Posted by: Larry Royce | November 17, 2014

SANCTUARY 11/17/14

Hi Folks:

Just a reminder that Ralph Stanley and the Seldom Scene will be at the Sellersville Theater this week. Check their website at for dates and times.

Thanks for listening,



The End of Time Josh Williams
When My Time Comes To Go Larry Sparks
Set Another Place At The Table Larry Stephenson
One Life Ronnie Bowman


Peace In The Valley Nothin’ Fancy
Make Me Whole Again Nu-Blu
Little Country Preacher Patent Pending
Faith Is A Journey Donna Ulisse

When The Angels Sing Rhonda Vincent
The Joshua Generation Ricky Skaggs
Leaning On The Everlasting Arms Rodney Dillard
We Still Have Forever To Go Joe Isaacs

He Took Your Place The Roys
Ain’t That Just Like God Soul Pickers
Lift Your Voice In Prayer Special Consensus
Lost As Ball In High Weeds Larry Cordle

Traveling The Highway Home Stanley Gospel Tradition
Victory In Jesus Steve Gully
Paul & Silas Stony Point Quartet
Walkin’ Down The Road Isaacs

Who Is That Knockin’ Tommy Webb
Getting Ready For Sunday Valerie Smith

Only God’s Son Paul Williams
Go Rest On That Mt Bobby Osborne

He’s Everything To Me Dave Evans
I Shall Not Be Moved Larry Fuller
He’s My Guide Doyle Lawson
I Need My Savior All The Time Doyle Lawson
Send The Light New Tradition


Come On Dear Lord & Get Me Country Gentlemen
Calling My Children Home Ralph Stanley
Jesus I’ll Never Forget Forbes Family
Praise The Lord Dan Tyminski
A Little More Faith New Road


Posted by: Larry Royce | November 10, 2014

SANCTUARY 11/10/14

Hi Folks,

This week’s show features the music of David Parmley, from his solo albums and also with the Bluegrass Cardinals and Continental Divide.

Enjoy the great Fall weather and thanks for listening.




I’ve Got A Home In That Rock David Parmley
Walkin’ In Jerusalem Doc Watson
Lord I’m Just A Little Branch Easter Brothers
Won’t You Come & Sing For Me Hot Rize


More Than You See Franz Family
Just An Old Rounder Gibson Brothers
Will You Meet Me Over Yonder David Parmley
Clinging To A Saving Hand Dale Ann Bradley

I Believe In Forever Claire Lynch
Don’t You Want To Go There Blueridge
That’s The Way I Want To Go Bluegrass Cardinals
Who’ll Sing For Me CLW
Help Thy Brother Jimmy Martin

All My Tears Newtown
Found Soul Nickel Creek
Trust Jesus David Parmley
Don’t They Know He’s Watching David Atkins

Rock Of Ages Hide Thou Me Doyle Lawson
My God Cares Forbes Family
Heaven’s Light Is Shining On Me Dry Branch
The Devil’s Train James King

Farther Along David Parmley
Two Coats Blue Highway

The Touch Balsam Range
Gates Of Glory Mickey Harris

Remember The Cross Ricky Skaggs
He’s Holding On To Me Ron Block
Just A Step Away David Parmley
The Church Back Home Country Gentlemen
Preachin’ Up A Storm Rarely Herd


Led By The Master’s Hand Del McCoury
I Am Strong Grascals
Have Mercy On My Soul Seldom Scene
When I Pray Cockman Family


Posted by: Larry Royce | November 7, 2014

James King to require a liver transplant

From Bluegrass Today

It looks like James King, one of the biggest hearted people in bluegrass music, is going to require help from his fans and friends to battle through his current health crisis.

Over a brief hospitalization this past weekend in Roanoke, VA, he was informed that his liver function is such that he will need a liver transplant in the near future. Fortunately, his kidneys are doing well, but there seems to be no option left but the transplant to deal with the liver problems.

Needless to say, James is feeling a bit frightened and alone facing such an ordeal, especially as he is uninsured and facing straightened means after missing much of this year dealing with repeated hospital stays and poor health.

