Podcast: Bluegrass Festival Season
Episode #16-15 | airing 4-13-16

You can tell Spring has arrived when a whole batch of new Bluegrass recordings are released as the festival season starts anew. In my mind the unofficial beginning of the festival season is the massive Merlefest held each year in Wilkesboro North Carolina. Though it is not exclusively a Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass is a major component of this roots festival. On this week’s program we’ll hear some classic and current Bluegrass from the Pioneers and today’s Masters.

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Artist / “Title” / CD / Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer” / Songs Of Hope And Struggle /
        Smithsonian-Folkways
Kenny Baker / “Big Sandy River” / Plays Bill Monroe /County
Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys / “Heavy Traffic Ahead” / The
         Essential Bill Monroe / Columbia- Legacy
Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs / “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” / The
        Mercury Sessions Vol.2 / Rounder
The Stanley Brothers / “Molly & Tenbrooks” / Bluegrass Bonanza / Proper
Jim & Jesse / “Are You Missing Me” / 1952-1955 / Bear Family
Jimmy Martin / “Sunny Side of the Mountain” / You Don’t Know My
        Mind / Rounder
Eric Weissberg et al / “Farewell Blues” / Dueling Banjos /
        Warner Brothers
Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys / “White House Blues” /
        Classic Bluegrass from Smithsonian Folkways / Smithsonian Folkways
The Country Gentlemen / “Bringing Mary Home” / The Country
        Gentlemen / Vanguard
Hot Rize / “Radio Boogie” / So Long of a Journey / Sugar Hill
Kenny Baker / “Wheel Hoss” / Plays Bill Monroe / County
Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard / “Tiny Broken Heart” / Classic
        Bluegrass from Smithsonian Folkways / Smithsonian Folkways
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands / “Walking in My Sleep” / The
        Hazel & Alice Sessions / Spruce & Maple
The Good Ol’ Persons / “Anywhere the Wind Blows” / Anywhere
        the Wind Blows /. Kaleidoscope
Front Porch String Bany / “Go My Way” / Front Porch String
        Band / Rebel
The Roland White Band / “Saro Jane” / Straight Ahead Bluegrass /
        Self Produced
The Gibson Brothers / “Bye Bye Love” / Brotherhood / Rounder
Lonesome River Band / “Runnin’ From the Blues” / Bridging the
        Tradition / Mountain Home
The Hillbenders / “I’m Free” / Tommy / Compass
Pete Seeger / “If I Had a Hammer (excerpt)” / Songs of Hope and Struggle /
        Smithsonian Folkways


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