Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ralph Stanley’s Life Story




Ralph Stanley’s Life Story, Man of Constant Sorrow,
Will Be Released Oct. 15 by Gotham Books



(Nashville, TN) - September 30, 2009 - The famously close-mouthed Ralph Stanley tells all—or nearly all—in his fascinating memoir named after his signature hit, Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times. Written with music journalist Eddie Dean and published by Gotham Books, the 320-page personal and career narrative will go on sale October 15.
Stanley has been a luminary in bluegrass music circles virtually since he and his brother Carter launched the Stanley Brothers duo in 1946. But he rocketed to real celebrity status in 2000 via his musical participation in the Coen Brothers’ movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou? His performance of “Oh, Death” on the movie’s soundtrack album earned him two Grammy awards. (A third would soon follow.) He was also the first artist of the 21st Century to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
Now 82 and still touring, Stanley writes in the book about his hardscrabble boyhood years in rural Virginia, abandonment by his father, the influence of folk and church music, the Stanley Brothers’ live radio shows and early records, the perils of touring in the 1940s and ‘50s on America’s backroads, Carter’s fatal drinking problem and re-inventing himself as a solo act after Carter’s death in 1966.
In telling his stories, Stanley gives the reader intimate glimpses of such fellow stars as Bill Monroe, A. P. Carter (of the fabled Carter Family), Porter Wagoner, George Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and of King Records founder Syd Nathan and super producer T. Bone Burnett.
As a part of promoting his autobiography, Stanley will play New York’s Carnegie Hall October 06 on a bill with banjoist, actor and comedian Steve Martin.

Warner Parks Honors Butch Baldassari




To end the summer in a special way,the last Full Moon Pickin' Party of the year will be this Friday night, October 2nd, and will be in Butch's honor.
Since it coincides with IBMA, when Bluegrass stars from the world over descend upon Nashville, I know there will be great turnout with some very special players, all benefiting the Warner Parks.
You can find out more at Mandolin Cafe and at or at Friends of Warner Parks.
And the music lives on...
20 years ago this December, I attended The Birchmere, a well-known venue for bluegrass and acoustic music in Alexandria, Virginia, my hometown.
Little did I know that night that hearing the Weary Hearts play would change my life dramatically. That was when I first laid eyes and ears on the incomparable Butch Baldassari, mandolinist extraordinaire.
That meeting eventually led to a move to Music City USA, marriage, a child and my very special entree into the music world.
Fast forward to now. Butch passed away almost 10 months ago and his musical legacy is still growing strong. I am learning and loving this business. Butch felt blessed to have had a long, successful run and I feel it's my responsibility to keep it going. A recent tribute CD, "The Road Home", compiled by Dr. Brian Hull of Wichita Falls, Texas, a longtime supporter of musicians and a dear friend of ours, illustrates Butch's influence on some of the greatest names in acoustic music.
We will hopefully be re-releasing two of Nashville Mandolin Ensemble's well-acclaimed CDs, "Plectrasonics" and the Christmas smash, "Gifts", formerly on Columbia. All will be available at our website, http://e2ma.net/go/2436837116/2217014/83259280/3570/goto:http://www.soundartrecordings.com.
The NME, which Butch formed in 1991, and which is the backbone of SoundArt Recordings along with Butch's solo releases, has begun playing again. All of the players were hand-picked by Butch and still carry on his passion for the beautiful sounds of mandolin family instruments. As a special treat, our son Blake Baldassari will play some of the more informal gigs, fulfilling a family dream.
The NME will be performing on October 8th at The Frist Museum in Nashville in the Grand Lobby (http://e2ma.net/go/2436837116/2217014/83259279/3570/goto:http://www.fristcenter.org) as well as on December 16 at Loveless as part of the new Music City Roots from Loveless Cafe (http://e2ma.net/go/2436837116/2217014/83259278/3570/goto:http://www.musiccityroots.com).
Keep in touch and wherever you are, keep music and memories alive. They are a vital threads in the fabric of life that binds us all together.
This is going out to all e-mail addresses on SoundArt and Papertricks databases. If you receive it twice or don't want to receive it at all, please let us know.



~Sinclair Baldassari


SoundArt Recordings







Check the Website for comments by these great performers on why they chose the tunes they did to honor Butch.
Some of the best names in acoustic music combined to give us this great musical tribute to mandolin master Butch Baldassari.
Butch created new interest in this age-old instrument in a wide variety of musical genres. He was an inspiration to people who loved his music and who knew him as a friend. He performed and recorded with many of the top names in bluegrass, Celtic, and other genres. He moved between bluegrass festivals and symphony halls with ease and grace, earning respect and admiration in these seemingly disparate worlds.
This CD gives some of the great acoustic players an opportunity to honor Butch with the music he loved.
He was the driving force behind the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble and was an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music.

Thanks Friends

Thanks to all for the kind expressions of sympathy and prayers on the passing of my father. As long as I am part of the bluegrass community my family will not ever be diminished.

I hope to get back to normal posting later today, with coverage of bluegrass news, including reporting on IBMA events, even though I am not in Nashville this week.

Birthday and Video, 9/30


Marty Stuart born 1958.

Video a very young Marty with

Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass.




Sunday, September 27, 2009

Birthday with Videos, 9/27


Uncle Josh Graves born 1928. Died, 9/20/2006.

Videos show Uncle Josh w/ Flatt and Scruggs, circa 1966.

The host of 'Barn Dance' seems a little star struck, even introducing

The Foggy Mountain HOEdown.











Saturday, September 26, 2009

With Sadness...

With sadness, I am reporting the passing of my father, this afternoon (Saturday). He was 94, had a full life and a relatively short illness, with little suffering, and went very quietly to join my mother.



Visitation will be Monday at the Bacha Funeral Home Greensburg, PA. 3 to 5 and 7 to 9:00PM.

Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Cross Church, Youngwood, Tueaday at 10:00AM.



Except for some pre programed ones, there will be no new posts for several days.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sam Bush on Prarie Home Companion, 9/26


SARAH JAROSZ & THE SAM BUSH BAND TO APPEAR ON "A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION" THIS SATURDAY, SEPT. 26th
Nashville, Tenn - 9/24 - Sugar Hill acts Sarah Jarosz and The Sam Bush Band will both appear live this Saturday on the National Public Radio program "A Prairie Home Companion" hosted by Garrison Keillor. The season opener for PHC will air nationally between 5:00 - 7:00 cst. Check your local public radio station for specific air times or visit: http://prairiehome.publicradio.org for a live audio web-steam of the show. The program broadcasts live to a nation-wide audience from the historic Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, MN.

Sarah's debut CD, Song Up In Her Head, was released to critical acclaim earlier this year on Sugar Hill Records. Sarah is currently attending New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and performing as often as possible. To take a listen click here: http://sarahjarosz.sugarhillrecords.com/.