He will be appearing this weekend at the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, so be sure to give him a pat on the back and a good word if you’ll be in attendance. Others can share well wishes at his Facebook page.

Like a lot of road musicians, James has led a hard life, which has taken a toll on his body as well as on personal relationships. But there are a lot of people in the bluegrass community who will line up to help where they can.

James King is a fine man who loves bluegrass music and bluegrass people. He has given us a lifetime of sincere, soulful songs and we owe him a debt of gratitude. Efforts to help raise funds for the transplant are getting underway, and we will report what we learn about ways we all can help.

One bit of good news is that he qualifies for Veterans Administration benefits owing to his service in the Marine Corps. He will be traveling soon to the UVA hospital in Charlottesville to start the testing and other procedures leading to being placed on the transplant list.

Hang in there, buddy. We’ve got your back!

Posted by: Larry Royce | November 3, 2014

SANCTUARY 11/2/2014

Hi Folks,

Welcome to November and the return of standard time.
This week’s show features some new recordings by Hot Rize, Larry Cordle, The Roys, Earls Of Leicester and others. Enjoy and thanks for listening.




I Am The Road Hot Rize
The Fields Of Home Larry Cordle
Do You Live What You Preach CLW
The Right Hand Of Jesus McPeak Brothers


The Savior’s Precious Blood Larry Sparks
When God Dips His Pen Cox Family
When The Angels Sing Rhonda Vincent
The Baptism Of Jesse Taylor Lost & Found Divine Uncle Earl

Because He Lives Joe Mullins
I’m Not Ashamed To Own My Lord Rock County
Psalm Of Life Steve Kaufman
The Darkest Hour James King

A Mother’s Prayer Shawn Lane
Mended Wings The Roys
Only God Tammy Jones Robinette
Noah & The Mighty Ark Gary Waldrep

We Prayed Larry Sparks
On The Sea Of Galilee Emmylou Harris
Little Piece Of Land Ernie Thacker
In My Father’s Eyes John Bowman

Hymns From The Hills Joe Mullins
Daddy Tried Lou Reid

We Must Be In Heaven Shawn Lane
God Can Doyle Lawson
Where We’ll Never Die Stanley Brothers

I’ll Be No Stranger There Seldom Scene
I’ll Be No Stranger There Seldom Scene
The Wicked Path Of Sin Randall Hylton
Jesus My Savior Fox/Tolbert
Run This Race Cockman Family


Who Will Sing For Me Earls Of Leicester
Who Will Sing For Me Flatt & Scruggs
Insured Beyond The Grave CLW
When God Lived Here New Tradition


Posted by: Larry Royce | October 31, 2014

Dick Freeland : A Career Overview

From Bluegrass Today:

As previously reported, Charles Richard ‘Dick’ Freeland passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at his home after a prolonged illness. He was 76 years old.

Born June 23, 1938, ‘Dick’ Freeland was a native of Pennsylvania.

He “always had a robust interest in bluegrass music,” watching Buzz Busby’s weekly television show Hayloft Hoedown, which spearheaded the popularity of bluegrass music in the Washington DC area, where Freeland later lived.

Shortly before Christmas 1959, Freeland, with Bill Carroll, and Sonny ‘Zap’ Compton, got together to start Rebel Records. Carroll was Freeland’s Northwestern High School, (Hyattsville, Maryland), friend and later a bluegrass artist, who had his own record label.

Their first single was Cotton Dice / Making Love to a Stranger (FF 225) by Pete Pike, released in February 1960.

The label’s first bluegrass release – its fifth single – featured Earl Taylor & the Stony Mountain Boys, doing a 1962 re-make of The Children Are Cryin’ (aka Callin’ Your Name).

Two more years passed before the release of the label’s first LP, Bill Carroll’s & Mickey Burke’s Down Home Bluegrass (Rebel RLP 1472), the catalogue number being a reflection of the cost of the film and paper used to print the first album jacket – $14.72.

