Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Best of Bluegrass honours Liz Meyer and European bluegrass

Thanks to Pieter Groenveld of Strictly Country Records for this news from Bob Mitchell:

Bob Mitchell hosts 'Best of Bluegrass' every Friday 8.00-10.00 a.m. CST (14:00 GMT) and every Sunday 3.00-5.00 p.m. CST (21:00 GMT) on Radio Bluegrass International. The program is also broadcast every Saturday morning on WKWC-FM Owensboro, Kentucky (7.00-9.00 a.m. CST).

Bob supplies your minimum daily required dose of vitamin B (that's bluegrass!) This week's program is a tribute to Liz Meyer. The German magazine Akustik Gitarre says 'The American singer-songwriter Liz Meyer is probably the most important link between the United States and European bluegrass scenes.'

Liz (who lives in the Netherlands) introduced me to European bluegrass and she has been a major organiser and promoter for the European World of Bluegrass Festival and Trade Show. Since 2001 she's been battling cancer. For most of 2009 she was in a treatment centre. In June 2010 she was discharged and returned to her home. Therefore, this program is dedicated to her not only as a token of appreciation for her promotion of bluegrass but also as a musical get well card. Additionally, Liz has been selected as the second recipient of the 'Best of Bluegrass' Excellence Award. Every band on today's show is based in Europe or Canada.

Play List #112
Radio Bluegrass International and WKWC-FM (Owensboro, Kentucky)
Best of Bluegrass
Bob Mitchell
Recorded on 26 June 2010 at WFPK-FM 91.9, Louisville, KY.

1 Liz Meyer: How mountain girls can love / 11 / Strictly Country Records / Live at EWOB (with Nugget - Austria) {Liz: The Netherlands)
2 Bluegrass Stuff: Heavy traffic ahead / 10 / Arcipelago / Volarie (Italy)
3 Red Wine: Blue in the Blue Ridge / 1 / Independent Release / Italian cats (Italy)
4 Wheel Drive: Blue Ridge Mountain girl / 2 / Stoney Man / Another town (Netherlands)
5 Janet McGarry: Robin built a nest on Daddy's grave / 8 / Independent / Just passing thru (Canada)
6 Tom Hanway: Nashville Blues: / 9 / Joyous Gard / Bucket of bees (Ireland)
7 Monogram: Big spike hammer / 1 / Strictly Country Records / European World of Bluegrass: 2003 (Czech Republic)
8 29 Strings: H 13 / Velvet Music / New lineup (Slovakia)
9 Liz Meyer: Someday you will / Strictly Country Records / THE STORM (The Netherlands)
10 The Abrams Brothers: Another night / 2 / MasterShield / Iron sharpens iron (Canada)
11 Blackjack: No one as sweet as you / 8 / Tria / No one like you (Czech Republic)
12G2 Bluegrass Band: Crossroad turnaround / 12 / Cosmos Records / Where the tall grass grows (Sweden)
13 Rawhide: I will / 4 / Strictly Country Records / Not too strictly (Belgium)
14 Bononia Grass: Going back to the Blue Ridge Mountains / 11 / Tortellino Records / Thinking it blue (Italy)
15 Downtown Ramblers: Silver and gold / 2 / Independent Release / Self titled (Sweden)
16 PPM: Ain't gonna work tomorrow / 5 / Independent Release / Fall (Sweden)
17 Sunny Side: Kentucky Waltz / 18 / Strictly Country Records / European World of Bluegrass: 2004 (Czech Republic)
18 Bluegrass Parkway: Louisville Breakdown / 5 / Independent Release / A girl from the south (Australia)
19 Karen Lynne: Blue Mountain rain / 10 / Shoestring / Changes (Australia)
20 Stroatklinkers: Ik hol nog meer van Die / 18 / Strictly Country Records/ European World of Bluegrass: 2003 (Netherlands)
21 Springfield: Spring fills / 8 / Independent Release / Cross over (France)
22 Hoboes: Miss the Mississippi and you / Disc 2 Track 4 / Independent Release / France bluegrass: vol. 2 (France)
23 Jussi Syren & the Groundbreakers: Highways and gravel roads / 11 / Goofin Records / Most requested (Finland)
24 Longway: Cherokee shuffle / 12 / Lomond Records / Further on (United Kingdom)
25 Mideando String Quintet: Talk about suffering / DISC #1 track 17 / Strictly Country Records / European World of Bluegrass: 10 years (Italy)
26 Kreni: I know what it means to be lonely / 5 / Sabik / For sale (Czech Republic)
27 Jiri Kralik & the Rowdy Rascals: Cricket on the hearth / 4 / Independent / Moving on (Czech Republic)
28 Kukuruza: Roses in the snow / 13 / Sugar Hill / Crossing borders (Russia)
29 Hamilton County Bluegrass Band: Town and country / 10 / Kiwi Pacific / Way down south (New Zealand)
30 Cold Mountain Band: Echoes of a signal / 3 / Independent Release / Almost live (Sweden)
31 Widow Maker: Get up there mule / 8 / Sadiebird / The awful truth (Canada)
32 Relief: I'll never let you go / 12 / Good Day Records / (Czech Republic)
33 April Verch: Dixie hoedown / 10 / Rounder / From where I stand (Canada)
34 Coal Porters: The sound of life / 3 / Prima / Turn the water on boy (United Kingdom)
35 Groundspeed: Take this hammer / 8 / Strictly Country Records / European World of Bluegrass: 2003 (Germany)
36 Shin Akimoto Band: Don't bother to cry / 14 / Independent Release / IBMA presents Long Journey Home (Japan)