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Bluegrass Review Feb 25, 2017-March 3, 2017 #1709

What does it mean to drift? We open with a few “drifting” songs. On our Gem of Bluegrass feature, we address work and song depictions of drudgery. Later, our musical conversation with Caleb Klauder of the Foghorn String band focuses … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 25, 2017-March 3, 2017 (second hour) #1609

There always seems to be a trickle of songs about working, and we play 3 good ones at the beginning of the show. Our Gem of Bluegrass concerns bluegrass founder, Bill Monroe. He had a lengthy career and some aspects … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review March 11, 2017-March 17, 2017 #1711

Early on the show today, we play some and old bluegrass relating to staying true to one’s values instilled while growing up. The Gem of Bluegrass feature comments on how age is treated in bluegrass songs. Later on, we compare … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 17, 2017-Feb 24, 2017 (second hour) #1608

Laurie Lewis’ new Cd pays tribute to Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerard. One of the Hazel and Alice themes was singing traditional songs. We play one by Laurie, and one by Hazel and Alice. Bluegrass Music owes a lot to … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 17, 2017-Feb 24, 2017 #1708

There always seems to be a trickle of songs about coal being written, and early in the show, we play a few. Our Gem of Bluegrass references the evolution of old time music. Later, we reflect on the Stanley Brothers, … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 11, 2017-Feb 17, 2017 (second hour) #1607

The murder ballad, where a demented male lover for no known reason, kills his sweetheart has cast a long shadow in bluegrass music, and in our culture. Take the first two songs on our show today. Both are set on … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 11, 2017-Feb 17, 2017 #1707

Over the course of bluegrass and old-time music history, there is a strain of songs about strong drink. Recently, there have been some songs about alcohol that describe how alcohol plays in people’s lives. These songs neither celebrate alcohol nor … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 4, 2017-Feb 10, 2017 #1706

We open with a couple of songs about hard work. In the first, the singer wishes he could get away from it. In the second, the prospect of always having to do hard work convinces a kid to do better … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 4, 2017-Feb 10, 2017 (second hour) #1606

Early on the show today, we acknowledge that bluegrass specializes in all kinds of “unhappy” including breakups. We play a couple of stylistically contrasting treatments of periods where the singer expects a breakup to occur. On the Gem of Bluegrass, … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Jan 28, 2017-Feb 3, 2017 (second hour) #1605

The show leads off with recent bluegrass by Danny Paisley. The Carter Family’s influence is so great that over time there have been a number of tribute projects, including those by Flatt and Scruggs and Ralph Stanley. We play selections … Continue reading

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