Another great week of bluegrass music - Sam Bush, Tony Rice, JD Crowe and the New South, Balsam Range, Josh Williams, IIIrd Tyme Out, Gold Heart, Peter Rowan, The Isaacs, Brand New Strings, Spring Creek, Ralph Stanley, Seldom Scene, Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, Red Allen and Frank Wakefield, Larry Stephenson with Connie Smith and Marty Stuart - all featured on Seldom Heard Music - plus the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band!
We'll be featuring some great bluegrass artists singing and playing songs appropriate for lovers and valentine's day this week. Included are Del McCoury and Steve Earle, Tim O'Brien, Larry Stephenson, John Hartford, the New Grass Revival, Hayseed Dixie, the Bluegrass Patriots, Brandon Rickman. Rob Ickes, the Johnson Mountain Boys, Doc and Merle Watson, and others.
Also this week, the introduction of Dailey and Vincent's new album to the show - "Dailey and Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers" - some great love songs on this album.
Congratulations to the Chapmans on the release of "Grown Up" by Compass Records of Nashville, TN - we'll be playing a couple of songs from that album, too.
All in all, a good week for bluegrass music and songs about love on Seldom Heard Music.
Music composed by, performed by, and in honor of the one and only Lester Flatt was featured this week to recognize that he was honored by the House of Representatives on January 26, 2010 as a significant contributor to American music.
Hard-core bluegrass from Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain this week and from the Patuxent Partners. Hot banjo playing from Switzerland (through North Carolina) by Jens Kruger, and a new release from Darin and Brooke Aldridge. Also a performance by the Steep Canyon Rangers, and some old-time classics from String Theory. All in all, a good week.
It was great this week when Missy Shelton came into the studio and reminisced about her youth and about Poor Valley. Missy hails from "them parts" and we were glad to get her on the show. Bluegrass and country music owe a great deal to the Carter Family, and it's always neat to remember our heritage.
We got into the rhythm of the trains this week unintentionally - it just seemed like a neat thing to do. We played quite a few train songs, some old and some new. Of course, we had to play "Ten Degrees and Getting Colder" to acknowledge the severe cold weather that we have been enduring for a while.
We startd the new year and new decade playing Bluegrass music from Alison Krauss and Union Station, then moved on to faorites from Norman and Nancy Blake, Steep Canyon Rangers, Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe, Charlie Waller, Jimmy Martin, and other favorites.
Keeny Smith kicked off the show, followed by Uncle Earl, the Dixie Bee-Liners, Hot Rize, Jeff and Vida, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, the Del McCoury Band, Pam Gadd, Aubrey Haynie, Rhonda Vincent, David Holt, and others.
We opened with Greensleeves by Steve Kaufman then sashayed over to Nashville, Tennessee for the IBMA awards show that was recorded live at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on October 1, 2009
To kick off October, we started with "Groundspeed" by Steve Kaufman, then moved on to an interview of Mitch Jayne and Dan Hay by Mike Smith about the Dillard's induction into the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame. We played a couple of Dillards tunes from their first album, then music from Benny Martin, Mountian Heart, the Seldom Scene, the Johnson Mountain Boys, The Reno Brothers, the Rice Brothers, Dailey and Vincent, and others.