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High Fidelity / Grant Maloy Smith

High Fedelity draws much of their inspiration from bands like Don Reno & Red Smiley, The Stanley Brothers, The Louvin Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and a host of lesser known regional artists from the same era. Grant Maloy Smith is a singer/songwriter of Country/Roots music. His songs tell stories and paint pictures with words.

AIRED: July 27, 2019 | 0:56:46
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- [Female Announcer]: This program is made possible in part by

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home of the Wayne Henderson School of Appalachian Arts,

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["Cherokee Shuffle" by Gerald Anderson]

- Howdy, folks. Welcome to Song of the Mountains.

I'm your host Tim White.

I'm pleased to present another fantastic hour

of entertainment, so let's get it started.

And kicking things off will be High Fidelity.

This group draws much of their inspiration from bands

like Don Reno and Red Smiley, the Stanley Brothers,

the Louvin Brothers, Jim and Jesse, and a host

of lesser-known regional artist from the same era.

Many have described them as the new Johnson Mountain Boys,

interpreting classic-era bluegrass through

the fresh, young perspective of today's generation.

Maybe it's the quality that makes High Fidelity

so warmly received and widely loved by every audience they

perform for, both by the grandparents and the grandchildren.

On the stage at the Lincoln Theater this evening,

we bring you High Fidelity.

[lively bluegrass music]

[audience applauding]

[lively bluegrass music]

♪ Another day, how can I stand it ♪

♪ Without my baby by my side

♪ This empty feeling now inside me ♪

♪ Is bound to show what I can't cry ♪

♪ Just make mine straight without a chaser ♪

♪ And let me drown my blues this way ♪

♪ My darling's gone, my life is ended ♪

♪ Nothing to live for another day ♪

♪ A thief could rob and take my money ♪

♪ If death was pending, I could pray ♪

♪ I'm helpless now, what will my fate be ♪

♪ As the hours drag by another day ♪

♪ Just make mine straight without a chaser ♪

♪ And let me drown my blues this way ♪

♪ My darling's gone, my life is ended ♪

♪ Nothing to live for another day ♪

♪ Just make mine straight without a chaser ♪

♪ And let me drown my blues this way ♪

♪ My darling's gone, my life is ended ♪

♪ Nothing to live for another day ♪

[audience applauding]

Thank y'all so very much.

We're High Fidelity, and we are glad to be here with you

at the Song of the Mountains

at the Lincoln Theater in Marion, Virginia here.

That was one that we recorded on our first album,

self-titled album, High Fidelity.

And we'll do you one off of our Rebel release.

We're quite excited about that project

called Hills And Home.

And this one's called My Mother's White Rose

[lively bluegrass music]

♪ On our old farm way down in the bluegrass ♪

♪ There's a rosebush that blooms so dear to me ♪

♪ It was planted by the hand of my dear mother ♪

♪ Long before she had left this world to grieve ♪

♪ By her gentle hands each day it was cared for ♪

♪ And all of the world seemed right and fair ♪

♪ As she did her daily chores around the home place ♪

♪ Had the rose of white placed in her glowing hair ♪

♪ Oh my mother's rose of white would bloom in springtime ♪

♪ And it seemed to tell a story of the past ♪

♪ She has gone to live with Jesus up in heaven ♪

♪ But the white rose of her love will ever last ♪

♪ Now the years have passed since Mother's gone and left us ♪

♪ But her love still lingers here today ♪

♪ When the family shall all be gone to join her ♪

♪ I believe this rose will slowly fade away ♪

♪ Oh my mother's rose of white would bloom in springtime ♪

♪ And it seemed to tell a story of the past ♪

♪ She has gone to live with Jesus up in heaven ♪

♪ But the white rose of her love will ever last ♪

♪ She has gone to live with Jesus up in heaven ♪

♪ But the white rose of her love will ever last ♪

[audience applauding]

Thank y'all.

We'll go back here to our first album

and do you a song off of it.

This is a gospel number that means a whole lot

to all of us up here.

And one of the most important things that you can

ever encounter in this life is the Lord Jesus Christ.