Sam Bush is touring in promotion of his upcoming cd entitled Circles Around Me due out October 20th on Sugar Hill Records. Produced by three-time Grammy winner Bush, the 14-song set includes appearances by Del McCoury, Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas and New Grass Revival co-founder Courtney Johnson (posthumously). The album also employs the phenomenal talent of Bush's band: Scott Vestal, Stephen Mougin, Byron House and Chris Brown.

Traditional Ties, 09/27/09,Playlist




Contact info for new adds:




Air Time
Artist Name
Song Title
Album Name
Label
Duration

10:00 PM
Kenny Baker
Jerusalem Ridge
Plays Bill Monroe
County
2:00
10:02 PM
Steep Canyon Rangers
Have Mercy
Deep In the Shade
Rebel
3:12
10:07 PM
Rhonda Vincent
Crazy What a Lonely Heart Will Do
Destination Life
Rounder
2:46
10:10 PM
Steve Martin
Daddy Played the Banjo
The Crowe
Rounder
3:19
10:13 PM
Chris Jones
Cloud of Dust
Cloud of Dust
GSM
2:57
10:17 PM
Grass Cats
I Shot the Sheriff
A Good Way to Get the Blues
New Time
2:52
10:20 PM
Claire Lynch
Barbed Wire Boys
Whatcha Gonna Do
Rounder
3:39
10:24 PM
Mike Jackson
Honey Run
When We Goin' Bank
Red Oak

10:27 PM
Steve Martin
Pitkin County Turnaround
The Crowe
Rounder
2:29
10:31 PM
Rhonda Vincent
When I Travel My Last Mile
Destination Life
Rounder
3:31
10:34 PM
Grasstowne
Lifting Up the Cross
The Other Side of Towne
Pinecastle
4:40
10:38 PM
Rusell Moore
The Eastern Gate
Russell Moore & lllrd Tyme Out
Rural Rhythm
2:42
10:41 PM
Richard D Henry
The Glorybound Express
A Long Way from Home
Richard D Henry
2:55
10:45 PM
Special Consensus
What a Beautiful Day
Signs
Pinecastle
2:55
10:48 PM
Audie Blaylock
Who Will Sing fo rMe
Audie Blaylock & Red Line
Rural Rhythm
2:07
10:50 PM
Aldridge-Justice
I'll Go With You
I'll Go With You
Pinecastle
3:12
10:53 PM
Paul Williams
Sinner Don't Wait
What a Journey
Rebel
4:18
11:00 PM
True Bluegrass
With Care from Someone
True Bluegrass 1979
True Bluegrass
2;00
11:02 PM
Steep Canyon Rangers
There Ain't No Easy Street
Deep In the Shade
Rebel
2:27
11:06 PM
Steep Canyon Rangers
Mourning Dove
Deep In the Shade
Rebel
2;32
11:09 PM
Steep Canyon Rangers
Silvie
Deep In the Shade
Rebel
2:33
11:12 PM
Steep Canyon Rangers
Heartbreak Is Real
Deep In the Shade
Rebel
3:10
11:17 PM
Steve Martin
Pretty Flowers
The Crowe
Rounder
2:43
11:20 PM
Rhonda Vincent
Eighth of January
Destination Life
Rounder
3:44
11:23 PM
Allegheny Drifters
Mind Your Own Business
Can't Wait
Allegheny Drifters
3:09
11:26 PM
Dailey & Vincent
Your Love Is Like a Flower
Brothers from Different Mothers
Rounder
3:26
11:31 PM
Rhonda Vincent
What a Women Wants to Hear
Destination Life
Rounder
2:48
11:34 PM
Steve Martin
Hoedown at Alice's
The Crowe
Rounder
3:21
11:37 PM
Wayne Taylor
Dirt Roads
Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa
Raincoe
3:15
11:40 PM
NewFound Road
Love Stay Away from Me
Same Old Place
Rounder
3:09
11:46 PM
Steve Martin
Blue River Waltz
The Crowe
Rounder
2:18
11:49 PM
Rhonda Vincent
Stop the World
Destination Life
Rounder
3:22
11:52 PM
Tommy Webb
If It Weren't for Bluegrass Music
Heartland
Rural Rhythm
2:55
11:56 PM
Steve Martin
The Crowe
The Crowe
Rounder
3:26


JOHN TROUT, WYEP FM, PITTSBURGH, PA. tties91@hotmail.com 'TRADITIONAL TIES'- NEW RELEASE BLUEGRASS WITH FEATURES. 91.3 WYEP, http://www.wyep.org/ 10:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.) Sundays. Streaming Audio


1608 JEFFERSON ST, LATROBE PA, 15650 -2940


Link to Traditional Ties web pages: http://wyep.org/traditionalties

Birthday and Video, 9/24

Paul 'Moon' Mullins, fiddle player, radio personality, and band leader, born 1930.

Died, 8/3/08.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxm4WW9yiRA

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Dr. Banjo, Banjo Camps


From Pete Wernick:


A heads-up about our Bluegrass Jam Camps in Boulder, Colorado this November. We've hosted these camps for ten years now, and it's hard to express our satisfaction at helping so many people achieve the breakthroughs they do at the camp. Playing music in a group is one of the great pleasures in life, and it's more accessible than most people realize. With the Basic Jam Camp two months off, Nov. 13-15, it's not too late for people who don't even currently play an instrument... there's time to learn the four simple chords needed to start jamming. Yes, it really is that easy to get started! An instrument + a tuner + four chords = a lot of music and fun. Many people have dreamed of playing music with others but their instruments have not seen daylight in years. Our mission is to see those instruments out of the cases and the musicians out of the closet! If you know of such and instrument or such a person, send them to us! [More info here.]


For more experienced players, there's the Intermediate Jamming & Band Skills Camp Nov. 20-22. We help people upgrade their bluegrass skills such as lead playing and lead and harmony singing, band dynamics, and song arrangements, as well as expanding their repertoire. [Click here.]The camps draw folks from near and far. The affordability and hospitality of the Boulder Inn, and its easy access to Denver and its airport are part of the reason most campers come in from out of town. Jam camp is a great way to learn or review the ground rules and repertoire of bluegrass jamming, connect (or re-connect) with fellow pickers from all over, and have big fun making music together in a full-immersion setting.If you can't make it to Boulder, watch for our 2010 schedule of camps soon on DrBanjo.com.
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Banjo pickers! Coming up soon: our 25th Anniversary Winter Banjo Camps, Basic Skills (Jan. 4-9), Intermediate (Jan. 11-16) or Advanced (Jan. 18-23). Also at the Boulder Inn! I'm proud to receive comments like this:
"The months after the camp were the most productive and fun I've had with the banjo." -- Keith P., MD Basic camp 09 "It's nice to have someone so passionate who can also communicate the details of good playing...as well as reminding all of us why we started in the first place...to have FUN." -- Andy M., VA Intermed. camp 08
"I really enjoyed the Banjo Camp. It was thoughtful, well organized, and beneficial in more ways than I could have expected. The fact that you've been doing it for

Traditional Ties, 09/27/09, Highlights







Contact info for new adds:





Traditional Ties, this Sunday, will feature The Steep Canyon Rangers' new release. Highlight CDs will be from Steve Martin and Rhonda Vincent.

