All Spring. All Birds.
That’s the theme.
Well, fiddles. Banjers. Mandolins. The whole nine.
You know, bluegrass and old-time mountain music.
I’d be real surprised if any bluegrass artist performed more songs on the subject of the little winged ones than The Stanley Brothers. And after brother Carter’s passing, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys added quite a few on the subject to their repertoire as well. We’ll even squeeze a Don Reno & Benny Martin collaboration in there that was recorded some time ago too, if time allows.
So, this week, no matter who is singing them, they’re going to be about birds. Redbirds, bluebirds, thrush, white doves, mourning doves, blackbirds and crows of course, and the Eastern Whippoorwill (Caprimulgus vociferus). Even the cuckoo makes an appearance, in the form of an old-timey instrumental from Norman Blake.
Offerings from the modern era include Donna Hughes, Cadillac Sky, King Wilkie, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Blue Highway, The Wilders, The Grascals, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Tim O’Brien, Rowan & Rice, Reeltime Travelers, Don Rigsby, Laurie Lewis, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper…
…and you’d better know that ain’t all!
We’ll take it on out with a number about a robin that built a nest on daddy’s grave and one popularized by Roy Acuff about that ‘great speckled bird’ from Jim & Jesse.
Join us at 9PM Eastern if you’re in “The Land of Bean Blossom.” You’ll find us at 88.7 on your FM dial, right smack dab in the middle of “Friday Night Folk” programming on WICR.
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