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The Old Fashioned #112

Tony Trischka

January 6 was the 100th birthday of Earl Scruggs, an event marked with a superb multi-artist concert at the Ryman Auditorium. Others are taking the centenary a few steps farther onto records and stages, and no one can do that for Earl with more thought and authority than Tony Trischka. We’ve been previewing his album Earl Jam for weeks, but now it’s here, a 15-song set inspired by a collection of home recordings from picking sessions by Earl and John Hartford that Trischka got hold of. With many top tier musicians and guests, it’s an inspiring and affectionate tribute. Also this week, a surprising new single from eccentric country soul artist Swamp Dogg, a superb cover of “Sixteen Tons” by Clay Hess, a take on The Band’s “Stage Fright” by fellow Canadians the Lonesome Ace String Band, and a call-in from Amy Alvey about her time at the Fire on the Mountain Festival in Wales. This one's extra hot.

Maddie Denton - Angel's Waltz
Tony Trischka - Freight Train Blues
Lonesome Ace String Band - Stage Fright
Mama's Broke - How It Ends
Swamp Dogg - Your Best Friend - or Rise Up
Missy Raines - Are You Ready To Say Goodbye?
Roe Family Singers - Weep, Sweet Willow
Daniel Ullom - Lost Girl
Clay Hess - Sixteen Tons
Mance Lipscomb - Rag in "A"
Big Chimney Barn Dance - Sittin' On Top of The World
Nora Brown and Stephanie Coleman - Copper Kettle
Brad and Ken Kolodner - Wild Bill Jones
Metsaema - Sweet Silas
Justin Golden - Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right
Hot Rize - Western Skies
Bluegrass Album Band - Blue Ridge Cabin Home
The Plate Scrapers - Home

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>