Sunday, May 24, 2020

"Bluegrass Cafe" playlist - 5/24/2020

Two words defined our Bluegrass Cafe on this Memorial Day Sunday:  remember and celebrate.  

In honor of Memorial Day, we shared several songs written about the subject of soldiers who didn't make it home from war.  Take a moment this weekend to remember the real reason for Memorial Day.

We celebrated the 84th birthday of the a man known as The Storyteller, Tom T. Hall (born May 25, 1936).  Along with his wife, the late Miss Dixie, Tom T. Hall is a member of the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame.  A native of Olive Hill, Kentucky, Tom T. Hall was part of a Bluegrass band in his youth, but made his living, of course, as a songwriter and performer of mainstream country music in the 1960s through the 1990s.  After he retired from his Country Music Hall of Fame-earning career, though, Tom T. combined with Miss Dixie devoted much of their time and talents to writing Bluegrass songs, and promoted having these songs recorded by Bluegrass performers.  Many bands have recorded songs written by or co-written by Tom T. Hall, and we spent our entire second hour listening to a few of those songs by performers as varied as Charlie Sizemore, Josh Williams, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, the Gibson Brothers, Longview, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, the Spinney Brothers, and Jimmy Martin, just to name a few.  

The show started with a belated birthday celebration of another member of both the Country Music and Bluegrass Music Halls of Fame:  Mac Wiseman (May 23, 1925 - February 25, 2019).  We always enjoy sharing music from The Voice With A Heart.

There wasn't that much new music to share this week, but we did share a new song from the Edgar Loudermilk Band, as well as a tune from Troy Engle's new record devoted to the music he co-wrote with Tom T. and Dixie Hall.  In addition, we included two more songs from the great new Rebel recording from the super-traditional band known as High Fidelity.  Their "Banjo Player's Blues" is a dandy, and we'll be hearing lots more from it in future broadcasts.

Hope you all are doing well.  Don't forget to send us an email ( or visit our Facebook page, if you're so inclined.  

Take good care, and stay healthy!

Amy O. 