The complete playlist will be posted later in the week,

JOHN TROUT, WYEP FM, PITTSBURGH, PA. tties91@hotmail.com 'TRADITIONAL TIES'- NEW RELEASE BLUEGRASS WITH FEATURES. 91.3 WYEP, http://www.wyep.org/ 10:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.) Sundays. Streaming Audio

1608 JEFFERSON ST, LATROBE PA, 15650 -2940
Link to Traditional Ties web pages: http://wyep.org/traditionalties

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fire Guts Little Nashville Opry

By Bill McCleery - IndyStar.com
Posted: September 20, 2009

Fire destroyed a well-known Brown County concert venue late Saturday.
The Little Nashville Opry was consumed by flames about 10:30 p.m., a witness said.

"The whole place was just covered in flames," said Lauren Lindner, 24, Chicago, who was staying with a friend at the nearby Green Valley Motor Lodge.

A Brown County Sheriff's Department dispatcher confirmed the building was considered a total loss. "It's not even going to be here anymore," said the dispatcher, who declined to provide her full name.

Read complete atricle: http://www.indystar.com/article/20090920/LOCAL/909200404/Fire+guts+Little+Nashville+Opry

Friday, September 18, 2009

2009 Full Moon Pickin' Party To Honor Butch Baldassari


Nashville, Tenn. — Friends of Warner Parks, an organization devoted to funding educational programs and special projects for inner city children, will hold their 2009 Full Moon Pickin' Party on October 2, 2009 at the Steeplechase Barn Equestrian Center, 2500 Old Hickory Blvd. in Percy Warner Park.
This year's party is a special tribute to the late Butch Baldassari. Butch created a renewed interest in the mandolin through a wide variety of musical projects and was an inspiration to people who loved his music and knew him as a friend. He was instrumental in the start up of the Full Moon Pickin' series in 2001.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Banjo.com Launches Blog

Banjo.com has been a premier online destination for banjos and bluegrass instruments since its inception. Company founder John Drummond has now teamed up with recognized banjo professionals and created a new blog to feature their expert knowledge. Topics will include banjo history, choosing the right banjo, picking and setup techniques, music styles and much more.

Marietta, GA September 17, 2009 -- John Drummond launched www.Banjo.com because he wanted a local resource that was dedicated to serving the needs of banjo players. "I wanted to compare the many different brands side-by-side, in one location. Most stores had a huge selection of guitars and only one or two banjos. This predicament and a lifelong passion for banjos led me to start this small enterprise."
Launched in 2003, Banjo.com started as a small retail store offering a handful of banjos from the most popular manufacturers. The selection has since swelled to offer more than 600 distinctive banjos. Other acoustic bluegrass instruments were added in the years since -- guitars, fiddles, mandolins, resonator guitars and dulcimers. This has drawn banjo and bluegrass players from North and South America, Europe, Asia and even Australia to visit the Atlanta-area Banjo.com showroom.
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"We invite all who visit our showroom to compare different banjos side by side," said Drummond. "We set up every banjo to maximize playability and sound, making sure the head tension is set properly, the bridge is positioned for proper intonation and the action is low with no string buzz or high frets -- we want our customers to pluck to their heart's content."
While the Banjo.com staff understands that not all customers can make a trip to the Atlanta-area showroom, they are committed to serving customers worldwide. Products are shipped every day to locations around the world. The company staff is easily accessible online, and questions can be submitted through the website's new blog at www.TheBanjoGuru.com.
"This blog is a public forum where banjo players can ask questions about specific banjos, or even request a custom banjo we don't have on the website," said Drummond. "Our resident banjo experts will also be posting topics about all things banjo, to entertain and inform."
With one of the largest selections of banjos and bluegrass instruments in the world, and an unsurpassed commitment to customer satisfaction, musicians will appreciate the depth of knowledge and personal attention they receive from the staff at Banjo.com.
About the Company:Banjo.com is owned and operated by John and Amy Drummond. Mark Bramlett, a 30-year professional banjo player and luthier, is the General Manager. Jim "Duck" Adkins and Greg Earnest, who tour and play professionally, help out at the showroom between gigs.
John Drummondwww.Banjo.com(770) 874-0304
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Traditional Ties, 9/20/09, Playlist




Contact info for new adds:


The Grass Cats - http://grasscats.com/


Chris Jones & the Night Drivers - http://chrisjonesmusic.com/





Air Time
Artist Name
Song Title
Album Name
Label
Duration

10:00 PM
Kenny Baker
Jerusalem Ridge
Plays Bill Monroe
County
2:00
10:02 PM
Grass Cats
All of Tennessee
A Good Way to Get the Blues
New Time
3:14
10:07 PM
Chris Jones
The Love She Left Behind
Cloud of Dust
GSM Records
2:52
10:10 PM
Junior Sisk
The Wolf Is At the Door
Blue Side of the Blue Ridge
Rebel
3:05
10:13 PM
Dan Tyminski
Wheels
Wheels
Rounder
2:56
10:17 PM
Mike Jackson
Nobody Told the Moon
When We Goin' Back
Red Oak
3:48
10:21 PM
Grassetowne
Big Big Heartaches
The Other Side of Towne
Pinecastle
2:28
10:23 PM
Mac Martin
New Curly Headed Baby
Venango
Copper Creek
3:25
10:27 PM
Adam Steffey
Deep Rough
One More for the Road
Sugar Hill
2:57
10:31 PM
Grass Cats
I'll Keep on Walking
A Good Way to Get the Blues
New Time
2:54
10:34 PM
Brandon Rickman
Rest for His Workers
Young Man OLd Soul
Rural Rhythm
2:47
10:37 PM
Gibson Brothers
Ring the Bell
Ring the Bell
Compass
3:46
10:41 PM
Ricky Skaggs
City That Lies Four Square
Solo
Skaggs Family
3:50
10:46 PM
Chris Jones
Come On Little Children
Cloud of Dust
GSM
2:00
10:48 PM
Sawmill Road
Far Side of the River
Fire On the Kettle
SMR
3:13
10:51 PM
Pathway
Call On Jesus
Somewhere Tonight
Mountain Roads
4:29
10:55 PM
Doyle Lawson
God Is Love
Help Is On the Way
Horizon
3:36
11:00 PM
True Bluegrass
Wtih Care From Someone
True Bluegrass 1979
True Bluegrass
2:00
11:02 PM
Grass Cats
Detour
A Good Way to Get the Blues
New Time
2:41
11:05 PM
Grass Cats
The Right Place
A Good Way to Get the Blues
New Time
3:16
11:09 PM
Grass Cats
Saturday Night Company
A good Way to Get the Blues
New Time
3:31
11:13 PM
Grass Cats
A good Way to Get the Blues
A good Way to get the Blues
New Time
3:08
11:17 PM
Chris Jones
One Door Way
Cloud of Dust
GSM
2:39
11:20 PM
Larry Stephenson
Give This Message to Your Heart
20th Anniversary
Pinecastle
2:54
11:22 PM
Jeanette Williams
Thank You for Caring
Thank You for Caring
Blue Circle
3:11
11:26 PM
Rob Ickes
Wheel Hoss
Contemporary Dobro Artistry
Mel Bay
2:28
11:30 PM
Chris Jones
I'd rather love You
Cloud of dust
GSM
3:40
11:33 PM
Kathy Boyd
Bigfoot Jubilee
Stories Never Told
Kathy Boyd
2:31
11:36 PM
James Reams
Almost Here the Blues
Single release
James Reams
3:54
11:39 PM
Claire Lynch
My Florida Sunshine
Whatya' Gonna Do
Rounder
3:00
11:44 PM
Lou Reid
Left Handed dDeamer
My Own Set of Rules
Rural Rhythm
2:29
11:46 PM
Chris Jones
Cold Lonesome Night
Cloud of Dust
GSM
2:55
11:49 PM
Russell Moore
Hard Rock Mountain Prison
Russell Moore & llrd Tyme Out
Rural Rhythm
2:34
11:52 PM
Blue Shades
Goodbye Marie
Chasing Dreams
Blue Shades
3:36
11:56 PM
Alan Munde
Brown County Breakdown
Made to Last
Munde's child
3:45






