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Bluegrass Review Sept 24-Sept 30, 2016 (second hour) #1539

The word moonshine can mean more than one thing, and that’s the way it is in bluegrass songs. We play two where the reference is definite, and one where the reference seems ambiguous. Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 24-Sept 30, 2016 #1639

Sweet 16. It should be joyous to be sweet 16. But in bluegrass, it can be not-so-sweet 16. We play a few examples, and then an old and frivolous song on the topic. Our Gem of Bluegrass tells of the … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 17-Sept 23, 2016 (second hour) #1538

Our broadcast opens with songs expressing contrasting views regarding working in cotton mills. The Gem of Bluegrass comments on the evolutionary factors leading to the emergence of bluegrass from string band tradition. Later in the show, we have a musical … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 17-Sept 23, 2016 #1638

The Bluegrass Review opens with a couple of songs instructing on the dangers of forgetting where one comes from. Later on the Gem of Bluegrass, we comment on the importance of the lyrics in a bluegrass songs. They sometimes convey … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 10-Sept 16, 2016 #1637

We begin today with recent bluegrass, including a couple of artists who enjoy re-doing Flatt and Scruggs songs from a half century or more ago. Our Gem of Bluegrass treats what is known as the wall of sound, and shows … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 10-Sept 16, 2016 (second hour) #1537

The show opens with recent bluegrass by the Gibson Brothers. Then, a couple of songs that reflect the American obsession with automobiles. Work is important to most people. Many people will travel considerable distances for work. The Gem of Bluegrass … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 3-Sept 9, 2016 #1636

At the top of the show, we play cuts from two new banjo albums. Both tracks feature the banjo on vocal numbers, and not instrumentals. Bluegrass has its songs born in fantasy, but there is also a lot that is … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 3-Sept 9, 2016 (second hour) #1536

Bluegrass concerns itself to a large degree with personal disconnections. We open with two striking recent examples, and a third example taken from traditional balladry. Our Gems of Bluegrass feature studies the song “Close By.” The Close By study serves … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Aug 27-Sept 2, 2016 (second hour) #1535

Early on we feature a couple of songs with the “Georgia Rose” as part of the title. Then we consider the influence of traditional balladry on the songwriting of Carter Stanley, one half of the famed Stanley Bros, first generation … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Aug 27-Sept 2, 2016 #1635

Our show opens with recent songs of desperate men, and focusing on train robbery and the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Later, we consider the phenomenon of the cover record and what it means for bluegrass. As we are … Continue reading

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