AND DOC WATSON FOR LUNCH: Saturday I subbed as host of CBN's bluegrass show, Bill Monroe for Breakfast. Here's what I played:Del McCoury: Learning the BluesThe Virginia Squires: The Late Night Cry of the WhippoorwhillJim Lauderdale: There's a Looking GlassSteve Earle: Until the Day I DieJim & Jesse: Bringing in the Georgia MailEarl Scruggs & Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline RagEastern Heritage: Early Morning RainHazel Dickens: BustedMac Wiseman: House of the Rising SunThe Seldom Scene: Walking the BluesBluegrass Cardinals: Sweet House of PrayerBetty Jean Robinson & The Nashville Grass: Tramp on the StreetBuddy and Julie Miller: Little Darlin'Josh Graves: Little MaggieWilco: Forget the FlowersLester Flatt: The Wreck of the Old 97Vassar Clements: White House BluesBlue Mountain: Jimmy CarterDoc & Merle Watson: SummertimeDoc Watson & The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Tennessee StudDoc & Merle Watson: Don't Think Twice, It's All RightDoc Watson: My Blue Eyed JaneDoc & Merle Watson: Three Times SevenMac Wiseman: In the PinesThe Dixie Chicks: White Trash WeddingBill Monroe: Sally GoodinMerle Haggard: Big CityThe Nashville Superpickers: Paperback WriterMichelle Shocked: Lovely RitaThe Peasall Sisters: Gray County LineJerry Garcia & David Grisman: There Ain't No Bugs On MeStonewall Jackson: The Bare NecessitiesThe Stoneman Family: Big Ball in MontereyThe Red Clay Ramblers: The Yellow Rose of TexasThe Mountain Ramblers: John HardyVassar's version of "White House Blues" replaces the old verses about McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt with gags about Nixon, Ford, and Carter. I had so much fun playing it back to back with the Blue Mountain record that I might reprise the combination on my freeform show.That isn't the original recording of "Big City," by the way -- it's the performance on Haggard's recent Bluegrass Sessions CD. And no, Michelle Shocked's folk cover of "Lovely Rita" isn't really bluegrass, but it seemed to fit, coming as it did right after another Beatles remake.
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