Various Artists – Telluride, CO (06/21/18)

45th Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Town Park
Telluride, Colorado
June 21, 2018
Day One

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Schoeps MK6(omni split AB 54cm) > KC5 > CMC6 > Naiant LB(Jensens) > Sound Devices 744t @ 24bit/48hz
8ft high left corner of SBD cage
INHDD > Samplitude PRO > Sound Forge 11 > CDWave > TLH
Tagged in Foobar 2000
Taper: soling (

Billy Strings
Run Time 73:40

01 Intro
02 Turmoil and Tinfoil
03 Track 3 > Train Train
04 This Heart Of Mine
05 Dust In A Baggy
06 Track 06
07 In Hiding
08 Southland %
09 Meet Me At The Creek
10 You See It Your Way
11 How Mountain Girls Can Love

% Sam Bush – mandolin

Billy Strings – guitar, vocals
Royal Masat – bass, vocals
Billy Failing – banjo, vocals
Jarrod Walker – mandolin

Chris Thile
Run Time 59:02

01 Intro
02 Obvious Bicycle
03 Madison Square Park
04 Dead Leaves and The Dirty Ground
05 Missy
06 The Squirrel of Possibility
07 The Blacksmith
08 Rest Of My Life
09 track 09
10 Rabbit In Log
11 January 2018
12 Saint Mike

Chris Thile – mandolin, vocals

Del McCoury Band
Run Time 85:54

01 Travelin Teardrop Blues
02 I’m The Bluest Man In Town
03 Quicksburg Rondezvous
04 On The Lonesome Wind
05 track 05
06 Nashville Cats
07 Track 07
08 I’ll Breakout Again Tonight
09 Cornbread and Creekwater
10 BlackJack County Chains
11 Letters Have No Arms
12 That Ol’Train
13 To Make Love More Sweeter For You
14 Eli Renfro
15 Cold Rain and Snow
16 track 16
17 A Good Man Like Me ^
18 Roll on Buddy Roll On $
19 Midnight On The Stormy D $
20 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
21 All Aboard

^ Derks Bentley – guitar, vocals
$ Sam Bush – mandolin

Del McCoury – guitar, vocals
Ronnie McCoury – mandolin, vocals
Robbie McCoury – banjo
Jason Carter – fiddle, vocals
Alan Bartram – bass, vocals

I’m With Her
Run Time 86:43

01 Love Me Good
02 Crossing Muddy Waters
03 Chicopee Hill
04 Ain’t That Fine
05 Crescent City
06 Pangaea
07 See You Around
08 Wild One
09 Walkin’ Back to Georgia
10 Today Is A Bright New Day
11 I-89
12 Under The Apple Tree
13 track 13
14 Hannah Hunt
15 track 15
16 Lord, Lead Me On
17 track 17
18 Send My Love
19 Hornets
20 Overland
21 call back
22 The Darkest Hour

Sara Watkins – fiddle, guitar, ukelele, vocals
Sarah Jarosz – guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals
Aoife O’Donovan – vocals, guitar

The Railsplitters
Run Time 58:28

01 track 01
02 Jump In
03 Boy of Five
04 Boarding Pass
05 To Do
06 track 06
07 Hello Stranger
08 track 08
09 Everyone She Meets
10 Tilt The World
11 track 11

Lauren Stovall – guitar, vocals
Dusty Rider – banjo, vocals
Peter Sharpe – mandolin, vocals
Joe D’Esposito – fiddle, vocals
Jean-Luc Davis – bass, vocals

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Run Time 112:35

01 track 01
02 track 02
03 track 03
04 Color of The Blues ^
05 Don’t Know What It Means
06 Shame
07 Midnight In Harlem
08 track 08
09 track 09
10 Tell The Truth %
11 Leavin’ Trunk #
12 track 12 #
13 Learn To Live Together
14 call back
15 I Wish

^ Del McCoury – guitar, vocals; Ronnie McCoury – Mandolin
% Sam Bush – mandolin
Jerry Douglas – Dobro

Susan Tedeschi – vocals, guitar
Derek Trucks – guitar
Tyler Greenwell – drums
J.J. Johnson – drums
Kofi Burbridge – keys, flute
Mike Mattison – vocals, guitar
? – bass
Kebbi Williams – saxophone
Maurice Brown – trumpet
Saunders Sermons – trombone

Wood Brothers
Run Time 74:26

01 Postcards From Hell
02 Tried and Tempted
03 Keep Me Alive
04 River Takes The Town
05 Sparkling Wine
06 Chocolate On My Tongue
07 One Drop of Truth
08 Midnight Rider ^
09 Paradise
10 Loaded
11 Shoofly Pie
12 The Muse
13 Luckiest Man
14 Honey Jar

