måndag 24 april 2017

The Back Country (Music) with Jeff Corbin 05/27/2017 03:00PM to 05:00PM
03:02PM-03:03PM (1:52) The Texas Troubadours “Buddie's Boogie (intro)” from Almost To Tulsa: The Instrumentals (2008) on Bear Family Records (http://www.bear-family.de)
03:05PM-03:07PM (2:46) Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys “Howlin' at the Moon” from The Original Singles Collection Plus (1991) on MERCURY NASHVILLE Request — From the MGM label in 1951, going out to Matt in Columbia, MO.
03:08PM-03:10PM (2:59) Sam Bush “Howlin' at the Moon” from Howlin' At the Moon (1998) on Sugar Hill Records — Same title, different song. I love the message in this one.
03:11PM Set break — HAZEL Jane DICKENS was born on June 1, 1935 near Montcalm, Mercer County, WV, the 8th of 11 children, and grew up dirt poor in a three-room shack, once telling a Washington Post writer that one whole winter she stayed in the house because she didn’t have a coat. Her father was a coal miner who preached on Sundays in the Primitive Baptist church, where the only instrument allowed was the human voice. She left home at age 16 and moved to Baltimore in part to care for a brother who had developed tuberculosis, and she worked as a waitress, retail clerk and factory worker. Her autobiographical song, “Mama’s Hand,” named Bluegrass Song of the Year by the IMBA in 1996, tells the story of her leaving. She made Washington, DC her permanent residence for the rest of her life, but her experiences as a child never left her. In DC she met Mike Seeger, Pete’s half-brother and husband of Alice Gerrard, and Hazel began playing bass in groups around the city. She and Alice released several albums of bluegrass and old time music, mostly in the first half of the 70s, thus establishing them as female pioneers in the genre. Hazel’s songwriting often focused on the hardscrabble existence of the working class and, especially working women, with songs like “Working Girl Blues” and “Mary Johnson”. She found wider acclaim after she sang four songs included in Barbara Kopple’s 1976 award-winning documentary about coal miners and their struggles, “Harlan County U.S.A.,” including a passionate version of “They’ll Never Keep Us Down” that closes the film. She performed for free for the film because she believed it needed to be seen by a wide audience. Hazel quit her day job in 1979 to concentrate on her music and she made several solo albums beginning with 1981’s “Hard Hitting Songs for Hard Hit People.” Her affinity for coal miners also extended to John Sayles’ film about union organizing efforts in the West Virginia coal fields in the 1920s, “Matewan,” where she appeared in a graveyard scene and sang “Beautiful Hills of Galilee.” Her singing style encompassed the “high lonesome sound” that bluegrass is noted for, coupled with the passion and pain of her subject matter, and she influenced numerous singers after her, including Emmylou Harris and Allison Krauss. As one of her compositions is titled, it’s hard to tell the singer from the song. Her last public appearance was at the SXSW festival in Austin in March 2011 and, as bluegrass veteran Dudley Connell, who accompanied her said, “…she had that Hazel swagger going…She pinned them to the wall, buddy, I’m not kidding you. My guess is their mouths are still open”. Hazel Dickens died on April 22, 2011 of complications from pneumonia at the age of 75. Thanks to the body of work she left, her voice will never be silenced.
03:12PM-03:15PM (3:39) Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard “West Virginia My Home” from Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard (1998) on Rounder (http://www.rounderrecords.com) — Originally recorded in 1980, one of Hazel's compositions, remembering her home she left at age 16 never to return.
03:16PM-03:19PM (3:25) Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard “Long Black Veil” from Pioneering Women of Bluegrass Music (1996) on Smithsonian Folkways (http://www.folkways.si.edu) — Hazel's vocal is right at home on this Danny Dill/Marijohn Wilkin classic, from the Folkways label in 1973.
03:19PM-03:22PM (3:43) Tim O'Brien “Few Old Memories” from Where The River Meets The Road (2017) on Howdy Skies New — Tim does a fine job on his fellow West Virginian's song here, and his new album is a good one.
03:23PM Set break — Gerald Calvin “JERRY” DOUGLAS was born on May 28, 1956 in Warren, OH and will be 61 years old tomorrow. His 1979 release “Fluxology” provided him with his nickname, Flux, and served notice that he intended to become the greatest living performer on the dobro, or resophonic guitar. After more than a dozen albums released under his own name, half a dozen with Alison Krauss & Union Station, and playing on more than 1600 albums, he is now widely considered just that. His latest project is recreating the great Flatt and Scruggs sound with The Earls of Leicester, whose latest album, “Rattle and Roar” came out in 2016. Jerry has won numerous awards, including thirteen Grammys, a National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association.
03:25PM-03:28PM (3:08) Jerry Douglas “Things in Life” from Restless On the Farm (1998) on Sugar Hill Records — One written by Don Stover, with help here from Tim O'Brien on vocal, Russ Barenberg on guitar and Viktor Krauss on bass. Happy Birthday, Flux!
03:28PM-03:31PM (3:05) Robbie Fulks “Aunt Peg's New Old Man” from Upland Stories (2016) on Bloodshot (http://www.bloodshotrecords.com) — Robbie headlines Day 3 of Twangfest 21 at Off Broadway on Friday, June 9th. Parker Milsap and Cave States round out the bill that day.
03:31PM-03:34PM (3:02) The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers “Lonesome, Sad and Blue” from none--Jim Nelson's 78 collection (1951) on Coral — Thanks to old time music maven, Jim Nelson for making a digital version of some of his collection of hillbilly 78s.
03:34PM Set break — A set in honor of this weekend's celebration of Memorial Day. Henry Ellis “REDD” STEWART was born on May 27, 1921 in Ashland City, TN. He grew up in Louisville, KY and learned several instruments and rudimentary songwriting when he wrote a jingle for a local car dealership. He joined Pee Wee King’s Golden West Cowboys in 1937 and while serving in the South Pacific during World War II he wrote “Soldier’s Last Letter”, which Ernest Tubb recorded in 1944 (E.T. shared songwriting credit). He took over as lead singer in the Cowboys after Eddy Arnold left, and he wrote or co-wrote a number of the songs they recorded, including the all-time classic, “Tennessee Waltz”. He also wrote songs for other country stars and was a charter member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He also appeared in a few Western films with Pee Wee King. Redd Stewart died on August 2, 2003 at the age of 80 and in 2005 a section of State Route 455 near his birthplace was renamed the Tennessee Waltz Parkway.
