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Bluegrass Review August 29 – September 4, 2015 #1536

Bluegrass concerns itself to a large degree with personal disconnections. We open with two striking recent examples, and a third example taken from traditional balladry. Our Gems of Bluegrass feature studies the song “Close By.” The Close By study serves … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review August 29 – September 4, 2015 (second hour) #1436

Today’s show opens with some hard hitting songs about guns and bullets. Know that the scenarios depicted do not resemble anyone’s deer hunting trip. Then, the Gem of Bluegrass takes another look at bluegrass songs about work. There may be … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review August 22 – August 28, 2015 #1535

Early on we feature a couple of songs with the “Georgia Rose” as part of the title. Then we consider the influence of traditional balladry on the songwriting of Carter Stanley, one half of the famed Stanley Bros, first generation … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review August 22 – August 28, 2015 (second hour) #1435

Moonshine is a theme that has run through bluegrass music and the old-time styles that preceded it. We open the show with some recent moonshine songs. Then, Lyle Lofgren, Adam Granger and host Phil Nusbaum talk about and play music … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review August 15 – August 21, 2015 #1534

Our show opens up with a couple of surprising songs about strangers. In the new one by Dale Ann Bradley, everybody is a stranger, including listeners. The old one is a “happy-sounding sad song.” Most people don’t realize that it … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review August 15 – August 21, 2015 (second hour) #1434

Moonshine is a theme that has run through bluegrass music and the old-time styles that preceded it. We open the show with some recent moonshine songs. Then, Lyle Lofgren, Adam Granger and host Phil Nusbaum talk about and play music … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review August 8 – August 14, 2015 #1533

After a piece of new bluegrass, the broadcast considers songs about looking back and looking forward. Then the Gem of Bluegrass feature considers Jethro Burns. Jethro was a great multi-stylist on the mandolin who has had a great impact on … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review August 8 – August 14, 2015 (second hour) #1433

The broadcast opens with some relationship songs focusing on the man’s disappointment. The relationships were just too burdensome. Then, Lyle Lofgren and Adam Granger are on hand and the three of us investigate happy and sad sounding bluegrass. We play … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review August 1 – August 7, 2015 #1532

We have a little more honky tonk bluegrass towards the beginning of the show.  Old time fiddle dance music is a key reference point in both old-time and bluegrass music styles. But the community basis of old time fiddling has … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review August 1 – August 7, 2015 (second hour) #1432

Our show opens with compelling new bluegrass, and then an intriguing recent song by Laurie Lewis. Laurie asks, what happened to the Pharaoh’s daughter from the traditional “Little Moses” song. While the Bible says little about her, the Talmud has … Continue reading

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