Wednesday, February 24, 2010


(Hour One)

Blue Railroad Train-Josh Williams with Tony Rice
EMD-David Grisman Quintet
You Don't Love Me Anymore-Ronnie Bowman

(Bluegrass News)

Class of '57-Dailey & Vincent
Red Bird-Don Rigsby
Still Climbing Mountains-Blue Highway
Victory In Jesus-Mike Scott

The Man In Red Camels-Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
A Little Change-Bradley Walker
I Can't Like Myself-Gibson Brothers
I Can Go Back Anytime-Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain

I Couldn't Believe It Was True / Never Ending Sea of Love

(Hour Two)

Country Boy In Search of a Country Girl-Lost & Found
More About John Henry-Randy Kohrs


Flowers On The Wall / Do You Know You Are My Sunshine

To Be With You Again-SteelDrivers
My Turn To Cry-Kati Penn
Lord, Help Me Find The Way-Ralph Stanley II

(Concert): Musicians Against Childhood Cancer

John The Revelator-Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Blue Ridge Cabin Home-Carl Jackson & Friends

I Call It Gone-Melonie Cannon

THANKS for listening!~CB

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Art of David Emory

I wanted to introduce you to an artist I recently became aquainted with, David Emory. He is from Snow Hill, North Carolina, and recently completed a wonderful print he titled 'Scrub One Off'. You can relate to this print if you have ever attended the Galax or Union Grove Fiddlers Conventions or observed a casual jam session among a group of friends. David Emory has a great story. I invite you to visit his website at and find out more. ~CB

Monday, February 15, 2010


(Hour One)

I Wonder Where You Are Tonight---Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
Think About You Everyday---Dan Tyminski
Blue Skies & Teardrops---Lynn Morris Band

(Bluegrass News)

Talkin' To Myself---Lonesome River Band
It's Been So Long---Randy Kohrs
Banks of the Ohio---Mashville Brigade
Used To Be---Ricky Skaggs with The Whites

Working In The New Mine---John Cowan
Beautiful Heaven---Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
Dreamer or Believer---Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondie Klein
Tennessee Cut-Up Breakdown---Charlie Cushman

Are You Waiting Just For Me / Little Maggie

(Hour Two)

Grandma's Tattoo's---Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie with Janet Davis
A Great Big Hand---Kenny & Amanda Smith Band

(Knee-Deep Artist Spotlight): MARSHALL WILBORN
My Better Years---Johnson Mountain Boys
Ain't Necessarily So---Lynn Morris Band

Streets of Bakersfield---Josh Williams
Take My Ring From Your Finger---Larry Rice
There Ain't No Easy Street---Steep Canyon Rangers

(Concert Segment) TIM O'BRIEN at Telluride
Another Day

One More For The Road---Adam Steffey


Thanks for listening to Knee-Deep In Bluegrass!~CB


(Hour One)

Time and Time Again---Randy Kohrs
Don't Care Anymore---Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie
How Can I Keep From Singing---Laurie Lewis

(Bluegrass News)

Foggy River---Ricky Skaggs
This Heart of Mine---Larry Stephenson
Lickity Split---Chris Warner
Lonesome Feeling---Josh Williams

Laura Lie---Grasstowne
One Prayer Away---Don Rigsby & Midnight Call
Johnson Mountain Chimes---Jessie Baker
He Rode All The Way To Texas---Cana Ramblers

(Vintage Vault): DON RENO & RED SMILEY
Highway 52 / Emotions

(Hour Two)

Still Climbing Mountains---Blue Highway
Streets of London---Tony Rice

(Knee-Deep Artist Spotlight) MICHAEL CLEVELAND
Jerusalem Ridge---Michael Cleveland & FlameKeeper
I'm Feeling For You---Michael Cleveland & FlameKeeper

John Henry Blues---Jim Mills with Tim Stafford
Til I See You Again---Thomas Wywrot
Eating Out Of Your Hand---LongView
Putnam Valley Flash---Buddy Merriam

(Concert Segment): RHONDA VINCENT & THE RAGE
Martha White Theme / Jolene

Fork In The Road---Infamous Stringdusters


Thanks for listening to "Knee-Deep In Bluegrass"~CB

Friday, February 5, 2010

MERLEFEST Songwriting Contest Deadline Approaches

WILKESBORO, N.C. (February 5, 2010)—The submission deadline for the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest 2010 presented by Lowe’s, is fast approaching. All entries must be received by February 18, 2010.

Now in its 18th year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of Nashville music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy®-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale.

Contest entries are now being accepted via the following methods:

U.S. Mail – Send to P. O. Box 121855, Nashville, TN 37212
American Songspace –
Sonicbids –

Details about entry fees, eligibility and other requirements are available at To be eligible to enter, a songwriter must not derive more than 50% of his or her total income from songwriting or music publishing.

Once submitted, songs are judged by a volunteer panel of Nashville songwriters, publishers and other music industry professionals. Judging is based on a song’s originality, lyrics, melody and overall commercial potential. Twelve finalists, three from each category, will be announced during the first week of April 2010.

Each of the twelve finalists will compete on the Austin Stage at MerleFest 2010. Two of the three on-site judges are Laurelyn Dossett, and Wyatt Durrette, who has co-written several Zac Brown Band hits including “Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” “Whatever It Is” and “Highway 20 Ride.” In addition, for the first time in the history of the contest, each of the twelve finalists will have the invaluable experience of a mentor session with Jim Lauderdale.

The contest recognizes winners in four categories—country, bluegrass, gospel and general. First place winners in each category receive: a performance on the Cabin Stage at MerleFest 2010 (April 29-May 2), a Taylor Big Baby acoustic guitar, a check for $300, two boxes of D’Addario strings and one-year subscriptions to both Acoustic Guitar and American Songwriter magazines. In addition, CASC media partner American Songwriter will offer exclusive on-site interview and recording sessions with each first place winner. Second and third place winners in each category receive performance slots on the Friday night Songwriters Coffeehouse, as well as cash prizes, D’Addario strings and subscriptions to Acoustic Guitar and American Songwriter.

Previous winners of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest include Gillian Welch, Tift Merritt, Michael Reno Harrell, Adrienne Young, Martha Scanlan, David Via, and Johnny Williams.

For additional information about the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, call the contest hotline at 1-800-799-3838 or Laurie Hayes, CASC Coordinator: 336-838-6158,

Net proceeds from the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest support the Wilkes Community College Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship. Since its inception the scholarship has awarded over $ $27,300 to 70 deserving students. The 2009-2010 Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship recipients are Ian Tucker Francis and Dustin Rubio-Serrano.

About Chris Austin:
Chris Austin, from Boone, North Carolina, worked as a sideman for Ricky Skaggs for three years, singing and playing guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle. During that time he was discovered by executives at Warner Bros. Nashville, who offered him a recording contract. While releasing singles including “Blues Stay Away From Me,” “I Know There’s a Heart in There Somewhere,” and “Out of Step,” Austin also developed his songwriting skills, as evidenced in “Same Ol’ Love,” recorded by Skaggs in 1991. On March 16, 1991, Austin’s life was cut tragically short when the private plane carrying him and six other members of Reba McEntire’s band, as well as her tour manager, crashed in the mountains near San Diego. Pete Fisher, then of Warnersongs and currently general manager of the Grand Ole Opry, and Kari Estrin, then MerleFest consultant and Pickin’ for Merle video associate producer, initiated the songwriting contest to honor Austin’s memory.