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Hartford receives tribute treatment

Monday, April 20, 2020 – John Hartford will receive the tribute treatment come June from the likes of The Infamous Stringdusters, The Travelin' McCourys and Hartford's son, Jamie.

LoHi Records will release "On The Road: A Tribute To John Hartford" on June 26. All net proceeds will be donated to MusiCares in order to assist artists during this dire time as all live performances and touring has been halted, leaving an enormous percentage of artists and musicians with no source of income.

The disc features 14 Hartford originals reinterpreted.

Songs on the CD are:
Sam Bush - "On The Road"
Fruition - "Back In The Goodle Days"
Yonder Mountain String Band - "Holding"
The Infamous Stringdusters - "Gentle On My Mind"
Leftover Salmon - "The Category Stomp"
The Travelin' McCourys - "No End Of Love"
Railroad Earth - "Delta Queen Waltz"
Keller Williams - "Granny Woncha Smoke Some Marijuana"
The Band Of Heathens - "Up On The Hill Where They Do The Boogie"
Todd Snider - "I Wish I Had Our Time Again"
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades - "Let Him Go On Mama"
John Carter Cash & Jamie Hartford (Feat. Norman Blake & Jerry Douglas) - "In Tall Buildings"
The High Hawks - "Waugh Paugh"
Greg Garrison - "Tear Down The Grand Ole Opry"
Danny Barnes - "On The Road"

Hartford won Grammy Awards in four different decades. His most enduring song, "Gentle On My Mind" has become a standard covered by everyone from Elvis Presley to Aretha Franklin. The song won four Grammys in 1967, two for Hartford as writer and performer and two for Glen Campbell for his version that has become a classic.

Hartford became a key link between traditional bluegrass and the progressive new style that would become a new genre referred to as Newgrass. Hartford won his final Grammy for his contributions to the award-winning "O' Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack. His appearance on the subsequent Down From The Mountain concert was immortalized in the 2000 concert film. Hartford battled non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which he would ultimately succumb to in 2001.

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Memories Of John CD review - Memories Of John
It's ironic but somehow fitting that the song that made John Hartford famous is omitted from this tribute CD. Gentle On My Mind was released with limited success by Hartford, but then covered by Glen Campbell (one of more than 300 covers). Campbell's version became a giant hit, and Hartford was a regular guest on Campbell's TV show. Hartford followed his whimsy and never let the boundaries of genre influence his music. This tribute album by friends and his last band reflects that »»»
Good Old Boys
Long considered a national musical treasure for his championing of traditional old-time music, John Hartford has written his fair share of classics, too. His best known composition, "Gentle On My Mind," was a big hit for Glen Campbell. The breezy locomotion of that tune is echoed faintly in the title track to this collection of all new originals, and Hartford is so obviously at ease with the material and his fellow players that it takes a lot less than the song's 6 1/2 minutes for »»»
Steam Powered Aereo-Takes
Much like country rock of the late '60s and early '70s, it's nearly impossible to pinpoint an album that defined the progressive bluegrass movement of the same era. But among them must be the late John Hartford's "Aereo-Plain." Rounder Records has re-released a new collection of out-takes as well as originals from the 1971 classic. Several lost tapes from the sessions, which included Aereoplane Band members Vassar Clements, Norman Blake, Tut Taylor and Gary Scruggs, »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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