Posted by: Larry Royce | February 4, 2016

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BORN TO SHINE COCKMAN FAMILY
AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE NEW TRADITION
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HOUSE OF GOLD DAVE EVANS
SATAN’S JEWELED CROWN THE GIBSON BROTHERS
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I NEED JESUS MARSHALL FAMILY
I’LL BE NO STRANGER THERE SELDOM SCENE
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JUST OVER IN THE GLORYLAND BILL MONROE & JIM & JESSE
LOVE LIFTED ME LARRY STEPHENSON
LORD LEAD ME ON AUDIE BLAYLOCK
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I AM STRONG GRASCALS
LITTLE WHITE CHURCH WAYNE TAYLOR
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SWING DOWN SWEET CHARIOT WHITES
SOUL TRAIN LARRY SPARKS
IF WE NEVER MEET AGAIN GARY & TONY WILLIAJSON
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A LIVING PRAYER ALISON KRAUSS & UNION STATION
BREAKIN’ JAIL AT MIDNIGHT
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FARTHER ALONG DAILEY & VINCENT
LONG, LONG JOURNEY DOYLE LAWSON
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Posted by: Larry Royce | January 31, 2016

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THEY CALLED IT A CHURCH III’RD TYME OUT
GOING ON STEEP CANYON RANGERS
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THE MASTER’S GARDEN THE BANKESTERS
REACH OUT AND TOUCH THE LORD GARY BREWER
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FIRE & FLOOD THE CHURCHMEN
GOD’S PLAN LOU REID
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I’LL TALK IT ALL OVER WITH HIM JOSH WILLIAMS
DUST ON THE BIBLE JR SISK
WAITING FOR THE MASTER TO COME RALPH STANLEY
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I SERVE A GOD WHO CAN RAISE THE DEAD BECKY BUELLER
THE TOUCH OF GOD’S HAND THE BLUEGRASS CARDINALS
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THE STORY OF JESUS NEW ROAD
THE SCARS IN HIS HANDS STEVE GULLY
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I FOUND A HIDING PLACE BILL MONROE
PREACHIN’PRAYIN’ SINGING THE BLUEGRASS ALBUM BAND
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WILL YOU MEET ME OVER YONDER DOYLE LAWSON
THE PRECIOUS JEWEL RHONDA VINCENT
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Posted by: Larry Royce | January 23, 2016

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A WISE MAN’S MIND BOBBY OSBORNE
ANGEL BAND RALPH STANLEY & CHELY WRIGHT
TALK
I BELIEVE DAILEY & VINCENT
SINGING AS WE RISE GIBSON BROTHERS
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YOU’VE BEEN AN INSPIRATION TO ME DOYLE LAWSON
LORD HAVE MERCY ON MY SOUL LOU REID
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MOTHER TAUGHT ME TO PRAY JIM EANES
BOAT OF LOVE JIM LAUDERDALE & RALPH STANLEY
HEAVENLY HIGHWAY WILSON BROTHERS
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GOODBYE LAWSON,CROWE & WILLIAMS
WAYFARIN’ STRANGER CHARLIE MOORE
TALK
WORTHY NEW ROAD
LITTLE BLACK TRAIN NEW COON CREEK GIRLS
SEA OF GALILEE PINE MT RAILROAD
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WELCOME HOME MT FAITH
LORD I HEAR YOU’RE CALL NOTHIN’ FANCY
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ONE MORE CHANCE LORD KENNY & AMANDA SMITH
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IF I BE LIFTED UP KENTUCKY COLONELS
THE OLD COUNTRY CHURCH DARREN BEACHLEY
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Posted by: Larry Royce | January 17, 2016

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WAITING AT THE GATE RICKY SKAGGS
WHERE I’M BOUND DAMASCUS RIDGE
TALK
THE OLD CROSSROADS BILL MONROE
JOSHUA LARRY STEPHENSON
SOMEDAY SOON KENNY & AMANDA SMITH
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TALK
THE BOAT OF LOVE BALSAM RANGE
BETTER GET RIGHT WITH JESUS LOST & FOUND
TALK
I PRAYED FOR YOU BECKY BUELLER
PRAYER BELLS OF HEAVEN BLUERIDGE
THE PATTERN MICKEY HARRIS
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TALK
GOSPEL MEDLEY SELDOM SCENE
OLD CHURCH BELL RARELY HERD
TALK
BY THE MARK RED MOLLY
WHERE WILL I SHELTER MY SHEEP EDDIE & MARTHA ADCOCK
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TALK
IF I BE LIFTED UP DRY BRANCH
HOW GREAT THOU ART III’RD TYME OUT
TALK
HE SAW IT ALL HEIDI GREER
WHEN HE COMES DOWN BARRY SCOTT
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Posted by: Larry Royce | January 15, 2016

Ben Eldridge Retires from Seldom Scene

From Bluegrass Today
One of my original bluegrass heroes.

Nothing lasts forever, but Ben Eldridge’s 44-plus years with the Seldom Scene seemed to come close.