03:35PM-03:37PM (2:54) Charlie Louvin and Brennen Leigh “Robe of White” from Voices of a Grateful Nation, Vol. 2 (2008) on Welcome Home Project — Volume 2 features Texas and Americana artists.
03:37PM-03:40PM (3:41) Don Reno and Red Smiley with Bill Harrell & The Tennessee Cut-Ups “Soldier's Last Letter” from Together Again (2006) on Rebel Request — One written by birthday boy, Redd Stewart, from a 1971 reunion of the band. I didn't have the Reno & Smiley that Bill and Annabelle requested. E.T. recorded the song in 1944.
03:41PM-03:45PM (4:22) Jimmy LaFave “This Land” from Voices Of A Grateful Nation Vol. 1 (2008) on Welcome Home Project — So sad to hear of Jimmy LaFave's passing. He wrote this one and it appeared on his 2007 album, "Cimarron Manifesto."
03:45PM Set break — August “AUGIE” MEYERS, keyboard player with the Sir Douglas Quintet and the Texas Tornados, was born on May 31, 1940 in San Antonio, TX and will be 77 years old on Wednesday. He and Doug Sahm formed the SDQ in the early 1960s and his Vox organ became a signature sound of early hits like “She’s About a Mover” and “Mendicino”. In 1990 he and Doug joined Freddy Fender and Flaco Jiminez as Tex-Mex supergroup, the Texas Tornados, who made some great music for the rest of the decade until Sahm’s death. Augie has also released a dozen albums of his own, mainly on his own labels, and played on Dylan’s “Time Out of Mind” and John Hammond’s “Wicked Grin”. Augie is a few years down the road from undergoing a kidney transplant and his latest release is 2006’s “My Freeholies Ain’t Free Any More” on the El Sendero label. He appeared on the 2010 release, “Esta Bueno”, which he and surviving Texas Tornado, Flaco Jiminez recorded with Doug Sahm’s son, Sean.
03:47PM-03:51PM (4:44) Robert Earl Keen “Barbeque” from Gringo Honeymoon (1994) on Sugar Hill Records — You might also be cooking or eating some barbeque this weekend. Robert Earl Keen returns to St. Louis on Tuesday, June 6th, at Off Broadway, 8PM.
03:52PM-03:54PM (2:51) The Texas Tornados “Dinero” from Texas Tornados (1990) on Reprise (http://www.repriserecords.com) — Augie Meyers wrote this one and the TT included it on their first album. Whatever language you use, you've got to have the dinero.
03:55PM-03:57PM (2:16) The Cactus Blossoms “Stoplight Kisses” from none--live at KDHX 6.18.16 (2016) on KDHX — From a Back Country episode last year. The Cactus Blossoms are at the Stage at KDHX on Thursday, June 1st, 7:30PM. St. Louis' own Jenny Rocques opens.
03:57PM Set break
04:03PM-04:06PM (3:23) Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys “Let's Leave Me” from Empty House (2004) on Bloodshot (http://www.bloodshotrecords.com) — Looking forward to the return of Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys, along with Cree Rider Family Band and the beautiful and talented Fred Friction at San Loo on Saturday, June 24th, 8PM.
04:07PM-04:10PM (3:37) Cree Rider Family Band “It's 2AM (Do You Know Where Your Boots Are?)” from A Toast To Absent Friends (2016) on Cree Rider Family Band Local — It was a pleasure hosting these folks live from The Stage at KDHX on last week's Back Country.
04:10PM Set break — CYRUS WHITFIELD “JOHNNY” BOND was born on June 1, 1915 in Enville, OK. He was a member of Jimmy Wakeley’s trio, appearing in a number of Republic Pictures’ B Westerns as a supporting musician. He was also part of Tex Ritter’s studio band, the Red River Valley Boys. He had a number of hits in the late 1940s including “The Daughter of Jole Blon”. His best-known composition is probably “I Wonder Where You Are Tonight”, which is at least as prominent in the bluegrass catalog as it is in country, and its dozens of version by various artists provided a steady income for Johnny. Johnny Bond died on June 12, 1978 at the age of 63 and he was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. Texas fiddle virtuoso John Paul “JOHNNY” GIMBLE was born on May 30, 1926 in Bascom, just east of Tyler, TX. As a teenager he played with two of his brothers as the Rose City Swingsters until Johnny moved to Louisiana and began playing with Jimmie Davis. He joined Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys when Bob signed with MGM in the late ‘40s, playing 5-string fiddle and electric mandolin. He stayed with Wills until the 1960s and then became an in-demand session player, appearing on Haggard’s Bob Wills tribute album and Chet Atkins’ “Superpickers” release, as well as releasing ten albums of his own. In his later years Johnny was a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” and in 2010 he released “Celebrating with Friends on the CMH label. His son, Dick and granddaughter, Emily have continued the musical tradition in the Gimble family. Johnny won multiple Grammys and was the recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship as Master Folk Artist by the National Endowment for the Arts. Johnny Gimble died on May 5, 2015 at the age of 88. Steel guitarist PAUL V. FRANKLIN was born on May 31, 1953 in Detroit, MI and will be 64 years old on Wednesday. He began his career playing for Barbara Mandrell and you can hear Paul on almost any George Strait recording but he has also worked with artists of other genres, including Dire Straits and Megadeath. Paul is an innovator, having created the Pedabro, which looks and plays like a pedal steel guitar but sounds like a hybrid resophonic guitar. He also invented The Box, a long narrow box of ten strings that, according to Paul, sounds somewhat like a swampy acoustic guitar played with a bottleneck. Paul continues to record and perform as a member of The Time Jumpers and in 2013 he and Vince Gill recorded “Bakersfield”, paying homage to the songs of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Paul was inducted into the International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2000.
04:12PM-04:14PM (2:58) Johnny Bond & His Red River Valley Boys “So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed” from Swinging Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys (2004) on Proper — From the Capitol label 70 years ago in 1947. Johnny's version of the Travis-Stone classic rose to #3 on the charts.
04:14PM-04:17PM (3:10) Johnny Gimble and Dale Watson “I Needed You” from Celebrating with Friends (2010) on CMH (http://www.cmhrecords.com) — Johnny co-wrote this one with Bob Wills. Dale is across the state at the Westport Roots Festival this weekend in Kansas City. Several St. Louis-area bands are also on the schedule.
