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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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Bluegrass Review Aug 20-Aug 26, 2016 (second hour) #1534

Our show opens up with a couple of surprising songs about strangers. In the new one by Dale Ann Bradley, everybody is a stranger, including listeners. The old one is a “happy-sounding sad song.” Most people don’t realize that it … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Aug 20-Aug 26, 2016 #1634

After some great current bluegrass by the Trinity River Band, we play a few bluegrass songs where the departed have not completely departed. The Gem of Bluegrass concerns the cultural inheritance bluegrass singers have derived from the old ballad singers. … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Aug 13-Aug 19, 2016 (second hour) #1533

After a piece of new bluegrass, the broadcast considers songs about looking back and looking forward. Then the Gem of Bluegrass feature considers Jethro Burns. Jethro was a great multi-stylist on the mandolin who has had a great impact on … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Aug 13-Aug 19, 2016 #1633

On today’s show we continue playing some excellent recent bluegrass. We have new work to play by fiddle virtuoso Mark O’Connor. As usual, we present new bluegrass with reference to older bluegrass. On this show, contemporary artists Chris Jones and … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Aug 6-Aug 12, 2016 #1632

We break out with new bluegrass, then proceed to play two related songs, one old and one new, but both grim: They reference short lives of trouble. Later, the Gem of Bluegrass discusses bluegrass banjo soloing. It is a combination … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Aug 6-Aug 12, 2016 (second hour) #1532

We have a little more honky tonk bluegrass towards the beginning of the show.  Old time fiddle dance music is a key reference point in both old-time and bluegrass music styles. But the community basis of old time fiddling has … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review July 30-Aug 5, 2016 #1631

Shortly after the show opens, we play songs related to various types of towns. Later, we feature Frank Wakefield on the Gem of Bluegrass. Frank is one of the major bluegrass mandolin players in the history of bluegrass, and at … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review July 30-Aug 5, 2016 (second hour) #1531

Our show today begins with Americana-influenced bluegrass. Or is it Bluegrass-influenced Americana? Out Gem of Bluegrass features the fiddle as the bluegrass instrument most like the human voice. Then honky-tonks are the focus. Bluegrass  warns us against these places but … Continue reading

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