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 Lot's of new CD's out on Bluegrass labels like Pinecastle, Rounder, Rebel, Sugar Hill and others, check out thier webpages for more.  Some new labels showing up too. I will try and let you know who they are here, or on the air.

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Jay Armsworthy and Eastern Tradition
This is the 3rd release from this Maryland based traditional Bluegrass band. Features Armsworthy with Tom Gray, Mike Phipps and Marc Bolen. Fourteen cuts with includes a mix of  bluegrass and classic country tunes.
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Jesse McReynolds and Charles Whitstein
Both have lost their brothers recently and the new album from these two is a natural combination.   Singing songs that other great brother duo's have done , the Wilburns, Bill and Charlie Monroe and others. And of course tribute to the brothers they have lost. 

  From Pincastle Records

BlueQrass Unlimited Singles Chart

#17 "Steven's Deep Coal Mines" - Jim Hurst (Second Son)

#15 "Up And Down The Mountain" - David Parmley & Continental Divide (Pathway Of lime)

#27 "Rounder's Spirit" - Special Consen- sus (Route 10)

Album Chart

#12 "Route 10" - Special Consensus 

 #19 "Up & Down The Mountain" Continen-

tal Divide (Pathway Of lime)

 Christian ~  #25 "Sheltered In The Arms Of God" - Village Singers (A Tribute To Governor Jimmie Davis)

Gospel Truths

#7 The Village Singers "Sheltered In The Arms Of God"

#15 Village Singers "Someone To Care"

#16 "Come Unto Me" Special Consensus (Route 10)

#18 "When The Angels Take My Hand" - Nothin' Fancy (Once Upon A Road)


Alison Kruss + Union Station  "Live"  on Rounder Records

Join Alison with Dan Tyminski, Jerry Douglas, Ron Block, Barry Bales live at the Louisville Palace in Louisville, Ky with great  tunes like "The Lucky One, Choctow Hayride and of course the award winning  "I am a Man of Constant Sorrow."  They packed the place with fans of Bluegrass and they loved them and you will too. If you are in the Des Moines area be sure to see them live at the Civic Center for a return show in Oct,2005. 

Jeannie Kendall   "JK"  on Rounder Records

Remember the Kendalls back in the back in the seventies and eighties.  I can and I never failed to play them when I was working at KYNN and WOW in Omaha.  It was a loss of a real talent when Royce passed away.  But it didn't stop Jeannie, they had just signed with Rounder and where recording track they planned to release.  Well those tracks are now out, they include Royce and Jeannie do the great duo singing they type of songs that may the country charts way back when.  Plus Jeannie teaming up with such great current artists like Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs,  Alison Krauss, Steve Culley of the group Mountain Heart, Darrin Vincent and Rhonda Vincent.




This IBMA nominated Emerging Artist of the year in 1997 group out of New York's Adirondack Moutains, brings a new energy to the music. Performing songs written by band member Kim Rose who was mentored by Country and Bluegrass hit maker Larry Cordle. Make's you believe that the young artist of he genre are truely going to keep it alive if not bring it back to the top of the heap.  Kim, Joel and Barb Fox where introduced to Bluegrass music by their parents. And by the  late 1980's they  had established themselves on the northeastern Bluegrass circuit. They have now joined forces with Mandolinist Jim Reed and fiddle player Megan Lynch who has played with the likes of Jim Hurst and Larry Cordle.  A super album for the young and the old alike, check it out. You can also hearthem on my Country Unplugged show.



LoneSome Day Records

If you like Blue Highway, JD Crowe, Lonesme River Band, Ricky Skaggs, Doyle Lawson, or Mountain Heart?  You will like this album, it no only features Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Randy Kohrs, Ron Stewart and more. Check out tunes like the tile tune "Time", "Before The First Tear Hit's The Ground" and "Heart of Glass".  Listen some of the them on my "County Unplugged" broadcast. 


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Here is a great new album out by one of my favorite touring bands "Special Consensus"  Greg Cahill has been at it for been at it for 27 years.  He has  always surrounded himself with the most talented bluegrass voices and instrumentalist in the Bluegrass music business and the current band is not different. I have know Greg for many years, he and Special Consensus was about the only band that would come through Omaha and play bar gig. The first time I meet and hear them was at a place called the "City Limits Saloon on the west edge of Omaha.  Long time friend and Bluegrasser Dick Zion and his then wife had booked them.  They were hot then and still are, and this album is one of the best.  Last time I enjoyed them live Josh Williams the band, I am really impressed with that young man.  The great sounds of dobroist Rob Ickes and fiddler Ron Stewart  have played with them, plus Tim Dishman and Jamie Clifton to. Greg always has the top's in vocalist and pickers, the great songwriter and vocalist Ron Spears is not with them.  Get it and you will be happy and if you are around the Des Moines Iowa area on Sat the 6th of August stop by the Johnston Bluegrass Festival from Noon til 7pm for Special C live, plus 8 other local and regional Bluegrass bands.  Johnston is just off the I-80 & I-35 bypass get off at the Merle Hay exit. Hope to see you there.

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Upcoming Shows

Check out Dolly Pardons new Bluegrass Album "Halo and Horns" in stores now.  Sugar Hill CD's
New CD from Alternate Roots.  Contact them at
New CD from Steep Canyon Rangers on the Bonfire Label.   Contact: or
Pat Oswald of Coffee House Productions who put on the Del McCoury show and who has worked hard to bring in great Acoustic artist and Bluegrass Bands and artist like Del also  Robin and Linda Williams and the Austin Lounge lizards, told me Friday at the show that the Des Moines Masonic Lodge is remodeled and back as as main space and now open, so maybe we will be able see more shows like Del McCourys, it has cost him a bunch to rent the Hoyt Sherman Theater and this is about the only person or place we may even be able to see these groups here in this area.  I want to thank all my listeners for supporting the shows put on by the Coffee House folks.

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This album is another great project from Miss Dolly. With some great back up people like our on local Dobro picker Randy Khors from the St Charles, Ia area. At least half the tunes on this album written by Dolly. In the stores now or go to
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