Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"Bluegrass Cafe" Playlist - 5/24/2009 - Memorial Day Show

Hi Folks.

For the Memorial Day show I was able to find about two hours of material from my personal library that related directly or indirectly to honoring fallen soldiers. Much of the material was classic which fit well with my Heritage Corner, but there was some great new material as well.

The show was nearly four hours long because of some extra programming time prior to the schedule change for the summer, and that allowed some new material to air in addition to the Memorial Day tribute songs.

We heard new music from Jeremy Garrett, Chris Pandolfi, Bearfoot, Del McCoury, and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. We heard recent music from Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Steve Martin, David Davis & The Warrior River Boys, The Gibson Brothers, Alecia Nugent, Dailey & Vincent, Frank Wakefield, Nathan Stanley & Ralph Stanley, Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, and Bobby Osborne.

There were many songs that qualified for the Heritage Corner including material from The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover, Carl Sauceman & his Green Valley Boys, The Louvin Brothers, Charlie Monroe, J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers (recorded in Concord NC, my hometown, in 1963), Don Reno & Red Smiley, and Red Allen.

A special Heritage Corner segment was a song appropriate to Memorial Day by Margaret Brixey titled "Captain Rosie". Moosup resident Archie Kneeland tipped me off a few years ago about this song, and because Marti and I had played it on our other show at the time -- Red Rooster Party, it found its way onto our on-line playlist. Margaret Brixey found that web site and corresponded with us. The following is from her notes and with her permission:

Hello Marti and Jim,

I recorded this song when I was 16 at the famous Bradley's Barn Recording Studio in Mt. Joliet, Tennessee. Ernest Tubb found the song for me for my first Decca session and Owen Bradley, my producer approved it. My Mom and I cried when we listened to the demo for the first time.

While having my website (www.ndnbabies.com) worked on, I happened onto yours. I was happy to see that someone was still playing that song, because I always liked it. Thank you for sharing it with your listeners.

Margaret Janeese Brixey Flanagan
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

After I asked some more questions, she sent this reply:

If you look on my website, ...on the Artist page, there is a website referrenced. It is down at the bottom of the page near the third picture of me
. (
Tulsa TV Memories.) There is supposed to be a link there. It gives you the story of how I came to record for Decca Records in Nashville.

I do still sing today. I will always love to sing. However, I am now caring for my 86 year- old Father.... I want him to be happy in his last years and intend to see that he is. So, I do not get out much these days.

"Captain Rosie" was recorded in January of 1970 . I turned 16 in November of '69. It was the "B" side of "Before Charlie Gets Home" by Bill Anderson. But it received equal air play in some markets. Which is kinda unusual. It was sent out to radio stations by Decca Records in the same envelope with Conway Twitty's "Hello Darlin' ".

I was ready to quit singing as a career by the time I was 18. I wanted to be happily married and to have kids. I had 6 children. When the youngest one was 14 my 28 year marriage ended, so I started singing again here locally. It helped me over the hump, and I met my fiance, who is a jazz pianist from New York. Don LOVES Country music and has given me an appreciation for alot of good ole standards and some Jazz.

Great to hear from you!

Take Care,

I'll be doing some of the MC work down at the Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival in Preston, CT between Thursday and Sunday, so be sure to say "hi" if you are there.

Be sure to tune in next Sunday at 4pm ET when Amy will make the banjos and fiddles ring, but without the extra hour.



