No End / Mountain Home
  • Born With A Hammer In My Hand / Blue Highway / Blue Highway / Ceili
  • Come On Down The Mountain / The Daughters of Bluegrass / Back To The Well / Blue Circle
  • In The Gravel Yard / Blue Highway / Lonesome Pine / Rebel
  • Train Long Gone / Claire Lynch / New Day / Rounder
  • Sugar In The Gourd / Michael Cleveland / Let 'Er Go Boys / Rounder
  • Montana Cowboy / Michael Cleveland / Let 'Er Go Boys / Rounder
  • You Can Keep Your Nine Pound Hammer / Bill Emerson & Pete Goble / Webco Classics Volume One / Webco
  • You Can Run But You Can't Hide / Bill Emerson / Banjo Man / Webco
  • I'm Just Here To Ride The Train / Mountain Heart / Wide Open / Skaggs Family
  • Red Rockin' Chair / David Peterson & 1946 / In The Mountaintops To Roam / Self
  • I Caught A Keeper / James Reams & Walter Hensley / Wild Card / Mountain Redbird
  • On My Way Back Home / Ronnie Bowman / It's Getting' Better All The Time / Koch
  • On The Short Rows / The Kickin Grass Band / On The Short Rows / Self
  • All American Bluegrass Girl / Rhonda Vincent / All American Bluegrass Girl / Rounder
  • Crossville / Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder / Instrumentals / Skaggs Family
  • I Washed My Face In The Morning Dew / Nothin' Fancy / Album #7 / Pinecastle
  • I'm Not Living Life (It's Living Me) / Bo Isaac / I'm Not Living Life (It's Living Me) / Goodtyme
  • General Lee / Jimmy Arnold / Riding With Ol' Mosby / Rebel
  • Barefoot Nellie / Old & In The Gray / Old & In The Gray / Acoustic Disc
  • Black Eyed Susie / Mac Martin and the Dixie Travelers / Travelin' On / Copper Creek
  • Walking With Joanna / The Gibson Brothers / Red Letter Day / Sugar Hill
  • Coal Miner's Dream / Darren Beachley / I Love You To The Moon And Back / Blue Circle
  • Lonesome In Caroline / Chatham County Line / Speed of the Whippoorwill / Yep Roc
  • I'm The Talk Of The Town / Reno & Smiley / 1951-1959 / King
  • I Wouldn't Change You If I Could / Jim Eanes / The Best of Starday Bluegrass / King
  • Reno Bound / Buzz Busby / The Best of Starday Bluegrass / King
  • God's Not Dead / The Johnson Mountain Boys / Favorites / Rounder
  • I'm Bound For The Land Of Canaan / The Del McCoury Band / The Promised Land / Self
  • I Am On My Journey Home / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / He Lives In Me / Crossroads
  • When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder / The Virginia Squires / The Best Of The Virginia Squires / Rebel
  • Cabin In Glory / Carl Story / The Best of Starday Bluegrass / King
  • Ohoopee / The Gillis Brothers / Down By The River / Hay Holler