On American Pastimes: old Tom Paley and new Chris Hillman.

A day or two before rock icon Tom Petty passed away folk music lost its own hero, Tom Paley.  Paley was a singer and musician (banjo & guitar & fiddle) with a lifelong love of country music and “old-time” styles from before the Second World War, and a man with a quite extraordinary history.  He juggled two careers – as a math teacher and a folk musician. He seemed to love each endeavor equally - at one point he gave up his membership in the New Lost City Ramblers because their touring schedule prevented him from teaching. (As a man of ideals, he also quit the band once when his co-musicians were willing to sign a loyalty pledge in order to appear on an NBC television show - and he wouldn't.)

As a musician he worked with legends Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly, influenced and inspired Bob Dylan, and gave guitar lessons to Ry Cooder and banjo lessons to Jerry Garcia. A passionate enthusiast for all forms of music and a performer with a wicked and sharp sense of humor, he continued to perform and record for as long as he could, well into his 8th decade.  After his stint with the New Lost City Ramblers he formed the Old Reliable String Band, and followed that up with the New Deal String Band, the Mysterious Redbirds, and then numerous solo and duet outings on both sides of the Atlantic.

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PLAYLIST:

Todd Phillips & Tim O'Brien “Rye Straw” from In the Pines on Gourd Music

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys “Osage Stomp” from The Very Best of Bob Wills

The Stray Birds “Pallet” from Best Medicine on Yep Roc Records

Doc Watson & David Grisman “Bluegrass Stomp” from Doc & Dawg

The Savage Hearts “Faded Love” from Playing It Forward on The Savage Hearts

Thomas Bailey “Brilliancy” from Brilliancy on Briarpatch

John Renbourn “White House Blues” from The Transatlantic Anthology

Chris Hillman “Bells of Rhymney” from Bidin' My Time on New Rounder (UMG Account)

Chris Hillman “New Old John Robertson” from Bidin' My Time on New Rounder (UMG Account)

Chris Hillman “She Don't Care About Time” from Bidin' My Time on New Rounder (UMG Account)

Ken and Brad Kolodner “Coleman's March / Snake River Reel” from The Swift House

The New Lost City Ramblers “East Virginia” from East Virginia on Folkways Records

Tom Paley (1928-2017)

Mysterious Redbirds, The “I'm Ready to Go” from I'm Ready to Go

Mysterious Redbirds, The “Oh Little Darling / Have You Seen the Devil?” from Oh Little Darling / Have You Seen the Devil?

The New Lost City Ramblers “Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms” from Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms

The New Deal String Band “Methodist Pie” from Methodist Pie

The New Deal String Band “Rattlesnake Mountain” from Rattlesnake Mountain

Mike Penny and His Moonshiners “Diggin' the Boogie” from Rock Me Daddy-O on Rhythm Bomb Records

Mike Penny and His Moonshiners “Rompin' and Stompin'” from Rock Me Daddy-O on Rhythm Bomb Records

Mike Penny and His Moonshiners “18 Miles to Memphis” from Rock Me Daddy-O on Rhythm Bomb Records

Mike Penny and His Moonshiners “Copper Head” from Rock Me Daddy-O on Rhythm Bomb Records

Gathering Time “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” from When One Door Closes... on Treble-G

David Bromberg “I Like to Sleep Late In the Morning” from The Player: A Retrospective on columbia

Jim Greer & the Mac-0-Chee Valley Folks “Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar” from Good 'ol Bluegrass on Rural Rhythm Records

Hylo Brown “Wild Bill Jones” from Classic Bluegrass Power Picks

Red Smiley & The Blue Grass Cut-Ups “Take this Hammer” from Best of Red Smiley

The Log Cabin Boys “Uncle Pen” from Bluegrass in the Smokies

The Early Mays “Little Darling Pal of Mine” from The Early Mays on The Early Mays

Annie Lou “My Good Captain” from Tried And True on Annie Lou

Lindsey Lou and the Flatbellies “Criminal Style” from Ionia

Crooked Still “Poor Ellen Smith” from Still Crooked on Signature Sounds

The Freight Hoppers “Been to the East Been to the West” from Mile Marker on Bake Tone






  • 3:01pm Rye Straw by Tim O'Brien on In The Pines (Gourd Music)
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  • 3:04pm Osage Stomp by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys on The Very Best Of (Play Digital)
  • 3:08pm Pallet by The Stray Birds on Best Medicine (Yep Roc Records)
  • 3:12pm Bluegrass Stomp by Doc Watson & David Grisman on Doc & Dawg (Acoustic Disc)
  • 3:17pm by on ( )
  • 3:26pm White House Blues by John Renbourn on The Transatlantic Anthology (Sanctuary Records Fontana)
  • 3:30pm by on ( )
  • 3:31pm Bells of Rhymney by Chris Hillman on Bidin' My Time ( )
  • 3:35pm New Old John Robertson by Chris Hillman on Bidin' My Time ( )
  • 3:36pm She Don’t Care About Time by Chris Hillman on She Don’t Care About Time ( )
  • 3:39pm by on ( )
  • 3:40pm Coleman's March / Snake River Reel by Ken Kolodner on The Swift House (Fenchurch Music)
  • 3:47pm East Virginia by The New Lost City Ramblers on New Lost City Ramblers (Folkways Records)
  • 3:50pm by on ( )
  • 3:57pm I'll Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms by The New Lost City Ramblers on New Lost City Ramblers - Vol. 3 (Folkways Records)
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  • 4:23pm Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Gathering Time on When One Door Closes... ( )
  • 4:31pm by on ( )
  • 4:32pm The Revolution Starts Now by Steve Earle on The Revolution Starts…Now (IndieBlu Music)
  • 4:33pm I Like To Sleep Late In The Morning (Album Version) by David Bromberg on The Player: A Retrospective (Columbia/Legacy)
  • 4:37pm Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar by Jim Greer & The Mac-O-Chee Valley Folks on THAT GOOD OL' BLUEGRASS (Rural Rhythm Records)
  • 4:38pm Wild Bill Jones by Hylo Brown on Classics Bluegrass Power Picks : 30 Traditional Favorties (Rural Rhythm Records)
  • 4:40pm Take This Hammer by Red Smiley & The Bluegrass Cut-Ups on Bluegrass Power Picks: 25 Traditional Classics (Rural Rhythm Records)
  • 4:42pm UNcle Pen by Log Cabin Boys on Bluegrass In The Smokies - 30 Traditional Classics (Rural Rhythm Records)
  • 4:44pm by on ( )
  • 4:46pm Little Darling Pal of Mine by The Early Mays on The Early Mays (The Early Mays)
  • 4:49pm My Good Captain by Annie Lou on Tried and True (Annie Lou)
  • 4:52pm Criminal Style by Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys on Ionia (Earthwork Music)
  • 4:55pm Poor Ellen Smith by Crooked Still on Still Crooked (Signature Sounds Recordings)
  • 4:59pm Been to the East Been to the West by The Freight Hoppers on Mile Marker (Bake Tone)
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