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31 December 2006 
Amy Plays Classic Country

Amy Orlomoski graciously sat in for us on the last two Red Rooster Party shows of the year while we were traipsing around Southern Arizona.  She played some mighty fine classic music, too.  So good, in fact, we're trying to find out where she got some of it...

Marti & Jim

  • Keep On The Sunny Side (1935) / Carter Family / Can The Circle Be Unbroken / Columbia
  • Great Speckled Bird (1936) / Roy Acuff & His Crazy Tennesseans / Golden Age, Vol. 1 / Columbia
  • I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes (1935) / Carter Family / Can The Circle Be Unbroken / Columbia
  • I'm Walking The Floor Over You (1941) / Ernest Tubb / Best Of Ernest Tubb / MCA
  • New San Antonio Rose (1940) / Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys / Golden Age, Vol. 1 / Columbia
  • Ev'ry Day Will Be Sunday By And By / Blackwood Brothers / Smooth & Classy / Memory Lane Gospel
  • When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels (1946) / Molly O' Day & The Cumberland Mt. Folks / Golden Age, Vol. 1 / Columbia
  • Rainbow At Midnight (1946) / Ernest Tubb / Best Of Ernest Tubb / MCA
  • You Are My Sunshine (1941) / Gene Autry / Golden Age, Vol. 1 / Columbia
  • Unwanted Sign On Your Heart / Hank Snow / Essential Hank Snow / RCA
  • Wondering / Webb Pierce / Best Of Webb Pierce / MCA
  • (When You Feel Like You're In Love) Don't Just Stand There / Carl Smith / Essential Carl Smith / Columbia
  • Cold, Cold Heart / Hank Williams / 24 Of Hank Williams Greatest Hits / Mercury
  • Lady's Man / Hank Snow / Essential Hank Snow / RCA
  • Down Home Theme / Following The Sun / She Taught Me To Yodel / Down Homers / Best Of The Down Homers, Vol. 1
  • Out Where The West Winds Blow / Down Homers / Best Of The Down Homers, Vol. 1 /
  • Who's Gonna Kiss You When I'm Gone / Down Homers / Best Of The Down Homers, Vol. 1 /
  • Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes / Ray Price / I'll Be There : The Legend Begins / Country Stars
  • Go Back You Fool / Faron Young / Complete Capitol Hits Of Faron Young / Collectors' Choice
  • Slow Poke (1952) / Hawkshaw Hawkins / Hawkshaw Hawkins, Volume 1 / King
  • I'll Go On Alone (1952) / Marty Robbins / The Story Of My Life : The Best Of Marty Robbins / Legacy
  • Then I'll Stop Loving You (1954) / Jim Reeves / Four Walls - The Legend Begins / BMG
  • I Take The Chance (1956) / The Browns / Essential Jim Ed Brown & The Browns / RCA
  • Three Ways Of Knowing (1952) / Johnnie & Jack / For Old Times Sake / Bear Family
  • It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels (1952) / Kitty Wells / Best Of Kitty Wells / MCA
  • The Saturday Morning Radio Show / Lester "Roadhog" Moran & The Cadillac Cowboys / Country Music Then & Now / Mercury
  • Weary Lonesome Blues / Louvin Brothers / A Tribute To The Delmore Brothers / Gusto
  • Freight Train / Louvin Brothers / A Tribute To The Delmore Brothers / Gusto
  • Over In The Gloryland / Brown's Ferry Four / 16 Greatest Hits / Starday
  • The Arm Of God / Brown's Ferry Four / 16 Greatest Hits / Starday
  • Shame On You / Spade Cooley / Golden Age, Vol. 1 / Columbia
  • The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago / Johnny Cash et al / Johnny Cash At San Quentin / Columbia Legacy
  • Cajun Fiddle / Don Rich & The Buckaroos / Country Pickin' / Sundazed
  • Sunny Side Of The Mountain / Hawkshaw Hawkins / Hawkshaw Hawkins, Volume 1 / King

24 December 2006 
Amy Plays Classic Country Christmas

  • Because It's Christmas Time / Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Christmas With Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Sundazed
  • Country Christmas / Loretta Lynn / Best Of Loretta Lynn / MCA Nashville
  • Corn, Water And Wood / Riders In The Sky / Christmas The Cowboy Way / Rounder
  • Tomorrow Is Christmas Day / Buck Owens & Susan Raye / Merry Christmas From Buck Owens & Susan Raye / Capitol
  • O Come All Ye Faithful / Louvin Brothers / Christmas With The Louvin Brothers / Gusto
  • I Never Spend A Christmas That I Don't Think Of You / Statler Brothers / Christmas Card / Mercury
  • The First Noel / Louvin Brothers / Christmas With The Louvin Brothers / Gusto
  • Christmas Country Style / Statler Brothers / Christmas Present / Mercury
  • Blue Christmas / Ernest Tubb / Billboard Greatest Country Christmas Hits / Rhino
  • The Reindeer Boogie / Hank Snow / Proper Introduction To Hank Snow / Proper
  • Intro To Christmas Show / Jim Reeves / Christmas Star / VoiceMasters
  • Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer / Jim Reeves / Christmas Star / VoiceMasters
  • Blue Christmas / Jim Reeves / Christmas Star / VoiceMasters
  • A Christmas Star / Jim Reeves / Christmas Star / VoiceMasters
  • Away In A Manger / Jim Reeves / Christmas Star / VoiceMasters
  • Sleigh Ride / Jim Reeves / Christmas Star / VoiceMasters
  • Christmas At The Triple X Ranch / Riders In The Sky / Must Be Santa! / Rounder
  • Merry Christmas From Harmony Ranch / Riders In The Sky / Merry Christmas From Harmony Ranch / Columbia
  • Christmas Carols By The Old Corral / Tex Ritter / Billboard Greatest Country Christmas Hits / Rhino
  • Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer / Gene Autry / Time-Life Treasury Of Christmas / Time Life
  • Here Comes Santa Claus / Riders In The Sky / Merry Christmas From Harmony Ranch / Columbia
  • Jolly Old St. Nicholas / Tom T. Hall / Country Christmas With The Stars Of Branson / Regency
  • To Heck With Ole Santa Claus / Loretta Lynn / Best Of Loretta Lynn / MCA Nashville
  • Up On The Housetop / Gene Autry / The Christmas Cowboy / LaserLight
  • Here Comes Santa Claus Again / Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Christmas With Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Sundazed
  • An Old Christmas Card / Jim Reeves / Twelve Songs Of Christmas / RCA
  • Jingle Bells / Ray Price / Christmas Country Style / Columbia
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Marty Robbins / Christmas With Marty Robbins / Sony
  • Christmas In My HomeTown / Charley Pride / Christmas In My HomeTown / RCA
  • Frosty The Snowman / Loretta Lynn / Best Of Loretta Lynn / MCA Nashville
  • One Of Everything You Got / Buck Owens & Susan Raye / Christmas With Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Capitol
  • The King Of Love / Johnny Cash / Johnny Cash Family Christmas / Sony
  • That Christmasy Feeling / Tommy Cash & Johnny Cash / Johnny Cash Family Christmas / Sony
  • The Angels Cried / Alan Jackson with Alison Krauss / Honky Tonk Christmas / Arista
  • The Christmas Yodel / Riders In The Sky / Christmas The Cowboy Way / Rounder
  • Will Santy Come To ShantyTown / Eddy Arnold / Billboard Greatest Country Christmas Hits / Rhino
  • Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy / Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Christmas With Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Sundazed
  • Christmas To Me / Statler Brothers / Christmas Card / Mercury

17 December 2006 
Christmas Show

We had a one hour show thanks to a UCONN mens tiddly winks game.

We played a set of Christmas-related string band and blues songs with significant help from the label "Dust-to-Digital," a collaboration between Joe Bussard and Dick Spottswood -- both giants in the world of old recordings.
"Mayberry Corner" trivia was a bit simpler this week after last week's collegiate question (Q: Who was Barney's girlfriend?  A: Thelma Lou) and we got a winner, Bill Toon, on the first call.  The best part was Bill's mother had gone to school in Morgantown, West Virginia, with Don Knotts! 

Our Andy Griffith Show recipe this week was "Briscoe Darling's Hoot Owl Pie."  Marti said we would put the recipes on this site, and we certainly will as soon as she types it up.  She hyped, so she types.

As the tiddly winks crew came in, we made the transition with some 1990's western Christmas music from Riders In The Sky and Michael Martin Murphey.

This was our last show of the year.  Amy Orlomoski will host the next two Sundays and is liable to bring you some great classic country and perhaps some more Christmas music.

Thanks for being a great audience in 2006.  We consider you family, and hope to have you back in 2007.

Marti & Jim

  • Last Month of the Year (1991) / The Fairfield Four / Standing in the Safety Zone / Warner
  • Breaking Up Christmas (1967) / The Camp Creek Boys / Blue RidgeMountainHoliday / County
  • The Last Month of the Year (1959) / Vera Hall Ward / Where Will You Be on Christmas Day? / Dust-to-Digital
  • Christ Was Born on Christmas Morn (1929) / CottonTopMountain Sanctified Singers / Where Will You Be on Christmas Day? / Dust-to-Digital
  • Christmas is A-Coming (1940s) / Leadbelly / Where Will You Be on Christmas Day? / Dust-to-Digital
  • The Wrong Way to Celebrate Christmas (1928) / Rev. Edward W. Clayborn / Where Will You Be on Christmas Day? / Dust-to-Digital
  • The Christmas Guest (2003) / Andy Griffith / The Christmas Guest / Sparrow Records
  • Away In A Manger/Golden Slumber (2006) / Andy Griffith / The Christmas Guest / Sparrow Records
  • At the Christmas Ball (1925) / Bessie Smith / Where Will You Be on Christmas Day? / Dust-to-Digital
  • Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over (1927) / Fiddlin' John Carson & His Virginia Reelers / Where Will You Be on Christmas Day? / Dust-to-Digital
  • Jingle Bells (1951) / Maddox Brothers & Rose / Where Will You Be on Christmas Day? / Dust-to-Digital
  • Nuttin' For Christmas (c. 1960) / Spike Jones / It's A Spike Jones Christmas / Rhino
  • Corn, Water, and Wood (1991) / Michael Martin Murphey / Cowboy Christmas / Warner
  • The Christmas Yodel (1999) / Riders in the Sky / Christmas the Cowboy Way / Rounder
  • Merry Texas Christmas You All (1991) / Michael Martin Murphey / Cowboy Christmas / Warner
  • An Old Fashioned Christmas Polka (1999) / Riders in the Sky / Christmas the Cowboy Way / Rounder

10 December 2006 
The DeZurik Sisters, Mayberry Corner, and other Fun Stuff

We had another full show after a complete preemption the previous week.