^ Derek Trucks – guitar

Oliver Wood – guitar, steel guitar, vocals
Chris Wood – bass, harmonica, vocals
Jano Rix – drums, keys, percussion, shuitar, vocals

Various Artists – Wilkesboro, NC (04/24-26/92)

Merle Watson Memorial Bluegrass Festival
April 24-26, 1992
Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro NC

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Partial compilation – 2021 transcription from “Pickin’ For Merle”

  • The source was mid-90s cable TV broadcasts of “Pickin’ for Merle” recorded to 5 cassette masters by 3 people – XLII and IIS made on generic consumer decks.
  • One source tape has an additional cassette generation. This material is tracks 52-66 below.
  • Transferred in the early/mid 2010s via Onkyo cassette deck and Audacity, then parked for awhile in hopes the VHS would surface.
  • Mastering and setlist in early 2021 by TRH aka Mr. Completely.

See below for notes and lineup details.


  1. Tony Rice All-Stars – Freeborn Man
  2. Peter Rowan & the Nashville Bluegrass Band w/Jerry Douglas – Midnight Moonlight
  3. various – chit chat 1
  4. Tony Rice Allstars – Nine Pound Hammer
  5. Tony Rice Allstars – Cold on the Shoulder
  6. Tony Rice Allstars – Whitewater
  7. Tony Rice Allstars – Molly and Tenbrooks
  8. Doc Watson & Ricky Skaggs – Foggy Mountain Top
  9. Skaggs & Rice – Where the Soul of Man Never Dies
  10. Skaggs & Rice – More Pretty Girls Than One
  11. Del McCoury Band w/ David Grisman – Fanny Hill
  12. Del McCoury Band w/ David Grisman – Randy Lynn Rag
  13. Del McCoury Band w/ David Grisman – I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue-Eyes
  14. Tony Rice Unit – The Dusty Miller
  15. Tony Rice Unit w/Peter Rowan – White Dove
  16. Tony Rice Unit – Sally Goodin
  17. David Grisman Quintet – Dawg’s Rag
  18. David Grisman Quintet – Assanhado
  19. David Grisman Quintet – Grateful Dawg
  20. David Grisman Quintet – Dawgmatism
  21. David Grisman Quintet – Telluride
  22. Tim & Mollie O’Brien & The O’Boys – Liar
  23. Tim & Mollie O’Brien & The O’Boys – Dream of a Miner’s Child
  24. Tim & Mollie O’Brien & The O’Boys – Oh Darling
  25. Tim & Mollie O’Brien & The O’Boys – Shut the Door
  26. Tim & Mollie O’Brien & THe O’Boys w/Jerry Douglas – Hold to a Dream
  27. Doc Watson & Ricky Skaggs – What is a Home Without Love?
  28. Doc Watson & Ricky Skaggs – Nine Pound Hammer
  29. various – Chit chat 2
  30. Del McCoury Band w/David Grisman – Home is Where the Heart Is
  31. Del McCoury Band w/David Grisman – Long Journey Home
  32. Del McCoury Band w/David Grisman – Rain & Snow
  33. Del McCoury Band w/David Grisman – Rawhide
  34. Doc Watson & Friends – Blue Ridge Mountain Home
  35. Doc Watson, David Grisman and Alan O’Bryant – What Does the Deep Sea Say?
  36. Doc Watson, David Grisman and Friends – Blue Moon of Kentucky
  37. Roy Bookbinder – Rev. Gary Davis story, Hesitation Blues/Old Time Religion
  38. Peter Rowan – Dust Bowl Children
  39. Peter Rowan w/Jerry Douglas – On the Wings of Horses
  40. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones – Bonnie & Slyde
  41. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones – Celtic Medley
  42. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones – Flight of the Cosmic Hippo
  43. Peter Rowan & the Nashville Bluegrass Band – High Lonesome Sound
  44. Seldom Scene – Pickaway
  45. Seldom Scene – Carolina Star
  46. Seldom Scene – House of the Rising Sun/Walk Don’t Run
  47. Laurie Lewis & Grant Street – Singing Bird
  48. Laurie Lewis & Grant Street – I’m Gonna Be the Wind
  49. Various – Chit chat 4 – about Doc
  50. Doc Watson – Milk Cow Blues
  51. Doc Watson w/Gove Scrivenor – Sugar Babe
  52. Doc Watson – Peach Pickin’ Time in Georgia
  53. Doc Watson – Black Mountain Rag
  54. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – I’ve Been Looking
  55. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Baby’s Got A Hold On Me
  56. Ricky Skaggs Allstars w/Doc Watson – Riding That Midnight Train
  57. Ricky Skaggs Allstars w/Del McCoury – I Feel The Blues Moving In
  58. Roy Bookbinder – Mississippi Blues
  59. Carl Jackson and John Starling w/the Nash Ramblers – New Delhi Freight
  60. Carl Jackson and John Starling w/the Nash Ramblers – Lonesome Dove
  61. Carl Jackson and John Starling w/the Nash Ramblers – Silence Says it All
  62. Carl Jackson and John Starling w/the Nash Ramblers – Hold Your Horses
  63. Carl Jackson and John Starling w/the Nash Ramblers – For Cryin’ Out Loud
  64. Carl Jackson and John Starling w/the Nash Ramblers – I Could Cry
  65. Carl Jackson and John Starling w/the Nash Ramblers – Long Time Gone
  66. Emmylou Harris, Carl Jackson and John Starling w/the Nash Ramblers – Satan’s Jewel Crown
  67. Doc Watson All-Stars – Docabilly Medley
  68. Riders in the Sky – Here Comes the Santa Fe
  69. Maura O’Connell – Trouble in the Fields
  70. Doc Watson All-Stars – Fireball Mail
  71. Sam Bush & the Nash Ramblers – Crossroads > Sailin’ Shoes
  72. Laurie Lewis & Grant Street – Texas Bluebonnets
  73. Tony Rice Unit – Shadows
  74. David Grisman Quintet – Rattlesnake
  75. Emmylou Harris & the Nash Ramblers w/Doc Watson – I’ll Fly Away
  76. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Mr Bojangles (start cut)
  77. Peter Rowan & the Nashville Bluegrass Band – Walls of Time
  78. Doc Watson All-Stars – Shake, Rattle & Roll


