It’s the name of a 1980 horror novella by Stephen King, an unincorporated community in Columbia County, Oregon, A valkyrie in Norse mythology, and the subject of some of bluegrassland’s most poignant and lonesome songs. With the help of the Alan Munde Gazette, Bill Harrell, Lou Reid and Carolina, Dale Ann Bradley, and Bill Clifton, we’ll be looking at misty rivers, moonlight, memories, mountains hills, and hops.
So many hot high-lonesome tunes, and so little time. The bins have more new bluegrass CDs crammed therein than Carter’s has pills. We’ll be checking out the cream of the crop with the latest from Becky Buller, Detour, Richard Bennett, Breaking Grass, Terry Baucom, Volume Five, Rhonda Vincent, and the Earls of Lester.
Their current sound has been described as “acoustic overdrive”, “slam grass”, and “folk rock on steroids”. But in the beginning, when founding members Steve Gulley and Adam Steffey were still in the band, they were more traditionally oriented. We’ll be featuring music from the early days of Mountain Heart, one of the most illustrious and distinctive bands to ever roll down the bluegrass highway.
The band was formed in 2000 by four ex-members of JD Crow and the New South, and quickly became one of the most talked about groups in the Bluegrass biz. Wildfire: Robert Hale, Darrell Webb, Curt Chapman, Barry Crabtree, and Phil Ledbetter will be pickin’ and singin’ live in a special segment captured in 2001.