The Ever-loving Light segment featured the amazing DeZurik Sisters, also known as "The Cackle Sisters" when performing on Checker Time Radio Hour between 1937 and 1941.  You'll not hear more amazing vocal acrobatics than Mary Jane and Carolyn delivered, very much influenced by barnyard animal sounds.  They only recorded six sides for Vocalion in January 1939, but they are incredible, and hard to find.  We are in the process of acquiring more obscure recordings of the sisters, including radio shows, so stay tuned for more from the DeZurik Sisters in the future.
We thought we had an easy question for "Mayberry Corner," but it took six calls before a caller knew that Aunt Bee made kerosene pickles.  Congratulations Elsie!

We closed the show with a beautiful song that
David Peterson recorded live in the studio 26 November.
  • Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Introduction (1994)
  • High, Low and Wide / The Golden Gate Quartet / Swing Down, Chariot / Columbia

Ever-loving Light Segment:  The DeZurik Sisters

  • Birmingham Jail (1939) / The DeZurik Sisters / Vocalion 4781A (78 RPM)
  • I Left Her Standing There (1939) / The DeZurik Sisters / Vocalion 4616A (78 RPM)
  • The Arizona Yodeler (1939) / The DeZurik Sisters / American Yodeling 1911-1946 / Trikont
  • The Checker Time Radio Hour / The DeZurik Sisters
  • East Virginia (1927) / Buell Kazee / American Folk Music / Folkways
  • Minglewood Blues (1928) / Cannon's Jug Stompers / American Folk Music / Folkways
  • Mountaineers Courtship (1927) / Ernest & Hattie Stoneman / American Folk Music / Folkways
  • Expressman Blues (1930) / Sleepy John Estes & Yank Rachell / American Folk Music / Folkways
  • Bulldog Down in Sunny Tennessee (1925) / Dock Walsh / Charlie Poole & The Roots of Country Music / Legacy
  • Married Life Blues (1940) / Byron Parker & His Mountaineers / Charlie Poole & The Roots of Country Music / Legacy
  • Goodbye Sweet Liza Jane (1930) / Charlie Poole / Charlie Poole & The Roots of Country Music / Legacy
  • Cotton Eyed Joe / The Mountain Ramblers / Songs of the South / Atlantis
  • Train 111 / The Mainer Band / Songs of the South / Atlantis
  • Hambone / Bessie Jones / Songs of the South / Atlantis
  • The Arkansas Traveler / Hobart Smith / Songs of the South / Atlantis
  • Motherless Children / Felix Dukes & Mississippi Red McDowell / Songs of the South / Atlantis

Mayberry Corner:

  • Whatever Happened to Mayberry / VW Boys / The VW Boys Radio Show / Fat Dog
  • The Fishin' Hole (Theme from the Andy Griffith Show) / Earle Hagen / The Andy Griffith Show / Capitol

Trivia Question:  What did Aunt Bee make that tasted like Kerosene?   

Answer:  Pickles   

  • Darlin' Boys / The Dillards / The Best of the Darlin' Boys / Vanguard
  • Cindy / Andy Griffith / Sings Favorite Old-Time Songs / CEMA
  • Tomhicken Picker / Joe Leggo / Always Country / Self

Jim:  Recipe of the Day from The Darlin' Family -- Blackened Pig

  • A Picture on the Wall (1927) / The Georgia Yellow Hammers / OldMountain Stringband Songs & Tunes / Sanctuary Records
  • I'm Sad and Blue (1930) / The Perry County Music Makers / Old Mountain Stringband Songs & Tunes / Sanctuary Records
  • Just Because (1933) / The Lone Star Cowboys / O Brothers! / Living Era
  • Roll Along, Prairie Moon (1935) / The Girls of the Golden West / O Brothers! / Living Era
  • Broken Heart (1939) / The Carlisle Brothers / O Brothers! / Living Era
  • Yodelin' Tex / Tex Roy / Yodeling Songs / RCD
  • Just One More Yodel / Slim Clark / Yodeling Songs / RCD
  • The Yodeling Ranger / Jimmie Rodgers / Yodeling Songs / RCD
  • Will There Be Any Yodelers in Heaven / Girls of the Golden West / Yodeling Songs / RCD
  • Ida Sweet as Apple Cider (1936) / Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies / Daddy of Western Swing / Proper
  • Hoot Owl Boogie / Sheb Wooley / Swinging Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys / Proper
  • Keep on the Firing Line (1947) / Brown's Ferry Four / Goodbye, Babylon / Dust-to-Digital
  • Standing Outside (1951) / Wade Mainer / Goodbye, Babylon / Dust-to-Digital
  • Amazing Grace (1947) / Mahalia Jackson / Goodbye, Babylon / Dust-to-Digital
  • Put Me on the Trail to Carolina (2006) / David Peterson / WHUS Studio Recording

26 November 2006 
Pop Stoneman, More Home & Family, and David Peterson

Sunday was an eventful day.  We were almost giddy to have a full two hours after weeks of sports preemptions, so we dusted off several things we have been waiting to bring to you.

First, we had time to bring back the Ever-loving Light segment, this time featuring great old-time musician Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman.  Pop had a great early career that lasted about five years before the depression wiped him out, then came back to find fame with his children's band, The Stoneman Family, in the 1960s.  Jim used to watch the Stoneman's television show on WBTV (or was it WSOC??) in Charlotte NC when he was a kid, and recalls the loss of Pop Stoneman in 1968.  Roni, the banjo-pickin' daughter, was Jim's favorite.
Then we introduced "Mayberry Corner" wherein we ask an Andy Griffith Show trivia question and give a CD to the first one or two callers with the correct answer.  One winner this week was sitting in traffic on I-84! 

We have a listener, "Joel," who loves to stump us with requests for obscure string bands, most of which are real.  We dedicated a set to Joel this week consisting entirely of bands with interesting names, all of which were creations of Joe Bussard, the great old-record collector from Maryland.

Finally, we dedicated the last 20 minutes of the show (and one hour of the shortened
Bluegrass Cafe) to in-studio guest David Peterson, the excellent singer/songwriter and leader of the hardcore bluegrass band "1946."  David knocked us out with some great songs performed live on the air with just his guitar and his voice.  Dave is originally from Massachusetts!  Can you believe it?!

Because next week is a sports preemption, we will see you again in two weeks (10 Dec).

Here is what we played...

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Introduction (1994)

Ride Up in the Chariot / Golden Gate Quartet / Golden Years  (1949-1952) / FD  Music                                 

Ever-Loving Light Segment:  Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman                                

Sinking Of The Titanic (1926) / Ernest V. Stoneman and the Dixie Mountaineers / Volume III / Old Homestead

The Girl I Left In Sunny Tennessee (1926) / Ernest V. Stoneman / With Family and Friends - Vol. II / Old Homestead

The Old Hickory Cane (1927) / Ernest V. Stoneman / Round The Heard of Old Galax - Volume 1 / County

Sunny Tennessee (1965) / The Stoneman Family / Big Ball In Monterey - Live / World-Pacific

Fire On The Mountain (1965) / The Stoneman Family / Big Ball In Monterey - Live / World-Pacific

Cowboy's Home Sweet Home / Jimmie Davis / When I Was a Cowboy  vol. 2 / Yazoo

My Carolina Home (1938) / Fred Kirby / The Original Atomic Power / Cattle

My Little Old Home Down in New Orleans / Grandpa Jones / An American Original / CMH

Lamplighting Time in the Valley / David Davis & Scott Brannon / Plum Pitiful  vol. 2 / Wango

Joel, have you heard of these bands???

  Stir It Now / Jackson Jug Jumpers / Fonotone Records / Dust-to Digital
  Hopalong Peter / MashMountain Boys / Fonotone Records / Dust-to Digital
  Susie / Georgia Jokers / Fonotone Records / Dust-to Digital
  I'm Rollin' On / Carolina Pine Knots / Fonotone Records / Dust-to Digital

Take an Old Cold Tater (and Wait) / Little Jimmy Dickens / Columbia Country Classics / Columbia

A-Sleepin' at the Foot of the Bed / Little Jimmy Dickens / Columbia Country Classics / Columbia

What Is Home Without Love (1936) / Monroe Brothers / Blue Moon of Kentucky  1936-1949) / Bear Family

We introduced "Mayberry Corner" here...

Whatever Happened To Mayberry (1998) / The VW Boys / The VW Boys Radio Show / Fat Dog

Ramshackle Shack / Wade Mainer & the Sons of the Mountaineers / Appalachian Heart / Fuel

Daddy Sang Bass (1968) / Johnny Cash (w/ The Statler Brothers) / The Essential Johnny Cash  1955-1983 / Columbia

Family Reunion (1976) / The Oak Ridge Boys / The Best of / Columbia

Headin' For Texas & Home / Roy Rogers / Yodelin' Crazy / Delta Music

Take Me Back to Old Montana / Slim Clark / Yodelin' Crazy / Delta Music

Back to My Wyoming Home / Gerald & Dixon / When I Was a Cowboy  vol. 2 / Yazoo

Bright Sunny South (1963) / Dock Boggs / Back Roads to ColdMountain / Smithsonian

Mama Don't Allow No Low Down Hangin' Around / Robinette & Moore / Old-Time Music From Southwest Virginia / County

Going Back to My Little Western Home / Dusty Rankin / A Cowboy's Life is Good Enough For Me / Jasmine

I'll Ride Back to LonesomeValley / Hank Snow (The Singing Ranger) / A Cowboy's Life is Good Enough For Me / Jasmine

Going Back to Old Virginia (1993) / Crowe & McLaughlin / 25 Years of Rounder Records / Rounder

David Peterson Live In The Studio

19 November 2006 
Home and Family

We want to thank our radio listener family for sticking with us during the seemingly endless number of sports preemptions you must endure to find us on the air.  Because UCONN womens hockey ran into overtime, we had less than forty minutes to bring you this show. I joke with the sports crew by asking them when they will be broadcasting varsity checkers.  I think they take me seriously.

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Introduction (1994)

There's No Place Like Home (1934) / Asa Martin / Mountain Music Collection / CMH

   Marti intended to play "My Clinch Mountain Home," but this worked just as well.  It's a true story about a cyclone that hit the town of Ryecove, VA, in A.P. Carter's back yard...

Rye Cove (1929) / The Carter Family / My Clinch Mountain Home / Rounder

Home Sweet Home (ca. 1968) / J. E. Mainer & His Mountaineers / 25 Mountain Music Classics / Rural Rhythm

Is The Range Still the Same Back Home / Red River Dave / A Cowboy's Life is Good Enough For Me / Jasmine

Henry Clay Work from Middletown, Connecticut, had two great hits in 1876 when sheet music was king.  The next two are "modern" versions of both...

