Podcast: Bluegrass 101 pt. 1, The Pioneers
Episode #17-17 | airing 4-26-17

This week we begin another of our occasional features focusing on a particular style of music. Bluegrass for me began with the first recordings Bill Monroe made with Earl Scruggs. We’ll hear that initial tune and some additional music from Bill and the Bluegrass Boys. We’ll also hear some classics from Flatt & Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys and The Stanley Brothers. We’ll also hear a set of brother duets and some great instrumental tunes from Kenny Baker, Chubby Wise and other great players. Next week Bluegrass Innovators.


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Artist / “Title” / CD / Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways
Ron Stewart / “Stewart’s Dream” / Time Stands Still / Rounder
Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys / “Heavy Traffic Ahead” / The Essential Bill Monroe & his Bluegrass Boys / Columbia
Bill Monroe / “Footprints in the Snow” / In The Pines / County
Bill Monroe & his Bluegrass Boys / “Blue Moon of Kentucky” / Grand Old Opry Live Classics / Cracker Barrel-Opry Classics

Junie Scruggs / “Sally Goodin-Sally Ann / American Banjo Scruggs and Three Finger Style / Smithsonian Folkways
Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys / “Pike County Breakdown” / Best of Bluegrass Vol 1 / Mercury
Flatt & Scruggs / “Til the End of the World Rolls Round” / The Essential Flatt & Scruggs / Columbia
Flatt & Scruggs / “You Are My Flower” / Recorded Live a Vanderbilt University / Columbia
The Stanley Brothers / “Little Maggie” / Earliest Recordings-Rich-R-Tone / Revenant
The Stanley Brothers / “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow” / The Stanley Brothers 1949-52 / Bear Family
Ron Stewart / “Whistling Rufus” / Time Stands Still / Rounder

The Blue Sky Boys / “Sunny Side of Life” / There’ll Come a Time / BSR
Jim & Jesse / “Are You Missing Me” / 1952-55 / Bear Family
The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover / “Little Annie” / Bluegrass at the Roots / Smithsonian Folkways
The Goins Brothers / “I’m Getting Ready to Go” / Run Satan, Run / Hay Holler
Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard / “Tiny Broken Heart” / Won’t You Come and Sing for Me / Smithsonian Folkways

Kenny Baker / “Brandywine” / Master Fiddler / County
Don Reno & Red Smiley / “Dixie Breakdown” / On The Air / Copper Creek
Chubby Wise / “Stone’s Rag” / An American Original / Pinecastle
Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways

About Tom Druckenmiller

Tom has a long history with Sing Out! as a writer and regular contributor (for more than a decade) and deep and rich skills as a radio host and programmer of folk and roots music! He’s been a folk musician and teacher for over forty years. Tom began playing and singing Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton songs, but fell in love with old-time music and the clawhammer banjo after hearing John McCutcheon at the legendary Bethlehem folk club Godfrey Daniels. He has studied with old-time music greats Dwight Diller, Riley Baugus and Norman and Nancy Blake … and has, himself, taught at many music camps and workshops including The Augusta Heritage Workshops (in Elkins WV), the Pocono Dulcimer Fest (in Stroudsburg PA) and the Maidencreek Old-Time Music Festival (in Blandon PA). Druckemiller’s continuing regular local radio gig “In The Tradition” has aired on WDIY-FM in Allentown PA for the past 16 years, and he also co-hosts the “Sunday Folk” program on the station.

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