Sunday, October 25, 2015

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 10/25/2015

Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe was one in which we remembered a bona fide Bluegrass innovator, shared a few new recordings, and included a whole bunch of ghost-type songs in anticipation of Halloween.  Hope you were able to join us...

Jim Rooney & Alan Munde inducted Bill Keith
into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame at IBMA, 10/1/2015.
Young "Brad" Keith as a BGB
Over the past few days, we have learned of the passing of William Bradford Keith -- an innovator who made listeners realize that there was another way to play the banjo.  When Bill Keith joined Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in early 1963, Monroe changed his name to "Brad" Keith, and his chromatic style of playing the banjo was introduced to a whole new audience.  Though Keith's tenure as a Blue Grass Boy only lasted about 9 months, he would go on to work with lots more performers, both Bluegrass and not.  Just a bit more than three weeks ago, Bill Keith was in Raleigh, NC to accept his induction into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.  It was a true, well-deserved "give me the roses while I live" kind of moment.  That Keith style of banjo picking lives it should.

Halloween will be celebrated at the tail end of this week, so it was time to dust off a few of the ghostly songs we enjoy playing on the radio this time every year.  While we didn't have time to play all of the Halloween songs on my list, we still covered a lot of ground with songs from Hot Rize, Front Range, Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals, Bob Amos, David Parmley, the Larry Stephenson Band, Springfield Exit, and, of course, the Country Gentlemen.

Finally, Sunday was a day to share a little bit of newer music from three acts with new Mountain Fever Records -- Mountain Faith, Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, and Nothin' Fancy -- as well as a new act on Rebel Records:  Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks & Asheville Bluegrass.  Other 2015 recordings were played, too -- music from Cody Shuler, Bear Minimum, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, the South Carolina Broadcasters, and the Gibson Brothers.

Have yourself a great week, and be sure to join Jim behind the mic for next Sunday's Bluegrass Cafe.



  • Del McCoury Band / Katy Hill / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Devil's Dream / Anthology / MCA
  • Bill Keith / Crazy Creek / Hand-Picked / Rounder
  • Bill Keith / Bay State Bounce / Beating Around The Bush / Green Linnet
  • Country Gentlemen / Redwood Hill / Live In Japan / Rebel
  • Traditional Grass / It's Grand To Have Someone To Love You / The Blues Are Still The Blues / Rebel
  • Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Durham's Reel / Flatt And Scruggs At Carnegie Hall!  The Complete Concert / Koch Records
  • Dede Wyland / The Memory Of Your Smile / Keep The Light On / Patuxent Music
  • Case Brothers / Dixie Darling / Keep The Light On / Patuxent Music
  • J.D. Crowe & the New South / The Leaves That Are Green / Celebration Of Life / Skaggs Family
  • Country Gentlemen / The Young Fisherwoman / Folk Session Inside / Copper Creek
  • Cherryholmes / How Long? / Cherryholmes / Skaggs Family
  • Mac Wiseman with Lester Flatt / Blue Birds Are Singing For Me / Bluegrass 1971 / Rural Rhythm
  • Joe Val / Rocking Alone In An Old Rocking Chair / Diamond Joe / Rounder
  • Johnson Mountain Boys / No Depression / Goin' Up Copper Creek / Copper Creek
  • Osborne Brothers / Hillbilly Fever / Hillbilly Fever / CMH
  • Tony Trischka with Tom Adams / Fox On The Run / Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular / Rounder
  • Cody Shuler / My Home Is On This Ole Boxcar / Cody Shuler / Rural Rhythm
  • Michelle Canning with Rhonda Vincent / The Blues Ain't Working On Me / The Flower And The Serpent / Self-Produced
  • Crowe & McLaughlin / Standing Room Only / Going Back / Rounder
  • Paul Williams / Steppin' Stones / A Tribute To Jimmy Martin--The King Of Bluegrass / Koch Records
  • Bear Minimum / Virginia Special / The Automobile Of Life / Open Road
  • Buzz Busby / Cold And Windy Night / Going Home / Starday
  • Bob Amos / Cry Of The Catamount / Sunrise Blues / Self-Produced
  • Hot Rize / Footsteps So Near / Traditional Ties / Sugar Hill
  • Larry Stephenson Band / Clinch Mountain Mystery / Clinch Mountain Mystery / Pinecastle
  • David Parmley / The Silver Ghost / Southern Heritage / Rebel
  • Springfield Exit / George Cunningham / That Was Then / Patuxent Music
  • Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals / Eli Renfro / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Front Range / The Lantern / Ramblin' On My Mind / Sugar Hill
  • The Hillmen / Brown Mountain Light / The Hillmen / Sugar Hill
  • Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Panhandle Country / Live At Mechanics Hall / Acoustic Disc
  • Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / On And On / Live At Mechanics Hall / Acoustic Disc
  • Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Devil's Dream / Live At Mechanics Hall / Acoustic Disc
  • Mountain Faith / Been There Done That / That Which Matters / Mountain Fever Records
  • Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks & Asheville Bluegrass / End Of Memory Lane / Sweetheart Of The Mountain / Rebel
  • Alan Bibey & Grasstowne / Cry Baby Cry / 4 / Mountain Fever Records
  • Lorraine Jordan & Carolina / Boogie Grass Band / Country Grass / Pinecastle
  • Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out / Brown County Red / It's About Tyme / Break A String Records
  • Nothin' Fancy / Wanna-Be Farmer / By Any Other Name / Mountain Fever Records
  • Country Gentlemen / Bringing Mary Home / Can't You Hear Me Calling / Rebel
  • Larry Sparks with Jesse McReynolds & Curly Seckler / I'm Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing / Lonesome And Then Some... / Rebel
  • Spinney Brothers / Old Roman Soldier / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • Doyle Lawson, Russell Moore, Jamie Dailey, Josh Swift / Beyond The Sunset / Life Goes On / Rural Rhythm
  • Nashville Bluegrass Band / Get A Transfer / The Boys Are Back In Town / Sugar Hill
  • South Carolina Broadcasters / We Shall Meet Someday / Tell Me Truly / John Boy & Billy, Inc.
  • Gibson Brothers / I Have Found The Way / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys with B Lilly / What Would You Give In Exchange / Live At Mechanics Hall / Acoustic Disc
  • Louvin Brothers / Just Rehearsing / Live At New River Ranch / Copper Creek
  • Johnson Mountain Boys / Black Mountain Blues / Requests / Rounder

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