Sunday, May 25, 2008

Memorial Day Tribute To My Uncle

I want to take this opportunity on Memorial Day weekend, to tell you about my Dad's brother, Harold Brooks.   As a young man, he served in the Army as an MP (stationed with Lefty Frizzell) He and my Dad grew up performing together as The Brooks Brothers (my Dad on banjo and my Uncle on guitar)  They played area square dances and other events and became quite popular on the local music scene.  They both ventured up North and performed with Ola Belle & Alex at Sunset Park and New River Ranch.  When I had learned enough to start performing with my Dad and Uncle Harold, we formed a band with Dean Clawson called, 'Mountain Drive'.  I hope you enjoy the photos from the mid 80's of my Uncle, my Dad, Dean Clawson and myself.  We played some really fun things for a number of years...The Crosby Golf Tournament, The Vantage Golf Championships, Bermuda Run Country Club, Fiddlers Conventions, Festivals...Harold had a high tenor voice very similar to Bobby Osborne.  He sang a lot of Osborne Brothers songs--and sang them well!  He was a lot of fun to be around and fun to watch on stage.  He served as a member of the North Carolina National Guard and his unit was sent to the Middle East during Operation Desert Storm.  He was there serving our Country for many months with his fellow National Guardsmen.  Upon returning to North Carolina, he developed severe breathing problems, due to things he had been exposed to while serving in Operation Desert Storm.   His health began to quickly decline.  When he passed away, my Dad asked if we could work up a couple of songs for Harold's Funeral.  This was Dad's way of paying a final tribute to the brother who had learned to play Bluegrass with him and stood by him on stage so many times in the past.  It was a very hard thing to do...we were singing and playing guitars, while there was a vacant spot beside us...a voice missing from the trio...
For those of you who knew Harold, or at least had the opportunity to meet him, I hope this writing brings back a memory or two and puts a smile on your face.  For those of you who didn't get to meet him, I hope this brief look into his life will make us all continue to realize that the men and women serving to preserve our freedom are Uncles...Brothers...Sons....that have hobbies, talents and interests, but give so freely of themselves for all of us and for our wonderful Country.  Thank you, Uncle Harold.  I sure miss hearing you sing 'The Old Knot Hole'.~CB

Monday, May 19, 2008

Playlist For Knee-Deep In Bluegrass

Here is the playlist for the latest "Knee-Deep In Bluegrass"Radio Show:

Knee-Deep In Bluegrass-Theme-Terry Baucom

Fork In The Road-Infamous Stringdusters

Nine Pound Hammer-Tony Rice Unit

Lonesome Weary Heart-Audie Blaylock & Redline

Blue Mountain-Balsam Range

They're Holding Up The Ladder-Jeff & Sheri Easter, Lewis Family & Easter Brothers

Cut Your Wheels-Grascals

If All Those Trains Were Still Around-Randy Kohrs

The Nerve-Marty Raybon

Red Apple Rag-Tim Smith

Vintage Vault-Clarence White

Salt Creek / Big Sandy River

Restless-Alison Krauss

A Thing Called Love-Jeff Autry

Interview Artist-Todd Phillips

Cheyenne-Bluegrass Album Band

The Golden West-Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands

Roving Gambler-J.D. Crowe & The New South

I Cried All The Way To Kentucky-Alecia Nugent

Down Another Lonesome Highway-Josh Williams

Concert-Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands

Tall Pines/Diamond Joe

Sad Old Train-Seldom Scene

Closing Theme-Knee-Deep In Bluegrass-Terry Baucom

Thanks for listening!~CB

Monday, May 12, 2008

My New Mother's Day Deck!

Terry relaxes after the work is done
We will spend a lot of time here
Terry and Kevin have just started
Hunter drives a nail
The end of day one
Now come the rails

Our deck needed a make-over in the worst way....and in the days leading up to Mother's Day, it got one!  Terry's cousin, Kevin Baucom, is a wonderful carpenter (and a pretty darn good mandolin player, too!)  Kevin and Terry worked for 2 and a half days...tearing out the old deck flooring, picking up materials, sawing, hammering and hauling away the old lumber.  It was quite a job and they did a great job.  At the conclusion of the work, Terry said, "Happy Mother's Day,  Cindy".  We are already enjoying our new deck.  We also enjoyed hanging out with Kevin for a couple of days.  Thanks, guys, for the hard work and a nice job!~CB

Playlist For Latest Show

Here is the playlist for the latest Knee-Deep In Bluegrass Radio Show:

Theme-Knee-Deep In Bluegrass-Terry Baucom

Sycamore Hollow-Blue Highway

If You're Ever In Oklahoma-Claire Lynch

No Place To Hide-Alison Krauss + Union Station

Down The Trail of Aching Hearts-Special Consensus

Mother's Day (inst.)-Tony Williamson

Ain't No Way of Knowin'-Lou Reid & Carolina

Dollar Bill Blues-Chris Stuart & Back Country

Brand New Song-Larry Sparks

Mosby's Rangers-Mark Johnson & Emory Lester

Vintage Vault-JIMMY ARNOLD

Rainbow Ride / Little Rock Getaway

Lovin' Pretty Women-Steep Canyon Rangers

More Than A Name On A Wall-Dailey & Vincent

Spotlight Artist-WAYNE TAYLOR of Blue Highway

A Week From Today-Blue Highway

Through The Window of a Train-Blue Highway

Hole In The Ground-Larry Cordle

Lonesome Road Blues-Mashville Brigade

Love For The Land-Andy Falco with Josh Williams

Bugle Call Rag-Ned Luberecki

Concert-CHRIS JONES in Holland

This Weary Heart You Stole Away

I'm Ready If You're Willin'

Sawing On The Strings-Alison Krauss

Theme-Knee-Deep In Bluegrass-Terry Baucom

Thanks for listening!~CB

Monday, May 5, 2008

Playlist for Knee-Deep In Bluegrass

Thanks for listening to Knee-Deep In Bluegrass. Here is the playlist from the latest show!~CB

Theme-Knee Deep In Bluegrass-Terry Baucom

Sweet Carrie-Dailey & Vincent

That High Lonesome Sound-Peter Rowan & The Nashville Bluegrass Band

Big Iron-Jim Hurst

A Beautiful Life-Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys

Call The Captain-Steep Canyon Rangers

Last Thing On My Mind-Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein

If I Had The Money I Would Ride That Train-Tim Stafford

I Don't Know-Cherryholmes

Vintage Vault-1960's Country Gentlemen

Brown Mountain Light

Bringing Mary Home

Viva Las Vegas-Grascals with Dolly Parton

Help Is On The Way-Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Spotlight Artist-CARRIE HASSLER

Seven Miles From Wichita-Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain

Restless State of Mind-Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain

Everyday I Write The Book-Alison Brown with Sam Bush

Tennessee Hound Dog-Osborne Brothers

My Little Georgia Rose-Seldom Scene

Your Eyes-Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands

Concert Segment-Mike Snider String Band

Soppin' The Gravy / Soldier's Joy Medley

Through The Window of a Train-Blue Highway

Theme-Knee Deep In Bluegrass-Terry Baucom