Riley Baugus On Mountain Stage

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Set List

  • "Long Steel Rail"
  • "Cuckoo Bird"
  • "Country Blues"
  • "The Day Is Past and Gone"
  • "Please Send Me Someone to Love"*

*Julie Adams and the Mountain Stage Band

Mountain Stage host Larry Groce invited old-time historian and enthusiast Riley Baugus to perform some traditional Appalachian songs in Bristol, Tenn./Va., the border city that hosted the first successful recordings of Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family and the Stoneman Family in 1927. A native of North Carolina, Baugus learned traditional music from the ground up, starting in the church and studying alongside the "characters" in his community. Baugus has become an award-winning musician and accomplished teacher in his own right, traveling to workshops and festivals around the country.

Famed producer T-Bone Burnett called on Baugus to add authentic banjo to the soundtrack of the movie Cold Mountain, as well as the Grammy-winning collaboration Raising Sand by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. Baugus' latest album is titled Long Steel Rail.

Baugus studied with old-time historian Mike Seeger, who had been scheduled to appear on this edition of Mountain Stage before his death on Aug. 7. Seeger taught the tune "Country Blues," included here, to Baugus in the style of seminal musician Dock Boggs.

The set closes with Julie Adams and the Mountain Stage band performing the Percy Mayfield tune "Please Send Me Someone to Love."

This segment originally aired on October 16, 2009.

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