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Bluegrass Review May 28-June 3, 2016 (second hour) #1522

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Bluegrass Review May 28-June 3, 2016 #1622

Our first order of business today is to play a new bluegrass song from an experienced source, Jeff White. In the current state of evolving bluegrass, we play a couple of recent songs with similar and wistful moods. On our … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review May 21-May 27, 2016 (second hour) #1521

After playing a recent bluegrass selection, we play some interesting truck driving songs, where the connection between truckin’ and family life is the focus. Our Gem of Bluegrass, we consider some bluegrass artists’ practice of playing other kinds of music … Continue reading

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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 May 14-May 20, 2016 (second hour) #1520

Bluegrass music uses mountains and wind to symbolize a feeling known as “lonesome.” We play 2 recent songs embodying this mood, and one classic. Some see old time music and bluegrass as completely separate entities. But there are plenty of … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review May 14-May 20, 2016 #1620

Early in the show, we welcome Spring which is taking place in almost every location the show is broadcast. Then we present songs that are as lonesome as they come, about the funeral and the time right after it. The … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review May 7-May 13, 2016 (second hour) #1519

Ralph Stanley is perhaps the greatest living bluegrass icon representing the past of bluegrass. Lately, Ralph’s grandson seems to be following in Ralph’s footsteps, as did Ralph’s son a few years ago. We listen to music played by three generations … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review May 7-May 13, 2016 #1619

The music world lost a great songwriter, Merle Haggard lately. Merle was known a a writer and singer of country songs, but his influence was felt widely, including in bluegrass music. We play some outstanding Merle Haggard songs early in … 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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