Tater Tate, Alan Munde, John Hartford, and more bluegrassers on Tuesday’s Viking Twang
Written by Randy Black on November 10, 2015
Viking Twang Episode 64, November 10, 2015
Good morning, welcome to Viking Twang Episode 64. My name is Randy Black, hope you’re making it through the term. I know I’ll be spending my Veterans Day writing a paper for my Comparative Politics class.
Today at the Twang we have a guest DJ of sorts. We’re going to start the show with a great John Hartford song – and I know that’s redundant – called “Tater Tate and Alan Munde”, which goes through a long list of legendary bluegrass musicians. I picked out as many of them as I have time for and am playing them in order. Here’s John with the playlist.
1 – Turkey Red; W.C. Beck & the Portland Country Underground.
2 – Tater Tate and Allen Mundy; John Hartford. From his 1976 album Mark Twang, in which he
played all the parts.
3 – Cackling Hen/Cumberland Gap; Joe Stuart. Ralph Rinzler recorded this in 1956 at New River Ranch, just after Joe had finished playing a set as a member of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys. It’s from a Smithsonian Folkways album called American Banjo: Three-Finger and Scruggs Style.
4 – I’m Ready to Go; Melvin Goins. Melvin and his brother Ray played for years with the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and in Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys. This is from his 2004 album, I Wouldn’t Miss It.
5 – Peacock Rag; Clarence “Tater” Tate. Tate played fiddle for most of the great bluegrassers, including Bill Monroe and Jimmy Martin; this was recorded in 1978 when he was with Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass, with Marty Stuart on mandolin, Kenny Ingram on banjo, and Curly Seckler on guitar.
6 – Hot Burrito Breakdown; Alan Munde. This is from the banjo player’s 1993 album, Festival Favorites Revisted; written by former Flying Burrito Brother fiddler Byron Berline.
7 – Somebody Loves You Darlin’; Curly Seckler. This is Curly, who played with a lot of bands including Ralph Stanley and Lester Flatt, playing with Marty Stuart.
8 – Runaway Country; Doug Dillard. Written by Dillard and Byron Berline, from Doug’s 1969 record, The Banjo Album.
9 – Green Onions; Vassar Clements. The old Booker T/Steve Cropper song, from Vassar’s 2004 album, Livin’ With the Blues. Produced by David Grisman.
10 – Red Rocking Chair; Charlie Monroe and his Kentucky Pardners; from 1949.
11 – Bent, Broken and Blue; The Osborne Brothers. From 1969.
12 – Salt Lake City Blues; Sam & Kirk McGee. Among the first stars of the Grand Old Opry; from May 1926.
13 – The City of New Orleans; Charlie Waller & the Country Gentlemen. From 1971, probably with Jimmy Gaudreau on mandolin, Mike Auldridge on dobro, Bill Emerson on banjo, and Bill Yates on bass.
14 – Buckaroo; Clarence White. This from an album of session tracks he made between 1966 and 1968, before he joined The Byrds.
15 – Jerusalem Ridge; Kenny Baker. From his landmark 1977 album, Kenny Baker plays Bill Monroe; Baker was Monroe’s longtime fiddler player; each of them claim credit for this classic fiddle song.
16 – Route 66; Byron Berline. From his 2006 album, Red Dirt. Another versatile fiddler who played with the Rolling Stones and Flying Burrito Brothers.
17 – Nine Mile; Gene Goforth. A major influence in Hartford’s playing; from a 1999 compilation, Traditional Fiddle Music of the Ozarks.
18 – Shout and Shine; Carl Story. Called the father of bluegrass gospel music, this is from 1976.
19 – Little Sadie; Bill Keith and Jim Rooney. The influential banjo player; from the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, I think.
20 – Picking on Josh; Tut Taylor. The great dobro player who was on Hartford’s 1971 classic, Aeroplain; this is from his 1972 album, Friar Tut, with Norman Blake and Sam Bush.
21 – I Want to Be Loved (But Only By You). Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper; from 1947.
22 – The Lowest Pair; John Hartford, a prayer from Mark Twang.
23 – Twang Theme; Countrypolitans