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Bluegrass Review Dec 3-Dec 9, 2016 #1649

Song Artist CD Label The Story of My Life Blue Highway Original Traditional Rounder Never Mind Curtis Wright Voxhall   (I’m On My Way Back to You Jim Hurst JHT NN Guido) Gem of Bluegrass 1649: Bluegrass Substyles Have Long … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Dec 3-Dec 9, 2016 (second hour) #1549

After opening with new bluegrass by Bradford lee Folk, the program plays some trains songs that give us more than the power of a train as a metaphor. Two of the songs deal with railroad workers who work on through … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 26-Dec 2, 2016 (second hour) #1548

We present a couple of bluegrass songs, one old and one new, where Fall represents the ending of relationships. The Gem of Bluegrass reflects bluegrass rock syntheses. Later, we say our last farewells to iconic banjoist, Bill Keith. Throughout the … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 26-Dec 2, 2016 #1648

We all know how popular train songs are in bluegrass. We open the show with a couple that feature trains cutting through the landscape, and the second one, tells of life on the train. Country songwriter and singer merle Haggard … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 19-Nov 25, 2016 #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 19-Nov 25, 2016 (second hour) #1547

Because the show has presented a good deal of old-time music lately, we play a couple of fiddle tune recordings, one old and one recent, that are played with virtuosity. The Gem of Bluegrass focuses on how influences from other … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 12-Nov 18, 2016 (second hour) #1546

Early in the show today, we play recent bluegrass songs concerning alcohol. Unlike old songs which moralize against the use of alcohol, these more recent songs reference real world consequences of alcohol use. The Gem of Bluegrass comments on the … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 12-Nov 18, 2016 #1646

Early in the show today, we play recent bluegrass songs concerning alcohol. Unlike old songs which moralize against the use of alcohol, these more recent songs reference real world consequences of alcohol use. The Gem of Bluegrass comments on the … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 5-Nov 11, 2016 (second hour) #1545

The show opens with continued listening to new and recent bluegrass. Then we consider the evolution of old-time music. It hardly disappeared when bluegrass emerged, but has continued to vary with the broad musical context that exists today. We play … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Nov 5-Nov 11, 2016 #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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