A Finals Week Rebroadcast: Wintergrass 2015 and Celebrating Bob Wills
Written by Randy Black on March 14, 2016
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
The Del McCoury Band
I Draw Slow
Viking Twang Episode 82 March 15, 2016
Friends – It’s Finals Week here at Portland State and I still have some work to do. So please enjoy this rebroadcast from March 8, 2015.
Good morning, welcome to Viking Twang. My name is Randy Black. Hope you’re enjoying your spring and making it through these last weeks of the term. Last week I was at the Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival and had a really great time. We picked from late afternoon until the early morning every night and had some great performances and jams in the Oregon Bluegrass Association suite, and all around the festival. You can check out videos on the OBA Facebook page. Plus, I brought back some music from some of the acts I saw up there. We’re going to start with Billy Strings and Don Julin, who are in some trouble:
1 – Turkey Red, W.C. Beck
2 – Dust in a Baggie, Billy Strings & Don Julin. A Michigan duo. Billy played in a jam in the OBA Suite. Billy on guitar, Don on mandolin. From their 2013 album, Rock of Ages.
3 – Kill’um (Jobob Rag), Local duo Aarun Carter and Jonathan Trawick, who are also part of a band called Well Swung. Check out their performance on the OBA Facebook page.
4 – Banjoreno, G Burns Jug Band; A San Diego jug band that actually has a jug player! From last year’s album. Besides Del, my favorite band of the weekend.
5 – Le Batalllion, Dustbowl Revival. A band out of Venice, California. From their 2011 album, Holy Ghost Station.
6 – Blackjack County Chains, Del McCoury Band. From a live show at the Flynn Theater in Burlington, VT, Oct. 2, 2014. A song by Red Lane, a hit in 1967 by Willie and Waylon.
7 – Lighthouse Daughter, I Draw Slow; a fictionalization of a real tragedy by this Irish band, from their 2008 album, Downside.
The next two sets we celebrate the birthday of Bob Wills, who was born March 6, 1905. Bob, of course, practically invented Western Swing music and is still its king. In fact, he still holds attendance records from his shows at the old Jantzen Beach dance hall. This is from a radio show from 1946 in Bakersfield. Tommy Duncan singing, Joe Holley and Louis Tierney on fiddle, Herb Remington on steel, Eldon Shamblin on guitar and Tiny Moore on electric mandolin.
8 – Opening Theme – Playboy Theme
9 – Liberty – A traditional song
10 – Empty Chair at the Table; a Tommy Duncan song
11 – I’m Talkin’ About You; written by Bob and Tommy
12 – Stardust; by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parrish in 1927
13 – What Makes Bob Hollar? A Cindy Walker song, first recorded in 1942 in Hollywood. In a 1935 recording session, the producer got mad at Bob for his hollars. Bob threatened to pack
and leave, saying, “You hired Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys and Bob Wills hollers anytime he feels like it and says whatever he wants to say!”
14 – Osage Stomp; from 1937 in Chicago.
15 – The Hot Lick Fiddlin’ Man; from 1942 in Hollywood.
16 – Oh! You Pretty Woman; recorded in Fort Worth in February 1941. Along with Louie Tierney (fiddle), Leon McAuliffe (steel guitar), Eldon Shamblin (guitar) Al Strickland (piano), and
Son Lansford (bass), added trumpet, clarinet, and sax. This was practically a second touring band.
17 – What Makes Bob Hollar? From Bob’s last recording session in December, 1974. He suffered a stroke during the sessions and passed away the next May. Leon McAuliffe and Leon
Rausch from his original bands were there, as was Merle Haggard on vocals and fiddle.