Grandfather's Clock (1991) / Doc Watson / My Dear Old Southern Home / Sugar Hill

I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen (1950) / The Sons of the Pioneers / Cattle Call / Rounder

My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight (2003) / John Prine / Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Steven Foster / American Roots

Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) (2003) / David Ball / Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Steven Foster / American Roots

500 Miles Away From Home (1964) / Bobby Bare / Hard to Find Hits / BMG

Never See My Home Again (1964) / The Dillards / There is a Time (1963-70) / Vanguard

Family Reunion, Amen (2006) / The Joe Isaacs Family / The Joe Isaacs Family Reunion / Blue Circle

12 November 2006 
Salute To Veterans

Veterans Day was Saturday, 11 November.  We decided to do a Salute to Veterans on the same weekend, even if a day late.  Although we mostly play old music on the Red Rooster Party, the show was made especially relevant by two US service members in Iraq who made an effort to call Jim at WHUS on Veterans Day.  Many thanks go to WHUS Operations Manager, Dan Warren, for giving us the opportunity to conduct these interviews.  We played the recordings of those calls.

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Introduction (1994)
Comin' In on a Wing and a Prayer (1943) / The Four Vagabonds
There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere (1942) / Elton Britt           

Interview with Captain Melissa Olendorf, US Air Force in Iraq   

Captain Olendorf grew up in Windsor, Connecticut  

Down Where The River Bends (1993) / Ralph Stanley w/Dwight Yoakam
I'm Coming Back But I Don't Know When (1980) / Ralph Stanley w/Jimmy Martin
Not A Word From Home (1942) / Roy Acuff

J.E. Mainer, Jr (a.k.a. "Curly" Mainer) told Jim that he wrote the following song while being transported by train from North Carolina to California on his way to serve in Korea...

The Lonely Train (1949) / Mainer's Mountaineers           

Interview with Command Sergeant Major Burs, USMC in Iraq   

Sergeant Major Burs grew up in Westport, Connecticut  

The Forgotten Soldier Boy (1936) / The Monroe Brothers (about the Bonus Army?)
A Distant Land To Roam (1929) / The Carter Family

Other resources:

The Medal of Honor official site

The Medal of Honor

Connecticut Medal of Honor Recipients  and a different way of presenting here

He's A Veteran

5 November 2006 
Western Music

Marti did the show solo because Jim was at the Dan Paisley/Bear Bridge bluegrass concert in Plainfield.  Since Marti loves Western music, she decided to do a set of old and recent Western music to make herself (and with luck our listeners) happy...

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
Moses Smote the Water (1941) / The Golden Gate Quartet
Stars And Stripes on Iwo Jima (1945) / Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys
She Gave Her Heart to a Soldier Boy / Roy Rogers
Private Buckaroo (1942) / Sons of the Pioneers
Cowboy's Home Sweet Home / Jimmie Davis
Get Along Little Dogies / The Cartwright Brothers
I'm a Wandering Bronco Rider / Rowdy Wright
The Fugitive's Lament / The Delmore Brothers
Long Side the Santa Fe Trail / Jules Allen
The Dixie Cowboy / Taylor's Kentucky Boys
Back to My Wyoming Home / Gerald & Dixon

Buffalo Gals Medley / Crockett Family
I'm a Do Right Cowboy (1935) / Tex Ritter
Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddles (1935) / Tex Ritter
Sing Me A Song of the Saddle (1940) / Gene Autry
Blueberry Hill (1940) / Gene Autry
One More Ride (1936) / Sons of the Pioneers
Song of the Bandit (1937) / Sons of the Pioneers
Tumbling Tumbleweeds (1959) / The Sons of the Pioneers
Blue Prairie (1959) / The Sons of the Pioneers
My saddle Pals and I (1945) / Roy Rogers & Sons of the Pioneers
Sweet Georgia Brown (1945) / Hugh & Karl Farr
Lady Round A Lady and the Gent Solo (1946) / Roy Rogers
Silver Stars, Purple Sage, Eyes of Blue (1946) / Roy Rogers
Trail Drive (1999) / Sons of the San Joaquin

Wyoming Wind (1996) / Bar-J Wranglers
South of the Border (1996) / Riders in the Sky
Ridin' Down the Canyon (1996) / Riders in the Sky
An Old Cowboy's Dream (1992) / Don Edwards
The Cowboy Song (1992) / Don Edwards
Song of Wyoming (2000) / Chris LeDoux
Cowboy Blues / Gene Autry
The Wayward Wind / Tex Ritter with Harry Geller Orchestra
Home On The Range / Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Sons of Pioneers
Ole Faithful / Roy Rogers & Sons of the Pioneers
Along the Navajo Trail / Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Sons of Pioneers

Happy Trails (1991) / Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Dusty Rogers

29 October 2006 
Interview:  Kenny Roberts, King of the Yodelers

The greatest yodeler alive, and possibly the greatest yodeler ever, lives in Athol, Massachusetts.  His name is Kenny Roberts, and he just turned 80 on 14 October 2006.  The Red Rooster Party has been very fortunate to have connected with Kenny, and he graciously spent nearly an hour on our sports-shortened show to discuss his amazing career in music and early television.  We owe a great debt of gratitude to Archie Kneeland for providing much information, and Frank Jenkins who started the ball rolling earlier in the year by bringing us a copy of the 1946 Vogue 78 picture disc of "Out Where The West Winds Blow" by Kenny Roberts and the Down Homers.  Following Aunt Hattie's introduction, we began the show with that song.

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)

Kenny Roberts' first recording...

Out Where The West Winds Blow (1946) / Kenny Roberts and the Down Homers

Kenny said he sold over a million of this next song which was also his biggest hit.  It reached #9 on the pop charts and #4 on the country charts...

I Never See Maggie Alone (1949) / Kenny Roberts

This next song is probably the most amazing demonstration of yodeling you will ever hear...

She Taught Me To Yodel (1953) / Kenny Roberts

Kenny's wife, Bettyanne, is a fine songwriter and singer.  She wrote and performed the following song about an adopted child...

Pretty (1988) / Bettyanne Roberts

The following song was nearly as popular as "Maggie."  Kenny performed it regularly on his children's television shows...

Choc'late Ice Cream Cone (1950) / Kenny Roberts

Kenny still performs and records occasionally, and still retains his wonderful voice.  The following song is one of his later country recordings...

Those Pretty Eyes (1988) / Kenny Roberts

Douglas Green (a.k.a. Ranger Doug), the great musician and music historian, wrote the notes to the 1995 Bear Family retrospective of Kenny Roberts' career in music.  Doug also wrote about Kenny Roberts in his book "Singing In The Saddle - The History Of The Singing Cowboy" (CMF Vanderbilt).  As a leading proponent of yodeling today, Doug credits Kenny Roberts with his inspiration.  We closed the show with Ranger Doug demonstrating what he learned from his Kenny Roberts records...

That's How the Yodel Was Born (1983) / Riders In The Sky

Contact information for Kenny Roberts:

Kenny Roberts
165 Allen St.
Athol, MA  01331

Kenny Roberts' e-mail address:

22 October 2006 
Goodbye, Babylon

This show was centered around the fabulous box set, “Goodbye, Babylon” [2003 Dust to Digital] that documents American liturgical, sacred, or gospel music from the first half of the 20th century.  We also had guest DJ Jake Miller from Watkinson School in the studio to pay tribute to Chuck Berry on Chuck’s 80th birthday.  Jake paid us the greatest compliment possible when he said The Red Rooster Party was like an "audio museum."

Station ID & Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
Golden Gate Gospel Train (1937) / Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet

Rounder Records, an important label to bluegrass and roots music, celebrated their 36th anniversary 20 October 2006, so we helped them celebrate by playing the first song from the very first rounder release by George Pegram…

Mississippi Sawyer (1970) / George Pegram [Rounder]

The following song is the oldest yet played on The Red Rooster Party…

Down On The Old Campground (1902) / Dinwiddie Colored Quartet
Are You Washed In The Blood Of The Lamb (1927) / Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters
Present Joys (1928) / Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
Satisfied (1936) / J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers
As The Life Of A Flower (1953) / Chuck Wagon Gang
Thou Carest Lord, For Me (1930) / Holy Ghost Sanctified Singers
Lift Him Up That's All (1927) / Washington Phillips
There's A Light Up In Galilee (1928) / Ernest Stoneman's Dixie Mountaineers
Crying Holy Unto the Lord (1936) / The Blue Chips [Bill Monroe recorded this in 1940 with The Blue Grass Boys…]
I'll Never Go Back (1952) / The Louvin Brothers
God's Gonna Separate The Wheat From The Tares (1937) / Mahalia Jackson
Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit (1927) / Luther Magby
I Belong To The Band - Hallelujah (1935) / Rev. Gary Davis
River of Jordan (1928) / The Carter Family
Dry Bones (1928) / Bascom Lamar Lunsford
Creep Along, Moses (1926) / The Taskian Four
That Home Above (1949) / Flatt & Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys
I Want Two Wings To Veil My Face (1929) / Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers
Bathe In That Beautiful Pool (1929) / Dock Walsh
I'll Have A New Body (1949) / Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys
Standing In The Need Of Prayer (1947) / The Stanley Brothers

Jake Miller introduced the following two Chuck Berry songs, noting that “Sweet Little Sixteen” also became “Surfing USA” by the Beach Boys with different lyrics…

Johnny B. Goode (1958) / Chuck Berry [MCA]
Sweet Little Sixteen (1958) / Chuck Berry [MCA]

Let Jesus Lead You (1928) / The Jubilee Gospel Team
I'll Be a Friend To Jesus (1936) / Wade Mainer
Come To The Savior (1947) / The Blue Sky Boys
Keep On The Firing Line (1947) / Brown's Ferry Four
Romans Ten and Nine (1946) / Bailes Brothers
Sinner You Better Get Ready (1937) / Monroes Brothers
Keep On The Sunny Side (1928) / The Carter Family

Standing On The Promises (1927) / Tennessee Mountaineers

15 October 2006 
This & That

Another preemption for UCONN soccer reduced the show to 52 minutes, but we managed to slip in a tribute to the recently-departed Freddy Fender, and the Stanley Brothers on the 60th anniversary (10/16) of Ralph's entry into professional music, and the 40th anniversary of Carter's last performance...

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
I Looked Down the Road and Wondered (1939) / The Golden Gate Quartet
Your Cheatin' Heart (before 1976) / Freddy Fender (recording date unk. - released 1976)
I'm Gonna Cross The River of Jordan (1927) / Jaybird Coleman (good period harmonica)
Weeping Pilgrim (1927) / Allison's Sacred Harp Singers
Walking In The Sunlight (1927) / Uncle Dave Macon
Cow Cow Yicky Yicky Yea (1944) (prev. unissued) / Leadbelly
Sally Zu-Zazz (1946) / Big Joe Turner with Albert Ammons & His Rhythm Kings
Lonesome, Broke, and Weary (1938) / Asa Martin & His Kentucky Hillbillies
The Battle of Kookamonga (1959) / Homer & Jethro (we are still laughing!...)
The Ballad of Jed Clampett (1962) / Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs (a request)

Yodeling set -- dedicated to listener Rita who had a birthday last week!

The Arizona Yodeler (1939) / The DeZurik Sisters (a.k.a. The Cackle Sisters!)
Yodeling Radio Joe (1934) / Rambling Red Foley
The Devil's Great-Grandson (1937) / Roy Rogers & The Sons of the Pioneers

Ralph Stanley's oldest studio recording:

Mother No Longer Awaits Me At Home (1947) / The Stanley Brothers

From WCYB Bristol radio transcriptions...

