Sunday, January 01, 2017

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 1/1/2017

It's a new year -- Happy 2017!  Here's wishing you a year filled with health, happiness, and lots of wonderful Bluegrass!  

For this first show of 2017, we shared several songs from a few of my personal favorite recordings of 2016.  Sometime over the next few days, I'm planning to put together a list of these titles, but for now, you can guess that the 2016 recordings we played here will likely be on that list.  Stay tuned...

2016 was the year we said goodbye to quite a few actors, writers, artists, and singers, including  four notable Bluegrass deaths.  We remembered Ralph StanleyMelvin GoinsDon Parmley, and James King by sharing a healthy portion of their music.  What better way to remember than to share fine musical memories?

It's a new year, so new music will be popping up quite a bit over these next few weeks, no doubt.  We included newer music today from projects by Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, as well as Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome.  The most interesting new project we shared today is one from Mountain Fever Records called "I Sang The Song."  In this collection, the songs tell the story of the early life of the legendary Mac Wiseman as he grew up during the Depression in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  These are (mostly) all new songs, and they came about through several conversations which took place between 91-year-old Mac Wiseman, country music historian Peter Cooper, and musician Thomm Jutz over a few separate Sundays.  The results of those conversations ended up as songs about Mac's life which are sung by a whole host of different performers.  It's an interesting concept, and we look forward to hearing more of the collection in future weeks on Bluegrass Cafe.  Hope you do, too.

We couldn't have a show on New Year's Day without remembering another legendary figure, Hank Williams, who died on January 1, 1953 on his way to play a benefit show in Ohio.  Hank's music wasn't necessarily "Bluegrass," but a whole lot of it has been recorded by Bluegrass performers through the years.  We shared four songs from Hank's vast catalog on Sunday, but could have played a whole lot more.

We'll look for you again next Sunday afternoon for another edition of our Bluegrass Cafe.  

Enjoy the week!



  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Clinch Mountain Backstep / Stanley Brothers / The Early Starday King Years, 1958-1961 / Gusto
  • Windy Mountain / Lonesome Pine Fiddlers / Windy Mountain / Bear Family
  • A Few Old Memories / James King / Lonesome And Then Some / Rounder
  • Roll On Muddy River / The Hillmen / The Hillmen / Sugar Hill
  • I Couldn't Believe It Was True / Bluegrass Cardinals / The Bluegrass Cardinals / Copper Creek
  • Pretty Polly / Stanley Brothers / The Stanley Brothers & the Clinch Mountain Boys, 1949-52 / Bear Family
  • Bluegrass Blues / Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain / Bluegrass Blues / Hay Holler
  • Thirty Years Of Farming / James King / Thirty Years Of Farming / Rounder
  • Never Ending Sea Of Love / Bluegrass Cardinals / The Bluegrass Cardinals / Copper Creek
  • Bring It On Down To My House / Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show / Sho Nuff Country! / Patuxent Music
  • Ramblin' Fever / Travers Chandler / Archaic / Patuxent Music
  • Flint Hill Special / Earls Of Leicester / Rattle & Roar / Rounder
  • Climbin' Up A Mountain / Jeff White / Right Beside You  Self-Produced
  • Cowboy Jim / Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands / The Hazel And Alice Sessions / Spruce And Maple Music
  • Hello Heartache / Balsam Range / Mountain Voodoo / Mountain Home
  • Cold In Carolina / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / Poor Boy's Pleasure / Mountain Fever Records
  • Ain't A Gonna Do / Del McCoury Band / Del And Woody / McCoury Music
  • The Guitar / Sierra Hull & Justin Moses with Mac Wiseman / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • Manganese Mine / Shawn Camp / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • Crimora Church Of The Brethren / Junior Sisk & Ronnie Bowman / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered / Mac Wiseman & Alison Krauss / I Sang The Song / Mountain Fever Records
  • All The Ways I'm Gone / Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / Made To Move / Mountain Home
  • Back When The Bluegrass Was Green / Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome / A Distant Horizon / Union House Records
  • I'll Just Pretend / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / 20th Century Masters / Mercury
  • Here Comes The Train / 10th Anniversary Collection / Rebel
  • I've Never Been So Lonesome / Longview / Longview / Rounder
  • I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1950-1951 / JSP Records
  • I Can't Get You Off Of My Mind / Spinney Brothers / Going Home / Self-Produced
  • The Evening Train / Bob & Danny Paisley / Plum Pitiful / Time Life
  • Settin' The Woods On Fire / Good Ol' Persons / Good 'N Live / Sugar Hill
  • Laughing Boy / Corrina Rose Logston / Bluegrass Fiddler / Patuxent Music
  • Long Time Gone / Gibson Brothers / Brotherhood / Rounder
  • Trains Can't Turn Around / Edgar Loudermilk / Georgia Maple / Pinecastle
  • I'd Have A Dime / Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge / My Daddy's Grass / Rebel
  • In My Dear Old Southern Home / Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / Bluegrass At The Roots, 1961 / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Are You Tired Of Me, My Darlin' / Hot Rize / Untold Stories / Sugar Hill
  • Blackberry Blossom / New Kentucky Colonels / Live In Sweden 1973 / Roland White Music
  • China Grove, My Hometown / Curly Seckler / Down In Caroline / Copper Creek
  • These Men Of God / Country Gentlemen / High Lonesome / Starday
  • The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn / Ralph Stanley with Dwight Yoakam / Clinch Mountain Country / Rebel
  • We Can Sing / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / Sacred Memories / Rebel
  • Wrastlin' Jacob / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Burden Bearer / Mountain Home
  • I Know What You're Talking About / Lynn Morris Band / Shape Of A Tear / Rounder
  • I'll Be Going To Heaven Sometime / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Sessions / Mercury
  • Walk In The Sunshine / Spinney Brothers / Living The Dream / Mountain Fever Records
  • Jesus On The Mainline / Dry Branch Fire Squad / Live At The Newburyport Firehouse / Rounder
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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