Bluegrass Review June 10, 2017-June, 16, 2017 (second hour) #1624

April Verch put one of the unconventional songs of the late John Harford on her current CD. That was all the inspiration we needed to put on a song by former Hartford bandmates, and a couple involving John Hartford himself. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we muse over the high voice in bluegrass music. Later we talk to Tim Newby, author of Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin’ Sound and Its Legacy. Tim references many of the great figures connected over time with Baltimore bluegrass, and we play some great Baltimore bluegrass.

Song Artist CD Label
Ain’t that a Pity Donna Ulisse Hard Cry Moon Hadley Music Group

John Hartford Legacy

April Verch Bring Your Clothes Back Home The Newpart Slab Town
John Hartford Stringband Madison, Tennessee Memories of John Compass
John Hartford Steam Powered Aeroplane Aeroeo-pane / Morning Bugle: The Complete Warner Bros Recordings Warner Bros
Hartford, Grisman and Seeger Hound Dog Retrograss Acoustic Disc


Around the Bend Blackberry Bushes String Band Three Red Feathers

Gems of Bluegrass #1624 – The High Male Lead Voices in Bluegrass

Close By Bill Monroe 1936-1994 MCA
Dark Holler Clarence Ashley Greenback Dollar County
Try Me One More Time Del McCoury Blue Side of Town Rounder
The Foolish Game of Love Bradford Lee Folk Somewhere Far Away


Three Red Feathers Blackberry Bushes Stringband Three Red Feathers


Song Artist CD Label
Friends in Baltimore Moore and Napier Collector’s Edition Old Homestead

Interview about Bluegrass in Baltimore with Tim Newby

Song Artist CD Label
Don’t Put Her Down You Helped Put her There Hazel and Alice Rounder
White House Blues Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys Classic Bluegrass from Smithsonian Folkways Records Smithsonian Folkways
I’ve Endured Del McCoury My Dixie Home Rebel


High on a Mountain Ola Bell Reed Hills of Home: 25 Years of Folk Music Rounder
Walking in My Sleep Laurie Lewis The Hazel and Alice Sessions Spruce and Maple
I Am a Rambler Frank Solivan Family Friends & Heroes Compass
Casanovia Casamora Frank Solivan Family Friends & Heroes Compass

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