And we just want to give him the praise, honor, and glory

that he deserves, at least to the best of our abilities.

And this is one that tells you just a little bit about that.

It's called Kneel At The Cross.

[slow bluegrass music]

♪ Kneel at the cross, Christ will meet you there ♪

♪ Come while he waits for you

♪ Listen to his voice, leave with him your cares ♪

♪ And begin life anew

♪ Kneel at the cross, kneel at the cross ♪

♪ Kneel at the cross

♪ Leave every care, leave every care ♪

♪ Leave every care

♪ Kneel at the cross, kneel at the cross ♪

♪ Kneel at the cross

♪ Jesus will meet you there

♪ Kneel at the cross, give your idols up ♪

♪ Look unto realms above

♪ Turn not away to life's sparkling cup ♪

♪ Trust only in his love

♪ Kneel at the cross, kneel at the cross ♪

♪ Kneel at the cross

♪ Leave every care, leave every care ♪

♪ Leave every care

♪ Kneel at the cross, kneel at the cross ♪

♪ Kneel at the cross

♪ Jesus will meet you there

♪ Kneel at the cross, there is room for all ♪

♪ Who would his glory share

♪ Bliss there awaits, harm can nary fall ♪

♪ Those who are anchored there

♪ Kneel at the cross, kneel at the cross ♪

♪ Kneel at the cross

♪ Leave every care, leave every care ♪

♪ Leave every care

♪ Kneel at the cross, kneel at the cross ♪

♪ Kneel at the cross

♪ Jesus will meet you there

♪ Meet you there

[audience applauding]

Thank y'all so very much.

Well, I guess it's banjo tune time

on the High Fidelity program here.

And I want to step back here and do you an old song

that was written by Don Reno.

He's about one of my favorite banjo pickers.

I love Don Reno's music.

This is one that Don wrote about a fella

up in Harrisonburg, Virginia area.

They called the fella Sockeye,

and that's the name of this tune.

[lively bluegrass music]

Take it.

[audience applauding]

All right, thank you.

All right, well I'm gonna take this moment here

to tell you who this fella is over doing this

wonderful guitar pickin' and singing with us as well.

And you 'bout to hear him pick the banjo too.

Lot of bands don't like to hear

the banjo too much in bluegrass.

Almost like they're embarrassed of the five-string banjo.

But we love it in High Fidelity.

In fact, one ain't enough.

We gotta have two.

And y'all make this fella welcome over here

from Centerville, Tennessee, Mr. Daniel Amick.

[lively banjo music] [audience applauding]

This is one that Jim and Jesse recorded

back in the early 1960s.

I think that was about when it was.

Maybe '59, somewhere along in there.

One called My Empty Arms.

One, two, three.

[lively bluegrass music]

♪ There's a big, bright moon tonight ♪

♪ And it's shining just right

♪ Just let me hold you tight

♪ And tell you of your charms

♪ It don't matter to me just now ♪

♪ If you've broken every vow

♪ Just let me take you in my empty arms ♪

♪ You can put the blame on me if your heart desires ♪

♪ I'll love you more and more

♪ I'll prove it by the stars

♪ Do you recall the time you said I'd have to pay ♪

♪ I'm left here all alone

♪ These hard, hard words to say ♪

♪ There's a big bright moon tonight ♪

♪ And it's shining just right

♪ Just let me hold you tight

♪ And tell you of your charms

♪ It don't matter to me just now ♪

♪ If you've broken every vow

♪ Just let me take you in my empty arms ♪

♪ You can put the blame on me if your heart desires ♪

♪ I'll love you more and more

♪ I'll prove it by the stars

♪ Do you recall the time

♪ You said I'd have to pay

♪ I'm left here all alone

♪ These hard, hard words to say ♪

♪ There's a big bright moon tonight ♪

♪ And it's shining just right

♪ Just let me hold you tight

♪ And tell you of your charms

♪ It don't matter to me just now ♪

♪ If you've broken every vow

♪ Just let me take you in my empty arms ♪

[audience applauding]

Well, I'll tell you who this is over here

standing by me playing the fiddle.

