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Bluegrass Review Feb 6-Feb 12, 2016 #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 Feb 6-Feb 12, 2016 (second hour) #1506

We kick off the show with some current bluegrass. Then, it’s a couple of songs relating to phases of life, and each song references a “garden wall.” Out Gem of Bluegrass revisits the old question of “what is bluegrass anyway?” … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Jan 30-Feb 5, 2016 #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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Bluegrass Review Jan 30-Feb 5, 2016 (second hour) #1505

Early on the show, a couple of songs in which age plays a factor. One is about hanging around an old man, someone your parents warned you against but who turns out to be a font of good information. The … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Jan 23-Jan 29, 2016 #1604

Early on today, we play a couple of songs about the breakup dance. In one, the singer has a feeling that the relationship is about to end. In the other, it’s already ended. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we track … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Jan 23-Jan 29, 2016 (second hour) #1504

Our show opens with a great recent track by songwriter Donna Hughes. Then we play a couple of songs whose songwriters were plainly philosophizing about the meaning of life. Our Gem of Bluegrass feature considers the slightly different orientations of … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Jan 16-Jan 22, 2016 #1603

Early in the show we play some new recordings that reference the work of bluegrass founder Bill Monroe. On our Gem of Bluegrass, people sometimes compare bluegrass and jazz saying they are both musicians’ music styles, that they are influenced … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Jan 16-Jan 22, 2016 (second hour) #1503

After a little contemporary bluegrass, the show slides into some songs where one person is telling off another. Let’s just say that we sing some things much more easily that we speak them. Then, the Gems of Bluegrass feature focuses … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Jan 9-Jan 15, 2016 #1602

The show opens with songs combining a couple of major bluegrass reference points: poverty and romance. The Gem of Bluegrass focuses on instrumental soloing, and on the different approaches for different kinds of songs. Later, we talk to Cincinnati bluegrass … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Jan 9-Jan 15, 2016 (second hour) #1502

Our show opens with new bluegrass, and a couple of songs about the California and Alaska gold rushes. After the Gem of Bluegrass about the bluegrass-country connection, we play a group of recent songs dealing with trains. Then, its’ time … Continue reading

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