Bluegrass Breakdown (Music)
Sun Sep 16th 2012 12.00pm–2.00pm
Time zone: central
Bill Monroe “Bluegrass Breakdown” from Bill Monroe & BG Boys "56-59" CD ALBUM (Smithsonian Folkways) —Hound Dog Brown is filling in for Walter & Willa today, who are attending the Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival in Conway MO, and I'm honored and dee-lighted to fill in! ; - )Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage “Kentucky Borderline” from Ragin' Live (Rounder Records www.rounderrecords.com 2005) L —Here is a set of three cuts by musicians headlining the Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival which Walter & Willa are attending this weekend.Buy it!
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press “Rocky Top X-Press” from Try A Little Kindness (Rounder Records www.rounderrecords.com 2006) —Also appearing at the Starvy Creek Festival. Man, what a line-up that Walter & Willa are enjoying! ; - )Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris and The Nash Ramblers “Get Up, John” from At the Ryman (Reprise Records 1992) —Bill Monroe was on stage with Emmylou and band for this live recording, and he played mandolin on this cover of a song he wrote.Buy it!
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World (with Jimmy Martin)” from Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 2 (MCA NASHVILLE 1989) R —This cut goes out to Gabriel, who loves Jimmy Martin's music. Jimmy really woke up this recording session!Buy it!
Del McCoury “High On A Mountain” from Hand-Picked: Twenty-Five Years Of Rounder Bluegrass (Rounder Records www.rounderrecords.com 2004)Buy it!
Vern Williams “When springtime comes again” from Hand-Picked: Twenty-Five Years Of Rounder Bluegrass (Rounder Records www.rounderrecords.com)Buy it!
The Carter Family “Heaven's Radio” from The Carter Family 1940 - 1941: Chicago, New York City (JSP Records)Buy it!
John Hartford “Tear Down The Grand Ole Opry” from Aereo-Plain (Rounder Select) —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.Buy it!
Red Allen featuring Frank Wakefield “The Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake” from The Folkways Years, 1964-1983 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings folkways.si.edu 2001) —A song about a dreadful snake.....Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Flatt & Scruggs “We'll Meet Again Sweetheart” from The Complete Mercury Recordings (Mercury Records) —"The time has come to say goodbye....." Walter and Willa will be back next week. Thanks for listening and thanks to W & W for inviting me!Buy it!