Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Another January Tuesday fill-in, 1/15/2013

These Tuesday fill-ins are getting to be a habit -- not sure if that's a good or bad thing, exactly.  On my first Tuesday this month, I went with a Hank Williams theme, and last week, I leaned more towards the Bluegrass.  This week was a mixture, but most of the music played was related in some way to the calendar.

One of the terrific photos in the book from
photographer Jim Marshall shows when
Cash sang, "Greystone Chapel" -- a
song written by inmate Glen Sherley.
One of our highlights on Tuesday was to play several songs recorded by Johnny Cash in his concert at California's Folsom Prison 45 years ago, on January 13, 1968. While Cash had played at Folsom several times before he convinced his record label (Columbia Records) to capture the sounds of Folsom -- those sounds made by Cash, as well as members of his touring road show (June Carter, Carl Perkins, the Statler Brothers), as well as the sounds of the prison itself and the men imprisoned there.  The record was a hit, and a milestone in Cash's lengthy career.  In 2004, Da Capo Press published a fine little book with loads of wonderful pictures from the Folsom concert.  The book is titled Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison:  The Making Of A Masterpiece by Cash biographer, Michael Streissguthand is worth a read if you've got any interest at all in the career of the Man in Black.

Two Country Music Hall of Famers celebrate birthdays around this week in the month of January:  The Cherokee Cowboy, Ray Price, celebrated his 87th birthday on January 12th, and the one-and-only Dolly Parton will mark her 67th birthday on January 19th.  For Ray Price, we put together a set of music that included him singing a few of his 1950s-era honky tonk tunes, as well as a couple of covers.  Dolly has done a lot of things -- so far -- in her life, including record several Bluegrass-flavored albums in recent years.  Like a lot of classic country singers, many of Dolly's songs that she's written and/or recorded have been covered in the Bluegrass world, so we picked out a few of those this afternoon from performers like the Seldom Scene, Dale Ann Bradley with Marty Raybon, the Gibson Brothers, and the Spinney Brothers.  In addition, it wouldn't have been right not to hear from Dolly, too -- songs she's recorded on her own, as well as a couple of her great duets with Porter Wagoner.

Finally, I got to play a couple of songs from the Rounder recording by the Time Jumpers.  This is a band that sort of defies description, but I couldn't really allow myself to play it during the Bluegrass show, so why not today?  All in all, I thought it was another fun show -- hope it was enjoyed on the other end of the radio, too.

Be sure to join Jim on Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe -- 4-7PM.  He'll be looking for you...


  • Drifting With The Tide / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto [recorded January 15, 1952]
  • Tennessee Cut-Up Breakdown / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto [recorded January 15, 1952]
  • Talk To Your Heart / Ray Price / The Essential Ray Price / Columbia
  • Heartaches By The Number / Jim & Jesse / Our Kind Of Country / Pinecastle
  • Invitation To The Blues / Ray Price & the Cherokee Cowboys / In A Honky Tonk Mood / Jasmine
  • I've Got A New Heartache / Ricky Skaggs / Country Gentleman / Epic Legacy
  • Curtain In The Window / Ray Price / The Essential Ray Price / Columbia
  • You Done Me Wrong / Willie Nelson / Country Music / Rounder
  • Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes / Ray Price / Collectors Choice / Columbia
  • Lost Highway / Willie Nelson & Ray Price / Last Of The Breed / Lost Highway 
  • Folsom Prison Blues / Johnny Cash / Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison / Columbia Legacy
  • Blue Suede Shoes / Carl Perkins / Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison / Columbia Legacy
  • Flowers On The Wall / Statler Brothers / Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison / Columbia Legacy
  • 25 Minutes To Go / Johnny Cash / Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison / Columbia Legacy
  • Greystone Chapel / Johnny Cash with June Carter & the Statler Brothers / Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison / Columbia Legacy
  • Nothing But The Blues / Time Jumpers / The Time Jumpers / Rounder
  • Yodel Blues / Time Jumpers / The Time Jumpers / Rounder
  • Dumb Blonde / Dolly Parton / Box Set Sampler / RCA Legacy
  • The Last Thing On My Mind / Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton / Duets / Opry Music
  • When Someone Wants To Leave / Seldom Scene / Bluegrass The World's Greatest Show / Sugar Hill
  • Holding On To Nothing / Dale Ann Bradley & Marty Raybon / Catch Tomorrow / Compass Records
  • Kentucky Gambler / Gibson Brothers / Spread Your Wings / Hay Holler
  • If Teardrops Were Pennies / Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton / All American Country / BMG
  • Jolene / Dolly Parton / Opry Country Classics, Volume 1 / Opry Music
  • Coat Of Many Colors / Dolly Parton / Coat Of Many Colors / RCA Legacy
  • On My Way Back To The Old Home / Kevin Richardson & Cuttin' Edge / Kevin Richardson & Cuttin' Edge / Mountain Fever Records
  • Smokey Mountain Memories / Spinney Brothers / When The Golden Leaves Begin To Fall / Self-Produced
  • There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight / Delta Reign / Calm Before The Storm / Mountain Fever Records
  • Say You'll Take Me Back / Johnson Mountain Boys / Working Close / Rounder
  • Shame On You / Bear Bridge Band / Broken Hearts & Better Times / Open Road
  • The Old Home Place / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out  / Timeless Hits Of The Past Bluegrassed / Cracker Barrel
  • 'Til The End Of The World Rolls 'Round / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1952-1955 / JSP Records

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