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Bluegrass Review Feb 28-Mar 6, 2015 #1510

Early on, we have fun playing a couple of songs with almost the same name. The Gem of Bluegrass reflects on poor people in bluegrass: they may be poor but often they represent moral and ethical superiority. Later, three bluegrass … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 28-Mar 6, 2015 (second hour) #1410

Bluegrass Lonesome has many dimensions. Among them are songs where lovers are separated forever by fate or acts of God. We open the show with a few songs of this type. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we trace the evolution … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 21-Feb 27, 2015 #1509

The city represents many contrasting points of view in bluegrass music. Towards the start of the show we pick out a few songs with contrasting views. Then, the Gem of Bluegrass treats winter in Bluegrass. While Autumn depicts the changes … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 21-Feb 27, 2015 (second hour) #1409

Early on we play a couple of songs by bluegrass artists Rhonda Vincent and Melanie Cannon that feature country singer, Willie Nelson. Then the Gem of Bluegrass feature comments on the uneasy relationship between country and bluegrass. Later, Ben Wright … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 14-Feb 20, 2015 #1508

When a relationship seems to be going well but one of the partners announces that “you’ll be better off without me,” that is an unexpected goodbye. Our broadcast opens with a couple of them. In the shadow of recent show … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 14-Feb 20, 2015 (second hour) #1408

Our show opens with a couple of hammer songs and a couple of songs about small change. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we muse over what makes a piece bluegrass. While certain stylistic items are in constant flux, there is … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 7-Feb 13, 2015 #1507

The show opens with prison songs that speak of different aspects of the prison experience. Then, it is time for our Gem of Bluegrass. This week’s gem comments on the evolution of a peculiar kind of traditional song: the murder … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 7-Feb 13, 2015 (second hour) #1407

After opening the show with current bluegrass, out Gem of Bluegrass feature concern the song organizing feature common to bluegrass and many kinds of pop. It’s a subtle feature but it helps listeners appreciate multiple forms of music. Later, we … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Jan 31-Feb 6, 2015 #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 31-Feb 6, 2015 (second hour) #1406

Partings form the subject matter of many bluegrass songs. Some are partings at the end of life, but the majority is songs of relationships that once were romantic. The Gem of Bluegrass focuses on post-relationship songs. Later, we elaborate when … Continue reading

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