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Washington Area Music Timeline Concert Series CD, Volume 1

by Strathmore

A live recording of 17 tracks from Strathmore and WAMA's groundbreaking series of concerts celebrating Washington D.C. area music and musicians.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Take the A Train
5:21 album only
2. Friendship Train
4:55 album only
3. Arkansas Traveler
3:09 album only
4. I've Endured
3:23 album only
5. Oh, Alabama
3:06 album only
6. Key to the Highway
4:51 album only
7. Moulin Rouge
2:07 album only
8. She's Got You
3:05 album only
9. Beyond the River Bend
3:40 album only
10. Crying in the Chapel
3:58 album only
11. Make the Waterwheel Roll
2:17 album only
12. Ask Me Now
4:57 album only
13. Desafinado
4:07 album only
14. Tips of my Fingers
3:09 album only
15. Before You Accuse Me (Take a Look at Yourself)
4:41 album only
16. What's Going On/Mercy, Mercy Me
7:00 album only
17. The Closer I Get to You
5:07 album only


Album Notes
Washington Area Music Timeline Concert Series CD, Volume 1

A Strathmore/WAMA Project

On September 3, 2003, Strathmore and the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) began their tribute to the Washington D.C. area's musical heritage with the music of John Philip Sousa. Consisting of 64 concerts and culminating in the opening of the new Music Center at Strathmore on February 5, 2005, these hour-long Wednesday night tributes highlighted music legends, rising stars, and key moments in Washington music history.

The Washington Area Music Timeline CD, Volume 1, has 17 track representing a wide range of musical styles and musicians recorded live during performances at Strathmore.


1. Take the "A" Train 5:20
Performed by the Dick Morgan Quartet
Dick Morgan, piano
Steve Abshire, guitar
David Einhorn, bass
Bertell Knox, drums
Tribute to Duke Ellington
Composer: Billy Strayhorn
Recorded Septemeber 24, 2003

2. Friendship Train 4:54
Performed by the Jewels
Sandra Bears, vocals
Marjorie Clarke, vocals
Grace Ruffin, vocals
Tribute to the Jewels
Composer: N. Whitfield, B. Strong
Recorded May 5, 2004

3. Arkansas Traveler 3:07
Performed by Bob Perilla and the Big Hillbilly Bluegrass Band
Bob Perilla, guitar
Tad Marks, fiddle
Mike Marceau, bass
Mike Munford, banjo
Tribute to Len Spencer
Composer: Traditional, Arr. B. Perilla
Recorded September 10, 2003

4. I've Endured 3:22
Performed by
Cathy Fink, banjo/vocals
Marcy Marxer, guitar/vocals
Tribute to Ola Belle Reed
Composer: Ola Belle Reed
Recorded May 26, 2004

5. Oh, Alabama 3:04
Performed by Donal Leace, guitar/vocals
Steven Smith, lead guitar
Barnet Williams, percussion
Tribute to the Cellar Door
Composer: Donal Leace
Recorded March 17, 2004

6. Key to the Highway 4:49
Performed by
Warner Williams, guitar
Jay Summerour, harmonica
Tribute to Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife
Composer: William Broonzy, Charles Segar
Recorded April 21, 2004

7. Moulin Rouge 2:04
Performed by Mary Battiata, guitar/vocals, and Keith Grimes, guitar
Tribute to Tim Buckley
Composer: Larry Beckett, Tim Buckley
Recorded January 21, 2004

8. She's Got You 3:03
Performed by
Lori Kelley, vocals
Johnny Castle, bass
Jack O'Dell, percussion
Bill Kirchen, guitar
Peter Bonta, piano
Tribute to Patsy Cline
Composer: Hank Cochran
Recorded November 5, 2003

9. Beyond the River Bend 3:38
Performed by Hazel Dickens Band
Hazel Dickens, guitar/vocals
Dudley Connell, guitar
Richard Underwood, banjo
Jack Leiderman, fiddle
Marshall Willborn, bass
Akira Otsuka, mandolin
Tribute to Hazel Dickens
Composer: Hazel Dickens
Recorded February 4, 2004

10. Crying in the Chapel 3:56
Performed by the Legendary Orioles
Albert "Diz" Russel, vocals
Reese Palmer, vocals
Skip Mahoney, vocals
Eddie Jones, vocals
Tribute to the Legendary Orioles
Composer: Artie Glenn
Recorded January 28, 2004

11. Make the Waterwheel Roll 2:15
Performed by The Grandsons
Alan MacEwen, guitar/vocals
Chris Watling, saxophone
Matt Sedgley, drums
Moe Nelson, bass
Tribute to Jimmy Dean
Composer: Mel Tillis, Marijohn Wilkin
Recorded April 14, 2004

12. Ask Me Now 4:55
Performed by
Chris Watling, saxophone
Tim Ford, piano
Matt Tebo, drums
Stave Sachse, bass
Tribute to Charlie Rouse and Leo Parker
Composer: Thelonious Monk
Recorded October 8, 2003

13. Desafinado 4:05
Performed by Chuck Redd, drums and Richard Miller, guitar
Tribute to Charlie Byrd
Composer: Antonio Carlos Jobim,
Newton Ferreira de Mendonce,
Jon Hendricks Cavanaugh
Recorded March 24, 2004

14. Tips Of My Fingers 3:07
Performed by Honky Tonk Confidential
Mike Woods, guitar/vocals
Bobby Martin, guitar/vocals
Geff King, bass/vocals
Diana Quinn, pedal steel guitar
Dave Elliot, drums
Ira Gitlin, banjo
Tribute to Roy Clark
Composer: Bill Anderson
Recorded November 19, 2003

