Bluegrass Review April 30 – May 6, 2011 (#1118)

We continue playing recent bluegrass. Then the Gem of Bluegrass focuses on the work ethic embodied in bluegrass songs. And talk about work: It seems there is always a steady trickle of songs about coal coming out, and we play some recent ones. The show concludes with some recent song updates.

Label Artist CD Song
Rounder Sierra Hull Daybreak Tell Me Tomorrow
Rounder Alison Krauss Paper Airplane Paper Airplane
Rural Rhythm Grasstowne Kickin’ Up Dust Blue Rockin’ Chair
Rounder Larry Sparks Almost Home Send Me the Pillow You Dream On

Gems of Bluegrass 1118 – Bluegrass and the Work Ethic

Label Artist CD Song
Bear Family Bill Monroe Blue Moon of Kentucky Heavy Traffic Ahead
Copper Creek Keith Little Distant Land to Roam Lonesome Ol’ Highway
Illinois Humanities Counci Various, Special Consensus Folksongs of Illinois #1 Nine Pound Hammer
Rounder Grascals Famous Lefty Flynn’s Son of  Sawmill Man
Rounder Del McCoury Cold Hard Facts Loggin’ Man
New Time Grass Cats Blues are Back in Town 16 Tons

Recent Coal Songs

Label Artist CD Song
Rural Rhythm The Roys Lonesome Whistle Coal Minin’ Man
(Patuxent Travis Chandler State of Depression Black Dust Fever)


Recent Coal Songs

Label Artist CD Song
( Scott Holstein Cold Coal Town Cold Coal Town)
Mighty Cord Larry Cordle Pud Marcum’s Hangin’ My Name is Coal

Song Update: High on  Mountain

Label Artist CD Song
Rounder Various, Ola Belle Reed Hills of Home High on a Mountain
Rounder Various, Del McCoury Hand-Picked High on a Mountain
The Barley Jacks with Brian Wicklund Both Sides of Night High on a Mountain

Song Update: Walking Boss

Label Artist CD Song
Smithsonian Folkways Watson & Ashley Original Folkways Recordings Walking Boss
Hand-Picked Walking Boss
The Barley Jacks with Brian Wicklund Both Sides of Night High on a Mountain
Label Artist CD Song
The Expedition Show Backroads and Little Towns Backroads and Little Towns
Bear Family Flatt & Scruggs 1948 – 1959 The Old Home Town
Bear Family Flatt & Scruggs 1948 – 1959 Earl’s Breakdown

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