04:17PM-04:21PM (3:34) The Time Jumpers “All Aboard” from Kid Sister (2016) on Rounder (http://www.rounderrecords.com) — A Paul Franklin composition.
04:21PM Set break — GARY STEWART was born on May 28, 1944 in Jenkins, KY. He recorded for the Cory and Kapp labels without notice, but after moving to Nashville some of his songs did well for other artists, including Billy Walker and Cal Smith. He signed with RCA and 1974’s “Drinkin’ Thing” from his critically acclaimed album, “Out of Hand”, became a Top Ten hit and he followed that up with a #1 single, “She’s Acting Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles”). He sang in a vibrato voice and was thought too country for rock and too rock for country, and he returned to Florida in the 1980s, where drug and alcohol abuse and the suicide of his son all but assured no recordings. He recorded three albums at the end of the decade for the Hightone label and continued to tour and perform throughout the next decade and released “Live at Billy Bob’s Texas” in 2003. However, the day before Thanksgiving that year his wife of 43 years, Mary Lou, died of pneumonia and his depression mushroomed until he died less than a month later of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on December 16, 2003 at the age of 59. DON WILLIAMS was born on May 27, 1939 in Floydada, TX and is 78 years old today. He was a singer-songwriter for the JMI label when one of his recordings reached #5 on the country chart and he signed with ABC/Dot. His first single, “I Wouldn’t Want to Live if You Didn’t Love Me” went to #1 and from 1974 through 1991 he produced a string of Top Ten hits—in fact, only four singles out of 46 released during this time failed to make the Top Ten. He ostensibly retired in 2006 but, perhaps motivated by his 2010 election to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Don recorded two fine albums for Sugar Hill in the last five years but has finally hung up his guitar, this time for good, according to Don.
04:23PM-04:25PM (2:18) Jim Ed Brown “Pop a Top” from Heroes of Country Music, Vol. Two: Legends of Honky Tonk (1996) on Rhino Request — From the RCA label in 1966, this one couldn't have been written a whole lot sooner. The "pop top" or pull ring version for beer cans wasn't manufactured until 1963, when Pittsburgh's flagship Iron City beer brand began selling the cans.
04:25PM-04:28PM (3:08) Gary Stewart “Make It a Double” from Best of the Hightone Years (2002) on Hightone — Another one gone too soon. Suicide is a major problem in this country and we do a poor job of addressing it.
04:29PM-04:32PM (3:46) Don Williams “I'll Be Here in the Morning” from Reflections (2014) on SUGAR HILL (http://ww.sugarhillrecords.com) — Don put out a couple of fine albums for Sugar Hill late in his career, here with a fine cover of a Townes Van Zandt tune.
04:33PM Set break — Donald Eugene Lytle, also known as Donny Young and best known as JOHNNY PAYCHECK was born on May 31, 1938 in Greenfield, OH. One of his earliest gigs was playing bass and steel guitar for George Jones, as well as singing the tenor vocal role with The Possum. He was one of Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys in the early ‘60s as well as recording with Faron Young and Roger Miller. He recorded under the name of Donny Young and had a hit in 1960 with “Miracle of Love” and also wrote songs, notably “Apartment #9”, which was a big hit for Tammy Wynette. In 1964 he changed his last name to Paycheck and the next year had his first #1 recording, “A-11”. Johnny’s work on the Hilltop and Little Darlin’ labels in the latter ‘60s is some of the best, straight-ahead honky tonk you will ever hear, punctuated by the pedal steel work of Lloyd Green. Billy Sherrill became his producer in the 1970s, which saw his megahit, 1977’s “Take This Job and Shove It”. He became identified with the “Outlaw Movement” in country music but he carried it a little too far when he shot a man in a Hillsboro, OH bar in 1985 and was sentenced to 7 years in prison, later pardoned by Governor Richard Celeste. He wrestled with drug and alcohol addiction and in the end was suffering from asthma and emphysema when he died on February 19, 2003 at the age of 64, with George Jones paying for his Nashville funeral. JOHN Cameron FOGERTY was born on May 28, 1945 in Berkeley, CA and will be 72 years old tomorrow. He first appeared in a band with older brother, Tommy and after they signed with the Fantasy label in 1965 they recorded as The Golliwegs. John avoided the draft the next year by joining the Army Reserves, from which he was discharged in 1967, by which time the band had been renamed Credence Clearwater Revival. Their first hit was a remake of the Dale Hawkins’ (and, uncredited, James Burton) classic, “Suzie-Q”, and they followed that with a string of hits, mostly from their first three albums. After CCR broke up, John began a solo career using the name Blue Ridge Runners and playing all instruments on an album of country music covers. He has maintained a solo career to this day with a 2007 comeback album, “Revival” and in 2009 he went back to his solo debut with “The Blue Ridge Runners Ride Again”. His latest release, “Wrote a Song for Everyone” came out in 2013 on the Vanguard label.
04:34PM-04:36PM (2:48) Johnny Paycheck “Touch My Heart” from The Real Mr. Heartache The Little Darlin' Years (1996) on Country Music Foundation — From the Little Darlin' label 50 years ago in 1967, one of Johnny's compositions. Mavis Staples does a stunning version of it on the tribute album that I played next.
04:37PM-04:41PM (4:42) Hank Williams III “I'm the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised” from Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck (2004) on SUGAR HILL (http://ww.sugarhillrecords.com) — Tricephus does a good job on this minor key classic.
04:42PM-04:44PM (2:35) John Fogerty “Heaven's Just a Sin Away” from Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again (2009) on Verve (http://www.vervemusicgroup.com) — John's first post-Credence Blue Ridge Runners album came out in 1974. This song was a hit for St. Louis artists, The Kendalls, back in 1977.
04:44PM Set break
04:46PM-04:48PM (2:33) Willie Nelson “Still Not Dead” from God's Problem Child (2017) on Sony Legacy New — Willie's still not dead. His video for this song is pretty funny.
04:48PM-04:50PM (2:46) Alison Krauss “I Never Cared for You” from Windy City (2017) on Capitol Records New — This is just a top-notch album from start to finish. Here Alison covers Willie.
