Across the Blue Ridge #109 - Early Country to The Present: Songster John Lilly

Across the Blue Ridge #109 - Early Country to The Present: Songster John Lilly

4:00pm Jan 19, 2018
John Lilly of West Virginia is our featured artist this week. He’s an instrumentalist and songster whose latest album features a dozen songs about U.S. states. His range of styles and subjects reflects his experience in old time, bluegrass, and classic country music.
Hobart Jones, courtesy John Lilly

This week we take a trip down memory lane to a few of the earliest mountain and classic country music recordings. And our journey back brings us to West Virginia’s John Lilly, an artist who spans categories.  He started with old time songs and tunes, was a member of the famed Green Grass Cloggers dance troupe, and all the while reveled in the sounds of Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams and other classic country performers.  He says his years making music with Tennessee fiddle Ralph Blizard were crucial to his development as an instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter.  We find out more about that in our interview.  And we hear songs from John Lilly’s recording output, somewhat modest in number but very impressive in style and quality.

Playlist

  1. Ida Red
    Galax Bogtrotters
    Old Time Jubilation
     
  2. Lover's Return
    Galax Bogtrotters
    Old Time Jubilation
     
  3. Little Darling Pal Of Mine
    Carter Family
    Anchored In Love
     
  4. The Coo Coo Bird
    Clarence Ashley
    Greenback Dollar
     
  5. In The Jailhouse Now
    Jimmie Rodgers
    Essential Jimmie Rodgers
     
  6. In The Jailhouse Now
    Webb Pierce & Willie Nelson
    In The Jailhouse Now
     
  7. Break 1 - Buck Dancer's Choice
    McGee Brothers
    Sam & Kirk McGee Live 1955-67
     
  8. Pan American 
    Hank Williams
    The Complete Hank Williams
     
  9. Short and Sweet
    John Lilly
    Cold Comfort
     
  10. Interview - John Lilly
    John Lilly
    ATBR recording
     
  11. Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia
    John Lilly & Ralph Blizard
    Blue Highway
     
  12. Sally Ann
    Benton Flippen & The Smokey Valley Boys
    Old Time, New Times
     
  13. M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I
    John Lilly
    State Songs
     
  14. Midnight On The Water
    John Lilly & Ralph Blizard
    Blue Highway
     
  15. Break 2 - Plunkin' Rag
    Hubert Davis
    Jim Eanes & The Shenandoah Valley Boys
     
  16. The West Virginia Hills
    John Lilly
    State Songs
     
  17. They Tore The Cabin Down
    John Lilly
    Thinking About The Weather
     
  18. Interview - John Lilly
     
  19. New Lost John
    Ralph Blizard & The New Southern Ramblers
    Southern Ramble
     
  20. Dear Old Sunny South By The Sea
    John Lilly & Ralph Blizard
    Blue Highway