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FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: Bluegrass Album Band – July 8, 1982 – The Birchmere, Alexandria, Virginia

Thanks to SPPS and Mitchell Wittenberg for making this available.

Bluegrass Album Band – July 8, 1982 – The Birchmere, Alexandria, Virginia
by info@thespps.org
Steam Powered Preservation Society
SPPS Anonymous Cassette Tape #366
Bluegrass Album Band
The Birchmere
Alexandria, Virginia
July 8, 1982

“The Bluegrass Album Band was a bluegrass supergroup, founded by Tony Rice and J. D. Crowe in 1980. Originally, there was no intention to build a permanent group and the main reason for the collaboration was to record a solo album for Tony Rice. They found that this cooperation could work and the result was an album called The Bluegrass Album, released in 1981, with 5 more volumes of music to follow.” – Wikipedia (citing: Stephen Thomas Erlewine; Biography of The Bluegrass Album Band, AllMusic).

Side A / Set One:
1. (Applause)
2. Your Love Is Like A Flower
3. (talk / band intros)
4. You Don’t Know My Mind
5. We May Meet Again Someday
6. (talk)
7. Bugle Call Rag
8. (talk)
9. I Believe In You Darling
10. (talk)
11. Take Me In The Lifeboat
12. (talk)
13. Just When I Needed You
14. (talk)
15. Hold Whatcha Got . . .
16. Shuckin’ The Corn
17. (talk)
18. Toy Heart
19. (talk)
20. I’m Gonna Settle Down
21. (talk)
22. Ain’t Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone . . .

Side B / Set Two:
1. One Tear
2. Don’t Give Your Heart To A Rambler
3. (talk)
4. Sittin’ Alone In The Moonlight
5. (talk)
6. We Can’t Be Darlings Anymore
7. (talk)
8. Leather Britches (Fiddle/Banjo Duet)
9. (talk)
10. Chalk Up Another One
11. (talk)
12. Ocean of Diamonds
13. (talk)
14. Pike County Breakdown
15. (talk)
16. The Model Church
17. (talk)
18. I’ll Never Shed Another Tear
19. (talk)
20. Sally Goodin
21. (talk)
22. Blue Ridge Cabin Home
23 (talk) (set abbreviated)

Transfer by Keith Kreider 12/14/2018

Notes: Listed as:
“Bluegrass Album Band – 198(2) – Birchmere Restaurant, Birchmere, MD – (c366) – 24t”


Audience Recording!

SPPS Anonymous Cassette Tape #366 takes us back to July 8, 1982 at the legendary Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia for two audience-recorded sets of the Bluegrass Album Band featuring Tony Rice (guitar, vocals), J.D. Crowe (banjo, vocals), Doyle Lawson (mandolin, vocals), Terry Baucom (fiddle, vocals) (replacing Bobby Hicks for this show), and Todd Phillips (bass). At the time of this recording the band had released their first LP, “The Bluegrass Album” (1981), and “The Bluegrass Album, Volume Two” was set to be released by Rounder at any moment. Bluegrass doesn’t get much better than this! There are simply too many highlights to list, but one that caused me a serious case of chicken-skin was “The Model Church” during set two. Sweet!

—Mitchell Wittenberg

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3 Responses

  1. (BTW, Track 9 is "I Believed In You Darling"…past tense…it seems to have been written after it was all over!)

  2. Jan, although Doyle introduces Track 5 as "We May Meet Again Someday," I'm pretty sure the title is "Don't Forget Me."

  3. What a great find. I'm not sure many folks know what a good fiddle player Terry Baucom is. Thanks for the upload Jan.

    Allen Hughes

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