Intro (1949) / The Stanley Brothers
Let Me Be Your Friend (1949) / The Stanley Brothers

Ralph Stanley's newest studio recording:

Waves On The Sea (2006) / Ralph Stanley

8 October 2006 
Number Songs (continued)

Jim was helping Amy Orlomoski emcee Big Sunday Bluegrass in East Hartford this Sunday, so even with a one-hour preemption for UCONN soccer, Marti kept the flame lit on the Red Rooster Party with a great set of more number songs carried over from last week...

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
Every Time That I Feel the Spirit (1939) / The Golden Gate Quartet
Thirty-Eight And Plus (1930) / Walter Taylor
Eighth of January (1942) / Nathan Frazier & Frank Patterson
If You Can't Get Five Take Two (1936) / Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies
Eight Thirty Blues (1946) / The Maddox Brothers & Rose
From 40-65 (1951) / The Masters Family
Six White Horses (1940) / Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys
Give Me Back My Five Dollars (1961) / Dave "Stringbean" Akeman
One Track Mind (1960) / Bill Harrell
One More River to Cross (1935) / Uncle Dave Macon
Sixteen Tons (1956) / Homer & Jethro
Give Me Forty Acres (1964) / The Willis Brothers
Twenty Miles From Shore (1961) / Hawkshaw Hawkins
Fifteen Miles From Dallas (1952) / Jimmie Davis
One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (1951) / Stick McGee & His Buddies
Only One Step More (ca. 1981) / Hee Haw Gospel Quartet
Seven Year Blues (1949) / The Louvin Brothers
One More River to Cross (1934) / The Sons of the Pioneers
Blue Yodel No. 5 (1929) / Gene Autry
A Four-Legged Friend (1952) / Roy Rogers
Ballad of Forty Dollars (1969) / Tom T. Hall

1 October 2006 
Number Songs

There are many songs with numbers in the title.  We only scratched the surface with this show, so look out for more shows featuring number songs in the future -- perhaps as soon as next Sunday.  Archie Kneeland even called with a huge list that we hadn't even thought of...

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
Born Ten Thousand Years Ago (1937) / Golden Gate Quartet

Ever Loving Light:  Spike Jones & His City Slickers

Marti had a ball playing Spike Jones "pieces."  His expertly performed parodies of hits and fads did much to bring those targets down to earth...

Der Fuehrer's Face (1942) / Spike Jones & His City Slickers
The Sheik of Araby (1942) / Spike Jones & His City Slickers
Chloe (1943) / Spike Jones & His City Slickers
Wild Bill Hiccup (1948) / Spike Jones & His City Slickers

One Dime Blues (1920s) / Blind Lemon Jefferson
Broke Down Engine No. 2 (1933) / Blind Willie McTell
How Long No. 2 (1959) / Scrapper Blackwell
Spring Of '65 (1960) / J.D. Cornett
Eight Thirty Blues (1940s) / The Armstrong Twins
Seven And A Half (1935) / J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers
Standin' On the Corner, Blue Yodel No. 9 (1930) / Jimmie Rodgers
You Two-timed Me One Time Too Often (1945) / Tex Ritter
One More River to Cross (1981) / Wilson Douglas
Six More Miles (to the Graveyard) (1948) / Hank Williams
Just One Way To The Pearly Gates (1934) / Uncle Dave Macon
Lonesome 7-7203 (1963) / Hawkshaw Hawkins
500 Miles Away From Home (1962) / Bobby Bare
One Way Ticket (1950) / Kenny Roberts [We will interview Kenny 10/29!]
Four or Five Times (1947) / Luke Wills
20/20 Vision (1965) / Jimmy Martin
Wreck Of The Old '97 (1966) / Mac Wiseman
You're The One (1977) / The Oak Ridge Boys
Nine Pound Hammer (1947) / Merle Travis
Sixteen Tons (1955) / Tennessee Ernie Ford
Four Five or Six Times (1934) / Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies
Sweet Sixteen (1930) / Charlie Poole
Eighth of January (1928) / The Arkansas Barefoot Boys
Five Feet High & Rising (1959) / Johnny Cash
One Piece At A Time (1976) / Johnny Cash
Wreck of the 1256 (1947) / Curly Fox
Two Little Boys (1987) / The Country Gentlemen
1913 Massacre (1997) / Ramblin' Jack Elliott [A request from Jack...]
I've Got Five Dollars and It's Saturday Night (1959) / Faron Young
I'm A One Woman Man (1956) / Johnny Horton
You Are The One (1956) / Carl Smith
900 Miles (late 1960s) / Red Smiley & The Bluegrass Cut-ups

Train 45 (late 1960s) / Log Cabin Boys

24 September 2006 
Name Songs

This turned out to be one of the "oldest" shows we have done.  We didn't plan it that way -- but that's the way it turned out...

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
Jezebel (1941) / Golden Gate Quartet

Ever-Loving Light Segment:  Charlie Poole

North Carolina banjoist Charlie Poole is now being considered by some to be the Granddaddy of Country Music after recent critical examinations of his career, certainly helped along by last year’s excellent boxed set from Columbia, “You Ain’t Talkin’ To Me – Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music.”  The following songs came from that set…

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues (1925) / Charlie Poole with the North Carolina Ramblers
If I Lose, I Don't Care (1927) / Charlie Poole with the North Carolina Ramblers
Good-Bye Sweet Liza Jane (1930) / Charlie Poole with the North Carolina Ramblers

Bill Mason (1929) / Charlie Poole [...a good way to follow Charlie Poole]
Charles Guiteau (1927) / Kelly Harrell [Guiteau assasinated President Garfield]
Little Bessie (1929) / The Alabama Barnstormers
Johnny Grey (1938) / Uncle Dave Macon [the fiddle-banjo duo closing this song is goosebumpy!]
Wild Bill Jones (1938) / Wade Mainer & The Sons of the Mountaineers
Sweet Jennie Lee (1935) / Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies [Daddy of Western Swing]
Frankie Dean (1930) / Tom Darby & Jim Tarlton
George Collins (1927) / Roy Harvey & the North Carolina Ramblers
Tom Dooley (1929) / G.B. Grayson & Henry Whitter
Frankie & Johnny (1929) / Jimmie Rodgers
Darling Cora (1927) / B.F. Shelton
Henry Lee (1932) / Dick Justice
Willie Moore (1927) / Burnett & Rutherford
Ommie Wise (1927) / G.B. Grayson
My Name Is John Johanna (1927) / Kelly Harrell [some whistling for our pal Ray in New London…]
Bandit Cole Younger (1930) / Edward L. Crain
John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Man (1930) / The Carter Family
Stackalee (1927) / Frank Hutchison
Poor Ellen Smith (1960) / Hobart Smith [Bill Monroe called him the best old-time banjo player…]

The next two songs were from the earliest recordings of Doc Watson – thanks to Ralph Rinzler]

Sally Ann (1962) / Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley
Handsome Molly (1961) / Doc Watson & Gaither Carlton

Diamond Joe / Ramblin’ Jack Elliot [for our friend Jack…]
Bill the Barfly (1935) / Tex Ritter [wonderful and funny!]
Jesse James / Harry McClintock [from the writer of “Big Rock Candy Mountain”]
Betsy (1947) / Roy Rogers
The Ballad of Davy Crockett (1955) / Bill Hayes
Pretty Mary (1947) / Gene Autry
Louis Collins (1928) / Mississippi John Hurt
Sam Wilson (1960s) / Hylo Brown & The Bluegrass Cut-Ups [to the tune of “Poor Ellen Smith”]
The Rebel - Johnny Yuma (1959) / Johnny Cash

Rita Mae (2006) / Dale Ann Bradley […written by Connie Leigh and on Dale Ann’s newest CD… This song won the Chris Austin songwriting contest at Merlefest 2006 in the bluegrass category]

17 September 2006 
Hank, Kenny, Hollywood Hillbillies, And Carter Family

We were preempted again for UCONN soccer beginning the second hour, but we had a great time making the first hour worth your visit.

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
Travelin' Shoes (1938) / Golden Gate Quartet

Our Ever Loving Light segment today, 17 September, was a tribute to Hank Williams on what would have been his 83rd birthday had he not left us New Years Day, 1953.Thanks to Archie Kneeland for making sure we remembered…

I'm Not Coming Home Anymore (1942) / Hank Williams (A wonderful scratchy unreleased initial recording from Hank!)
I'm A Long Gone Daddy (1948) / Hank Williams
Mind Your Own Business (1949) / Hank Williams
Long Gone Lonesome Blues (1950) / Hank Williams
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (1952) / Hank Williams
Your Cheating Heart (1953) / Hank Williams

We are fortunate to have discovered Kenny Roberts, the World’s Greatest Yodeler, alive and well and living in Athol, Massachusetts.  We will have him on the show as soon as we can arrange a time…

The Arizona Yodeler (1957) / Kenny Roberts
Boogie Woogie Yodel Song (1950) / Kenny Roberts
Choc'late Ice Cream Cone (1950) / Kenny Roberts
She Taught Me How to Yodel (1953) / Kenny Roberts

The following songs are from a set called Swinging Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys, and that about says it all.  They were recorded in Southern California over a half-century ago…

Hound Dog (1953) / Betsy Gay (Recorded about a week before Big Mama Thornton’s version hit the top of the R&B charts…)
I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again (1949) / Maddox Brothers & Rose (…with pedal steel player Bud Isaacs!)
Silver Stars Purple Sage Eyes of Blue (1947) / Cliffie Stone
Whoa Sailor (1949) / Hank Thompson (This was the re-recording on the Capitol label of Hank’s first hit song.)

To give the sports guys some time to set up for the soccer game, we went out with some 1941 border radio transcriptions from The Carter Family.

Broken Hearted Lover (1941) / The Carter Family
Darling Daisies (1941) / The Carter Family
Little Joe (1941) / The Carter Family
My Heavenly Home Is Bright And Fair (1941) / The Carter Family
The Last Letter (1941) / The Carter Family
Leaning On The Everlasting Arms (1941) / The Carter Family

My Old Pal Of Yesterday (1941) / The Carter Family

Then the sports guys ended the party…

10 September 2006 
Southern Gospel, Hillbilly, And She Done Me Wrong

We were preempted again for UCONN soccer beginning the second hour, but we had a great time making the first hour worth your visit.