  • “Pickin’ For Merle” was a documentary shot at the 1992 Merle Watson Memorial Bluegrass Festival, then informally and now officially known as MerleFest.
  • The documentary aired in (I believe) 8-ish 1-hour segments through the 1990s on PBS stations.
  • VHS tapes of the entire series were offered as donor rewards. A few artists, including Tony Rice, sold their sets separately.
  • Apparently dubs of some of the video episodes have been traded but none have yet surfaced in public digital circulation aside from fragments on YouTube.
  • Several years ago I contacted MerleFest representatives to see about getting the series released again as a fundraiser. They were interested, but there are technical hurdles with the tapes. It’s still possible.
  • This set of audio cassettes represents about half of the material.
  • I don’t know which days most of the sets are from so I didn’t try to guess.
  • You will encounter various hisses, buzzes, brief discontinuities and other assorted analog artifacts. It’s fine though. It could be cleaned up more but hopefully the VHS will surface.
  • I decided not to change the running order to gather out-of-sequence sets since they aren’t complete anyway. This is the order in which they aired within each PFM episode.
  • Across the tapes approximately 15 or so performances were repeated. Obviously, I included the better sounding ones.
  • Raw transfer WAV files available upon request.
  • I was lucky enough to attend this MerleFest and a couple of others around it. A classic scene.
  • There is also a well circulated SBD recording of the Midnight Jam from this year which I highly recommend.
  • Thanks to Mitchell Wittenberg for setlist and lineup help.
  • Yes, that’s a lot of notes, but no one made you read them all.
  • Dedicated to the memories of Doc Watson and Tony Rice.