  • Fire On The Mountain / Michael Cleveland / Sawing On The "C" String / Self-produced
  • Wally On The Run / Steve Martin / The Crow / Self-produced
  • Single Girl / Bearfoot / Doors and Windows / Compass
  • I've Been All Around This World / David Davis and the Warrior River Boys / Two Dimes And A Nickel / Rebel
  • I Am A Stranger / Jeremy Garrett / I Am A Stranger / Sugar Hill
  • Machines / Chris Pandolfi / Looking Glass / Sugar Hill
  • Taxman / Songs From The Road Band / As The Crow Flies / Lucks Dumpy Toad
  • Where Are You CJ? / Keith Arneson & Wayne Taylor / The Pathway Home / Crabgrass Records
  • Don't Tell Me / Alecia Nugent / Hillbilly Goddess / Rounder
  • Hillbilly Goddess / Alecia Nugent / Hillbilly Goddess / Rounder
  • This Is For Bill / Frank Wakefield / Ownself Blues / Patuxent Music
  • On This Rainy Day / Jimmy Gaudreau feat. Wayne Taylor, D. Tyminski, R. Simpkins, M. Auldridge / In Good Company / CMH
  • Knocking At Your Door / Red Allen feat. Frank Wakefield / The Folkways Years 1964-1983 / Smithsonian Folkways
  • After The Fire Is Gone / Bobby Osborne and Rocky Top X-press feat. Rhonda Vincent & Darrin Vincent / Bluegrass & Beyond / Rounder
  • There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere / The Osborne Brothers / Hyden / Pinecastle
  • Atlanta Is Burning / The Boys From Indiana / Classic Bluegrass Collection Volume 2 / Time Life
  • Last Letter Home / The Gibson Brothers / Another Night of Waiting / Hay Holler
  • Antietam / Reno & Smiley / Folk Songs Of The Civil War / King
  • Captain Rosie / Margaret Brixey / 45 RPM Single (32662) / Decca (45)
  • Me And John And Paul / The Grascals / The Grascals / Rounder
  • More Than A Picture On The Wall / Dailey & Vincent / Dailey & Vincent / Rounder
  • Purple Heart / Red Allen / Keep On Going / Rebel
  • This Is My Son / Cherryholmes / Cherryholmes III: Don't Believe / Skaggs Family
  • Faded Coat of Blue / Suzanne Thomas / Dear Friends & Gentile Hearts / Rounder
  • Someone Play Dixie For Me / Dry Branch Fire Squad / Live At Last / Rounder
  • Forgotten Soldier Boy / The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / Bluegrass At The Roots / Smithsonian Folkways
  • That Star Belongs To Me / The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / On The Radio 1952 - 1953 / Rounder
  • Luckiest Man Alive / Nashville Bluegrass Band / Twenty Year Blues / Sugar Hill
  • A Hero In Harlan / Tom T. Hall / Sings Miss Dixie and Tom T. / Blue Circle
  • A Soldier's Prayer / Mountain Heart / Force Of Nature / Skaggs Family
  • Casualty Of War / Larry Sparks / The Last Suit You Wear / McCoury Music
  • Forgotten Men / Don Reno & Red Smiley and the Tennessee Cut-ups / 1951-1959 / King
  • Two Soldiers / Blue Highway / Through The Window of a Train / Rounder
  • God Bless The Soldier / Rhonda Vincent / All American Bluegrass Girl / Rounder
  • A White Cross Marks The Grave / Carl Sauceman & his Green Valley Boys / Bluegrass - Historic Cuts / JSP
  • He's Coming To Us Dead / J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers / Run Mountain / Arhoolie
  • Boys In Blue / Mac Wiseman / Civil War Memories / Wango
  • Wrap My Body In Old Glory / Carl Sauceman & his Green Valley Boys / 45 RPM Single (F2060) / Capitol (45)
  • Gold Star Mother / Charlie Monroe and the Kentucky Pardners / I'm Old Kentucky Bound / Bear Family
  • Remembering / The Grascals / Keep On Walkin' / Rounder
  • Down Where The River Bends / Ralph Stanley with Dwight Yoakam / Saturday Night & Sunday Morning / CRFRC
  • Plant Some Flowers By My Grave / Red Smiley with The Bluegrass Cut-Ups / 20 Bluegrass Favorites, Volume II / Rural Rhythm
  • Searching For A Soldier's Grave / The Louvin Brothers / 20 All-Time Greatest Hits / King
  • Soldier / ShoreGrass / Going Home / Self-produced
  • Letter To The Captain / Curly Seckler / Down In Caroline / Copper Creek
  • Purple Heart / Curly Seckler / Bluegrass, Don't You Know / Copper Creek
  • And The Band Played "Waltzing Matilda" / Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein / 2:10 Train / Rebel
  • Bury Me In Dixie / Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa / Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa / Self-produced
  • Carolina's Arms / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Rural Rhythm
  • Remembering / Del McCoury / Celebrating 50 Years of Del McCoury / McCoury Music
  • When I've Traveled My Last Mile / Dailey & Vincent / Brothers From Different Mothers / Rounder
  • Standing In The Need of Prayer / The Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder
  • Led By The Master's Hand / Del McCoury / Bluegrass Gospel Hits / McCoury Music
  • Just An Old Rounder / The Gibson Brothers / Ring The Bell / Compass
  • Seek Not The Ways / The Johnson Mountain Boys / We'll Still Sing On / Rounder (LP)
  • Get In Line Brother / Everett Lilly / & Everybody and Their Brother / Swift River Music
  • When The Last Of Our Days Shall Come / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Lonely Street / Rounder
  • What Kind Of Man / Larry Sparks / Where The Sweet Waters Flow / Old Homestead
  • Heaven's Green Fields / Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers / Rambler's Call / Self-produced
  • I Saw The Light / Nathan Stanley & Ralph Stanley / Where Will You Go / III Generation
  • The Promise / The Gillis Brothers / Best Of The Gillis Brothers / Hay Holler

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