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
Pure Religion / The Golden Gate Quartet

Besides our usual opening song from the Golden Gate Quartet, by popular request we played a set of Southern Gospel recordings from the 1940s into the 1960s.  These songs are a lesson in powerful harmony singing…

I'll Meet You By the River / Stamps-Baxter Quartet
I Shall Not Be Moved / The Statesmen Quartet
He Touched Me / The Blackwood Brothers
You'll Never Walk Alone / The Oak Ridge Boys Quartet
The Old CountryChurch / The Oak Ridge Boys Quartet

Now for a set of good ole hillbilly music…

She's Too Good For Me (1930) / Rex Cole's Mountaineers
Atlanta Bound (1931) / Gene Autry
The West Ain't What It Used to Be (1939) / Carson Robison & His Pioneers
Blues Don't Mean a Thing (1949) / T. TexasTyler
Talking Boogie (1948) / Tex Williams & His Western Caravan

The following songs were our “She Done Me Wrong” set.  They were only slightly tongue-in-cheek!  I told Marti the Red Foley song “Never Trust A Woman” had the best advice of any song we’ve ever played on Red Rooster Party.

This is Marti.  Jim’s just kidding…

This is Jim.  No I’m not  ;-)

You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often / Tex Ritter (#1 on the charts this week in 1945!)
I'm Sorry We Met / Jimmie Rodgers
Never Trust a Woman / Red Foley
I'm Gonna Be Boss / Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Men With Broken Hearts / Hank Williams (Luke The Drifter) – [Thanks to Mac Palmer! ]

The following set of songs was from 1941 radio transcriptions of Charlie Monroe & the Kentucky Partners.  Most folks today have forgotten (or never knew) just how great Bill’s brother was, but this set of songs helped us remember.  By the way, Charlie’s younger brother Bill was born 9/13/1911 which would have made him 95 this coming Wednesday.

Under the Old Hickory Tree
Don't Let My Ramblin' Bother Your Mind

Sourwood Mountain
I Walk Alone
Little Liza Jane
I've Made a Covenant With My Lord
Down In Caroline

Then the sports guys ended the party…

3 September 2006 
Labor Day -- Abbreviated

We were preempted again for a UCONN soccer double-header for all but the last 13 minutes of the show, but we managed to slip a few work songs in before transitioning into the Bluegrass Cafe...

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
Daniel Saw The Stone (1941) / Golden Gate Quartet
Spike Driver Blues (1928) / Mississippi John Hurt
Nine Pound Hammer Is Too Heavy (1936) / Monroe Brothers

Hard Working Man (1965) / Jimmie Skinner   [Thanks to Archie Kneeland for this one!]

27 August 2006  (Jim's Birthday)
Nothing in Particular

We were preempted after the first 28 minutes because UCONN had to broadcast a very important womens soccer game.  We focused a bit on Roy Acuff, but didn't carry a theme for the remaining minutes...

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Introduction
Cheer the Weary Traveler / Golden Gate Quartet
Night Train to Memphis / Roy Acuff
Freight Train Blues / Roy Acuff

Wabash Cannonball / Roy Acuff
Bomb Bash Boogie / Jack Rowe & the Wichita Mountain Boys
Automobile Baby / Jimmie Osborne
Bye Bye Black Smoke Choo Choo / Dick Unteed
Bringing In the Georgia Mail / Mac Wiseman

Ghost Train / Earl Taylor & Jim McCall w/ the Stoney Mountain Boys

20 August 2006
Songs With Vegetation In The Title

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Introduction
Timber (1939) / The Golden Gate Quartet

Ever-loving Light Segment: Milton Brown – The Daddy of Western Swing    

     St. Louis Blues (1935) / Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies
     Taking Off (1935) / Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies
     Who's Sorry Now (1935) / Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies

New San Antonio Rose (1940) / Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
The Yellow Rose of Texas (1948) / Roy Rogers
Montana Plains (1933) / Patsy Montana
Maple on the Hill (1935) / J.E. Mainer
In the Shadow of the Pines (1949) / Bascom Lamar Lunsford
Grave in the Pines (ca. 1920s) / Clayton McMichen
Little Bunch of Roses (1930) / Murphy Brothers Harp Band
When The Cactus Is In Bloom (1931) / Jimmie Rodgers
Down In The WillowGarden (1937) / Wade Mainer & Zeke Morris
Wildwood Flower (1929) / The Carter Family

The following was the first recording of Orange Blossom Special by the writer, and was the first released version.  Tommy Magness recorded it a year earlier, but it was not released at that time.  Reportedly, fiddler Chubby Wise co-wrote the song with Ervin Rouse the morning after they had witnessed the first run of the Orange Blossom Special through Jacksonville, but Chubby gave Ervin the rights thinking there could be no money to be made with a fiddle song…

Orange Blossom Special (1939) / Rouse Brothers
Watermelon Smilin' on the Vine (1925) / Uncle Dave Macon
Settin' the Woods On Fire (1952) / Hank Williams
Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet (1949) / The Stanley Brothers
Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow (1927) / Carter Family [First Carter Family recording]
Bouquet of Roses (1947) / Eddy Arnold
Berry Pickin' Time (ca. 1960s) / Roy Ross & the Blue Ridge Mountaineers
Blackberry Boogie (1952) / Tennessee Ernie Ford
Mexicali Rose (1988) / Kenny Roberts [Kenny called me after the show… what a treat!]
Lily of the West (2004) / Ronstadt, Ramirez & Santa Cruz River Band

When I announced the following song on the air I mentioned that the Statlers got it from The Loving Spoonful.  Amy was in the studio at the time, and being a Statler fan and historian, corrected me by noting it was actually the other way around – the Statlers wrote and performed it first!  This was their first hit song…

Flowers on the Wall (1965) / The Statler Brothers
Wild Rose of the Mountain (1999) / The Kruger Brothers
You Are My Flower (1938) / The Carter Family
The Fields Have Turned Brown (1950) / The Stanley Brothers
Lemon Tree (1961) / The Kingston Trio
Little Blossom (1976) / Mac Wiseman
Tall Pines (1999) / Laurie Lewis
Black Eyed Daisy (1988 or 1989) / Joe & Odell Thompson
Blackberry Blossom (2003) / Greg Morton [a fantastic Tucson-based guitar picker]

13 August 2006
Amy Plays Classic Country

Amy took the helm of RRP while Jim & Marti were on vacation, and delighted listeners with some good ole classic country!

The Homestead On The Farm / Carter Family
Blue Yodel (T For Texas) / Jimmie Rodgers
My Clinch Mountain Home / Carter Family
When The Cactus Is In Bloom / Jimmie Rodgers
Wreck On The Highway / Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys
There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere / Elton Britt
It Makes No Difference Now / Gene Autry
You Must Be Born Again / Brown's Ferry Four
Shame On You / Spade Cooley
Rhumba Boogie / Hank Snow
Two Glasses Joe / Ernest Tubb
Lovesick Blues / Hank Williams
There Stands The Glass / Webb Pierce
I'll Be There / Ray Price
I Overlooked An Orchid / Carl Smith
When I Stop Dreaming / Louvin Brothers
Poison Love / Johnnie & Jack
Here Today And Gone Tomorrow / The Browns
Stuck Up Blues / Louvin Brothers
You Tried To Ruin My Name / Johnnie & Jack
I Heard The Bluebirds Sing / The Browns
Down The Trail Of Achin' Hearts / Hank Snow & Anita Carter
One By One / Kitty Wells & Red Sovine
Why Baby Why / Webb Pierce with Red Sovine
Love Is No Excuse / Jim Reeves & Dottie West
Sweet Thang / Ernest Tubb & Loretta Lynn
Billy Christian / Statler Brothers
I'm Layin' It On The Line / Don Rich
Oklahoma Hills / Tommy Collins
Buckaroo / Buck Owens & His Buckaroos
I'm A Lonesome Fugitive / Merle Haggard
Gonna Roll Out The Red Carpet / Buck Owens & His Buckaroos
The Running Gun / Marty Robbins
Country Girl / Faron Young

DetroitCity / Bobby Bare

Daddy Sang Bass / Johnny Cash

6 August 2006
An Unusual Journey

We played an unusual progression of roots music this Sunday using many rarely-heard but well-performed cuts from under-remembered artists.  We also may have set a record for the longest time span between the oldest and newest songs played on the same show.  The oldest were some 1911 cylinder recordings of the Fisk University Jubilee Singers, and the newest was the world radio premier of a cut from Dale Ann Bradley’s newest CD that literally arrived by FedEx the previous morning prior to Dale Ann’s first performance at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival in East Hartford.  (Jim played more of this CD on Bluegrass Café following Red Rooster Party).  Dale Ann had closed the festival just prior to Red Rooster Party’s air time, so we had to race to the studio to get there in time.  Jim had been the stage captain and Thursday emcee at Podunk.  If you weren’t there, you really missed a stellar line-up.  Make plans to be there next year!

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Introduction
Job / Golden Gate Quartet
a. Shout All Over God's Heaven   b. Little David (1911) / Fisk University Jubilee Quartette/Singers
Roll Jordon Roll (1911) / Fisk University Jubilee Quartette/Singers
Hurry Down Sunshine, and See What Tomorrow Brings (1927 unissued) / Sister Morgan
Boxcar Blues (1928 unissued) / Leroy Carr
Old Timbrook Blues (1930) / John Byrd & Washboard Walter
Deal Rag (1930) / Walter Taylor (Washboard Walter)
Yodeling Radio Joe (1934) / Ramblin' Red Foley

Special "Ever-Loving Light" Segment:  Changes in the 1930s Propelling Country Music       

I'm a Wandering Bronco Rider (1920s) / Rowdy Wright
Waiting for a Train / Jimmie Rodgers
Brown's Ferry Blues (1947) / Delmore Brothers
Corrina, Corrina / Clarence Ashley
In My Dear Old Southern Home (1936) / Monroe Brothers
Just Because / Lone Star Cowboys (Bob & Joe Attlesey)
The Nashville Blues / The Delmore Brothers
The Silver Meteor / Buchanon Brothers
The Meanest Man in Town / Maddox Brothers & Rose
Get Your Kicks (from the Country Hicks) (1951) / Johnny Hicks & His Country Hicks
Give Me a Red Hot Mama and an Ice Cold Beer (1953) / Smiley Maxedon
Salty Boogie (1954) / Little Jimmy Dickens
The Sissy Song (ca. 1951-3) / Neal Burris
Dirty Dishes (ca. 1951-53) / Cliffie Stone and His Hometown Jamboree Gang
Honky Tonk Blues (ca. 1951-53) / Eddie Marshall & the Trail Dusters
I've Lived A Lot in My Time, (vocal by Jimmie Johnson) / Jack Rhodees & His Lone Star Buddies
One Wheel Draggin' / Lloyd Weaver
She Buys, and Buys, and Buys / Billy Ray
Knock Out the Lights (and Call the Law) / Jack Hart and His Hired Hands
Jump Jack Jump / Blackie Crawford with the Western Cherokees
Buckshot / Eddie Hill
We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds (1963) / Melba Montgomery & George Jones
Lose Your Mind / Wayne Hancock
I'll Never Get Out of this World Alive (1952) / Hank Williams
One By One (1954) / Kitty Wells & Red Foley

When The Mist Comes Again (2006) / Dale Ann Bradley

30 July 2006
Songs About Working

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
Pick a Bale of Cotton (1939) / The Golden Gate Quartet

The following song was requested by Ray, a working man, via e-mail...

