Thursday, July 24, 2008

Playlist for Wednesday July 23, 2008
Gathering Flowers From The Hillside
Hosted by Greg Denton with guest Arthur MacInnes

1. Sugar In The Gourd - The Holy Modal Rounders

All songs about hills, this show was an oblique tip of the hat to The Hillside Festival taking place, not on a hill, but on 'The Island' at The Guelph Lake Conservation Area from July 25 to July 27. This year marks the festival's 25th anniversary.

2. I'm Climbin' On Top Of The Hill - Blind Boy Fuller
3. Gathering Flowers From The Hillside - The Carter Family
4. Up On The Hill Where They Do The Boogie - John Hartford
5. Hillbilly Hula Gal - Junior Brown

6. Little Cabin Home On The Hill - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
7. Little Cabin Home On The Hill Waugh Waugh - John Hartford
8. Cabin On The Hill - Lester Flatt & The Nashville Grass
9. Little Poplar Log House On The Hill - The Carter Family
10. A Mansion On The Hill - Hank Williams

11. Over The Hills To The Poorhouse - Flatt & Scruggs
12. Wake Up Hill - Old Man Luedecke

Old Man (Chris) Luedecke is the only artist from tonight's playlist actually performing at The Hillside Festival this weekend.

13. Sugar Hill - Homer Walker

14. Hills Of Home - Hazel Dickens
15. The Hills That I Call Home - Front Range

Front Range is a band that "emerged" out of Colorado in the 1990s, here singing a song about Vermont: "In the land of Ethan Allen/Where the sugar maples grow/Where the wild grass fills the meadows/And the rocky rivers flow". Noted for their "smooth" (I'd say edgeless) harmonies, the band sure pulls a lot of 'sap' out of those maples.

In the early 1770s, The Province of New York was selling land claims to prospective settlers in Vermont, ignoring those (Ethan Allen among them) with established title to land grants in the Bennington area. Ethan Allen led a group called The Green Mountain Boys in a guerilla rebellion against New York and was instrumental in the establishment of the "republic" and later the "state" of Vermont.

16. My Home Among The Hills - The Carter Family

17. Bottom Of The Hill - Harry Manx & Kevin Breit

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