04:51PM-04:55PM (4:12) Jeremy Steding and The Rebellion “Get Me the Hell Off this Rig” from Odessa (2017) on self New — Odessa has been a boom-and-bust oil town for the better part of a century now. I can sure imagine a worker singing these words.
The Back Country (Music) with Jeff Corbin 05/20/2017 03:00PM to 05:00PM
03:02PM-03:03PM (1:52) The Texas Troubadours “Buddy's Boogie (intro)” from Almost To Tulsa (2008) on Bear Family
03:03PM Set break
03:06PM-03:09PM (3:23) Leslie Tom “Hank You Very Much” from Leslie Tom (2016) on Coastal Bend Music — Hank You Very Much to everyone who donated to KDHX during our spring drive and to those members who provide ongoing support.
03:09PM-03:12PM (3:18) Willie Nelson “He Won't Ever Be Gone” from God's Problem Child (2017) on Sony Legacy New — Texas songwriter Gary Nicholson's tribute to Merle.
03:12PM Set break
03:13PM-03:17PM (4:37) Kathy Mattea “Dark as a Dungeon” from Coal (2008) on R.E.D. Request — This one's going out to Jim in Glendale.
03:18PM-03:23PM (5:03) Gram Parsons “$1000 Wedding” from The Gram Parsons Anthology (2001) on Rhino Request — And I'm sending this one out to Russ. From Gram's final album in 1974 on Reprise.
03:23PM Set break — Malcolm B. “MAC” WISEMAN was born May 23, 1925 in Crimora, VA and will be 92 years old on Tuesday. Mac joined Molly O’Day’s Cumberland Mountain Folks in 1946, playing bass on her first Columbia session. He briefly worked as a sideman at WCYB in Bristol and became a guitarist with Flatt & Scruggs, cutting a Mercury session with them. He worked on Bill Monroe’s October 1949 session for Columbia, even taking a solo lead on “Travelin’ down This Lonesome Road”. After he moved to Richmond, VA he formed and maintained the Country Boys, which at times included Eddie Adcock, Scotty Stoneman and Buck Graves. He is possessed of a clear tenor voice and he differed from other bluegrass acts in that he rarely sang with harmony vocal accompaniment. His first Top 10 hit?--1955’s “Ballad of Davy Crockett”. Mac’s material went back and forth between country and bluegrass for the next thirty years on labels such as Rural Rhythm, Dot and CMH. He was a founding board member of the Country Music Association in 1958 and is one of the very few artists who have been inducted into both the IBMA Hall of Honor (1993) and the Country Music Hall of Fame in (2014).
03:25PM-03:27PM (2:54) Mac Wiseman “Shackles and Chains” from Most Requested (2001) on CMH (http://www.cmhrecords.com) — Written by Jimmie Davis, here performed with the Osborne Brothers.
03:28PM-03:31PM (3:23) Bobby Osborne “Pathway of Teardrops” from Original (2017) on Compass Records (http://www.compassrecords.com) New — One written by Webb Pierce, June Hazelwood and Wayne Walker. Bobby Jr., Wynn and Robby Osborne also play on this one.
03:31PM-03:35PM (4:01) Front Country “Millionaire” from Other Love Songs (2017) on Organic Records New — From their latest album.
03:35PM Set break
03:36PM-03:38PM (2:57) Dennis Stroughmatt “Faded Love” from Wrong Side Of The World on Music Mill Entertainment — Dennis Stroughmatt's tribute to Ray Price, "Talk to My Heart", takes place tonight at The Focal Point in Maplewood, 8PM start time.
03:40PM-03:43PM (2:37) Willie Nelson “Don't You Ever Get Tired (of Hurting Me)” from For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price (2016) on Legacy — Sometimes it's hard to keep up with prolific recording artists. Willie's tribute to his pal, Ray Price, was somewhat overlooked when it came out last year.
03:41PM-03:43PM (2:47) Ray Price “Take Back Your Old Love Letters” from Time (2002) on Audium — A classic Ray Price shuffle, written by the man himself.
03:43PM Set break — Robert Allen Zimmerman, better known as BOB DYLAN, was born on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, MN and will be 76 years old on Wednesday. He is one of the premier songwriters of my generation or any generation. He inhabited Greenwich Village in the heady ‘60s and legendary A & R man and producer John Hammond signed him to Columbia. He legally changed his name in 1962 to Bob Dylan, but has been known to record under pseudonyms, including Blind Boy Grunt, Bob Landry and, on Ramblin’Jack Elliott’s 1964 album he was Tedham Porterhouse. He abandoned folk and topical music in favor of plugging in with 1965’s “Bringing It All Back Home” and following up that with “Highway 61 Revisited”. He enlisted former members of Ronnie Hawkins’ Hawks, for his band (they were shortly to rename themselves The Band). As the decade was turning over he again confounded his fans by recording “Nashville Skyline” in Music City. Did you know that “Lay, Lady, Lay” was submitted—alas too late—for inclusion in the 1969 hit film, “Midnight Cowboy”? Since then he has released 27 more albums not counting a bizarre Christmas release. He has won 11 Grammy awards, is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 2012 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Oh, and he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. ROSANNE CASH was born on May 24, 1955 in Memphis, TN and will be 62 years old on Wednesday. She is the oldest daughter of Johnny Cash and Johnny’s first wife, Vivian Liberto. She was born less than a month before Johnny’s first recording session for Sun Studios which produced “Cry, Cry, Cry”. She studied English literature and drama at Vanderbilt University before relocating to L.A. She cut an album for a German label that was never released, before joining future husband, Rodney Crowell’s band, the Cherry Bombs, marrying him in 1979. Her second album, “Seven Year Ache”, was a critical and commercial success but she spent much of the 1980s raising her three children with Crowell. Her 1988 duet with Rodney, “It’s Such a Small World”, became a number one hit. After her marriage ended she moved to New York City and married John Leventhal in 1995, with whom she continues to record and perform. She has had her share of medical problems, unable to sing for 2 ½ years due to polyps on her vocal chords and she underwent brain surgery in 2007 from which she has fully recovered. She has authored several books and supports several charities, including PAX, dedicated to preventing gun violence among children. She has been nominated for ten Grammys (one winner) and although her material goes beyond just country music, she has had eleven number one songs on the country charts and 21 in the Top 40. In 2009 she released “The List”, recordings based on a list of 100 songs Johnny wrote out and told 18 year-old Rosanne she needed to learn. Early in 2014 she released her Grammy-winning “The River & the Thread”, perhaps her finest work. Mark Lavon “LEVON” HELM was born on May 26, 1940 in Elaine, AR. He and his sister, Linda, formed “Lavon and Linda”, she on a