Bluegrass Review May 6, 2017-May 12, 2017 (second hour) #1619

The music world lost a great songwriter, Merle Haggard lately. Merle was known a a writer and singer of country songs, but his influence was felt widely, including in bluegrass music. We play some outstanding Merle Haggard songs early in the show. Then, our Gem of Bluegrass considers professional and amateur impulses in bluegrass. Bluegrass artists frequently emphasize their grassroots connections. However, it is almost always the pros who advance the music. Finally, we consider the bluegrass connections of the great songster Leadbelly. He died in 1948, but singers are still singing his songs.

Song Artist CD Label
I’ll Be on My Way Aaron Bibelhauser Somewhere in Between

A Tribute to Merle Haggard

Song Artist CD Label
Silver Wings Cliff Waldron Best of Rebel
Mama’s Hungry Eyes Merle Haggard Bluegrass Sessions McCoury
What Really Matters Larry Stephenson What Really Matters Compass

Gems of Bluegrass #1619 – Bluegrass and the Grassroots

Ragtime Annie Eck Robertson Old-Time Texas Fiddler County
Brilliancy Medley Eck Robertson Old-Time Texas Fiddler County
Let Her Go God Bless Her Louvin Bros Tragic Songs of Life Capitol
My Sweet Blue Eyed Darlin’ Bill Monroe 1936 – 1994 MCA
Y’all Come Bill Monroe 1936 – 1994 MCA

St James Hospital Eelpout Stringers Waterbound


Song Artist CD Label
Duncan and Brady Johnson Mountain Boys Blue Diamond Rounder

Lead Belly and Bluegrass

Song Artist CD Label
We Shall Be Free Leadbelly w/ Sonny Terry, Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston Leadbelly Sings Folk Songs Folkways
John Henry Leadbelly The Smithsonian Folkways Collection Smithsonian Folkways
John Henry Lilly Bros Early Recordings Rebel
Take this Hammer Leadbelly The Smithsonian Folkways Collection Smithsonian Folkways
Take this Hammer Flatt & Scruggs 1959-1963 Bear Family
Cotton Fields Leadbelly The Smithsonian Folkways Collection Smithsonian Folkways
Cotton Fields Mac Wiseman Bluegrass Favorites MME


House of the Rising Sun Phil Leadbetter Philibuster Mid-Knight
Betrayal Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Cold Spell Compass)
Looking Glass Steep Canyon Rangers Raio Rounder

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