The second LP is best thought of as a part of a four-LP collection (SLP 1473/6), originally released in paper sleeves and advertised on radio as far afield as on Wheeling’s WWVA. Later they were available in a neat LP-sized box, titled 70 Song Bluegrass Spectacular (R 1473-1476, 1965). Together they catalogued the best recordings representing the great early bluegrass music coming out of Washington, DC and the surrounding region.

Over its first twenty years, Rebel Records focused on the local bluegrass scene, issuing scores of 45 rpm and 33 1/3 albums by D.C.-oriented groups as diverse as Pete Pike, the Country Gentlemen, Buzz Buzby and Curly Ray Cline.

While the label continued to release singles, they also released the some landmark LPs including Best of the early Country Gentlemen featuring Young Fisherwoman (SLP 1494, 1970); Cliff Waldron & the New Shades of Grass Right On! (SLP 1496, 1970); the classic albums Ralph Stanley Cry from the Cross (SLP 1499, 1971) and Ricky Skaggs / Keith Whitley 2nd Generation Bluegrass (SLP 1504, 1971), and the Seldom Scene’s Act 1 (SLP 1511, 1972).

While some of the artists had recorded before joining Rebel Records their careers took off thanks to their association with Dick Freeland and his promotion of their records. Freeland made sure that all the local area DJs got a copy of his records as he delivered them to the radio stations personally.

In 1970 Freeland visited Japan to attend Expo Osaka and to further arrange the licensing and release of Rebel Records in that country. While there he was entertained by Bluegrass 45, a Japanese bluegrass quintet. Impressed by the group, Freeland invited them to visit the States, which they did, to much acclaim, the following summer.

While there, Bluegrass 45 recorded their first LP for Rebel Records, Bluegrass 45 (SLP 1502, 1971).

Slowly but surely Rebel Records became the bluegrass record label, with not only local, but national and international patronage.

Freeland added other new artists to the label; the Marshall Family, by way of Ralph Stanley’s love of their Gospel harmonies (they debuted with Come Springtime (SLP 1541, 1975)); Eddie Adcock’s then progressive new group, IInd Generation, who brought an eclectic, edginess to bluegrass music (their trio of releases began with Head Cleaner * (SLP 1533, 1974)); two staunch traditionalists, Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals (who made their debut on the Rebel label with Del McCoury (SLP 1542, 1975) and the Goins Brothers (who also released a self-titled LP in 1975 (SLP 1543)); and the aggressive young contemporary group Southbound (whose only LP for Rebel Records, Southbound (SLP 1570,) was released in 1977.

He also helped to launch the recording careers of Tony Rice, with California Autumn (SLP 1549, 1975), and Ricky Skaggs, with That’s it! (SLP 1550, 1975), both of whom had solo albums released by Rebel Records. Freeland re-issued the classic J D Crowe (then with the Kentucky Mountain Boys) album The Model Church (REB 1585, 1978).

Among the many excellent studio recorded releases Rebel Records issued two live albums the Seldom Scene’s stellar Live At the Cellar Door (SLP 1547-48, 1975) and Live At McClure, Virginia (SLP 1554-55,1976), which captured some of the performers at Ralph Stanley’s bluegrass festival in May 1975.

While on the subject of the Seldom Scene and Ralph Stanley, both were very important in the growth of the label. Over the years the Seldom Scene had albums released at almost the rate of one a year through to 1976; following the afore-mentioned Act 1, were Act Two (SLP 1520, 1973), Act 3 (SLP 1528, also released in 1973), Old Train (SLP 1536, 1974) and The New Seldom Scene Album (SLP 1561, 1976). All have been regarded as supreme sets. Meanwhile, Freeland issued six Ralph Stanley LPs; Something Old, Something New, Some of Katy’s Mountain Dew (SLP 1503, 1971), Old Country Church (SLP 1508, 1972), Plays Requests (SLP 1514, 1972), I want to Preach the Gospel (SLP 1522, 1973), A Man and His Music (SLP 1530, 1974), Let me Rest on a Peaceful Mountain (SLP 1544, 1975) and Old Home Place (SLP 1562, 1976).

However, by 1976 Freeland reached a point of burn out brought about by and large by his very hands-on approach when it came to recording sessions.

