It has been brewing a long time, but after being off the WHUS schedule since February 2009, Red Rooster Party returned today for the first show in the Summer 2013 WHUS schedule.
Marti and I intend to produce the show for the summer only, and perhaps make it an annual summer thing. It is too much for us to do it year-round, but with this plan we should be able to keep the program going for a while.
As part of the adjustment necessary for Red Rooster Party's return, I am retreating from the regular rotation on Bluegrass Cafe. Amy Orlomoski will continue to bring great bluegrass to Southern New England, and I will make occasional fill-in appearances when Amy is away. Today was the first such fill-in, which made a five-hour radio day for me.
We began the show today with our classic introduction which was taken from a 1994 interview with Marti's Aunt Hattie Dalton who was in her 90s at the time. Hattie died in 2004 at the age of 100. Fred Cockerham and Tommy Jarrell provided the background for the introduction with "Breaking Up Christmas." And of course we followed with our traditional song from the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, just as before.
Today's show did not have a theme as many of our previous shows did, but we instead played a cross-section of music typical for the show which included some of the earliest recordings that could be called "country." Marti introduced a regular feature called "Marti's Bunkhouse" which is about a half-hour of cowboy and western music which happens to be Marti's favorite.
We also played some post WW2 music from the period when country music was catching on in a commercially-successful way.
We hope you enjoyed the return of Red Rooster Party, and will join us again next Sunday at 2pm ET for another journey in our musical time machine.
"Marti's Bunkhouse" in blue
Song / Artist / Album / Label
- Introduction (1994) / Aunt Hattie Dalton
- Golden Gate Gospel Train (1937) / Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet / Complete Recorded Works Volume 1 1937-1938 / Document
- John Hardy (1928) / Ernest V. Stoneman / The Unsung Father of Country Music / 5-String Productions
- Johnny Grey (1938) / Uncle Dave Macon / Travelin' Down The Road / County
- Arkansas Traveler (1922) / Eck Robertson / Old Time Texas Fiddler / County
- I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes (1929) / The Carter Family / Their Complete Victor Recordings 1928-1929 / Rounder
- Going Across The Sea (1928) / Crook Brothers String Band / Nashville, 1928 / Document
- Casey Jones (1925) / Vernon Dalhart / Volume II - On The Lighter Side / Old Homestead
- Shackles And Chains (1937) / Jimmie Davis / I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now / Allegro
- Wish I Had Stayed In The Wagon Yard (1929) / Lowe Stokes & His North Georgians / Volume 1 1927-1930 / Document
- Hand Me Down My Walking Cane (1926) / Gid Tanner & His Skillet-Lickers w. Riley Puckett / Complete Recorded Works Volume 1 1926-1927 / Document
- A Message From Home Sweet Home (1929) / Frank Jenkins' Pilot Mountaineers / Complete Recorded Works / Document
- Blue Yodel (1927) / Jimmie Rodgers / 1927-1928 First Sessions / Rounder
- Weave Room Blues (1936) / Dixon Brothers / Complete Recorded Works Volume 1 (1936) / Document
- Ain't No Bugs On Me (1934) / Fiddlin' John Carson / Complete Recorded Works Volume 7 / Document
- When The Work's All Done This Fall (1925) / Carl T. Sprague / Cowtrails, Longhorns and Tight Saddles / Bear Family
- Tumbling Tumbleweeds (1946) / Sons Of The Pioneers / Songs Of The West / Rhino
- I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart (1935) / Patsy Montana / Songs Of The West / Rhino
- Leaving Cheyenne (1983) Ian Tyson / Songs Of The West / Rhino
- Gunfight At The O.K. Corral (1964) / Walter Brennen / Songs Of The West / Rhino
- Big Iron (1960) / Marty Robbins / Songs of The West / Rhino
- Mule Train (1949) / Frankie Laine & The Muleskinners / Songs Of The West / Rhino
- Patent Leather Boots (1956) / Elton Britt / Boots Buckles & Spurs / Sony / BMG
- Stampede (1950) / Roy Rogers and The Sons Of The Pioneers / Boots Buckles & Spurs / Sony / BMG
- Powder River, Let 'er Buck (2004) / Skip Gorman & the Waddie Pals / Elko! A Cowboy's Gathering / Western Folklife Center
- Evening Chat (2004) / Waddie Mitchell / Elko! A Cowboy's Gathering / Western Folklife Center
- I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby (1956) / The Louvin Brothers / 20 Greatest Hits / King
- Lovesick Blues (1949) / Hank Williams / 40 Greatest Hits / Polydor
- Whoa Sailor (1949) / Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys / Vintage Collections / Capitol
- Jim's Mother tells of hearing Bill & Charlie Monroe in Midland NC in the late 1930s (c.2000)
- What Would You Give In Exchange? (1936) / Monroe Brothers / Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Bear Family