JOHN TROUT, WYEP FM, PITTSBURGH, PA. tties91@hotmail.com 'TRADITIONAL TIES'- NEW RELEASE BLUEGRASS WITH FEATURES. 91.3 WYEP, http://www.wyep.org/ 10:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.) Sundays. Streaming Audio


1608 JEFFERSON ST, LATROBE PA, 15650 -2940


Link to Traditional Ties web pages: http://wyep.org/traditionalties

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

In Memory of Rod McNeil

Today is the 13th anniversary of the passing of Rod McNeil. For those who did not know him, Rod was the promoter of bluegrass at the Elizabeth Pa, Moose Lodge. For almost 20 years Rod booked 40 shows a year, usually two bands a night. In the beginning it was local bands, progressing to regional and national bands over the years. There were very few bands that were active from the late '70s to 1996, that didn't have an opportunity to play the Moose.

Rod was known to all for his generosity as well as his love of Bluegrass Music and above all love of the musicians.

I recently began to realize that there are now young musicians and fans who did not know Rod.
I will attempt to keep his memory and spirit alive on this blog. Almost everyone has a favorite "Rod" story, I have some of my own, and will post them from time to time. If you would like to contribute a story, please submit it to my email, tties91@hotmail.com

A perfect place to start is with Tim O'Brien, and the lyrics to his song "Rod McNeil."


I make a living from a circuit I made
Out of trial and error and gigs that I've played
It might be the money or the town that it's in
But mostly it's people make you come back again

There was one little place that I played every year
It's outside of Pittsburgh, I know it's still there
Just a little old Moose lodge, the crowd was okay
But you'd never get rich from the money they'd pay

It's mostly been silent since Rod was around
But that place used to fill with a bluegrassy sound
And I'll never forget the way he made me feel
A big man with a big heart, named Rod McNeil

You might arrive tired and dark in a gloom
Then he'd buy a big dinner and pay for your room
Pete Rowan would hug him and call him his dad
Maybe that day the lonely road wasn't so bad

I saw this and said that I'd buy it for Tim,
Didn't I Marty, he'd say with a grin
Now I keep that toy fiddle on my window sill
To remind me of Rod and those grey Pittsburgh hills

It's mostly been silent since Rod was around
But that place used to fill with a bluegrassy sound
And I'll never forget the way he made me feel
A big man with a big heart, named Rod McNeil

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Traditional Ties, 09/20/09, Highlights




Contact info for new adds:


The Grass Cats - http://grasscats.com/


Chris Jones & the Night Drivers - http://chrisjonesmusic.com/


This Sunday's Traditional Ties will feature the new release by The Grass Cats. We will also highlight the new release from Chris Jones and the Nightdrivers.


The Complete playlist will be posted later in the week.

JOHN TROUT, WYEP FM, PITTSBURGH, PA. tties91@hotmail.com

'TRADITIONAL TIES'- NEW RELEASE BLUEGRASS WITH FEATURES. 91.3 WYEP, http://www.wyep.org/ 10:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.) Sundays. Streaming Audio

1608 JEFFERSON ST, LATROBE PA, 15650 -2940


Link to Traditional Ties web pages: http://wyep.org/traditionalties

Monday, September 14, 2009

Jim Lloyd Signs With Mountain Roads




Mountain Roads Recordings Signs Jim Lloyd & The Skyliners

Jim Lloyd & The Skyliners represent the newest member of the Mountain Roads Recordings’ family. Karl Cooler announced the signing of this talented group to a recording contract today in Bristol, Tennessee. Continuing the offering of the very best in bluegrass and old time music, this group brings still yet another style of Appalachian Highlands music to the Mountain Roads Recordings lineup.
Jim Lloyd’s musical roots extend back to at least four generations of fiddlers, guitar players, dancers, and singers from the Appalachian mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. Rooted in a strong oral tradition, he shares his heritage through stories of his own experiences as a boy growing up in southwest Virginia and through family lore that has been handed down, stories of coal mining, hunting, farming, trading, and family life. He also has a store of the traditional Jack Tales, Grandfather Tales, ghost stories, and Civil War stories of his region.
Jim is an excellent instrumentalist whose work has been documented by the Smithsonian Institution as representative of Southwest Virginia mountain storytelling and music. While accomplished on many instruments, he is known especially for his skills on guitar and banjo. His guitar playing has won prizes at the Galax and Union Grove Fiddler’s conventions for many years, and he is widely respected as one of the best old-time rhythm guitarists in the country. Jim excels in clawhammer and two-finger picking styles on the banjo. He has seen many of his banjo and guitar students, whose age range from 6 to 70, take awards at Galax, Elk Creek, and other regional competitions.
Jim is the proprietor of Lloyd’s Barber Shop, a Rural Retreat institution, and the shop is often lively with the sounds of friends and visitors who have dropped by to pick instruments and swap stories. Whether telling stories or picking the banjo, as a soloist or with a band, Jim is an entertainer who represents the best of Virginia’s Southern Appalachian Highlands.
Mark Rose has developed his style of bass playing with many area old time bands. First inspired by Janice Birchfield of the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers he took up the wash-tub bass. He honed his skills on the upright bass by playing with the Konnarock Critters and Nick and Chester McMillan and has been influenced by such great bass players as Al Firth, Tim Yates, Bill Sluys, Bob Bloomingdale, and of course Jason Sypher.
Born and raised in Lexington, KY, Mark has lived in Mouth of Wilson for 32 years. He works at home in an old log cabin with his wife Lenora, who he met at the Galax fiddler's convention in 1977.
Growing up just outside of Rural Retreat, Virginia, Trevor McKenzie began studying traditional Appalachian Music at Lloyd’s Barbershop in 1998. Beginning with guitar at the age of nine he eventually became interested in picking up several other instruments associated with southern mountain music including clawhammer banjo and the musical saw. In recent years he has become noted for his singing abilities claiming prizes for folk singing at the Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention and various other regional music festivals.
McKenzie has played with several regional string bands including the Round Peak Ramblers, a hard-driving square dance ensemble from Mt. Airy, North Carolina. He has also acted as chair of the Appalachian Heritage Council, a subsidiary of Appalachian State University’s Popular Programming Society in charge of promoting traditional mountain culture through dances, concerts, and films. As a member of the Skyliners, McKenzie adds his vocal talents as well as his skills on guitar, banjo, and mandolin into the musical mix.
Jim Lloyd & The Skyliners are in the studio at this time and their first release on the Mountain Roads Recordings label is scheduled for January 1st, 2010.
For Information:Karl S. CoolerMountain Roads Recordings3192 Hwy 421Bristol, TN 37620(423) 217-3668admin@mountainroadsrecordings.comwww.mountainroadsrecordings.com

