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Bluegrass Review May 21-May 27, 2016 #1621

The program opens with some recent bluegrass blues. Then, we continue to present a couple of “lonesome as it gets” songs. One is from the perspective of a prisoner awaiting execution, and the other is about Potter’s Field people. These … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Apr 30-May 6, 2016 (second hour) #1518

A couple of “hillbilly wedding” songs lead off the show. Then we turn our attention to sung duets. Over time, this type of song treatment has served as the bread and butter of many bluegrass groups. The Gem of Bluegrass … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Apr 30-May 6, 2016 #1618

“Hey. Bartender,” calls the distraught. Our show features a couple of hey, bartender songs in the early going. Our Gem of Bluegrass considers playing the music old and new ways. Later, we have a musical conversation with Patchy Sanders. This … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Apr 23-Apr 29, 2016 (second hour) #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 23-Apr 29, 2016 #1617

North Americans love their automobiles. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we explore the connections between bluegrass and old-time music and the automobile. Then we play a couple of song gems about cars, and the culture of cars. Of course, if … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Apr 16-Apr 22, 2016 (second hour) #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 16-Apr 22, 2016 #1616

We play the numbers on today’s show. In other words, we play songs whose titles contain numbers. On the Gem of Bluegrass feature, we focus on the contributions made by amateur and professional bluegrass players. Later, we present our conversation … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Apr 9-Apr 15, 2016 (second hour) #1515

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 Apr 9-Apr 15, 2016 #1615

Songs about guns. We play three at the start of the show. The first is told from the point of view of a bullet. Then we play a hard-hitting song from Laurie Lewis from a few years ago about the … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Apr 2-Apr 8, 2016 (second hour) #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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