Mama Don't Allow (1963) / J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers

  "Ever-Loving Light" segment:  Pioneering Cowboy Singer Carl T. Sprague
  When the Work's All Done This Fall (1925) / Carl T. Sprague
  The Club Meeting (1925) / Carl T. Sprague
  The Cowboy's Dream (1926) / Carl T. Sprague

Cowboy Logic (1990) / Michael Murphey
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (1980) / Willie Nelson
The Cowboy Song (1996) / Dry Branch Fire Squad
Thirty Years of Farming (2002) / James King
Devil Take the Farmer (1989) / Dry Branch Fire Squad
The Honest Farmer (1989) / Dry Branch Fire Squad
On the Short Rows (2005) / Kickin' Grass
George Gudger's Overalls (1986) / Doc Watson
The Farmer is the Man Who Feeds Them All (1923) / Fiddlin' John Carson
Old Calloused Hands (1987) / Hazel Dickens
Old And In The Way (1987) / Hazel Dickens
Cotton Mill Blues (1936) / Daddy John Love

Aragon Mill (1987) / Dry Branch Fire Squad
The Cotton Mill Song (2005) / MistyValley Boys

We recently discovered a North Carolina songwriter, "Sharp" Canupp, who had many of the same textile town experiences we had, and wrote songs about them.  We were able to interview Sharp on the show...

Cotton Mill Town (2005) / Gerald "Sharp" Canupp
On-air interview with Gerald "Sharp" Canupp
The Old Mill House (2005) / Gerald "Sharp" Canupp

Dark as a Dungeon (1979) / Merle Travis
The Miner's Wife (1963) / Merle Travis
Blue Diamond Mines (1993) / JohnsonMountain Boys
True and Trembling Brakeman (1931) / Lullaby Larkers (Cliff Carlisle & Wilbur Ball)

Death of John Henry (1926) / Uncle Dave Macon

23 July 2006

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
Way Down in Egypt Land (1939) / The Golden Gate Quartet

A new feature of the Red Rooster Party is "Ever-Loving Light*" which focuses on a pioneering roots musician.  Our first featured artist is J. E. Mainer (1898-1971).  We began with J. E. Mainer Jr. (b. 1925) describing his father's career as he was witness.  Jim conducted the interview at J. E. Jr's home...

J.E. Mainer Jr. Interview (10 April 2006)

Maple On The Hill was one of the biggest selling records of its kind in the 1930s.  Take Me In the Lifeboat was the flip side.

Maple On The Hill (1935) / J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers
Take Me In The Lifeboat (1935) / J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers
Run Mountain (1949) / J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers

Cumberland Gap (1928) / The Skillet Lickers
Johnson City Blues (1928) / Clarence Green
The Old Fashioned Cottage (ca. late 1920s) / Alfred & Oliver Reed
Down on the Banks of the Ohio (1936) / The Blue Sky Boys
That Little Old Country Church House / The Masters Family
Hold the Woodpile Down (1927) / Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers
My Clinch Mountain Home  (1929) / The Carter Family
In the Cumberland Mountains (1931) / Carson Robison, Frank Luther & Phil Crow
The Little Old Sod Shanty on My Claim (1933) / Marc Williams
Meet Me by the Icehouse, Lizzie (1935) / The Original Hoosier Hotshots
On Tanner's Farm (1934) / Gid Tanner and Riley Puckett
Montana Plains (1933) / Patsy Montana w/ The Prairie Ramblers
My Carolina Home (1938) / Fred Kirby
Swannanoa Tunnel (1949) / Bascom Lamar Lunsford
Dark Holler Blues (1929) / Clarence Ashley
East Virginia Blues (1931) / Clarence Ashley & Gwen Foster
Sourwood Mountain (ca. 1960s) / Mac Wiseman
The Old Chisholm Trail (ca. 1960s) / Golden State Cowboys
My Little Old Home Down in New Orleans (1979) /Grandpa Jones
Around the Corner Behind the Berry Tree (1957) / Bob Newman
Tennessee Border (ca. 1949) / Jimmy Work
Blue Yodel (T For Texas) (1927) / Jimmie Rodgers
When the Moon Comes Over Sun Valley (1941) / Sons of the Pioneers
Carry Me Back to the Lone Prairie  (ca. 1930s) / Carson Robison
Lone Star Trail  (1930) / Ken Maynard
A Mansion on the Hill  (1948) / Hank Williams
I Dreamed Of A Hillbilly Heaven (1961) / Tex Ritter
El Paso (1959) / Marty Robbins
Wolverton Mountain (1962) / Claude King

* Thanks to Calvin Saxton for naming this segment after "The Midnight Special" that was noted for shining its ever-loving light.

16 July 2006
Songs About Drinking

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
God's Gonna Cut 'Em Down (1946) / Golden Gate Quartet
Old Rub Alcohol Blues (1927-29) / Dock Boggs
The Gin House Blues (1926) / Bessie Smith
Drunkard's Special (1929) / Coley Jones
If the River Was Whiskey (1930) / Charlie Poole with The North Carolina Ramblers
The Alcoholic Blues (instr) (1927-28) / De Ford Bailey
Prohibition - Yes or No, parts 1 & 2 (1930) / Gid Tanner & the Skillet-Lickers
Pass Around the Bottle and We'll All Take a Drink (1926) / Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers
Prohibition Blues (1930) / Clayton McMichen
The Old Home Brew (1937) / The Dixon Brothers

J.E. used to say that he got his first fiddle when a drunken fiddle player on the street stepped in front of a train and was killed.  J.E. returned to the scene the next day, recovered the fiddle, and had it repaired.  The fiddler had been playing “Drunkard's Hiccoughs” at the time of his demise.

Drunkard's Hiccups (1939) / J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers
Take A Drink on Me (1927) / Charlie Poole [Poole drank himself to death in 1931]
Drunken Hearted Man (1937) / Robert Johnson
Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (1949) / Stick McGee and His Buddies
Cigareets, Whuskey, and Wild Wild Women (1947) / Sons of the Pioneers
Drinking All My Troubles Away (ca. 1950) / Paul Howard & His Cotton Pickers
Beer Bottle Mama (1950) / Andy Reynolds & His 101 Ranch Boys
Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine (1972) / Tom T. Hall [a request from Jett]

A person could get quite an education from studying North Carolina jurist Bascom Lamar Lunsford.  He was a prodigious writer and collector of mountain ballads, and in his later years a great talent scout of sorts.  Lunsford discovered George Pegram, the first recording artist on the Rounder label.  Old Mountain Dew” was a Lunsford original that achieved great fame with versions by Grandpa Jones and The Stanley Brothers.

Dedication (1949) / Bascom Lamar Lunsford
Old Mountain Dew (1949) / Bascom Lamar Lunsford
Drinking of the Wine (1949) / Bascom Lamar Lunsford
The Poor Drunkard's Dream (ca. 1937) / Wade Mainer & the Sons of the Mountaineers
Bay Rum Blues (1931) / Clarence Ashley & Gwen Foster
Moonshine Man Blues (1941) / Peter Cleighton with Blind John Davis
What A Waste of Good Corn Likker (1953) / Bill Long (Gordon)
My Bucket's Got a Hole In It (1949) / Hank Williams
There's a Tear in My Beer (unissued demo) / Hank Williams
White Lightning (1959) / George Jones
I Like Beer (1975) / Tom T. Hall
Dooley (1963) / The Dillards
Little Glass of Wine (1947 or 1948) / The Stanley Brothers

9 July 2006

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
Jonah in the Whale (1941) / Golden Gate Quartet

  The following song is very rare -- it was recently discovered after 70 years
  in a Nebraska shop and issued on a 2006 Yazoo release...
Up Jumped the Rabbit (ca. late 1920s) / Georgia Pot Lickers
I'll Rise When the Rooster Crows (1928) / The Binkley Brothers' Dixie Clodhoppers
Coo Coo Bird (1929) / Clarence Ashley
Rabbit in a Pea Patch (1927) / Uncle Dave Macon [The Dixie Dewdrop!]
Run Rabbit Run (ca. early 1960s) / Stringbean (David Akeman)
Intoxicated Rat (ca. 1960s) / Hylo Brown & the Blue Ridge Mountain Boys
Carve That Possum (1927) / Uncle Dave Macon
Bullfrog Boogie (ca. 1950-53) / Earl Slone
Groundhog (1947) / Merle Travis
Old Slewfoot (1960) / Johnny Horton
Ya Gotta Quit Kicking My Dog Aroun' (1926) / Gid Tanner & The Skillet Lickers
Oh Where is My Little Dog Gone (1927) / Al Hopkins & the Bucklebusters
Where Has My Little Dog Gone (1939) / Hoosier Hot Shots
Dad Gave My Dog Away (1948) / T. TexasTyler
The Poodle Dog Song (1950) / Jimmie Davis
Old Rattler (1976 remake of 1948 original) / Grandpa Jones
Old Shep (1941) / Red Foley
Old Blue (1964) / The Dillards
My Old Coon Dog (1971) / Don Stover
How Much is That Hound Dog in the Window (ca. 1960) / Homer & Jethro
Hound Dog (1952) / Big Mama Thornton w/ Kansas City Bill [Elvis's source]
Rabbit in the Log (ca. 1980) / Ralph Stanley & Jimmy Martin

Tennessee Hound Dog (1977) / The Osborne Brothers
The Cat Came Back (1953) / Lee Moore
Go Long Mule (1927) / Uncle Dave Macon
Johnson's Old Grey Mule (1936) / J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers
Buckin' Mule (1964) / The Dillards
May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose (1965) / Little Jimmy Dickens
Fox On The Run (1987) / The Country Gentlemen
Old Horse (1998) / Michael Martin Murphey
Get Along Old Paint (ca. late 1940s) / Fred Kirby [also did "Atomic Power"]

Tennessee Stud (1973) / Roy Rogers  [a very good alternative version of this song]
Wild Mustang (2004) / Peter Rowan Tony Rice

Molly & Tenbrooks (1947) / Bill Monroe and The Blue Grass Boys

2 July 2006
Independence Day

Thanks to Archie Kneeland of Moosup, CT, for providing material for this show!