homemade string bass and he on guitar and harmonica, and they played to modest local success, opening for Conway Twitty among others when he was still playing rock ‘n’ roll and calling himself Harold Jenkins. He made good on his promise to his parents to finish high school but soon after joined Ronnie Hawkins as a drums-playing Hawk, soon joined by Canadians Rick Danko, Richard Manual, Garth Hudson and Robbie Robertson. They finally tired of Hawkins’ relentless driving of the group and formed Levon and the Hawks. By 1965 Bob Dylan wanted an electric sound to his music and he enlisted the group, now living in a big pink house in Woodstock and calling themselves The Band, but Dylan’s legions of folkies weren’t yet ready for the change. The Band released their debut album, “Music from Big Pink” in 1968 and became one of the biggest rock acts of the time, finally calling it quits at their historic concert in 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, chronicled in Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Waltz”. Levon built his home and studio, “The Barn” in Woodstock and one of his first productions, “Muddy Waters in Woodstock” won a Grammy. Levon produced some solo albums following the breakup and began acting in films, playing Loretta Lynn’s daddy in “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and later in “The Right Stuff” and a number of other projects. He and Rick Danko reunited for an acoustic tour (Levon was also a fine mandolin player) and were later joined by Manual and Hudson until the former’s tragic death. The Band recorded three albums in the 1990s before Levon was diagnosed in 1998 with throat cancer. As he recovered and slowly regained his vocal prowess, he began hosting his legendary “Midnight Ramble” sessions at The Barn, live performances featuring the very best musical artists around. Levon went back into the studio in 2007 to release his first solo album in 25 years, “Dirt Farmer”, which won a Grammy and put Levon’s name in the Rolling Stone mix of Top 100 Singers of All Time. He followed that up two years later with a second Grammy winner, “Electric Dirt”, and then took the Midnight Ramble to the Ryman Auditorium for 2010’s “Ramble at the Ryman”, which won him his third straight Grammy award. Unfortunately, Levon’s cancer returned shortly after this endeavor and he died on April 19, 2012 at the age of 71. Perhaps a quote from a 1983 interview in the Mandolin World News best sums up Levon’s down-to-earth musical vision: “And you know, playing-wise, music don’t owe anybody a living. Just because you play music, it ain’t supposed to make you rich or famous. It’s supposed to be your life, and it’s supposed to help you, and help those you love, and you’re supposed to play it, really try. And if you get a shot, if you get on national television, or if you get a record out that somebody can remember, great. That ought to encourage you not to quit, but it don’t mean a whole lot. You know, that was day before yesterday, and if that’s the best that any of us can do, it ain’t going to count for long. So, in case we can’t do any better, at least we can show up and have a good time”. TOM T. HALL was born on May 25, 1936 in a log cabin in Olive Hill, KY and will be 81 years old on Thursday. Nicknamed “The Storyteller”, he headed to Nashville in 1964 after Jimmy C. Newman recorded his song “DJ for a Day”. Within months he had other songs on the charts and he married Dixie Dean, English émigré and editor of “Music City News”, and they were inseparable until her death in 2015. His financial future was secured when Jeannie C. Riley’s version of Tom’s “Harper Valley PTA” sold six million copies in 1968. Other memorable songs include “The Year Clayton Delaney Died” (a real-life figure who taught Tom T. about music), “(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine”, and “Faster Horses”. He has recorded for Mercury and RCA and lately, on his own Blue Circle label. More recently, Tom T. has written songs for children and for his 75th birthday Eric Brace and Peter Cooper released a tribute album, “Songs of Fox Hollow”. Tom was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1978 and 30 years later in 2008 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Tom has retired from performing and public appearances since Dixie’s passing.
03:46PM-03:49PM (3:35) Rosanne Cash “Girl from the North Country” from The List (2009) on Manhattan — The first of two songs written by Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Mr. Zimmerman.
03:50PM-03:54PM (4:17) Levon Helm Band “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” from Live at Merlefest 04/26/2008 (2008) on festivalink.net — Levon is one of my musical inspirations.
03:54PM-03:57PM (3:07) Tom T. Hall “One of Those Days (When I Miss Lester Flatt)” from Sings Miss Dixie and Tom T. Hall (2005) on Blue Circle — And I miss seeing Tom T. playing his music.
03:57PM Set break
04:01PM-04:19PM (18:00) Cree Rider Family Band “Callin' the Shots, Whiskey Warm and Mellow and I'll Be Back” from Live at The Stage at KDHX (2017) on KDHX Local — Thanks to Cree Rider Family Band for playing live at The Stage at KDHX on today's Back Country. Their new album is "A Toast to Absent Friends."
04:17PM Set break — Mirriam Johnson, aka JESSI COLTER, was born on May 25, 1943 in Phoenix, AZ and will be 74 years old on Thursday. It must have been an interesting childhood growing up in a family whose mother was a Pentecostal preacher and whose father was a racecar driver. After high school she sang in clubs around Phoenix and caught the attention of Duane Eddy, whom she eventually married in 1963. In 1969 she married Waylon Jennings, who helped her get a contract with RCA but her only album with them went nowhere despite Chet Atkins’ producer credit. She signed with Capitol in 1975 and her debut single, “I’m Not Lisa” went to #1. She got greater exposure the next year when she was part of the first million-selling album Nashville ever saw, “Wanted: The Outlaws”. She largely put aside her career to attend to Waylon’s drug and medical issues and after his death she released “Out of the Ashes” in 2006. Her latest album came out in March 2017, “The Psalms”, biblical lyrics set to music.
04:18PM-04:21PM (3:04) Waylon Jennings and the Waylors “Amanda” from RCA Country Legends (2001) on Buddha Request — Sending this one out to Mike Stuart in Columbia, IL. Also to Darrell and Norma Veile, old friends from college days who are visiting. Darrell liked Don Williams' version so much he named their daughter Amanda. She's now a professor at Purdue University.
04:21PM-04:24PM (3:11) Jessi Colter “Why You been Gone So Long?” from Wanted! The Outlaws (20th Anniversary Edition) (1996) on RCA — Happy Birthday to Jessi Colter.
