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Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple -
This was another fun day of mostly new or newer bluegrass music. It is interesting that many of the requests lately have been for the newer releases. There is a savvy bunch of listeners out there.
It is also interesting that I haven't had to raid the Heritage Corner archives much lately because many of the heritage tunes have been newly released by labels such as Rural Rhythm and Gusto making them accessible to everyone, and making it easy to find great foundations to put on the air.
Some of the heritage tunes we played came from two new releases from Rural Rhythm: Mac Wiseman - Bluegrass 1971, and Reno & Smiley - Bluegrass 1963. The Wiseman release is mostly a live festival performance that included Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass along with the Shenandoah Valley Cut-Ups. The Reno & Smiley release is a transcription of a television show that included a visit by the Stanley Brothers. While the sound quality is not up to current standards, this is priceless history that has been preserved for us.
More new music came from Wildfire, Audie Blaylock and Redline, The Grascals, The Hagar's Mountain Boys, Nu-Blu, Darrell Webb, Summertown Road, Sawmill Road, Darren Beachley & Legends of the Potomac, The Chapmans, The Cana Ramblers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Sweet Potato Pie, Don Rigsby & Midnight Call, and The Isaacs.
There are so many new releases that Amy and I could make a series of shows consisting of traditional bluegrass music never played on Bluegrass Cafe before. That's a great situation for bluegrass lovers everywhere, but because our show is only three hours long, we don't get everything we would like to play on the air each week. That's a good reason to tune in every week!
Amy will be with you next week, April 18, so tune in from 4 to 7 pm ET when she will make the banjos and fiddles ring.