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Bluegrass Review Oct 25-Oct 31, 2014 #1444

After a new bluegrass song, we play a couple of instances of the Spanish-bluegrass connection. The Gem of Bluegrass is concerned with the development of the modern banjo tune. Later, we talk banjo x’s and o’s with Ira Gitlin. Ira … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 25-Oct 31, 2014 (second hour) #1344

Our show begins with new bluegrass by Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins, and by Johnny Staats. Then we get spooky! Following the Hallowe’en stuff, the Gem of Bluegrass describes the history of progressive bluegrass to this point. Most of the … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 18-Oct 24, 2014 #1443

The show opens with a little recent bluegrass. Then, we survey the bluegrass catalog regarding songs about “boots.” Subject matter ranges from songs about men and women, to boots symbolizing hard work and family. The Gem of Bluegrass investigates the … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 18-Oct 24, 2014 (second hour) #1343

“Goodbye” is a major theme in bluegrass songs. Our show opens with two types of this songtype. One, by Lorraine Jordon and Carolina Road is a traditional North Carolina bluegrass song, and the other by Alison Krauss, expresses deep melancholy. … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 11-Oct 17, 2014 #1442

Today’s show opens with new bluegrass from the Lonesome River Band. It’s a tribute to the singer’s sweetheart who values her man for things that do not relate to money. Then, a different spin as Phil Leadbetter presents a song … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 11-Oct 17, 2014 (second hour) #1342

The show opens with a new Johnny Staats piece. Then we feature bluegrass pluggers, folks who doggedly pursue goals, no matter how steep the odds. Then on the Gem of Bluegrass, we feature the melody and its central position in … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 4-Oct 10, 2014 #1441

Today’s show has a fair amount of new bluegrass. We open with a new honky-tonk song by Junior Sisk, and pair it with a classic of the type by Flatt and Scruggs. Then we play a classic called “Dark Hollow,” … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 4-Oct 10, 2014 (second hour) #1341

After a recent Peter Rowan song opens the show, we play a couple of love songs. The first is an extremely positive, beginning-og-a-relationship song, and the second references an exit point. That leads to a Gem of Bluegrass feature about … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 27-Oct 3, 2014 #1440

It rains in Virginia, you know. Our show opens with a couple of “raining in Virginia.” You might know that rain frequently signifies the blues and that is certainly the case with these two songs. Then we play a couple … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 27-Oct 3, 2014 (second hour) #1340

The show opens with a couple of strong pieces about having bluegrass dreams deferred by family and career. Later on the Gem of Bluegrass feature, we consider un-bluesy bluegrass. One of the great innovations of the founder of bluegrass, Bill … Continue reading

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