Sunday, May 12, 2013

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 5/12/2013

With my mother, Eleanor Orlomoski, at a Ricky Skaggs concert - 1989
Next to the "girl of my dreams" and the "girl I left behind me," Mother has to be one of the most popular subjects in Bluegrass (and traditional country music) songwriting.  There are hundreds of songs we could have played on this Mother's Day edition of the Bluegrass Cafe.  Some of these songs are overly sentimental and some are incredibly sad, but I'd like to think that the ones we played on the air today were quite enjoyable, overall.  It wouldn't have been difficult to fill all three hours of the show with songs of Mother, but  today, we chose nearly two dozen tunes performed by the Gibson Brothers, Jim & Jesse, Allerton & Alton, Wayne Taylor, BearTracks, Chris Brashear, Lynn Morris, Fred Pike, Sam Tidwell & the Kennebec Valley Boys, Reno & Smiley, the Johnson Mountain Boys, David Peterson, the Spinney Brothers, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, and the Seldom Scene.  In addition, we played a song written by our former Bluegrass Cafe show producer, Myrna Riquier, as well as a couple of mother/gospel songs from Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, the Bear Bridge Band, the Warrior River Boys, and the Stanley Brothers.  Hope all of the mothers who were listening -- and even the ones who weren't -- had a most delightful Mother's Day!

Great new traditional Bluegrass is
on the way in June from Big
Country Bluegrass
In addition to Mother's Day, we shared quite a bit of newer music from some recent projects, or from recordings that are soon-to-be released in the not-too-distant future.  Newer music was heard from Becky Buller (from the "Pickin' Like A Girl" box set on Blue Circle Records), Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass, Mark Newton & Steve Thomas, Big Country Bluegrass, Jason Davis, Sutton, Holt & Coleman, the Spinney Brothers, Alan Bibey & Wayne Benson, the Gibson Brothers, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Shannon & Heather Slaughter & County Clare, the Lonesome River Band (from the "God Didn't Choose Sides" project on Rural Rhythm), Dailey & Vincent, and Don Rigsby.  We also heard from newer bands with names like Cumberland Gap Connection, the Trinity River Band, and Long Road Home.  So much great music -- so hard to get it all on the air in just three hours a week...

Which reminds me, the WHUS Summer Schedule goes into effect at midnight on Sunday going into Monday, and there are a couple of programming issues of which you may wish to be aware.  James and Cathy Ward's weekday program, "Bluegrass Rules," will be on the air on Tuesdays for the summer.  James tells me the hours are 1-4PM, but you may wish to tune in on Tuesday to find out for certain.  Also, Jim and Marti's "Red Rooster Party" returns to the WHUS airwaves this summer, too.  Their program will air from 2-4PM on Sundays, so be sure to tune in, won't you?  For the most part, Jim plans to step back from his Bluegrass Cafe hosting duties this summer, so you'll be hearing from me quite a bit over the next couple of months.  Hope you'll still tune in to the show!  (I say that, but Jim will be with you next Sunday afternoon [5/19], as I'm going to Hamden to see Hot Rize.  Exciting!)

Hope everyone has a great week, and we'll be seeing you again really soon...



  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • God Bless Her, 'Cause She Is My Mother / Gibson Brothers / Spread Your Wings / Hay Holler
  • Dear Old Mother / Jim & Jesse / In The Tradition / Rounder
  • Every Day Is Mother's Day To Me / Allerton & Alton / Black, White & Bluegrass / Bear Family
  • Dear Mom / Wayne Taylor / Dear Mom / Raincoe Music
  • From The Hollow / BearTracks / From The Hollow / AMT Records
  • Mama's Opry / Chris Brashear / Heart Of The Country / Dog Boy Records
  • Momma's Flowers / Myrna Riquier / Momma's Flowers / Self-Produced
  • Mama's Hand / Lynn Morris / Mama's Hand / Rounder
  • If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again / Fred Pike, Sam Tidwell & the Kennebec Valley Boys / The Last Log Drive / Revonah 
  • Mother's Voice Is In The Wind / Johnson Mountain Boys / The Walls Of Time / Rounder
  • There's Always A Mother Waiting At Home / David Peterson / Simplicity / Self-Produced
  • I Haven't Seen Mama In Years / Spinney Brothers / Going Home / Self-Produced
  • Mama Tried / Seldom Scene / SCENEchronized / Sugar Hill
  • Mama Don't Allow / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Take Me Back / Pinecastle
  • Rambler's Blues / Cumberland Gap Connection / Another Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • Nightwalk / Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray / Many A Mile / Patuxent Music
  • Life Finds A Way / The Grascals / Life Finds A Way / Mountain Home
  • Road Into Town / Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass / Road Into Town / Patuxent Music
  • The Windowsill Song / Becky Buller / Pickin' Like A Girl / Blue Circle Records
  • Nobody's Business / Mark Newton & Steve Thomas / Reborn / Pinecastle
  • I'm Putting On My Leaving Shoes / Big Country Bluegrass / Memories Of The Past / Rebel
  • Bootleg John / Jason Davis / forthcoming CD / Mountain Fever Records
  • Streamline Cannonball / Sutton, Holt & Coleman / Ready For The Times / High Windy Audio
  • Louisville Woman / Spinney Brothers / No Borders / Mountain Fever Records
  • Oh The Pain Of Loving You / Trinity River Band / Today Don't Look Like Rain / Self-Produced
  • Angelina Baker / Long Road Home / Headed Back To Dixieland / Argus
  • Crazy Creek / Alan Bibey & Wayne Benson / The Mandolin Chronicles / Pinecastle
  • Keepin' It Between The Lines (Old School) / Peter Rowan / The Old School / Compass Records
  • You Tried To Ruin My Name / Johnnie & Jack / For Old Times Sake / Bear Family
  • Cryin' Heart Blues / Johnnie & Jack / For Old Times Sake / Bear Family
  • Goin' Across The Sea / Hot Rize / In Concert / Flying Fish
  • Dusty Old World / Gibson Brothers / They Called It Music / Compass Records
  • The Story Of The Day That I Died / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / The Story Of The Day That I Died / Rebel
  • Always Be Kind To Your Mother / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • The Lives Of The Innocent / Shannon & Heather Slaughter & County Clare / One More Road / Self-Produced
  • The Legend Of Jennie Wade / Lonesome River Band / God Didn't Choose Sides / Rural  Rhythm
  • I Heard My Mother Call My Name In Prayer / Bear Bridge Band / One More Ride / Open Road
  • Mother Prays Loud In Her Sleep / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Selected Cuts, 1953-1955 / JSP Records
  • Won't It Be Wonderful There / Dailey & Vincent / Brothers Of The Highway / Rounder
  • Lord Protect My Soul / Kathy Kallick Band / Time / Live Oak Records
  • A Vision Of Mother / Stanley Brothers / The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers / Columbia
  • Traveling The Highway Home / Don Rigsby / Doctor's Orders / Rebel
  • I Saw Mother With God Last Night / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Gospel / Columbia
  • My Mother's Bible / Warrior River Boys / New Beginnings / Rounder
  • Let The Light Shine Down / Country Gentlemen / Let The Light Shine Down / Rebel
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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