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Bluegrass Review Jan 13-Jan 19, 2018 (second hour) #1703

Bluegrass lyrics frequently reside in small towns. Our show today opens with some songs about small towns. Some celebrate them, while others offer graphic depictions of them. You can view bluegrass singing and instrumental playing as lead lines with accompaniments. … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Jan 13-Jan 19, 2018 #1803

Early on the show we present a Gem of Bluegrass concerned with some of the musical sounds heard on records. Some seem like fads, but others display the evolution of bluegrass music. Later on the show, we present our interview … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Jan 6-Jan 12, 2017 #1802

After playing some recent bluegrass, we present one of this show’s musical interviews. We talk to Rebekah Long about her musical career, and what she likes to write about: frequently it is her life. Later in the broadcast, we talk … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Jan 6-Jan 12, 2017 (second hour) #1702

Poverty is a common motivator of bluegrass song lyrics, and early on, we play some great examples. You might think that the slew of pop songs known as standards and often played by jazz groups would not make good bluegrass. … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Dec 30-Jan 5, 2017 #1801

On today’s show, we focus on the bluegrass highlights of the previous year. Some developments could have been expected, yet some were surprising. Small Towns Song Artist CD Label Small Town Heroes Valerie Smith Small Town Heroes Bell Buckle Boom … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Dec 30-Jan 5, 2017 (second hour) #1701

On today’s show, we focus on the bluegrass highlights of the previous year. Becky Schlegel sings for us some of the songs that were written as gifts. Work Song Artist CD Label Working Girl Blues Laurie Lewis The Hazel & … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Dec 23-Dec 29, 2017 #1752

It’s Christmas on the Bluegrass Review. Bluegrass Artists share some of their thoughts at Christmas. Song Artist CD Label Christmas is Near Russell Moore Christmas Grass vol. 2 Koch Sleigh Ride Tony Trischka Glory Shone Around Rounder Hark the Herald … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Dec 23-Dec 29, 2017 (second hour) #1652

Becky Schlegel plays and talks about the songs she writes that are given as gifts. Additional bluegrass artists share their Christmas thoughts. Song Artist CD Label Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it Snow Tony Williamson Trio Christmas at … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Dec 16-Dec 22, 2017 #1751

After some new bluegrass to open the show, we play a couple of songs that reference “folks.” In bluegrass songs, “folks” are not exactly the same as “people”. The Gem of Bluegrass tracks subtle rhythmic changes in the evolution that … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Review Dec 16-Dec 22, 2017 (second hour) #1651

At close to year’s end, we’ve got a lot of new bluegrass, so we spin some of the highlights of the wave of new releases, While old-time music has a bit of a backwards-looking orientation, it also has a cutting … Continue reading

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