Monday, July 04, 2011

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 7/3/2011

As you might expect for a show airing on the day before Independence Day, we kicked off Sunday's BG Cafe with a few tunes of a patriotic nature.  We sprinkled in a few other tunes with American themes throughout the program, and even included a song which commemorates the last day of the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, which happened on July 3, 1863.  

We always like to play new music on the air at WHUS, and while we included several songs from recently-released CDs this week, much of this music was by performers who can easily be considered to be legends in the world of BG.  There are two fine box sets from the folks at Gusto Records, featuring the music of the Stanley Brothers and Reno & Smiley.  There are also reissues and compilations from Rebel Records which contain great music by the late John Duffey (with both the Country Gentlemen and Seldom Scene), as well as the McPeak Brothers and Larry Sparks.  Other new and/or newer music came from Donna Ulisse, as well as Volume Five.

A couple of acts with New England ties have new recordings, too.  Acoustic Blue is a western Massachusetts-based quartet who was recently featured in a Bluegrass Unlimited article.  Their new recording is called "Timeless," and it's sure to be considered another gem by their many fans.  The other act with a new CD is a duo now based in Idaho, Peg (Chase) & Ed (Vande Voorde).  These two met while Ed was a member of the mostly New Hampshire-based band of the 1990s, Stonewall Bluegrass (pictured here with Ed on the guitar, joining Tim Mowry on mandolin, Gary Filgate on banjo, and Pete Soukas on bass).  Peg is a great songwriter, too, so to go along with music from the Peg & Ed CD, we included a song from Stonewall Bluegrass's 1993 cassette, "I Won't Be Troubled Anymore," as well as a tune written by Peg Chase and recorded by the Bear Bridge Band in the early 1990s called, "Women Of Sorrow."  Great stuff!

July 4th is, of course, the birthday of the U.S.A., but it's also the birthday of a few BG folks of note:  Jimmy Gaudreau (born July 3, 1946), Peter Rowan (born July 4, 1942), and a man semi-jokingly referred to as the "Uncle of Bluegrass," Bill's older brother, Charlie Monroe (born July 4, 1903).  To honor these three, we included tunes from each of them.

And if all of this wasn't enough, we had a few day passes to the upcoming Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival for listeners.  Be sure to join Jim next week, as he'll also have a few Grey Fox tickets to give away -- consider that just one more reason to join him for next week's BG Cafe.  

Hope everyone has had a Happy 4th!  


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Stars And Stripes Forever / John McEuen / String Wizards / Vanguard
  • Me And Paul Revere / Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers / *single* / Rounder
  • New Freedom Bell / Country Gentlemen / High Lonesome / Starday
  • Star Spangled Banner / Lynwood Lunsford / Pick Along / Hay Holler
  • The Train That Carried My Girl From Town / David Davis & the Warrior River Boys / Two Dimes And A Nickel / Rebel
  • I Thought I'd Seen It All / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / Mountain Home
  • I Went Back Home Today / The Boxcars / The Boxcars / Mountain Home
  • Help My Brother / Gibson Brothers / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • Jubilation Day / Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers / Rare Bird Alert / Rounder
  • Red Bandana / Lonesome River Band / Still Learning / Rural Rhythm
  • Lake Champlain / BearTracks / Rough Edges / Self-Produced
  • I'm Gonna Ride That Steamboat / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / Fired Up / Rounder
  • AppleJack / Pam Gadd with Dolly Parton / Benefit Of Doubt / Home Sweet Highway Productions
  • All American Bluegrass Girl / Rhonda Vincent / All American Bluegrass Girl / Rounder
  • Anywhere Is Home Again / Volume Five / Children Of The Mountain / Mountain Fever Records
  • Dickenson County Breakdown / Bill Emerson / Eclipse / Rural Rhythm
  • One Car Funeral / Gibson Brothers / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • Double Eagle / Reno & Smiley / Reno & Smiley & the Tennessee Cut-Ups, 1959-1963 / Gusto
  • Silence Or Tears / Country Gentlemen / John Duffey:  The Rebel Years, 1962-1977 / Rebel
  • I've Got Nothin' / Donna Ulisse / An Easy Climb / Hadley Music Group
  • Back To Dixie / McPeak Brothers / Yesteryears : The Best Of The McPeak Brothers / Rebel
  • Choo Choo Coming / Stanley Brothers / The Early Starday King Years, 1958-1961 / Gusto
  • Windmills / Acoustic Blue / Timeless / Self-Produced
  • Lonely Violet / Peg & Ed / Lonely Violet / Self-Produced
  • Drinkin' At The Waterhole / Stonewall Bluegrass / I Won't Be Troubled Anymore / Self-Produced
  • Women Of Sorrow / Bear Bridge Band / Bear Essentials / Open Road
  • Tiny Broken Heart / Peg & Ed / Lonely Violet / Self-Produced
  • Richmond County / Peg & Ed / Lonely Violet / Self-Produced
  • Last Day At Gettysburg / Gary Ferguson / I'm Really Leaving / Webco
  • New Sweet Home / Jimmy Gaudreau / Pieces And Bits / Goose Creek Music
  • A Valley Of Peace / Charlie Monroe / Post War Country Classics / Cattle
  • The Family Demon / Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band / Legacy / Compass Records
  • The Beans Should Be Blossomed / Spinney Brothers / Side By Side / Self-Produced
  • Tupelo County Jail / Nothin' Fancy / Album #7 / Pinecastle
  • It's Goodbye And So Long To You / Case Brothers / Radio Album / Self-Produced
  • Hooked On A Feeling / Ashlee Blankenship & Blades Of Blue / Ashlee Blankenship & Blades Of Blue / Compass Records
  • I'm On My Way Back To The Old Home / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1950-1951 / JSP Records
  • Out In The Cold World / Audie Blaylock & Redline / I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky / Rural Rhythm
  • Gonna Be Movin' / Larry Sparks / Let Him Lead You / Rebel
  • Sailing On / Russell Moore with Dale Ann Bradley / Look To The Light:  Songs Of Faith From The Pen Of Rick Lang / Rural Rhythm Christian
  • You Can Be A Millionaire With Me / J.D. Crowe & the New South / Lefty's Old Guitar / Rounder
  • Let Me Rest / Johnson Mountain Boys / We'll Still Sing On / Rounder
  • Cabin In The Sky / Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa / Out In The Middle Of Nowhere / Self-Produced
  • Mansion God Is Building / Jay Armsworthy / I Couldn't Make It Without Him / Blue Circle Records
  • Lift Your Voice In Prayer / Special Consensus / The Trail Of Aching Hearts / Pinecastle
  • You Can Feel It In Your Soul / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Gospel / Columbia
  • Throne Of Grace / Warrior River Boys / New Beginnings / Rounder
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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