Viking Twangs Second Birthday Party Part 2!

Written by on August 4, 2016


Del McCoury & The Dixie Pals


Lonnie Donegan


Johnny Cash

Viking Twang 56 featured music by the Carters and the Cashes, in celebration of the Portland premiere of Beth Harrington’s movie The Winding Stream. But we start the show with some hardcore bluegrass.

21 – Big Rock in the Road; Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals. The band before the Del McCoury Band, this is from 1972, with Dick Staber on mandolin, Bill Runkle on the banjo, Billy Sage on the fiddle, and Del’s brother Jerry on the bass.
22 – Hey, Hey, Hey; The Stanley Brothers. A song the Stanleys originally recorded in the 1950s; this version is from January 1961, with Curley Lambert on guitar and mandolin, Art Stamper on fiddle, and George Schuffler on bass.
23 – When the Cactus Is In Bloom; Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys. A Jimmie Rodgers song;
from 1952.
24 – Save It! Save It! Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys. Recorded in Nashville in
November, 1954, with Bobby Osborne on mandolin, Sonny Osborne on banjo, Cedric Rainwater on bass, and Red Taylor on fiddle.
25 – Mountain Dew; Jackstraw. From their self-titled 2002 album; the classic originally written in
1935 by the North Carolina attorney and banjo player Bascom Lamar Lunsford and Scotty Wiseman.
26 – Farewell Blues; Flatt & Scruggs. From October, 1950, with Benny Sims on fiddle, Curly
Seckler on mandolin, and Jody Rainwater on the bass.

Fifth Set
We played a full Jimmie Rodgers show on Sept. 8, Episode 56. This is the second set, featuring his influence on musicians worldwide.

27 – Muleskinner Blues; Lonnie Donegan. Donegan was a star of the skiffle movement in the mid-50s in England; John Lennon and Paul McCartney were each big Donegan fans when they met.
28 – Grande Bosco; Iry Lejeune. By the accordionist and singer considered one of the great
Cajun musicians; from 1955, an adaption of Jimmie’s 1930 Anniversary Blue Yodel (No. 7).
29 – Peach Pickin’ Time; Toshio Hirano. A Japanese picker who has played Jimmie Rodgers songs
in Japan and the United States in recent years.
30 – On the Gundagai Line; Tex Morton. An Australian star who was influenced by Rodgers; this
is from 1936.
31 – Chemirocha; Chemutooi Ketienya and Girls; This is from the Kipsigi tribe of Kenya, recorded
in 1950. The tribe had somehow heard Jimmie Rodgers records and built a legend around him. Mazor wrote, “This mysterious singer ‘Chemirocha,’ with his sexy, high falsetto singing and pounding rhythms, is transmuted, with due amusement, into a very Pan-like local god of the libido, with antelope’s feet.”
32 – Gwitu Ni Ribai; Sammy Ngako. A yodeling cowboy from the Kikiyu people in Kenya in the
1950s. The song tells that the singer is from Ribai, where he found that his mother had died, and he pledges to mourn for her for eight months.

Sixth Set
Episode 86 was right during midterms, May 3, so we figured some of you were in murderous moods.

33 – Some Velvet Morning; Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra; from their 1967 album,
Nancy & Lee.
34 — Scarlet Town; Gillian Welch. From her 2011 album with David Rawlings.
35 – Seven Shells; Fred Eaglesmith, from his 1997 album, Lipstick, Lies, and Gasoline.
36 – If They Could Only See Me Now; Robbie Fulks, from 2005’s Georgia Hard.
37 – The Mercy Seed; Johnny Cash. From his 2000 album, American 3: Solitary Man, produced by Rick Rubin. That’s Benmont Tench from Tom Petty’s band on the keys.





  • Big Rock in the Road
    Del McCoury and The Dixie Pals
    High On A Mountain
  • Hey Hey Hey
    The Stanley Brothers
    The Early King and Starday Years 1958-1961
  • When The Cactus Is In Bloom
    Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys
    The Definitive Collection
  • Save It! Save It!
    Jimmy Martin
    Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys 1954-1974
  • Mountain Dew
    Jack Straw
  • Farewell Blues
    Flatt & Scruggs and The Foggy Mountain Boys
    The Complete Mercury Recordings
  • Muleskinner Blues
    Lonnie Donegan
    More Original Skiffle Recordings
  • Grand Bosco
    Iry Lejeune
    Cajun's Greatest: The Definitive Collection
  • Peach Pickin' Time
    Toshio Hirano
    Toshio Hirano
  • On The Gundagai Line
    Tex Morton
    Timeless Country: Tex Morton
  • Chemirocha
    Chemutoi Ketienya & Girls
    Kenyan Songs and Strings
  • Gwitu Ni Riabai
    Sammy Ngako
    Retracing Kikuyu Popular Hits
  • Some Velvet Morning
    Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
    Nancy & Lee
  • Scarlet Town
    Gillian Welch
    The Harrow & The Harvest
  • Seven Shells
    Fred Eaglesmith
    Lipstick, Lies, & Gasoline
  • If They Could See Me Now
    Robbie Fulks
    Georgia Hard
  • The Mercy Seat
    Johnny Cash
    American III: Solitary Man
  • Twang Theme
    Tired of Drowning

  • Show Notes & Show Blogs


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