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
If I Had My Way (1939) / Golden Gate Quartet
  While “Satin Sheets” was on the charts when Archie and Jean tied the knot,

  we thought Ray Price’s #1 hit from the same year was a more fitting
  dedication to Archie and Jean’s anniversary this past Friday…

Satin Sheets (excerpt) (1973) / Jeanne Pruitt
You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me (1973) / Ray Price
Move It On Over (1947) / Hank Williams
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (1949) / Hank Williams

  The following series of Revolution-era songs with narration is a 1989
  production of Keith & Rusty McNeil – historical folk singers

Free America
Castle Island Song
The Rich Lady Over the Sea
Yankee Doodle
The Battle of the Kegs

Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier
The World Turned Upside Down

  We followed the McNeil’s excellent musical history with
  one of Jimmy Driftwood’s Revolution-period pieces…

Soldier's Joy (1959) / Jimmy Driftwood
  The McNeils continue with songs and history from the War of 1812...
The Eighth of January
Parliament of England
The Noble Lads of Canada
To Anacreon In Heaven [the melody became “The Star Spangled Banner”]
Patriotic Diggers
The Hunters of Kentucky
  One of Jimmy Driftwood’s greatest… his story of the Battle of New Orleans

  set to the musicof the fiddle tune “The Eighth of January”…
The Battle of New Orleans (1959) / Jimmy Driftwood
Pledge of Allegiance (1969) / Red Skelton from his TV show
The Ragged Old Flag / Dale Robertson with Jody Miller
Are You Proud of America (1971) / Keith Whitley & Ralph Stanley
Proud of the Flag (ca. 1990) / The Isaacs

America Will Always Stand (2001) / Randy Travis
American Heroes (1994) / Joe Don Silvers
The Statue in the Bay / Gene Autry
When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1942) / Glenn Miller & Orchestra
Song of the Patriot (1980) / Johnny Cash
The Great American Eagle (ca. 1951) / Leon Payne (w/ Tex Ritter?)
I'm Gonna Practice Freedom / Hank Thompson
God Bless The USA (2003 remake) / Lee Greenwood

America The Beautiful (ca. 1974) / Elvis Presley
Happy Birthday America / Doc Williams
This Land (1995) / Dramtreeo
God Bless America (1939) / Kate Smith

The Star Spangled Banner (2003) / The Oak Ridge Boys

25 June 2006
Hard Times

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
Wade In The Water (1946) / Golden Gate Quartet
Life To Go (1958) / Stonewall Jackson
The Spasm (1935) / Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah
Papa's Bout To Get Mad (1928) / Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley
A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today (1977) / Merle Haggard
Mistreated Blues (1931) / The Carolina Buddies
Worried Blues (1927) / Frank Hutchison
A Week In A Country Jail (1969) / Tom T. Hall
Short Life And It's Trouble (1937) / Wade Mainer & Zeke Morris
In The Jailhouse Now #2 (1930) / Jimmie Rodgers
One Dime Blues (1927) / Blind Lemon Jefferson
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live (1929) / Blind Alfred Reed
Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me (1967) / Red Smiley
Old Rebel Soldier (ca. 1960s) / Jim Greer
All I Got's Gone (1928) / Ernest Stoneman
All in Down and Out (1937) / Uncle Dave Macon
Hard Times Come Again No More (unk) / Graham Brothers
The Prisoner's Song (1925) / Vernon Dalhart
Silver Bullet (2006) / The Milroys
Cotton Mill Blues (1936) / Daddy John Love
The Poor Drunkard's Dream (1939) / Wade Mainer & Sons of the Mountaineers
Got The Farm Land Blues (1930) / The Carolina Tar-Heels
Over The Hill To The Poorhouse (1973) / Lester Flatt & Mac Wiseman
Beans (1931) / Beans Hambone & El Morrow
Ain't No Use Working So Hard (1927) / Carolina Tar Heels
Weave Room Blues (1938) / Fisher Hendley
Serves 'em Fine [Cotton Mill Colic #3] (1931) / Dave McCarn
Cotton Mill Colic (1930) / Dave McCarn
Hard Times (1940) / Woody Guthrie
Starvation Blues (1931) / Charley Jordan
No Dough Blues (1928) / Blind Blake
Times Is Tight Like That (ca. 1928-31) / Bo Carter & Walter Vinson
Down On Penny's Farm (1929) / The Bentley Boys

Bread Line Blues (1931) / Slim Smith

18 June 2006
Fathers Day Tribute
Special thanks to Archie Kneeland of Moosup, CT, for providing many songs.

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
Our Father (1939) / The Golden Gate Quartet

   We played the following song on the occasion of
   Sir Paul McCartney’s 64th birthday.  But the real reason
   we played the song was to celebrate the birthday of one of
   our favorite listeners, Ms Robbie, who listens over the Web
   from Seattle, Washington.  Ms Robbie, who shares a birthday

   today with Sir Paul, is nowhere near 64.
When I'm Sixty-Four (1966) / The Beatles
Daddy's Hands (1986) / Holly Dunn
Coal Miner's Daughter (1970) / Loretta Lynn
Pap's Corn Liquor Still (1978) [remake] / Grandpa Jones
Daddy's Place (ca. 1962) / Leroy Van Dyke
More Like Your Dad Everyday (1927) / Uncle Dave Macon
Workin' End of a Hoe (2003) /Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
My Son Calls Another Man Daddy (1950) / Hank Williams
Grandpa Was A Carpenter (1989) / John Prine w/Scruggs, O'Conner, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
One More Voice Singing in Heaven Tonight (2006) / Randy Waller & Country Gentlemen
Pop and Me (1975) / Sonny James
Daddy Loves You (1955) / Marty Robbins
That's My Pa (1962) / Sheb Wooley
A Miner's Life (2004) / Charlie Waller
Family Man (1997) / Jimmy Eaves [from Ft. Worth, TX]
The Reverend Mr. Black (1963) / Kingston Trio
My Father's Voice/Judy Lynn (1963) [former Miss America runner-up]
  The following song was a request from Jett in Texas, listening over the Web…
One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) (1948) / Jimmy Wakely
  We had many requests for the following song.  Good thing we planned to play it…
That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine (1935) / Gene Autry & Jimmy Long
Five Feet High and Rising (1959) / Johnny Cash
This One's For Daddy (1985) / Janet McBride
Dream of a Miner's Child (1956) / The Stanley Brothers
Hank (1997?) / Hank Williams Jr
Our Baby Boy (1936) / Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies
Introduction to Miner's Prayer (1993) / Dwight Yoakam & Curly Ray Cline
Miner's Prayer (1993) / Ralph Stanley & Dwight Yoakam
Father's Table Grace (1964) / Flatt & Scruggs
My Old Man Was a Sailor (1963) / Smothers Brothers
A Boy Named Sue (1969) / Johnny Cash
Papa's Wagon (1972) / George Jones
Pistol Packin' Papa (1962) / Claude King
My Father's Son (2004) / Ricky Skaggs
A Father's Prayer (1995) / Front Range
  I’m pretty proud of my dad.  I played a couple of his stories in his honor on Father’s Day… -Jim
"Shot in the Foot" and "The Police Whistle"/Jim's Dad (26 Dec 1994)
  The following song, besides being a theme for Minnie Pearl, is one of my dad’s favorites… -Jim

Jealous Hearted Me (1937) / The Carter Family

11 June 2006

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)

Swing Down, Chariot, The Golden Gate Quartet (1946)

Travelin' Down The Road, Uncle Dave Macon (1937)

I'm Going Back Home, Memphis Minnie and Joe McCoy (ca. 1920s)

It's A Rough Road To Georgia (unissued), Henry Whitter (ca. 1920s)

Lonesome Road Blues, Smith & Irvine (ca. 1920s)

Outskirts Of Town, Leadbelly (ca. 1947)

Wayfaring Stranger, Cullen Gaylean & The Virginia Mountain Boys (1982)

  J. E. Mainer died June 11, 1971 -- 35 years ago today.

  He recorded the following song with the writer, his son J. E. Mainer, Jr.,

  who wrote the song while riding a train on his way to serve in the Korean War...

The Lonely Train, J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers (1949)

Ridin' On That Train 45, Wade Mainer and Steve Ledford (1937)

Long Gone Lonesome Blues, Hank Williams (1950)

Ben Dewberry's Final Run, Jimmie Rodgers (1927)

  The Lilly Brothers and Tex Logan were with the Kentucky Ridgerunners

  when the following song was recorded...

Kentucky Is Only A Dream, Red Belcher & The Kentucky Ridgerunners (1948)

Train That Carried My Girl From Town, Frank Hutchison (1926)

Heavy Traffic Ahead, Bill Monroe and The Blue Grass Boys (1949)

Traveling Yodel Blues, Darby and Tarlton (1928)

How Far To Little Rock, The Stanley Brothers (1959)

Still Trying To Get To Little Rock, The Stanley Brothers (1961)

Will Rogers Highway, Woodie Guthrie (1940)

  Laurie Lewis and Dudley Connell only recorded together on The Masters of the

  Banjo Tour in 1993.  This is one of two songs on the resultant CD that

  showcases them together...

The Lover's Return, Laurie Lewis and Dudley Connell (1993)

Hello Stranger, The Carter Family (1937)

Freight Train Blues, Merle Travis (ca. 1946)

The Hobo's Last Ride, Hank Snow (ca. late 1940s)

Wandering On, Hank Snow (ca. late 1940s)

  There was an American cowboy singer, Arthur Miles, who could perform

  "harmonic singing" just like the throat singers of Tuva!  To prove it, we played

  excerpts of a Tuvan singer (Congar ol' Ondar) from a Bela Fleck

  & The Flecktones live album. If anyone can provide information about

  Arthur Miles, contact us at !

A Moment So Close (excerpts), Bela Fleck & The Flecktones (2002)

Lonely Cowboy part 1, Arthur Miles (ca. 1928)

Lonely Cowboy part 2, Arthur Miles (ca. 1928)

Wabash Cannonball, Roy Acuff (this version ca. 1940s)

Cannonball Blues, Frank Hutchison (1929)

Haunted Road Blues, Tom Ashley (1931)

Coat Of Many Colors, Dolly Parton [oops] (1971)

Traveling Kind, The Country Gentlemen (1971)

My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains, Lost and Found (ca. 1995)

Down The Road, Doc & Merle Watson (1967 with 1998 additions)

4 June 2006
Western Music

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro(1994)

God Told Nicodemus, Golden Gate Quartet (1941)

Utah Carroll, Cartwright Brothers (1928)

The Roundup in the Spring, Martin & Roberts (ca. 1930)

The Lone Star Trail, Ken Maynard (1930)

I'm A Texas Cowboy, Arkansas Woodchopper (1931)

When the Cactus Is In Bloom, Jimmie Rodgers (1931)

Goodbye Old Paint, Harry McClintock (1928)

When the Work's All Done this Fall, Carl T. Sprague (1925)

Take Me Back to Tulsa, Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys (mid 1940s)

The Blues Don't Mean a Thing, T. Texas Tyler (1949)

Cattle Call, Tex Owens (1934)

Little Joe the Wrangler, Jules Verne Allen (1928)

Tying a Knot in The Devil's Tail, Powder River Jack & Kitty Lee (1930)

Tennessee Walking Horse, Cass County Boys (ca. 1945)

Yodelin' Crazy, Rex Allen (late 1940s)

Atomic Power, Fred Kirby (1945)

I'm An Old Cowhand, Sons of the Pioneers (1936)

Singin' in the Saddle, Tex Ritter & His Texans (1939)

Ridin' Down the Canyon, Gene Autry & Smilie Burnette (1935)

