Meadow Lark Festival

It’s finally here!  This Saturday, June 28, join WDVX and Ijams Nature Center for a great day of music in the park.  The Meadow Lark Music Festival at Ijams celebrates nature and song with St. Paul & the Broken Bones, The Black Cadillacs, Leah Gardner, The Barstool Romeos, Josh Oliver, Jay Clark and the TN Tree Beavers, and Norwegian Wood. Tickets are on sale at or in person at Ijams Nature Center and WDVX (located in the Knoxville Visitor Center).

For more information check out the Meadow Lark Festival facebook page.

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Vinyl Frontier Playlist, Sunday 7/28/13

Playlist, Sunday 7/28/13

Artist – Song Title/Album Title (Release Year) Record Label 0:00

Hank Penny – The Cricket Song (1957) Decca 2:47

Norman Blake & Red Rector – Lorena/Norman Blake & Red Rector (1976) County 2:30

Kenny Baker & Joe Greene – High Country/High Country (1968) County 2:30

Henson Cargill – Four Long Seasons/Skip a Rope (1968) Monument 2:12

Andrew F Boarman – Somewhere in West Virginia/Mountain State Music (1978) June Appal 2:30

Carl Perkins – Never Look Back/My Kind of Country (1973) Mercury 2:50

Pinnacle Mountain Boys circa 1962

Loren Rogers (banjo) – Bluegrass Special 2:33

Buster Turner (vocal) – Little Maggie 3:00

Pinnacle Mountain Boys (featuring vocal trio) – All the Good Times are Past and Gone 2:49

Blue Valley Boys – Steel Guitar Chimes (Monroe Queener, dobro) 2:10

Pinnacle Mountain Boys – God’s Name in Vain 3:47

Pinnacle Mountain Boys 1963

The Pinnacle Mountain Boys, circa 1963. l to r: Monroe Queener, Charlie Collins, Don Gulley, Jerry Moore, Allen Collins, Buster Turner. From Facebook page for “Sounds Like Home: A Night of Music from the Cumberlands.”

Under-recorded and under appreciated, the Pinnacle Mountain Boys were one of the most accomplished Bluegrass band in East Tennessee in the 50′s and 60′s. Sadly, Loren Rogers died in an automobile accident not long after this recording was made (accounting for his absence in the photo above). Don Gulley’s son Steve and his band Grasstowne perform some of the Pinnacle Mountain Boys songs and have recorded at least one: “I Don’t Worry About You Anymore,” on the album “Kicking Up Dust.”

Vintage Country

Welton Lane – I Just Got Tired of Being Poor (1971) Epic 2:22

Leon McAuliff – Red River Ramble/Swinging West (recorded 1958 as “Golden Chances” for Sesac) Starday 2:00

Red Lane – Throw a Rope Around the Wind (late 1971)2:26

Donny Young – I’d Come Back to Me (1962) Mercury 2:22

Donny Young – Pictures Can’t Talk Back (1959) Decca 2:30

Donny Young, aka Johnny Paycheck, Decca publicity photo

Born Donald Eugene Lytle in Greenfield, Ohio on May 31st, 1938, Johnny Paycheck would experience a meteoric rise – and fall – as a country singer in the 1970′s with masterful interpretations of songs by David Allen Coe and Foster and Rice causing the rise and personal problems causing the second.

Although it took several years for Paycheck’s career to take off, these late fifties and early sixties cuts show that he was neck-in-neck and possibly ahead of George Jones in developing the classic honky-tonk vocal style the two men would eventually become legendary for.

By the middle 1980′s, Paycheck’s career was a shambles. He would serve 22 months for nearly killing a man with a pistol in a barroom brawl in his hometown of Hillsboro, Ohio. After this experience, Paycheck went straight and attempted a comeback which was curtailed by emphysema. Unfortunately, this disease took his life in 2003. He lies in a burial plot donated by George Jones.

