Sunday, August 03, 2014

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 8/3/2014

Sunday's radio show featured a whole bunch of music -- some classic, some brand-spanking new, and some in-between.  All of it sounded pretty good to me!  Hope you thought so, too...

This Les Leverett photo captures six Grand Ole Opry
stars who traveled to NYC to play a show at Carnegie
Hall on November 21, 1961.  From the top:
Minnie Pearl, Jim Reeves, Faron Young,
Bill Monroe, Patsy Cline, Grandpa Jones.

As I've been trying to do this summer, I did a fill-in this past Thursday morning at WHUS.  During these fill-ins, I tend to play a lot of the classic country music that I really like, and this past Thursday was no exception.  When playing a song on Thursday from Jim Reeves, I realized that this year is the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that took his life -- July 31, 1964.  Jim Reeves was just one month short of celebrating his 41st birthday when he died, and while he wasn't necessarily a big songwriter, he did record a whole lot of music during his relatively brief recording career.  Some of those titles have been covered in the Bluegrass World, so we marked the anniversary of the passing of Jim Reeves with 5 Bluegrass covers of songs he'd also recorded, and even included a 1957 classic from Jim Reeves that is probably his most covered in Bluegrass music, "I've Lived A Lot In My Time."   

During Thursday's fill-in, I had a question from a Bluegrass Cafe listener asking about the origins of "Shady Grove."  I had no answer for her on Thursday morning, and even after doing a little bit of research before Sunday's show, I still didn't have much of an answer.  Since the question had been asked, though, it inspired me to find a few different versions of this old folk song that has been recorded hundreds of times over the years.  

Summer is a big season for new Bluegrass releases, and we've added bunches of them over the last few weeks.  Today's newer tunes came from Missy Werner, the Roland White Band, Rachel Burge & New Dawning, Steve Gulley, Larry Sparks, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Flatt Lonesome, Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters, the Spinney Brothers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Balsam Range, and a track from the new banjo recording from Patuxent Music called "The Patuxent Banjo Project."  

We also shared music from some of the upcoming performers at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival in nearby-to-Storrs, Hebron, CT, next week:  August 7-9.  The Podunk performers we heard from included the Steeldrivers, Donna Ulisse, and Dave Adkins (with Edgar Loudermilk).  See you at Podunk!

Have a great week - and be sure to join Jim for another Bluegrass Cafe next Sunday afternoon, 4-7PM!


  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Hot Night In August / Gary Ferguson / I'm Really Leaving / Webco
  • Goin' To China / Stan Keach & Friends / Cry Of The Loon & Other Original Songs About Maine / Self-Produced
  • The Open Road / Gibson Brothers / Bona Fide / Sugar Hill
  • Gotta Travel / American Drive / American Drive / Rural Rhythm
  • Polka On The Banjo / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / 16 Biggest Hits / Columbia
  • Two Hours Down / Rick Hayes / Fly By Night / Kang Records
  • Cumberland Gap / Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / On The Radio, 1952-1953 / Rounder
  • Dark Hollow / Kathy Kallick Band / Time / Live Oak Records
  • I'll Never Shed Another Tear / Bluegrass Album Band / Songs Of Flatt & Scruggs / Rounder
  • Little Maggie / Stanley Brothers / Select Sides, 1947-1949 / JSP Records
  • Four Walls / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1954-1957 / JSP Records
  • Yonder Comes A Sucker / Gary & Jim Brewer / Goin' Up Copper Creek / Copper Creek
  • The Blizzard / Bill Harrell & the Virginians / The Cat Came Back / Rebel
  • A Letter To My Heart / Bear Bridge / Broken Hearts And Better Times / Open Road
  • I've Lived A Lot In My Time / Longview / Lessons In Stone / Rebel
  • I've Lived A Lot In My Time / Jim Reeves / RCA Country Legends / BMG Heritage
  • Hey Baby / Feller & Hill & the Bluegrass Buckaroos / Here Come Feller & Hill...Again! / Blue Circle Records
  • A Far Cry From Lester And Earl / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / The Heart Of A Song / Rebel
  • Snake In The Grass / Missy Werner / Turn This Heart Around / Self-Produced
  • Big Blue Raindrops / Del McCoury Band / The Streets Of Baltimore / McCoury Music
  • In Despair / Dale Ann Bradley / Somewhere South Of Crazy / Compass Records
  • Baby You're Cheatin' / Big Country Bluegrass / Memories Of The Past / Rebel
  • Shady Grove / Hot Rize / In Concert / Flying Fish
  • Shady Grove / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Sugar Hill
  • Shady Grove / Doc Watson / Memories / Sugar Hill
  • If I Lose / Roland White Band / Straight-Ahead Bluegrass / Self-Produced
  • Rebels Ye Rest / Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning / Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning / Mountain Fever Records
  • Victory In Jesus / Steve Gulley / Family, Friends, & Fellowship / Rural Rhythm
  • Rocky The Wonder Dog / Keith Arneson / The Patuxent Banjo Project / Patuxent Music
  • Dim Lights, Thick Smoke / Larry Sparks with Curly Seckler / Lonesome And Then Some... / Rebel
  • Me And My Fiddle / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / On Down The Road / Compass Records
  • Letters Have No Arms / Flatt Lonesome / Flatt Lonesome Too / Mountain Home
  • Shallow Grave / The Steeldrivers / Hammer Down / Rounder
  • How Mountain Girls Can Love / Donna Ulisse / Showin' My Roots / Hadley Music Group
  • Pike County Jail / Dave Adkins / Nothing To Lose / Mountain Fever Records
  • I Dreamed Of An Old Love Affair / Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters / Everything I Wanted Love To Be / Happy Appy Records
  • Gonna Catch A Train / Spinney Brothers / Tried And True / Mountain Fever Records
  • That's Kentucky / Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road / Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road / Rural Rhythm
  • Love Of The Mountains / Lost & Found / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Clinch Mountain Backstep / Randy Jones / When Old Lonesome Comes Around / Self-Produced
  • Bluegrass Blues / Steep Canyon Rangers / The Steep Canyon Rangers / Rebel
  • I'm Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing / Larry Sparks with Jesse McReynolds & Curly Seckler / Lonesome And Then Some... / Rebel
  • In The Shadow Of The Son / Justin Carbone [Myrna Riquier] / Momma's Flowers / Self-Produced
  • I Know What You're Talking About / Lynn Morris Band / Shape Of A Tear / Rounder
  • I'm A Stranger / Johnson Mountain Boys / We'll Still Sing On / Rounder
  • The Way, The Truth, The Light / Sideline / Session 1 / Mountain Fever Records
  • Will You Go? / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Open Carefully, Message Inside / Mountain Home
  • Stacking Up The Rocks / Balsam Range / Five / Mountain Home
  • Light At The River / Steve Gulley / Family, Friends, & Fellowship / Rural Rhythm

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