15. Before You Accuse Me (Take a Look at Yourself) 4:38
Performed by the Nighthawks
Mark Wenner, harmonica/vocals
Pete Ragusa, drums
Paul Bell, guitar
Johnny Castle, bass
Tribute to Bo Diddley
Composer: Elias McDaniel (aka Bo Diddley)
Recorded February 25, 2004

16. What's Going On/Mercy, Mercy Me 6:57
Performed by Commitment
Jimi Dougans, Ignatius Mason, Sallem Hylton, Lee Johnson, and Bobbi Malone, vocals
Johnell Gray, keyboard
Tony Harod, guitar
Glenn Adams, bass
Steve Bundick, saxophone
Ihkand Mason, drums
Tribute to Marvin Gaye
Composer: "What's Going On" Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye, Renaldo Benson;
"Mercy, Mercy Me" Marvin Gaye
Recorded December 10, 2003

17. The Closer I Get to You 5:07
Performed by Nicki Gonzalez, vocals
Wayne Wilentz, keyboards
Jamieson Tobey, drums
Brad Collins, vocals and saxophone
Tribute to Roberta Flack
Composer: Reggie Lucas, James Mtume
Recorded June 2, 2004

*With heartfelt thanks to all of the musicians who have graciously contributed to this cd and who keep alive the Washington area's tradition of diverse, interesting musical ideas.

Click Here [link to:] to see the original Washington Area Music Timeline developed by Jennifer Hall and WAMA which the concert series is based on.

See what others have said about the CD:

The Downtowner: June 30-July 12, 2005
P. 26

"New CD a showcase of Washington Music's Great Legacy:
A Musical History Rich in Genres, Legend, Styles, Individuals and Places"

by Gary Tischler

The work of a year and a half of 64 live tribute concerts tracing the history of Washington popular music has borne fruit with the release of a new CD which features the musical work of legends like Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, Jimmy Dean and Robert Flack performed by DC musicians.
The CD is "Washington Area Music Timeline Concert Series: Volume 1," produced by Strathmore Vice President of Programming Shelley Brown and Michael Schreibman, president of the Washington Area Music Association.
The CD was launched at the Mansion at Strathmore, where 64 tribute concerts (indoors and outdoors) were held beginning in 2003 and running up to the grand opening of the Music Center at Strathmore. The tribute concerts honored and celebrated Washington's rich, deep and diverse musical history, saluting performers, events, institutions and venues from 1854 to the present, from John Philip Sousa to Rootboy Slim.
The launching brought together Strathmore and WAMA officials and featured the first of "Summer Sounds," a free concert series at Strathmore. The performers included DC saxophone great Chris Watling, The Grandsons and Last Train Home.
The free concert also served as the launce of free outdoor summer concerts at the Mansion.
The Timeline Concert Series ranged all across Washington's musical history, a history that revealed itself to be remarkably rich in genres, legend, styles, individuals and places. "I am extremely proud of the Timeline concerts.," Schreibman said. "This CD is a showcase of Washington music's great legacy and represents some of the finest moments of the landmark concert series."
That series began with a classical concert by Classical Brass saluting the great bandmaster John Philip Sousa. It would march through a remarkable timeline with music from contemporary musicians celebrating the past, live performances included the legendary doo-wop group the Orioles, the Keter Betts trio, jazz legend Buck Hill and a rousing funky concert from Chuck Brown, still boogying down at age 70.
The series celebrates everything from institutions and establishments like the Kennedy Center, the Blues Society, the Birchmere and the Cellar Door (performed by Donald Leace), to the anniversary of the Beatles concert in Washington.
A surprising amount of that history and the series is captured on the first Timeline CD, which features 17 tracks, including Leace with "Oh Alabama" as the tribute to the Cellar Door. Leace is a frequent local performer at various venues and teaches at the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts. The Duke's "Take the A Train" is the first track on the CD, performed by the popular Dick Morgan Quartet.
The Jewels, a popular 1960s group emerged to pay tribute to themselves with "Friendship Train". "Arkansas Traveler" became the first song to sell more than a million copies when Len Spencer recorded it in 1902 and it's on the CD from Bob Perilla and the Big Hillbilly Bluegrass Band. Appropriately enough, there's a tribute to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival with "Key to the Highway" and Patsy Cline gets a classy rending of "She's Got You". The Grandsons perform Jimmy Dean's "Make the Waterwheel Roll" and the Legendary Orioles perform their own "Crying in the Chapel". Drummer Chuck Redd and guitarist Richard Miller give a lovely tribute to Charlie Byrd with "Desafinado" and Honky Tonk Confidential gives due honors to Roy Clark with "The Tips of My Fingers". The Nighthawks, a legendary rock blues band in their own right pay tribute to Bo Diddley with "Before You Accuse Me" and Commitment does justice to Marvin Gaye's uniquely soulful "What's Going On/Mercy, Mercy Me".
Eliot Pfanstiehl, President and CEO of the Strathmore Hall Foundation said that the "Washington Area Music Timeline Concert Series CD pays homage to the past, while celebrating the future of this area's music scene."
Meanwhile, Strathmore will continue is summer musical tradition of free concerts with "Summer Sounds", which continues with the Tom Principato Band (July 6), the Doc Dikeman Big Band (July 13); Patty Larkin and Donal Leace (July 20); Exit Clov (July 27), the Greencards (August 3) and the All Star Tribute to the Band August 10. (The Strathmore Mansion is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. For information on free concerts, call 301-581-5100 or go to



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