First broadcast July 22, 2011

Blisterin’ Bluegrass & In Memoriam: Kenny Baker

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

The Northeast (and most of the nation) is suffering through a blistering heat wave this week so, what else, we offered up some blisterin’ bluegrass to raise the temperature even more on a Friday night.

On the serious side, there is a memorial tribute to fiddler Kenny Baker, the longest serving Bluegrass Boy who Bill Monroe used to introduce as the “greatest fiddler in bluegrass.” Baker died at age 85 on July 8 in Nashville, Tenn. Baker’s long-bow style of playing, especially during his third and longest tenure with Monroe from 1968 to 1984, changed the character of bluegrass fiddle playing. Influenced by Western swing and jazz as well as the old-timey fiddling of Marion Sumner, Baker offered a sweeter, fuller tone with control and subtle articulation that was new to bluegrass. In turn, he influenced several generations of bluegrass fiddlers.

This show started off with a bridge from our July 15 show of all Celtic music.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Peter Rowan, “Raglan Road”, “Willow Garden”, The Walls Of Time, Sugar Hill

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  • The Roys, “Coal Minin’ Man”, Lonesome Whistle, Rural Rhythm

  • Keith Whitley & Ricky Skaggs, “Dream Of A Miner’s Child”, Dark As A Dungeon, Rebel

  • Steep Canyon Rangers, “Call The Captain”, Dark As A Dungeon, Rebel

  • Kathy Mattea, “Dark As A Dungeon”, Coal, Captain Potato

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  • Niall Toner, “William Smith Monroe”, New Cuts Of Bluegrass/Vol. 3, NCBG

  • Tommy Webb, “From Rock-n-Roll To Bill Monroe”, New Cuts Of Bluegrass/Vol. 3, NCBG

  • Acoustic Blue, “Bill Monroe For Breakfast”, This Is Now, Independent

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  • Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys, “Big Sandy River”, The Music Of Bill Monroe, MCA Box

  • Kenny Baker & Bobby Hicks, “Roanoke”, “McHattie’s”, Darkness On The Delta, County

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  • Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys, “Lonesome Midnight Waltz”, The Music Of Bill Monroe, MCA Box

  • Kenny Baker & Bobby Hicks, “Farewell Blues”, Darkness On The Delta, County

  • Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys, “Jerusalem Ridge”, The Music Of Bill Monroe, MCA Box

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  • Charlie Sizemore, “Down In the Quarter”, Heartbreak Looking For A Home, Rounder

  • Charlie Sizemore with Ralph Stanley, “Red Wicked Wine”, Heartbreak Looking For A Home, Rounder

  • James Reams & The Barnstormers, “One Foot In The Honky Tonk”, “Bailing Again”, One Foot In The Honky

  • Tonk, Mountain Redbird Music, ,

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  • Acoustic Blue, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”, This Is Now, Independent

  • Alison Krauss & Union Station, “Dimming Of The Day”, Paper Airplane, Rounder

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  • Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, “July You’re A Woman”, “Line Drive”, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen