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Bluegrass Review Mar 28 – Apr 3, 2015 #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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Bluegrass Review Mar 28 – Apr 3, 2015 (second hour) #1414

We’ve got a backlog of new releases so we spin quite a few of them today. Rockabilly and bluegrass music. These are two idioms that have used the blues to fashion a new style. On the Gem of Bluegrass we … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Mar 21 – 27, 2015 #1513

Our program opens with current ‘grass. We play a song by the Grass Cats about a guy who is blue because he’s lost his whole family, but contrast it with a song by Volume Five depicting the bonding scene between … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Mar 21 – 27, 2015 (second hour) #1413

Songwriter Paul Simon and bluegrass music: Paul writes frequently about the dark subjects bluegrass singers enjoy: breakups for example. We play a new version of “Graceland” and a couple other bluegrass treatments of the Paul Simon songbook. Then, out Gems … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Mar 14 – 20, 2015 #1512

The show begins with songs of emotional hardness. It can happen as a result of a failed relationship or just because a person doesn’t allow the time to have one. Then recent songs with southwest motifs. One depicts an outlaw … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Mar 14 – 20, 2015 (second hour) #1412

The show begins with songs of easy virtue. Sometimes this type of promiscuity is not as easy as it seems to some. The segment reveals shifting attitudes as well. The Gem of Bluegrass is called “The Bluegrass Modern Edge,” and … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Mar 7 – 13, 2015 #1511

Towards the beginning of the show, we play a couple of songs about difficult or impossible journeys; and then one about a psychologically tough journey. Our Gem of Bluegrass deals with changes in a classic Appalachian songtype, the murder ballad. … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Mar 7 – 13, 2015 (second hour) #1411

Bluegrass fans are of course aware of songs about train wreck. But when contemporary people use the expression “train wreck” they’re not necessarily talking about trains, but about people or situations that are messed up. We open the show with … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 28-Mar 6, 2015 #1510

Early on, we have fun playing a couple of songs with almost the same name. The Gem of Bluegrass reflects on poor people in bluegrass: they may be poor but often they represent moral and ethical superiority. Later, three bluegrass … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Feb 28-Mar 6, 2015 (second hour) #1410

Bluegrass Lonesome has many dimensions. Among them are songs where lovers are separated forever by fate or acts of God. We open the show with a few songs of this type. On the Gem of Bluegrass, we trace the evolution … Continue reading

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