Originally established and managed in Mount Rainier, Maryland, in 1975 Freeland and his wife, Sheila, moved to Asbury, West Virginia, where he continued to operate Rebel Records.

In 1979 Freeland sold Rebel Records to David Freeman, the owner of County Records.

In 1993, after several years of retirement from the recording business (actually an enforced break due to a no-competition clause in the Rebel sales agreement with David Freeman), he founded Charles R. Freeland Recording Company (CRFRC) which he continued to operate until his death, although declining health had severely limited his participation in recent years.

Over a dozen years Freeland released 30 CDs featuring recordings by Ralph Stanley, The Principles, the late James Alan Shelton, the Cooke Duet, New Harvest, Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen, George Shuffler, and James Price.

Freeland also played a part in another very significant event in the history of bluegrass music. In July 1966 he joined Pete Kuykendall, Dick Spottswood, Gary Henderson, Diane Sims and several others in helping to found the bluegrass ‘bible’, the monthly Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.

In 1993 he was honored by the IBMA, receiving the Distinguished Achievement Award.

We quoted Gary B Reid before but it bears repeating …….

“…… no chapter on the history of bluegrass would be complete without an accounting of Dick Freeland’s fundamental role in the development of the bluegrass recording industry.”

Posted by: Larry Royce | October 27, 2014

SANCTUARY 10/27/14

Hi Folks,

This week’s featured CD is from Kenny and Amanda Smith.
Congrats to Amanda for winning the IBMA female vocalist of the year.

Thanks for listening,




Shoutin’ Time Kenny & Amanda Smith
If The Bottle Was A Bible Jr. Sisk
Harbor Of Love JMB
Don’t Neglect The Rose Lynn Morris


Walkin’ My Lord Up Calvary’s Hill Lewis Family
Where We’ll Never Say Farewell Lonesome Road
A Great Big Hand Reaching Down Kenny & Amanda Smith
Only Passing Through Claire Lynch

He Will Set Your Fields On Fire Flatt & Scruggs
I Remember All About It Gary Brewer
The Darkest Hour Emmylou Harris
Don’t You Know That I’m Happy Ari Vaughan
Let The Church Roll On Lorraine Jordan

I Can’t Sit Down Kenny & Amanda Smith
I Am A Pilgrim Ky Colonels
This Place Called Heaven Larry Fuller
Lifting Up The Cross Grasstowne

Steppin’ On The Clouds Kenny & Amanda Smith
He Ain’t Never Done Me Isaacs
The Other Side Of Life Forbes Family
Church In The Wildwood Goins Brothers
Over In The Gloryland Churchmen

These Hands Mac Wiseman
I Hear A Sweet Voice A Callin’ Osborne Brothers

Someday Soon Kenny & Amanda Smith
You’re My Guide Becky Buller

A Child Enters Life NBB
The Master’s Hand NCCG
Because He Loved Me Ralph Stanley
Road To Surrender Grascals


Brother John Seldom Scene
The Great Beyond Country Gentlemen
I Know Why Kenny & Amanda Smith
Going On Home Doyle Lawson


Posted by: Larry Royce | October 20, 2014

SANCTUARY 10/20/14

Hi Folks:

It was another beautiful Fall weekend in PA, but now a chill is in the air.

Actually had to turn the heat on in the house for a bit.

This week’s show features a lot of great traditional and contemporary bluegrass gospel music as always.

I had a chance to listen to Sirius/XM’s gospel show yesterday. They must be copying my playlist except without an announcer. It’s aired Sunday mornings from 9 to 11 A.M.