She's gonna fiddle one in just a little bit,

but I'll go ahead

and tell you now. - While you tell 'em about me,

I'm gonna get a little drink over here.

- Who she is.

She's a wonderful fiddle player and a wonderful singer

as well as a songwriter and just about anything you need.

And I'm quite proud to say she's my much better half.

And y'all make her welcome while she's off the stage there.

Corrina Rose Logston Stephens.

[group laughing] [audience applauding]

We'll sing you one that, well,

one of our favorite brother duets.

Sometimes we call ourselves the Stephens Brothers

because we love singing these brother duets like this.

But this is one that we sorta got from the Louvin Brothers.

The Carter Family had recorded it, though,

and we took the Carter Family lyrics

and the Louvin Brothers arrangement and did this great song.

And it's on our Rebel recording project

called Hills And Home as well.

And it's called I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow.

[lively bluegrass music]

♪ Well, I ain't gonna work tomorrow ♪

♪ I ain't gonna work today

♪ I ain't gonna work tomorrow

♪ For it may be a rainy day

♪ I'm gonna leave this country

♪ I'm going around this world

♪ I'm going to leave this country ♪

♪ For the sake of one little girl ♪

♪ I lost my money in gambling

♪ I lost my name, you see

♪ I am nobody's darling

♪ And nobody cares for me

♪ I'll hang my head in sorrow

♪ I'll hang my head and cry

♪ I'll hang my head in sorrow

♪ As my darling passes by

Daniel Amick.

♪ Don't you hear my banjo ringing ♪

♪ Don't you hear that mournful sound ♪

♪ Don't you hear those pretty girls laughing ♪

♪ Standing on the cold, cold ground ♪

♪ Well, I ain't gonna work tomorrow ♪

♪ I ain't gonna work today

♪ I ain't gonna work tomorrow

♪ For it may be a rainy day

[audience applauding]

Back here on the bass fiddle,

doing a wonderful job playing the bass.

She's not only a bass player

but a wonderful singer and songwriter as well.

She's worked with folks like Patty Loveless and, let's see,

who else have you worked for?

- You know.

- She's got her own band, The Vickie Vaughn Band.

I just done give it away.

You know who she is now.

From Nashville, Tennessee, y'all make her welcome,

Miss Vickie Vaughn.

[audience applauding]

We're gonna have Vickie step in and sing a little bit

on the trio on this number here

that we have recorded back there.

It's one that come from the McCormick Brothers

called I'm Happy To Know.

- One, two, three.

[lively bluegrass music]

♪ Tonight as I watch you with tears in my eyes ♪

♪ As another man makes you his bride ♪

♪ But the way that you talked and the smile on your face ♪

♪ I know you'll be happy that way ♪

♪ I'm happy to see the smile on your face ♪

♪ Though it won't be the same there for me ♪

♪ I'm sorry to say that I lost you today ♪

♪ But I'm happy to know that you're happy that way ♪

♪ I know you are happy with him by your side ♪

♪ I know I am lonesome and blue ♪

♪ Now that I've lost you, you'll never be my bride ♪

♪ I'll try to find someone that will take the place of you ♪

♪ I'm happy to see the smile on your face ♪

♪ Though it won't be the same there for me ♪

♪ I'm sorry to say that I lost you today ♪

♪ But I'm happy to know that you're happy that way ♪

♪ I'm happy to see the smile on your face ♪

♪ Though it won't be the same there for me ♪

♪ I'm sorry to say that I lost you today ♪

♪ But I'm happy to know that you're happy that way ♪

[audience applauding]

Hit it with feeling.

- Well, the fella that's been doing all the talking for you,

he's no stranger to this area and to this music.

He spent almost the last six years now

with the Chuckwagon Gang.

He's been away from them a little while.

I believe they were here a while back.

- Yes.

- And we're awfully glad to have him and I'm glad

to have somebody to sing a bunch of these duets with.

Make welcome if you would Jeremy Stephens.

[audience applauding]

- Here's yet another one that we've got

on our self-titled project High Fidelity back there.

And an old one that we love quite a bit.

It's an old hymn that goes back

to the early part of the 1900s here.