His long run with the legendary bluegrass band came to an official end this morning, when remaining members announced his retirement and the addition of Rickie Simpkins to the lineup. But in reality, his decision was months in the making, a matter of if, not when, as back problems and issues with his left hand took their toll and kept him from performing regularly with the band that started out in his living room in 1971.

“It was a very hard decision to make, but I’ve been wanting to stop for a while,” Eldridge told me. “I’m 77, I don’t like traveling much anymore, and I’m not playing that well. My left hand is going south on me.”

Eldridge, the last original member of the band, is in IBMA’s Hall of Fame along with other founding members of the Scene.

He shared his decision with band mates Lou Reid, Dudley Connell, Fred Travers and Ronnie Simpkins – Rickie’s brother – at a show last weekend in Virginia, where he visited with the band. His final performance was New Year’s Eve at the Birchmere Music Hall in the Washington suburbs, joining the band on stage at the end of the night.

“It’s the end of an era,” Travers said. “We’ll miss Ben immensely. He’s one of the greatest guys you’d ever want to meet. He’s a great professional, a master of getting it done and having a good time along the way.”

Added Reid, “It’s really hard for all of us. Ben has been one of my idols since before I joined the Scene. We all love Ben Eldridge.” He went on to call Eldridge “one of the most underrated banjo players in bluegrass.”

Connell said he has always admired Eldridge’s playing, but gained new respect for him during his absence from the stage in recent months. “I’ve watched great banjo players struggle as they tried to capture what I now consider to be Ben’s genius,” he said. “I mentioned this to Ben last week and he told me he just played what came naturally to him. That’s the magic and pure genius of Ben’s playing. To him, it was easy.”

When it stopped being easy because of an uncooperative left hand, Eldridge knew it was time to keep a promise he had made to himself some years back. “I decided a long time ago, after hearing Earl (Scruggs) in his later years, that I wasn’t going to be like that when I started losing my stuff.”

Turnover in the Scene is about as unusual as an incumbent in Congress losing an election. The last personnel change came when co-founder John Duffey died unexpectedly in 1996 and Reid rejoined the band for his second stint. Travers, Connell and Ronnie Simpkins all joined the band in late 1995 and made their debut on New Year’s Eve that year at the Birchmere. In a fitting bit of irony, their 20th anniversary of joining was also Eldridge’s last official show.

Rickie Simpkins and Lou Reid with Seldom Scene – photo by David MorrisThough saddened by Eldridge’s departure, the four remaining members are thrilled to have Rickie Simpkins join them. They expect to start work on a new recording project soon. “All of us in the band are truly excited to have Rickie on board,” Travers said. “It adds a whole new dimension.”

Eldridge signed off, too. “I’m real tickled about that,” he said.

Ronnie Simpkins may be the most excited of all, noting that he and his brother last played together on regular basis as part of the Tony Rice Unit. “While I’m really sad to see Ben go, I’m very excited to share the stage with my brother again,” he said. “Whatever he comes up with, it’s going to be magical.”

In addition to playing with Tony Rice, Rickie Simpkins regularly toured with Emmylou Harris. With both of those bands off the road, he’s looking forward to getting back to playing regularly.

“I’m just honored and thrilled and beside myself,” he said. “I’ve been putting a lot of time in trying to get these songs in my head.”

Anyone hearing Rickie Simpkins with the Scene for the first time is in for some surprises. The Scene has never had a regular fiddle player and now it is getting one of the best in the business. But he’s also accomplished on the banjo and can sing lead, baritone and tenor. With Ronnie Simpkins adding a bass part, the band now has five strong voices, opening up all sorts of possibilities.

While the remaining members are understandably saddened by Eldridge’s departure, they get to say goodbye this time without having to attend a funeral, which was the case when Duffey died unexpectedly 19 years ago.

“This is fun because we get to say thank you and tell Ben we love him to his face,” Travers said.

Part of their goodbye is a retirement party/tribute that is in the early stages of planning and will probably be held at the Birchmere. Eldridge admits getting butterflies when he thinks about it, but said he looks forward to playing if he can, as well as joining occasional Scene reunions of the current lineup with fellow founding members John Starling and Tom Gray.

He seemed especially pleased to hear that Rickie Simpkins was up to learning and performing Eldridge’s signature song, Lay Down Sally, made famous by rocker Eric Clapton.

“I’ve got to be there for that,” Eldridge said with a hearty laugh. “I’ll have to come out and do it with him, teach him how to dance like a spastic white guy.”

So there’s some good news here. We’re obviously going to be hearing a lot more from the Seldom Scene. And we haven’t heard the last of Ben Eldridge.

