Patrick Brayer Song History

So Long, So Wrong

(Patrick Brayer/Walden Dahl)
(Church Teeth Music / BMI / adm. Bug Music)

Recorded by: Alison Krauss and Union Station(Rounder Records)

Album Title: So Long,, So Wrong (CD 0365)

Label: Rounder Records

Release Date: 1997

Song published by: Church Teeth Music (Adm. By Bug Music-BMI)

Also included in a songbook of the same name, published by Warner Bros.Publications

The CD entered the country charts at #5, and moved to #4 by the second week. It entered the Billboard Top 200 at #65, and moved to #50 by the second week.
It entered U.K. Country Charts at #3.

It was favorably reviewed in national press such as, Time, USA Today, and Rolling Stone.
The album went RIAA certified gold, winningthree Grammys in 1997, one for Bluegrass Album of the Year. The project was awarded the Gavin Americana Album of the Year, reaching number one on the IBMA charts, while the composition itself was voted ‘Song of the Year’.

Alison and Union Station Performed the song on The David Letterman Show in ‘97

The above version also appeared on the following compilations:

20th Century Masters: Women of Country (Universal Int’l 2003)

Bluegrass Number 1’s
(Rounder Records) 2004

Can’t You Hear Me Callin’
Bluegrass: 80 Years of American Music
(4CD Box Set / Sony Legacy 2004)

Essential Alison Krauss (Rounder/Decca 2009)


Imitation of the Blues

(Patrick Brayer)

Recorded by: The Cox Family
Produced by: Alison Krauss
Release date: September, 2015
Recorded by The Cox Family for their album, Gone Like The Cotton, this song was supposed to appear on the follow up album to their grammy winning first release on Asylum Records. It was shelved in progress and lie on the shelves for 17 years and is now finally being released.
Here’s a Rolling Stone review of the album (set to be released in September, 2015) 

Recorded by: Larry Sparks
Album Title: Blue Sparks (Reb 1618)
Label: Rebel Records
Release Date: 1983

Here’s a live video of Sparks at The Station Inn in Nashville TN

Recorded by: John Doe

Album Title: A Matter of Degrees (a shot and three beers) (Pro CD-4155)
Label: DGC The David Geffin Company
Release Date: 1990

Here’s a video of John Doe and Dave Alvin performing it at The Belly Up Tavern in San Diego CA.

RecordedBy: Tumbleweed/Chris Stevens

Album Title: Living in a Country World

Recorded By: Brushy Peak
Album Title: Wild Horse Under a Georgia Moon

Recorded by: Gary Ferguson

Album Title: Without You
Label: Turquoise (1992)

Recorded by: Patuxent Partners
Album Title: Keep on Going
Label: Pantuxent Records

Recorded by: High Country
Album title: The Earthquake (SCR48)
Label: Strictly Country Records

Recorded by: Orville Johnson
Album title: Freehand
Label: Mongrel Folk Records
Release Date: 2004

Recorded by: Chris Darrow

appeared as Good Imitation of the Blues
Album Title: Slide On In
Label: Taxim Records (TX 2058-2 TA)
Release Date: 2002

Recorded by: Larry Sparks (2002) (Crosscut Records)
Album Title: Live On The Road (volume one)

Recorded by : Alan Jackson (2006) (Arista Records)

Album Title: Like Red On A Rose
Release Date Sept. 26, 2006

Jackson version.

Note: peaked at #1 on the country charts and #4 (oct. 14) on the Billboard Pop Charts
nominated for “album of the year” at the 2007 Grammy Awards

Like Red on a Rose arrived to glowing reviews from multiple outlets, including the Associated Press, which praised the album as “all twilight and velvet,” while Playboy Magazine declared it “a work of heartbreaking soul.”

Rockabilly version recorded by: Jussi Syren (2007) (Goofin’ Records GRCD 6137) Finland

Album Title: Stayin’ On Top of the Beat

Jussi Syren version

Reissue: Larry Sparks (2008) (Rebel Records)

Album Title: The Best of Larry Sparks: Bound to Ride


Sheet Music:

book title: The (never quite) Complete Bluegrass Songbook
contact: Rick Cornish (408) 929-4174


Turn Your Love Down

(Patrick Brayer)

Recorded By: ASH&W
Album Title: ASH&W (Reb CD 1686)
Label: Rebel Records (1990)

also appeared on: REBEL 35 Years Box Set 4-CD SET (REB-4000)

Bourbon as a Second Language

(Patrick Brayer)

Performed by: Patrick Brayer
(recorded live at The Bottom Line in New York City- 01-28-95
Album title: The 1995 Fast Folk Revue
Label: Fast Folk (FFCD-806)

Bottom Line version

2nd release of the above version appeared on the compilation: Fast Folk: a community of singers & songwriters (SFW CD 40135)

Label: Smithsonian Folkways (2002)
a compilation that also included Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, and David Van Ronk


Three Kinds of News

(Patrick Brayer)
Recorded By: Jack Hardy (Fast Folk/Smithsonian Institute)
Album title: The Fast folk Revue 1994 (live from The Bottom Line) (FFCD 802)
Label: Smithsonian Folkways


Funeral Town

(Patrick Brayer)
Performed By: Patrick Brayer / recorded for Fast Folk-Smithsonian Institute

Album title: The 1995 Fast Folk Revue
(recorded live at The Bottom Line in New York City (01-28-95) (FFCD-806) released 1996
Label: Smithsonian Folkways


Straight Life, No Chaser

(Patrick Brayer)
Recorded by: Patrick Brayer (Fast Folk/Smithsonian Institute)

Album title: The 1996 Fast Folk Revue, live from the bottom line 01-27-96 (FF808)
first released 1997
Label: Smithsonian Folkways


Lonely Moon

(Patrick Brayer)

Recorded By: Stuart Duncan
Album title: Stuart Duncan (ROUCD-0263)
Label: Rounder Records
Release date: 1994
CD produced by Bela Fleck and nominated for a Grammy in 1994

Duncan version

the above version by Stuart Duncan also appeared on the compilation:

Album Title: Bluegrass Hits: Twenty Timeless Favorites from Yesterday and Today

Label: Rounder Records
Release Date: 2005

Recorded by: Northern Lights
Album Title: New Moon
Label: Fifty Fifty Music
Release date: 2005