Bluegrass Breakdown (Music)
Sun Jul 7th 2013 12.00pm–2.00pm
Time zone: central
The Dowden Sisters “The Star-spangled banner” from Hymns And Sacred Songs Vol. 1 (self-release 2002) —This is Hound Dog Brown sitting in for Walter and Willa, who are attending the Starvy Creek Bluegrass fest this weekend.This is an a capella rendition of the national anthem, including the rarely heard second and fourth verses.Buy it!
The Goins Brothers “Lonesome pine” from Still Goin' Strong (Hay Holler Harvest) —Melvin Goins is appearing at the Starvy Creek Fest, and this cut by the Goins Bros features Melvin on lead vocal.Buy it!
Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys “Will You Be Loving Another Man” from Bill Monroe And His Bluegrass Boys 1946 - 1949 (JSP Records) —Here are three in a row by Bill Monroe's band, each cut featuring a different distinguished bluegrass vocalist. This cut from 1946 features Lester Flatt on lead vocal.....Buy it!
Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys “Travelin' This Lonesome Road” from Bill Monroe And His Bluegrass Boys 1946 - 1949 (JSP Records) —...and this cut from 1949 features Mac Wiseman on lead vocal....Buy it!
Jim Hoiles & Friends “Sally Goodin, featuring Alison Krauss on fiddle” from Different Strokes (Fiddle Tunes 1985) —This cut features Alison Krauss at the age of 14, showing her fiddle talents. I found this LP in the station record library. It was recorded at a small studio in Flora, Illinois.Buy it!
Jimmy Martin “You Don't Know My MInd” from You Don't Know My Mind (Rounder Records www.rounder.com) —Here are four cuts in a row by distinguished alumni of Bill Monroe's band, starting with Jimmy Martin.Buy it!
Byron Berline “Ragtime Annie” from Hand-Picked: Twenty-Five Years Of Rounder Bluegrass (Rounder Records www.rounder.com) —Fiddle master Byron Berline is another alum of Bill's band.Buy it!
King Sacred Quartet “Turn Your Radio On” from The Louisiana Hayride Story (Proper Records) —Recorded in 1947 on the King Records label in Cincinnati, Ohio. This band included Johnny Wright and Jack Anglin of Johnny & Jack fame, plus Clyde Moody and Ray Atkins, with Ernest Ferguson on mandolin.Buy it!
The Dowden Sisters “Mules” from Traditional Folk Songs Vol. 1 (self-release) —A very short cut, sung a capella as a round, this could be called "vocal gymnastics"! ; - ) Gene Roberts introduced me to the Dowden sisters through his show on KDHX at least ten years ago.Buy it!
The Dowden Sisters “Little Maggie” from Traditional Folk Songs Vol. 1 (self-release) —The Sisters again, with Hannah on fiddle, Laura on Maybelle Carter-style guitar, and Emily on clawhammer banjo. When I heard their recordings and live performances on Gene's show, the Sisters had me thoroughly charmed.Buy it!
George Portz And His Friends Of Bluegrass “Kentucky Girl” from George Portz & Friends of Bluegrass (self 2004) L —George Portz is a national fiddle champion who lives locally, so here we'll see what it sounds like when a national fiddle champion airs out his fiddle!Buy it!
The Stanley Brothers “The Old Home” from The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers (Sony 1996) —Here's three from the Stanley Brothers, one each from three different major record labels. This first cut is from 1949 on the Columbia label...Buy it!
The Stanley Brothers and The Clinch Mountain Boys “The flood” from The Complete Mercury Recordings (Mercury Records/UMG Recordings) —...and from 1957 on the Mercury label, a story of the 1957 flood...Buy it!
The Stanley Brothers “Pig In A Pen” from The King Years 1961 - 1965 (King Records) —....and from 1963 on the King label, a bluegrass scorcher. Old & In The Way later patterned their cover of this oldie after the Stanley Bros rendition.Buy it!
Split-Rail “Shenandoah Valley Waltz” from Just for Fun (self) R L —This is Walter & Willa's old band, which they are reuniting for a benefit show on Saturday July 13 at the KC Hall in Scottsdale MO (House Springs area) 1 - 6 pm.Buy it!
David Grisman “I ain't broke (But I'm badly bent)” from Hand-Picked: Twenty-Five Years Of Bluegrass On Rounder Records (Rounder Records www.rounder.com)Buy it!
Tony Trischka “New York Chimes” from Hand-Picked: Twenty-Five Years Of Bluegrass On Rounder Records (Rounder Records www.rounder.com)Buy it!
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs with the Foggy Mountain Boys “We'll meet again sweetheart” from The Golden Hits of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs with the Foggy Mountain Boys (Nashville) —Thanks to Walter & Willa for inviting me to sit in today!Buy it!