Sunday, August 22, 2010

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 8/22/2010

Sunday in Storrs, CT was kind of a dreary day -- sort of rainy and not all that warm. We've had some absolutely spectacular weather this summer, though, so no one can complain too much. We tried to keep the music on the "sunny side," so I hope you were able to hear something you enjoyed...

Jimmy Martin, the self-appointed "King Of Bluegrass" and a very colorful character in the world of Bluegrass, would have celebrated his 83rd birthday on August 10th. Jimmy Martin's music continues to be recorded today -- for instance, Josh Williams has a version of "The Last Song" that is currently climbing up the National Bluegrass Survey -- so we paid tribute to Jimmy with about a half-dozen tunes by or about him. Clearly, many folks in the area are still great fans of Jimmy Martin and his music, as we heard stories from a couple of local musicians about times when Jimmy played show dates at Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT, or at a BG festival in Maine. Three musicians who are alumni of Jimmy's Sunny Mountain Boys -- J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, & Paul Williams -- have recently released a recording of several Jimmy Martin gospel tunes called, "Old Friends Get Together." This is a GREAT recording, and we had a copy to give away to one lucky caller. Well, we could have easily given away a dozen copies to folks who called wanting that CD. Even five years after the death of Jimmy Martin, it's great to know that folks are still enjoying his music.
We tried to shine a bit of a spotlight on some fine Bluegrass musicians from New England. There are certainly plenty of them, so we shared some music, new and not-so-new, from the likes of White Mountain Bluegrass, Southern Rail, the Bear Bridge Band, Stonewall Bluegrass, Bear Minimum, the Old Time Bluegrass Singers, Acoustic Blue, Fred Pike, Sam Tidwell & the Kennebec Valley Boys, the Pike Family & the Pine Hill Ranchers, and Bob & Grace French.

And we still had time to squeeze in new music from projects by Steve Gulley & Tim Stafford, Marty Marrone & Tangled Roots, Sidetrack, and Maro Kawabata.

Jim (and maybe even Marti) will join you on the air this coming Sunday for lots of great music -- do join them, won't you?

Have a great week -

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • I'll Pretend It's Raining / McCoury Brothers / The McCoury Brothers / Rounder
  • Ole Slew Foot / White Mountain Bluegrass / Oh So Many Years / Self-Produced
  • Tennessee Hound Dog / Pam Gadd / Benefit Of Doubt / Home Sweet Highway Productions
  • Leavin' / Tasty Licks / True Bluegrass / Rounder
  • Hard Rock Mountain Prison ('Til I Die) / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Rural Rhythm
  • Hard Times Are Here / Dewey Brown with Ralph Stanley / Hard Times For A Fiddler / Dew Bug Records
  • Sweet Summertime / Rhonda Vincent / Taken / Upper Management Music
  • Heartaches And Dreams / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Heartaches & Dreams / Rebel
  • Don't Lie To Me / Carolina Native Sons / Rank Ol' Bluegrass / Patuxent Music
  • Won't You Think Of Me / Ted Lundy, Bob Paisley & the Southern Mountain Boys / Ted Lundy, Bob Paisley & the Southern Mountain Boys / GHP Records
  • Hit Parade Of Love / Jimmy Martin / You Don't Know My Mind / Rounder
  • Jimmy Martin Songs For Dinner / Gary Brewer / Jimmy Martin Songs For Dinner / Self-Produced
  • Sophronie / David Grisman with Tony Rice / Home Is Where The Heart Is / Rounder
  • I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1950-1951 / JSP Records
  • Home Run Man / Audie Blaylock with Paul Williams / Tribute To Jimmy Martin / Koch Records
  • Hold Whatcha Got / Jimmy Martin / You Don't Know My Mind / Rounder
  • Prayer Bells Of Heaven / Crowe, Lawson & Williams / Old Friends Get Together / Mountain Home
  • Merry Go Round / Brand New Strings / No Strings Attached / Rural Rhythm
  • Prisoner Of The Highway / Southern Rail / On The Road From Appomattox / Railway Records
  • Cindy Mae / Crowe Brothers / Brothers-n-Harmony / Rural Rhythm
  • I've Never Been So Lonesome / Ted Lundy, Bob Paisley & the Southern Mountain Boys / Ted Lundy, Bob Paisley & the Southern Mountain Boys / GHP Records
  • Harley's Breakdown / Bray Brothers with Red Cravens / Prairie Bluegrass / Rounder
  • Swinging Bridge / Rich In Tradition / Black Mountain Special / Mountain Roads Recordings
  • Women Of Sorrow / Bear Bridge Band / Bear Essentials / Open Road
  • Slidin' Delta / Stonewall Bluegrass / I Won't Be Troubled Anymore / Self-Produced
  • Cheshire Tragedy / Bear Minimum / Demo / Self-Produced
  • Stone Was Rolled Away / Old Time Bluegrass Singers / Plastic Heart / Open Road
  • Why Ask Why? / Steve Gulley & Tim Stafford / Dogwood Winter / Rural Rhythm
  • Weary Day / Marty Marrone & Tangled Roots / Life Of A Dream / Self-Produced
  • I Know Whose Tears / Sidetrack / Rowdy To Reverent / Self-Produced
  • These Tears / Maro Kawabata with Andy Ball / Sunset Drive / FGM Records
  • Farm Of Yesterday / Gibson Brothers / Ring The Bell / Compass Records
  • Mountain Memories / Acoustic Blue / Empty House / Self-Produced
  • Used To These Old Blues / Special Consensus / 35 / Compass Records
  • The Last Log Drive / Fred Pike, Bill Rawlings & the Twin River Boys / The Last Log Drive / Revonah Records
  • Cold And Lowdown Lonesome Blues / Blue Highway / Some Day: The Fifteenth Anniversary Collection / Rounder
  • For Ever And Ever / Pike Family & Pine Hill Ranchers / To Warm And Comfort You / Rebel
  • Sugarloaf Mountain Special / Jessie Baker / Yessir! / Patuxent Music
  • My Baby's Waiting On The Other Side / The Grascals / The Famous Lefty Flynn's / Rounder
  • The Boat Of Love / Balsam Range / Marching Home / Mountain Home
  • Standing In The Need Of Prayer / Bob & Grace French / The Rainbow Valley Boys & Sweetheart / no label
  • It's Just Like Heaven / Bill Yates & Friends / Country Gentlemen Tribute, Volume II / Mastershield Records
  • Who Will Sing For Me / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1952-1959 / JSP Records
  • Then Y'Ain't / Don Rigsby & Midnight Call / The Voice Of God / Rebel
  • Kneel At The Cross / Bluegrass Patriots / E Pluribus Bluegrass / Red Feather
  • Talking About That Old Time Religion / Whetstone Run / Angels Rejoice / Strictly Country
  • My Lord's Been A Walkin' / Spinney Brothers / Here At The Cross / Self-Produced
  • Sailing On / Russell Moore with Dale Ann Bradley / Look To The Light: Songs Of Faith From The Pen Of Rick Lang / Rural Rhythm Christian
  • Don't You Wanna Go To Heaven / Dailey & Vincent / Singing From The Heart / Rounder
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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