Sammy Shelor to be Inducted into Virginia Music Hall of Fame



Sammy Shelor, member of the bluegrass group, LONESOME RIVER BAND will be inducted into the Virginia Music Hall of Fame during the Association’s 10th Annual Jumpin’ Bluegrass Festival held September 17-20, 2009 at the Chesterfield, Virginia County Fairgrounds. Shelor joins a long list of previous Hall of Famers including: Roy Clark, Mother Mabelle, Mac Wiseman, Statler Brothers, Patsy Cline, Tony Rice, Bill Yates, Larry Stephenson and many other talented artists. "I'm honored to be recognized by the Virginia Music Hall of Fame and my home State of Virginia," said Shelor.
Shelor will receive his Hall of Fame Honor on Friday, September 18th, plus take the stage with the Lonesome River Band for what is surely to be a memorable performance. The band is celebrating a highly successful #1 album, “No Turning Back” (Rural Rhythm Records) that includes numerous current chart singles. Also appearing on Friday are: Code Blue, Church Sisters, GCH-Wings of Love, Copper Ridge, plus the Special Recognition Award presented to Ray Pollard, Founder of Gospel Chicken House.
Other performers during the 4-day event include: one of Virginia’s most beloved female vocalists and bands, Michelle & Nixon & Drive with special guest Nick Nixon, The James King Band, Borrowed Time, Thunder Creek, and many more. On Saturday, the Heritage Music Youth Scholarships will be presented to three 13-year olds: Matt Henderson, TJ Honaker and Gaven Largent.
The Bluegrass Championship Contest will be held on Sunday, September 20th, emceed by Henry Fulcher with a $1,000 award presented to the 1st place band. It will also include a performance by the 2008 Band Champion - Grit City Grass.
Sammy Shelor is also receiving another special recognition as a nominee for the 2009 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Banjo Performer of the Year award. The Lonesome River Band is nominated in two categories including the IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year (“Struttin to Ferrum”) and the Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (“Darkness Wept”), tracks from “NO TURNING BACK.” Winners will be announced during the IBMA Awards Show on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at the Ryman Auditorium.
Ticket prices for The Jumpin’ Bluegrass 09 are only $5 per day (4 day with parking pass $25); day parking $5 car; Full camping $25/day; Electric $10/day; Tent Camping $5/day.
For more information on the festival or the Virginia Folk Music Association, please visit: http://www.vafolkmusic.org/ or view Festival flyer in pdf. For questions, please contact: Sigrid Williams, President of the VFMA at 804-347-2925 or via email


Dailey & Vincent to Release A Cappella Gospel CD



AWARD-WINNING BLUEGRASS DUO DAILEY & VINCENT TO
RELEASE A CAPPELLA GOSPEL ALBUM, SINGING FROM THE HEART,
TO BENEFIT TENNESSEE BIBLE COLLEGE


NASHVILLE, TENN. (September 14, 2009)--Award-winning Rounder Records duo Dailey & Vincent will release their first gospel album, a collection of a cappella songs called Singing From the Heart, on October 20.

The project began in 2001, long before Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent began their career as a duo. It was a labor of love, an album of a cappella spiritual songs that would honor the Church of Christ's practice of singing without instruments and that would benefit the Tennessee Bible College in Cookeville, Tennessee, which is a Church of Christ institution.

According to Malcolm L. Hill, President of the college, "Since its beginning, there has never been a worthy student turned away for the lack of funds. When I got to know Jamie as a dear friend, I told him about TBC. I told him that we were constantly in need of funds for worthy students. I asked Jamie if he could take the lead and develop a quartet CD of a cappella singing. He said he could and so he did. He picked up Darrin Vincent, who has been a tremendous helper and an untiring worker. We love Dailey & Vincent."

"They never turn anyone down who doesn't have the money to get a degree in Bible and that impressed us," Darrin recalls.

To record the album of quartets, Dailey & Vincent called on the very best of vocalists from the worlds of bluegrass, southern gospel and country music. Guests on the album include tenor Andy Ball, bass Glenn Dustin, baritone Anthony Facello, baritone Tony King, tenor Shawn Lane, bass Jeff Pearles, Doyle Lawson, singing baritone on "Near the Cross," and Molly Skaggs, a bluegrass "double legacy" - daughter of Sharon White and Ricky Skaggs.

Songs on Singing From the Heart are:

Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
Near The Cross
Hide Me, Rock Of Ages
Farther Along
I Am Resolved
The Old Rugged Cross
Moses Smote The Water
Amazing Grace
Jesus Is Coming Soon
O To Be Like Thee
'Til I See You Face To Face
Don't You Wanna Go To Heaven

Dailey says that in choosing material for the album, "we wanted 95 percent of the people to know at least 70 percent of the songs well enough to sing along. The rest we wanted to be something new to most listeners, to generate interest in the project and to have some pieces that would be unique to Dailey & Vincent for our concert repertoire." In fact, "Don't You Wanna Go To Heaven" is a staple in Dailey & Vincent's live shows.

Vincent adds, "I want the listeners to get a blessing from this music, and to know how special it is to take a song and blend voices a cappella. It moves me emotionally to hear how much of an impact singing without instruments gives to the lyrics."

The album will be available through Christian book and music retail outlets, Dailey & Vincent's Web site (http://e2ma.net/go/2387072391/2169549/81468803/5785/goto:http://www.daileyvincent.com/), the Tennessee Bible College, Rounder Records' web site, and at Dailey & Vincent concerts.