One called You Never Mentioned Him To Me.

[lively bluegrass music]

♪ When in the better land

♪ Before the bar we stand

♪ How deeply grieved our souls may be ♪

♪ If any lost one there

♪ Should cry in deep despair

♪ You never mentioned him to me ♪

♪ You never mentioned him to me ♪

♪ You helped me not the light to see ♪

♪ You met me day by day and knew I was astray ♪

♪ Yet never mentioned him to me ♪

♪ A few short words may guide

♪ A lost one to his side

♪ Or turn sad eyes on Calvary

♪ So pray as days go by

♪ That yonder none may cry

♪ You never mentioned him to me ♪

♪ You never mentioned him to me ♪

♪ You helped me not the light to see ♪

♪ You met me day by day

♪ And knew I was astray

♪ Yet never mentioned him to me ♪

[audience applauding]

All right, we'll leave you with this one.

This is the first track off of our first CD

called I Ain't Got Time.

[lively bluegrass music]

♪ I ain't got time, I ain't got time ♪

♪ To stop and tarry, to stop and tarry ♪

♪ I ain't got time, I ain't got time to stop and tarry ♪

♪ I ain't got time to stop and tarry ♪

♪ I got a message I must carry

♪ I ain't got time to stop and tarry in this world ♪

♪ He said preach, been a preachin' ♪

♪ He said pray, I been a prayin' ♪

♪ He said for me to keep preaching and praying night and day ♪

♪ When the roll is called up yonder ♪

♪ I want to be found in that number ♪

♪ I ain't got time to stop and tarry in this world ♪

Corrina.

♪ He told me, he told me

♪ To preach the gospel, to preach the gospel ♪

♪ He told me, he told me to preach the gospel ♪

♪ He told me to preach the gospel ♪

♪ Just as he did the old apostles ♪

♪ I ain't got time to stop and tarry in this world ♪

♪ He said preach, been a preachin' ♪

♪ He said pray, I been a prayin' ♪

♪ He said for me to keep preaching and praying night and day ♪

♪ When the roll is called up yonder ♪

♪ I want to be found in that number ♪

♪ I ain't got time to stop and tarry in this world ♪

♪ When I leave, when I leave

♪ This troubled land, this troubled land ♪

♪ When I leave, when I leave this troubled land ♪

♪ When I leave this troubled land ♪

♪ I want to shake my savior's hand ♪

♪ I ain't got time to stop and tarry in this world ♪

♪ He said preach, been a preachin' ♪

♪ He said pray, I been a prayin' ♪

♪ He said for me to keep preaching and praying night and day ♪

♪ When the roll is called up yonder ♪

♪ I want to be found in that number ♪

♪ I ain't got time to stop and tarry in this world ♪

[audience applauding]

Thank you so much.

- High Fidelity here on Song of the Mountains.

Now coming up next on our program we have Grant Maloy Smith.

Grant's a singer-songwriter of country roots music with

an artful blend of country, bluegrass, folk, and pop music.

And his songs tell stories and paint pictures with words.

Originally from the Florida Panhandle,

Grant heard of the strains of bluegrass

from his Kentucky-born and raised grandmother,

and it got into his blood.

He's performed at some of the most prestigious venues

in the United States, including Carnegie Hall,

the Bitter End, the Grammy Museum, the Troubadour,

and the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.

He brings with him a talented group of musicians

to entertain us this evening.

On the stage of the Lincoln Theater,

we have Grant Maloy Smith.