  • Backing Band/Allstar Group Lineups (in order of first appearance – guests and headliners are noted in the Artist tag and above, with some overlap)
  • Tony Rice Allstars: Tony Rice-guitar, vocals, Bela Fleck-banjo, Jerry Douglas-Dobro, Sam Bush-mandolin, vocals, Stuart Duncan-fiddle, Mark Schatz-bass
  • Nashville Bluegrass Band: Pat Enright-guitar, vocals, Alan O’Bryant-vocals (and ?), Roland White-mandolin, Stuart Duncan-fiddle, Gene Libbea-bass
  • Del McCoury Band: Del McCoury-guitar, vocals, Ronnie McCoury-mandolin, vocals, Rob McCoury-banjo, Jason Carter-fiddle, Mike Bub-bass
  • Tony Rice Unit: Tony Rice-guitar, vocals, Wyatt Rice-guitar, Jimmy Gaudreau-mandolin, vocals, Rickie Simpkins-fiddle, Mark Schatz-bass
  • David Grisman Quintet: David Grisman-mandolin, Enrique Coria-guitar, Joe Craven-percussion, fiddle, mandolin, Matt Eakle-flute, Jim Kerwin-bass
  • Tim & Mollie O’Brien and The O’Boys: Tim O’Brien – mandolin, guitar, vocals, Mollie O’Brien-vocals, Scott Nygaard-guitar, Mark Schatz-bass
  • Doc Watson & Friends: uncertain, the “Friends” may be the Nashville Bluegrass Band (above)
  • Bela Fleck & the Flecktones: Bela Fleck-banjo, Victor Wooten-bass, Future Man-midi controller, Howard Levy-piano, harmonica
  • Seldom Scene: John Duffey-mandolin, vocals, John Starling-guitar, vocals, Ben Eldridge-banjo, vocals, Mike Auldridge-Dobro, vocals, Tom Gray-bass, vocals
  • Laurie Lewis & Grant Street: Laurie Lewis-fiddle, vocals, Tom Rozum-mandolin, fiddle, vocals, Peter McLaughlin-guitar, Craig Smith-banjo, Cary Black-bass
  • Doc Watson: Doc Watson-guitar, harmonica, vocals, Jack Lawrence-guitar, T. Michael Coleman-bass, Bob Hill-piano (on some tracks)
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: uncertain lineup here. Maybe Jeff Hanna-guitar, vocals, Jimmie Fadden-drums, harmonica, vocals, Jimmy Ibbotson-bass, vocals, Bob Carpenter-keyboards, vocals, Josh Leo-guitar
  • Ricky Skaggs Allstars: Ricky Skaggs-mandolin, vocals, Tony Rice-guitar, vocals, Mark O’Connor-fiddle, Jerry Douglas-Dobro, David Grisman-mandolin, Unknown-banjo, Unknown-bass
  • The Nash Ramblers: Sam Bush-mandolin, fiddle, Larry Atamanuik-drums, Jon Randall-guitar, Roy Huskey, Jr. -bass, Al Perkins-Dobro
  • Doc Watson Allstars: Doc Watson-guitar, vocals, Jack Lawrence-guitar, T. Michael Coleman-bass; Jack Williams-piano (t67, t78); Mark O’Connor-fiddle, Jerry Douglas-dobro (t70, t78); Tim O’Brien-mandolin, Roland White-mandolin, Bela Fleck-banjo (t70)
  • Riders in the Sky: Douglas B. Green (“Ranger Doug”)-guitar, vocals, Woody Paul Chrisman (“Woody Paul”)-fiddle, vocals, Fred LaBour (“Too Slim”)-bass, vocals
  • Kathy Mattea – Kathy Mattea-vocals, guitar, unknown band lineup

Steve Earle & Del McCoury – Oslo, Norway (05/12/99)

Steve Earle and The Del McCoury Band
The Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo, Norway
May 12, 1999

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01 Yours Forever Blue
02 My Old Friend the Blues
03 Graveyard Shift
04 Outlaw’s Honeymoon
05 Dixieland
06 Connemara Breakdown
07 Harlan Man
08 The Mountain
09 Introductions
10 I’ll Still Carry You Around
11 Leroy’s Dustbowl Blues
12 Hometown Blues
13 Long Lonesome Highway Blues
14 I’m Looking Through You
15 Ben McCulloch
16 Tom Ames’ Prayer

Source: FM-Radio > CDR > EAC secure > MKW shn

Steve Earle & Del McCoury – New York, NY (10/15/98)

Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band
“Sessions at West 54th St.”
Sony Studios, New York, NY
Oct. 15, 1998

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01 Intro
02 Texas Eagle
03 The Mountain
04 Hometown Blues
05 interview
06 Love Is A Long Road *
07 Baltimore Johnny *
08 interview
09 You Know The Rest **
10 Goodbye **
11 interview
12 I Still Carry You Around
13 Carrie Brown
14 Outro

  • Del McCoury Band
    ** Steve Earle

From Video broadcast.

Steve Earle & Del McCourty – New York, NY (03/20/99)

Steve Earle & Del McCoury
town hall, n.y.c.