Birthdays and Videos for 9/14


Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Dillards to be Inducted into International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame


Nashville, TN (PRWEB) September 11, 2009 --

Influential bluegrass group The Dillards will be inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame on Thursday October 1, 2009. The ceremony will be held as part of the 20th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Dillards have been playing together for over 50 years. Rodney Dillard (guitar) and his brother Doug Dillard (banjo) grew up playing music with their family and friends in and around Salem, Missouri. In 1958 the pair began regularly recording and distributing their music and soon completed their group by recruiting Dean Webb (mandolin) and Mitch Jayne (string bass)."We were literally playing back porch bluegrass every night, perfecting our technique and writing songs at Mitch's house," Rodney Dillard said as he described piercing the quiet country air with twang-filled licks of true American bluegrass.
"But we wanted something more," said Rodney, "and I knew that California held the key to our musical future. I knew we had to get out there."
In 1962, the four "Dillards" played their first show at Washington University in St. Louis and then hit the road for Los Angeles. Their first night in town they stopped by a club called The Ash Grove. They were invited to jam on stage, impressed an Elektra Records rep in the crowd, and were signed to Elektra Records by the next evening.
A producer with The Andy Griffith Show heard about the Elektra signing and asked The Dillards to audition for the newly created role of The Darlings, a bluegrass-playing family whose patriarch was to be played by actor Denver Pyle. "We were playing through our audition song and Andy (Griffith) watched for just a few seconds, said 'That's it' and then walked out," recalled Rodney as he described one of the most important moments of his life. "Based on Andy's comment I honestly thought we weren't getting the job but what he really meant is that we were ideal for the show."
Mr. Griffith and the producers loved the authentic sound and felt the group was perfect. Rodney, Doug, Dean, and Mitch were cast immediately and to this day The Dillards are the most often seen bluegrass artists in the world (thanks to the still enormous popularity of The Andy Griffith Show re-runs).
The Dillards used the opportunity to bring original songs such as "Ebo Walker" and "There is a Time" to the producers. The result is that Bluegrass Music gained a national audience on a television show that is consistently voted one of the best ever. Outside the show, the group's popularity increased each year as they wrote and performed songs that have become bluegrass standards like "Dooley," "Doug's Tune," and "Banjo in the Holler."
The Dillards also gained acclaim for modernizing and re-imagining the sound of bluegrass. They were among the first bluegrass musicians to "electrify" their instruments and quickly crossed over into mainstream pop culture awareness. The Dillards are credited with preparing the music scene for the country rock movement and the band's songwriting and producing talents affected a broad range of important future musicians in the bluegrass and pop music world.
The band has experienced roster changes over the past 50 years but has reunited periodically in concert and television appearances, and members continue to perform regularly across the country. Rodney, who runs the website http://www.thedillards.tv/, noted, "The Dillards are supremely honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and we are proud of our contribution to American music history. Thank you to our friends, family, and the loyal fans who have supported us on this journey from our back porch in Salem, Missouri to the world stage."

Birthdays with vVdeos, 9/13


Friday, September 11, 2009

Grassetowne, Featured CD Now Available







The Other Side of Towne is a new add and featured release on this week's Traditional Ties. Sundays at 10:00 PM, WYEP 91.3, Pittsburgh PA - Streaming http://wyep.org/


From Pinecastle - 9/11

Grasstowne, The Other Side Of Towne, Available For DownloadThe new Grasstowne album, The Other Side Of Towne, is now available on all major download sites with availability of the physical CD to follow on October 6th. Download sites such as Amazon, Rhapsody, Napster, Walmart and iTunes already have the album for sale. Amazon is also taking pre-orders for the CD..

Twentieth IBMA Awards Show




September 11, 2009
Info: Nancy Cardwell, nancyc@ibma.org (615) 256-3222
20th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC AWARDS SHOW PROMISES AN UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT OF MUSIC AND MEMORIES

Performers Include Hot Rize, Kathy Mattea, Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Del McCoury, The Grascals, Dailey & Vincent, Dan Tyminski, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Nashville, Tenn.--The 20th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards show, to be held on Thursday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Ryman Auditorium, promises an evening of stellar musical performances and many opportunities to recall highlights from past awards shows. The "can't miss" program includes the presentation of 17 industry awards that recognize outstanding achievement in the bluegrass genre during the past year, and the induction of The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and The Dillards to the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

The audience will be treated to performances by this year's hosts, Grammy®-winning country artist Kathy Mattea and the legendary bluegrass band, Hot Rize, as well as the following artists: Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Del McCoury, Dailey & Vincent, The Grascals, The Dan Tyminski Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Dale Ann Bradley, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, G2 Bluegrass Band, The Gibson Brothers, Danny Paisley and Junior Sisk, and Sierra Hull & Highway 111. The show is also known for surprise guests and special collaborations.

Twenty years is an important milestone for any event, and the International Bluegrass Music Awards show is no exception. Take a moment to recall these special moments in the history of the show:

Ronnie McCoury received the Mandolin Player award in 1995 and instead of simply dedicating the award to his idol, he walked out into the crowd and presented the trophy to the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe, seated in one of the first few rows. Monroe smiled broadly and waved the crystal award in the air above his head, to the delight of the entire audience.
Opening awards envelopes can be a catastrophe on any awards show. To resolve a problem with an uncooperative one at the very first IBMA Awards Show, Mitch Jayne of The Dillards reached into his boot for a large bowie knife to open the envelope that announced the 1990 Entertainer of the Year. Mitch then flipped the knife into the wooden podium, anchoring the tip of his blade in place while he announced Hot Rize as the award recipients.
Capturing the heartfelt emotions of the world just a few weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. in 2001, the show opened in complete darkness and a moment of silent tribute. The darkness was replaced and every heart filled with the sounds of "America the Beautiful" being played on banjo in a solo spotlight by Hall of Fame member Sonny Osborne.
Hall of Fame member Jimmy Martin yodeled from the balcony for show host Marty Stuart during the 2000 awards show, demonstrating the sound Marty often heard on the telephone when Jimmy would call him in the middle of the night to report on a particularly good jam session or invite him to go coon hunting the following morning.
Awards shows are always under time constraints, which usually prevent encores. But the crowd simply wouldn't let The Bluegrass Album Band offstage in 1990, which resulted in the only encore--ever--in the history of the International Bluegrass Music Awards.
Pete "Dr. Banjo" Wernick introduced an unknown group of pre-teen Bluegrass Youth All Stars onstage at the 1993 awards show and launched a youth movement in bluegrass. The same youngsters returned ten years later--most of them stars by then--to welcome a new group of gifted, young musicians. The band of 12-year-olds in '93 included Chris Thile, Michael Cleveland, Josh Williams, Cody Kilby and Brady Stogdill. The band in '03 featured Sierra Hull, Cory Walker, Sarah Jarosz, Will Jones, Mary Beth Estes and Ryan Holladay.
With flags representing IBMA's members from over 25 countries proudly unfurled across the top of the stage in 1994, a group of talented musicians from around the world paid a tribute to the widespread influence of The Osborne Brothers with a soul-stirring version of "Rocky Top."
Stuart Duncan accepted the award for Fiddle Player of the Year in 1992 and thanked--literally--everyone from A to Z, listing his influences alphabetically...on live radio!
Del McCoury took the stage to accept the Entertainer of the Year award with his grandchildren in tow--for several of the nine times he won. He passed the microphone to each band member and to then-toddler grandson Jacob McCoury to help him say thanks.
Sonny Osborne and Ricky Skaggs surprised Del McCoury, who was accepting an award at the 2003 show in Louisville, with a coveted invitation for Del to become the newest member of The Grand Ole Opry. He, naturally, accepted!
Almost everyone who received an award in 1995 kept their acceptance remarks brief in order to "give more time to Jimmy Martin," who was to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Jimmy used all the time, giving a record-setting, 23-minute acceptance speech, every second of which kept the audience riveted.
Cherryholmes was the first act nominated in the same year, 2005, for both Emerging Artist and Entertainer of the Year. While they did not receive the Emerging Artist of the Year award, they instead leaped straight to the top of the bluegrass world when they were announced at the end of the show as Entertainers of the Year.
Dailey & Vincent repeated the Cherryholmes' feat of being nominated for both Emerging Artist and Entertainer awards in 2008. They would be honored with both in the same year (a first) during an evening that saw them receive an unprecedented seven awards. The band played their first gig less than one year earlier.
Showing the versatility of bluegrass, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder collaborated with The Nashville String Machine on "Crossing the Briney" in 2006. It was the first time a 23- piece orchestra appeared on the show.
Hall of Fame member Eddie Adcock and well-known Japanese artist Takeharu Kunimoto broke into "Earl's Breakdown" on the five-string banjo and the shamisen, before announcing the recipient of an award in 2003.
Awards have a way of drawing emotions to the surface; for example, Jamie Dailey cried half a dozen times at the awards show podium in 2008. He was so shook up, he even brought his duo partner Darrin Vincent onstage with him to accept Male Vocalist of the Year, because he wasn't sure he could get any words out.