[lively bluegrass music]

♪ Can you see the Texas in my eyes ♪

♪ I left her, but she's still strong in me ♪

♪ We broke down in Kingman so we walked to Bakersfield ♪

♪ Don't you know the mother road ♪

♪ I come from America, America, America ♪

♪ I come from America, America's from me ♪

♪ Can you hear the pilgrim in my voice ♪

♪ Blown ashore by unforgiving winds ♪

♪ Beggars can't be choosers, but we choose to still be men ♪

♪ Don't you know, don't you know ♪

♪ I come from America, America, America ♪

♪ I come from America, America's from me ♪

♪ We're the desperate and unwanted ♪

♪ We're the strangers from the shanty side of town ♪

♪ Do my eyes look proud but haunted ♪

♪ That's the destiny in me

♪ That's the Texas that you see ♪

♪ Can you feel the prairie on my skin ♪

♪ Baked and brown from work and sweat and tears ♪

♪ Daddy always told me that the dirt would take us in ♪

♪ Don't you know, don't you know ♪

♪ I come from America, America, America ♪

♪ I come from America, America's from me ♪

♪ I come from America, America, America ♪

♪ I come from America, America's from me ♪

[audience applauding]

Thank you, thank you so much.

Gonna do a song for you now called Ride That Train.

My personal feeling is that every album has to have

at least one good train song on it, you agree?

Gotta have a train song on there.

[lively bluegrass music]

♪ I still dream, but I can't sleep without you ♪

♪ I still roam, but I'm not free ♪

♪ I still rise even when I'm falling ♪

♪ Don't you wait, don't wait for me ♪

♪ Ride that train, light that flame without me ♪

♪ Ride that train, break that chain ♪

♪ I still love, yes I still love you ♪

♪ I still ache, but I don't seem to care ♪

♪ You were all, all I ever wanted ♪

♪ Don't look back, you ain't headed there ♪

♪ Ride that train, light that flame without me ♪

♪ Ride that train, break that chain ♪

♪ There's no sky, no clouds above me ♪

♪ No fear or chores to do

♪ And no wings for me to fly on ♪

♪ Fly on high back to you

♪ Ride that train, light that flame without me ♪

♪ Ride that train, break that chain ♪

♪ Ride that train, break that chain without me ♪

♪ Oh without me

♪ Ride that train, break that chain ♪

♪ Ride that train, break that chain ♪

♪ To me

[audience applauding]

Thank you.

[slow bluegrass music]

♪ Earth below my blanket

♪ Sky above my head

♪ Just outside my vision

♪ The night was turning red

♪ Water is our lifeline

♪ Rain is like our blood

♪ Why's our whole world dying

♪ Lord, what have we done

♪ But it's all right

♪ We're still breathing

♪ Isht a Lhampko

♪ We're not leaving

♪ Air has come against us

♪ Clouds of humble roll

♪ Listen to the wind song

♪ Singing from his soul

♪ Fire has cooked our rabbits

♪ And lit our sky for years

♪ We will not be beaten

♪ We walked the Trail of Tears

♪ But it's all right

♪ We're still breathing

♪ Isht a Lhampko

♪ We're not leaving

♪ But it's all right

♪ We're still breathing

♪ Isht a Lhampko

♪ We're not leaving

♪ But it's all right

♪ We're still breathing

♪ Isht a Lhampko

♪ We're not leaving

♪ But it's all right

♪ We're still breathing

♪ Isht a Lhampko

♪ We're not leaving

[audience applauding]

Thank you.

Thank you so much.

We'll pick up the pace a little bit now.

This one's called I'll Still Love You.

No matter what happens.

You ready, guys?

- Oh yeah.

[lively bluegrass music]

♪ They can put me in the ground ♪

♪ Lay my broken body down

♪ Sing a hymn and build a fire

♪ And dance around my funeral pyre ♪

♪ But I'll still love you

♪ Yes, I'll still love you

♪ Yes, I'll still love you

♪ Yeah, I'll still love you

♪ They can say I'm bad for you

♪ Shame me on the evening news

♪ Boot my car and bounce my checks ♪

♪ And turn my life into a mess

♪ But I'll still love you

♪ Yes, I'll still love you

♪ Oh, I'll still love you

♪ Yeah, I'll still love you

♪ They can twist my words all day ♪

♪ Take my credit cards away

♪ Whip my back for hours and hours ♪

♪ And drop me off the Eiffel Tower ♪

♪ But I'll still love you

♪ Yeah, I'll still love you

♪ Oh, I'll still love you

♪ Yeah, I'll still love you

♪ Oh, I'll still love you

♪ Yeah, I'll still love you

♪ Oh, I'll still love you

♪ Yes, I'll still love you

[audience applauding]

Thank you so much.