  • Katy Hill / Del McCoury Band / RockyGrass / Blue Planet
  • Goin' Like Wildfire / Mac Wiseman / The Chronological Mac Wiseman, 1951-1953 / Kipepeo Publishing [Mac Wiseman birthday, 5/23/1925]
  • Are You Coming Back To Me / Bill Harrell with Mac Wiseman / Bill Harrell & Friends / Rebel [Mac Wiseman birthday, 5/23/1925]
  • Can't You Hear Me Calling / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys / Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, 1946-1949 / JSP Records [Mac Wiseman birthday, 5/23/1925]
  • 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered / Mac Wiseman / 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered / Bear Family [Mac Wiseman birthday, 5/23/1925]
  • The Dark Side Of Lonesome / Edgar Loudermilk Band / single / Rural Rhythm
  • Fox Hollow Memories / Troy Engle with Linda Lay / Fox Hollow Memories:  Songs I Wrote With Dixie & Tom T. Hall / Self-Produced
  • Old Home Place / High Fidelity / Banjo Player's Blues / Rebel
  • Purple Heart / Jim & Jesse / First Sounds:  The Capitol Years / Capitol
  • A Folded Flag / Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers / For The Record / Billy Blue Records
  • Lost Soldier Son / Chris Brashear / Wanderlust / Copper Creek
  • For The Dear Old Flag I Die / American Drive / single / Pinecastle
  • A Hero In Harlan / Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / Lost Souls & Free Spirits / Rebel
  • More Than A Name On A Wall / Dailey & Vincent / Dailey & Vincent / Rounder
  • Legend Of The Rebel Soldier / Country Gentlemen / Live In Japan / Rebel
  • Down Where The River Bends / Lee Moore / Sings Radio Favorites Of Country Music / Rural Rhythm
  • Robe Of White / Louvin Brothers / The Family Who Prays:  26 Classic Tracks / Country Stars
  • Military Five String / Reno & Smiley / Sweethearts In Heaven / Bear Family
  • Old Dogs, Children And Watermelon Wine / Tom T. Hall / The Essential Tom T. Hall / Mercury [Tom T. Hall birthday, 5/25/1936]
  • I Washed My Face In The Morning Dew / Charlie Sizemore / The Story Is...The Songs Of Tom T. Hall / Rebel [Tom T. Hall birthday, 5/25/1936]
  • I'm Gonna Ride That Steamboat / Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / Fired Up / Rounder [Tom T. Hall birthday, 5/25/1936]
  • Don't Forget The Coffee, Billy Joe / Gibson Brothers / Bona Fide / Sugar Hill [Tom T. Hall birthday, 5/25/1936]
  • Can You Hear Me Now / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / More Behind The Picture Than The Wall / Rounder [Tom T. Hall birthday, 5/25/1936]
  • Lessons In Stone / Longview / Lessons In Stone / Rebel [Tom T. Hall birthday, 5/25/1936]
  • I'm Putting On My Leaving Shoes / Big Country Bluegrass / Memories Of The Past / Rebel [Tom T. Hall birthday, 5/25/1936]
  • Guitar Picking President / Jimmy Martin / Sunny Side Of The Mountain / MCA [Tom T. Hall birthday, 5/25/1936]
  • I Want My Dog Back / Spinney Brothers / No Borders / Mountain Fever Records [Tom T. Hall birthday, 5/25/1936]
  • Clinch Mountain Mystery / Larry Stephenson Band / Clinch Mountain Mystery / Pinecastle [Tom T. Hall birthday, 5/25/1936]
  • Poverty Row / Springfield Exit / Springfield Exit / Cracker Barrel [Tom T. Hall birthday, 5/25/1936]
  • Killer On The Loose / Josh Williams / Lonesome Highway / Pinecastle [Tom T. Hall birthday, 5/25/1936]
  • The Grave Robber / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / The Heart Of A Song / Rebel [Tom T. Hall birthday, 5/25/1936]
  • Walk Slow / Heather Berry & Tony Mabe / The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show / Mountain Fever Records [Tom T. Hall birthday, 5/25/1936]
  • That's How I Got To Memphis / Charlie Sizemore / In My View / Rebel [Tom T. Hall birthday, 5/25/1936]
  • Leaving Baker County / Tom T. Hall / Tom T. Hall Sings Miss Dixie & Tom T. / Blue Circle Records [Tom T. Hall birthday, 5/25/1936]
  • Blowing Bubbles / Eddie Adcock / Vintage Banjo Jam / Patuxent Music
  • A Stone The Builders Refused / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Gospel / Columbia [Tom T. Hall birthday, 5/25/1936]
  • Stormy Waters / Alan Bibey & Grasstowne / Gonna Rise And Shine / Morning Glory Music 
  • So High / Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad / Pickin', Praisin' & Singin':  Hymns From The Mountain / Rural Rhythm Christian
  • The Holy Hills / Balsam Range / Last Train To Kitty Hawk / Mountain Home
  • When We Look On His Face / Bill Emerson with Cliff Waldron / Reunion / Webco
  • Don't Want To Die In The Storm / Appalachian Road Show / Tribulation / Billy Blue Records
  • Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet / Stanley Brothers / The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers / Columbia
  • I'm Going To Make Heaven My Home / Virginia Squires / The Best Of The Virginia Squires / Rebel
  • Sweeping Through The Gates / Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass / The Tradition Continues / Brandywine
  • Kneel At The Cross / Bluegrass Patriots / E Pluribus Bluegrass / Red Feather
  • Bouquet In Heaven / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / The Complete Mercury Recordings / Mercury
  • His Charming Love / High Fidelity / Banjo Player's Blues / Rebel
  • I Love God's Way Of Living / White Mountain Bluegrass / Aragon Mill / Strictly Country Records
  • The Hand Of The HIgher Power / Lou Reid / When It Rains / Sugar Hill
  • I'm A Stranger / Mac Wiseman / 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered / Bear Family
  • I'll Be Rested / Nashville Bluegrass Band / To Be His Child / Rounder
  • Standing By The Bedside Of A Neighbor / Cox Family / Bluegrass Top 20 Gospel Songs Of The Century / New Haven Records
  • I've Found A Hiding Place / Johnson Mountain Boys / Favorites / Rounder
  • There Was Something Missing / Bluegrass Cardinals / Mountain Girl / BGC Records
  • Somebody Touched Me / Bill Monroe / Anthology / MCA
  • Black Mountain Blues / Johnson Mountain Boys / Requests / Rounder

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