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Bluegrass Review Nov 22-28, 2014 #1448

Today’s broadcast begins with a new bluegrass song. Then, we play a couple of songs about young women leaving home. The first is tragic, while the second is wistful. Then comes our Gem of Bluegrass, focused on how bluegrass music … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 22-28, 2014 (second hour) #1348

Broken hearted melodies begin our show today. And then comes a new song sung by Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman that comments that those with broken hearts tend to perpetuate the condition. Today’s Gem of Bluegrass is an extended one … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 15-21, 2014 #1447

Our show opens with recent bluegrass. On the Gem of Bluegrass, the subject is Autumn and bluegrass songs. Then we play a couple of songs where Autumn figures into seasonal work. Later, we present our conversation with Jon Goldfine, bass … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 15-21, 2014 (second hour) #1347

Our show opens with recent bluegrass by Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins. You might know that there are not very many bluegrass songs where “regular” portions of relationships are depicted. But we found a couple and gave them spins. On … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 8-14, 2014 #1446

Early in the show today, we play the songs “Off My Mind” and “On My Mind.” You might think these songs are about different things, but in each case, the song is about trying to forget someone. Then, our Gem … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 8-14, 2014 (second hour) #1346

The show opens with current bluegrass, including a couple of newly recorded songs written by Merle Haggard. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we reflect on how the voice is used in bluegrass music. There has been an evolution from the … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 1-7, 2014 #1445

The evil city. That is a very old motif in bluegrass and old time music. The show opens with a couple of recent songs where a couple is no longer together because one of the two is attracted to city … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 1-7, 2014 (second hour) #1345

The show opens with cutting edge bluegrass created by experienced musicians. These songs prove that when it comes to testing the boundaries, it isn’t only the younger musicians who are active. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we pay tribute the … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 25-Oct 31, 2014 #1444

After a new bluegrass song, we play a couple of instances of the Spanish-bluegrass connection. The Gem of Bluegrass is concerned with the development of the modern banjo tune. Later, we talk banjo x’s and o’s with Ira Gitlin. Ira … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 25-Oct 31, 2014 (second hour) #1344

Our show begins with new bluegrass by Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins, and by Johnny Staats. Then we get spooky! Following the Hallowe’en stuff, the Gem of Bluegrass describes the history of progressive bluegrass to this point. Most of the … Continue reading

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