Thanks for listening,



Set Another Place At The Table Larry Stephenson
Heaven Bound Laurel Canyon Ramblers
Master Of The Wood Marty Raybon
Let Me Walk Lord By Your Side Melvin Goins


John Mt Heart
You Don’t Have To Move That Mt Nickel Creek
Something Got A Hold Of Me Paul Williams
Will Someone Be Waiting Doyle Lawson

Turn The Other Cheek Peter Rowan
Little Bessie Stanley/Sizemore
God Put A Rainbow Rhonda Vincent
There’s Something About That Name Isaacs

One Seed Of Love Skaggs/Whites
Streets Of Gold R & L Williams
Thirst & Hunger Moore/Bradley
Sweetest Gift JMB
Seeing Is Believing New Road

The Lord Came Unto Me Bush/Cowan
Heaven On My Mind Schmidts
Last Call To Glory Seldom Scene
Just Any Day Now K & A Smith

No Vacancy Valerie Smith
You’d Better Be Prepared VA Squires

Let Me Walk Lord By Your Side Warrior River Boys
It’s An Unfriendly World Del McCoury

Row By Row Balsam Range
Shores Of Jordan Atkinson Family
Jesus Help Me To Stand Allison Krauss
The Fields Of Home Lonesome Standard Time


Are You Lost In Sin Bill Monroe
I’m Asking You Blue Highway
This Journey I’m On Blueridge
I Am Resolved Dailey & Vincent


Posted by: Larry Royce | October 14, 2014

Cardwell Out as IBMA Executive Director

From Bluegrass Today:

This smells of politics to me. (LR)

Nancy Cardwell, who oversaw the move of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass conference and festival from Nashville to Raleigh and was executive director as the organization returned to solid financial footing after multiple years of red ink, is being replaced.

IBMA Chair Jon Weisberger called her pending departure a mutually agreed upon decision, but it comes a week after the board’s lopsided no confidence vote in the executive director at a closed-door meeting in Raleigh during the World of Bluegrass.

Cardwell will stay on the job for a few months. “Nancy is on board with making sure the transition is as smooth as possible,” Weisberger said.

The move was finalized Thursday night during a meeting with Cardwell, Weisberger and board member Ben Surrat.

“Everybody had the perspective from the beginning that Nancy’s tenure would be limited” to around three-to-five years, Weisberger said, although such parameters were never spelled out publicly. The news of her departure comes a bit short of the minimum term he cited.

“We have accomplished a great deal in the last few years,” Weisberger said. “The board is very grateful to Nancy for everything she’s done. We also felt, the board and she, that it was time to move on.”

The board is in the midst of discussions about the qualities that members want in the next executive director. It’s critical, Weisberger said, to hire “somebody who can relate to the members.” The board will also look for someone with the ability to build revenue-generating partnerships with businesses in Raleigh and the Tech Triangle area of North Carolina, as well as someone who understands financial matters.

Cardwell had been a member of the IBMA staff for 17 years when she was hired as interim executive director in 2012 to replace Dan Hays, and has been well liked in the bluegrass community.

She is expected to issue a statement on Monday.

UPDATE – 8:47 p.m. This letter was sent this evening to the IBMA membership from Nancy Cardwell.

Dear members of IBMA:

After 20 years serving on the staff of the International Bluegrass Music Association, I made the decision last month to resign as executive director, effective Dec. 31, 2014.

When I agreed to take the interim ED position March 5, 2012—and later in August 2012 when I was asked to take on the fulltime position, I let the IBMA Board of Directors know I intended to stay three to five years, to help the organization get through what I perceived as a crucially important transitional process following the tenure of longtime director Dan Hays—who I credit with building the organization from the ground, with the help of many of you early members.

My goals were to work with current and new staff, the board, and our new partners in Raleigh to rebuild membership numbers; to increase attendance, value, and the overall vibe at World of Bluegrass events; and to start the process of re-building our finances. We’ve also updated our website and our entire online presence during the past two and a half years. And the IBMA Youth Council, Membership Recruitment Committee, Leadership Bluegrass, and the international “I” in IBMA are strong and moving forward.

Bluegrass music is about passing tunes from one generation to another, and it’s also about passing leadership roles along to the next person on the industry side. Twenty years is a long time to do anything, and I know 2015 is the right time for me to pass the torch to the next executive director of IBMA. The IBMA team and I have accomplished what we set out to do during the past three years, and I have a passionate, talented staff with over a year’s experience under their belts in place with Taylor Coughlin, Eddie Huffman and Joe Lurgio, working hard for the future of bluegrass music.