04:24PM-04:28PM (4:02) Willie Nelson “Yesterday's Wine” from Wanted: The Outlaws, 20th Anniversary Edition (1996) on RCA — From the first million-selling album in country music history.
04:27PM Set break
04:29PM-04:31PM (2:30) Diesel Island “When I Write My Number One” from Diesel Island (2017) on Euclid New — Diesel Island is at the Iron Barley's Anniversary event tomorrow afternoon, schedule to play at 3:30PM. Their CD release show takes place on June 10th with a matinee show at Off Broadway starting at 2:30PM.
04:32PM-04:34PM (2:15) Jesse Dayton “I'm at Home Gettin' Hammered (While She's out Gettin' Nailed)” from The Revealer (2016) on Blue Élan Records LLC — Jesse is on the bill at the Old Rock House next Friday, May 26th, along with The Legendary ShackShakers, getting underway around 8 o'clock.
04:34PM-04:36PM (2:44) Jesse Dayton and Brennan Leigh “Long Legged Guitar Pickin Man” from Holding Our Own and other Country Gold Duets (2007) on Stag — A fine album of duets by this Texas duo, here covering Johnny and June.
04:37PM-04:39PM (2:32) Jerry Reed “Guitar Man” from RCA Country Legends (2001) on Buddha — 60 years ago today in 1957 this song first charted, peaking at #53. Elvis recorded it shortly thereafter with Jerry playing guitar and it appeared in the movie, "Clambake."
04:39PM Set break
04:43PM-04:45PM (2:57) Cropduster 4 “Bottom of the Barrel” from Three Chords and the Truth EP (2016) on self — A group out of Chicago new to my ears.
04:46PM-04:49PM (3:40) Bobby Bare “The Trouble with Angels” from Things Change (2017) on BFD New — It's kind of amazing to see so many great stars releasing new material into their 80s.
04:49PM-04:52PM (3:07) Ags Connolly “I Suppose” from Nothin' Unexpected (2017) on At the Helm Records New — New music from British country artist, Ags Connolly. His sophomore release is a good one.
04:52PM-04:55PM (3:22) Sunny Sweeney “Nothing Wrong with Texas” from Trophy (2017) on Aunt Daddy Records New — One she co-wrote with Lori McKenna, Tommy Detamore on the pedal steel. I hear a lot of Nanci Griffith from Sunny on this one.
The Back Country (Music) with Jeff Corbin 04/22/2017 03:00PM to 05:00PM
03:02PM-03:03PM (1:52) The Texas Troubadours “Buddie's Boogie (intro)” from Almost To Tulsa: The Instrumentals (2008) on Bear Family Records (http://www.bear-family.de)
03:04PM Set break — GLEN Travis CAMPBELL was born on April 22, 1936 in Billstown, a tiny town near Delight, AR and is 81 years old today. After high school he spent several years in New Mexico playing in his uncle’s band, Dick Bills and the Sandia Mountain Boys, also appearing on local radio and television shows. He moved to LA in 1960 and became one of the legendary session players known as “The Wrecking Crew”, playing on recordings by Sinatra, Haggard and Nat Cole among many. In 1965 he toured briefly with the Beach Boys in place of Brian Wilson, and he played guitar on their classic “Pet Sounds” album. His biggest hit to date was Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Universal Soldier”, wherein the pacifist nature of the song was mitigated by his observation that “people who are advocating burning draft cards should be hung”. He became an overnight success with John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind”, leading to a replacement show when The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was canceled by CBS, and eventually starring in his own “Goodtime Hour”. He continued in TV and film in the 1970s, and he scored major hits with Allen Toussaint’s “Southern Nights” and his biggest hit, “Rhinestone Cowboy”, which sold more than two million copies. In 2011 he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and the next year he undertook a Goodbye Tour, capping it with a rendition of “Rhinestone Cowboy” at the 2012 Grammy awards. Glen re-recorded some of his previous work in 2013, releasing, “See You There.” He now resides in a long-term care treatment facility for the disease.
03:05PM-03:08PM (3:09) Glen Campbell “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” from See You There (2013) on Surfdog Records — Upon learning of his Alzheimer's diagnosis Glen went into the studio and re-recorded some of his best-known works, including this Jimmy Webb classic.
03:08PM-03:11PM (3:34) Alison Krauss “Gentle on My Mind” from Windy City (2017) on Capitol Records — Glen's recording of this John Hartford tune really set his solo career in motion.
03:12PM Set break — The “Caruso of Country Music”, ROY Kelton ORBISON was born April 23, 1936 in Vernon, TX. His earliest hit was “Ooby Dooby” for the Sun label. He later joined fellow Texan Joe Melson to pen some classics for the Monument label, including “Only the Lonely”, which hit #1 in Britain and #2 in the U.S. Eight Top Ten hits between 1960 and 1964—produced by Fred Foster--secured his reputation. A series of personal tragedies in the late 60s slowed his career considerably, including the death of his first wife, Claudette, and two children who perished in a fire that destroyed their home in Henderson, TN. In 1987 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in less than a year was a member of the Traveling Wilburys, along with Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Tom Petty. Roy had a heart attack within a few months and died on December 6, 1988 at the age of 52. DUANE EDDY was born on April 26, 1938 in Corning, NY and will be 79 years old on Wednesday. He met Lee Hazelwood, then a disc jockey, and Hazelwood recorded his first singles in the mid ‘50s. Duane devised a technique of playing melody on the bass strings of his Gretsch guitar that produced a twangy reverb-like big guitar sound and his second hit, “Rebel Rouser” was a million seller (later featured in the films “Forrest Gump). His group, The Rebels, featured members who would later be part of the famous Wrecking Crew studio musicians in Los Angeles. His 1959 debut album, “Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel” (he appeared in two episodes of the classic TV Western “Have Gun, Will Travel”) went to number five on the charts and his second album helped Duane bump Elvis from the number one spot on at least one publication’s survey as World’s Number One Music Personality. He married Jessie Colter in 1962, the same year his third million selling single, “(Dance With) The Guitar Man” was released. He produced albums in the 1970s for Phil Everly and Waylon Jennings, who by now was married to Colter. His 1986 remake of his recording of Henry Mancini’s “Peter Gunn” was a Grammy winner and gave Eddy his fourth Top Ten instrumental hit in four different decades. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and Chet Atkins presented him with a Chetty award in 2000. He contributed two recordings with steel guitarist Dan Dugmore to the 2013 tribute album to steel guitar genius Buddy Emmons.
