Sunday, February 05, 2012

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 2/5/2012

To go along with the football "vibe" for the day, we tried to make Sunday's BG Cafe pretty "super," too.  Hopefully, we were able to come at least a little bit close...

The main "theme" of the show today was the upcoming 27th Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, to be held February 17-19 at the Sheraton Framingham in Framingham, MA.  Every year, the hardworking volunteers of the Boston Bluegrass Union spend 6-8 months putting together this winter event that has come to be known as a "family reunion" of sorts for those who attend.  In addition, there is a terrific lineup on the Main Stage with some top-notch performers, including Blue Highway, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, the Whites, Special Consensus, Sierra Hull & Highway 111, Claire Lynch, Della Mae, the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Spinney Brothers, Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein with Jonathan Edwards, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, and the Josh Williams Band.  Also on the Main Stage, you'll be able to hear regional favorites like Boston's Reunion Band, Maine's Evergreen, and Connecticut's very own, Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters.  There are other bands, playing, too, that you won't want to miss.  For more information on all of them, as well as the many Showcase bands, workshop offerings, and Heritage Award winners, click here.

In addition to playing music from a lot of the performers who'll be playing at Joe Val, we got a nice inside look at the festival from long-time organizer, Gerry Katz.  Gerry spent several minutes telling us about the lineup and all of the fabulous offerings at Joe Val, and then, allowed us to give away some day passes to the festival (which was really quite easy to do -- no surprise).  Many thanks to all of the fine Boston Bluegrass Union organizers and volunteers, and thanks again to Gerry for coming on the air to talk with us.  If you didn't win festival tickets today, be sure to join Jim next Sunday, as he'll have more day passes to give away.   

If talk about Joe Val and its lineup wasn't enough for you, we also shared some brand new music from the mighty fine recording by Virginia songbird, Heather Berry, and her husband, Tony Mabe.  Together, they're calling their act "The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show," and their new CD on Mountain Fever Records is really very excellent.  If you're a fan of the music of early performers like the Carter Family, or just enjoy female vocalists with very pure voices, you're sure to enjoy the music of these two talented performers.  

Other new music or newer music hit the air, as well, from folks like Marty Raybon, Lee Marcus, Carolina Road, Shannon Slaughter, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Carolina RoadNothin' Fancy, and a brand new Rounder compilation from Tony Rice.  Hope you liked it.

Be sure to join Jim in the BG Cafe next Sunday afternoon -- he'll have a whole lot of great music to share, and you'll not want to miss hearing it!  

Have a fine week!


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Dixie Special / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / Fired Up / Rounder
  • Bluebird Days / Blue Highway / Sounds Of Home / Rounder
  • Montana Cowboy (Coyote Song) / Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters / Phoenix / Happy Appy Records
  • Bluegrass Blues / Steep Canyon Rangers / The Steep Canyon Rangers / Rebel
  • Walk Slow / Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show / The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show / Mountain Fever Records
  • Eating Out Of Your Hand / Longview / Deep In The Mountains / Rounder
  • B Natural / David Grisman with Ronnie McCoury / Dawg Plays Big Mon:  Happy Birthday Bill Monroe / Acoustic Disc
  • Three Ways Of Knowing / Allerton & Alton / Black, White & Bluegrass / Bear Family
  • Some Old Day / J.D. Crowe & the New South / J.D. Crowe & the New South / Cracker Barrel
  • Tears And Roses / Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show / The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show / Mountain Fever Records
  • I've Lived A Lot In My Time / Dry Branch Fire Squad / Just For The Record / Rounder
  • One / Lee Marcus / Grandpa's Pond / Self-Produced
  • Black Mountain Special / Rich In Tradition / Black Mountain Special / Mountain Roads Recordings
  • Sourwood Mountain / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Heritage / Brandywine
  • Sing Me A Bluegrass Song / Carolina Road / Back To My Roots / Rural Rhythm
  • Two Hours Down / Rick Hayes / Fly By Night / Self-Produced
  • Memory Of You / Balsam Range / Trains I Missed / Mountain Home
  • Teardrops Falling In The Snow / Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum / The Oak And The Laurel / Rounder
  • Feast Here Tonight / David Grisman with Doc Watson & Ricky Skaggs / Home Is Where The Heart Is / Rounder
  • Hooverville / Shannon Slaughter / The Sideman Steps Out / Self-Produced
  • My Florida Sunshine / Claire Lynch / Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration:  A Classic Bluegrass Tribute / Rounder
  • Turnpike Reel / Too Blue / Trouble With The Grey / Self-Produced
  • Dirt Road Heartache / Marty Raybon / Southern Roads & Branches / Rural Rhythm
  • Bowling Green / Della Mae / I Built This Heart / Self-Produced
  • Polka On The Banjo / Josh Williams / Down Home / Rounder
  • Signs / Special Consensus / Signs / Pinecastle
  • The Cowboy Lives Forever / The Whites / A Lifetime In The Making / Ceili Music
  • Bombshell / Sierra Hull / Daybreak / Rounder
  • ***Conversation with Boston Bluegrass Union's Gerry Katz***
  • A Cowboy's Sweetheart / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / So Much In Between / Mountain Home
  • Age / Bluegrass Gospel Project / The Blue Morpho / Vital Records
  • Footprints In The Snow / Monadnock / House Upon The Hill / Self-Produced
  • Going To Georgia / Charlie Sizemore / Heartache Looking For A Home / Rounder
  • Five Speed / Johnson Mountain Boys / Favorites / Rounder
  • Going Home / Spinney Brothers / Going Home / Self-Produced
  • Sparkling Brown Eyes / Joe Val / Diamond Joe / Rounder
  • Remembrance Is A Golden Chain / Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show with Darrin Vincent / The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show / Mountain Fever Records
  • Pretty Little Girl From Galax / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Prime Tyme / Rural Rhythm
  • Let Us Travel, Travel On / Louvin Brothers / My Baby's Gone, 1955-1964 / Raven Records
  • He Can Be Found / Gibson Brothers / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • Get In Line, Brother / David Parmley & Continental Divide / Church House Hymns, Volume II / Self-Produced
  • Fifty Miles Of Elbow Room / Bear Bridge Band / Broken Hearts & Better Times / Open Road
  • River Of Death / Tony Rice / The Bill Monroe Collection / Rounder
  • It's Gonna Rain / Kathy Kallick [Good Ol' Persons] / Count Your Blessings / Live Oak Records
  • It Gets Better All The Time / Nothin' Fancy / Nothin' Fancy / Virginia Dreams Records
  • I'm Getting Ready To Leave This World / Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad / Pickin', Praisin' & Singin':  Hymns From The Mountain / Rural Rhythm
  • Blue Grass Twist / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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