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Bluegrass Review Nov 18-Nov 24, 2017 (second hour) #1647

When Bluegrass goes downtown, it’s generally to have fun, and sometime too much! After a few “downtown” songs, the Gem of Bluegrass features bluegrass songs expressing thanks. Songs rarely sand thank you directly, but you can tell when singers are … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 18-Nov 24, 2017 #1747

Bluegrass songs frequently depict people on the bottoms of things, so we open with a couple of songs that mention just that. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we reflect on something singer David Peterson mentioned during an interview a few … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 11- Nov17, 2017 (second hour) #1646

The way the world is going, small towns and small town downtowns are really taking a beating. We present a group of songs on this issue. The Gem of Bluegrass addresses types of the evolution of bluegrass. Later, we visit … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 11, 2017-Nov 17, 2017 #1746

Realizing that there are a few more “sunny side” side songs to play, we do this that towards the beginning of the show. On our Gem of Bluegrass, we survey how bluegrass and old-time music has changed from a dance … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 4- Nov 10, 2017 (second hour) #1645

After an HDS (hard-driving song) to open the show, we play three examples of the Unfortunate Rake song cycle, where, before death, the protagonist laments a life of too much fun. The Gem of Bluegrass recounts some of the highlights … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 4, 2017-Nov 10, 2017 #1745

Today’s Gem of Bluegrass focuses on the evolution of bluegrass banjo playing. Later on the show, we talk to Josh Krohn, singer, player and songwriter from Omaha. He writes on some unusual topics and sings and plays some of his … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 28, 2017-Nov 3, 2017 #1744

The show opens with a pair of almost identical titles. Then it is on to the Gem of Bluegrass where we present the evolution of the song “There is a Time.” Every once in a while, a bluegrass groups sings … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 28, 2017-Nov 3, 2017 (second hour) #1644

So many bluegrass songs are about relations, including functional and dysfunctional. We contrast different kinds of relationships in a couple of different songs. Then we take another look at what Autumn signifies in bluegrass songs. Then, it gets a little … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 21, 2017-Oct 27, 2017 (second hour) #1643

Old songs about driving trucks frequently center on the power of trucks and the long drives. More recent ones also focus on the relationships connected to truck driving. We play a couple of recent ones. The Gem of Bluegrass depicts … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 21, 2017-Oct 27, 2017 #1743

Towards the beginning of the show, we present a couple of broken hearted melodies; one recent and the other from 1-20 years ago. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we discuss the evolution of the Bill Monroe song “Body and Soul.” … Continue reading

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