Posts Tagged ‘bluegrass’

“Drop the Bone” video

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Short video for “Drop the Bone,” the song I co-wrote with Peter Rowan. It’s on his new CD The Old School.

GD on Bluegrass Signal 11/15

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

From Peter Thompson:

Here’s the plan for “Bluegrass Signal” on Sat., Nov. 15th, broadcast on KALW (91.7 FM, San Francisco, and from 6:30 – 8 pm (Pacific Time). In addition the show’s first hour will be repeated five times during the week of Dec. 6-12 on WAMU’s “Bluegrass Country” (

The show’s theme: bluegrass versions of songs (and/or arrangements) by the Grateful Dead. I’m excited about being able to debut Jesse McReynolds’ recording of “Black Muddy River,” which is on his Garcia-Hunter tribute, scheduled for a 2009 release.

It seemed logical to set up this track with OAITW and JGAB recordings of Jim & Jesse songs, so that’s how the show begins. I’m pretty sure the first three sets will go as planned, but live radio could things could change thereafter. BTW, thanks once again to David for turning me on to The Grass Is Dead, whose three albums provide the best collections of bluegrass covers of GD songs — at least until Jesse’s album is released.

Turn your radio on!
– Peter

BLUEGRASS SIGNAL: Grateful Grass – Nov. 15/08 on KALW

OLD & IN THE WAY: Hard Hearted/That High Lonesome Sound
(Acoustic Disc/73>96)
the World)/Lunt-Fontanne, NYC: The Best Of The Rest – October 15-30,
1987 (
JERRY GARCIA ACOUSTIC BAND: Ashes Of Love/Lunt-Fontanne, NYC: The Best
Of The Rest – October 15-30, 1987 (
JESSE McREYNOLDS & THE VIRGINIA BOYS: Black Muddy River/Tribute to
Garcia-Hunter (forthcoming)

STEEP CANYON RANGERS: Don’t Ease Me In/Lovin’ Pretty Women (Rebel/07)
DAVID THOM BAND: Ship Of Fools/The Thief (Swollen/04)
SELDOM SCENE: I Know You Rider/Live At the Cellar Door (Rebel/75>92)

THE GRASS IS DEAD: Row Jimmy Row/The Grass Is Dead (
THE GRASS IS DEAD: Foolish Heart/20 Degrees Of Solitude

RICE, RICE, HILLMAN & PEDERSEN: Friend of the Devil/Rice, Rice, Hillman &
Pedersen (Rounder/99)
CACHE VALLEY DRIFTERS: Cumberland Blues/Stolen Roses: Songs Of The Grateful
Dead (Arista/00)
JONATHAN McEUEN & PHIL SALAZAR: Franklin’s Tower/A Tribute To Jerry Garcia

BILLY & TERRY SMITH: Alabama Getaway/Long Live the Dead – A Tribute to the
Grateful Dead (K-Tel/96)
ADRIENNE YOUNG & LITTLE SADIE: Brokedown Palace/The Art of Virtue
THE WAYBACKS: Dupree’s Diamond Blues/Live at MerleFest

Ralph Stanley for Barack!

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Bluegrass legend (and that is exactly the word!) Dr Ralph Stanley endorses Barack Obama in this radio ad that’s airing in Virginia.

“Howdy, friends. This is Ralph Stanley, and I think I know a little something about the families around here,” the spot runs.

“Barack’ll cut taxes for everyday folks — not big business — so you’ll have a little more money in your pocket at the end of the year,” he continues. “I also know Barack is a good man. A father and devoted husband, he values personal responsibility and family first.”

You can here it here, on TPM Election Central.