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Bluegrass Review April 12-April 18, 2014 #1416

Dirt roads can symbolize stuff that’s real and in fact, there is a song called “Dirt Roads” by Wayne Taylor. We take off from there and play some other songs that relate to dirt roads. On our Gem of Bluegrass … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review April 12-April 18, 2014 (second hour) #1316

The program opens with recent blues-tinged bluegrass. Then the Gem of Bluegrass considers the somewhat romantic image of the hobo in older bluegrass, morphing into an undesirable state of homelessness in some recent bluegrass. Later we play songs relating to … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review April 5-April 11, 2014 #1415

Our program opens with a couple of numbers involving country star Dierks Bentley that push the bluegrass envelope in some way. Then, we open one of today’s thematic threads: welcoming Spring!. Out Gem of Bluegrass spotlights a bluegrass-related style that … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review April 5-April 11, 2014 (second hour) #1315

The program opens up with recent bluegrass. Then the Gem of Bluegrass considers the ways children have been depicted over the years in bluegrass songs. It used to be that children were victimized by circumstances. But today, they are likely … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review March 29-April 4, 2014 #1414

We’ve got a backlog of new releases so we spin quite a few of them today. Rockabilly and bluegrass music. These are two idioms that have used the blues to fashion a new style. On the Gem of Bluegrass we … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review March 29-April 4, 2014 (second hour) #1314

Our program opens with new bluegrass. Many say that bluegrass is in a period of change, with a new generation taking over. There are conflicting versions too regarding the nature of bluegrass. The Gem of Bluegrass comments on peace in … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review March 22-28, 2014 #1413

Songwriter Paul Simon and bluegrass music: Paul writes frequently about the dark subjects bluegrass singers enjoy: breakups for example. We play a new version of “Graceland” and a couple other bluegrass treatments of the Paul Simon songbook. Then, out Gems … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review March 22-28, 2014 (second hour) #1313

We break out of the gates with new bluegrass by Dale Ann Bradley, Tina Adair and the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. Then, on our Gem of Bluegrass, we note how the bass has increased its role in the old time … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review March 15-21, 2014 #1412

The show begins with songs of easy virtue. Sometimes this type of promiscuity is not as easy as it seems to some. The segment reveals shifting attitudes as well. The Gem of Bluegrass is called “The Bluegrass Modern Edge,” and … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review March 15-21, 2014 (second hour) #1312

Right at the show’s beginning, we play new bluegrass. Then we consider the Celtic / bluegrass connection. Accordionist Paddy O’Brien and singer Erin Hart of St Paul, MN tell us about Irish playing and singing and Jacqui McCarthy of the … Continue reading

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