Song History / Adaptation / Sessionography

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Patrick Brayer: Song Writing, Adaptational History, and Sessionography

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)

Essential Alison Krauss cover


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

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









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

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.”

Recorded by: Jussi Syren (2007) (Goofin’ Records GRCD 6137) Finland

Album Title: Stayin’ On Top of the Beat

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)

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

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


Patrick Brayer Song Adaptation History:


The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn

Recorded by: Patrick Brayer
Album Title: The Secret Hits of Patrick Brayer volume 30: Fabric Boy
The Brayer Archives 1997

Recorded by: Alison Krauss and Union Station

Traditional song arranged by Alison Krauss and Union Station and Patrick Brayer
Publishing: Moist N Fudgy Music / Church teeth Music (Adm. By Bug Music BMI)
Album title: New Favorite
Label: Rounder Records
Release Date: 2001
(this project won a Gold Record award, and 3 Grammy awards in 2001)

this same version also appeared on the 4CD Box Set:

Can’t You Hear Me Callin’
Bluegrass: 80 Years of American Music
Sony Legacy 2004












Recorded again by: Alison Krauss and Union Station

Album: Alison Krauss and Union Station-Live
Label: Rounder Records 2003
this project won a Platinum Record award,
the IBMA Album of the Year award 2002, and a Grammy for
Best Bluegrass Album of the Year 2003



DVD performance of the same by: Alison Krauss and Union Station

DVD title: Alison Krauss and Union Station-Live
Rounder Records 2003 (also won a Platinum Award)

Recorded by: Dan Tyminski, Jerry Douglas, and Aly Bain

DVD Title: Transatlantic Sessions (2010) (Whirlie Records)

Broken Circle Breakdown

broken circle breakdown

Felix van Groeningen's romantic melodrama, which won two awards at this year's Tribeca film festival and another in Berlin in 2012, will be released in America in 2013.

VIDEO: Broken Circle's performance of "The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn"


Patrick Brayer: Sessionography


Artist: Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals

Album Title: The Will to Live
Label: Virgin Records
Release Date: 1997
AUS Platinum
FRA Platinum

Brayer played mandolin on, “Ashes”, and violin on “Glory and Consequence”, and “I Will Not Walk Alone”

The Will To Live CD was also included in a 3CD Box Set
Artist: Ben Harper

Album Title: CD Box Collection: Ben Harper
Label: Virgin Records
Release Date: 2000


Artist: Ben Harper

Album Title: I’ve Always Been Crazy: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings
Label: RCA
Release Date: 2003
Brayer played mandolin and violin on, “Waymore’s Blues” with fellow hometown hero Ben Harper

other artists included, John Mellencamp, Dwight Yoakam, Hank Williams Jr., James Hatfield, Travis Tritt, and Alison Krauss


Artist: Atreyu


Album Title: Lead Sails, Paper Anchor
Label: Hollywood Records
Release Date: 2007

Brayer played the pedal steel on, “Lead Sails, Paper Anchor”, and Turkish Saz on, “Lose It”

Lead Sails, Paper Anchor reached #8 on the Billboard top 200 in September of 2007


The 2.0 version contained a documentary film by Tyler Trautman that contains a short interview with Brayer playing the pedal steel guitar.