Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/25/2015

Last Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe saw us here in eastern CT preparing for the latest "Storm of the Century" (which, in hindsight, was bad but not quite of "historic" proportions).  While we waited on the weather, we still shared a whole bunch of pretty darn good songs on the radio, and remembered a couple of wonderful folks who both were very important to the World of Bluegrass.  

Charlie Waller & Bill Yates
Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival
May 31, 1987
To celebrate what would have been Charlie Waller's 80th birthday on January 19th, we opened the show with three songs spanning a few of the 40+ years of Country Gentlemen recorded music -- all of them featuring that rich, neither high-nor-lonesome voice.  Since the January 25th show, we've also lost one of Charlie's long-time bandmates in the Country Gents -- Bill Yates.  Sometimes, I feel like I don't play nearly enough Country Gentlemen music on the air -- think I'll try to share a good deal more this year...

On January 16th, Miss Dixie Hall, perhaps with a name not as easily recognized as that of her Country Music Hall of Famer husband, Tom T., died.  Both Miss Dixie and Tom T. have been great champions of Bluegrass music in recent years, with Dixie writing approximately 500 Bluegrass songs which have been recorded by all sorts of performers over the last 15-20 years.  In recent years, it's been a sort of "challenge" to pick up a Bluegrass recording that didn't include at least one song either written or co-written by Miss Dixie.  Jim shared a whole bunch of those songs during the January 18th show, but since Miss Dixie wrote so many fine songs, it was fairly easy to put together another set Miss Dixie originals from a whole bunch of great performers.  We could probably fill another show or two with Dixie Hall music with no repeats.  To read more about the remarkable life of Miss Dixie, check out this fine obituary from the January 17th Tennessean.

Even with these tribute sets, there was still some time for some newer music from performers including Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the Seldom Scene, Hot Rize, the Earls Of Leicester, the Spinney Brothers, the Kevin Prater Band, Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick, and the Gibson Brothers.  We also included brand-new-to-us music from Shannon & Heather Slaughter, as well as Volume Five.

Jim will join you for tomorrow's Bluegrass Cafe...while we prepare for another snowstorm on Monday.  


SONG / PERFORMER / ALBUM / LABEL [Requests are RED; Songs written or co-written by Dixie Hall are BLUE]

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Matterhorn / Country Gentlemen / Early Rebel Recordings, 1962-1971 / Rebel
  • Riverboat Fantasy / Country Gentlemen / The Sugar Hill Collection / Sugar Hill
  • Mountains And Memories / Country Gentlemen / Souvenirs / Rebel
  • To Love Somebody / Paul Adkins & the Borderland Band / Reflections Of Love / Rebel
  • Walls Of Time / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Anthology / MCA
  • Proud Mary / Bill Emerson & Cliff Waldron / The Best Of Emerson & Waldron / Rebel
  • What Was I Supposed To Do / Lynn Morris Band / The Lynn Morris Band / Rounder
  • Too Late For Goodbyes / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / On Down The Line / Compass Records
  • Weep And Cry / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / In Session / Mountain Home
  • Head Over Heels / BearTracks / Makin' New Tracks / Self-Produced
  • Amandalyn / Merl Johnson / Better Man / Patuxent Music
  • Margie / Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass / Live In Holland / Strictly Country
  • Count Me Out / Del McCoury Band / Del And The Boys / Ceili Music
  • Roll Big River / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / In Session / Mountain Home
  • Big Train From Memphis / Seldom Scene / Long Time...Seldom Scene / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Let Me Be Your Friend / Stanley Brothers / The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers / Columbia
  • Just Wondering Why / Jim & Jesse / First Sounds:  The Capitol Years / Capitol
  • Gamblin' Man / Wayne Taylor / Movin' On / Raincoe Music
  • Washington And Lee Fling / Pike Brothers & the Pine Hill Ranchers / To Warm And Comfort You / Rebel
  • The Waves On The Sea / Johnson Mountain Boys / Working Close / Rounder
  • Blow Out The Candle, Laura / Linda Lay & Sammy Shelor / Taking The Crooked Road Home / Virginia Folk Life
  • Killer On The Loose / Josh Williams / Lonesome Highway / Pinecastle
  • Pickin' Like A Girl / Daughters The Bluegrass / Pickin' Like A Girl / Blue Circle Records
  • One Of Those Days When I Miss Lester Flatt / Tom T. Hall / Tom T. Hall Sings Miss Dixie & Tom T. / Blue Circle Records
  • Can You Hear Me Now / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / More Behind The Picture Than The Wall / Rounder
  • Whiskey Willie / Charlie Sizemore Band / Good News / Rounder
  • Walk Slow / Heather Berry & Tony Mabe / The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show / Mountain Fever Records
  • New Pair Of Glasses / David Peterson & 1946 / The Howling Blue Winds / Self-Produced
  • Poverty Row / Cedar Hill / Poverty Row / Blue Circle Records
  • A Hero In Harlan / Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / Lost Souls & Free Spirits / Rebel
  • Holdin' On When You've Let Go / Crowe Brothers / Brothers-n-Harmony / Rural Rhythm
  • Let Me Fly Low / Charlie Waller & the Country Gentlemen / Songs Of The American Spirit / Pinecastle
  • Long Time Gone / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Sky Rider / Hot Rize / When I'm Free / Ten In Hand Records
  • 'Til The End Of The World Rolls 'Round / Earls Of Leicester / The Earls Of Leicester / Rounder
  • Moonshiner / Heather & Shannon Slaughter / Single / Self-Produced
  • Flaming Red / Barnstar! / Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out! / Signature Sounds
  • Hen Scratchin' Stomp / Reno & Smiley / Early Years, 1951-1959 / Gusto
  • Troublesome Waters / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Gospel / Columbia
  • Honey In The Rock / Kevin Prater Band / Were You There / Sound Maker Studio
  • Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man / Volume Five with Rhonda Vincent / Voices / Mountain Fever Records
  • I Wanna Walk With Jesus / Spinney Brothers / Tried & True / Mountain Fever Records
  • Touch Of God's Hand / Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick / Laurie & Kathy Sing The Songs Of Vern & Ray / Spruce And Maple Music
  • In A Little Village Churchyard / Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / What Will I Leave Behind / Rebel
  • Get In The Boat / Jeanette Williams Band / Get In The Boat / Bell Buckle Records
  • What A Wonderful Savior Is He / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder

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