03:13PM-03:15PM (2:59) Roy Orbison “Pretty Woman” from Live at the BBC (1998) on Mastertone — From a 1968 appearance on "The Beeb".
03:16PM-03:18PM (2:23) Duane Eddy “Sweet Cindy” from Girls! Girls! Girls! (1961) on Jamie — The album cover includes photos with Brenda Lee, Annette Funicello and others. Playing some vinyl on Record Store Day.
03:19PM-03:22PM (2:44) Special Consensus “Slow Train Through Georgia” from Our Little Town (1998) on Pinecastle — From the Norman Blake catalog. Special Consensus is at Oak Tree Concerts on Sunday, April 30th, 3PM.
03:22PM Set break — Western swing bandleader and fiddler CLIFF BRUNER was born April 25, 1915, in Texas City, TX. He grew up in nearby Houston and his first musical experiences were as a teenager with traveling medicine shows. He joined Milton Brown’s Musical Brownies in 1935, playing twin fiddles with the classically-trained Cecil Brower, to record nearly 50 songs before Brown’s death in 1936. He formed the Texas Wanderers (sometimes called Cliff Bruner and His Boys) in 1937, among whose members were Bob Dunn and Moon Mullican. His 1938 recording of Floyd Tillman’s “It Makes No Difference Now” rode the top of the charts for 20 twenty weeks and he made the first recording of Ted Daffan’s “Truck Driver’s Blues” in 1939. He recorded on both Decca and Mercury before Cliff disbanded the group in the early ‘50s, but continued to make music and his trio appears in the 1984 Sally Field movie, “Places in the Heart”. Cliff Bruner died on August 25, 2000 at the age of 85. Fiddler Allen DALE POTTER was born on April 28, 1929 in Puxico, MO. His father taught him fiddle and guitar and he became a country music believer after listening to broadcasts of Bob Wills on KVOO in Tulsa. Since there was no television or mass media he was unaware that Wills featured multiple fiddle players in the Texas Playboys, so Dale developed a fiddle technique that allowed him to play the melody and harmony parts, reflective of his later nickname, Mr. Double Stop. He moved to Nashville and made his Grand Ole Opry debut at age 18. Zeb Turner used him on recording sessions and his first studio session with Hank Williams resulted in “Wedding Bells” and “Lost Highway”. He subsequently recorded with many Nashville stars, including Webb Pierce, Cowboy Copas, Ray Price and Bill Monroe, and appeared on the Everly Brothers first recording session in 1955. He was married for a time to Anita Carter of the Carter Sisters and he was one of RCA’s Country All Stars, one of whose members, Chet Atkins, called him “the best all-around fiddler in the business”. He passed along his fiddle prowess to the great Buddy Spicher as well as many others. He recorded in the 1960s with Judy Lynn and the Sons of the West, but poor health eventually curtailed his musical career. Dale Potter died on March 13, 1996 at the age of 66.
03:24PM-03:27PM (3:03) Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers “I'll Keep on Loving You” from Bob Dunn: Master of the Electric Steel Guitar 1935-1950 (2010) on Origin Jazz Library — From the Decca label in 1938, Floyd Tillman wrote it and provides the vocal.
03:27PM-03:29PM (2:22) The Country All Stars “Fiddle Patch” from Jazz from the Hills (1994) on Bear Family — From the RCA label in 1952. Chet, Homer and Jethro and Charles Grean round out the players on this one.
03:29PM-03:32PM (2:49) Richard Smith and Aaron Till “My Window Faces the South” from Out of Nowhere (2004) on self — Guitar virtuoso Richard Smith returns to St. Louis on Friday, May 5th for a show at The Focal Point and he's at Log House Concerts Sunday, May 7th at 7PM.
03:32PM Set break — Talented multi-instrumentalist HERB PEDERSEN was born on April 27, 1944 in Berkeley, CA and will be 73 years old on Thursday. He formed The Pine Valley Boys in the latter ‘60s, which included Butch Waller and David Nelson, and he was a later member of The Dillards. He became an in-demand session player for numerous artists, including Jackson Browne, John Denver and Linda Ronstadt. He was part of Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band for a time and even though he had met Chris Hillman in 1963 it wasn’t until 1986 that they joined forces in the Desert Rose Band. He and Hillman also recorded two acclaimed albums in the 1990s with Larry and Tony Rice and, more recently, returned to his bluegrass roots by forming the Laurel Canyon Ramblers. He and Hillman continue to perform occasionally today.
03:34PM-03:36PM (2:59) Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen “Together Again” from At Edwards Barn (2010) on Rounder (http://www.rounderrecords.com) — These Desert Rose Band alums put out an acoustic album a few years back, here covering Buck. A strong statement at the beginning from Chris Hillman, who says without Buck there wouldn't have been The Byrds or the Flying Burrito Brothers.
03:36PM-03:39PM (3:23) Ags Connolly “When the Loner Gets Lonely” from Nothin' Unexpected (2017) on At the Helm Records New — Ags has a fine new album out. Ameripolitan outlaw artists Mike Maddux and the Ponderosa Aces are currently touring the UK with Ags.
03:40PM-03:42PM (2:45) Marcia Ball “Daddy Said” from Gatorhythms (1989) on Rounder (http://www.rounderrecords.com) — The wisdom of the paterfamilias is sublime. Marcia headlines the Crawfish Festival and Boil at the Broadway Oyster Bar today.
03:42PM Set break
03:45PM-03:48PM (3:50) Cree Rider Family Band “The Voice of Johnny Cash” from A Toast To Absent Friends (2016) on Cree Rider Family Band Local — Cree Rider Family Band's 5th anniversary show is next Saturday, April 29th, at the Milque Toast Bar, along with many special guests. Things get underway around 4 o'clock.
03:48PM-03:51PM (3:05) Jonathan Edwards “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy” from Rollin' Along: Live in Holland (2008) on Strictly Country Records — Jonathan Edwards is at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville for a show on Friday, May 5th, 8PM.
03:51PM-03:54PM (3:51) The Mavericks “For the Ages” from Brand New Day (2017) on Mono Mundo/Thirty Tigers (http://www.themavericksband.com) — The Mavericks play The Pageant two weeks from tonight on May 6th.
