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Bluegrass Review Sept 27-Oct 3, 2014 #1440

It rains in Virginia, you know. Our show opens with a couple of “raining in Virginia.” You might know that rain frequently signifies the blues and that is certainly the case with these two songs. Then we play a couple … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 27-Oct 3, 2014 (second hour) #1340

The show opens with a couple of strong pieces about having bluegrass dreams deferred by family and career. Later on the Gem of Bluegrass feature, we consider un-bluesy bluegrass. One of the great innovations of the founder of bluegrass, Bill … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 20-26, 2014 #1439

These days there are no rules regarding what a song should be written about. Why not motorcycles? We’ve got two, and they display contrasting visions of motorcycles. We realized that everybody uses the expression “fiddle tune” but rarely do we … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 20-26, 2014 (second hour) #1339

The program opens with recent bluegrass, including a new mining song. But unlike most in bluegrass, the song is set in the silver mining industry. However, the issues are the same in silver and coal mining. Bluegrass founder Bill Monroe … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 13-19, 2014 #1438

We have an overflow situation from a recent show when we played songs relating to home. So we air a recent compelling one and a classic about home towns that have completely changed with time, and not for the better. … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 13-19, 2014 (second hour) #1338

Early on the broadcast we play another recent song about coal, “Coal miner’s Gold.” “Gold” is of course coal, but in fact, it belongs to the mine owner. The miner owns pain and misery. We pair this new one with … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 6-12, 2014 #1437

Home is a primary preoccupation among bluegrass songwriters. Today’s show begins with recent “home” songs. One concerns itself with trying to get home. The other is about a home town, in particular its main street, and how business has been … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Sept 6-12, 2014 (second hour) #1337

Rocky Road. There is more than one Rocky Road song in bluegrass. We play the new on by Jason Davis and the 1940s classic by Bill Mon roe and the Blue Grass Boys. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we feature … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Aug 30-Sept 5, 2014 #1436

Today’s show opens with some hard hitting songs about guns and bullets. Know that the scenarios depicted do not resemble anyone’s deer hunting trip. Then, the Gem of Bluegrass takes another look at bluegrass songs about work. There may be … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Aug 30-Sept 5, 2014 (second hour) #1336

The show opens with a couple of songs with Cadillac car motifs. Then, on the Gem of Bluegrass, it is “Here’s to the Working Man!” Then we play recent, interesting material about an ongoing bluegrass music concern: coal. Portrayals tend … Continue reading

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