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by Jesse Walker

Monday, December 01, 2008
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 Blues
The Virginia Squires: The Late Night Cry of the Whippoorwhill
Jim Lauderdale: There's a Looking Glass
Steve Earle: Until the Day I Die
Jim & Jesse: Bringing in the Georgia Mail
Earl Scruggs & Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline Rag
Eastern Heritage: Early Morning Rain
Hazel Dickens: Busted
Mac Wiseman: House of the Rising Sun
The Seldom Scene: Walking the Blues
Bluegrass Cardinals: Sweet House of Prayer
Betty Jean Robinson & The Nashville Grass: Tramp on the Street
Buddy and Julie Miller: Little Darlin'
Josh Graves: Little Maggie
Wilco: Forget the Flowers
Lester Flatt: The Wreck of the Old 97
Vassar Clements: White House Blues
Blue Mountain: Jimmy Carter
Doc & Merle Watson: Summertime
Doc Watson & The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Tennessee Stud
Doc & Merle Watson: Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Doc Watson: My Blue Eyed Jane
Doc & Merle Watson: Three Times Seven
Mac Wiseman: In the Pines
The Dixie Chicks: White Trash Wedding
Bill Monroe: Sally Goodin
Merle Haggard: Big City
The Nashville Superpickers: Paperback Writer
Michelle Shocked: Lovely Rita
The Peasall Sisters: Gray County Line
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman: There Ain't No Bugs On Me
Stonewall Jackson: The Bare Necessities
The Stoneman Family: Big Ball in Monterey
The Red Clay Ramblers: The Yellow Rose of Texas
The Mountain Ramblers: John Hardy

Vassar'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.

posted by Jesse 11:06 PM
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