Last of the Silver Screen Cowboys, Rex Allen Jr. & Sr. with Roy Rogers (1982)

Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Sons of the Pioneers (1946)

Cool Water, Sons of the Pioneers (1945)

Ragtime Cowboy Joe, Foy Willing & Riders of the Purple Sage (ca. 1946-1948)

The Strawberry Roan, Marty Robbins (1959)

The Last Round Up, Rex Allen w/ Victor Young & His Singing Strings (1955)

Don't Fence Me In, Roy Rogers (1948)

South of the Border, Gene Autry (1939)

High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me), Tex Ritter (1952)

The Lone Ranger (William Tell Overture), ABC Orchestra (1949)

The Buffalo Skinners (On The Trail of the Buffalo), Ramblin' Jack Elliot (1995)

Hoppy, Gene and Me, Roy Rogers (1974)

Happy Trails, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans (1952)

The Bard of Armagh/The Streets of Laredo, Michael Martin Murphey (2002)

28 May 2006
Memorial Day Remembrance

Special thanks to Archie Kneeland of Moosup, CT, for providing many songs

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro    

Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho, The Golden Gate Quartet

There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere,  Elton Britt

A White Cross Marks The Grave, The Sauceman Brothers

Antietam, Reno & Smiley

Soldier's Grave, The Stanley Brothers

Mary Danced With Soldiers, Emmylou Harris/Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

G.I. Joe And Lillie, The Oak Ridge Boys

The Ballad of Ira Hayes, Johnny Cash

That Star Belongs To Me, The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover

He's Coming To Us Dead, J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers

Keep The Flag Flying, Johnny Wright

America Will Always Stand, Randy Travis

Captain Rosie, Margaret Brixey

Private Wilson White, Marty Robbins

Out Where the West Winds Blow, Kenny Roberts with The Down Homers

Stars And Stripes on Iwo Jima Isle, Sons of the Pioneers

Big Black Wall, Phil Coley

Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer, The Four Vagabonds

A Letter From Vietnam (To Mother), Hank Snow

Korean Song, Jimmie Osborne

The Vacant Chair, Tennessee Ernie Ford

The Rebel Soldier, Tennessee Ernie Ford

Not A Word Of That Be Said, Ginny Hawker

Operation X, Dave Dudley

Wrap My Body In Old Glory, The Sauceman Brothers

The Dying Soldier, The Carter Family

Letter To Tom, The Country Gentlemen

Atlanta Is Burning, Wildwood Valley Boys

Cross The Brazos at Waco, Billy Walker

Colors, The Oak Ridge Boys

Taps, ACC Heritage of America Band

21 May 2006
Bad Men and Bad Women

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro    

Hush!,  Golden Gate Quartet

Special Thanks to Frank Jenkins for providing the two Vogue 78 rpm picture discs from which the following four songs were derived:
    Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, Lulu Belle & Scotty

    I Get a Kick Out of Corn, Lulu Belle & Scotty

    Who's Gonna Kiss You When I'm Gone, The Down Homers

    Out Where the West Winds Blow, Kenny Roberts with The Down Homers

             Note:  Kenny Roberts is a New Englander and an amazing yodeler!
Stockade Blues, J. E. Mainer Band

Railroad Bill, Hobart Smith

Early in the Morning, Johnny Lee Moore & Prisoners

Samuel Hall, Tex Ritter

The Prisoner's Song, Osborne Brothers

Girl in the Blue Velvet Band, Mac Wiseman

Tom Dooley, Doc Watson

Cowboy Jim, Dry Branch Fire Squad

Po' Lazarus, Fairfield Four

John Law Burned the Liquor Store Down, Chris Thomas King with Colin Linden

Don't Take Your Guns to Town, Johnny Cash

Little Sadie, Doc Watson

Down in the Willow, Wade Mainer & Zeke Morris

Bandit Cole Younger, Edward L. Crain

She Got The Goldmine (I Got the Shaft), Jerry Reed

Big Iron, Marty Robbins

Long Black Veil, Lefty Frizzell

Tennessee Stud, Johnny Cash

Stack-O'-Lee, Mississippi John Hurt

Wild Bill Jones, Hylo Brown & the Timberliners

Jesse James, Jim Greer & the Mac-O-CheeValley Singers

Darlin' Corey, Earl Taylor & Jim McCall

Legend of Billy the Kid, J. E. Mainer & the Mountaineers

25 Minutes to Go, Johnny Cash

Pretty Polly, Stanley Brothers

Black Jack Davey, PutnamStringCounty Band

14 May 2006

Mothers Day Show

Special Thanks to Archie Kneeland for providing some of the songs used on this show!

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro    

Motherless Child, Golden Gate Quartet

Mama Don't Allow, J. E. Mainer

A Song For Mama, The Carter Family

M-O-T-H-E-R, Eddie Arnold

I've Got The Blues for Mammy, Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies

Shake My Mother's Hand for Me, Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys

Shortnin Bread, Big Sweet Lewis Hairston

Mother Was a Lady, Jimmie Rodgers

Momma Blues, Goldwing Express

I Heard My Mother Call My Name in Prayer, Nashville Grass

Pistol Packin' Mama, Good Old Boys

World's Meanest Mother, Chickie Williams

Mama's Hand, Hazel Dickens

That Was Your Mother, Paul Simon

Picture on the Wall, The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover

Mama She's Lazy, Pinkard & Bowden

I'm Glad That You're My Mother, Girls of the Golden West

Mother's Prayer, Jimmie Wakely

Always be Kind to your Mother, Reno & Smiley

The Fields Have Turned Brown, Bobby Osborne

Mom Always Liked You Best, Smothers Brothers

South of the Border, Gene Autry

That Pioneer Mother of Mine, Roy Rogers

Pray for Me Mother of Mine, Marty Robbins

Mother's Old Steel Thimble, Minnie Pearl

Write a Letter to My Mother, Charlie Poole

Happy Mother's Day, Ronnie Diamond

If I Ever Get Rich Mom, Hawkshaw Hawkins

My Mother's Beautiful Hands, Bradley Kincaid

Mama, Shorty Long & Dolly

Mama Liked the Roses, Elvis Presley

Mama Don't Allow, Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies

Your Mother Should Know, The Beatles

Your Mother, Your Darling, Your Friend, Ernest Tubb

Mama Likes Bluegrass Music, Frosty Mountain Boys

7 May 2006 (1400-1600 EDT)

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro

Intro:  No Grand Opera, Frank Floyd

Casey Jones, Johnny Cash

He Said He Would Calm the Ocean, The Golden Gate Quartet

Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott, Statler Brothers

Jole Blon, Roy Acuff

This World Can't Stand Alone, Roy Acuff

Rocking Chair Daddy, Frank Floyd

What Are You Squawking About, Frank Floyd

Could I Have This Dance, Anne Murray

Nelly Was a Lady, Alvin Youngblood Hart

Tom Dooley, The Kingston Trio

Lawdy What a Gal, Merle Travis

Better Day, Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry

Yodel Blues Part 2, Val & Pete

Adam & Eve, Mr. & Mrs. Chris Bouchillon

Tennessee Stud, Jimmy Driftwood

The Mermaid, The Clancy Brothers. w/ Lou Killen

The House Carpenter,  Clarence Ashley

I Hope I Never Fall in Love Again, Jimmy Wakely

Raggin' The Banjo, Marvin Montgomery

Diddy Wah Boogie, Al Dexter

Port Arthur Blues, Dewey Balfa

Ossun Two-Step, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys

Pan American Blues, De Ford Bailey

Brilliancy Medley, Eck Robertson

Cheatin' On You Baby, Red Foley

Blues Don't Mean a Thing, T. Texas Tyler

Seven and a Half, J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers

The Nashville Blues, Delmore Brothers

Freight Train, Jim & Jesse

Train Medley,   BassMountain Boys & Chubby Wise

The following three songs reached #1 in 1959:

  The Battle of New Orleans, Johnny Horton

  White Lightning, George Jones

  El Paso, Marty Robbins

Sandy Land, Fiddlin' Sam Long

LonesomeValley, Sanctified Group

30 April 2006 (1452-1600 EDT)
[Preempted 52 minutes by the UCONN-Notre Dame baseball game that ran 13 innings and ended in a 1-1 tie when the ND team had to leave to catch a flight home!]

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
Dipsy Doodle, The Golden Gate Quartet
Evening Shade, Sacred Harp Singers
Rum and Coca Cola, The Andrews Sisters
In the Eyes Abide the Heart, Beth Nielson Chapman
I'm a Hog for You, Clifton Chenier
The Spasm, Daddy Stovepipe & MS Sarah
Rosalita, Valerio Longoria
Oh My Little Darling, Thaddeus C. Willingham
King William Was King George's Son, Mr. And Mrs. Crockett Ward
Walk On Boy, Doc & Merle Watson
Polly Von, Paul Clayton
The Gambling Suitor, <undocumented>
Locks & Bolts, <undocumented> 
Look On & Cry, Wade Mainer
Sauerkraut, Riley Puckett
Boil Up The Breakfast Early, The Chieftains
Just Because, The Lone Star Cowboys
Roll Along, Prairie Moon, The Girls of the Golden West
Weaver's Life, The Dixon Brothers
Talking Casey, Mississippi John Hurt

23 April 2006 (1400-1600 EDT)

Hattie Dalton "Old Red Rooster Party" Intro (1994)
Didn't It Rain,  The Golden Gate Quartet
Brown's Ferry Blues, Delmore Brothers (1947)
Electricity, Jimmy Murphy (1952)
Sleep, Baby, Sleep, George P. Watson (1911)
Sleep, Baby, Sleep, Jimmie Rodgers (1927)
I Left Her Standing There, The DeZurik Sisters (1939)
1944 Radio Show, Charlie Monroe & The Kentucky Pardners (1944)
Lint Head Stomp, Phebel Wright
Jesse James, Whitey & Hogan
Pain in my Heart, Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
Hang out the Front Door Key, Shelton Brothers
Alabama, Bailey Brothers
Somebody's Been Using That Thing, Callahan Brothers
Maple On The Hill, Uncle Dave Macon (1927)
Maple On The Hill, J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers (1935)
There'll Come A Time, Wade Mainer (1993)
Ring On Your Hand, Wade Mainer (1993)
When The Train Comes Along, Wade Mainer (1993)
That's Alright Mama, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
Boogie Chillin', John Lee Hooker
Rolling Stone, Muddy Waters with Ernest Crawford
I'm Hog Tied Over You, Tennessee Ernie & Ella Mae Morse
Tom Cattin' Around, Ken Marvin
Lovesick Blues, Hank Williams
Jealous Heart, Tex Ritter
Garden in the Sky, Blue Sky Boys
Handsome Molly, The Stanley Brothers (1956)
Darling Do You Know Who loves You, The Stanley Brothers (1956)
China Grove My Home Town, Curley Seckler (2004)
I've Never Been So Lonesome, Ted Lundy
I Can't Sit Down, Wade & Julia Mainer (1992)