The 20th annual IBMA Awards show will undoubtedly add a few more magical moments to this list, for the folks lucky enough to be in the audience October 1. Tickets are available through the Ryman box office by calling 615-889-3060, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

The International Bluegrass Music Awards are determined by the professional membership of the association and recognize outstanding achievement in the bluegrass genre. The show is syndicated to more than 300 radio stations across the country and around the world and will be broadcast live on Sirius XM's Bluegrass Junction (Sirius channel 65, XM channel 14). National sponsors for the show include Martha White, GHS Strings, Sugar Hill Records, Deering Banjos, Bluegrass Music Profiles and the International Bluegrass Music Museum. For information on becoming a radio affiliate for the International Bluegrass Music Awards, go to http://e2ma.net/go/2382437528/2165348/81261655/5785/goto:http://www.ibma.org/ibma.awards/broadcast.affiliation.asp, email Jill Crabtree at jill@ibma.org or call 888-438-4262.


INTERESTING AWARDS SHOW TRIVIA

- THE TROPHY - a crystal obelisk with the IBMA logo engraved on a solid maple wood base. It stands eight inches tall and weighs 1.2 pounds. There have been over 1,000 named recipients.

- THEME MUSIC -Jerry Douglas and Mark Schatz penned the familiar instrumental theme music for the show first used in 1991. Titled "Shoulder to Shoulder," the song features a cast of IBMA Awards recipients including Douglas, Schatz, Alan O'Bryant, Stuart Duncan, Russ Barenberg and Sam Bush. The song also appeared on Jerry's album Slide Rule (Sugar Hill), which received the awards in 1992 for Instrumental Album and Recorded Event of the Year.

- HOST SITES - There have been six host venues for the show in three cities: The Executive Inn Showroom Lounge and RiverPark Center in Owensboro, Kentucky; Kentucky Center for the Arts and The Palace Theater in Louisville; and The Grand Ole Opry House and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The Ryman boasts a historic plaque (dedicated at the 2006 IBMA Awards) from the Tennessee Historical Commission honoring it as the location of the "The Birth of Bluegrass," based on the first on-air performance by the classic version of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in December 1945.

- SHOW HOSTS: Ricky Skaggs has hosted or co-hosted the show seven times, followed closely by Alison Krauss' five times in the role. For the first time in 2009, the awards show will be co-hosted by an entire band.

2009 - Kathy Mattea & Hot Rize
2008 - Del McCoury
2007 - Sam Bush
2006 - Marty Stuart
2005 - Alison Krauss & Ricky Skaggs
2004 - Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski
2003 - Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski
2002 - Patty Loveless & Ricky Skaggs
2001 - Steve Wariner
2000 - Marty Stuart
1999 - John McEuen, Mac Wiseman, Tom T. Hall, Tim O'Brien, Joe Diffie, Laurie Lewis, John Hartford, Ricky Skaggs & Rhonda Vincent
1998 - Ricky Skaggs & Rhonda Vincent
1997 - Ricky Skaggs
1996 - Ricky Skaggs
1995 - Ricky Skaggs
1994 - Laurie Lewis & John Hartford
1993 - Alison Krauss & Joe Diffie
1992 - Alison Krauss, Tom T. Hall & Tim O'Brien
1991 - Mac Wiseman, Marty Stuart & Chris Hillman
1990 - Vince Gill & John McEuen

Bluegrass at the Flax Scutching Festival - Update

New Generation will be at The Flax Scutching Festival in Stahlstown PA, this Saturday. September 12, at 2:oo & 5:45 PM.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Traditional Ties, 09/13/09, Playlist




Contact info for new adds:




Mike Jackson - http://mikejackson.us/

Air Time
Artist Name
Song Title
Album Name
Label
Duration



10:00 PM
Kenny Baker
Jerusalem Ridge
Plays Bill Monroe
County
2:00
10:02 PM
Grassetowne
Hard Working Man
The Other Side of Towne
Pinecastle
3:04
10:06 PM
Mike Jackson
Honey Run
When We Goin' Back
Red Oak
2:49
10:09 PM
Pam Gadd
After the Fire Is Gone
Benefit of Doubt
Home Sweet Highway
3:49
10:13 PM
Sawmill Road
Fire on the Kettle
Fire on the Kettle
SMR Records
3:37
10:16 PM
David Parmley
Anniversary of the Blues
3 Silver Dollars
Pinecastle
4:02
10:20 PM
Joe Mullens
Mountain Girl
Rambler's Call
Joe Mullens
2:51
10:23 PM
Next Best Thing
My Heart Cracked
Next Best Thing
Upper Management
2;22
10:25 PM
Remington Ryde
Dizzy
The Ryde
Green valley
2:51
10:31 PM
Grassetowne
Lifting Up the Cross
The Other Side of Towne
Pinecastle
4:30
10:35 PM
Nothin' Fancy
Soul of Man Never Dies
Lord bless This House
Pinecastle
2:42
10:38 PM
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
You Gotta Believe
Why Don't You Give Jesus a Try
Blue Circle
3:25
10:41 PM
Donna Ulisse
The Key
Walk This Mountain Down
Hadley
3:07
10:45 PM
Mike Jackson
Up There
When We Goin' Back
Red Oak
3:47
10:49 PM
Grassetowne
Salvation of the Lord
The Other Side of Towne
Pinecastle
2:34
10:52 PM
Lynn Beckman
Precious Memories
Grassland to gloryland
Anchor Cross
4:14
10:55 PM
Larry Stephenson
When I Get Home
Thankful
Pinecastle
3:01
11:00 PM
True Bluegrass
With Care From Someone
True Bluegrass 1979
True Bluegrass
2:00
11:02 PM
Grasstowne
Heartbreak Express
The Other Side of Towne
Pinecastle
2:56
11:05 PM
Grassetowne
Big Big Heartaches
The Other Side of Towne
Pinecastle
2:56
11:08 PM
Grassetowne
Laura Lie
The Other Side of Towne
Pinecastle
3;46
11:12 PM
Grasstowne
Tabaccoville Road
The Other Side of Towne
Pinecastle
3:46
11:18 PM
Mike Jackson
Countin' Pennies
When We Goin' Back
Red Oak
3:23
11:23 PM
Ricky Skaggs
Little Maggie
Solo
Skaggs Family
2:34
11:25 PM
Gibson Brothers
Farm of Yesterday
Ring the Bell
Compass
3:34
11:28 PM
Dede Wyland
The Memory of Your Smile
Keep the Light On
Patuxent
3:18
11:33 PM
Mike Jackson
Red Checkered Shirt
When We Goin' Back
Red Oak
3:39
11:37 PM
Doyle Lawson
Lonely Street
Lonely Street
Rounder
2:34
11:40 PM
Lou Reid
Amanda Lynn
My Own Set of Rules
Rural Rhythm
3:29
11:43 PM
Mark Delaney
Magneto
Side Car
Patuxent
3:26
11:48 PM
Mike Jackson
Wouldn't Feel Right
When We Goin' Back
Red Oak
2:35
11:50 PM
Brandon Rickman
Dime Store Rings
Young Man Old Soul
Rural Rhythm
3:20
11:54 PM
Big Country Bluegrass
Nashville Jail
Open for business
Mountain roads
3:12
11:57 PM
High Windy
Big Scioto
A Greater Storm
Mountain Home
3:01




JOHN TROUT, WYEP FM, PITTSBURGH, PA. tties91@hotmail.com 'TRADITIONAL TIES'- NEW RELEASE BLUEGRASS WITH FEATURES. 91.3 WYEP, http://www.wyep.org/ 10:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.) Sundays. Streaming Audio


1608 JEFFERSON ST, LATROBE PA, 15650 -2940


Link to Traditional Ties web pages: http://wyep.org/traditionalties

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Farmer's and Thresherman's Jubilee This Week




In addition to Mountain Therapy (see previous post,) the Allegheny Drifters will be at the Farmer's and Thresherman's Jubilee. The Drifters appear Thursday at 6:30, 7:30, & 8:30 PM.

Blue Shades will be there Saturday, 6:30, 7:30, & 9:00 PM

Mountain Therapy Has Busy Month Planned





Mountain Therapy will be performing at these venues in September...



Saturday, September 12th 4:00 - 9:00 PM Pond Bank Mennonite Church Music Festival Pond Bank, PA (near Chambersburg)



Sunday, September 13th Noon, 2:00 & 3:00 PM Farmer's & Thresherman's Jubilee New Centerville, PA



Friday, September, 18th 4:00 & 9:00 PM Mohican Wilderness Bluegrass Festival Glenmont, OH



Saturday, September 19th 6:00 pm Mountain Pie Festival Bear Run Campground Portersville, PA



Saturday, September 26th Noon, 2:00 & 4:00 PM Heritage Festival McConnell's Mill State Park Portersville, PA



Sunday, September 27th Noon, 2:00 & 4:00 PM Heritage Festival McConnell's Mill State Park Portersville, PA






Come out and shake & howdy and support bluegrass music.Mountain Therapy is:Lonnie Wellman - Guitar/Vocals Ron Dick - Mandolin/Vocals Mike Ash - Acoustic Bass/Vocals Tim Custer - Banjo/Vocals









(Couertsy WPBGC and Tim Custer)

Anniversary and Birthday with Video, 9/9






Today is the anniversary of the passing of Bill Monroe, 9/9/1996. I think this is an appropriate clip to honor his memory on this day.












Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Traditional Ties, 09/13/09, Highlights




Contact info for new adds:
Grasstowne - http://grasstowne.com/ - http://pinecastle.com/
Mike Jackson - http://mikejackson.us/




This Sunday, the new release feature will be from Gravestone. Also songwriter Mike Jackson CD, of all original songs, will be highlighted. Bands looking for new material take note.

JOHN TROUT, WYEP FM, PITTSBURGH, PA. tties91@hotmail.com 'TRADITIONAL TIES'- NEW RELEASE BLUEGRASS WITH FEATURES. 91.3 WYEP, http://www.wyep.org/ 10:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.) Sundays. Streaming Audio

1608 JEFFERSON ST, LATROBE PA, 15650 -2940
Link to Traditional Ties web pages: http://wyep.org/traditionalties

Monday, September 7, 2009

Videos for Labor Day


Here are a couple videos for labor day. Sadly neither indicate how far we have come, but rather how far from true success we are.

The bands:

Relief from the Czech Republic and The Claire Lynch band.




Sunday, September 6, 2009

Birthdays with Videos - 9/6




John Hearld 9/6/1939, died 7/18/2005, one of the first bluegrass from the urban northeast. If you are not familiar, check out the Greinbrier Boys.





Roy Huskey Jr. 9/6, died 1997. Great bassist, shown with Marty Sturat and Earl Scruggs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbbaPkhRBfI




Saturday, September 5, 2009

No Traditional Ties, This Weekend




Just a reminder, Traditional Ties will not air this week, back to the regular schedule next week.

Legends of the Potomac, IBMA Showcases


A note from Darren Beachley:


Darren Beachley & Legends of the Potomac, 2009 IBMA Showcase Schedule


Monday September 28th 2:00 pm CST Darren and the Legends will kick off WAMU's Bluegrass Country's coverage of The World of Bluegrass 2009 with host Katy Daleyhttp://www.bluegrasscountry.org/

Late Night Showcases11:35-11:55pm Good Home Grown Music....Tom T and Dixie Hall (Tall Weeds & Rust Premier)12:30-12:55pm DCBU


Tuesday September 29th Late Night Showcases 11:15-11:45 Boston Bluegrass Union, Conn Bluegrass Music Assoc & Podunk BGF12:00-12:30 Carolina Road Showcase Room


Wednesday September 30th Wednesday Brunch Showcase from 11:30 to 11:55 AM The Patuxent Records Showcase room @ 11:15 pm


Thursday October 1st IBMA Awards Show.


Our own Mike Auldridge is nominated as Dobro Player of the year for 2009. We appreciate your support!!Friday October 2nd IBMA Fan Fest Set time 1:15 pm to 1:40 pm CST Be sure to stop by our booth at the trade show, we will be there to meet and greet and talk with everyone.


Thanks,

Darren & The Legends