Hymn Time

Esco Hankins & Jackie – Stairway to Heaven/Mother Left Me Her Bible (1963) REM 2:30

Esco Hankins & Jackie – By the Crystal Sea/Mother Left Me Her Bible (1963) REM 2:00

Boots Randolph – Amen/Sunday Sax (1968) Monument 2:38

Vinyl Frontier Playlist, 6/23/13

Vinyl Frontier Playlist, 6/23/13

Artist – Song Title/Album (date) Record Label 0:00

Lonnie Glosson – I Want My Mama/single (1962) Starday 2:00

Slim Whitman – Curtain of Tears/single (1956) Imperial 2:17

Frazier Moss – Sugar Tree Stomp/Fiddler’s Dream (1978) Royal American 2:46

Martin, Bogan & Armstrong – Blue Ridge Mountain Blues/Martin, Bogan & Armstrong (1974) 2:00

JT Perkins – The Jig/Just Fine Fiddling (1974) Davis Unlimited  2:15

Slim Whitman – Darlin’ Don’t Cry/single (1953) Imperial 2:40 (recorded at KWKH)

Slim Whitman
Slim Whitman

Tampa, Florida native Ottis Dewey “Slim” Whitman passed away last week, so I thought I should pay tribute in this week’s Vinyl Frontier radio show. His as-seen-on-TV records were a fixture in the late 1970′s and 80′s, severely damaging his credibility as a Western singer. But before this lapse into self-parody, his 1950′s output on Imperial was solid.

Knoxville Grass – A Broken Heart and Memories/Knoxville Grass (1977) Attieram 1:47

Knoxville Grass – Song for Susan/Darby’s Castle (1978) Thunderhead 2:18

Knoxville Grass – Tennessee Blues/Knoxville Grass (1977) Attieram 4:24

Blake Bynum & Roy Harper – Hurrying Home/Echoes of the Past (early 70′s) Pine Mountain 2:09

Hearts & Flowers – Legend of Ol’ Tenbrookes/Of Horses, Kids and Forgotten Women (1968) 2:30

Pinnacle Boys – Latin Leprechaun/High Lonesome Bluegrass (1980) CHM 2:30


Jackie Bair & The Cubs – You’re in Love/single (1964) Spot 2:15

Don Bradford’s Spot Records of upper East Tennessee didn’t put out many records, but the ones I’ve heard have usually been pretty interesting. I found this one back in the very late 80′s or early 90′s at the American Council for the Blind thrift store in Knoxville, TN, then on North Central. I remember this because it was a great day for a young record collector – a Spot, a “D,” (Jimmy Dry) and several white label promos: Capitol, Dot (Hank Thompson) and United Artists (George Jones).

Bob Collins – You Don’t Know/single (mid 60′s) Mark IV 2:33

Rusty Bryant – Riding with Rusty/single (1955) Dot 2:15

Rusty Bryant '50, Regal
Rusty Bryant, sax; Jimmy Carter, piano; Harry Ross, bass and Jimmy Rogers, drums. photo courtesy of Arnett Howard.

Ersel Hickey – Bluebirds Over the Mountain/single (1958) Epic 2:00

Original sheet music cover
Original sheet music cover

Johnny Maddox Orchestra – Hop Scotch Boogie/single (1955) Dot 2:00

Johnny Maddox, aka Crazy Otto no. 2
Johnny Maddox, aka Crazy Otto no. 2

Charlie Rich – Time and Again/single (1962) Phillips Int’l 3:04

Hymn Time

Gospel Ways Trio – I Find Peace in a Prayer/single (1967) Circle “D” 2:26

The Southern Gospel Trio – Thank God I’m Free/The Prodigal Son (mid 60′s) Jewel (OH) 2:30

Gospel Ways Trio – Beautiful Valley/single (1967) Circle “D” 2:30

The Gospel Ways Trio – Ronnie, Homer and Bill – recorded for Dave Owens’ Circle “D” record label of Speedwell, Tennessee. On their Circle “D” records, The Owens family is accompanied by Lafollette, Tennessee‘s Blue Valley Boys, but the Gospel Ways are accompanied by a more typical sound for a Southern Gospel trio/quartet: piano, bass and electric guitar. Of course, it’s easily possible that the musicians who accompanied the Gospel Ways were drawn from the Blue Valley Boys and other participants in the Tennessee Jamboree – John Hunley and Carlos Henderson were both accomplished electric guitarists, according to their profiles at the Friends of the Cumberland Trail website.

Bob Dylan Birthday Bash

Bob Dylan Birthday Bash

Don’t miss this year’s celebration of Dylan songs performed by East Tennessee bands including The Lonesome Coyotes, RB Morris, Kevin Abernathy, Kelle Jolly, Norwegian Wood, Itchy & the Hater Tots, Clint Farley, Bill Alexander and many more. This free concert is from 5-10 p.m. Friday, June 7, on Market Square in Downtown Knoxville.

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