Posted by: Larry Royce | January 10, 2016

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INTRO
HEROES THE ISAACS
HOLD TO GOD’S UNCHANGING HAND FRANZ FAMILY
TALK
I’M GOING TO MAKE HEAVEN MY HOME FLATT & SCRUGGS
SHOUTING IN THE AIR THE JOHNSON MT BOYS
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JUST OVER IN HEAVEN DOYLE LAWSON
BROTHER NOAH PINE MT RAILROAD
TALK
TREASURES UNSEEN FORBES FAMILY
ONE STEP CLOSER TO THE GRAVE GIBSON BROTHERS
THE OLD CROSSROADS SKAGGS & RICE
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WALKING MY LORD UP CALVARY’S HILL RHONDA VINCENT
TALK ABOUT SUFFERING NORTHERN LIGHTS
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HE CAME DOWN TO ME SALLY JONES
HEAVEN’S GREEN FIELDS SELDOM SCENE
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JOHN DANIEL DOLLY PARTON
KEEP ME MOVIN’ LORD GARY BREWER
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WHAT A MEETING IN THE AIR PAUL WILLIAMS
REMIND ME AGAIN DARREN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE
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Posted by: Larry Royce | January 3, 2016

SANCTUARY 0116

This is the first show of 2016.

Enjoy!
Larry

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MORE THAN A NAME ON A WALL DAILEY & VINCENT
A BEAUTIFUL LIFE THE NEW TRADITION
TALK
WAY DOWN DEEP IN MY SOUL THE BLUEGRASS CARDINALS
PRAY THE CLOUDS AWAY CROWE,LAWSON & WILLIAMS
GIVE ME JESUS THE GRASCALS
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LIES THE DEVIL TOLD ME JOHN BOWMAN
JESUS HOLD MY HAND LORRAINE JORDAN
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THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE EMMYLOU HARRIS
THE RICH MAN DOYLE LAWSON
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WILL YOU MEET ME OVER THERE JOSH WILLIAMS
THE RIGHT SIDE FLATT LONESOME
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HOME IN THE ROCK MOORE & NAPIER
WON’T IT BE WONDERFUL THERE DAVID PARMLEY
BREAD AND WATER THE CHURCHMAN
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PICK IT UP LOU REID
I CAN CALL JESUS LYNN MORRIS
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RISE UP LAZARUS PATTY LOVELESS
WHEN WE’RE GONE LONG GONE MARK NEWTON
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Posted by: Larry Royce | December 26, 2015

SANCTUARY 7015

Have a Happy and Blessed New Year!!

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HE IS HERE AARON RAMSEY

OH JESUS JAY ARMSWORTHY

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WORKING ON A BUILDING BILL MONROE

PATCHING IT UP MOUNTAIN HEART

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MY FOOT IS ON TH ROCK RANDY WALLER

GLORIOUS CITY RICH IN TRADITION

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TRUSTING IN JESUS ADAM STEFFY

TAKE HIM IN SELDOM SCENE

CHURCH UPON THE HILL ERNIE THACKER

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THAT OCCASION ISAACS

TAKE ME INSTEAD BOTTOMLINE

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JONAH & THE WHALE TIM O”BRIEN

CHURCH BY THE ROAD DRY BRANCH

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THE FIELDS OF HOME LONESOME STANDARD TIME

I’LL BE A ROCK NEW TRADITION

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WHEN THE TRUMPET SOUNDS MARK NEWTON

STREETS OF GOLD ROBIN & LINDA WILLIAMS

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Posted by: Larry Royce | December 21, 2015

SANCTUARY 6915

Hi Folks,

This is the third and final Christmas program.

Have a Merry Christmas,

Larry
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HEED HIS FATHER’S CALL MONROE CROSSING
JESUS CHRIST IS BORN RALPH STANLEY
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NEW KID IN TOWN ISAACS
WHAT CHILD IS THIS DAN CRARY
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NEW STAR SHINING FIVE FOR THE GOSPEL
SILENT NIGHT SELDOM SCENE
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CHRISTMAS IN THE TRENCHES JOHN MCCUTCHEON
THE FIRST NOEL ISAACS
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DREAMING OF CHRISTMAS RHONDA VINVENT
MARY HAD A BABY ROBIN & LINDA WILLIAMS
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REUNION SONG SKAGGS FAMILY
AWAY IN A MANGER CLUSTER PLUCKERS
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LITTLE STRANGER ROCHESTERS
I SEE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD DONNA ULISSE
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ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT CLAIRE LYNCH
O HOLY NIGHT THE ROYS
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Posted by: Larry Royce | December 10, 2015

SANCTUARY 6815

The second of two Christmas shows.

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HEAVEN’S LIGHT CLAIRE LYNCH
THERE’S A LIGHT COCKMAN FAMILY
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BEAUTIFUL STAR DAILEY & VINCENT
THE CANDLELIGHT CAROL HARVEY REID
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CHRISTMAS AT THE OLD HOME PLACE DAVID PARMLEY
I SEE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD DONNA ULISSE
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ONE STARRY NIGHT EDDIE & MARTHA ADCOCK
WHITE CHRISTMAS LARRY SPARKS
HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING LEWIS FAMILY
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THE CHRISTMAS STORY NASHVILLE BLUEGRASS BAND

CHRISTMAS TIME’S A COMIN’ PATTY LOVELESS
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SILENT NIGHT RHONDA VINCENT
CHRISTMAS WALTZ JESSE MCREYNOLDS
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CHILDREN GO SKAGGS FAMILY
ONE BRIGHT STAR SARAH JAROSZ
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CHRIST WAS BORN IN BETHLEHEM TIM & MOLLIE O’BRIEN
WHO DO YOU THINK PAUL WILLIAMS
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