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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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Bluegrass Review Oct 14, 2017-Oct 20, 2017 #1742

You might know that there is a lot of misery in personal relationships depicted in bluegrass songs. But that is not so in the Rebekah long and Donna Ulisse songs that open our show. Both of these singers and songwriters … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 14, 2017-Oct 20, 2017 (second hour) #1642

Losing one’s way somehow in life is a frequent topic in bluegrass songs. But how this topic is handled differs from period to period. We listen to a 1950’s Stanley Bros song and a current Sierra Hull song about losing … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 7, 2017-Oct 13, 2017 #1741

After a couple of pieces of new Bluegrass, we play some recent pieces that could be considered pessimistic or optimistic. Then, the Gem of Bluegrass considers the effect of the banjo on other bluegrass instruments. You might even think that … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Oct 7, 2017-Oct 13, 2017 (second hour) #1641

There are lots of songs about trains, and at least two with the name Old Train. We spin them. We focus on a new tune by Grascals banjoist Kristin Scott Benson, and her inspiration for it. On the Gem of … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 30, 2017-Oct 6, 2017 #1740

Some say that every person alive has demons. The Grascals has a new song which tackles the subject head on. We follow that up with two songs where the singer sings about money as a demon. There is a lot … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 30, 2017-Oct 6, 2017 (second hour) #1640

The blues plays a large role in the bluegrass style. There are many ways to use the blues, from the blues tonality to creating song segments that reflect blues playing. We play a few examples of songs where listeners really … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 23, 2017-Sept 29, 2017 (second hour) #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 23, 2017-Sept 29, 2017 #1739

The broadcast opens with recent songs of trains. Then, on the Gem of Bluegrass, we consider songs about truckers and cowboys. Some say that truckers are modern cowboys. Later, we play songs that serve as singers’ personal anthems. Trains Song … Continue reading

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