Monday, January 14, 2013

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/13/2013

For once, I had a definite plan set out for Sunday's show, and I think I actually accomplished it.  Whoa!  I'd love to tell you I ALWAYS am well-prepared for going on the radio, but that would be a bit of a fib, I'm afraid.  

Always fun to chat with both Gibsons, even if I only
got to have a photo taken with one of 'em (Eric) -- this time.  
The show started with some music by performers I got to see at the sold-out show presented by the Boston Bluegrass Union in Lexington, MA, including the fine duo of Monroe-style mandolin picker, Mike Compton and North Carolina songwriter, Joe Newberry.  While these two don't currently have any recording projects as a duo, we played music from groups they've played with in their respective pasts:  Compton with the Nashville Bluegrass Band, and Newberry with a band called Sidetrack.  Closing the BBU show were the reigning IBMA Entertainers of the Year, the Gibson Brothers.  Will I ever tire of using that particular phrase when describing the Gibsons?  Perhaps, but it certainly hasn't happened yet! The BBU show was clearly a hit...and a great way to start a new year.  

Since January 1st, I've been doing a Tuesday afternoon fill-in show at WHUS in which I play a combination of classic country and Bluegrass.  It's fun to stretch out a little, for sure.  This past Tuesday was January 8th -- a day that would have been BG songwriter Randall Hylton's 67th birthday.  Hylton was a fabulous songwriter with well over 200 songs registered with BMI (one of the major music licensing companies), and on Tuesday, we played fourteen of those songs from all sorts of BG performers, including Hylton himself.  There were still a few songs I missed playing on Tuesday, though, so I made time to squeeze in a half-dozen more of them today.  

Speaking of birthday tributes, we had to include a birthday set for Country Music Hall of Famer, Ray Price, who celebrated his 87th birthday on January 12th.  As we know, Ray Price is not a Bluegrass singer, but his songs sure have been covered by BG performers over the years, no doubt about it.  I'm pretty sure, too, that Ray Price's version of the Don Helms-penned "Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes" (kind of a BG standard, it seems) was recorded long before anyone in Bluegrass music ever recorded it.  Check out Ray Price with Cherokee Cowboy/wonderful harmony singer Van Howard, circa 1955:

If all of those birthday tributes weren't enough, there was a bit of new music -- some if it brand-new -- to play on the show.  Songs from forthcoming projects by Marty Raybon, Volume Five, and Shannon & Heather Slaughter & County Clare were played, as well as newer music from Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, Scott Brannon, Monroe Crossing, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Balsam Range, Danny Paisley & the Southern GrassDarin & Brooke Aldridge, and Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers.  Hope you enjoyed what you heard...

I'll be back with you again for another fill-in this Tuesday afternoon from 1-3PM, so join me, if you like.  If not, be sure to tune into Jim next Sunday for another packed-with-music edition of the Bluegrass Cafe.

Have a good week!



  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • I Beg To You / James King / Lonesome And Then Some / Rounder
  • Lake Champlain / BearTracks / Rough Edges / AMT Records
  • Sophronie / Jimmy Martin / You Don't Know My Mind / Rounder
  • Ice Covered Birches / Cliff Waldron & the New Shades Of Grass / The Best Of Cliff Waldron / Rebel
  • The Hills And Home / Bear Bridge Band / One More Ride / Open Road
  • I Know Whose Tears / Sidetrack / Rowdy To Reverent / Self-Produced
  • Idle Time / Nashville Bluegrass Band / Idle Time / Rounder
  • Singing As We Rise / Gibson Brothers with Ricky Skaggs / Help My Brother / Compass Records
  • Slowly But Surely / Amy Gallatin & Roger Williams / Something 'Bout You / Happy Appy Records [Amy Gallatin birthday - January 13]
  • Mama Tried / Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Timeless Hits From The Past Bluegrassed / Cracker Barrel
  • The Streamlined Cannonball / Balsam Range / Papertown / Mountain Home
  • Rawhide / Frank Wakefield / Tribute To Bill Monroe / Patuxent Music
  • Blue Skies And Teardrops / Missy Wener Band / Three Kinds Of Lonesome / Self-Produced
  • A Broken Heart Keeps Beatin' / Adam Steffey / One More For The Road / Sugar Hill
  • If That Was Love / Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / EP / Rebel
  • Late Night Cry Of The Whippoorwill / Virginia Squires / The Best Of The Virginia Squires / Rebel
  • Rock Bottom / WhiteHouse / WhiteHouse / Pinecastle
  • Have I Loved You Too Late / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / The News Is Out! / Sugar Hill
  • Digging In The Ground / Larry Sparks / Blue Mountain Memories / Rebel
  • Wanting, Wanting You / Gibson Brothers / Another Night Of Waiting / Hay Holler
  • Slippers With Wings / Charlie Waller & Randall Hylton / The Singer & The Songster / Rebel
  • That Janie Baker / Marty Raybon / forthcoming CD / Rural Rhythm
  • Rich Man's Daughter / Volume Five / forthcoming CD / Mountain Fever Records
  • If I Lose / Scott Brannon / Your Old Standby / Patuxent Music
  • The Lives Of The Innocent / Shannon & Heather Slaughter & County Clare / forthcoming CD / Self-Produced
  • Cool Cool Ride / Monroe Crossing / The Road Has No End / Self-Produced
  • I Can't Go Home Like This / Ray Price / The Essential Ray Price / Columbia
  • Wasted Words / Johnson Mountain Boys / Live At The Birchmere / Rounder
  • Invitation To The Blues / Jim & Jesse / Our Kind Of Country / Pinecastle
  • Crazy Arms / IIIrd Tyme Out / Puttin' New Roots Down / Rebel
  • Move On In And Stay / Mickey Harris / Dog House Blues / MJH Records
  • I'll Be There / Del McCoury Band / The Cold Hard Facts / Rounder
  • I've Got Nothin' / Donna Ulisse / An Easy Climb / Hadley Music Group
  • Life Finds A Way / The Grascals / The Grascals / Mountain Home
  • I'm Watching The Train Passing By / Bear Bridge Band / Broken Hearts And Better Times / Open Road
  • Whispering Waters / Audie Blaylock & Redline / Audie Blaylock & Redline / Rural Rhythm
  • Blue Ridge Blue / Ray Edwards with Jeanette Williams / Portrait Of A Bluegrass Songwriter / Rural Rhythm
  • Turkey Buzzard / Chris Warner / Goin'  To The Dance / Patuxent Music
  • Memories / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • A Blue Million Tears / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / They're Playing My Song / Rebel
  • Hallelujah I'm Ready To Go / Gospel Friends / live recording / no label
  • When He Beckons Me Home / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / Live At Red, White & Bluegrass / Mountain Home
  • Throne Of Grace / Warrior River Boys / New Beginnings / Rounder
  • I'm Using My Bible For A Roadmap / Reno & Smiley / Bluegrass, 1963 / Rural Rhythm
  • This Wicked Path Of Sin / Stanley Brothers / Early Starday King Years, 1958-1961 / Gusto
  • Talking About That Old Time Religion / Whetstone Run / Angels Rejoice / Strictly Country
  • Lay Down Your Troubles / Gary Ferguson / I'm Really Leaving / Webco
  • I Heard My Mother Call My Name In Prayer / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Road Into Town / Patuxent Music
  • You Don't Knock / New Grass Revival / Every Time I Feel The Spirit / Sugar Hill
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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