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Bluegrass Review Apr 18 – Apr 24, 2015 #1517

The overarching theme of today’s show is comparing versions of songs. Our first comparison, though compares thoughts on forgiveness. Some bluegrass songs do not recommend forgiving those who have hurt us. We listen to some comparisons where artists have taken … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Apr 18 – 24, 2015 (second hour) #1417

Our broadcast opens with a couple of songs set in prison, one new and one old. On our Gem of Bluegrass we present a study of one means of composition. You take an old song, do something to change it, … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Apr 11 – Apr 17, 2015 #1516

The show today begins with songs between the generations. There is one where a younger person addresses an older one, and where an older once addresses young people, and two depicting lasting friendships between a young and older person. On … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Apr 11 – 17, 2015 (second hour) #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 Apr 4 – Apr 10, 2015 #1515

The program begins with two songs named Amanda. The recent song by Volume Five concerns a woman whose life story contains a lot of unwanted goodbyes. The other is a generation old country song where bluegrass singer Charlie Moore sings … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Apr 4 – 10, 2015 (second hour) #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 Mar 28 – Apr 3, 2015 #1514

The show opens with current bluegrass by the Grass Cats. Then, it’s two songs that focus on hobos. The first, a recent one by Cody Shuler tells of meeting a hobo while killing time waiting for a train. The old … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Mar 28 – Apr 3, 2015 (second hour) #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 Mar 21 – 27, 2015 #1513

Our program opens with current ‘grass. We play a song by the Grass Cats about a guy who is blue because he’s lost his whole family, but contrast it with a song by Volume Five depicting the bonding scene between … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Mar 21 – 27, 2015 (second hour) #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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