Saturday, September 01, 2012

Another mixed-up fill-in -- 8/31/2012

As it does three times a year, the schedule has changed again at WHUS.  While the majority of the schedule is filled (the new schedule can be seen here), but there are still a couple of blocks marked, "TBA."  I'm sure the permanent fill-ins for the semester will be determined soon, but in the meantime, I found myself once again on Friday morning doing a bit of a fill-in radio show from 9:00-11:00AM.  As you probably know, when I do these fill-ins I really like to mix up the music a bit by playing a healthy portion of what I like to describe as classic country music with the Bluegrass.  Today's show was really no exception, but, as always, I enjoyed mixing things up on the airwaves.

It's Labor Day weekend, and so, the proverbial "no-brainer" found me playing a number of tunes either with the word "work" in the title, or with "work" as the subject of the song.  The singers of these songs ranged from the First Family of Country Music -- the Carter Family to the Monroe Brothers to Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, to name just a few.  It would have been quite impossible to play country work-themed songs without playing Merle Haggard's 1969 classic, "Workin' Man Blues."  Fortunately, I was able to find an LP in the WHUS music library with that song, as I had completely forgotten to bring a CD with the song to the station this morning.  

Wrap yourself up in George Jones -- this throw available
The rest of the show included a bunch of great cowboy songs, several duet records, various other favorites, and music from the one and only George Jones.  It seems like the man formerly known as "No-Show Jones" is a great inspiration for countless BG and country singers, and today, I just had a hankering to hear some of his classic tunes.  After 50+ years of touring, George Jones has recently announced that in 2013, he will have his final "Grand Tour," so his fans will only have so many more chances to see him live.  As astute listener called in today to remind me that the George Jones Tour was appearing this very night -- Friday, August 31st -- at the Calvin Theatre in not-too-far-away Northampton, MA.  Maybe someone in the listening area got a chance to go see George?  I sure hope that's true...

Hope everyone has a pleasant remainder of the Labor Day weekend.  Be sure to join Jim once again on Sunday afternoon from 4-7PM for another edition of the "Bluegrass Cafe."  


  • I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow / Carter Family / Anchored In Love / Rounder
  • Lower On The Hog / IIIrd Tyme Out / Puttin' New Roots Down / Rebel
  • Nine Pound Hammer Is Too Heavy / Monroe Brothers / Are You From Dixie? / BMG
  • Workin' Girl Blues / Cherryholmes / Cherryholmes / Skaggs Family
  • Workin' Man Blues / Merle Haggard / The Best Of The Best Of Merle Haggard / Capitol
  • Another Day, Another Dollar / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / Rambler's Call / Rebel
  • Bottomland / Gibson Brothers / Ring The Bell / Compass Records
  • The Working Man / Shannon Slaughter / The Sideman Steps Out / Self-Produced
  • Poor Boy Workin' Blues / Dailey & Vincent / Dailey & Vincent / Rounder
  • Pass Me By (If You're Only Passing Through) / Johnny Rodriguez / The Greatest Hits Of Johnny Rodriguez / Mercury
  • Ballad Of Forty Dollars / Tom T. Hall / The Essential Tom T. Hall / Mercury
  • Whatever Happened To Randolph Scott / Statler Brothers / The Legendary Statler Brothers / Reader's Digest
  • Be Honest With Me / Gene Autry / The Gene Autry Collection / Rhino
  • Don't Take Your Guns To Town / Johnny Cash / Americana / Columbia
  • Pistol Packin' Mama / Al Dexter & His Troopers / The Golden Age / Columbia
  • Big Iron / Marty Robbins / The Story Of My Life:  The Best Of Marty Robbins / Columbia
  • Back In The Saddle Again / Gene Autry / The Gene Autry Collection / Rhino
  • As Long As I Live / Kitty Wells with Red Foley / 20th Century Masters / MCA
  • We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds / George Jones & Melba Montgomery / What's In Our Heart / United Artists
  • Kiss Crazy Baby / Johnnie & Jack / For Old Times Sake / Bear Family
  • Mr. & Mrs. Used To Be / Ernest Tubb & Loretta Lynn / Duets / Opry Music
  • I Wish You Knew / Louvin Brothers / The Essential Louvin Brothers / Raven Records
  • My Baby's Gone / Louvin Brothers / The Essential Louvin Brothers / Raven Records
  • Walk Through This World With Me / George Jones / Walk Through This World With Me / Musicor
  • Miami, My Amy / Keith Whitley / L.A. To Miami / RCA
  • The Storms Of Life / Randy Travis / Storms Of Life / Warner Bros.
  • Window Up Above / George Jones / George Jones Sings Country & Western Hits / Mercury
  • (I'll Love You) Forever And Ever / Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Roll Out The Red Carpet / Sundazed
  • It's A Great Life (If You Don't Weaken) / Faron Young / The Complete Capitol Hits Of Faron Young / Collectors' Choice
  • Would You Mind / Hank Snow / The Essential Hank Snow / RCA
  • The Fightin' Side Of Me / Merle Haggard / Vintage Collections / Capitol
  • Silver Wings / Spinney Brothers / Side By Side / Self-Produced
  • Settin' The Woods On Fire / Hank Williams / 24 Of Hank Williams' Greatest Hits / Mercury
  • Black Jack / J.D. Crowe / Bluegrass Holiday / Rebel

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