I’m not sure what I’ll be doing next, but I have a couple of interesting leads—both inside and outside the bluegrass music world. I’ll let you know the details as soon as I can, and I would truly appreciate your support as I move forward in another role.

I grew up in a bluegrass family band in the Missouri Ozarks—hitting the stage and radio airwaves for the first time at age seven, and I’ve been writing professionally about bluegrass music in magazines since I was in college. I’m not leaving the music. My dedication and personal support of bluegrass music and its international trade association will continue.

It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve IBMA for 20 years, and to get to know and appreciate so many of you. I’m proud of what the organization has accomplished so far, and I’m excited about the future of both IBMA and bluegrass music. I appreciate what I’ve learned from each of you, the music and the stories, and most of all, your friendship.


Nancy Cardwell

Posted by: Larry Royce | October 13, 2014

SANCTUARY 10/13/14

Hi Folks,

A special thank you to Mike Wuerstle for a great weekend of pickin’ at Sparkyfest!

This week’s show features old and new bluegrass gospel music.

Thanks, for listening.



It Moves Me D & B Aldridge
Moses Smote The Water Dailey & Vincent
I Know The Man Crosspoint
I Will See You Again Rhonda Vincent


Lead Me On Claire Lynch
In The Master’s Glory Circuit Riders
Get Down On Your Knees & Pray Bill Monroe
Will The Circle Be Unbroken Dry Branch

Take A Moment & Live Barry Scott
Pray The Clouds Away Audie Blaylock
Will There Be Any Stars Krauss/Cox
The Sweetest Gift JMB

Don’t Let Go Of My Hand Jay Armsworthy
Why Are You Hungry Isaacs
Boat Of Love Stanley/Lauderdale
Let Him lead You Jim Eanes
Seeing Is Believing New Road

Will The Circle Be Unbroken Jimmy Martin
Ignoring The Times Joe Isaacs
I Am A Pilgrim Kentucky Colonels
Keep The Faith Newfound Road

On The Other Side Of Jordan LRB
I’m Ready To Go Lorraine Jordan

Traveling On & On Marty Raybon
Let The light Shine Down Bass Mt Boys
Safe With You At Home Doyle Lawson

Rock Of Ages Osborne Bros
Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good Paul Brewster
I’m Going That Way Stanley/Whites
Tomorrow J & T Sullivan


Summer’s Gone Fox/Tolbert
Be Still Moses SCR
Keep On The Sunnyside Whites
Jesus I’ll Never Forget Forbes Family


Posted by: Larry Royce | October 6, 2014


Hi Folks:

This week’s show features a variety of new and old bluegrass gospel music.

Enjoy and thanks for listening.



One More Chance Lord Krauss/Cox
The Pathway Home Arneson & Taylor
Jesus Walks Ahead Of Me Larry Sparks
By The Side Of The Road Seldom Scene


It Could Happen In A Moment Mt Faith
Over In The Gloryland N & R Stanley
Anywhere Is Home New Tradition
Dust On The Bible Jr Sisk

Soldier Of The Cross Northern Lights
Gone Home Nothin’ Fancy
Sinner You Better Get Ready Paul Adkins
Sweeter Than The Flowers James King

My Foot Is On The Rock Randy Waller
If I Stand Rescue Junction
Help Me To Be More Like Him Rhonda Vincent
Place On Calvary Dailey & Vincent

God Holds The Future In His Hands Ricky Skaggs
Ain’t That Just Like God Soul Pickers
Lord Show Me The Righteous Pathway Special C
Line In Between Dave Evans

I Never Shall Forget The Day Steve Gully
The Messenger Bell Traditional Grass

Seeds Valerie Smith
Talk About Suffering Pine Mt RR
Kneel Down Reno & Smiley

You’ve Been An Inspiration To Me Doyle Lawson
The Unclouded Day David Parmley
These Men Of God Country Gentlemen
The Healer Aaron Ramsey


Don’t You Know That I’m Happy Charlie Waller
Already Home Brandon Adams
Going Up On The Mt Bluegrass Gospel Project
Lord Protect My Soul Bluegrass Band


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