Bluegrass Breakdown (Music)
Sun Sep 16th 2012 12.00pm–2.00pm
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Slim and Zella Mae Cox “Oh Come Angel Band”
from One Day At A Time and The Old Country Church (self-release) L —I note with sadness that Slim Cox died this past week. Condolences to his family and to all who were close to him. Slim and Zella Mae were longtime south St. Louisans and had a storied career as Southern Gospel artists. These two cuts are in tribute.
Slim and Zella Mae Cox “Living in Canaanland”
from One Day At A Time and The Old Country Church (self-release) L —Slim & Zella Mae recorded 13 of 14 LPs on Music Row in Nashville, with Nashville studio musicians backing up they and their daughters, with Slim doing all piano. They performed on the Grand Ole Opry. Roy Acuff and George Jones performed with them.
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs “Foggy mountain chimes”
from Foggy Mountain Jamboree (Sony BMG Entertainment) —Earl Scruggs made the banjo RING LIKE A BELL, and here are two cuts to prove it. There are excellent DVDs available of the old Martha White-sponsored TV shows which Lester & Earl made in the late 50s and 60s, which you would love if you're a fan.
Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs with the Foggy Mountain Boys “Bending the strings”
from The Golden Hits of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs with the Foggy Mountain Boys (Nashville) —I regard this cut as one of the most perfect pieces of music I've ever heard, and it's a stunning representation of Earl's mastery of the banjo and how he took the banjo into the stratosphere.
Del McCoury “High On A Mountain”
from Hand-Picked: Twenty-Five Years Of Rounder Bluegrass (Rounder Records www.rounderrecords.com 2004)
Vern Williams “When springtime comes again”
from Hand-Picked: Twenty-Five Years Of Rounder Bluegrass (Rounder Records www.rounderrecords.com)
The Carter Family “Heaven's Radio”
from The Carter Family 1940 - 1941: Chicago, New York City (JSP Records)
John Hartford “Tear Down The Grand Ole Opry”
from Aereo-Plain (Rounder 1971) —Joh Hartford loved the Opry and the Ryman Auditorium from which the Opry was broadcast for many years. When the Ryman was threatened with demolition, John sounded the alarm through this song, and the Ryman is alive and well today.
Old & in the Way “Pig In A Pen”
from Acoustic Archive Series: Old & In the Way - Breakdown, Vol. 2 (Live) (Acoustic Disc www.acousticdisc.com 1997)
Dreadful Snakes “Who's That Knocking At My Door?”
from Hand-Picked: Twenty-Five Years Of Rounder Bluegrass (Rounder Records www.rounderrecords.com) —.......followed by a song BY some Dreadful Snakes.
Don Reno & Red Smiley with Bill Harrell & the Tennessee Cut-Ups “Highway 52”
from Together Again (Rebel Records www.rebelrecords.com 1999) —The Highway 52 referred to in this song is US Route 52, which passes right through the middle of my old home town in southern Ohio, which is referenced in the lyrics.
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