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The Old Fashioned #30

Andy Thorn and Foxy at their Colorado home.

We hope you’ve followed banjo player Andy Thorn’s lovely videos from outside his home in Colorado over the past couple of years. They’d be inspiring if only for the sunrises over a spectacular view and his graceful clawhammer playing. But at some point, this fox began coming around and hanging out, clearly attracted by the music. Watching Foxy, as he was dubbed, sniff the air, perk up his ears and twitch his tail while Andy plays is one of the more heartening things we’ve seen. Inspired by this confluence of music and nature, Thorn has released Songs of the Sunrise Fox, and we’re pleased to include the song “Fox Trail” in this episode, with more to come. Another important premiere is “Diane” from the new lineup of Sister Sadie. It’s their first as this new band in preparation for a 2023 album. Also new music from Zoe & Cloyd, Larry Cordle, the Chatham Rabbits and John Cadley, a songwriter we just discovered with an outstanding folk/bluegrass voice. Legacy cuts come from Jimmy Martin and The Traditional Grass, heroes of 1980s Ohio bluegrass.

Tune Hash - Handsome Johnny
Sister Sadie - Diane
Zoe & Cloyd - Rainbow Of My Dreams
Traditional Grass - The Blues Are Still The Blues
Andy Thorn - Fox Trail
Chatham Rabbits - Temporary Home
Joe's Truck Stop - Grease Fire
John Cadley - I Don't Want To Know
Ralph Stanley - Oh Death
Old Hat String Band - Big Bray
Rock Hearts - 99 Years
Jimmy Martin - Ocean of Diamonds
Michael Cleveland - The Old Mountaineer
Larry Cordle - East Kentucky Blues
Del McCoury Band - You're Running Wild
Dodi Kallick - One Hundred Miles
Lily Henry - Muza de la Kozina
Dan Tyminski - Why You Been Gone So Long?

Craig Havighurst is WMOT's editorial director and host of <i>The String, a weekly interview show airing Mondays at 8 pm, repeating Sundays at 7 am. He also co-hosts The Old Fashioned on Saturdays at 9 am and Tuesdays at 8 pm. Threads and Instagram: @chavighurst. Email: craig@wmot.org</i>