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The Old Fashioned #97

A few years ago I was talking to banjo player Kyle Tuttle at IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh and he was telling me about his vision for what I recall as some kind of world/rock/bluegrass fusion and I suggested calling it the “Monroehavishnu Orchestra” and that made him laugh. His new solo album Labor of Lust isn’t exactly John McLaughlin’s Inner Mounting Flame, but it’s an adventuresome bluegrass album spiked with enlightening ingredients and masterful picking. Kyle had a tremendous 2023 touring with Molly Tuttle’s Golden Highway (and landing another bluegrass album Grammy Award). He starts 2024 with his own statement, and we’re here for it. Also this week, new songs from Tray Wellington, Darren Nicholson and Daniel Ullom and a show debut from Chattanooga’s Randy Steele. Archival tape rolls with Lynn Morris, the Mississippi Sheiks, and the iconic Old and In The Way.

Bill Monroe - The Old Brown County Barn
Kyle Tuttle - Trailer in Boulder Canyon
Daniel Ullom - Cherokee
Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band - Leroy's Dustbowl Blues
Tray Wellington - Lift Up Every Stone
The Goodwin Brothers - Down To The Mill
Jarron Paxton - Candy Man
Lynn Morris Band - If Teardrops Were Pennies
Adam McIntosh - Baby, You Ain't Baby Anymore
Adeline - Stoney Fork
Darren Nicholson - Ain't No Sin
Mississippi Sheiks - Jake Leg Blues
All Day Breakfast Stringband - Fire On The Mountain
Old and in the Way - Pig In A Pen
Randy Steele - There's A Part of Me
Tatiana Hargreaves and Allison DeGroot - Dry
Sharon Mountain Harmony - Turtle Dove
Dale Ann Bradley - One By One

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>