Prime Cuts of Bluegrass

Back in the spring of 1992, Kirk and Becky Brandenberger created “Prime Cuts of Bluegrass,” a music sampler service that offers bands an economical way to bring one or two songs to the attention of disc jockeys at 300-plus radio stations from coast to coast.

This month, the couple released the 100th edition of Prime Cuts with 13 tracks by 13 bands.

The service, which allows disc jockeys to fill out “rate-a-record” survey forms on each CD, has been successful for both national and regional bands and exposed a lot of newcomers to national attention.

The current edition contains half a dozen tracks worth requesting from your favorite bluegrass DJ.

Balsam Range’s “Caney Fork River” is a good uptempo story of love, betrayal and murder. You can find it on the band’s “Last Train To Kitty Hawk” album on Mountain Home records.

The Grass Cats’ “A Good Way To Get The Blues” is a hard-driving tune about a woman who makes getting the blues worthwhile. It’s the title cut from the band’s album on New Times Records.

Larry Stephenson’s “Give This Message To My Heart” features some outstanding harmony with Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent on this classic Louvin Brothers song. You’ll find it on Stephenson’s “20th Anniversary” album on Pinecastle Records.

Darren Beachley’s “Daddy’s Chair” is a new song written by Tom T. and Dixie Hall with plenty of nostalgia for home and family. You’ll find it on Beachley’s “Sad Songs and Sunday Mornings” album on MasterShield Records.

The Cockman Family’s “The Answer Is Jesus” features some great four-part a capella gospel harmony. It’s from the group’s “All About Love” album on CF Records.

Kathy Joy Bell’s “Stay Outta My Kitchen” is a self-penned uptempo blast at a cheating man that has its roots in the blues. You can find it on her album of the same name on JoySong Records.

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