03:55PM-03:58PM (3:38) Joe Ely “She Finally Spoke Spanish to Me” from Letter to Laredo (1995) on MCA — One written by fellow Flatlanders member, Butch Hancock. Joe is at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room on Saturday, May 6th.
03:59PM Set break — Front Country performed three songs from their new album, "Other Love Songs": 1) If Something Breaks; 2) T.H.A.T.S. (The Humpback and the Sloth); 3) I Don't Wanna Die Angry.
04:02PM-04:20PM (18:00) Front Country “various” from none-live at kdhx (2017) on KDHX — Thanks to Front Country for stopping by our KDHX performance studio on today's Back Country. They're playing tonight at the Stage @KDHX, 8PM.
04:22PM Set break — VASSAR Carlton CLEMENTS was born on April 25, 1928 in Kinard, SC. and by his 21st birthday he had appeared with Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys on the Grand Ole Opry. He was a member of Jim & Jesse’s Virginians from 1957-61. In 1969 he followed a gig with Faron Young’s Country Deputies with a stint in John Hartford’s classic Aereo Plain band, followed by a stay with the Earl Scruggs Review. During this time he was in demand as a studio musician as well, appearing on early albums by Steve Goodman, David Bromberg and Mike Auldridge among others. In 1972 he appeared on “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”, which largely secured his career. In the mid-70s he helped launch the Flying Fish label with a double LP release, Hillbilly Jazz, featuring Bromberg, D.J. Fontana and Doug Jernigan. Vassar also helped create a new generation of bluegrass fans with his work with Old and In the Way. Vassar was a master of many musical styles on the fiddle and was perhaps the “bluesiest” of the bluegrass fiddlers. Vassar died on August 16, 2005 at the age of 77.
04:25PM-04:34PM (9:39) Vassar Clements et. al. “Orange Blossom Special” from MerleFest Live!: The Best of 2003 (2004) on MerleFest — The all star lineup is introduced at the end. Performed on the occasion of Vassar's 75th birthday and I'm proud to say I was there to see it.
04:34PM Set break — Mandolin great ROLAND WHITE was born on April 23, 1938 in Madawaska, Maine and will be 79 years old tomorrow. The Canadian-American family name was LeBlanc, changed by the time the family moved out to California. The family played early gigs at the local Grange Hall and on radio and television as “The Country Boys”. When he got out of the army the name of the group changed to the Kentucky Colonels and 1964 marked a watershed year for the group with an acclaimed appearance at the Newport Folk Festival—and flatpickin’ brother, Clarence doing a guitar workshop with Doc Watson—followed by the release of “Appalachian Swing”. Roland joined Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys in the late ‘60s for a short spell and then recorded several albums with Lester Flatt as part of the Nashville Grass. After Clarence’s untimely death, he joined fellow Colonels bass player Roger Bush and Alan Munde in Country Gazette, playing with them for 13 years. He followed that with a stint in the Nashville Bluegrass Band from 1989 to 2000. He currently heads the Roland White Band and is in demand as a mandolin and guitar teacher. PAT ENRIGHT was born on April 22, 1945 in Huntington, IN and is 72 years old today. He toured with 18-year old Bela Fleck in the late ‘70s from his Nashville base before joining the Nashville Bluegrass Band in the mid ‘80s, and he has remained a member since. His favorite singer is Jimmie Rodgers so it wasn’t surprising to find him yodeling and singing as John Turturro’s character, Pete in the blockbuster film, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Pat and the Nashville Bluegrass Band have released ten albums over the last 30 years, plus two compilations of their work. ELDON SHAMBLIN was born April 24, 1916 in Clinton, OK. As a young man he was influenced by the recordings of Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti, and he took an interest in music arrangement, a skill he put to good use when he joined Bob Wills. He had worked in dance halls and radio in Oklahoma in the mid-‘30s and was known as the other great guitarist in Oklahoma—Charlie Christian being the other—when he joined the Texas Playboys for ten years beginning in 1937, with an interruption for World War II. During this time he developed a two-beat rhythm arrangement which would come to influence many others, among them Chuck Berry, who reworked “Ida Red” into “Maybelline” and his twin guitar work with steel man Leon McAuliffe was a major influence on Duane Allman and Dickie Betts. He stayed with the band until 1954 and then left the music business for 15 years. He joined Merle Haggard on his Bob Wills salute, “A Tribute To The World’s Greatest Fiddle Player” in 1970, and Rolling Stone magazine named him the greatest rhythm guitarist in the world. Eldon stayed with the Strangers for a few years and he eventually returned to the reincarnated Texas Playboys in the 1980s as well as guest appearances with Asleep at the Wheel, Johnny Gimble, Tiny Moore and many others. Eldon Shamblin died on August 5 1998 at the age of 82.
04:35PM-04:38PM (3:15) The Kentucky Colonels “Brakeman's Blues” from Long Journey Home, 1964 (2006) on Vanguard Records — Roland has the lead vocal on this Jimmie Rodgers song.
04:38PM-04:41PM (3:15) The Nashville Bluegrass Band “Gambling Barroom Blues” from Twenty Year Blues (2004) on Sugar Hill Records — Birthday boy Pat Enright on the vocal for another Jimmie Rodgers tune.
04:41PM-04:43PM (2:58) Merle Haggard “Brain Cloudy Blues” from A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddler In The World or My Salute To Bob Wills (1970) on CAPITOL — The great Eldon Shamblin joined Hag as one of the former Texas Playboys who played on this tribute album.
04:43PM Set break
04:46PM-04:48PM (2:46) The Louvin Brothers “The Great Atomic Power” from When I Stop Dreaming: The Best Of The Louvin Brothers (1995) on Razor & Tie (http://www.razorandtie.com) Request — Going out to Bill and Annabelle in Farmington. Recorded for Capitol Records in 1961, the year before the Cuban missile crisis.
04:48PM-04:51PM (3:02) The Gordons “I Woke Up With Tears In My Eyes” from End of a Long Hard Day (1997) on Reception Records Local, Request — I hope this is the song the listener requested. I only had what I think was a partial title.
04:51PM-04:54PM (3:29) Bobby Osborne “Leaving Wheeling” from Original (2017) on Compass Records (http://www.compassrecords.com) New — New music from 85-year old Bobby Osborne, here covering a Mel Tillis song. Bobby still sounds great!

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