[slow bluegrass music]

♪ I been searching everywhere

♪ There's a place, but she's not there ♪

♪ Lonely lights on way up high

♪ They need her and so do I

♪ And I, I'm gonna take these hands ♪

♪ I'm gonna catch the wind and tame the fire ♪

♪ And I will shape this land

♪ And lift her up into the sky

♪ I'm the boy who built the moon ♪

♪ Take your gloves and steady light ♪

♪ Get your boots and pull 'em tight ♪

♪ There's hats and tools to spare ♪

♪ And breathers full of air

♪ There's work for every hand

♪ There's more work than we planned ♪

♪ And I, I'm gonna take these hands ♪

♪ I'm gonna catch the wind and tame the fire ♪

♪ And I will shape this land

♪ And lift her up into the sky

♪ I'm the boy who built the moon ♪

♪ One thousand sleepless nights ♪

♪ One million fireflies

♪ I'm wishing from afar

♪ Here comes the morning star

♪ And I, I'm gonna take these hands ♪

♪ I'm gonna catch the wind and tame the fire ♪

♪ And I will shape this land

♪ And lift her up into the sky

♪ And I, I will not fail

♪ I will not beg, I will not plead ♪

♪ And I, I'm gonna make things right ♪

♪ I will not fall, I will not cede ♪

♪ I'm the boy who built the moon ♪

[audience applauding] Thank you.

Thank you so much.

[slow bluegrass music]

♪ I was born right here like everyone ♪

♪ Learned to read and write

♪ Learned to walk and run

♪ Riding in my daddy's truck in summer ♪

♪ It felt like flying

♪ I was a scrawny kid

♪ Not too great at school

♪ I listened then, the next thing I knew ♪

♪ I'm saying my goodbyes and trading numbers ♪

♪ And Mama's crying

♪ In my soldier clothes in the blazing sun ♪

♪ Riding dusty roads with my soldier gun ♪

♪ Then the Earth rose up and it spit me out ♪

♪ There was fire and blood

♪ I can feel it now

♪ I'm a man of steel made of pins and wires ♪

♪ But these scars will heal

♪ I still got my fire

♪ I'm a man of steel ever since that day ♪

♪ But my heart's still real

♪ Can't take that away

♪ It's been three long months

♪ The nurses say they're gonna ship me home ♪

♪ But I sure want to stay

♪ 'Cause every friend I have is going nowhere ♪

♪ And they're still trying

♪ In my soldier clothes in the blazing sun ♪

♪ Riding dusty roads with my soldier gun ♪

♪ Then the Earth rose up and it spit me out ♪

♪ There was fire and blood

♪ I can feel it now

♪ I'm a man of steel made of pins and wires ♪

♪ But these scars will heal

♪ I still got my fire

♪ I'm a man of steel ever since that day ♪

♪ But my heart's still real

♪ Can't take that away

♪ I'm a man of steel made of pins and wires ♪

♪ But these scars will heal

♪ I still got my fire

♪ I'm a man of steel ever since that day ♪

♪ But my heart's still real

♪ Can't take that away

♪ I'm a man of steel

♪ And my heart's still real

♪ Can't take that away

[audience applauding]

Thank you, folks, we appreciate it.

Thank you so much.

- Grant Maloy Smith closing out tonight's program.

Hey, thanks for watching our show.

And next time invite your neighbors to watch as well.

For more information on Song of the Mountains

and our region, visit songofthemountains.org.

I'm Tim White, I'll see ya next time.

["Cherokee Shuffle" by Gerald Anderson]

- [Female Announcer]: This program is made possible in part by

the town of Marion,

home of the Wayne Henderson School of Appalachian Arts,

celebrating 21 years as a certified

Virginia Main Street community.

The historic General Francis Marion Hotel

and the Speakeasy Restaurant and Lounge,

providing accommodations and casual fine dining

in downtown Marion, Virginia.

The Bank of Marion, technology-powered, service-driven.

WBRF, 98.1 FM.

And Bryant Label, a proud supporter

of our region's musical heritage.

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