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The Recording:
Master – soundboard > unknown DAT recorder
Clone – DAT master > CDR > CDR

The performers:
Steve Earle vocals, guitar, mandolin
Del McCoury guitar, vocals
Jason Carter fiddle
Ronnie McCoury mandolin
Rob McCoury banjo
Mike Bub bass

The Set List:

— Steve Earle & Del MCCoury Band
Texas Eagle
My Old Friend The Blues
Graveyard Shift
Outlaw’s Honeymoon
Connemara Breakdown
Harlan Man
The Mountain
I Still Carry You Around

— Del MCCoury Band
Far Cry From Virginia
Don’t You Think it’s Time to Go
Red Eyes on a Mad Dog
She’s Left Me Again
I Feel the Blues Movin’ In
Black Jack County Chains
Nashville Cats
Get Down on Your Knees

Love is a Long Road

— Steve Earle solo
No. 29 intro
No. 29
Now She’s Gone
Song intro
So Different Blues
Song intro
Ellis Unit One

— Steve Earle & Del MCCoury Band
Mystery Train Pt. II
LeRoy’s Dustbowl Blues
Raleigh and Spencer
Song intro
Hometown Blues
Long Lonesome Highway
I’m Looking Through You
Ben McCulloch
Tom Ames’ Prayer
Carrie Brown
Copperhead Road
Lonesome Road
Hillbilly Highway
Down the Road

Steve Earle & The Del McCoury – Malmo, Sweden (05/11/99)

Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band
Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
11th May 1999

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01 Texas Eagle
02 Yours Forever Blue
03 My Old Friend The Blues
04 Graveyard Shift
05 Outlaw’s Honeymoon
06 Dixieland
07 Connemara Breakdown
08 Harlan Man
09 The Mountain
10 I Still Carry You Around
11 Taneytown
12 I Can Wait
13 Halo ‘Round The Moon
14 Carrie Brown

15 Mystery Train Part II
16 Leroy’s Dustbowl Blues
17 Hometown Blues
18 Long, Lonesome Highway Blues
19 I’m Looking Through You
20 Ben McCulloch
21 Tom Ames’ Prayer
22 A Good Man Like Me
23 Now She’s Gone
24 Valentine’s Day
25 Another Town
26 South Nashville Blues
27 I Ain’t Ever Satisfied
28 Copperhead Road
29 Until The Day I Die
30 Johnny Come Lately

Steve plays a solo set with the acoustic guitar and a set with the Del McCoury band.

Source: FM
Bootleg purchased at a record fair.

Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band – Charleston, WV (03/07/99)

Steve Earle and Del McCoury Band
Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV
March 7, 1999

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01 Radio Intro – Texas Eagle
02 Yours Forever Blue
03 Carrie Brown
04 Far Cry From Virginia
05 Nashville Cats
06 Red eyes On a Mad Dog
07 Now She’s Gone
08 Ellis Unit One
09 The Mountain
10 Copperhead Road

FM Master cassette to CD > FLAC

Peter Rowan – Randolph, VT (11/11/11)

Peter Rowan with The Traveling McCourys – Bill Monroe Tribute
Chandler Music Hall
Randolph, Vermont
November 11. 2011 ñ Friday

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Soundboard: XLR Stereo Patch > Korg MR-1 DFF 1 Bit/2.8 mhz

Mastered at [24/96] in WaveLab 6.0 with iZotope Ozone 5.0 dithered to 16/44.1

Peter Rowan – Guitar
Rob McCoury – Banjo
Ronnie McCoury – Mandolin
Jason Carter ñ Fiddle
Alan Bartram ñ Bass

** 16 Bit **

1st Set:

1.Introduction Becky McMeekin
2.Watermelon Hangin’ On The Vine
3.True Life Blues
4.On And On
5.Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake
6.Jason tells his story about Bill…
7.Jerusalem Ridge
8.Uncle Pen
9.Robbie tells his story about Bill…
10.Why Did You Wander
11.When The Golden Leaves Begin To Fall
12.Cryin’ Holy Unto My Lord
13.Pete talks about Bill learning the Blues…
14.Bluegrass Stomp
15.Alan talks about missing seeing Bill…
16.Kentucky Waltz
17.Katie Hill

Time: 56:05

2nd Set:

1.Long Journey Home
2.Footprints In The Snow
3.Will You Be Lovin’ Another Man
4.Stiing Alone In The Moonlight
5.Rob’s story about Bill’s Strength…
7.The Walls Of Time
8.Blue Moon Of Kentucky
9.A Beautiful Life
10.Molly & Tembrooks
11.Body And Soul
12.I Hear A Sweet Voice A Calling
13.Thanks to all…
14.Muleskinner Blues
16.On My Way To The Old Home

Time: 61:13

wow! fantastic recording of an all star line up paying tribute to the Father of Bluegrass with many of his most beloved songs.

posted by Rauol Duke