“Grand, magnificent Canyon, Where flows that wild, matchless stream, That races its way through the mountains, Where earth in its making is seen: Where temple, cathedral, and castle, Minaret, steeple, and dome, Were carved by the mighty world builders, From mountains on mountains of stone.” These words are by American poet William Wendell Riley, and they do a good job of capturing the wonder, mystery, and grandeur of canyons, some of the most spectacular places on the planet. We’ll be fearlessly heading down into canyons this week.
We’ll be cranking up the old high-lonesome time machine and taking her back to those never-to-be repeated again glorious bluegrassical days of December 1973, and January and February 1974, when among other things, Dueling banjos by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel is nominated for a Grammy. Brothers Charles, Roy, and Marvin Douglas Brown, along with their cousin John A Brown Jr. are arrested for the murder of Stringbean and his wife Estelle. The first issue of Pickin’ magazine appears, replete with a pull-out poster of Bill Monroe. And Dave Evans joins Larry Sparks in the Lonesome Ramblers on banjo.
She’s fronted her own wildly popular band for over a decade. She’s a co-founder of the Daughters of Bluegrass, an award winning songwriter, in-demand M.C., Honda motorcycle enthusiast, and Monroe-style mandolinist. The lady of tradition, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road will be pickin’ ‘em live and energetically. Will also be sampling the latest bill of fares from the Steel Wheels, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Ron Block, The Kruger Brothers, and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
They were #1 country songs between 1989 and 1992 and now, with the help of such high-lonesome stalwarts as Bobby Osborne, Doyle Lawson, Charlie Sizemore, John Starling, and Marty Raybon, they’re sounding better than ever. We’ll be presenting such country hits as Love on Arrival, Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart, Any More, Ace in the Hole, and Home, in their purest, highest, and best form, just like God and Bill Monroe intended them to be in the first place.
It’s a chemical element with the atomic number 26. It constitutes one-third of the earth’s mass. It’s found in all living organisms and gives blood its red color. Circulating in liquid form deep in the Earth, it creates the planet’s magnetic field. It accounts for over ninety-five percent of all the world’s metal production. It’s also a word that’s synonymous with strength, conviction, power, and resolve. And whether it’s used as a noun, adjective, adverb, or metaphor, it’s been the subject of many a great bluegrass song. With the assistance of John Hartford, Jim Hurst, The Gibson Brothers, and Salamander Crossing, we’ll be looking at all things iron.
They’re brand new, sizzling hot, hip, and happening. We’ll be giving recently released items from Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, Dave Adkins and RepubliK Steel, Michael Martin Murphey, New Blue, The Deadly Gentlemen, and Tom Neal the attention, accolades, honor, and respect they richly deserve.